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.
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 lately – mostly internet/cell phone and utilities. Poor or non-existent customer service has become the norm. Long hold times and getting disconnected on phone calls is so frequent that we’ve come to expect it.
Celebrating Companies who Provide Excellent Customer Service
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.
Is your budget limited for vacation this year? If you’re thinking you can’t take a vacation, think again. We’ve got lots of frugal and cheap tips to make your vacation memorable on a shoestring budget.
If your only option is a Vacation with Limited Funds, can you still create a fun and enjoyable memory? Here’s how we and several other frugal friends have enjoyed great vacations on the cheap.
Great Vacations on a Shoestring Budget
Yes, money is tight, unemployment is still high and the economic climate is uncertain. But if you’re thinking there is no way that you can take some well-deserved … Read more »
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 »
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 (website subscribers can 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 … Read more »
Are you looking to get prescriptions cheaper? There are tons of ways to quickly and legally get discounts on your medication prescriptions.
Is the cost of prescription drugs making you choke?
According to the Center for Disease Control, 48% of American’s take at least one prescription drug and 21% take 3 or more prescription drugs. Legal, prescribed drug use in our country, and around the world is at all-time highs.
It’s true that properly used, prescription drugs can greatly improve the length and quality of our lives. It’s also true that the cost of prescription drugs can greatly reduce the size of our … Read more »
Doing a DIY Property Tax Appeal is not something many homeowners think about. But, if you own a home or are getting ready to buy one, you should consider what you will pay in property taxes.
And you should probably look into what similarly sized homes are paying.
When you purchase a house, be aware that many counties base their revised valuations, in large part, on the sale price. The basis for the valuation may be correct, but the details of your property may be misrepresented, which can result in higher taxes.
If you inventory your food in your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator, you are sure to reduce what you spend on groceries. Inventorying your food will help you to save money, waste less food, and spend less time shopping. This is something you will definitely want to consider. Just know that to inventory your food will take a little time. But it also will produce huge savings in your grocery budget! Here’s how we do it.
Shopping sales, using coupons and stumbling across super-discounted bargains are all great ways to save loads of cash. That is, unless you don’t really get the savings you anticipated. How is that possible? Simple, at the checkout counter you are charged a retail price, or more, on your discounted items and never even know it.
Is this some sinister ploy? No, but we’ve seen a level of incompetence in many retail establishments despite constant scrutiny by state departments of weights and measures and numerous investigative reports about “scanner accuracy.” We are told that if there are errors, they usually favor the … Read more »
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 credit.
Question about Teenagers & Credit Scores
I was wondering if you don’t use any credit cards, how did you establish your credit history? My son is 17 years old and I would like to tell him to only get … Read more »
VetTix is a company that shows appreciation to our Veterans & their families, as well as active military 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. They came to enjoy the orchestra who was accompanied by Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Tickets to the symphony usually cost between $25 and $120. But for our friend Aaron and his wife, who were sitting in some of the best seats in … 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 »
Are you looking for fun Easter Traditions for your family? Traditions are a type of glue that holds families together and builds enduring memories.
Fun traditions don’t have to be expensive, elaborate or logical – some can be downright silly. But for kids, having consistent events throughout the year is something that adds stability and anticipation to life.
Jellybean trails through the house are one of our favorite family traditions.
Here are 11 different Easter traditions and crafts that are part of our family’s history.
Jelly Bean Trails
Jellybean trails are a real kid favorite. On Easter Eve, Steve spent at … Read more »