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
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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

10.04.17
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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

09.13.17
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Will the New iPhone 8 and iPhone X Be Worth the Investment? (Nope.)

A few days ago, I was reading the news when I stumbled on an article I found both interesting… and appalling. CNBC explained that the new

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Best Ways to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points in 2017

There’s a reason why so many fans of credit card rewards go out of their way to get a card to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

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Stopping Online ‘Boredom’ Shopping

I’ve done it myself a few times. You’re sitting at your computer, or maybe tapping around on your phone. You don’t have much to do

08.03.17
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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

08.02.17
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Five Back-to-School Items I Refuse to Buy This Year

Is there anything that says “summer is basically over” quite like the arrival of next year’s school supply list? Since my children’s school follows a “modified,

07.25.17
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14 Cost-Effective Things You Can Easily Find at a Secondhand Store

Over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself in several different secondhand stores, wandering about and admiring the goods on display. I often go to

06.27.17
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How to Shop Around Online: A Basic Guide

Tammy writes in: How does a person “shop around online”? I understand that you can buy things on Amazon and other web sites. Do you

06.20.17
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How to Identify (and Take Advantage of) ‘Loss Leaders’ in Grocery and Department Store Flyers

Almost every department and grocery store chain in America produces a weekly flyer describing the sales of the week in the store. The stores do

06.13.17
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20 Gift Ideas for That Frugal Person in Your Life

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written, at least as judged by the reader feedback I’ve received, is Holiday Gift Ideas for the

05.24.17
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Here’s My Secret to Saving Money on Quality Clothes

While I was once willing to do just about anything to save money, I’ve learned that some savings strategies work better than others over time.

05.21.17
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19 Things I Always Buy at the Dollar Store

While everyone has their own savings strategies when it comes to groceries and household goods, I tend to take the easy route. Instead of driving

04.29.17
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$1 Meal Tactics: Saving Big on Food Costs, a Buck at a Time

A little under a year ago, I wrote an article entitled Using the ‘$1 Per Meal’ Strategy to Save Big Time on Food Costs. In

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Is Pinterest the Enemy of Your Finances?

Earlier this year, my husband and I ordered a wooden shed for our yard. This decision took more than a year to make, mostly because

04.04.17
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9 Tactics for Figuring Out If You Really Need a Tempting Purchase

It’s a pretty familiar feeling for everyone at some time or another in their life. You’re doing some household chore and you realize that having