Learn how to live the frugal life with our helpful hints and tips.

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How to Teach Your Kids About Money

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There are lots of reasons parents may not want to talk with their kids about money: maybe it feels inappropriate or shameful or maybe it seems too personal or just too complex for kids to comprehend. The fact is, however, even very young children grasp the concept of money. And, whether it’s talked openly about […]

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How to Save Money on Cars

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By now you’ve probably heard that buying a car is in no way a financial investment. The minute you drive your new car off the lot, as the saying goes, your car will depreciate in value—and it only goes south from there. While not all cars depreciate at the same rate, one thing is sure: […]

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6 Tips for Saving Money on Health Care Expenses

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There’s deliberate rationale behind the fact that Americans are paying more and more out-of-pocket costs for their health care. With high-deductible health plans, insurers and employers are asking consumers to share in the cost of their own medical care. They believe consumers will make more informed (and conservative) decisions about what medications and procedures they […]

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Let Your Library Save You Money

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If you think books are the only thing in public libraries, it’s time you visit your own. Far from the stereotypical impression of cavernous spaces filled with rows of dusty books, public libraries are dynamic, community spaces filled with nearly limitless, free information. What’s more, they are curated by librarians eager to help you access […]

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The Surprising Link Between Confidence and Money

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New research shows many people feel unsure about their financial knowledge—even when their knowhow isn’t all that bad.  Whether asked about financial planning and budgeting or investments in the macro-economy, for example, a 2017 Canadian study found people felt least confident about things like investments, borrowing, risks and the financial landscape. Lack of financial confidence […]

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The Financial Pitfalls of Subscription Model Services

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Quick! Name all the subscription-based services you are currently signed up for. Netflix or Hulu? Amazon Prime? How about software or online storage services like Microsoft, Dropbox or Google Cloud? Are you paying an annual fee to access the New York Times or Consumer Reports? What about music streaming apps like Pandora or Spotify? If you’re like […]

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20 Ways to Romance Your Sweetheart without Breaking the Bank

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These 20 cheap date ideas will help you have loads of fun without breaking the bank! These ideas are free or less than $15. Waltz Down Memory Lane Get out your photobooks from your honeymoon, your wedding or even before you were together to share memories and stories. Go to the Library Grab a book […]

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Money Scripts: Negotiate Your Internet, Cable & Phone Bills

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Unhappy with your internet and cable providers? Join the club. Earlier this year, Consumer Reports surveyed more than 176,000 of its members and learned that telecom customers—paying a median of $186 per month for TV, internet and home phone services—weren’t too happy about their service. But the survey also uncovered some good news. Of the […]

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5 Cheap Activities Proven to Help You Avoid the Winter Blues

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No matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, the onset of winter means shorter days and far away dreams of summer vacations. For those who live above the 40th parallel, ice storms and slow-to-melt springs can wear on even the most devout of winter enthusiasts. There’s no doubt that a couple weeklong beach vacations […]

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SMART Strategies to Save Up for Something Big

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Saving up for something big—or just working to pay down a debt—can feel like an overwhelming task, especially at the outset. As with most big goals, standing on the bottom of the proverbial mountain and looking up past the clouds is just about the worst way to go about psyching yourself up to get there. […]