07.23.16
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Our Family’s Strategies for Saving a Mint on the Back-to-School Season

It’s an annual tradition of sorts for parents all across the country. The summer starts to wind down. They get a letter from the school

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How One Man Lives in His Truck to Turbocharge His Savings

Late last year, a blog called Thoughts From Inside the Box started to attract a lot of attention. The media had picked up on the fact that

07.19.16
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Big Changes versus Little Changes: Which Has More Impact on Your Finances and Your Life?

Most people who share personal finance advice tend to agree on a lot of the core principles. Spend less than you earn. Save for the

07.15.16
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The Ginger Principle: When Buying in Bulk Is a Mistake

Sarah and I are adventurous amateur chefs. We love trying all kinds of things in the kitchen with fresh ingredients and interesting flavor combinations. Like

07.12.16
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Some Thoughts on Vacation Souvenirs – and Eight Smart Alternatives to Overpriced Tourist Items

A few days ago, we were rearranging our children’s rooms. We came to the decision that our children were old enough that our daughter needed

07.10.16
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Control Yourself: 11 Ways to Stop a Splurge Purchase

With retailers and advertisers practically begging you to spend your money at every turn, it’s inevitable that most of us will give into a splurge

06.25.16
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Depression, Spending, and Bad Money Behaviors

Can you imagine walking through your entire life… in two feet of water? You’re commuting to work in water, walking up the stairs to your office

06.14.16
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17 Strategies for Cooling Off on Hot Summer Days Without Breaking the Bank

Over the last week or so, summer has come into full bloom in our area, with most days featuring temperatures well into the 90s (F)

06.10.16
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Our Family’s Free Summer Activity Checklist

Sarah and I have three children, and as a result, summer vacation means many weeks in which the children are at home. Given our district’s

06.09.16
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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

06.07.16
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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

05.31.16
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How Insourcing Your Haircuts Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

I used to get a haircut once every eight weeks. They varied in cost from $20 to $50, depending on the kind of place I

05.23.16
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Why You Should Worship Your Old Computer

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of reading Holly Johnson’s insightful post on why you should not just tolerate, but downright love

05.19.16
banana bread

18 Ways to Use ‘Old’ Food

Just yesterday, I posted a discussion about some of the challenges of old foods. I mostly lamented how, when you find foods that are too

05.18.16
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Commuting by Car, Uber, Train, Bike, or on Foot: Which Saves the Most Time and Money?

When I moved to San Francisco, I sold my car. I knew I’d be living in a walkable city, and the high cost of ownership

05.05.16
red bell peppers in a grocery store

25 Flexible, Healthy Foods I Buy Constantly (Especially On Sale)

As I’ve described many times, our family’s normal meal-planning routine starts with the grocery store flyer. Each week, either Sarah or I will sit down

05.02.16
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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

04.30.16
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12 Cheap Plant-Based Meals That Our Family Enjoys All the Time

Like every other American family with three children in the home, our family is busy. It seems like there’s something going on practically every night,

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