Rental Car Hacks that saved us more than $200!
Here are some rental car hacks that saved us a ton of money! We were traveling to Richmond Virginia to speak at a conference and to do a little vacationing with family and friends. There would be six of us traveling, plus luggage for one week and 24 cases of books.… Read the rest
The price of groceries is constantly changing. But how do you survive when grocery prices in your area increase, or when you have changes in your family size?
Leigh from Burlington NC asked about our grocery budget.
I have all three of your books, and in your grocery book, you said that your grocery budget was around $350 per … Read the rest
We’ve written this Garage Sale Guide to help you turn your unwanted treasures into cash. There are dozens of ideas presented on this page to help you run an efficient and profitable yard sale at your home. Or to host a rummage sale for an charitable organization where you volunteer.
Garage Sale Guide Starting Place
Have you ever wondered how … Read the rest
A Budget Makeover with Groceries, is one of the best places to start. Because most of us go to the grocery store often, making a few changes in how you shop is one of the fastest ways for rehabbing your finances.
How can I lower my grocery bill so I can get ahead on my budget?
I want to start … Read the rest
Frugal Vacations don’t have to be boring. And Vacations don’t have to be expensive to be memorable. We’ve compiled a list of ways for you to have fun and frugal vacations. This list comes from friends and our own experience. We’ll share more than two dozen money-saving vacation tips for meals, lodging, and activities. You’ll make great memories with minimal … Read the rest
How can you save money on milk purchases? For years we bought gallons of milk on sale and then froze them in our deep freezer. Freezing milk is not that hard to do if you follow our tips. Learn how we freeze and defrost milk safely and quickly.
How do you thaw frozen milk?
Reader Question: I froze a gallon … Read the rest
Did you ever wonder how you could take a vacation when your vacation funds are limited? Here’s how we and several other frugal friends have enjoyed great vacations without spending a fortune.
Yes, You Can Have Great Vacations with Limited Funds
Yes, money is tight, unemployment is still high and the economic climate is uncertain. But if you’re thinking there … Read the rest
7 ways to make Garage Sale Shopping more Fun
If you’re going to spend a day driving around and looking for garage sale treasures, try these 7 tips to make your time Garage Sale treasure hunting more profitable (and less expensive).
1. Plan your Garage Sale route
Check out the garage sale ads on:
- Facebook’s SwipSwap Groups (we have joined
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Money Smart Grandparents provide practical ways to Help.
We asked our Facebook friends a couple of questions about how their parents had a positive impact on their children. We want to build a brainstorming list of ideas to encourage money smart grandparents to be active participants in their grandchild’s life. Please add your comments to the bottom of this page—we’d … Read the rest
Spring Activities – if you’re looking for fun, it’s a time full of awesome and affordable recreational events. Spring – the time for plants and trees to come back to life and in many parts of the country families can be outside to enjoy the more temperate weather and outdoor activities.
If we just look ahead at the upcoming calendar … Read the rest
VetTix is a company that shows appreciation to our Veterans and their families with free event tickets. And this blog will tell you all about how it works, and how to sign up for it.
A few months ago a friend of ours sat with his wife in the audience at Symphony Hall in Phoenix to enjoy hearing the orchestra … Read the rest
Are you wanting to help your teenager establish a good credit score? Teenagers & Credit Scores is a great topic to be concerned about. Raising money smart teens is more than just teaching our kids to work and earn and save and spend carefully. We need to teach teens the ins and outs of borrowing money and being smart about … Read the rest
Reorganizing your linen closet probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list! But this task can really free up time and mental energy – here’s why and how.
The Last Time We Reorganized our Linen Closet
For us, it had been about 10 years — raising five kids and being involved in helping them launch as young adults, writing … Read the rest
If you want to increase your wealth and independence, you’ll have to learn a lot about the way money works. Most people don’t have a lot of knowledge about personal finance. As a result, many Americans have little to no savings.
Why A Lack of Savings is a Problem
This is a serious social problem because it becomes increasingly … Read the rest
Easter Traditions are a type of glue that holds families together and builds enduring memories. The traditions don’t have to be expensive, elaborate or logical – some can be downright silly. But for kids, having consistent events throughout the year are something that adds stability and anticipation to life.
Here are 8 different Easter traditions and crafts that are part … Read the rest
We are often asked which grocery store has the best prices. It seems that many people are looking for a “silver bullet,” or a magic formula to saving money at the grocery store.
In this Q&A we address the issue of where to shop and how to save the most money at the grocery store.
Question about saving on grocery
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The concept of shopping in a warehouse and buying directly from a distributor is an appealing idea for money saving minded people. But do today’s warehouse clubs really save you money or are they merely a carefully marketed retail store that has lots of stuff in it, designed to separate you from your money?
What is a Warehouse Club?
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What should parents do about Teens & Cars? Is it Money Smart parenting to give your kids a car and a computer? One dad thinks so.
We receive a monthly newsletter that deals with family issues and were sent a link to an intriguing article about a family with 12 kids.
Why We Thought This Dad was Smart
The … Read the rest
Freezing meat bought on sale is a great way to save money at the grocery store. But if you don’t properly store and protect the meat, your savings can be wasted due to freezer burn. If you follow the steps listed below you’ll rarely be disappointed.
Reader Question about Freezing Meat
How do you freeze filet mignon, and keep it … Read the rest
If you’re lactose intolerant, finding a solution to enjoying dairy is not an easy or inexpensive project. In this article, we’ll share the different lactose intolerance solutions we’ve tried and the ones that worked.
Trying to eliminate bad gas:
Over the years Steve has tried dozens of enzymes, home remedies, and Lactaid knock-offs in a search to allow him to … Read the rest
The location of your home is just as important as the home itself so finding the perfect neighborhood for your family is essential.
It can seem like a lot of work but taking the time out to investigate the area you are interested in can prove to be worth it in the end. In as much as it’s important for … Read the rest
This is a Guest Post from our frugal friend Kayla Sloan.
Kayla is a personal finance blogger in her mid-20s who loves to write about money topics of all kinds. You can follow her on her journey out of debt on her blog at Shoeaholicnomore.com.
There is no doubt that having a college education can help secure a better future … Read the rest
Question: My daughter is a senior in high school and is preparing to head off to college. We have no money saved for her college expenses and feel like loans are the only option we have. What should we do?
College Answers: You have more options than you realize.
1) Appy Yourself for College Answers
Fill out a FAFSA application … Read the rest
Free Tax Help and Getting your taxes filed doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re a lower income family, just starting out after college, a senior, military or former military family, there are lots of options for getting your taxes filed for free or for almost nothing. We’re hoping that you’ll check out these three options and be able to … Read the rest