09.24.17
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A Frugal Wedding Adventure, Part 3: The Big Day and the Final Numbers

A few weeks ago, I got married in rural Wisconsin, in the backyard of the house in which my wife grew up. The following morning,

Super Bowl Sleepover

Marriott and Starwood Offer
Fan-tastic NFL Experiences

Last week, Marriott International announced the kickoff of their 2018 Courtyard Super Bowl Sleepover Contest. The contest gives one lucky fan the opportunity to wake

09.21.17
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Frugal Flu Fighting: Affordable Ways to Avoid Influenza

The flu isn’t just a cold. It’s a serious health issue that can be fatal, especially if a secondary infection like pneumonia sets in. According

09.20.17
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The Soup Stockpile: An Easy Route to Having Tons of Convenient Freezer Soups

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for our family. Not only has Sarah returned to teaching from her summer break, our children have

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Nine Things We Look for When Buying Rental Property

When my husband and I bought our first rental property in 2007, we barely knew what we were doing. We saved up a large down

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How to Handle Your Finances During a Disaster

On The Simple Dollar, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of credit history and building good credit. It tends to look good on your

09.19.17
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How to Teach Kids About Money, from Toddlers to Teens

The world is beginning to embrace the idea of a cashless economy, and it’s raised some interesting questions about how we impart financial knowledge to

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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,

09.13.17
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How to Plan (& Provide) for a Child with Special Needs

Nobody likes to attach a dollar amount to the joys of raising a child, but the fact remains that it can be quite expensive. This

09.13.17
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Will the New iPhone 8 and iPhone X Be Worth the Investment? (Nope.)

A few days ago, I was reading the news when I stumbled on an article I found both interesting… and appalling. CNBC explained that the new

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5 Time-Saving Productivity Hacks, Reviewed

Deciding to be more productive is easy. Figuring out where to start is a bit more tricky. We wanted to see how much time (and

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A Beginner’s Guide to Lifelong Learning at a Minimal Cost

This is part of an informal series of posts where I outline how I’ve applied money-saving strategies to many of my hobbies without sacrificing what

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Stopping Online ‘Boredom’ Shopping

I’ve done it myself a few times. You’re sitting at your computer, or maybe tapping around on your phone. You don’t have much to do

08.31.17
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How to Find a Partner Who Is Money-Smart

A few days ago, I received a Facebook message from a reader looking for dating advice. She was looking for someone stable for a longer-term

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Six Home Improvements That Just Aren’t Worth It for Us

As someone born and raised and central Indiana, I have been spoiled with cheap real estate all my life. The first home we ever purchased

08.30.17
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Eight Cheap and Tasty Taco Recipes

No matter your ethnic background or where you live, it’s fairly safe to say that almost everyone you know likes tacos. They’re easy to make,

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The Ultimate Military Discount Travel Guide (2017)

Millions of men, women, and their families have made daily sacrifices to ensure the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. There’s no denying that

08.28.17
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Sorry, But Your Home Isn’t an ‘Investment’

“It’s the best investment I ever made!” “Why haven’t you bought a house yet? You know you’re just throwing your money away on rent, right?”