College is expensive! And loan forgiveness is a great way to pay off student loans that have already been accrued! Over the past 40 years, gas prices have increased about 300% and Gold has risen more than 1200%. However, the cost of college has outpaced them both, skyrocketing more than 1600% higher than it was in 1975.
The rising cost of a college education has resulted in more than 40 million American’s borrowing tons of money. And the repayment of that student debt is one of the factors that is stalling our economy. But don’t despair, there is hope and there … Read more »
There are several things you can do to freeze store bought bread and avoid freezer burn. And if you bake your own, the same principals apply to freezing bread of any kind.
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!
Diane from Ukiah, CA asked about Freezing Bread.
Question about Freezing Store Bought Bread
Some of my store-bought loaves of bread get freezer burned even though I wrap … Read more »
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 among us is prepared for paying out tens of thousands of dollars over a 4 or 5 year period? However, with any large expense, the more you and your child prepare, the more manageable the expense can be.
We have helped five of … Read more »
If you inventory your food in your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator, you are sure to reduce what you spend on groceries. If you really want 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.
WHY INVENTORY YOUR FOOD?
This is an excerpt from the planning chapter of our book, Cut Your Grocery … Read more »
We’ve heard people refer to budgets in many negative terms, that all imply pain or restriction or deprivation. We have a different view of budget restriction. 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. Keep reading and find out why.
A BUDGET Like a Dam?
We’ve heard some people refer to trying a money management system as having used a “Dam Budget!” Obviously, their experience was anything but positive. We don’t think of budgeting as … Read more »
Cold & Flu season is horrible and tricky. Catching a cold or the flu is almost inevitable. How to cure a cold and beat sickness is a game everyone wants to win. It takes the right tools and know-how to beat a cold in one or two days, but it can be done.
If you leave your house at all or have a large family, you’ll be surrounded by people. And those people will be breathing out things you’ll be breathing in. They’ll be sneezing, wheezing and coughing too. Then they’ll be touching things that you’ll be touching. Even the most … Read more »
We have always thought about buying meat in bulk online, but have never jumped in until now. We were at a conference where we were introduced to Zaycon Foods and their local fresh meat deliveries. You know that we are bargain shoppers but the quality and the pricing that Zaycon offers really piqued our interest. This is a really great way to lock in a good price on a large quantity of quality meat. It could save you a lot of time and money.
What is Zaycon Fresh?
You can think of Zaycon Fresh Foods as a meat coop. Have you ever … Read more »
If you’re looking for the best way to build financial confidence, try setting up a written budget.
We’ve spent the last few weeks describing different spending plans or budget systems.
We’ve described several options for budgeting success and the amazing key to our budgeting success.
Today we’re sharing five benefits to having a written budget like we use. And yes, we do understand that a written budget may sound less tech-savvy than using phone apps or online budget systems. But honestly, most budgeting apps aren’t as usable as our system and the online (web-based) systems are very difficult to set up. Our … Read more »
The Amazing Key to the most Powerful Household Budget Ever!
Budget Tracking and secrets to help you become successful financially.
Lots of people talk about household budgets this time of year. With the holidays quickly fading in the rearview mirror, we’re motoring at full speed into a new year, full of optimism and powered by new resolutions. While some cruise down that road with apparent effortlessness, other will hit speed bumps or have collisions with unseen obstacles. The road to resolution heaven is often littered with derailed dreams.
What if there was a way to virtually guarantee that you could … Read more »
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 since we organized our linen closet. With raising five kids, writing books and speaking around the country, we had little time to think about this type of organizing task. We truly had lost track of what was in the linen closet.
Watch the video at the bottom of this page … Read more »
Why Budget? We’ve got six reasons why you should overcome your budgeting problems! One of the top two New Year’s Resolutions is to get personal finances in order. Many folks want to get out of debt or set up a budget.
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.
Any effort you make to manage your money will immediately start producing positive dividends.
We’ve created a four-part series that covers the benefits and “How To’s” of setting up a realistic, workable and maintainable household … Read more »
We’re always looking for easy ways to save money & eat healthier. And to be more aware of the nutritional value of the foods we buy and eat.
Here are 12 ways can we save money & eat healthier without going to extremes.
It’s a well-known fact that some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight and to get finances in order.
We’re hoping that this blog will inspire you on both fronts if you’ve made either of these resolutions this year. You can lose weight by eating healthier and you can eat healthier without spending a fortune! So let’s … Read more »
Have you ever wondered how to cash a personal check without having a bank account? Or where you can cash a check and what the charges would be?
It could be because you’re traveling out of state, or you could have an online bank or you may simply not have a bank account at all.
If someone writes you a personal check and you don’t have access to your own bank, you may have a problem.
Don’t fret, there are several ways you can cash a personal check without a bank account.
Here’s how you can do it.
Places that will Cash a Personal Check
There … Read more »
Are you looking for the best budget for your family?
We’ve discovered that there almost as many ways to budget as there are people talking about it. Family Budgets can be 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 Type of Budgeting System will Work Best for Your Family?
Lots of people talk about having a budget for their money.
Lots of people want to budget.
And lots of people start to budget . . . but then stop.
Watch the video … Read more »
There are free places to workout all around us if you just know where to look. We looked to our Facebook friends and learned about dozens more that we’d never hear of. It’s time to get more exercise for less.
Get Healthy Stay Healthy for Less this Year!
We all know that to get healthy and to stay healthy, a regular exercise routine is a must. Our doctors recommend it, our friends encourage it, our government proclaims the necessity of it and of course thousands of health clubs, gyms, and manufacturers of exercise equipment tout the benefits of regular exercise.
Exercising to stay … Read more »
New Year’s Eve Party – Family Fun, means ringing in the New Year with family and friends.
We host a New Year’s Eve Party – Family Fun each year. It is a tradition that started years ago and is an open house. And it doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon. Even though our kids are grown, they love inviting their friends and helping put on a great event.
When the kids were younger we would invite several families whose kids were the same ages as our kids. Now, we just invite anyone who wants to come. And we have every age group … Read more »
If you’re looking for the true meaning of Gift Giving and how to enjoy Christmas and the whole holiday season without feeling obligated to spend gobs of money. We’ve got 7 ways to overcome Holiday Gift Pressure.
We believe that gift giving is a tangible way of saying “I love you.” But we also believe that spending lots of money means that I love you more than spending time and carefully selecting an appropriate gift.
A Reader Question about Holiday Gift Giving Pressures
I really enjoy reading about how your family enjoys holidays like Christmas without spending a lot of money (we all … Read more »
Family Christmas Traditions can occur whether your family is large or small, and young or old. Establishing traditions can enhance relationships, evoke warm feelings and create memories that last a lifetime.
Over the years, we’ve read numerous books about the value of family traditions. They add stability to the yearly calendar as the kids eagerly anticipate and participate in the preparations for each special event.
Our Family Christmas Traditions really are a “month-full” of activities and routines that we’ve established over the course of many years. Here are a few of the many we have:
Holiday Music / Performances
There are many holiday … Read more »
Sonic Happy Hour, America’s Drive-In fast food restaurant serves up Happy Hour deals every day (Monday – Sunday) between 2 and 4 pm. This information was confirmed and updated in December of 2017.
We drive by a Sonic location several times each week, but it wasn’t until recently, when an online friend tipped us off, that we discovered these half priced Happy Hour Deals. They are amazing!
If you’re looking for an awesome bargain on drinks and some tasty snacks check out Sonic’s Happy Hour Deals.
Be sure to check out our video at the bottom of the page – we share … Read more »
Holiday Clothing can be expensive, and everyone wants to look fantastic for the holidays. How can you get a great Holiday look without spending a fortune of money? We’ll share how you can dress up for the holidays with a minimal cash outlay, and look fabulous in the process.
Reader Question About Holiday Clothing Expenses
I know that I’ll be invited to several holiday parties this season and will need to get dressed-up. And there isn’t money for new clothes right now. But I want to look good, and not put a balance on my credit card. What should I do?
Less Stress … Read more »
Are you wondering how we set up (Our) My Christmas Budget for Gift Giving? We’ll share that and some other tips for saving on gift giving so that your holidays will Jingle with Joy.
Christmas is coming, and it seems to get here faster and faster each year. And for many families what accompanies the approach of the holiday is the accumulation of lots of presents and . . . lots of bills or credit card debt.
Is there a way to break the cycle of obligatory gift giving and the weight of January’s debt regret?
My Christmas Budget Doesn’t Include A lot … Read more »
Without a doubt, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. We get to spend time with our loved ones and show them our appreciation. Also, decorating the home for the holidays is one of the favorite activities of the season. And, contrary to popular belief, making your home festive doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune.
That being said, we would like to give you top 10 suggestions on how to take your Christmas home decorating to the next level on a budget.
Lighting your house is a mandatory step you should take if you want to make … Read more »
How can you have a Magical Christmas on a small budget if your bank account is less than magical?
We all want to make Christmas a special time of year for our kids and other family members, but we don’t want to wake up in January with huge credit card bills and a large dose of Christmas regret.
It really comes down to time versus money. If you don’t have the money to buy every present you want to give, then you’ll have to invest some time to make the magic happen.
If you can involve your spouse or kids as elves, you … Read more »
This is our updated list of 23 Christmas Movies that are Family Favorites. They are appropriate for children, some are animated, and some will make you laugh out loud they are that funny! And remember that almost all of these are available at your public library for free! We have an online account with our city library where we put items on hold. We just go in and pick them up when they email us and notify us that they have been pulled and are on the “hold” shelf. So easy to run in and check them out!
Do you have … Read more »
Holiday Entertaining on a budget does not have to be boring! Does the cost of hosting a holiday party overwhelm you? Here are 4 inexpensive ways to host holiday parties this year that are fun, frugal and full of holiday cheer.
We just attended a holiday party at a friend’s home. It was a pot-luck (of sorts)—some people brought nothing. The hostess provided a small turkey, drinks and some dessert. Annette cooked up a huge pot of turkey barley soup. It was a cold night and we were amazed to see 6 quarts of delicious soup get consumed in just a couple … Read more »