How We Saved Money On Our Disney World Vacation (and Had a Great Time As Well)

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Some years back we needed to figure out where we wanted to go on vacation.

It was my wife, our 7-year-old daughter, our 7-month-old son, and myself.  Since our son was so young we wanted to keep the flights short.  (Back then there were four of us, now there’s six if you’re trying to keep track.)

We decided now would be a great time to go to Disney world!

Read on and you’ll find out why Disney World was a great destination at the time and how I went about researching the best prices and activities.  This is valuable stuff you’ll want to bookmark if you think you’ll ever go to Disney World.

Tips to Save Money At Disney World

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Don’t Go Broke Celebrating Mother’s Day – 7 Frugal Ideas

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! 

It’s easily a day you can go crazy taking care of the moms in your life.  And by going crazy I mean spending gobs of cash.

It’s hard enough trying to figure out what mothers want for Mother’s Day.  Paying for it gets even trickier.

That’s not good.

But there are ways you can be frugal for Mother’s Day!  Keep reading and you’ll see some easy ways you can celebrate mom and be frugal as well.  You might even get extra points with mom for creating something on your own that was heartfelt.

Here Are Some Frugal Mother’s Day Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank:

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Four Simple Ways to Cut Household Expenses

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The following was written by none other than personal finance expert Jean Chatzky.  When I got word that she was interested in sharing an article with my readers I screamed (well typed) a big YES in response.

I recently wrote a short report — not quite an ebook, not quite a blog post — about how you can save money on household expenses

I did it to offer up the tips I use in my own home, and so far, the downloads have been off the charts.

This is clearly something we all care about.

When Glen asked me to guest post, I knew that pulling my favorite tips from this report would be a big hit.

In writing the document, I focused on the areas where we all seem to spend the most money — things like electricity, cable/satellite TV, and cell phone bills.  (I also talked extensively about lowering your heating bills — the report was released in February — but I’m hoping we’re over that hurdle at this point, so I’m not going to address it here.)

Below, a few of my favorite tips for cutting your monthly expenses.

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Frugal Vs. Cheap: Which Are You?

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Frugal, cheap, tightwad, miser, tightfisted, penny pincher. . .

We tend to use all of these words interchangeably to refer to people who are tight with their money, but there is a distinct difference.

The Definition of Cheap

Cheap has a negative connotation, as does tightwad, miser, and tightfisted, perhaps with good reason.  If you look up the meaning of cheap, you’ll see it says, “giving or sharing as little as possible” (Merriam-Webster).

Scrooge in A Christmas Carol is the perfect example of someone who is cheap. 

He does whatever he can to hoard as much money as possible and does not want to share with others.  We’ve even coined a term for people who don’t want to share or aren’t charitable–scrooges–after the character in A Christmas Carol.

I had a friend in graduate school who, if he took a girl out to a dance club, would only take her when it was ladies’ night and the woman got in free.  Then he expected his date to split his cost to get in!  When he took a date out to eat, he only went during happy hour and would only order off the appetizer menu so he could get the food half price.
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7 Ways Your Large Family Can Keep Frugal and Not Go Broke

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The average American family has 2.1 children (Hoover Institution). 

However, there are many families that exceed that number.

If you look at celebrities, there are families like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who have 6 kids, and you can’t forget the Duggars, who make headlines with their 19 children.

Of course, plenty of non-celebrity families have large families.

My son is only in 4th grade, but one of his classmates, who is the oldest in the family, already has 6 younger siblings.  Though large families aren’t as common as they were 60 years ago, they still exist.

While all of us need to stretch a buck to some extent, for those with large families, the need is even more important because there are so many mouths to feed and people to clothe and house.

However, there are plenty of ways that large families can save money.

Here Are 7 Ways A Large Family Can Be Frugal

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Do You Really Need the Best of the Best for Your Home?

Channels like HGTV have spawned our interest in housing and all things interior and exterior design. 

A house isn’t nice enough if it doesn’t have granite countertops and a gourmet kitchen.  No longer is the master bedroom simply bigger than the other bedrooms in the home.  Instead, we want an en suite complete with a large bathroom (his and her sinks are a must), walk in closets with built in shelves and a sitting area.  The bathroom must have a Jacuzzi hot tub.

Really?

When did this become the norm?

Of course it’s nice to live in lavish surroundings, but if you have trouble making ends meet or have debt to pay off, do you really need all of this?

Houses 60 Years Ago Were Very Different

The simple truth is that 50 or 60 years ago, houses were much simpler.
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How to Save on Running Shoes, Gear, and Events

As the season warms up I look forward to lacing up the old running shoes again. I know there are hard-core runners who run through winter but that’s just not something for me (yet).

When I start the season off I try to take it easy and keep my run leisurely.  And yet I’ll still try to do too much and forget that it takes some time to build up my conditioning.  The next couple of days after that inaugural run are always fun [ouch]!

I got to thinking about how simple it is to run.

Here is this wonderful exercise that just about anyone can do.  People pay hundreds in gym memberships and buy expensive machines for home to workout when a simple run may be all they need.

What’s it take to run?  Go out and move faster than a walk!  I think maybe your feet have to leave the ground at some point.

But then I thought about it and I realized running can be expensive as well.

Here’s How You Can Save on Running Shoes, Gear, and Events

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