The Virtues of a Cheap Wedding

Several readers over the past week have shared a very interesting research article from Andrew Francis-Tan of NUS and Hugo Mialon of Emory University entitled ‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration, which seems to have received some media coverage … [Read More...]

The Battle Against Scarcity

When I was growing up, money was scarce. My father worked in a factory some of the time and my mother was a stay-at-home mom, so even when he was working there wasn’t a ton of money, and when he was laid off… things got tight. My … [Read More...]

Some Thoughts on Home Ownership after 10 Years

A little over ten years ago, Sarah and I moved into the home that our family has lived in ever since. Back then, we had one toddler and another baby on the way; today, we have three children, two of which are inching toward the precipice of their teen years. … [Read More...]

What Value Are You Really Getting?

The other day, Sarah and I were coming home from visiting some friends in another state. Typically on a road trip, we plan ahead a little and pack sandwiches and beverages for a meal on the road or in a park or something because it’s really inexpensive and filling … [Read More...]

The Wisdom of Frugality – Final Thoughts

This is the last entry in an eight part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. If you’re new to the series, feel free to hop back to the first entry. Let’s start off by recapping the other … [Read More...]

Revisiting the Last Little Bit in the Container

Tubes of toothpaste. Bottles of shampoo. Soap dispensers. All of these things are easy to use at first when they’re full, but eventually they empty out, leaving just a bit of the soap or paste inside. This isn’t just in our imaginations, either. Most packaged liquids and pastes … [Read More...]

30 Ways to Show Your Love and Still Be Frugal

My wife and I have been married 15 years, and dated for six years prior to marriage. During that time, we’ve had three kids, lived through moves and career changes and great moments and tragedies, and yet we’d still rather spend time with each other than anyone else. I … [Read More...]

A Look at My Morning Routine

Carl writes in: I’ve been reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod that talks about the benefits of a morning routine and includes some examples. I was wondering what your morning routine looks like. Managing to write a long article every single day has to involve a killer routine! … [Read More...]