09.23.16
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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

09.16.16
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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

09.12.16
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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

09.11.16
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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

09.10.16
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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

09.07.16
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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

09.06.16
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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

08.30.16
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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

08.30.16
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Achieving Health and Fitness Without Breaking the Bank

Almost every week, I receive a message from a reader looking for strategies to improve their personal health or fitness without spending substantial amounts of

08.26.16
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How to Minimize and Get Maximum Value from a Book Collection

My wife and I are both lifelong reading addicts. We have shelves and boxes full of books around our home, even after several “purges” of

08.20.16
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20 Strategies for Radically Cutting Your Food Expenses

The average American family spends $151 a week on food, according to this Gallup poll. That’s actually quite a lot of money when you consider

08.12.16
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At Peace with Being ‘Cheap’

A few years ago, I wrote and published a book entitled 365 Ways to Live Cheap. It’s a fairly straightforward guide to frugality that delivers

08.10.16
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Planning a ‘Money-Free Month’ — and the Many Financial Benefits It Can Provide

For many families, the month after Christmas is a time where people feel the need to cut back on their spending and live lean for

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Nine Quotes From ‘Walden’ That Prove It’s the Only Personal Finance Book You Need

There are innumerable personal finance books stocking the shelves of bookstores coast to coast. I’m sure they all have useful bits of information in them.

07.29.16
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How to Minimize or Eliminate Many Repeated Household Buys

Many of the household supplies that we buy at the store are simply replacements for other things, often sold to us in a slightly altered

07.23.16
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Our Family’s Strategies for Saving a Mint on the Back-to-School Season

It’s an annual tradition of sorts for parents all across the country. The summer starts to wind down. They get a letter from the school

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How One Man Lives in His Truck to Turbocharge His Savings

Late last year, a blog called Thoughts From Inside the Box started to attract a lot of attention. The media had picked up on the fact that

07.19.16
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Big Changes versus Little Changes: Which Has More Impact on Your Finances and Your Life?

Most people who share personal finance advice tend to agree on a lot of the core principles. Spend less than you earn. Save for the

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