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Cheap, Fun Things Singles Can Do on Valentine’s Day

In Seattle, home to so many of the nation’s hipsters, Valentine’s Day has taken on some very unique incarnations among the singles crowd. Just ask

How to Save Money When You’re Single

If you’re single and haven’t been told to buy a crock pot, consider yourself lucky. It’s probably a sign that you’re doing a fine job making

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Disney on a Budget: Managing the Magic for Less

I’ll admit it – I have a serious Disney addiction. Not as bad as some, it’s true. (I know a woman who logs in to

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32 Simple (and Free) Ways to Entertain Your Kids

Winter break is upon us, so you know what that means: last-minute holiday shopping, travel preparations, and children bouncing off the walls awaiting the arrival of

The Ultimate Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord

Cable television is expensive, not just in terms of money but also in terms of time. The service costs money, as does the electricity that

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13 Perks to Take Advantage of in College

Not to alarm you, but college is going to cost you a lot of money. Okay, so it’s no shocker that college and money go

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How to Curb the Rising Costs of Parenting

Parenting is the most difficult yet rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. It definitely hasn’t been easy on my pockets, either. And apparently, I’m not

Some Thoughts on Extreme Cheapskates

Extreme Cheapskates is a “reality” television series that airs on TLC that just entered its third season. Over the last two years, the show has

20 Great Games to Play with Stuff You Already Have

Playing games at the kitchen table is a regular part of life at our house. I play games after school three or four days a

Choosing Income-Positive Hobbies and Projects – And Fifteen Examples to Get You Started

Like almost everyone in America, I fill my spare time with a number of projects and a handful of hobbies. I have a number of

Music for Free – Comparing Nine Free (and Legal) Online Music Options

Right now, there are a ton of legal ways to listen to music online for free. Sure, you can buy mp3s so that you have

My Timeless Strategy for Buying Electronics

I write for a living, mostly for websites. It’s not surprising that I have a great deal of use for a number of electronic items.

Using an Inexpensive Streaming Video Box to Replace Cable Television

There is an astounding amount of quality movies and television series available on Netflix. There’s a shocking number of great channels available on Youtube. Add

The Future of Cheap Television

A few days ago, at the Consumer Electronics Show, an announcement was made that I think points toward a future, a few years down the

Are You In Need of a Media Diet?

“To see things in their true proportion, to escape the magnifying influence of a morbid imagination, should be one of the chief aims of life.”

Seven Wonderful Inexpensive Board Games for a Game Night (or Three) with Family and Friends

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of playing board games. A good board game can be played hundreds of times and fill countless

Keeping Hobby and Entertainment Spending in Check

A few years ago, I was a big collector of DVDs. I amassed a collection of almost 1,000 DVDs of all kinds, and I was

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Used Books

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning

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