Financial and Personal Success and the Cardinal Virtues

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that financial success isn’t a cause, it’s an effect. What I mean by that is that there are

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Some Thoughts on Conspicuous Consumption – and Less Expensive Ways to Show Your Status

A few days ago, I commented on a friend’s wristwatch. I happened to notice it because the face of the watch was black, which actually

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Frugality and Long-Term Financial Success

Like many people who suddenly realize how bad their financial situation is, we dove hard into frugality during the first few months of our financial

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Think You Don’t Have Time to Focus on Your Money? Think Again

For the most part, most of us know how we should be living our lives. We should exercise five times a week, right? And if you

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“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must

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Achieving Health and Fitness Without Breaking the Bank

Almost every week, I receive a message from a reader looking for strategies to improve their personal health or fitness without spending substantial amounts of

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Ten Useful Strategies for Learning Financial Self-Control

If you’re anything like me, you’re incredibly tempted several times a day to spend money on something that you don’t really need. Maybe it’s a

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How to Minimize and Get Maximum Value from a Book Collection

My wife and I are both lifelong reading addicts. We have shelves and boxes full of books around our home, even after several “purges” of

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Financial Mistakes You Must Avoid in Your 20s? Why You Need to Be Careful with Online Financial Advice

In the last few days, several readers have shared a video with me that’s been floating around on Facebook. The video is titled Financial Mistakes

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Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Have a Budget

Nobody likes talking about the dreaded “B word.” Just mention the word budgeting in a crowd, and you’ll see perfectly reasonable adults turn into petulant


20 Strategies for Radically Cutting Your Food Expenses

The average American family spends $151 a week on food, according to this Gallup poll. That’s actually quite a lot of money when you consider

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It’s Your Journey, Not Theirs

Earlier this month, I was traveling with my family in Toronto. I was waiting outside of the CN Tower for my family to meet up

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The Small Bag Experiment

For years, I’ve enjoyed the writings of James Altucher (recommended reading: his book Choose Yourself). Although the man has made millions over the years, in

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The Forest and the Trees of Financial Independence

A few days ago, I happened across a wonderful article from Erica Johnston at the Washington Post, entitled How one family is sending 13 kids

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Eight Numbers That Show How American Families Struggle with Money

When it comes to managing our money, Americans have plenty of room for improvement. Sure, we’re the richest country in the world… but most of us

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Depriving Yourself Doesn’t Work

Connie writes in: I am sick and tired of having to live a miserable life in order to save for retirement and to pay down

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Connected: Developing Intrinsic and Extrinsic Connections to Your Key Financial, Professional, and Life Goals

Goals are a major part of my life. I’ve found, particularly over the last ten years, that setting personal and professional goals and achieving them

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Banking Basics: How Do Money Orders Work, Anyway?

What is a money order? It’s simply a little piece of paper that allows the person named to receive a specified amount of cash. Money

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