04.20.16
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Why Emulating the Affluent Is a Terrible Way to Make Spending Choices

I’m going to boil this down for you into a simple question. Would you rather appear wealthy or be wealthy? The reality is that, for

04.19.16
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20 Key Strategies for Finding Incremental Savings in Your Life

One of my favorite personal finance tactics is to find “incremental savings” in my life and do what it takes to implement them. So what

04.19.16
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Why You Should Worship Your Paid-Off Car

As spring warms up, car dealerships are rolling out the red carpet to lure you in. In addition to special sales and dealer incentives, they’ve

04.17.16
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How Our Financial Goals Have Changed After 10 Years of Marriage

In December, my husband and I celebrated 10 wonderful years of marriage. And after looking back on all of the memories, the triumphs, and the disappointments

04.16.16
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How to Use Free Resources to Educate Yourself on Nearly Any Subject

We live in an age where there are more educational resources available to the average person than there ever have been before. For the lifetime

04.15.16
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Using What’s Already in Your Pantry to Make Amazing ‘Free’ Meals

Whenever I open our pantry door, I’m almost assaulted by the quantity of goods that I find in there. I see jars of pasta sauce,

04.08.16
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How a Commitment to Drinking Just Water Saves More Money Than You Think

Several weeks ago, I made a new commitment. I decided I would no longer purchase any beverages for myself besides water. Now, note that my

04.03.16
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25 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

Summer might be the perfect time for a vacation, but peak-season travel doesn’t come cheap. The warm weather, coupled with the fact that kids are out of school,

04.01.16
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Planning Ahead for a Summer of Inexpensive Family Adventures

During this coming summer, Sarah and I are planning on having a handful of short “adventures” with our family. We are going on a summer

03.31.16
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A Walkthrough of Our Weekly Meal Planning Routine

A couple of years ago, I wrote a very popular post called Meal Planning for Busy Families, in which I outlined the exact strategy that

03.25.16
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The ‘Guilt’ of Buying Something Fun

A friend of mine recently told me that my “guilt” from spending money was completely backwards. Let’s say I’m going to a coffee shop, for

03.25.16
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The Strategic Splurge: Saving for the Stuff You Really Want

While some people are frugal by necessity, others are frugal by choice. Instead of making careful financial decisions and living within a tight budget just to get

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My Ultimate Guide to Free Things That I Love to Do

Dana writes in: What exactly is all of this “free stuff” you talk about doing all the time with your family and your friends? I’d

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The Moment Versus the Big Picture

Recently, a reader who I’ll call Jenny sent me a very long and thoughtful message, of which one part has left me thinking for quite

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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Yesterday, as I was sifting through my bookmarks for future Simple Dollar articles, I came across this wonderful article by David Short: Happiness Revisited: A Household

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How to Cut the Cable (or Satellite) Cord and Save a Lot of Money Each Month

Here’s the reality: the average American cable bill is $100 per month. That’s the average, mind you: many people pay more than that, and some

03.13.16
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‘Phantom Savings’ and Other White Lies We Tell Ourselves

When my husband and I decided to remodel our entryway, living room, and family room earlier this year, we found ourselves falling into some ugly,

03.12.16
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Balancing the Value of Frugality and the Value of Time

About a year ago, I wrote an article called Balancing Spending and Time: How ‘Time Frugality’ Can Save You Lots of Cash. The argument behind that

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