Try a No Spend Month: Your Wallet Will Thank You

Do you find your expenses creeping up month after month? Do you use cash but don’t know where all of the money goes at the end of the week?  Do you feel you have gotten a bit lax with personal finance?  If so, you may want to try to have a no spend month.

During a no spend month, you limit yourself to only a certain amount you can spend on variable expenses.  My family has had two no spend months, and each time we allowed ourselves to spend no more than $500 on variable expenses including groceries, dining out, gas, entertainment, and miscellaneous.  Both no spend months made us more aware of our spending weaknesses and taught us some valuable lessons.Continue Reading

Save Money on Vacation Plans with Frugal Staycation Ideas

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I like to travel, but sometimes a vacation just isn’t practical. After all, a vacation can require quite a bit of planning — and expense.  You have to plan airfare (or pay for gas when you take a road trip), pay for hotel stays, and arrange for food.  All of this can become overwhelming as well as costly.  If you want to go on a trip, but know that a full-on vacation isn’t practical, you can plan a staycation.

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Extreme Couponing: Do You Really Save or is it a Waste of Time?

Extreme couponing has become quite the craze and there’s no denying there can be significant savings to be had; but at what cost?

This sounds like an oxymoron – but depending on the circumstances, couponing can come with a hefty price tag.  There are some great deals to be had out there and there is no debate that coupons can save you a bit of money but let’s closely examination this activity. Continue Reading

Where To Find Cheap Fun Family Activities – 6 Places

Ask anyone with kids and they will tell you – going out with the family can be expensive! Think about it – every activity you might do yourself is multiplied by the number of people in your family.  Going to the zoo by yourself could cost you $10, for example, but for a family of five that could be $50 just to walk in.

But there are ways to find cheap, fun family activities!  Here are six places to look:

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What’s This Groupon I Keep Hearing About?

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Maybe you’ve seen some ads on the web. Perhaps you heard about it on the local news.  I don’t know about you but I’ve been hearing about Groupon everywhere!

So what is this Groupon all about?!?

Groupon (group+coupon) is a site that offers up a daily deal on some of the best attractions, eateries, and shops in your area (well, in lots of areas so far).
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We’re Mowing It Old School-ish

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Among the many responsibilities a home-owner can have is a lawn. For us, we’ve been pushing that responsibility on a landscaper who comes by once a week to mow the lawn, trim the edges, and weed the garden.  But this will be the last week he comes because next week we’re going DIY – We’re going to do our lawn and garden ourselves!

Why take care of the lawn ourselves?

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Comparing TV Services With BillShrink

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Sadly, BillShrink shut down their services on July 31,2013.

 

Do you wonder if your TV provider (Cable, Satellite, Fiber-Optic) is giving you the best deal possible?

BillShrink has just introduced a service that will compare TV packages in your area based on your preferences and tell you the best television service deal that’s out there.
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