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Should You Live at Home to Save Money During College?

What would you say to shaving off about $10,000 a year from your college expenses? The average college graduate leaves school with more than $29,000 in student loan debt, but one common option to reduce that figure by thousands of dollars is to live at home instead of on campus. The average annual cost of room and …

Categories: Education, Family, Housing

Questions About Podcasts, Crossfit, Games, Pets, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. How to save my raise 2. Cheap starter pantry supplies 3. Handling inherited pets 4. Problems with “free to play” 5. Happiness and frugality 6. Religion …

Categories: Reader Mailbag
No wonder you have trouble working at home. It helps to create a workspace and stick to regular hours (and move the dog). Photo: John

How to Stay Productive When Working at Home

The phone keeps ringing. The kitchen sink is full of dishes. The dog has been snoring for 30 minutes and you desperately need to write out your monthly budget and pay your bills. But those things have to wait, and it’s not always by choice. When you work at home, you have to ignore your …

Best Accounting Software in 2015

The Best Accounting Software, is part of an ongoing Small Business Toolkit series, here at The Simple Dollar. Parts 1, 2, and 3 covered the Best Cloud Storage Providers, Best Email Marketing Services, and Best Project Management Software. Now we turn our attention to a crucial task for all small businesses: accounting. The variety of …

25 Simple Ways to Cut the Cost of Moving

Let’s face it: Moving can be a pain in the rear end. My first few moving experiences were horrific. But after that, I was much more prepared, made arrangements well in advance,  and things went smoothly. Planning to relocate in the near future? Whether near or far, here are some hacks to streamline the process: …

Categories: Home and Life, Housing

The Importance of Your Personal Credit

Even if you have a love-hate relationship with it, credit plays an important role in our lives and economy. It allows us to reach financial, personal, and professional milestones that we might not otherwise be able to achieve. Here’s why you need to take your personal credit seriously, and a complete guide to establishing, building, …

Small Business Saturday: Reframing the Meaning of Success

Perhaps it’s an indication of their business’ success when members of the local media refer to Phil Sherburne and Leia Bell as an indie “power couple.” Sherburne, for one, doesn’t necessarily view himself and Bell that way — as some sort of force to be reckoned with on their local arts and business scene. But Sherburne admits …

Our Family’s Seven Favorite Make-Ahead Meals

One of our favorite frugal routines around here is the “make ahead meal.” It often fills our Saturday afternoons. A make ahead meal is a simple concept, really – you just prepare most of a meal in advance, freeze it just prior to the point where you would put it in the oven, and then …

Categories: Frugality

The Facts About E-Filing Your Taxes for Free

If it’s free, it’s for me! With few exceptions, no one really enjoys filing their taxes, so why not reduce the sting by doing it for free? Free is everyone’s favorite price for anything. However, there are restrictions on who, how, and what can be e-filed for free. These filers aren’t invited to the party: Businesses …

Categories: Taxes

Can You Save Money by Becoming Vegetarian?

Beef prices hit record highs last summer and prices for beef, pork, and eggs are expected to climb throughout 2015. Meanwhile, a growing body of research indicates that eating meat and animal products can contribute to a host of health issues, including diabetes and cancer. A recent study published in the journal Cell Metabolism revealed that middle-aged people who …