07.13.12
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Avoid Frozen and Prepackaged Meals (194/365)

The freezer aisle at your local grocery store is often loaded with complete frozen meals. The aisles tend to have a wide variety of “meals

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Time Is Money

In 2008, I made a very painful decision. I walked away from a career that I enjoyed, mostly because I didn’t have the flexibility I

07.12.12
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Get Comfortable with Cooking (193/365)

There was a time – circa 2000 – where I dreaded going into the kitchen. On the rare occasion when I would actually attempt to

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Reader Mailbag: Road Trips with Children

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

07.11.12
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Make a Grocery List Before You Go (192/365)

Eight or nine years ago, I never ever made up a grocery list before hitting the grocery store. I’d stop in there a few times

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fiction Edition

I’ve been struggling for several months with a novel I’ve been working on. It’s been hard to make any progress, mostly because I was having

07.10.12
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Plan Your Meals Using the Grocery Store Flyer (191/365)

Within twenty miles of my home, I can find at least three Hy-Vees, two Wal-Mart Supercenters, a Super Target, a Target with a grocery section,

07.10.12
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Children, Personal Finances, and Entitlement

An allowance is not a salary or an entitlement. It is a tool for teaching children how to manage money. – Joline Godfrey, Raising Financially

07.09.12
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Eat Before You Go Grocery Shopping (190/365)

As I discussed yesterday, one of the biggest unnecessary costs when it comes to the grocery store is impulse buying. You wander through the grocery

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Reader Mailbag: The Unexplained

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

07.08.12
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Go Grocery Shopping Once a Week at Most (189/365)

Whenever I go grocery shopping, I always find myself eyeballing the gum in the checkout aisle. Chewing gum is one of those little things in

07.08.12
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The Art of Saving Money on Food – or Anything Else

I can make a really good loaf of bread for about two dollars, all told. That includes the cost of water, of flour, of yeast,

07.07.12
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Don’t Eat Out as Often (188/365)

The average American eats an average of 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week. In other words, as a nation, we eat out between four and

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #81

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.

07.06.12
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Watch Less Television (187/365)

Right off the bat, let me make it clear that I don’t think television watching is an inherently bad hobby. My primary concern with it

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Microrewarding Yourself

In order to encourage everyone in our family to get outside and exercise as much as reasonably possible this summer, Sarah and I instituted a

07.05.12
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Read More (186/365)

Reading is an incredibly inexpensive hobby that provides so many benefits. Most of the time, it requires little or no electricity to engage in reading,

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Reader Mailbag: The Tough Part

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