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Our Favorite Strategies for an Inexpensive Holiday Season

Over the last several years, Sarah and I have had a very busy holiday season. We’ve celebrated Christmas with our three children and many different

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We Couldn’t Find an Affordable Bed, So We Built Our Own

Beds are expensive. The average spring mattress sells for $1,500, according to the slumber gurus at SleepLiketheDead.com. Once you add in a box spring, a

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Here’s What Living Cheaply in Another Country Looks Like

American retirees looking for a low cost of living and a comfortable climate are increasingly packing up for cheap, warm countries abroad. Around 615,000 Americans reportedly received

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15 More Free Kindle Books to Inspire and Entertain You

About two months ago, I wrote an article entitled 15 Free Kindle Books to Inspire You to Great Things. Here’s the scoop, from that original

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Secrets of ‘Supersavers’

Yesterday, I found this great article from the New York Times entitled ‘Supersavers’ Focus on the Goal. The article focuses on people like me and

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Check Out These 10 Stunning, Affordable Wedding Dresses

Like anything with the word “wedding” attached, it can be tough to find a cheap wedding dress. The average wedding gown in the U.S. cost about $1,357


The Freezer and Slow Cooker Connection: How to Easily Prepare a Bunch of Slow Cooker Recipes in Advance to Save Tons of Money

Recently, I’ve made a few mentions of the fact that Sarah and I (honestly, mostly Sarah, as she has really jumped on board with this

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Using a Kitchen Whiteboard to Minimize Food Expenses and Maximize Meal Efficiency

Right now, in the entryway right next to our kitchen, a giant whiteboard hangs on the wall. On that whiteboard, you will find several different

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12 Strategies for Saving Money on Convention or Conference Trips

Back when I worked in an office environment, I attended two or three professional conferences per year. I often presented at these events and, for

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Kids’ Activities: The End of Frugality?

If you ask my kids what they want above all else, you’ll hear all about their newest obsession: Shopkins. The tiny, plastic figurines have practically taken

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Where to Find Free Wi-Fi in Any Neighborhood

Here are 12 businesses I look for in any neighborhood when I need free Wi-Fi to surf the Web or access something online. This additional service is

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Eight Romantic, Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

The average couple in the United States spends $3,400 on their honeymoon, according to Conde Nast Bridal InfoBank. This post-wedding getaway is supposed to be a

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10 People Who Really Need a Budget

You might think that only coupon-clipping, rice-and-bean-eating super-savers need to be concerned about budgeting. Not the case! Even some of the highest-paid people in the

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The Delicious Dozen: 12 Strategies for Eating Healthy and Cheap

We have five people living in our home – two adults and three children. With that many mouths to feed, a large monthly food budget

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Do We Have Our Possessions Backwards? Some Thoughts on the Stuff We Own

A few weeks ago, Sarah and I took a serious look at a piece of land for sale in the country not too terribly far

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Check Out These Beautiful, Affordable Wedding Venues

So, you got engaged — congratulations! Now comes the part that some consider fun… and most others consider stressful: planning the actual wedding. One of

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10 Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Saving Money on Food

The big strategies are useful to think about, but it’s often the little specific tactics that you add to your routines that make a big

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Five Better Ways to Spend Your Halloween Dollars

Americans love Halloween. We’re probably going to spend about $7 billion on candy, costumes, and parties this year. That breaks down to the average American spending $75

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