Kentin Waits

Raised by two extreme savers, I'm endlessly inspired by others who swim against the tide of easy credit and over-consumption. With my dog Scout by my side, I write articles on secondhand shopping, minimalism, and debt-free living. My work has been published on NYTimes.com, MotherJones.com, Kiplinger, and in US Airways Magazine. Reach me at [email protected].

8 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big
8 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big

on September 8, 2015

As the housing market heats up, the right renovation can be the difference maker that leads to a sale. Here are some changes that tend to recoup a large percentage of your investment.

Stretch Your Budget And Boost Your Health With 14 Superfoods
Stretch Your Budget And Boost Your Health With 14 Superfoods

on March 23, 2015

If you’ve never heard of superfoods, it might be time to get acquainted with these power-packed staples of good health.

Kick the Habit: 7 Steps to Wean Yourself From Credit Cards
Kick the Habit: 7 Steps to Wean Yourself From Credit Cards

on January 9, 2015

Easy credit, the tendency to overspend, and the overwhelming acceptance of plastic as a means to pay for everything from home repairs to hamburgers have helped make consumer indebtedness a chronic condition. Here’s how to break free.

8 Ways to Feel Rich When You’re Not
8 Ways to Feel Rich When You’re Not

on January 8, 2015

In the material world in which we all live, it’s sometimes easy to feel like you’re suffering. Here are some simple tips to keep you focused, and more important, happy.

7 Ways to Get What You Want on Customer Service Calls
7 Ways to Get What You Want on Customer Service Calls

on April 1, 2014

I’ve sat on both sides of the customer service line — taking abuse from callers and getting angry at unmotivated CS reps too. Here are some lessons I’ve learned that can help you.

7 Smart Saving Strategies for New Grads
7 Smart Saving Strategies for New Grads

on March 5, 2014

Graduation is a time of exciting possibilities, high expectations … and new financial realities. Get off on the right foot and build a brighter future with these seven saving strategies.

7 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter
7 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

on February 27, 2014

Few things we write have as much potential value as a well-crafted cover letter. If you’re in the job market now or plan to be, here are seven tips to take your cover letter from tired to hired.

6 Tips to Expertly Explain Gaps in Your Resume
6 Tips to Expertly Explain Gaps in Your Resume

on January 17, 2014

A hiccup in your employment history doesn’t have to signal slackerdom. Take control of how you present the highs — and the lows — of your professional experience.

Is Your Financial Adviser Really Working for You?
Is Your Financial Adviser Really Working for You?

on December 30, 2013

Did you know that your financial adviser may not be legally required to act in your financial best interest? Here’s how a fiduciary pledge can change that.

What’s the Big Deal About Tiny Houses?
What’s the Big Deal About Tiny Houses?

on December 19, 2013

There’s no place like home, even if it’s only 200 square feet. Find out why tiny houses are gaining in popularity and what makes these small spaces so special.

More Billionaires Promise to Donate Much of Their Money
More Billionaires Promise to Donate Much of Their Money

on December 11, 2013

Find out who these generous tycoons are and how they made their fortunes.

Young Women Are Closing the Pay Gender Gap
Young Women Are Closing the Pay Gender Gap

on December 11, 2013

Young women haven’t reached pay equity with their male counterparts and they may lose some ground as they get older, a new report says.

Auto-Pilot: Good for Planes, Not Finances
Auto-Pilot: Good for Planes, Not Finances

on November 18, 2013

We all do it: sign up for services that suck money monthly from our accounts, then forget about them. How much are you wasting on things you could pay less for or drop entirely?

The 6 Best Ways to Teach Kids About Money
The 6 Best Ways to Teach Kids About Money

on November 12, 2013

Use these simple techniques and you’ll give your kids the best foundation for using money wisely.

Why Your Used Car is Greener (and Smarter) Than a New Hybrid
Why Your Used Car is Greener (and Smarter) Than a New Hybrid

on November 7, 2013

Our world’s new economic realities and our ever-increasing environmental sensitivities should give us pause before we chuck our serviceable older car.

You Know ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’ There’s a 4th Possibility
You Know ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’ There’s a 4th Possibility

on October 28, 2013

The green movement’s anthem of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is missing its most important ‘R.’

11 Tips for Retiring When You’re Nervous About the Economy
11 Tips for Retiring When You’re Nervous About the Economy

on October 18, 2013

Retirement today definitely takes more planning, may take some creative downsizing, and probably won’t be the same type of retirement that your parents or grandparents had.

12 Ways to Green Your Wedding
12 Ways to Green Your Wedding

on October 8, 2013

Traditions are being reconsidered and creatively reinterpreted with earth-friendly ideas. This trend can save you money as well.

Can a Saver and Spender Live Happily Ever After?
Can a Saver and Spender Live Happily Ever After?

on September 20, 2013

Whether you’re just dating, newly married, or have been together so long you have matching recliners, there’s always hope for the money-mismatched.

Tortoise vs. Hare: What Type of Saver Are You?
Tortoise vs. Hare: What Type of Saver Are You?

on August 27, 2013

Here are six types of savers we’ve identified over the years. Which category do you fit in?

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