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

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How to Barbecue on a Budget and 8 Other Ideas for Affordable Summer Fun

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As the school year comes to a close, you may be wondering what you can do to get the most out of your free time this summer without breaking your budget. The good news: this time of year is prime for affordable fun. You don’t have to go on vacation this summer to have a […]

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How to Start Your New Job with Savings in Mind

A recent job report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that American workers hold an average of 5.5 jobs during the years when they are 18 to 24 years old. In today’s favorable job market, the average worker now changes jobs 10 to fifteen times during their career. Whether you’re a recent graduate or […]

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How to Plan a Thrifty Summer Vacation

When you’re living on a budget, it can be hard to imagine stepping outside your weekly routine to travel. Vacations can be relaxing, but only if they fit within your means. There are many easy ways to start saving for something big, but you don’t have to have a ton of extra money socked away […]

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Best Thrifty Gifts for Grads in 2019

The art of giving gifts takes years to master, and it can be challenging to get it right on a budget. As graduation season approaches, there may be a few students in your life who you’re considering gifting something special to. This post will offer a few ways to give gifts that are sustaining, appreciated, […]

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5 Great Financial Resources for College Students

How to manage your money isn’t something most high schools teach. While formal courses on financial literacy are now available at some colleges and universities, they can be hard to fit into one’s schedule and enrollment is limited. Should you or your college student have questions about saving, managing your loans, and how to manage […]

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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 […]