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Why Podcasts Are the Best Entertainment Bargain on the Internet – and 30 Great Ones to Enjoy

Whenever I’m sitting at my desk working, I’m almost always listening to a podcast. Whenever I’m in the car, I’m almost always listening to a

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How Popular Television Shows Subtly Encourage Bad Spending Habits

Like it or not, we’re all influenced by the things we see and do and hear. Sometimes, we’re conscious of and aware of those influences,

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Quite often, big financial changes (or other life changes) can feel absolutely overwhelming or even impossible. When you have debt that’s bigger than your salary,

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How a Meaningful Morning Routine Can Set The Stage for Financial, Professional, and Personal Success

The first few hours of each of my days are set in stone. I wake up at 6 AM on the dot. (Some mornings, I

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What Is Investing? How Do I Start?

Tell me if this sounds familiar. At some point earlier in your life, you had no sense whatsoever about your finances. For whatever reason –

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Making Today a Part of Your Meaningful Life

“Modern man is conditioned to expect instant gratification, but any success or triumph realized quickly, with only marginal effort, is necessarily shallow. Meaningful achievement takes

10.18.16
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Handling Financially Irresponsible People

One of the greatest challenges for people attempting to adopt or maintain a life of financial responsibility is the presence of financially irresponsible people in

10.15.16
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Frugality and the Challenge of Raising Children

My children get off the school bus each day at around 3:30. The bus stop is two houses down from our house, so as soon

10.14.16
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‘What Do You Want for the Holidays?’ for Frugally-Minded Folks

My extended family has always been very passionate about giving gifts. We enjoy hunting for and finding interesting gifts for each other. We often make

10.12.16
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Some Thoughts on Hating Your Job and What You Can Do About It

With the exception of about two years of my adult life (split into two periods), I have never actually hated my job. I’ve usually been

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Money Boosts From Unexpected Places: 10 Areas of Personal Growth That Link Well With Personal Finance Success

For many people, “personal finance” becomes a separate and distinct area in their lives, completely blocked off from how they choose to spend their time

10.08.16
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Six Simple Skills Everyone Can Learn to Improve Their Earnings Potential at Work

The core message behind The Simple Dollar can be boiled down to five simple words, words that have been repeated many times on this site.

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Filling the Empty Spaces

See if this sounds familiar to you… You’re sitting there waiting for something to happen. Maybe you’re in a doctor’s office waiting room. Maybe you’re

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Personal Finance and Magical Thinking

Like most people, I like to daydream about a stage later in my life where all of my financial worries are taken care of and

10.02.16
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Three Big Reasons It Costs More to Be Poor

While even high-earning Americans often struggle with money, making ends meet is particularly difficult for the poor. Americans in the lowest income bracket spend an astonishing 182% of their income.

09.30.16
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Eight Discount Grocery Strategies That Will Keep Your Food and Household Prices Low

This week, we’ve taken a serious look at making your food cheap. We’ve looked at using a $1-per-meal strategy and then some ideas for implementing

09.26.16
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Best Online Brokers for Beginners

I started managing my own money in a brokerage account almost 10 years ago. I had a little bit of money saved, and I didn’t

09.24.16
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What Should I Do With My Life? The Fundamental Question of Personal Finance – and a Surprising Answer

For most of my life, I’ve just drifted. I would work passionately at one thing for a while, then I’d burn out on that thing

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