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The Elves in the Attic: Making Old Toys New Again

My four-year-old daughter has been playing nonstop with a Little People barn for the past week. Now, if you have a young child, you know

Fathers Day

Eight Free Things to Do with Dad This Father’s Day

With Father’s Day coming up on June 19, it’s time to start thinking of ways to recognize the special man in your life. From home beer brewing kits

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Our 15 Most Powerful Tactics for Reducing the Cost of Raising a Child

When I first started The Simple Dollar, Sarah and I were proud parents of a toddler. Today, as I write this, that toddler is about

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How to Save Money and Your Sanity While Raising a Sports-Obsessed Kid

I recently had a conversation with my aunt about my 8-year-old cousin, who is a stud baseball player. The demands that come along with being

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What to Do When Your Spouse Fails Miserably at a New Job

When my husband grew tired of his mortuary job in 2013, I wasn’t all that surprised. After all, working as a mortician means working in

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How Young Is Too Young to Get a Credit Card?

It’s the quintessential catch-22: You can’t build credit until you have credit of your own. Then again, banks are hesitant to give you a credit card

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How I Save Money While Living in the Most Expensive City in the U.S.

I made a lot of waves with family and friends in Los Angeles (and a few online) when I announced that I was moving to

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How Our Financial Goals Have Changed After 10 Years of Marriage

In December, my husband and I celebrated 10 wonderful years of marriage. And after looking back on all of the memories, the triumphs, and the disappointments

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The Challenge of Moving to a Smaller Home

The house I grew up in had a pretty limited square footage, something I notice every time I visit my parents. It’s essentially a two

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10 Pieces of Financial Advice for Newly Married Couples

A few weeks ago, I was attending a wedding where I’ve known the groom for about 20 years. I wasn’t one of the groomsmen and didn’t

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Four Ways to Use a Roth IRA That Have Nothing to Do With Retirement

The Roth IRA is one of the most widely touted retirement accounts, and for good reason. It’s one of the only accounts that offers tax-free


Planning Ahead for a Summer of Inexpensive Family Adventures

During this coming summer, Sarah and I are planning on having a handful of short “adventures” with our family. We are going on a summer

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Six Ways Parenting Preps You for Entrepreneurship

Becoming a parent changes your life in ways that you can’t even begin to imagine. There are the negatives, like never having a quiet moment to

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Building a Good Personal Finance Mindset in Your Children

I currently have three children, all of whom are elementary school age. My oldest is in fourth grade. He loves doing things outdoors and is

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My Ultimate Guide to Free Things That I Love to Do

Dana writes in: What exactly is all of this “free stuff” you talk about doing all the time with your family and your friends? I’d

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Is It Still Possible to Do Disney on a Budget?

Disney World and Disneyland are wishlist vacation destinations for plenty of kids — and kids at heart. But recent hikes in ticket pricing have made

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Working Through the ‘Two-Body Problem’

During my previous career, I had the opportunity to get to know a large variety of working professionals, some in academia and some in private

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Why I Won’t Pay $15 an Hour for a Babysitter

When my husband and I moved to a slightly more upscale area a few years ago, we didn’t know a soul. He had a few friends

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