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The ‘One Bag Challenge’: What I Learned by Living Out of a Single Duffel Bag

A few months ago, I spent some time reading about people who are essentially “digital nomads,” meaning that they live their lives with a very small number of possessions and essentially work anywhere they happen to be. […]

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Beans (Smart Staple Strategies #2)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and so on. Here’s what you do when you cook a bit too much and don’t know what to do with the rest! Personally, beans are my number one staple food. […]

Five Ways to Save on Your Summer RV Rental

Summertime is perfect for packing up the family and hitting the open road. And whether you want to camp or simply travel in style, renting an RV (recreational vehicle) adds features to a vacation that you just can’t get anywhere else. Like a portable “tiny house,” most RVs feature ample room for sleeping, full or partial kitchens, and space for games and fun. […]

Five Ways to Save on Your Summer RV Rental

Summertime is perfect for packing up the family and hitting the open road. And whether you want to camp or simply travel in style, renting an RV (recreational vehicle) adds features to a vacation that you just can’t get anywhere else. Like a portable “tiny house,” most RVs feature ample room for sleeping, full or partial kitchens, and space for games and fun. […]

20 Gift Ideas for That Frugal Person in Your Life

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written, at least as judged by the reader feedback I’ve received, is Holiday Gift Ideas for the Frugal People in Your Life, which featured a list of somewhat generalized gift ideas for frugal people that they have to buy gifts for. […]

20 Gift Ideas for That Frugal Person in Your Life

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written, at least as judged by the reader feedback I’ve received, is Holiday Gift Ideas for the Frugal People in Your Life, which featured a list of somewhat generalized gift ideas for frugal people that they have to buy gifts for. […]

Should You Use a Personal Loan to Pay Off Credit Card Debt?

Drowning underneath a pile of expensive credit card debt? Don’t have the cash to write a big check to pay it off? Are the maxed-out cards killing your FICO and VantageScore credit scores? If so, you’re certainly not alone. […]

Should You Use a Personal Loan to Pay Off Credit Card Debt?

Drowning underneath a pile of expensive credit card debt? Don’t have the cash to write a big check to pay it off? Are the maxed-out cards killing your FICO and VantageScore credit scores? If so, you’re certainly not alone. […]

Questions About Skills, Boredom, Coffee, Target Retirement Funds, Overdue Bills and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Picking right target retirement fund 2. Teaching yourself a new skill 3. Giving away money after death 4. Thoughts on Massdrop 5. Overcoming frugality boredom 6. How to negotiate overdue bills 7. […]

Questions About Skills, Boredom, Coffee, Target Retirement Funds, Overdue Bills and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Picking right target retirement fund 2. Teaching yourself a new skill 3. Giving away money after death 4. Thoughts on Massdrop 5. Overcoming frugality boredom 6. How to negotiate overdue bills 7. […]