03.15.17
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The Imitation Game

“You are the average of your five closest friends.” – Jim Rohn I often use that quote on this site because it really hits home

03.08.17
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The Real Costs of Dog Ownership

In the summer of 2015, our family collectively decided to get a pet dog. I was by far the least enthusiastic about the idea at

03.03.17
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How to Turn a Cupboard Cleaning Into a Great Meal Plan

Once every six months or so, I get really frustrated with the organization of our pantry and cupboards. Over the course of those months, Sarah

03.01.17
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Revisiting My Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written for The Simple Dollar is Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide. In it,

02.21.17
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15 Simple Driving Tactics That Will Save You Surprising Money (and Time, Too)

One of my biggest financial frustrations is stopping at a gas station. You dump fuel in your car, spend $40 or more, and then all

02.14.17
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How to Become ‘The Millionaire Next Door’

One of the most influential books I’ve ever read in terms of shaping my thoughts on personal finance and helping me figure out what to

02.12.17
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Three Famous Athletes Who Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Frugality

Professional athletes often find themselves on shaky financial footing when they retire. This happens despite the fact that many of them make more money in

02.10.17
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Meal Prep Day! Simple Rice and Beans

I often talk about how I enjoy preparing meals in advance by making a bunch of duplicate meals at once, popping them in the freezer

02.02.17
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How to Find the Perfect (Frugal) Valentine’s Gift

When it comes to holidays that place unreasonable expectations on our wallets, Valentine’s Day has got to be the worst. Every time early February rolls

01.28.17
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12 Strategies for a Successful ‘Meal Prep Day’

One common strategy for saving money on food that shows up in a lot of frugality books and on many frugality websites is the idea

01.27.17
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15 Frugal Date Nights

Although my wife and I have been married for almost 14 years (and we dated for six-plus years before that), we still put effort into keeping

01.25.17
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Buying Foods Based on Cost Per Calorie

Recently, I came across this infographic that listed a bunch of different foods, separated by category (fruit; vegetables; fats, nuts, and seeds; fish, poultry, and

01.18.17
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A Frugal Wedding Adventure: The Planning Phase

I recently got engaged. I managed to stay frugal throughout the entire process. The ring did not set me back three months’ salary. I got a

01.17.17
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Using Mini-Games for Financial and Personal Improvement

Let me tell you three little stories about myself from the last few months. * * * I was invited to a party with about

01.14.17
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Frugality, Freedom, and Peace

A few days ago, my oldest son flushed the toilet on the main floor. When he did that, two things happened. First, the chain attaching

01.11.17
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How to Plan a Great, Low-Cost Valentine’s Day Surprise

Some of you are going to see the topic of this article, check the calendar, and be completely confused. Valentine’s Day? That’s more than a

01.10.17
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Finding the Line Between Frugality and Deprivation

Frugality is a spectacular tool for immediately seeing positive financial results in your life. Whenever you find ways to get most of the same value

01.04.17
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The Secret of Inverse Vacation Planning

Last summer, Sarah and I took our family to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a couple of days as part of our summer vacation looping

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