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Labeling the 3 Types of Purchases Makes you a Wiser Consumer
Mon, 11/10/14 | 14 Comments
Labeling the 3 Types of Purchases Makes you a Wiser Consumer

At the simplest level, when you break down everything you buy, or consume, it can all really be distilled in to 3 categories:
1. The stuff you actually need.
2. The stuff you want, that you think …

Wedding Expenses and Marriage Success? Now We Have Data
Mon, 10/20/14 | 19 Comments
Wedding Expenses and Marriage Success? Now We Have Data

You may already know that I’m not a big fan of materialistic wedding expenses. More specifically, I think that the average cost of a wedding is stupidly high ($31,213 last year) and the average engagement …

Tracfone LG 840G Review: Prepaid Plan Hacking at its Best
Mon, 10/6/14 | 23 Comments
Tracfone LG 840G Review: Prepaid Plan Hacking at its Best

For years, my wife had maintained her cell phone service with Net10 (one of the big prepaid MVNO carriers).
Even though it was dirt cheap at just $16.44 per month (including regulatory fees), it had been …

Why you Are Not Taking your Paid Vacation Days, but Should
Mon, 09/29/14 | 16 Comments

Previous generations of workers fought their butts off for paid vacation leave. Some succeeded in getting this essential employee benefit from their employers. Others did not.
As a matter of fact, to this very day, the …

The 17-Item Grocery Challenge: Creating A Low-Cost Food Plan
Tue, 09/9/14 | 20 Comments
The 17-Item Grocery Challenge: Creating A Low-Cost Food Plan

The one expense category where my wife and I have not cut back on is food.
The average cost for food, per household, was $6,599 in the last full year of measured data. Despite rarely dining …

Are you Ordinary? Here’s the Secret to Becoming Rich
Tue, 09/2/14 | 24 Comments
Are you Ordinary? Here’s the Secret to Becoming Rich

We’ve all seen the catchy headlines and probably even shamefully clicked on a few of them (no shame with THIS article though):
“Frugal teacher retires with $2 million in savings”.
“Mailman makes millions in the stock market.”
“Librarian …


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