12.19.15
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How to Save Money with a Reading Hobby

Over the last several weeks, I’ve offered up money-saving guides to two of my primary hobbies – board/card games and home brewing. Today, I’m going

12.18.15
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10 Things You Should Never Pay For

When it comes to getting ahead financially, there are two main schools of thought. One says we should pick up a side hustle, take on

12.17.15
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Nine Strategies for Cutting the Cost of Convenience

When I was in college, my academic advisor used to say something fairly often that didn’t really resonate with me at the time, but now

12.16.15
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Nine Frugal Strategies for Tackling the Winter Blues

Time for a confession: I get hit hard by the winter blues. Sometime in November or early December, I hit an absolute wall when it

12.14.15
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The Cost of Christmas 2015

Imagine you’re a family of four who just bought their first house, and you’re getting ready to celebrate your first Christmas in your new home. You’re planning to pick

12.11.15
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15 DIY Holiday Gifts Under $15

The average adult will spend a whopping $882 on gifts this holiday season, according to estimates by the American Research Group. Don’t make the same

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How to Save Money with a Home Brewing Hobby

About a week ago, I posted an article on how to save money with a board and card gaming hobby. That article came pretty directly

12.03.15
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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Frugal People in Your Life

Mary writes in with a great question: I am a 29-year-old single female with a good income and have become very interested in personal finance

11.27.15
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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

11.27.15
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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

11.25.15
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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

11.17.15
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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

11.14.15
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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

11.14.15

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

11.13.15
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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

11.12.15
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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

11.09.15
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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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