Holiday Special: Download FREE Kindle eBook

January 1 is just around the corner. Will 2015 be your year for making new financial resolutions? If so, I have glad tidings. For a limited time this holiday season, I’m giving away free downloads of my Kindle ebook: Spend Less Now!—A Checklist Program for the Decidedly Unfrugal. This offer ends on December 21. The SLN! […]

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

The best Christmas gift I ever received was homemade. It came from an eight year old—my youngest sister. She gave it to me on December 25, 1982 and it’s been making me smile ever since. Back in the summer of 1982 my brother and I tried to see the movie Poltergeist. This Steven Spielberg release […]

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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2012 IRS Data]

Note: this post updates an earlier article dated August 15, 2014 which used 2011 data published under the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2012 data so the time is ripe to revisit this topic using the latest available statistics. Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing […]

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How to Stiff Your Undertaker

Death may be as sure as taxes, but unlike taxes death doesn’t have to cost you anything. I know this is true because two people I loved dearly have died this last year—and both of them passed without passing on any expenses to those they left behind. This post shows you a way to handle life’s […]

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Diamonds – Nothing But a Brilliant Illusion

It must be Canada week here at Frugal Fringe. Here’s an article from the great Manitoban blogger Free to Pursue (F2P) in which she dishes on the diamond industry. I don’t want to give anything away, so let’s just say her reasoning all rings true—with clarity! F2P is a terrific writer who has rearranged her […]

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An Open Letter About My Great Indebtedness

Dear Reader: I owe you a disclosure. I’m embarrassed I haven’t told you this before. There’s no way to break the news gently, so here it is: I am deep in debt. There. You have my confession. I’ve incurred huge obligations and it feels good to finally admit that they exist. Of course, my current […]

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The Worthometer Has Been Updated!

As promised, I’m letting you know that the Worthometer has been updated to replace the data from the 2010 Federal Reserve Board Survey of Consumer Finances (2010 SCF) with the new 2013 SCF figures that were released on September 16, 2014. As you may know, the Worthometer is the web’s only net worth percentile gauge […]

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