06.11.12
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Open and Close the Blinds/Curtains in Tune with the Weather (162/365)

One of my closest friends is adamant about not using his air conditioning. From a cheapskate perspective, it makes sense. If he’s not paying a

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Reader Mailbag: Online Classes

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

06.10.12
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Use Heavy Drapes and Blinds (161/365)

We’ve all experienced the warmth of direct sunlight on our skin and enjoyed the coolness of the shade on a hot summer day. The same

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The Value of Climbing the Mountain

The last six years of my life have been spent grinding as hard as possible towards one specific goal. I wanted to be free of

06.09.12
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Adjust Your Home’s Temperature Seasonally (160/365)

The bigger the difference between the external temperature and the internal temperature of your home, the more work your air conditioning or furnace is going

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #77

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.

06.08.12
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Air-Seal Your Home (159/365)

Unless you live in a perfect climate, you’re going to be running your air conditioning and/or your furnace during some portion of the year. Here

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Personal Finance Is Rarely Black and White

Let’s look at two people, Bob and Charlotte. Each of them has only one outstanding debt, a $100,000 mortgage with a 3.75% interest rate that

06.07.12
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Take Shorter Showers (158/365)

After a long day, I enjoy a nice shower. It feels pretty good to stand in there and let the water pour over you. Every

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Reader Mailbag: Handwritten Letters

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

06.06.12
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Install Low-Flow Showerheads (157/365)

Shower heads vary widely in the amount of water that they disperse, and the water flow isn’t directly connected to how strong the shower feels,

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Quarters Edition

Recently, I learned that U.S. quarters minted before 1965 are actually almost pure silver, meaning that due to the high price of silver, the value

06.05.12
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Insulate Your Water Heater (156/365)

In most houses, you’ll find a large tank water heater like the one pictured below. If you were to open that tank up, you’d find

06.05.12
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Food and Vacation

Over the next two months, our family is going to be doing some vacationing in various places in the Midwest and Great Plains. The longest

06.04.12
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Turn Down Your Water Heater (155/365)

Try this simple hot water experiment. Right now, go turn on the hot water in your shower. Turn the hot water as high as it

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Reader Mailbag: Yard Sale Searching

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

06.03.12
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Put All Device Chargers on One Power Strip (154/365)

Like most other electronic devices, the chargers for our wireless devices consume a bit of phantom power, too. Cell phone chargers. Camera battery pack chargers.

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New York’s Soda Ban and Your Money

On Wednesday, the mayor of New York City announced a proposed ban on large sugared drinks, which essentially limits all drinks with added sugar content