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8 Financial Tools to Help You Start 2018 Right

Regardless of whether your 2017 was sweet or rotten, a new year means another chance to meet your money goals. That said, while these favorite apps and tools of mine can help you get your finances on track, it's ultimately up to you to do the hard work required to pay down debts, build up your savings, or cut your spending.

Should You Buy, Lease, or Finance Your Next Smartphone?

Remember a few years ago when you thought that friend of yours who always had the latest model iPhone was crazy for spending that much? That’s changed in recent years as carriers and others allow you to lease your device. Taking a page from the auto industry, you now have...

Weddings on a Budget: The Secrets of Our $2,000 Nuptials

As I’m writing this, my wife and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary. Yes, it’s been four years since we said our vows in front of a handful of guests in Las Vegas, Nevada before starting our new lives together. Since that day, we’ve had plenty of adventures together...

Money-Saving Grocery Shopping Tips and 3 Frugal Meal Ideas

Buying groceries as opposed to eating out all the time is already a fiscal win — but why stop there? By utilizing digital coupons, being smart about where you shop, and stocking up on the right items, you can save even more money on groceries. Plus, with a few tasty and thrifty recipes in your repertoire, you can enjoy the flavor and fun of eating out without the expense.

20 Genuinely Fun and Frugal Activities (and 5 Traps to Avoid) 2

Just because you’re trying to be thrifty doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life — it’s all about getting the most out of your entertainment dollar. From free events to small splurges that lead to big fun, there are plenty of ways activities that fit into the thrifty lifestyle. Checkout these 20 fun but frugal activities and make sure to avoid these 5 pricey traps.