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
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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
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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,

04.25.16
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Crossing the Line From Frugal to Cheap

When I was playing professional basketball in Israel, I would go to the grocery store every Wednesday after practice. I liked going to the huge,

04.22.16
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10 Frugal Summer Vacation Ideas for People Who Don’t Fly

The summer travel season can be a letdown if you don’t like to fly. While your friends are packing their bags and jetting off to

04.20.16
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Why Emulating the Affluent Is a Terrible Way to Make Spending Choices

I’m going to boil this down for you into a simple question. Would you rather appear wealthy or be wealthy? The reality is that, for

04.19.16
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20 Key Strategies for Finding Incremental Savings in Your Life

One of my favorite personal finance tactics is to find “incremental savings” in my life and do what it takes to implement them. So what

04.19.16
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Why You Should Worship Your Paid-Off Car

As spring warms up, car dealerships are rolling out the red carpet to lure you in. In addition to special sales and dealer incentives, they’ve

04.17.16
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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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