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Unnecessary Necessities

As I do most years, I spent some time looking at Black Friday flyers for a number of stores in my area, just to see


Spending Your Life

Recently, I had the great pleasure of reading an excellent article from Wait But Why entitled Your Life in Weeks. The premise of the article

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Making a ‘Future Self Friday’

A few months ago, I made a key change to my work schedule. I was feeling frustrated that I never felt as though I had

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What Works For Me Won’t Necessarily Work for You

I’m a married white male in my mid-30s, living in Iowa with my wife and three children. I work from home writing for various sites,

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Secrets of ‘Supersavers’

Yesterday, I found this great article from the New York Times entitled ‘Supersavers’ Focus on the Goal. The article focuses on people like me and


The Freezer and Slow Cooker Connection: How to Easily Prepare a Bunch of Slow Cooker Recipes in Advance to Save Tons of Money

Recently, I’ve made a few mentions of the fact that Sarah and I (honestly, mostly Sarah, as she has really jumped on board with this

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12 Strategies for Saving Money on Convention or Conference Trips

Back when I worked in an office environment, I attended two or three professional conferences per year. I often presented at these events and, for


Negative Feelings About Cheap Things (and How to Overcome Them)

A few days ago, I came across this great video from The School of Life. It’s well worth watching: From the description: In assessing what


Seven Key Approaches for Solving a Gambling Addiction and Getting Your Life and Finances Back on Track

In 2005, I went through a period where I played a great deal of online poker. During that timeframe, online poker was in a boom

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The Secret of the Launchpad

One of the most important things I ever did with regards to launching The Simple Dollar and making it successful was to adopt a pretty

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Breaking Through the Money Scarcity Mindset

When I was a young child, my parents didn’t have a whole lot of money. My parents worked very hard to keep food on the

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The Value of Doing a Monthly Financial Review – and Six Easy Steps for Doing So

I’m going to be blunt. It is really, really, really hard to succeed long term with your personal finances if you don’t know where your

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Being Judgmental on the Path to Financial Independence

It’s been more than nine years since Sarah and I hit our financial bottom and started to turn things around. Along that path, many good

When Financial Improvement Is Just a Phase

Sarah and I hit our financial bottom almost a decade ago. We made some hard choices, started turning things around, and those changes are still

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How Much Do You Really Need to Save to Retire Early?

If there’s one financial question that really hangs over my head these days, it’s probably this one. How much money do I need to have

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The Delicious Dozen: 12 Strategies for Eating Healthy and Cheap

We have five people living in our home – two adults and three children. With that many mouths to feed, a large monthly food budget

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Pretending to Be Rich

Recently, I had a great email exchange with a reader whom we’ll call “Tim” about the incoming financial struggles of his in-laws as they age.

Five Strategies for Handling Slow Progress Toward Your Goals

When you start paying attention to your finances, the progress can feel amazing. Over the first few years of our financial turnaround, we saw our

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