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
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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
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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
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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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
Investing is simply the art of making your money work for you instead of you working for money. People have different kinds of investment comprising different kinds of assets but the general theme is that investments are a way to initiate a multiplier effect in wealth building. Savvy investors tend to mix up their portfolios with a blend of conservative … Read the rest
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
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
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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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
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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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
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.
The rising cost of college has resulted in more than 40 million American’s borrowing tons of money. And the repayment of … Read the rest
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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Attracting Generation Y should be priority number one for the modern landlord. Exactly who makes up Generation Y? You probably know them by the term “Millennials”. Millennials now saturate the rental market, and if you’re not doing everything in your power to transform your rental property into a siren’s call for this part of the population, you’re missing out on … Read the rest
Romantic and/or Family Movies
Valentine Movie Mania, is a page that has a ton of movie choices! 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 … Read the rest
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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