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Developing a Real Plan for a Better Life

For the last few years, I’ve done something of an “end of the year” review of my life. I take some time to sit down,

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What to Do If You Think the Stock Market Is About to Start Going Down

The stock market has been on an unprecedented run of success over the last decade or so. Here are the average annual returns of the

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.

11.14.17
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The War Over Leftovers – and How You Can Win

A few days ago, I came across an interesting article in the Washington Post by Caitlin Dewey entitled “Why Americans have stopped eating leftovers.” The

11.12.17
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Solving Boredom Without Throwing Money at the Problem

“I’m bored.” As a parent, those are two of the most frustrating words that I hear from my children. With an absolute abundance of options

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Questions About Real Estate, Work Clothes, Shaving, Eggs, 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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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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Negative Emotions and Financial Self-Control

Guilt. Shame. Embarrassment. Those feelings often drive us towards particular behaviors in our life, some positive and some negative. We call our mom because we

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Struggling Against Good Decisions with Bad Results

Back in the mid-2000s, I spent a year or two playing online poker as a side gig. At that point, when ESPN was hyping poker

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Making Financial Goals Inevitable

One of the biggest challenges of long-term goal setting is that the goals that people tend to set for the long term have no real

11.07.17
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12 Big Tips for Saving Money with a Baby

My niece had her first child a few months ago and seeing that little baby has reminded Sarah and I of our own experience with

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Questions About MoviePass, Popcorn, Novels for Younger Kids, Motorcycle Sales, 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

11.16.17
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Inspiration from Massimo Pigliucci, Chris Stapleton, Rhiannon Giddens, and More

Inspiration from ,,, and More Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial

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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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The Danger in Comparing Your Financial Progress to Others (and What to Do Instead)

Sometimes, I’ll get a message or an email from a reader that starts off like this… Hi Trent! Love your site! I have a financial

11.01.17
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A Deeper Look at My ‘Wishlist Strategy’ for Curbing Spending

In the past, I’ve mentioned the strategy of using a wishlist to curb my spontaneous spending impulses. It turns out that the simple act of

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Personal Finance Success and the Road to Happiness

When I first started really turning my financial life around, I was of the genuine belief that doing so was going to bring about incredible

Reader Mailbag

Questions About Bad Credit, Obligations, iPhone X, Restaurant Reviews, 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