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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Questions About Financial Coaching, Letterboxing, Bag Dumps, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

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Some Thoughts on the ‘Lost Generation’

Recently, I had a long email conversation with a reader about 10 years younger than myself. He’s firmly a member of the millennial generation, whereas I’m

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How to Avoid Beating Yourself Up Over Little Mistakes

I have this little voice in my head that likes to slam me for the missteps I make. If I eat too much at supper,

02.16.17
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Three Tax Traps for Freelancers (and Three Perks, Too)

There are many benefits to freelancing, but it’s sometimes hard to remember that when tax time rolls around. That’s because, unlike regular employees who pay taxes

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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

02.15.17
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Five Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

If you got a huge raise at the end of the year, consider yourself lucky. A deluge of data both new and old show that annual

02.14.17
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How to Become ‘The Millionaire Next Door’

One of the most influential books I’ve ever read in terms of shaping my thoughts on personal finance and helping me figure out what to

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Questions About Local Banks, Weight Loss, New City Challenges, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

02.12.17
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Three Famous Athletes Who Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Frugality

Professional athletes often find themselves on shaky financial footing when they retire. This happens despite the fact that many of them make more money in

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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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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Taking a Hard Look at Your Future Self

One of the most powerful concepts I’ve ever come across in my years of studying and thinking about personal finance issues is the concept of

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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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Questions About Furnaces, Focusing, Estate Planning, Watercooler Talk, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

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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.

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What Kind of Retirement Is Right For You?

I had a great lunch today with an old friend of mine. We used to work together and he was a couple of decades older

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

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