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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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

10.19.16
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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

10.15.16
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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

10.14.16
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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

10.13.16
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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

10.05.16
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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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