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A Financially Sensible Plan for Handling Career Burnout

I faced what I consider to be “career burnout” at three points in my life. In 2004, I was getting burned out on uncertainty. My

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The Key to Financial Success Is Being Accountable to Yourself

Over the years, I’ve written about literally thousands of tactics for spending less money, earning more money, and putting that extra money to work to

01.18.17
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How (and Why) to Write a Career Plan

Last Friday, I published an article entitled Does Spending Pennies to Make Dollars Really Make Sense? In it, I made the case that spending money

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

01.17.17
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Using Mini-Games for Financial and Personal Improvement

Let me tell you three little stories about myself from the last few months. * * * I was invited to a party with about

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Questions About 401(k) Fees, Razors, Camping with Kids, 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

01.14.17
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Frugality, Freedom, and Peace

A few days ago, my oldest son flushed the toilet on the main floor. When he did that, two things happened. First, the chain attaching

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Does ‘Spending Pennies to Make Dollars’ Really Make Sense?

You come home from work. There’s a big pile of laundry that needs to be sorted and washed. You also need to make dinner. You

01.11.17
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How to Plan a Great, Low-Cost Valentine’s Day Surprise

Some of you are going to see the topic of this article, check the calendar, and be completely confused. Valentine’s Day? That’s more than a

01.10.17
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Finding the Line Between Frugality and Deprivation

Frugality is a spectacular tool for immediately seeing positive financial results in your life. Whenever you find ways to get most of the same value

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Questions About Matching Funds, Light Bulbs, Library Book Sales, 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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Macrobudgeting and Microbudgeting

Most people, when they think of a personal budget, think of what I would describe as a “microbudget.” It’s the traditional kind, where you divide

01.04.17
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The Secret of Inverse Vacation Planning

Last summer, Sarah and I took our family to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a couple of days as part of our summer vacation looping

01.03.17

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

Social Security disability benefits can provide for your family when an injury, illness, or disability prevents you from working and earning an income. Applying for these

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Why You Should Reduce Media Costs and 12 Strategies for Doing So

Recently, I spent a large portion of a day with an acquaintance who left his television on all of the time, tuned almost exclusively to

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Questions About Wealthy Coworkers, Regretted Purchases, Money Anger, 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

12.31.16
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How I Use Evernote, My Most Essential Free Online Tool

A few weeks ago, I answered a mailbag question from Jim, who wanted to know how I use Evernote. I gave him an answer that

12.31.16
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What to Do if You Win the Lottery: Five Steps to Take When You Hit the Jackpot

Over the course of a few hours, you’ve gone from regular middle-class schmuck to millionaire. How? Despite shark-attack odds, you purchased a winning lottery ticket

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