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How We Decided an Expensive Child Care Center Wasn’t Worth It

We all want the best for our children, but when the cost of child care averages more than $10,000 a year, you have to draw the line somewhere. […]

The Value Line: Building More Skills for a Better Life

The more skills you learn that can put you even a hair’s breadth above the ‘value line’ — the threshold where you no longer need to pay someone else for expertise but can actually offer it yourself — the better off you’ll be. Photo: Jenny Downing My father was always a “jack of all trades” kind of guy. He was an absolute stellar gardener. […]

Questions About YouTube, Negative Families, Moving Out, and More!

What to do with old magazines and cassettes? Photo: Cassettes 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. Family negative about financial goals 2. Free MBA 3. Feeling pressure regarding inheritance 4. Old financial magazines 5. Box wine tip 6. Buy it for life: bottles 7. […]

40 Ways to Save Money on Monthly Expenses

Hot water heaters account for about 14% of the average home’s energy costs, and many people have theirs set higher than necessary, using extra energy. […]

How to Do a 401(k) Rollover

When you leave an employer, whether it’s for a new job or retirement, you’ll probably hear about a 401(k) rollover. What does that mean, and what’s the best way to do it? Well, hopefully you’ve been contributing to the company-sponsored 401(k), and perhaps by now you have a sizable balance. […]

Financial Advice That Needs to Die

Should you spend a whopping two months’ salary on an engagement ring? That depends on whether you listen to your own instincts, or a global jewelry company’s marketing department. […]

The Ultimate Guide to Online Shopping

Over 190 million people in the United States use online shopping sites, and that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. […]

The ‘Buy It for Life’ Compendium

Over the last several months, I’ve answered a big handful of “buy it for life” questions in the reader mailbag. […]

The Simple Dollar Coupon Finder

How It Works Bookmark this page so you can browse through hundreds of coupons daily! Find what you like and just click, print, and save. Coupons powered by The post The Simple Dollar Coupon Finder appeared first on The Simple Dollar. […]

Finding Your Financial Blind Spots – and Eliminating Them

About a year ago, I spent a rainy afternoon going through my credit card and bank statements and categorizing the expenses. […]