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The ‘Drops in a Bucket’ Mindset

“Don’t you ever get tired of just saving money?” “Why don’t you just live a little? You have money in the bank and can afford

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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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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How to Enjoy an Expensive Hobby Without Overspending

A few days ago, I was cleaning out the garage when I found my old set of golf clubs. Now, for those of you who

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Questions About Equifax, Coffee, Comic Books, Pyrex, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

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The Negative Domino Effect (or How to Handle Murphy’s Law)

Earlier this week, I had a really difficult spell of writer’s block. I spent far too long writing a paragraph or two, being dissatisfied with

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How the Other Half Lives

My wife and I have a relatively vibrant social circle, filled with all different kinds of people. Some of them like to come over to

09.14.17
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Seven Strategies for Efficient Hobby and Entertainment Spending

One of the core principles that guides my financial life is the idea of finding the best “bang for the buck” for every dollar I

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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What Should You Do When Your Hours Are Cut at Work?

Morgan writes in: For the past four months I have worked at a small store here in town. I had plenty of hours over the

09.12.17
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The Souvenir Game: 17 Ways to Physically Remember a Moment Without Spending Extra Money

A while back, I had an experience in a gift shop that really stuck in my mind. I was sitting on a bench outside of

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When You Overspend: Five Steps to Recover from a Spending Spree

Have you ever spent more money than you planned? If you’re a human who has had money at any point in your life, the answer

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New Travel Cards Aim for Leisure Over Luxury

American Express and JPMorgan Chase have introduced a pair of co-branded airline cards with no annual fees and fewer frills. The new cards aim to

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Questions About Evil Index Funds, Stretched Belts, Debt Regrets, Grills, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

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Seven Vital Money Moves to Make in Your 40s

Many people find their 40s to be the best decade yet. You’re in your peak earning years, and the kids, if not nearly launched or

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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

09.08.17
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How I Get Focused for Great Professional and Personal Performance

During the school year, I typically have a roughly seven and a half hour window in which the house is empty and quiet and I