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Kentin Waits

Exploring and embracing the freedom of debt-free living, the high-art of personal craft, the value of working mind and body, and the enduring luxury of minimalism. 

Latest articles by Kentin Waits

Celebrate Love, Not Money, With These Recycled Valentine's Day Gifts

Leave the Valentine's Day clichés at the store. These fun (and thrifty!) secondhand gifts are sure to please a frugal-hearted partner.

7 Career Tips You Wish You Could Give Your Younger Self

Don't you wish a future you would come back and tell you which career choices you should make?

7 Household Items That Are Better Second-Hand

Keep your eyes peeled at your next yard sale or thrift shop. These second-hand household items only get better with age.

10 Affordable Ways to Make Your Holiday Gifts Look Amazing

Don't blow your gift budget on the wrapping! These savvy alternatives are both adorable and frugal.

6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor

Staying in a job you hate, even one that pays well, can hurt your finances as much as it can destroy your happiness. Start polishing your resume!

6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job

You might've nailed the interview, but to land the job, you need something more. Your job search isn't over until the big offer arrives.

10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview

You've landed an interview — score! Now just don't blow it with one of these major job interview blunders.

7 Things You Should Never Do on LinkedIn

LinkedIn can help you find work, make connections, and get ahead — if you use it right. Are you making any of these LinkedIn miscues?

8 Ways Being Patient Saves You Money

Patience is a virtue — for your wallet, too. Find out how going zen can save you big time.

The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts

Enjoy your weekend the wallflower way, no party animal antics required. What are your solo plans for the weekend?

7 Ways to Save Big on National Thrift Shop Day

August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day which means your fab second-hand finds will be cheaper than ever. Ready, set, thrift!

Car Yoga and 9 Other Ways to Beat Long Drives

The great American road trip — you know, spending hours, or even days, behind the wheel. Learn how to survive your next gruelling drive.

8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs

Self-employment requires guts, determination, and organization. Find out if you have what it takes to be a freelance superstar.

10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout

Don't sabotage your fitness goals by giving in before fitness becomes a habit. Stay on track by knowing when to ease up and when to power through.

8 Rules of Etiquette We Wish Were Still Around Today

It's great that we've thrown aside some rigid social rules and live freer, more casual lives. But some of those old manners were kinda great, too.

Is Your Personality Sabotaging Your Saving?

Your struggle to save money may run deeper than you think. Are you one of these types of people who find it hard to save?

10 Financial Lessons We Learn From Our Grandparents

Some rules of personal finance are handed down for generations. How many of these "cents-able" money lessons from Grandma and Grandpa are yours, too?

10 Things People Without Debt Do

Debt is not a fact of life. Learn from the lifestyles of those who break free and get on track to following them out of the hole.

How High Is Your Score on the Most Important Measure of Wealth?

Net worth is your compass for personal finance. Do you know the basics? Take our net worth IQ test and find out!

The 5 Worst Career Mistakes — and How to Avoid Them

Rising up the corporate ladder is harder than ever — more so if you stumble on a rung or two. Are you making any of these career mistakes?