DR 130: The #1 Way to Save Money Is . . .

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The many ways to save money are limited only by our imagination. That’s why I asked the readers of the Dough Roller Newsletter their #1 money saving tip. In past weeks they have given some great replies to other questions: What is your favorite book about money? Where do you keep your emergency fund? What […]

Published or Updated: November 26, 2014

The 5 Best Cash Back Online Shopping Sites

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Deals, coupons, Promo codes, and cashback shopping sites have proliferated over the last several years. It’s now easier than ever to get cashback on virtually every online purchase you make. The problem is that we often forget to use the sites when shopping online. I learned this firsthand last week. Here’s what happened. Last week […]

Published or Updated: June 28, 2014

Pinterest Roundup: 10 Frugal Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages

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Ah, summer time. Birds, bees, flowers, warm weather – and the bane of all parents’ existence. Summer means long days and no school. And you might find your kids getting bored more easily than you thought possible. Before you drop money on an expensive vacation or new toys, check out these 10 frugal summertime activities […]

Published or Updated: May 15, 2014

DR 061: 6 Ways to Harness the Power of Hedonic Adaptation

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Why does the excitement of a pay raise wear off in just a few months? Why does the “shine” of your new gadget or gorgeous new home wear off so quickly? The answer is hedonic adaptation. Some people also call it the hedonic treadmill. It sounds philosophical, but it’s really relevant to how we make […]

Published or Updated: May 6, 2014

DR 053: Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

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Recently, a reader named John wrote in asking about leasing vs. buying a car. Here is John’s question: I was wondering what your input is in regard to buying vehicles? For example, I’m in the process right now of selling a vehicle for a good buck. Would you suggest reinvesting this money in a used […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2014

3 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck When You Donate to Charity

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This time of year, you might be thinking about donating some of your money or your time to charity. You’re certainly not alone. According to Charity Navigator, total charitable giving in 2012 was about $316.23 billion in the United States, with about $223 billion of that from individuals. Many people do their giving over the […]

Published or Updated: December 27, 2013

Where to Get the Best Deals this Holiday Season

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The holiday shopping season is all about the deals. Everyone is looking for the best deals on gifts and the trappings of the holidays. So, where should you go to find the best deals of the holiday season? That depends on what you’re looking for. But here are a few things to try as you […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

Give the Gift of Experience: 6 Places to Find Discount Gift Cards

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Gift cards are increasingly popular as gifts because they offer the recipient the chance to choose something that he or she really wants. If you put careful thought into the gift card you purchase, it’s possible to make it personal. A gift card to the recipient’s favorite restaurant or store, or a gift card to […]

Published or Updated: December 12, 2013

20 Easy, Affordable DIY Holiday Gifts from Pinterest

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This holiday season, you may be looking to save some cash without skimping on gifts for friends and family members. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds with these easy-peasy, super-affordable DIY gift ideas we’ve collected from the treasure-trove that is Pinterest. I’ve carefully checked each of these gift-making tutorials, and they all […]

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Published or Updated: November 27, 2013