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Some Thoughts About Living on $29 a Week for Food

If you want to spend less on food, overcome your fear of cooking and prepare meals at home. Photo: Jeff Kubina Recently, I heard a news story about the Food Bank NYC Challenge, which challenges people to live on $1.38 per person per meal, or $29 per person per week, for food. Although the politics of this challenge are interesting (it’s always compelling when people have a chance to understand, at […]

Some Thoughts on Living on $29 a Week for Food

Recently, I heard a news story about the Food Bank NYC Challenge, where people are being challenged to live on $1.38 per person per meal, or $29 per person per week, for food. […]

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

If you have a mortgage on your home, you’ve probably wondered at least once whether it would be worthwhile to pay it down ahead of schedule. And if so, you’re not alone. The debate over whether to prepay your mortgage has persisted in the personal finance world for some time now, and it’s not going away any time soon. Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest? […]

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

If you have a mortgage on your home, you’ve probably wondered at least once whether it would be worthwhile to pay it down ahead of schedule. And if so, you’re not alone. The debate over whether to prepay your mortgage has persisted in the personal finance world for some time now, and it’s not going away any time soon. Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest? […]

Questions About The Career Game, Virtual Assistants, Rust, Life Insurance, 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. Very low interest debt 2. Family white board 3. Loaning money to a friend 4. Virtual assistant 5. Dividend stocks or not? 6. A little rust 7. Parents can’t retire 8. Zoning out at work 9. Need money in two years 10. […]

Questions About The Career Game, Virtual Assistants, Rust, Life Insurance, 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. Very low interest debt 2. Family white board 3. Loaning money to a friend 4. Virtual assistant 5. Dividend stocks or not? 6. A little rust 7. Parents can’t retire 8. Zoning out at work 9. Need money in two years 10. […]

Seven Hidden Benefits of Frugal Living

When you’re not trying to keep up with the Joneses, you have more time for what really matters. Photo: Brooke Raymond In a world where rampant consumerism is the norm, choosing a frugal lifestyle can sometimes mean living as an outcast. […]

Seven Hidden Benefits of Frugal Living

When you’re not trying to keep up with the Joneses, you have more time for what really matters. Photo: Brooke Raymond In a world where rampant consumerism is the norm, choosing a frugal lifestyle can sometimes mean living as an outcast. […]

Money and Time Are One and the Same (and Seven Other Unusual Personal Finance Ideas I Use in My Life)

Photo: Kayla Kandzorra Over the years, I’ve tried many, many different approaches to my own finances. I’ve read countless books, done countless calculations, and tried countless frugal tactics. Again and again, I’ve found myself coming back to a set of core ideas that always work for me. […]

Money and Time Are One and the Same… and Seven Other Unusual Personal Finance Ideas I Use in My Life

Over the years, I’ve tried many, many different approaches to my own finances. I’ve read countless books, done countless calculations, and tried countless frugal tactics. Again and again, I’ve found myself coming back to a set of core ideas that always work for me. […]