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

11.06.15
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Where to Find Free Wi-Fi in Any Neighborhood

Here are 12 businesses I look for in any neighborhood when I need free Wi-Fi to surf the Web or access something online. This additional service is

10.31.15
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Eight Romantic, Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

The average couple in the United States spends $3,400 on their honeymoon, according to Conde Nast Bridal InfoBank. This post-wedding getaway is supposed to be a

10.29.15
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10 People Who Really Need a Budget

You might think that only coupon-clipping, rice-and-bean-eating super-savers need to be concerned about budgeting. Not the case! Even some of the highest-paid people in the

10.29.15
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The Delicious Dozen: 12 Strategies for Eating Healthy and Cheap

We have five people living in our home – two adults and three children. With that many mouths to feed, a large monthly food budget

10.27.15
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Do We Have Our Possessions Backwards? Some Thoughts on the Stuff We Own

A few weeks ago, Sarah and I took a serious look at a piece of land for sale in the country not too terribly far

10.24.15
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Check Out These Beautiful, Affordable Wedding Venues

So, you got engaged — congratulations! Now comes the part that some consider fun… and most others consider stressful: planning the actual wedding. One of

10.22.15
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10 Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Saving Money on Food

The big strategies are useful to think about, but it’s often the little specific tactics that you add to your routines that make a big

10.21.15
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Five Better Ways to Spend Your Halloween Dollars

Americans love Halloween. We’re probably going to spend about $7 billion on candy, costumes, and parties this year. That breaks down to the average American spending $75

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10 Cheap DIY Halloween Costume Ideas (and What They Cost)

From candy to costumes, Americans spend an insane amount of money on Halloween each year: a whopping $6.9 billion in 2015, according to National Retail

10.14.15
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The People and the Things You See Shape Your Choices and Finances

Earlier today, I had an exchange on Facebook with a friend (and fan of The Simple Dollar) named Jeremy about a great little article (with

10.13.15
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Finding Affordable Wedding Rings

Ah, the wedding ring. It’s the one piece of jewelry that’s supposed to encompass all the feelings you have for the person you love most

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Here’s What Living on Half Your Income Really Looks Like

If you ask anyone who plans to retire early what their secret is, they’ll all say the same thing — it’s a high savings rate.

10.10.15

The Diderot Effect and You

In 1769, Denis Diderot published an essay entitled Regrets for my Old Dressing Gown, or A warning to those who have more taste than fortune.

10.09.15
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Some Thoughts on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares and How to Maximize Their Value

At the start of this year, Sarah and I decided to sign up for a community supported agriculture (CSA) group in our area. We ended

10.04.15
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17 Vegetarian Recipes to Save Money on Meals

A number of recent studies have proven that eating less meat can be good for your overall health. But did you know that eating less

10.03.15
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Guide to Consignment Shops

It’s a classic quandary: You have way too much stuff, but your wallet is empty. Selling your items on consignment can help solve both of

10.01.15
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Six Bills You Can Negotiate Down to Save Money

If you have a love-hate relationship with your monthly bills, you’re not alone. While most of us enjoy a modern lifestyle and all the perks that

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