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Your Library Makes you as Happy as a $2000 Raise

There are a ton of great reasons to go to your local library, but here’s a new and compelling reason to visit your library more often. The United Kingdom’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport recently commissioned a study (PDF) … Continue reading

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Dr. Phil: If You Spoil Your Kids You’re a Child Abuser

One of the most difficult balancing acts as a parent is wanting to give children the things they want while not giving them too much as to spoil them. The fact is that your children will likely be much better … Continue reading

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10 Reasons I’ve Purposely Chosen Not to Be Rich

Most people I know want to be rich. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this goal, and I can certainly see why many people would want to attain it. I think that’s why people find it a little shocking when … Continue reading

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15 Tough Love Money Quotes

When it comes to money, our finances and the lessons that we need to learn, those lessons aren’t always easy to hear. In fact, a lot of the time, they are quite difficult to accept. Just because they may not … Continue reading

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Happiness Comes From Being Yourself: Fun Money Friday

I’m going to try something new here at Saving Advice for the coming weeks, and that is having “Fun Money Fridays.” Most of the time we (that is, all financial bloggers, talking heads, and advisors) focus on the negative and … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Self-Improvement and Personal Finance

With New Year’s just past and most people still in the honeymoon phase of their resolutions, it’s worth a brief look at how many self-improvement activities benefit your finances, and how studying one area can have a positive impact on … Continue reading

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Is Minimalism The Way To Go?

Financial gurus often talk about spending on experiences rather than stuff. The idea is that stuff will break, become obsolete, or never get used in the first place, whereas experiences will stay with you for a lifetime. Experiences are said … Continue reading

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Contentment as a Substitute for Money

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older, but I find myself becoming more content with my life. It’s not that anything has changed greatly in recent years. I haven’t won millions of dollars, bought a new house or car, or … Continue reading

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10 Free Ways to Make Someone’s Day

Would you be willing to make someone’s day if it didn’t take a lot of time or cost much money?It’s important to never underestimate how big of an impact a small gesture can make. It really is amazing what an … Continue reading

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101 Simple Pleasures That Don’t Cost A Dime

One of the things that makes getting ones finances in order difficult is the assumption that pleasure costs money. The truth is that it really doesn’t have to. The more that you enjoy the simple pleasures in life that don’t … Continue reading

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Bliss vs. Suffering: A Life Without Debt

I’m a big fan of the yoga program “Inhale” on the Oxygen network. The host, Steve Ross, likes to say (when talking about mental health) that, “Psychology is based on suffering. Yoga is based on bliss.” What he means is … Continue reading

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Choosing Work: Love Or Money?

When you set out to choose your occupation, should you choose a higher paying job or work that you love? I never questioned it myself. I couldn’t imagine spending eight to ten hours a day for thirty years doing work … Continue reading

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Feeling Better Without Spending a Lot of Money

In my house we’ve had a tough couple of months with deaths, health scares, and general work-related stress. We’ve been tired, sad, and angry. There’s been a definite need in this house to feel better. We’ve needed some cheering up … Continue reading

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Ten Things Money Can’t Buy

We talk a lot about money: How to get it, how to spend it, where to spend it, and how to save it. For all the time we devote to talking about, worrying about, and dealing with money, you’d think … Continue reading

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Why You Don’t Want A Budget

Conventional wisdom says that you should have a budget to get the most out of your money. While I believe a budget is a good thing to have when money is tight and you are first learning how to take … Continue reading

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