03.06.17
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Revisiting My Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written for The Simple Dollar is Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide. In it,

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Questions About Store Credit Cards, Laundry Soap, Personal Loans, Speed Reading and More!

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Questions About Housing, Soap Flakes, Gift Cards, Thermoses and More!

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01.19.12
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Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent (18/365)

I’m often stunned at the high price of laundry detergent. If you’re buying Tide, for example, even if you buy the jumbo pack in multiples,

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Homemade Gift Series #2: Homemade Soap

How to Safely Make High Quality Hand-Crafted Soaps Let’s just start this one off with two big, giant warnings! Warning #1 Making soap at home

12.03.13
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Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide

About a year ago, I posted a general description of how to make your own laundry detergent that proved quite popular. That article basically described

06.09.07
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The Laundry Detergent Battle: Costco Versus My Homebrew Formula – What’s Really Frugal?

In response to my post about making your own liquid laundry detergent at home, several people commented that they buy it in huge quantities at

05.19.15
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How To Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Detergent – And Save Big Money

I’ve been experimenting with making lots of cleaning supplies at home, but this one is by far the craziest – and the most successful. Basically,

11.15.17
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Looking Down the Ladder: A Different Perspective on Spending

Several years ago, I wrote a review of Jacob Lund Fisker’s book Early Retirement Extreme and then followed it up a couple of years later.

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Deliberate Experiments, Personal Finance, and Living a Better Life

I recently came across a great article at Medium by Michael Simmons entitled Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule.

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The Real Rewards of Frugality and Financial Independence

Whenever I meet someone face to face and they ask what I do, I tell them I’m a writer and that I mostly write about

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Armageddon on a Shoestring: Prepare for Disasters Without Destroying Your Budget

Just before and right after every disaster, you see news coverage of crowded stores, depleted shelves, and interviews with people who don’t have enough (water,

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Questions About Youth Sports, Cryptocurrency, Tipping, Convenience Foods, and More!

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08.08.17
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22 Frugal Things I Did Today

A couple of days ago, I decided to simply go through my day and make a list of everything that I did that was “frugal.”

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Questions About Difficult Frugality, Paper Bags, Small Debts, Friendships and More!

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06.19.17
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How to Identify (and Take Advantage of) ‘Loss Leaders’ in Grocery and Department Store Flyers

Almost every department and grocery store chain in America produces a weekly flyer describing the sales of the week in the store. The stores do

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Sweat the Big Stuff and the Frequent Stuff.

A friend of mine was visiting the other day – we’ll call this friend Donnie – and I offered Donnie a cup of coffee. He

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Questions About Avocado Toast, Paper Shredders, Hiking, Job Searching, and More!

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