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Great Gifts for a Laid Back Father's Day

  Enough with the aftershave and the golf ball polishers. Today’s hard-working dad needs some serious down time for Father’s Day—and a few toys to help him get the, er, least from every weekend.   Price: $99 Sit down, relax What’s 5-feet tall,...

On My Unnecessary Spending Guilt

I’m getting my kitchen remodeled as a 50th birthday gift, but I feel guilty. I coupon; I make my own dishwashing detergent; I made my kids start an iTouch fund—and then I blog about all my economizing. So now I feel like a frugal fraud, because...

Rent This Season's Looks for Less

Haute Hippie Sultry Safari Dress Rental: $75, Retail: $445 You want to knock ’em dead at that glam summer wedding you’re attending, and you know just the dress that’ll do it: a slinky, one-shoulder number from Haute Hippie. It costs $445. Your...

Discount Secrets from a Truly Frugal Traveler

Rick Ingersoll, “The Frugal Travel Guy,” explains his Priceline discount system. You’ll find great hotel deals on Priceline—if you know how to use the “name your own price” function. Become a bidding wizard with this system. First, visit a board...

How to Find a Happy (Safe) Home Swap

Thousands of travelers the world over use home swaps as a way to afford a terrific vacation that might otherwise be out of reach. But how do you know you’re not walking into a scam, 3,500 miles from home? Choose the right site. To pick a reliable...

Drive Down Car Costs With Spot Rentals

You’ve heard of Zipcar, but car-share options are multiplying around the world, with traditional guys like Hertz—and hyper-local companies—getting in on the act. Expect to pay a one-time application fee of about $25, and an annual membership fee...

3 Experts Help Grow Your Emergency Fund

You’ve set up your emergency fund and socked away enough to quell most of your panic. But be honest: Did you reach your target of three to six months’ worth of expenses? If you’re laughing (or sobbing) right now, that’s not a good sign. Here,...

Taming Bad Financial Instincts

For years, whenever I tried to save money, it seemed to melt like snow in my hot, spendy little hands. Then I discovered the miracle of behavioral economics: the study of why we do crazy things with money—and how to stop. The first principle that...

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