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10 Out of the Box Ways for BigTime College Savings

10 Out of the Box Ways for BigTime College Savings!

If you’re looking for ways to save money on a college education, this blog will give you plenty of out of the box and unconventional options. The college landscape is changing so rapidly that savings can be found in the most unusual places, especially if you’re willing to research, question conventional think and dig a little deeper.

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15 Ways to Wreck Your Food Budget

15 Ways to Wreck your Food Budget - Tips for Saving Money!

Learning to manage your food budget is one of the fastest ways to start turning around your family household budget. We see so many families practice grocery shopping habits that drive their food costs through the roof. If you’ve never been shown how to master the art of food shopping and meal prep, don’t feel bad. It’s a much easier … Read the rest

5 Reasons it Might Be Time to Sell Your Home

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Selling a home is all about timing. The two facts that are usually at play are personal finances and the market conditions. A rule of thumb is that when the market is up, sell. Right now it’s terrific news for homeowners looking to sell, as the market is undoubtedly in their favor. Whether it’s planning for retirement, the future, looking … Read the rest

How to Maximize your FAFSA and Pell Grant Money

How to Maximize FAFSA and Increase Your Pell Grant Money

Debt Free College Series # 4 – FAFSA and Financial Aid

We have  5 kids who have attended college, and we have filled out FAFSA applications for every single one of them. As a matter of fact, several times for each of them. We’ve learned a few tips from our own experience and from financial aid experts, that we would … Read the rest

Use Your Head When it Comes to Lettuce – Iceberg vs Leaf

Which Lettuce is best to buy, Iceberg or Leaf Lettuce?

Have you ever tried to calculate the best price for lettuce? What about Iceberg or Leaf Lettuce . . . do you know which type of lettuce costs more?

There are several ways to save money when buying lettuce. We outline a couple of our tricks on this page.

Finding the Best Deal on Lettuce is More Complicated than you

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Is there Gold at the end of the Scholarship Rainbow? Hack!

A pot of Gold at the end of a rainbow - How to find college scholarships

Are you looking for tips and tricks to land more scholarship money for college? This blog presents lots of proven ways to find more scholarships, prepare for them and win more awards.

What if there really was a pot of gold waiting for you at the end of the college scholarship rainbow. And what if you KNEW that with some … Read the rest

How to get Inexpensive Lunchmeat from a Shank Ham!

Can you get Inexpensive Lunchmeat from a Shank Ham?

Steve wanted to see what kind of “deal” we could get on lunchmeat if we sliced up a smoked, shank ham for our sandwiches. We bought our shank ham on sale for 97 cents a pound. Because the Smithfield ham we bought was smoked, it was ready to eat (no need to cook it.)

The Lunchmeat Estimate

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Ways to Save on At-Home Entertainment

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Going out isn’t cheap for a family, even for frugal family. You can plan it right, find deals and choose the least expensive option, but going out is almost always going to be more expensive than staying in for the night.

Luckily, technology has given families a lot of ways to entertain themselves without leaving home. With the tips below … Read the rest

How to get your student loans forgiven!

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College is expensive! Over the past 40 years, gas prices have increased about 300%; Gold has risen more than 1200%, but the cost of college has outpaced them both, skyrocketing more than 1600% higher than it was in 1975.

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Tax Season is Coming: 5 Small Business-Friendly Tax Apps

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 If you prefer a hands-on approach to managing your business, you might also prefer to handle your taxes internally rather than outsourcing them to a tax preparation service. Luckily, technology has evolved to the point where all the resources you need to streamline tax season are just an Internet or mobile search away.

What Are You Looking For?

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Valentine Movie Mania

If you're looking for movies that have romance or romantic comedy in them, here's a great list!

Romantic and/or Family Movies

If you’re looking for a movie that will warm your heart, try these. We’ve picked movies with romance in them and romantic comedies from war flicks and heartwarming stories to total suspense! We’ve combined some of our favorites with a huge list provided by our Facebook Fans!

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Freezing Bread—The Secret is in the Freezer

What is the best way to freeze store bought bread?

There are several things you can do to freeze store bought bread and avoid freezer burn. By the way, using a freezer to stock up on discounted food and preserve the sale price for months to come is one of our top money-saving strategies.

But if you aren’t careful, your savings can leave a bad taste in your mouth!

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6 Ways a High Schooler Can Slash College Costs

6 Things High School students can do that will crush the cost of college., and hopefully minimize the need for student loans.

There are six things a teen can do in high school that will help to slash the cost of a college education. We’ve done many of these with our 5 kids and they graduated college without any student loans!

How to be a high schooler and crush college costs.

College is a monumental expense for parents and students alike. Who … Read the rest

The Easy Way to Inventory Your Food!

What is the Easiest Way to Inventory your Food?

Doing an inventory of the food in your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator is a sure way to reduce what you spend on groceries. If you really want to save money, waste less food, and spend less time shopping it’s something you might want to consider. Just know that it is a chore that will take a little time, but it … Read the rest

How to Save Money When Building Your Own Home

New homes being built.

It’s a fact that the costs of building your own home are higher than they have ever been before.

Of course, part of the reason is simply due to inflation. But there are other factors that play into new home costs as well, and despite that, there are still ways you can save money when building your own home.

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A Dam and A Budget?

How is a Budget like a Dam? Read for more money management ideas!

We’ve heard people refer to budgets in many negative terms, that all imply pain or restriction or deprivation. We have a different view. We look at a household budget as a positive thing. It’s a tool that preserves our money and lets us enjoy life and the things we have.  We think a budget is very similar to a dam. … Read the rest

Companies with Excellent Customer Service

Top Rated Companies for Best Customer Service.

Getting excellent customer service from a large corporation is one of the seven wonders of the world . . . well, at least it seems that way. We love dealing with companies who have well-trained employees who really seem to care about their customers’ problems.

Companies with Bad Customer Service

We have had a number of frustrating interactions with companies … Read the rest

How to Build Financial Confidence with a Written Budget

Having a Written Budget Helps You Build Financial Confidence!

Do you want to build financial confidence?

Check out the 5 ways a written budget builds confidence and financial strength.

We’ve spent the last few weeks describing different budget systems; several options for budgeting success and the secret to our budgeting system.

Today we’re sharing five benefits to having a budget like we use.

1) Budgets Bring Unity

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Sneaky and Inexpensive Ways to Eat Healthier this Year

Here's 5 ways you can eat healthier for less money than you thought.

We’re always looking for easy ways to improve our health and nutrition. Here are five ways can we eat healthier without going to extremes.

It’s commonly accepted that some of the most common New Year’s Resolution are to loose weight and to get finances in order.

We’re hoping that this blog will inspire you on both fronts if you’ve made … Read the rest

How to make the Best Budgets for Savvy Spending

Here are 3 types of budgets for Savvy Spending and awesome money planning!

We’ve discovered that there almost as many ways to budget as there are people talking about it. There are expensive systems, cheap systems, apps, websites and grandma’s system for budgeting. With so many choices, it’s hard to know which kind will be the best budget for you!

What Kind of Budgeting System will work best for you?

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Six Obstacles to the Perfect Budget

Overcoming Six Obstacles to the Perfect Budget!

One of the top two New Year’s Resolutions is to get personal finances in order—to get out of debt or set up a budget.Video Icon

But too often this resolution is made, and then quickly abandoned.

We’ve heard it, we’ve seen it, and we’ve helped many families to overcome it.

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