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Dreaming of a Frugal Christmas? It’s Easy — If You Start Now
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The National Retail Federation predicted that U.S. residents would spend as much as $682 billion during the 2017 holiday season. The NRF was wrong. We actually spent $691.9 billion. And I have to admit that I didn’t do my share, even though I gave presents to 10 people and made some delicious holiday treats. Understand: […]

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How Much Time Do Frugal Strategies Take?  Five Time-Tested Techniques
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One of the most common complaints I hear about frugal strategies is that they take so much time compared to other options. I don’t really find this to be the case, mostly because this line of thinking ignores the fact that non-frugal strategies also take time and the time difference often ends up being very […]

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On ‘Being Frugal Is for the Rich’
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Recently, several readers sent me this interesting article from The Outline entitled Being Frugal Is for the Rich. The article criticizes a handful of recent personal finance books, particularly one entitled Meet the Frugalwoods, and seems to make the argument that frugal strategies only lead to strong financial success such as debt freedom or early […]

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Trent’s Frugal Picks: 12 Low-Cost Options I Seriously Like
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Quite often, I’ll get messages from readers asking for a good “bang for the buck” or low cost recommendation for a particular type of product. Often, it’s hard for me to give a strict recommendation, as I’m usually just using a store brand or something I happened to find on sale once and I can’t […]

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Twenty Frugal Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Bad Place
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I’m kind of a cyclical person. I’ll go for a month or two where I just feel great and happy all the time, and then I’ll hit a rough spot where I’m frustrated and unhappy with myself. I find myself being far less productive, and I end up wasting a lot of time not doing […]

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How Frugal People Can Get Tons of Value Out of Meetups
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One of my favorite things to do when I have a (rare) free evening is check out Meetup.com and see if there’s anything happening anywhere near me, or else I’ll check the community calendar in my town and a couple of nearby towns to see if there are any civic events going on. In both […]

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How to Be a Frugal Parent During the Holiday Season
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I often mention my kids on here, but I don’t really talk about them directly too much. They don’t make the decision to write about their lives on The Simple Dollar – I do. I try to keep that privacy in mind on their behalf. (Sarah and I have a pretty clear understanding at this […]

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Gift Ideas for Frugal People (and from Frugal People)
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It’s that time of the year again. People all across the world are trying to come up with holiday gift ideas for the frugal and practical people in their life, while the frugal people among us are trying to figure out how to give thoughtful gifts to the people in their life without going into […]

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The 5 best (and worst) frugal living tips we know
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Everyone, I have a confession to make… …I’ve been WRONG about ultra-frugality this whole time. That’s right. It turns out that ultra-frugal living tips — ones that’ll save you literally DOZENS of dollars every year — are the best solutions to your financial woes. Who do I have to thank for opening my eyes? Why, […]

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How to Handle People Who Hate Your Frugal Lifestyle
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While frugal people often get a bad rap for being “cheap,” it’s usually due to misunderstanding more than anything else. Oftentimes, non-frugal folks assume those who are more careful with their money just “don’t know how to have fun” or haven’t learned to enjoy the finer things in life. Or they might assume someone who doesn’t spend freely […]

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A Frugal Wedding Adventure, Part 3: The Big Day and the Final Numbers
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A few weeks ago, I got married in rural Wisconsin, in the backyard of the house in which my wife grew up. The following morning, after the parties had ended and the out-of-towners had left, I found myself taking a walk through the quiet streets of the town, past endless corn fields and quaint red […]

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