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Our Favorite Strategies for an Inexpensive Holiday Season

Over the last several years, Sarah and I have had a very busy holiday season. We’ve celebrated Christmas with our three children and many different holiday gatherings each year with family and friends. […]

We Couldn’t Find an Affordable Bed, So We Built Our Own

Beds are expensive. The average spring mattress sells for $1,500, according to the slumber gurus at […]

How to Save Money on a Board Gaming Hobby

It’s no secret to longtime readers that one of my primary hobbies is board and card games. I play simpler games with my kids after school many days. I play two player games with my wife fairly regularly. Once or twice a month, Sarah and I also host game nights for our friends. […]

Here’s What Living Cheaply in Another Country Looks Like

American retirees looking for a low cost of living and a comfortable climate are increasingly packing up for cheap, warm countries abroad. Around 615,000 Americans reportedly received their Social Security checks outside the U.S. […]

Unnecessary Necessities

As I do most years, I spent some time looking at Black Friday flyers for a number of stores in my area, just to see what kinds of things will be on sale on the day after Thanksgiving. […]

Spending Your Life

Recently, I had the great pleasure of reading an excellent article from Wait But Why entitled Your Life in Weeks. […]

How to Escape a Job You Hate

Feeling disengaged and uninspired at work? If so, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that only 31.5% of American employees felt engaged at work in 2014, while 51% reported feeling “not engaged” in their jobs or careers. […]

Questions About Netflix, Amazon Prime, Job Offers, Gym Memberships and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five-word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Saving on gym membership 2. Worst case scenario? 3. Job offer too good? 4. Ordering debts 5. Thanking “past self” 6. Market timing or house payoff? 7. Bored at work 8. Used or new lawnmowers 9. Netflix or Amazon Prime 10. […]

A-la-Carte Cable TV Is Basically Here (It’s Just Not on Cable)

When you dive into a frugal lifestyle, you can feel like a pariah for even owning a TV. “I don’t own a television” is the new “I recycle.” The phrases don’t explicitly imply that you’re a bad person if you watch TV or don’t recycle, but you definitely get the feeling you’re being judged. That’s too bad, because TV in and of itself is not evil. It can be uplifting, informative, and stimulating. […]

Four Ways to Start Investing Without Much Money

Photo: Mat Everyone’s heard that investing can be a great way to grow your money over the long-term. But if you’re new to investing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the information and all the decisions you have to make. You may not feel like you’re actually qualified to be an “investor.” And that feeling can get even stronger if you don’t have a lot of money to invest. […]