02.21.17
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15 Simple Driving Tactics That Will Save You Surprising Money (and Time, Too)

One of my biggest financial frustrations is stopping at a gas station. You dump fuel in your car, spend $40 or more, and then all

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Eight Frugal Ways to Ward Off Cabin Fever

Snowmen and hot cocoa are nice and all, but for many of us the novelty of the cold and snow begins to wear off shortly after

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Five Strategies for Avoiding (or Talking Yourself Out of) Hasty Purchases

The biggest personal finance mistake I make on any sort of a regular basis is to visit a store of any kind where I know

02.13.17
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Fancy Vacations? What Kids Really Want Is Your Time

Ever since my husband and I had children, family vacation has always been a priority in our house. At least once per year, I love

02.10.17
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Meal Prep Day! Simple Rice and Beans

I often talk about how I enjoy preparing meals in advance by making a bunch of duplicate meals at once, popping them in the freezer

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Best Flood Insurance Companies

Flood insurance isn’t required for all homeowners, just those with federally backed mortgages in high-risk flood areas where there’s at least a 25 percent chance

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Supporting a Passion for Movies on a Reasonable Budget

Erica writes in with a question for the Mailbag that wound up with an answer that was just too long: My husband and I are

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for $50 or Less

TSD’s Holly Johnson and Jon Gorey have, well, different perspectives on some things. Here, they share some ideas for a frugal Valentine’s Day date night.

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Buying a Home This Year? Start Now to Get Your Credit in Shape

Are you planning to buy a new home this year? Unless you’ve recently won the lottery or can otherwise afford to pay in cash, it’s probably time

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The ‘Buy It For Life’ Compendium, Volume 2

About two years ago, I published a lengthy compendium of “buy it for life” product suggestions, because I’m regularly asked such in the reader mailbag.

02.02.17
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How to Find the Perfect (Frugal) Valentine’s Gift

When it comes to holidays that place unreasonable expectations on our wallets, Valentine’s Day has got to be the worst. Every time early February rolls

01.30.17
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Is Shopping at Walmart Worth the Savings?

I’ll never forget the day my daughter and I spent 53 minutes in line at Walmart. It started innocently enough. My seven-year-old needed a new

01.29.17
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How and Why to Tell Your Kids ‘No’

Do you ever get sick of telling your kids “no” all the time? Do you feel bad saying “no,” even though you know you should? This

01.28.17
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12 Strategies for a Successful ‘Meal Prep Day’

One common strategy for saving money on food that shows up in a lot of frugality books and on many frugality websites is the idea

01.25.17
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Buying Foods Based on Cost Per Calorie

Recently, I came across this infographic that listed a bunch of different foods, separated by category (fruit; vegetables; fats, nuts, and seeds; fish, poultry, and

01.18.17
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A Frugal Wedding Adventure: The Planning Phase

I recently got engaged. I managed to stay frugal throughout the entire process. The ring did not set me back three months’ salary. I got a

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Seven Ways to Save Money As a Landlord

Around a decade ago, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We weren’t entirely sure what we were doing, but we were determined

01.11.17
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Can the GM BuyPower Card Help You Save on a New Car?

We’ve all heard of earning cash back, airfare, and hotel stays with credit card rewards, but what about a new car? The GM BuyPower card

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