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Putting It Down on Paper: A Look at 12 Goal-Oriented Paper Planners

A few months ago, I mentioned that I had been using a goal-oriented paper planner for a while in order to reflect on my daily

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Personal Finance and the Flood of News and Information

Last week, for a full seven days, I tried an experiment. It’s basically something I’ve described before on the site – a media diet where

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How to Set Meaningful Financial and Frugal Goals for Yourself

Many people – myself included – like to use the month of December as a time to reflect on personal goals, both the ones that

12.06.17
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When a Friend Falls

A couple of weeks ago, just before Thanksgiving, one of our family’s closest friends was standing in his home. He had just spoken to his

12.05.17
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How to Be a Frugal Parent During the Holiday Season

I often mention my kids on here, but I don’t really talk about them directly too much. They don’t make the decision to write about

Reader Mailbag

Questions About Paper Shredders, TIAA, Cookie Jars, Barbecue Sauce, 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

11.29.17
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Inspiration from Martin Ford, Bertrand Russell, Lake, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I

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Moving from Impressing Others to Impressing Yourself

In the book Your Money or Your Life (which happens to be the single most important book I’ve read in terms of helping me launch

12.07.17
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Gift Ideas for Frugal People (and from Frugal People)

It’s that time of the year again. People all across the world are trying to come up with holiday gift ideas for the frugal and

11.28.17
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Six Essential Strategies for Negotiating a Raise at Work

Negotiating a raise at work is a powerful way to improve your financial situation with a single stroke. You suddenly have more income, which means

11.28.17
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The Incredibly Valuable Role of Frugality in Investing

My wife and I have no debts at all. We own our own house with no mortgage – we paid off the whole thing. We

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Questions About Exercise Equipment, Balance Transfers, Homemade Gifts, Multiple Cars, 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

11.27.17
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Creating a Better Option When You Don’t Like the Choices

My oldest son is reaching an interesting age where he’s asking me a ton of questions about adult life, mostly when it’s just the two

11.22.17
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Balancing Frugality and Caring Dog Ownership

A couple of years ago, our family made the collective decision to get a family dog. I wasn’t particularly sold on the idea, but my

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The Value of Thanks … and the Value of Action

As all of my American readers know and many international readers know as well, today is the day that many American families celebrate the Thanksgiving

11.21.17
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Saving Enough for Retirement When Money Is Tight

One of the biggest financial challenges for everyone during their professional years is saving for retirement. The idea of needing to save hundreds of thousands

11.20.17
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Frugality, Productivity, and the Local Maximum

Bear with me a little bit as I go down a (hopefully interesting) side path. A few days ago, I read an interesting article by

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Questions About Soup, Sunk Costs, Turkey, Insurance 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