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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

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.

The 6 Stages of Dealing With Financial Disaster

When financial disaster strikes, we're likely to follow a process of loss and grieving. Recognize the stages and come out stronger for it.

8 Little Ways to Become More Present (and Love Your Life More)

In our go-go-go world, it's hard to step aside and catch a breath. Try these simple activities to refocus on both you and the world around you.

6 Harmful Money Beliefs That Are Keeping You Poor

For many, the only thing standing between scraping by and real financial security are some outdated beliefs. Are these ideas holding you back?

7 Ways Immaturity Can Make You Happier and More Successful

While kids are sopping up lessons from their elders, adults would be wise to learn something in return. Here's what you can learn from kids.

6 Simple Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression

You know first impressions matter most — and that can make a tense situation worse. Master the art of meeting people with these simple rules.

Should You Be Paying Someone Else to Do These 7 Common Chores?

Sometimes doing your own housework is worth it, and sometimes it isn't. Here's what to think about before you decide to outsource it or just do it yourself.

31 Reasons Why I'm in Love With Thrift Shopping (and You Should Be Too)

Oh thrift store, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

30 Signs You Were Raised by Healthy Parents

Was junk food strictly verboten in your house growing up? How many of these signs of healthy living do you recognize from your childhood?

5 Money Lessons I Learned From Watching Wheel of Fortune

What can missing letters and a big spinning wheel teach about personal finance? Plenty, if you know where to look.

5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Make the Most Money

The golden era of making money on eBay has come and gone...or has it? There are still profits to be made, provided you're selling these things.