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What to Bring to College: The Smart (and Frugal) College Checklist

Angela writes in: In nine days, our oldest son is graduating from high school. He will be the first one in our family to go

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How We Decided an Expensive Child Care Center Wasn’t Worth It

I live in Indiana, and in the Midwest, almost everything is cheap – including daycare. According to Pew Research Center, the average cost for full-time

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10 Smart Graduation Gifts for College-Bound Seniors

Summer is almost upon us, and with it a barrage of social events, from backyard barbecues to weddings to, of course, graduation parties. And while you can bring


Best Home Security System for 2015

The best home security systems have a proven track record in protecting homes and their valuable contents. Unfortunately, many people don’t address home security until it’s too

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How to Write a Thank-You Note

With graduation and wedding season upon us, you may be faced with the arduous task of finding the proper way to thank others for their

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20 Ideas for a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding on a Budget

“Angela” writes in: What advice do you have for a frugal wedding? We’re getting married this fall and want to explore as many cheap wedding

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A Basic Guide to an Inexpensive and Incredibly Fun Family Camping Vacation

This summer, my family and I are going to be camping in northern Wisconsin for several days. We plan on camping at two different locations

102 Things to Do on a Money-Free Weekend

Some time ago, I offered up the idea of the money-free weekend: For the last few months, my wife and I have been doing something every

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Should You Co-Sign a Loan?

“Will you co-sign a loan?” That’s almost like asking, “Will you marry me?” Well, maybe not quite that intense. However, a marriage can end in


Four Businesses Kids Can Start Themselves

The Internet was buzzing recently about a 15-year-old New Yorker who rakes in $300,000 a year with her babysitting agency, Nannies by Noa. Noa Mintz

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Five Reasons It Pays to Become a Work-at-Home Mom

After years of decline, a new look at government data shows that the number of stay-at-home moms is finally on the rise. This news comes

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Three Simple Money Management Lessons for Teenagers

My most important goal for my children is that they grow up to be independent human beings. Although my twins are only a few weeks shy


Financial Success and Parenting

As Sarah and I roll along the path to financial independence, it naturally has some degree of impact on our parenting. The financial choices and


Joint Finances: Why I Share My Money With My Husband

When I met my husband in 2004, he was sharing an apartment with two roommates and I was a poor student with a low-wage job

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Honey, I Wrecked Your Credit

My husband and I were both in our mid-30s when we married. He was a couple of years into a psychiatric practice, and I had

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Balancing Spending and Time: How ‘Time Frugality’ Can Save You Lots of Cash

I have a number of hobbies that I deeply enjoy. I really enjoy playing board games and am the member of two different board game

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More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family

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Free Yourself From the Kids’ Birthday-Party Trap

Sometimes the most outrageous birthday parties are for the kids who probably care the least. One-year-olds, for example, won’t remember that you spent $700 on

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