Category Archives: Frugal

10 Tips For Building A Christmas Decor Collection On A Budget

When we were first married and broke, I remember one of my mothers’ friends gave us Christmas ornaments for a wedding present. She said, “It’s the one thing no one thinks to give you when you’re just starting out, but … Continue reading

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10 Places I Find Coupons In The Grocery Store

I reluctantly became a grocery shopping coupon “expert” a few years ago when I made a bet with my sister and told her that I I thought I could eat well only spending $1 a day for food. I managed … Continue reading

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When Savings Strategies Backfire

We all want to be able to put more money away for the future, rainy days, or those special goals that are dear to our hearts. Unfortunately, sometimes in our zeal to save money, we devise some strategies that end … Continue reading

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10 Organizations That Pay For Themselves

There are plenty of organizations out there that claim that it’s worthwhile joining their ranks. It’s important to evaluate a membership to make sure it makes sense for your particular needs. Even when you have to pay, there are times … Continue reading

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Don’t Chase The Cult Of The New

On one of the board gaming forums I frequent the term, “Cult of the new” is frequently tossed about by posters. What they’re referring to are all the new games that come out each year. They’re new, hot, and hyped … Continue reading

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20 Ways To Help Your Favorite Nonprofit Organization For Free

I hear from people who are struggling with money that one of the things that bothers them the most is their inability to financially help their favorite nonprofits and charities. The view that the only way to help these organizations … Continue reading

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Free Turkey: 12 Ways To Get One For Thanksgiving

I recently received an email asking me if I could give some pointers on how to get a free turkey for Thanksgiving since I’d managed to buy and cook a full Thanksgiving meal for six people for under one dollar … Continue reading

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12 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

People spend a fortune trying to “improve” the air quality in their homes. They buy fabric sprays, air fresheners, candles, special vacuum cleaners, and expensive purification machines. Unfortunately, most of the candles, plug-ins, and sprays just make things worse. They … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Prevent and Reduce Food Waste

Everyone would like to save money on food if it means they can still get the same quality for a better price. One are where most people can save on their food bill is to reduce the amount of food … Continue reading

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Save Money and Time: Read the Manual

How many times have you brought home a new appliance, electronic gizmo, or power tool and promptly tossed the instruction manual without reading it. “I’ll just wing it,” you say to yourself. You may be able to do that, but … Continue reading

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10 Alternatives To Paying For A Storage Unit

Does it ever seem like you have too much stuff and no room to store it? When that happens, buying or renting a storage unit might seem like your only option. However, paying for a storage unit can be expensive … Continue reading

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Embrace Your Inner Financial Nerd

I used to be a huge nerd. I was the kid who actually liked school and homework. Somewhere along the line, though, I lost my inner nerd. I conformed in order to fit in during high school. I still studied, … Continue reading

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Ten Unusual Things That You Can Recycle

Most people are well aware of all the common household items that can be recycled – whether by sending them off on the local recycling day or by repurposing them. However, there are plenty of items that you may own … Continue reading

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Alternative Uses for Plastic Storage Containers

Over the years I’ve grown wary of using plastic containers for food storage and cooking. Concerns over BPA and other chemicals that leach from plastics have made me shift from plastic to glass or ceramic cookware for most of my … Continue reading

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10 Great Ways To Save Money On Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of the year again with Halloween less than a month away. That means that you will soon need to decide on a costume, and the more time you take to prepare, the better chance you have of … Continue reading

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Replacement Society: Save Money By Keeping Things Longer

The sounds coming from our eighteen year old refrigerator have recently changed. There’s more moaning and banging now instead of the smooth hum that has always been there. I’ve taken this as the cue to begin the search for a … Continue reading

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Prevention and Honesty Are Always Less Expensive

This summer in our area has been a terrible one for rabies. At least three dogs have had to be put down because their owners didn’t get them a rabies shot and the dogs later came into contact with rabid … Continue reading

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Rafflecopter Cash Giveaway Project

The Rafflecopter Cash Giveaway Project is a free, ongoing, bi-monthly giveaway that is open to all personal finance and money bloggers. Each giveaway has a different personal finance theme. The goal of the giveaway is to encourage blog readers to … Continue reading

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Uses for Spare Napkins

If you’ve ever eaten at a fast food or casual restaurant, you’ve probably ended up with extra napkins. You know how it goes. You go to the dispenser and grab a few but don’t use them all. Or the dispenser … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Save Money On Homeschooling

More and more parents are deciding that homeschooling is the correct choice for their kids. Those that do decide to homeschool soon discover that it can be an expensive endeavor. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are a … Continue reading

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