08.09.17
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Frugal? Cheap? Financially Independent? Minimalist? What’s the Difference?

During a recent interview I did for an article at CBS MoneyWatch, the reporter took the conversation in an interesting and unexpected direction. She wanted

08.08.17
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22 Frugal Things I Did Today

A couple of days ago, I decided to simply go through my day and make a list of everything that I did that was “frugal.”

08.03.17
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Celebrating Life Events Frugally and Meaningfully

I recently celebrated my birthday with my family and a few friends. It was a decidedly low key affair. We went out to dinner together

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Deal Alert: How to Get 50% Off Spotify

If you have the or the (or were thinking of applying soon), this offer will be music to your ears! Capital One® and Spotify have

07.27.17
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Why Making Trade-Offs Is the Most Important Financial Lesson I Learned

As an ’80s baby born to an insurance salesman father and a stay-at-home mother, I grew up watching my parents scrimp and save. My mother

07.19.17
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10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Sweet Corn (Smart Staple Strategies #7)

This is the final entry in a short summer series covering smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

07.18.17
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How to Learn a New Language with Minimal Expense

One common question that readers send into the Reader Mailbag revolves around learning a particular language without a lot of expense. Most of the well-known

07.06.17
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12 Frugal Summer Vacation Strategies from Our Family’s National Park Vacation

A few months ago, I posted an article on how we plan frugal family vacations in national parks. During the first half of June, we

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8 Expert Travel Hacking Tips for 2017

“Travel hacking” is when you work within the rules of airlines, hotels, and travel credit cards to earn rewards such as points and miles to

07.05.17
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10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Sweet Potatoes (Smart Staple Strategies #5)

This is part of a short summer series covering smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and so on.

06.28.17
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10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Potatoes (Smart Staple Strategies #4)

This is part of a short summer series covering smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and so on.

06.23.17
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Some Thoughts on the Choices We Make When Decorating Our Homes

I was recently made aware of a fascinating business called Books by the Foot. This business buys bulk books from publishers and libraries and other

06.22.17
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18 Clever Ways to Make Frugality a Highly Social Endeavor

It’s easiest to be frugal when you’re flying solo. When all you have to think about is yourself and your own internal demands, it’s easier

06.21.17
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10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Pasta (Smart Staple Strategies #3)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

06.20.17
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How to Identify (and Take Advantage of) ‘Loss Leaders’ in Grocery and Department Store Flyers

Almost every department and grocery store chain in America produces a weekly flyer describing the sales of the week in the store. The stores do

06.18.17
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Five Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck from a Small Garden

Living in New York City, I’m often disappointed in the quality of produce offered at the supermarkets. It’s not uncommon for carrots to wilt within

06.17.17
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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking and Nature Walking at Minimal Cost

About two years ago, I wrote a pretty well received article on how to get started with eight great frugal hobbies. I had a lot

06.14.17
black bean stew

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Beans (Smart Staple Strategies #2)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and