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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

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Not Saving Enough? The Reasons Why Might Surprise You

Year after year, studies shows that Americans are on the struggle bus when it comes to saving for, well, anything. With 2018 on the way,

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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

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Five Ways the Holidays Can Burn Your Budget (and How to Avoid It)

The holidays may be a wondrous and exciting time of the year, but that doesn’t mean they’re free from pitfalls. Not only do Americans tend

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Went Overboard on Black Friday? Four Ways to Fix Things

An estimated 115 million people planned to snatch up bargains (real or imagined) on the day after Thanksgiving, according to the National Retail Federation. But

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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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32 Ways to Give Back Without Derailing Your Own Finances

Tuesday is “Giving Tuesday,” an event created in 2012 as a push-back to the hyper-consumerism of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday season in general.

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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What I Miss Most About Overspending (and What I Don’t)

It almost seems like, overnight, I transformed from a fun 20-something to a middle-aged mom pushing 40 years old. I’m not sure I’m any more mature than

Holiday travel can be hectic, not to mention expensive.

How to Save on Holiday Travel

Don’t let the cost of transportation keep you from your loved ones during the holidays. If you’re like most families, you love to travel for

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How to Handle People Who Hate Your Frugal Lifestyle

While frugal people often get a bad rap for being “cheap,” it’s usually due to misunderstanding more than anything else. Oftentimes, non-frugal folks assume those who are