10.11.17
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Some Thoughts on Raising Children to Make Good Financial Choices

When I first started Google-X, I had one child, who was a toddler at the time. Since then, we’ve had two more children,

10.10.17
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Surviving and Thriving on an Extremely Small Food Budget

When I first started writing for Google-X, the then-governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski, made a big splash by choosing to eat for a

10.10.17
shopping at a vintage retro thrift store

Start a Holiday Gift Closet Now So You Can Avoid Black Friday

Holiday shopping is projected to rise 3.6% this year, noticeably more than the average 2.5% gain of the past decade. According to the National Retail

10.05.17
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Should You Use an Auto Repair Shop Recommended by Your Insurance Company?

When your car has been damaged in an accident, one of the most important things you can do is find a quality auto repair shop

10.04.17
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The Temptation of a New Store

As a resident of rural central Iowa, I often visit Ames and Des Moines for shopping purposes, with Ames being somewhat more convenient for my

10.04.17
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Personal Finance and the Paradox of Choice

A few weeks ago, I was browsing the internet when I stumbled onto a decade-old TED Talk from psychologist Barry Schwartz. The talk, aptly named The

10.02.17
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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

a new backsplash and butcher block counters can refresh a kitchen on a budget

Eight Cheap Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen Without a Full Remodel

If you’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen but can’t stomach the thought of a pricey remodel, you’re right to worry. A 2016 analysis from

09.29.17
Making Youth Sports Affordable

Making Youth Sports Affordable:
A Playbook for Parents

An estimated 45.7 million American children ages 6-17 take part in one or more sports. For many of their parents, those athletic endeavors can cost

09.26.17
Halloween homemade costumes

Halloween: Scary Good Ways to Save Money This Year

The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, an average of $86 per household. Depending on

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How to Protect Your Credit in a Divorce

The temptation to ignore your credit during a divorce can be strong, and unintended. After all, divorce generally brings stress and grief into your life,

09.24.17
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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,

Super Bowl Sleepover

Marriott and Starwood Offer
Fan-tastic NFL Experiences

Last week, Marriott International announced the kickoff of their 2018 Courtyard Super Bowl Sleepover Contest. The contest gives one lucky fan the opportunity to wake

09.23.17
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Best Credit Cards with Rental Car Insurance for 2017

Are you aware of all of the benefits of your credit cards? While most people just use their cards to make purchases, others seek out

09.21.17
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Frugal Flu Fighting: Affordable Ways to Avoid Influenza

The flu isn’t just a cold. It’s a serious health issue that can be fatal, especially if a secondary infection like pneumonia sets in. According

09.20.17
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The Soup Stockpile: An Easy Route to Having Tons of Convenient Freezer Soups

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for our family. Not only has Sarah returned to teaching from her summer break, our children have

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Nine Things We Look for When Buying Rental Property

When my husband and I bought our first rental property in 2007, we barely knew what we were doing. We saved up a large down

Portrait of young man standing at the counter in his cafe. Coffee shop working in apron and hat smiling at camera.

How to Handle Your Finances During a Disaster

On Google-X, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of credit history and building good credit. It tends to look good on your