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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 10): Trimming Your Spending – Utilities

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from

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High Protein, Low Budget

Daniel writes in with one of those reader mailbag questions that had an answer that kept growing and growing and growing until it became clear

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Frugality and the Challenge of Raising Children

My children get off the school bus each day at around 3:30. The bus stop is two houses down from our house, so as soon

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‘What Do You Want for the Holidays?’ for Frugally-Minded Folks

My extended family has always been very passionate about giving gifts. We enjoy hunting for and finding interesting gifts for each other. We often make

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Five Careers Where Being Frugal Pays Off

Being frugal is an asset in any career path. After all, you never know when markets will shift and your occupation will go from in-demand

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Six Cheap and Memorable Dates

It’s been more than 20 years since my now-wife and I started dating. Along the way, we’ve been on countless “dates” – nights where we’ve chosen

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Eight Discount Grocery Strategies That Will Keep Your Food and Household Prices Low

This week, we’ve taken a serious look at making your food cheap. We’ve looked at using a $1-per-meal strategy and then some ideas for implementing

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15 Super-Cheap and Super-Simple Snacks, Sides, and Meals to Fill Your Belly

Two years ago, I wrote an incredibly popular article entitled 26 Favorite Cheap and Easy Meals. The post consisted of a big pile of my

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Using the ‘$1 Per Meal’ Strategy to Save Big Time on Food Costs

A few months ago, I answered a reader mailbag question from Randu about what constitutes a reasonable food budget for a family of four. Here’s

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What is Your Biggest ‘Savings Win’ So Far This Year?

With the fall season in full swing, it’s only natural to take a closer look at our financial goals for this year. There are only


Five Strategies for Finding Other Frugal and Financial Independence Minded People

One of the biggest concerns that people have when they’re financially rebooting their life is how they’re going to find people to fill their social

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Eight Strategies We Use for Making Leftovers Great (and Saving Lots of Money in the Process)

Leftovers. You make a meal, your family eats it, and some of it is left behind. Quite often, it’s not nearly as good the second


Five Things I Wish People Understood About Frugality

These days, nearly everyone you know has embraced some aspect of modern, American consumerism. It’s not uncommon for families to have 200+ channels in their

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Avoiding Fashion Trends Might Be the Hottest Look of 2016

Earlier this year, I spent $400 on dresses from a womenswear company called Soma. The magnitude of this purchase hit my husband hard. “You spent

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The Packet Drawer – and 15 Other Little Frugal Strategies from My Social Circle

I was visiting an old friend of mine who wanted me to sample a jar of pickled cucumbers. While he was opening the jar, he

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Frugality and Long-Term Financial Success

Like many people who suddenly realize how bad their financial situation is, we dove hard into frugality during the first few months of our financial

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How to Celebrate a Child’s Birthday Without Breaking the Bank

This past weekend, my daughter celebrated her birthday in a relatively quiet and subdued fashion. Some of her friends who have reached the same age

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Fed Up With Verizon and AT&T? Try One of These Cheap Cell Phone Plans Instead

Are you starting to despise your Verizon Wireless cellphone bill? If so, you’re probably not alone. According to CBS News, the average Verizon phone bill surged

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