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12 Non-Financial Books That Will Help You Cultivate a Mindset of Financial Independence
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Over the years, I’ve written about many personal finance books that have been incredibly valuable to me and to many others in terms of helping them figure out their finances and build a path to a strong retirement or even to financial independence / early retirement. Perhaps the most in-depth list was this one, where […]

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Questions About Taxes, Pepper Mills, Career Choices, Buying Cars with Cash, 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. Career, marriage, and life crossroads 2. Taxes for disabled veterans 3. Paying off a lease early? 4. Queen of Versailles 5. Buying a […]

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Five Big Mistakes Beginner Cooks Make
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Americans now spend more money on bars and restaurants than they do on groceries. A major reason for the change is that we live increasingly busy, on-the-go lifestyles. However, there’s another factor that might be just as significant: Many Americans have poor cooking skills or simply aren’t comfortable in the kitchen. The problem is magnified […]

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Eight Ways to Use Expiring Produce
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Knocking money off your grocery bill may not be easy, but it can be done. By using coupons, planning your meals, and shopping regular sales, it’s not that hard to whittle your food bill down a notch or two. Still, you can often save even more with a very basic technique: Reducing food waste. By […]

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Common Ways Minimalism Will Save You Money
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Minimalism is a modern concept and way of life that promotes living well with less stuff. In a way, it can seem a bit taboo especially if society has been telling you to buy more things to become happier and feel better about your life for as long as you could remember. There has always […]

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Revisiting My Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe
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One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written for The Simple Dollar is Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide. In it, I very carefully described my recipe at the time for making homemade laundry soap. In terms of cost-effectiveness, that recipe is amazing. It costs just a little under three cents […]

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Supporting a Passion for Movies on a Reasonable Budget
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Erica writes in with a question for the Mailbag that wound up with an answer that was just too long: My husband and I are film buffs. We watch a movie almost every night together and sometimes have movie marathons on the weekends and our walls are covered in film posters. However we have a […]

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Don’t Be the Kobe Bryant of Your Office
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I recently came across a collaborative research paper that caught my eye. The authors posed an intriguing question: Can business learn anything from the world of professional basketball when it comes to worker productivity? I was hoping to find out that I’d be a better worker if the lights were dimmed and they played pump-up music […]

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How to Save Money on Your Next Laptop
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Even though I’m happy with my six-year-old computer, I can’t help but take interest when new laptops come onto the market. It’s like how you don’t stop noticing other people you’re attracted to just because you’re in a relationship. (Note to my fiancee: I only have eyes for you!) Because the variety of laptops is staggering, […]

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