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74,476 Reasons to Get the Bigger Pizza… But Is It Really a Value?

Recently, NPR’s Planet Money team posted a great article entitled “74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get the Bigger Pizza.” In that article, the team analyzed

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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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40 Free (or Extremely Low-Cost) Things I Genuinely Enjoy Doing – and You Might, Too

A reader recently “called me out” via Facebook: I don’t really buy your claim that there are more “free” things to do than you have

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How to Build a Strong Frugal Mindset

Over the past few years, I’ve developed a surprisingly strong mindset for making naturally frugal choices, to the point where non-frugal choices often feel inherently

How to Coupon at $50 an Hour

In the past, I’ve shared a ton of details on how we collect and use coupons. With that in mind, I thought it might be

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A Look at Our Inexpensive Vacation in Wisconsin

Last summer, my family went on a rather expensive family vacation in the southeast United States. As is our family tradition, we try hard to

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How to Avoid Getting Cut by the Cutting Edge

When I graduated from college in 2002, smartphones were just beginning to become popular. There were several different types floating around out there, most with

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How to Maximize the Value of Abundant Fresh Foods: Lessons from a Gardener and CSA Member

One of the pleasures of the summer season is the abundance of fresh foods available. From early summer through the middle of fall, gardens and

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The Deceptively Tiny Wardrobe: A Clever Method for Saving Money and Time With Clothing While Still Having Plenty to Wear

Over the last few years, I’ve bought almost no new clothes. The only exception I can think of at all is some replacements for my

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Nine Fantastic and Inexpensive Summer Recipes Using Fresh Seasonal Foods

For me, the best part of summer is the seemingly endless variety of fresh produce. It’s everywhere, from gardens to CSA baskets, from farmers markets

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Six Simple Changes to Your Grocery Routine That Can Save You a Lot of Money

As I’ve alluded to a few times recently, a Fareway just opened in the small town in which my family lives (for those unfamiliar, Fareway

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Passions, Obsessions, Time, and Money

Recently, I listened to episode #161 of the Pen Addict podcast, which featured a long discussion on the topic of buying with intention. For those

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Frugality and Self-Confidence

One thing I often do when I’m looking for inspiration or new angles for The Simple Dollar is simply go back and read my journals

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Turning Three Big Financial Projects from Plan into Action

A few days ago, I wrote an article on becoming a “doer” instead of a “planner.” Many of us are very good at making plans

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10 Things You Should Never Buy Used

Whether you’re trying to save money or be less wasteful in general, shopping at secondhand stores, garage sales, and flea markets is a good strategy.


Eight Frugal Ways to Unwind

In the crazy, fast-paced world we live in, it’s important to find ways to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, some of the most enjoyable ways to

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A Guide to Extreme Food Budgeting

Jeremy writes in: In my current job, I bring in about $780 per biweekly paycheck. I get paid 26 times a year. I make a

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Beyond eBay: Six Better Ways to Buy, Sell, and Trade Stuff Online

Are you tired of the mountains of clutter around your home? Are you overwhelmed by your own “stuff?” Do you have so many belongings that you

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