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Reader Mailbag: Homebrew Plant Care

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

05.13.12
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Never Be an Early Adopter (133/365)

In April 2010, Apple’s iPad debuted. Depending on the exact model you purchased, it set you back around $500. In March 2011, the iPad 2

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A Sunburn and Two Post-It Notes

This morning, I took all three of my children with me to the grocery store, where we bought food for the next two weeks or

07.29.13
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Sign Up for Automatic Repayment Plans for Student Loans (132/365)

One of the best decisions I made during my years of poor finances after college was to sign up for the automatic loan repayment program

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #73

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

05.11.12
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Ask About Fees When Shopping for Loans (131/365)

On the radio in our car, the first two programmed buttons are set to NPR and to a local talk radio station that features a

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Generics: Six I Buy, Six I Avoid

Generic and store brand products can be a very nice money saver. If you can save a dollar or two by buying a generic item

05.10.12
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Be Accountable – Use Your Family and Friends (130/365)

When you first make the decision to take control of your debts and your financial situation, the change can be really exciting. You’re personally motivated

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Reader Mailbag: Hand Sanitizer

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

05.09.12
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Don’t Sign Up For Store Credit Cards Just for That One Time Bonus (129/365)

A few weeks ago, I had to buy a new belt. My old one was simply on the verge of falling apart and belts are

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sunburn Edition

In the last few days, I’ve attended and coached multiple youth soccer games, taken a group of children to the zoo, entertained a much-loved houseguest,

05.07.12
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Use a Credit Card That Actually Benefits You (128/365)

It’s very easy to get into a routine with a credit card. Perhaps you signed up for one in college or took the first offer

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Unexpected Abundance and Clutter

When I was in high school, my parents wound up with a bunch of cases of Dial soap that they got for free. They filled

05.04.12
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Pay Off Your Whole Credit Card Balance Each Month (127/365)

Credit cards are like sharp knives. They’re wonderful tools, but they can damage you badly if you use them incorrectly. Whenever I hear from someone

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Reader Mailbag: Houseguests

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

05.04.12
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Know Your Credit Report and What It Means (126/365)

First and foremost, ignore those ads from freecreditreport.com and freecreditscore.com and the like. Ignore them. All they do is require you to sign up for

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Three Things

When I was about fourteen, I watched a cancer-stricken Jim Valvano give an amazing speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards. That speech has stuck with

05.04.12
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Try Using the Snowflake Method (125/365)

When most people construct and start executing their debt repayment plan, they get excited. They see the giant iceberg of debt that’s been blocking up