The Fight for the Right to Repair: Why It’s Getting Harder to Fix Your Own Stuff

Major technology manufacturers have been making it increasingly difficult for the average person to repair the items they produce. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, it’s us consumers who demand every new generation of smartphone be faster and lighter than the last. That doesn’t happen by magic. It takes fancy screws, special adhesives, … Read moreThe Fight for the Right to Repair: Why It’s Getting Harder to Fix Your Own Stuff

Scribd Review: Best Alternative to Audible (includes free trial!)

Wish you could read more? Scribd is great easy way to read or listen to books.  I’ve loved how it’s helped me get more reading done. Learn all about it in this Scribd review — plus get a free trial too!   Several months ago, I happened across something called Scribd and it’s totally changed my life!… … Read moreScribd Review: Best Alternative to Audible (includes free trial!)

12 Things I’ve Bought from Secondhand Stores in the Last Year

One of my favorite tips to hammer home on The Simple Dollar is the value of shopping at secondhand stores. About a year ago – I think I started the note last November – I started keeping track of things that I bought at the secondhand store with the goal of someday listing them in … Read more12 Things I’ve Bought from Secondhand Stores in the Last Year

Our ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ Coupon Strategy

My recent article on how to find and get the most value out of your local discount grocer led to a lot of great follow-up questions and comments from readers. One reader, Laurie, wrote in: What about coupons? I still clip coupons from the Sunday paper and use the Redplum and Target apps to nab … Read moreOur ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ Coupon Strategy

Give Me the Goods: Why I Value Things Over Experiences

I’ve previously talked about how much I love the money-saving practice of self-massage. That being the case, I recently decided to treat myself by purchasing a top-of-the-line handheld vibrating massage tool. It cost me $300. Before you call me a spendthrift and suggest I should have gone dumpster diving for spare parts and learned to … Read moreGive Me the Goods: Why I Value Things Over Experiences

Keeping Food Spending Low When You Live in a Food Desert

Last week, I published an article entitled How to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer that tackles head-on one of the tougher frugality challenges we all face: how does a person find the cheapest grocery store in their area and, once they do, how do they really … Read moreKeeping Food Spending Low When You Live in a Food Desert

Making the Super Quick and Convenient Lunch Much More Frugal

At our house, we’re pretty strict on limiting free time for our kids. They get maybe half an hour of screen time after school (after their homework is done) and, on some evenings, half an hour after supper. On weekends and during the summer, it might be a bit more than that, but if they’re … Read moreMaking the Super Quick and Convenient Lunch Much More Frugal

How to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer

One of the most powerful strategies out there for saving money on your food bill (once you’ve cracked the real secret, which is that making your own meals and eating at home is a tremendous money saver) is to do most of your grocery shopping at a discount grocer. If you shop for groceries by … Read moreHow to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer