Archive | 2017

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Latest Calculator Updates!

I spent most of this past week in the land of Javascript. After much fiddling with code, I’ve rolled out major additions to two popular Frugal Fringe calculators. New Printable Table for Labor Cost Calculator (LCC) At this writing, the LCC is closing in on 20,000 reader views. It’s been featured on Lifehacker, Travel+Leisure, Mental […]

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Here’s a List of Every Tax My Family Paid Last Year—What it Shows Can Save You Thousands

Governments are clever. They rarely collect taxes directly—that would draw too much attention from voters. Instead, they deputize others to do the collecting for them: employers to withhold income taxes from paychecks, stores to add sales taxes on receipts, banks to escrow property taxes from mortgage payments, and utilities to include city surcharges in monthly bills. Because […]

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yFIRECalc 2.0: The Retirement Calculator that Shows Why You Should Retire Early

At its highest and best use, money is a store of freedom. As savers grow nest eggs, they’re not just gaining dollars—they’re gaining future hours of liberty. Some savers are passionate about securing their freedom as soon as possible. They reject mainstream career arcs that would have them work full time until age 65 or […]

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Frugalometer 2017: Compare Your Spending and Saving to Others Who Earn the Same Income

The original Frugalometer was a spreadsheet embedded into one of my blog posts from 2015. Since then, I’ve learned more about HTML5 and Javascript, so it’s time to upgrade this calculator into an online experience. Introduction to the Frugalometer What’s a reliable measure of frugality? It’s certainly not savings alone. If you saved $100,000 last […]

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