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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Eight Affordable Furniture Stores to Furnish Your Home on the Cheap

A huge, cozy couch to read on during a rainy, drizzly day can bring you a significant amount of joy. However, furniture – couches especially

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11 Simple but Vital Home and Auto Maintenance Tasks That People Often Forget

About once a month, I spend part of a Saturday simply catching up on home and auto maintenance tasks that have fallen through the cracks.

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Money and Being an Introvert

A few days ago, I was leafing through my journal for 2015 and thinking about some of the best things that I did during the

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Seven Ways to Find Affordable Flights

Airfare is one of the most expensive components of any vacation or business trip. More often than not, getting there isn’t just half the fun — it’s half


Balancing Frugality and Free Time

For Christmas, my family received an electric homemade ice cream maker, an item that was received with great joy by my children. Even though the

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Automated and Boring

You’ve figured out pretty much all of the basics of personal finance. You’ve automated contributions to all of your financial goals at a pretty healthy

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How to Find Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses

The average bridesmaid dress in the United States costs $150 before alterations. Since I just dropped $300 on a bridesmaid dress for a December wedding I

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An Experienced Frugal Parent’s Guide to Child Care

Child care. It’s one of the biggest expenses out there for most new parents. Like it or not, it’s something you’re going to have to

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11 Affordable Bedroom Sets We Love

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to make my master bedroom more of a haven. I live in a small apartment, and I

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