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The Unfair Stigma of Canned and Frozen Foods

My aversion to canned food started early. Those aluminum cylinders just never seemed appealing, sitting there in the dark corners of our cabinet, far away

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A Frugal Wedding Adventure, Part 3: The Big Day and the Final Numbers

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,

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Why I Chose this Controversial ‘All-Weather Portfolio’ for My Life Savings

I had a brief foray into stock market investing back in 2010. I was fresh out of college and earning my first real paycheck. I

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Finding Your Financial Flow

Over the past few years, I’ve developed an insatiable appetite for financial literature. What you notice after finishing your 20th or 30th personal finance book

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Tech Is Disrupting Insurance: Should You Get on Board?

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “fintech,” referring to the apps and companies — such as SoFi, Qapital, Acorns, Prosper, Betterment, Wealthfront, Robinhood, Personal Capital, Digit, and others

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Six Books I Wish I’d Read Before Starting College

I did very little reading the summer before I started college. I was focused on figuring out which roommate was going to bring the mini-fridge

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What Is Living the #Vanlife Really Like?

I used to think anyone who lived in in their vehicle was facing a crisis. In some ways, I even thought of them as failures.

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Married Millennials Merging Money: How and Why We’re Doing It

It’s been a big year for me. I got a promotion at work, I turned 30, and I’ve almost made it through a New York

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Book Review: ‘The Millennial Money Fix’

I am proud to say that I’m a millennial who fixed his finances. I went from deep in debt and financially illiterate to debt-free and

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Homemade Kombucha Recipe: How to Make This Trendy Drink Cheap

Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, has become both a buzzword and a health fad. An essential part of a certain kind of trendy lifestyle, it’s that

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Costco vs. Amazon Fresh: A Real-World Grocery Shopping Showdown

Amazon made big waves in the business world with its recent purchase of Whole Foods Market. As surprising as that was, it makes sense — Amazon was

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Three Healthy, Cheap, and Exotic Foods to Expand Your Culinary Horizons

Most people are familiar with the common staple foods of the frugal community. Rice, beans, pasta, corn, and lentils are rightfully touted for their versatility

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Can This Simple Mathematical Rule Minimize Investing Regret?

I recently read a great book called “Algorithms to Live By” by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. It’s a fascinating look into how computer scientists

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The Overlooked Job Skill That Could Be the Key to Your Next Raise

It’s time to come clean about something that brings me shame: Up until a few years ago, I was a “hunt-and-peck” typist. I only used

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Six Free, Gripping Documentaries That Can Change How You Think About Money

The well-done documentary film is a singular, wonderful piece of art. A great documentary can inspire, expose, educate, elucidate – and sometimes, do all of

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The High-Risk, High-Reward World of Credit Card Churning

For the first 26 years of my life, I had exactly one credit card. I figured that was all I needed. As long as I

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Five Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck from a Small Garden

Living in New York City, I’m often disappointed in the quality of produce offered at the supermarkets. It’s not uncommon for carrots to wilt within

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Do Smartphones Make Us More Impulsive Shoppers – or Less?

When it comes to the way they influence consumer spending, smartphones are double-edged swords. On the one hand, it’s undeniably great to have more computing