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Does Home Photo Printing Really Save Money?

During the fall of 2010, I posted a series of articles on homemade Christmas gifts. Among these were personalized photo cards and stationery and photo cubes, both of which required a pretty solid supply of photographs. Thus, I had the opportunity to print off quite a few photos at home in order to make these projects happen. […]

The Power of Balanced Thinking

When I first started writing this article, it had a much more challenging title. I originally titled it The Power of Negative Thinking The problem with that title is that negative thinking, just like positive thinking, is unbalanced on its own. Let me explain what I mean. I’m a huge believer in using positive thinking as fuel in your own life. […]

The Things I Love

I love walking in the woods on a warm spring day, searching for edible mushrooms. I love my wife’s awkward smile when she’s been paid a compliment she richly deserves and doesn’t know how to respond to it. I love reading a book from the library that both takes me to another place and teaches me something new. I love my oldest son’s rapidly growing sense of humor. I love watching people stretch t […]

Reader Mailbag: Super Weekend

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. Generous severance, no job 2. Should I sell my bike? 3. Road tripping with kids 4. Health insurance in retirement 5. Moving from saving to investing 6. Disability insurance and credit cards 7. […]

Is The Sunday Paper Still a Value?

At the start of 2011, I started an interesting experiment. I grabbed the first five Sunday papers of the year, clipped the coupons that I found in those issues, and saved them in a separate coupon envelope. Most of the coupons were for toiletries and household supplies. […]

Ten Things to Look For When Planning a Summer Vacation (Thanks to Readers)

After my recent post on planning summer travel, I received a lot of emails from readers near the places we are planning on traveling to: Seattle, Boston, New Orleans, and Orlando. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #5

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. A sick baby on the mend This winter has been really hard on our infant son, as he’s come down with a series of colds. […]

Dinner With My Family #5: Burgers and Fries!

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Yep, burgers and fries! […]

Saving IS Investing

One common question I get from readers appears in this type of email: Dear Trent, My husband and I are finally on the path to financial freedom. We have only a debt or two remaining and have built up an emergency fund. We would like to start investing. Please tell us how. Signed, Sally Saver When I read this email, I know what they’re looking for. […]