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

12.31.16
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How I Use Evernote, My Most Essential Free Online Tool

A few weeks ago, I answered a mailbag question from Jim, who wanted to know how I use Evernote. I gave him an answer that

12.26.16
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Cut These Five Bills to Save $500 Next Month

No matter the time of year, saving money is almost always a good thing. But, when the holidays hit, your savings goals might feel even

12.23.16
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11 Frugal Ways to Make Frigid Temperatures More Tolerable

A few days ago, a true cold spell rolled through our area, taking temperatures down to nearly -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Given that it was also

12.05.16
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The Food Freeze: How We Avoided the Grocery Store for More Than Two Weeks

A few months ago, I peeked in our pantry and freezer to take stock of what we had before hitting the store. What I found

11.20.16
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An Ode to Old Furniture

When I was about 10, my parents bought a brand new glass table for our living room. Even at 10, when my idea of cool

11.16.16
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12 Tactics for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Meal

During Thanksgiving week, both my wife’s extended family and my extended family host a Thanksgiving dinner with untold numbers of side dishes, leaving everyone feeling

11.11.16
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Strategies for Minimizing the Cost of a Morning Coffee

As many articles for The Simple Dollar do, this one started out as a reader mailbag question whose answer grew longer and longer and longer

11.08.16

The Frugal Laptop

Lately, my lust for gadgets has been going utterly crazy. In other words, I want one of those nifty netbooks. In case you’re not aware, a

11.08.16
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Handling Stress Without Undoing Financial Progress

During the last year, my wife has made the choice to get her masters degree in order to not only improve her professional skills but

11.04.16
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How We Plan Frugal Family Vacations in National Parks

It’s early November, so what have I been doing lately? I’ve been planning next year’s summer family vacation. We’re going to Yellowstone! November? Really? The

11.02.16
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Eight Deeply Meaningful Zero-Cost Things I Do in a Normal Day to Improve My Life

In the modern world, it is incredibly easy to fall into a life routine that just feels like an endless repetition of the same overly

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Why Podcasts Are the Best Entertainment Bargain on the Internet – and 30 Great Ones to Enjoy

Whenever I’m sitting at my desk working, I’m almost always listening to a podcast. Whenever I’m in the car, I’m almost always listening to a

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