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Four Best Credit Cards to Take to the Grocery Store

You may not care much about credit card rewards or think you spend enough to justify using them, but the truth is most people could

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The New Costco Credit Card: Is It Worth It?

After a 16-year partnership, Costco announced the end of its relationship with American Express late last year. Sadly, this news also served as the death

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Best Credit Card Points to Redeem for Gift Cards

While it’s easy to assume credit card rewards are only lucrative if you like to travel, that’s not really true. In reality, a large number

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A Walkthrough of Our Weekly Meal Planning Routine

A couple of years ago, I wrote a very popular post called Meal Planning for Busy Families, in which I outlined the exact strategy that

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The Strategic Splurge: Saving for the Stuff You Really Want

While some people are frugal by necessity, others are frugal by choice. Instead of making careful financial decisions and living within a tight budget just to get

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We Gave Eight Households $100 to Spend at the Grocery Store

Can you guess who bought a $62.99 bottle of wine, who spent nearly $50 on pizza rolls and other junk food, and who spent the

03.13.16
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‘Phantom Savings’ and Other White Lies We Tell Ourselves

When my husband and I decided to remodel our entryway, living room, and family room earlier this year, we found ourselves falling into some ugly,

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A Field Guide to Facebook Yard Sale Groups

Selling stuff you don’t need is a simple way to make some extra cash, and the Internet has made it possible to skip the headache

02.10.16
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Five Monthly Bills You Could Live Without

When people finally decide they want to get ahead financially, most choose one of two strategies: They either look for ways to earn more money, or they

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Eight Affordable Furniture Stores to Furnish Your Home on the Cheap

A huge, cozy couch to read on during a rainy, drizzly day can bring you a significant amount of joy. However, furniture – couches especially

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How to Find Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses

The average bridesmaid dress in the United States costs $150 before alterations. Since I just dropped $300 on a bridesmaid dress for a December wedding I

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11 Affordable Bedroom Sets We Love

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to make my master bedroom more of a haven. I live in a small apartment, and I

12.14.15
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The Cost of Christmas 2015

Imagine you’re a family of four who just bought their first house, and you’re getting ready to celebrate your first Christmas in your new home. You’re planning to pick

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The Best and Worst Price-Matching Policies for Holiday Shopping

Just about every major retailer offers some sort of price-matching policy that can help you avoid overpaying — not only for holiday gifts, but everyday

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The Right Way to Use Your Credit Cards This Holiday Season

For most of us, the arrival of the holidays signals an uptick in spending. Presents for family members and travel expenses on the way to

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Using Personal Finance Data to Drive Smart New Year’s Resolutions

Each year, near the end of the year, I like to take a look at the personal finance data I’ve accumulated over the preceding 12 months

12.09.15
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Eight Gifts People Don’t Throw Away

When it comes to giving and receiving gifts, they say it’s the thought that counts. Unfortunately, good intentions can’t drown out the silence that fills

12.08.15
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The Best Affordable SUVs

SUVs have gotten incredibly popular over the past two decades, and that trend looks set to continue — especially as gas prices have fallen in the

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