24 Smart Money Tips Everyone Can Learn by Playing Doctor

So … Who wants to play “doctor” with me?

I know what you’re thinking, but you can relax. I promise nobody will end up in the principal’s office after we’re finished here. That’s because this version only focuses on taking a peek at our … personal finances.

If you’re interested in anything more risque than that, you’re at the wrong website, pal. Sorry.

OK, ready to play? Then here we go:

If you show

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Why You May Have a Big Windfall Coming (and How to Find Out Fast)

The other day I was in the mood for a couple of chili cheese dogs, so I decided to stop by my local Wienerschnitzel and satisfy my craving.

As I got to the counter to pay for my food I realized that I still had an old $5 gift certificate tucked behind my business cards.

Of course, I was ecstatic. After all, rediscovering that worn-out certificate in my wallet was like finding

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A Simple Trick for Breaking Your Overspending Habit

No, that's not my closet.

The other day I was reluctantly helping the Honeybee clean out her our closets — and having a thoroughly miserable time doing it, I might add — when I came across a couple of old Discover magazines.

I canceled my subscription to Discover years ago, but I really used to love reading those magazines because the articles were always very interesting. Sometimes they were very inspiring

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Cheap Cooking: Fantastic Frugal Meal Ideas from Past and Present

I was on an extremely tight budget when I was in college, so I had cheap cooking down to a science.

Back then, dinner was number four on my list of priorities; right after tuition, beer, and rent — in that order.

Many people on limited incomes pride themselves on their ability to create some truly delicious and cheap dinner ideas.

My grandmother, who was born in Italy, was always on a tight

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9 Important Money Tips Every Dad Should Teach His Kids

Readers: In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would repost this message to my kids that originally debuted here exactly two years ago today. It has since become one of my most popular articles (currently ranked 39th out of more than 900 posts.) — Len

Kids, with Father’s Day right around the corner, I hope you don’t mind if your dear old dad takes a few minutes to give you

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Is Cell Phone Insurance Really Worth It?

Last month our previous cell phone contract finally expired. That made the Honeybee happy because it meant we could finally move to a new carrier with better coverage.

However, nobody was more excited than the kid with the fastest thumbs in the West, my son, Matthew, who no longer had to endure the supposed indignity of being stuck with an “uncool” Nokia Gravity phone because our new plan included three iPhones.

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Why Some Who Cut Expenses to the Bone Still Can't Make Ends Meet

The other day I was fueling up my car at the local gas station. While I was waiting for the tank to fill, I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the remains of a ridiculously large bug that was splattered on the windshield.

Unfortunately, the only squeegee I could find was at another pump island that was occupied by a big ol’ cowboy who was filling

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You Can Call Me Almost Anything – But Please Don’t Call Me Cheap

As the economy continues its struggle to emerge from its seemingly never-ending malaise, many folks are working hard to find additional and more creative ways to save a buck or two.

I recently had lunch with a friend of mine who called me a cheapskate because I dared to bring home a healthy handful of extra napkins that an overzealous fast-food server had placed on the tray with my meal.

“I’m not

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A Small Victory in My Quest to Raise Financially Literate Kids

Teaching kids about personal finance is not an easy job. Even so, as a parent I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that my kids have a thorough understanding of good personal finance practices before they leave the nest.

Ultimately it will be up to them to decide if they want to heed the stories and lessons I have been tirelessly passing on to them ad nauseum since they were

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Why Sneaky Package Size Reductions are No Longer Fooling Consumers

The Honeybee will tell you that this guy and I have at least one thing in common.

Not too long ago I was preparing a recipe from an old cookbook that called for a couple of 7-ounce cans of tuna.

After looking in the pantry, I was happy to see that I had exactly two cans of tuna — until I remembered that tuna was one of the many products affected

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