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Eight Discount Grocery Strategies That Will Keep Your Food and Household Prices Low

This week, we’ve taken a serious look at making your food cheap. We’ve looked at using a $1-per-meal strategy and then some ideas for implementing that strategy with very cheap recipes for snacks and light meals. However, these strategies mostly focus on the actions you need to take in the kitchen to save money. […]

Guaranteed Getaway: Credit Cards That Offer a Free Hotel Stay Each Year

While hotel points can go a long ways toward helping you achieve a heavily discounted trip, a free night’s stay can only sweeten the deal. […]

Five Legitimate Passive Income Ideas

If someone gave you a million dollars, you’d never have to work again – but not for the reasons you think. The big leg up that a stack of cash provides isn’t the means to buy stuff with it now. It’s the ability to invest it so that your money works for you, while you potentially do nothing at all. […]

15 Super-Cheap and Super-Simple Snacks, Sides, and Meals to Fill Your Belly

Two years ago, I wrote an incredibly popular article entitled 26 Favorite Cheap and Easy Meals. The post consisted of a big pile of my favorite inexpensive and pretty easy meals that I’ve prepared for myself and my family over the years. Almost all of them are far below $1 per serving and they’re all quite easy to prepare, too. […]

The Personal Canon: Core Works of Art We Return to Time and Again for Inspiration

By Jon Gorey, Drew Housman, and Trent Hamm There’s something beautiful about the idea of refining an experience — that you can take the same walk to work every day, but improve what you get out of it each time. […]

Tips for Getting Cheap Internet Service

Internet access has become such an important fixture in our lives that, in most American households, it’s considered a required monthly utility, along the lines of the electric or phone bill. And as more people cut the cord to cable TV, cable companies are looking to their internet subscribers to make up for lost revenue. […]

Best Pet Insurance for 2016

Owning a pet isn’t cheap. The average lifetime cost of raising a dog is about $23,410, according to the American Kennel Club. A cat costs just a little less. So it’s understandable that someone might initially balk at the idea of buying pet insurance and spending even more on their animal. […]

Using the ‘$1 Per Meal’ Strategy to Save Big Time on Food Costs

A few months ago, I answered a reader mailbag question from Randu about what constitutes a reasonable food budget for a family of four. Here’s Randu’s question and my response: What is the minimal food budget for a family of four? – Ragu The USDA “thrifty” family cost of food estimation for a family of four is $558 per month with young children and $639.60 if you have older children. […]

How Long Does It Take to Build Credit From Scratch?

Everyone starts out with a blank slate when it comes to their credit reports. The trick, of course, if you have never established any type of credit, is to learn how to go from “no credit” to “good credit” in the shortest amount of time possible. How long does it take to build credit? Establishing a good credit history doesn’t happen overnight, of course. […]