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Six Simple Steps for Cooking at Home If You’ve Never Really Done It Before
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Several years ago, I wrote a brief article on the first steps someone should take if they’re new to cooking at home. For some reason, I spent half the article outlining reasons why someone might be new to cooking at home, citing statistics about fast food and takeout use. Suffice it to say, many Americans […]

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Is an Instant Pot Really a Worthwhile Frugal Purchase?
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Over the last few years, a hybrid pressure cooker and slow cooker called the Instant Pot has become quite popular in some circles and, as a result, many people have written to me asking for my thoughts on it. I’ve given some brief thoughts on it in the past, but I wanted to spell out […]

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A Guide for Busy People Who Want to Build New Income Streams
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John writes in: Recently, you mentioned in this article that you’ve set up some additional income streams to the point “where any income stream can go away and it won’t really adversely affect my family.” — I’m curious to know what they are and how you’ve achieved that. I’ve been listening and reading up on […]

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Thoughts Become Desires
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One of my biggest work distractions is looking at interesting websites, particularly ones that I think will help improve my life (this might sound an awful lot like you at the moment). Quite often, I’ll stumble across an article that will talk about a particular book or a particular app or a particular item that […]

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Putting the Checklist Manifesto to Work for Better Financial and Personal Habits
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Several years ago, I read a wonderful book called The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. I thought highly enough of the book after reading it that I wrote an article about it for The Simple Dollar, but what I didn’t realize at the time was that this book would subtly stick in my head like […]

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We Haven’t Paid for TV in Years: Our Real-Life Experience Cutting Cable
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About five years ago, I’d had enough with Comcast. They had wronged me in some way, yet again, and it was the last straw. Around the same time, DirecTV sent us some enticing offer in the mail, so I signed up with them, and enjoyed roughly the same bunch of channels for much less money […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 29): Handling Changing Goals
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we discussed the “long valley” – the period when the “honeymoon” wears off during a personal change yet you’re still far from your goal. That period […]

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Questions About Treasurys, Beards, Market Peaks, Camping, and More!
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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. Morality of government Treasurys 2. Several loans with equal interest 3. Leaving New York 4. Camping or glamping? 5. Journal suggestions? 6. Frugal beard […]

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Questions About Financial Coaching, Letterboxing, Bag Dumps, and More!
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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. Certifications and financial coaching 2. Selling valuable items through mail 3. Starting college advice 4. Thinking of quitting my job 5. Restaurant bloat […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 27): Handling a Crisis
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we examined insurance options along with some strategies for maximizing the value one gets out of their insurance. Now, we’re moving on to a handful of […]

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The Magic of Hedonic Adaptation
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If you’re wondering what on Earth “hedonic adaptation” is, keep reading. It’s a fancy term for something that’s actually pretty straightforward. The other day, I happened to find myself at a Whole Foods. Now, I don’t have anything whatsoever against Whole Foods. I think they sell a ton of good products there. Having said that, […]

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