Steve Economides is a NY Times Best Selling Author of 3 books, dad of 5 grown kids and a household finance and frugality expert. He and his wife Annette have been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr Phil and dozens of other national and international TV shows.
Do you want to get out of Debt? Have you been trying to pay off what you owe, but keep getting hit with unexpected emergencies.
Keep reading – we have 9 things you can do to kill your debt. And several things you can start applying today.
How is Debt is Like Being in a Car Crash?
Have you ever come across an auto accident where a battered, bloody victim was walking around in a daze? Asked if he’s all right, he stutters, “Y-Yes, I’ll be fine.” Obviously hurt, in shock and needing immediate attention, he still refuses help. “I’m all right,” … Read more »
Vacation meals can be expensive! But with vacation meals on a budget and a little planning and creativity, you can enjoy awesome food. Even while you travel, you can spend much less than the average person doing it. We’ve got lots of ideas for having a great vacation on a budget and it all starts with saving on vacation meals.
11 Ways to Eat Yummy Vacation Meals on a Budget
1) Eat out Selectively
When we fly to a destination and stay in a hotel we save money on food by minimizing the number of meals we eat at a restaurant. Feeding 7 … Read more »
Frugal Family Vacations don’t have to be boring. And fun vacations don’t have to be expensive to be memorable.
We’ve compiled a list of ways for you to have fun and frugal family 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 on a budget.
The typical Father’s Day celebration is to wait on Dad, hand, and foot, hand him the remote control and let him do whatever he wants for the entire day.
Try a Different Kind of Father’s Day
This Father’s day we’d like to encourage Dad’s everywhere to have a different idea or outlook on the day. We’re challenging you to make it a day when you serve your family. Instead of being served, give your time and love to their wife and kids. And in doing so, you’ll receive much more in return.
There is no better Father’s Day present to receive than … Read more »
If you want to know how much an Arby’s Roast Beef sandwich is supposed to weigh, just read our story.
What would you do if you got 30% less than you paid for?
We got “ripped off,” but got it resolved quickly.
We had just completed a Once-A-Month cooking day (read more here) where Annette (with help from the rest of us) prepares between 10 and 17 dinner meals which we store in the freezer for use later in the month.
On our “Once-A-Month” cooking day, Annette gets the night off from preparing dinner (after preparing so many meals, she deserves a … Read more »
There are dozens of uses for a home meat slicer and the savings you can bank are amazing. In this article, we’ll talk mainly about how much money you can save using a meat slicer to cut your own lunch meat.
And we’ll also share other things that we use a meat slicer for.
Plus we’ll tell you how much our meat slicer cost and what you can expect to pay for a new one.
This is the fourth article of a 5 Kitchen Tools series that will empower you to save thousands of dollars on your food budget.
We taught our kids to save money on electricity … and everything else. When we received this question from a website visitor from Australia, we thought we’d put our ideas in writing.
Question about how to get my kids on-board with saving money
Do your kids save electricity? How do you get your kids to appreciate ever-increasing electricity costs and to turn off lights and appliances? Mine just seem to walk away and have no care that Australian electricity costs are rising and rising and we now pay a carbon tax on top of this. I nag them to turn off lights … Read more »
Your parents cared for you for years, and now it’s your turn. As you parents start to reach an older age, there are several financial decisions that they will need to make. By not making some key choices now they could leave you and your loved ones with some difficult decisions later.
Talking about money and death is never a fun topic, but it’s important that you have those hard talks with your loved ones before it’s too late. It will save a lot of pain and frustration in the future.
1. Life Insurance
Let’s get one of the most difficult out of … Read more »
Having Glass Bowls so you can bring leftovers for lunch, is the second of our Kitchen Tools series. It will empower you to save thousands of dollars on your food budget.
Why glass bowls? When it comes to feeding a family, there is a lot of money at stake. The average family is spending $200 per person each month on groceries. That means that a family of four will spend nearly $10,000 on food this year! And using glass bowls for lunch can help slash these numbers.
Here’s our second grocery “tool” that will save you lots of money, … Read more »
Especially insurance agents who send us unsolicited quotes on white paper printed only on one side.
Why? It’s simple.
They’ve just provided us with free paper for our printer.
How we use Free Junk Mail to Save Money
We have a Brother Multi Function printer, scanner, copier fax, but this idea would work with any printer. We have two stacks of paper in bins under the printer: one bin is new paper, the second bin is paper that has been printed on one side (we call it scrap paper).
Copies Near Me is a popular Google Search! You never know when you might need to make a Black & White or Color copy. And finding a place to do that inexpensively, especially if you don’t have your own printer can be challenging!
Even though the world is increasingly paperless, there are going to be times when you’ll need a crisp, clean paper document in your hands.
If you find yourself in need of a copier, then browse this list of 29 different places (in 4 categories) for the best free or cheap copies that will make your life easier!
Should you give your kids an allowance for doing chores?
“NOOOOO!” … that was our first response.
But years later we reconsidered this decision because we discovered the 5 / 50 / 500 money rule.
There are rules that govern our lives, our world, and the universe. There are also rules that govern the earning, saving and spending of money. Knowing how to operate within the rules usually means success and a more peaceful existence. Violating the rules has the opposite effect.
Preparing your child to live a financially independent life may not be on the top of your to-do list. But … Read more »
Can Frugal Living make a difference in how soon you retire or is it just a waste of time? We’re going to give you one example of the power of frugal living as it specifically pertains to how soon you can retire.
How Much Money Do You Need to Retire?
First, let’s calculate how much money you need to retire for a moment.
Most retirement planning projection systems don’t adequately show the impact of frugal living in retirement estimate calculations—probably for good reason. Most people aren’t frugal!
However, the average person has rarely been shown “The Power of Frugal Living” regarding retirement calculation below. … Read more »
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