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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

Passions, Obsessions, Time, Money

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

Frugality and Confidence

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


Five Ways to Bounce Back from a Busted Budget

It happens to the best of us. Everything is going great, then all of a sudden, something knocks your budget completely off track. It can

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The Best Used Cars for Simply Getting Around

It’s expensive to buy and own a car — the American Automobile Association (AAA) pegs the cost of owning a vehicle at a whopping $8,698 a year. But

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The Social Cost of Frugality

Scott writes: I’m curious to see what the Simple Dollar’s opinion is on the social cost of purchasing cheap items. I tend to be rather frugal

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Some Thoughts on “Cutting Back” on Frugality

It’s a pretty typical story. Person reaches a financial breaking point. Person begins to use frugality to cut back strongly on their expenses. Person pays

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Five Things I Was Willing to Give Up to Save Money

Several years ago, my husband and I realized that we weren’t realizing our financial potential. We weren’t hugely in debt or spending frivolously… but we were

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12 Items That Pay for Themselves Tenfold or More

When you’re trying to live a frugal lifestyle and save money, it can seem counterintuitive to buy anything new. Yet, that’s exactly what many money-conscious

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The ‘What Should I Major In?’ Question

Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from a high-school-aged reader – or the parent of a high-school-aged student – who is looking for

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26 Favorite Cheap-and-Easy Meals

If you ask a roomful of people what their biggest budget busters are, many of them will say their food spending is an issue. In

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20 Ways to Make a Great Birthday for Your Child When Money Is Tight

One of the most difficult experiences when you’re a parent is not having enough money to make your children’s special days feel very special at

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15 Simple Money-Saving Strategies for Storing and Preparing Food at Home

Food. It’s a human need. We all need food to survive. However, at the same time, it’s an expense. It drains our wallet every day,

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