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

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