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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

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?

5 Financial Lessons Everyone Should Learn by Kindergarten

Kindergarten kids can — and should — understand these personal finance basics. So should the rest of us.

The 7 Worst Financial Excuses That Are Keeping You Poor

It's not easy to get serious about budgeting and saving. What is easy is coming up with excuses. Do any of these sound familiar?

Stop! Don't Make These 6 Dumb Mistakes With Your Financial Windfall

We all dream about scoring a big financial windfall — and all the great ways to spend it. If fortune does favor you, don't blow it!

5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money

Airline travel is not much fun, so it makes sense to reduce the burden by packing less and not checking. You'll save time, money, and hassle.

10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Unfinished Basement for Under $100

You don't have to convert your basement into a fully finished mancave to make it comfortable and inviting. Try these cheaper fixes first.

12 Things in Your Office You Can Throw Out Today

Coffee cups, unopened mail, convention swag — that clutter on your desk is flatlining your productivity. Dump it, and watch your efficiency soar!

15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today

Closet space comes at a premium — everything you store should fit, look great, and make you feel great. If not, toss it, sell it, or give it away.

7 Ways Psychologists Say Saving Boosts Your Mental Health

Saving money is good for your bank account, but it's also good for your mental well-being. Start saving and start feeling better about yourself!

12 Reasons You Deserve to Get Fired

Losing a job is never fun and it's rarely easy. That is, it isn't easy unless you're guilty of any of these career derailers.

12 Ways to Have a No-Spend Holiday Season

Refocus your holiday spirit on time well spent with friends and family this year and Santa won't won't get the better of your budget again.

8 Holiday Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cheer

Tis the season for overwork, over-indulgence, and over-stress. Get a handle on the holidays this year by avoiding these common cheer-sappers.

12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome

Maybe your afternoon productivity slump has nothing to do with with lunch. Perk up your working surroundings and see if you don't perk up, too.

8 Ways You're Wasting Electricity Without Realizing It

Cut your electric bill by getting serious about conservation. Plug these easy to miss power leaks and watch the savings add up.

9 Easy Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself Today

It doesn't take a lot of effort to become the new, better looking and feeling you. Start with these simple (and quick!) self-improvers.

15 Little Ways to Make Yourself a Better Person While Watching TV Tonight

Face it, there really isn't much "must -see TV" these days. Augment your next tube watching session with these little life improvers.

The 6 Qualities All DIYers Have — Do You?

It takes a special kind of person to subscribe to the DIY lifestyle. How many of these quirks of the maker class do you possess?

12 Things You Need to Stop Doing Today to Be a Better Friend

What do we value most in life? Family and friends. Keep and strengthen those precious bonds by avoiding these common relationship-busters.

7 Ways You're Wasting Gas Without Realizing It

There's nothing frugal about wasting gas. Lighten up your lead foot, tighten up your sidewalls, and spend less getting from here to there.

25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV

Get up offa that couch, switch off the TV, and spend some quality time tonight with your family or your finances or your favorite loyal friend.