03.11.16
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Make the Most of Your ‘Stay-Cation’

Right about the time you are reading this, I’m waving good bye to my family as they travel a bit during spring break. They’re going

03.04.16
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Frugal Out of Necessity, Frugal Out of Choice

When I was in college, I was frugal out of necessity. I had very little income coming in – just the money from a part-time

03.02.16
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Managing Expensive Hobbies So They Don’t Destroy You Financially

Ken writes: Golf really isn’t that expensive of a hobby if you do it smartly. My friends jokingly call me the “cheap golfer.” I mostly

02.26.16
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The Frugal Spectrum

When people think of the word “frugal” or define in their head what a “frugal person” is, they usually think of someone that is at

02.25.16
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The Basic Toolbox Everyone Needs to Handle Simple DIY Tasks at Home

When we first moved into our house, the only tool I owned was a Leatherman Wave multitool that I kept in my pocket. Honestly, it

02.22.16
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Why You Should Stop Spending Money to Impress People

When you’re a teenager with little life experience, it’s easy to build your entire life around what other people think. It can feel normal to

02.19.16
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The Financial Trap of Buying Your Way Out of Life’s Little Challenges

A few weeks ago, someone close to me was driving home from work when suddenly one of their tires blew out. At that point, this

02.18.16
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30 Store-Brand and Generic Items I Use… and Five I Don’t

When I go to the grocery store, most of the items that I put into my cart are generic or store-brand items. I continually walk

02.16.16
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Simple Preparation, Big Savings: 14 Ways to Spend a Bit of Time and Money Now to Save More Money and Time Later

On the back page of my pocket notebook for the last several months, I’ve been jotting down the little things that I’ve noticed or done

02.14.16
venice

Five Things You Could Afford If You Didn’t Buy a New Car

America’s love affair with cars has reached critical mass. According to Experian’s quarterly “State of the Automotive Finance Market,” the average car payment for a

02.12.16
Frugality and Confidence

Five Reasons People Fear Frugality – and Why Those Reasons Are Wrong

When Sarah and I first moved into our new house in 2007, the inaugural electric bill was shocking to us. It was way higher than

02.10.16
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Five Monthly Bills You Could Live Without

When people finally decide they want to get ahead financially, most choose one of two strategies: They either look for ways to earn more money, or they

02.07.16
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When Thrifty Met Spendy: Love, Money, and Financial Compatibility

If you’re fighting with your sweetie, there’s a good chance it’s about money. A study by SunTrust found that more than a third of couples

02.02.16
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11 Ways I Entertain Myself for Free

As you read this article, my town is facing the brunt of an enormous winter storm. We’re anticipating between one and two feet of snow

01.30.16
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How to Avoid Feeling Disconnected from the Numbers

I’ve been saving for retirement in some fashion or another since I was 22 years old. That means I’ve been accumulating money in various retirement

01.29.16
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Spare Time: Higher Earnings or Lower Spending?

Sarah (no, not my wife) wrote in with a really good question: Let’s say I have a free weekend. Am I better off spending that

01.26.16
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How to Organize a Cost-Effective and Fun Dinner Party

Roughly once a month, my wife and I host a dinner party with a guest list numbering between four and 10 other people. These dinner parties

01.21.16
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How to Save Money with a Video Gaming Hobby

Charlie writes in: I loved your recent article on saving money on board games. Do you have something similar about video games? It is a

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