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How to Save Hundreds on Your Power Bill

I used to be the leader of the local Green Team at my company. We have teams like this at our major locations to help with recycling and other “Green” initiatives. A while back, we had a conference for all our Green team leaders to get together to share ideas. We brought together the leaders […] Read more…

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Enjoy a Cruise Without Going Broke or Getting FAT

    I just finished yet another cruise last week, so while I was on board, I was thinking of you guys and picking up little tips I’d like to share with you.  A cruise can be SO much fun, but they can be a LOT less expensive if you follow these few simple tips. CUT CRUISE […] Read more…

My BEST cheap and easy weight loss ideas

Lots of Thrifty Weight Loss Ideas

Every New Year’s Eve, what is the absolute number one resolution?  Hands down, it is always to lose weight.  It’s like the Holy Grail of resolutions!  Because of that, the diet and exercise industry is one of the richest in the world.  People spend thousands of dollars each year with hopes of losing weight – […] Read more…

Progress in the Teen Money Wars

Progress in the Teen Lunch Money Wars

Raising responsible teens is definitely an on-going process, so I think you need to celebrate every possible bit of progress.  I had one particular issue I had been fighting ever since we started in Jr. High – lunch money. Photo credit Neither of us likes making lunches, so we had initially decided to allow him […] Read more…

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Disney’s Frozen Princess Elsa Braid Tutorial

Like just about every other girl these days, my granddaughter wants to be Princess Elsa from “Frozen” this year. It seems to be the most popular costume of the year! After MUCH searching, I finally found her the costume for a reasonable price.  But I wanted to do something fun with her hair. So, after […] Read more…

If you want to save money, pay cash - here's why this is a smart thing to do!

Why Paying with CASH Hurts – It’s a Good Thing!

I know most people think that money is just money.  But I can tell you that there is an enormous difference between paying for things with cash and with other forms of payment – including credit/debit cards, checks, or your phone. Behavioral scientists have done probably hundreds of experiments over the years that clearly prove […] Read more…

Matt's Wedding

My Son Got Married

So, my middle son Matt got married about a month ago.  I haven’t  posted the pictures from it because it’s taken a while to get the pictures back from the photographer.  But it was a lovely day and we were all excited to see them married.  Great weather – perfect since it was a rooftop […] Read more…

Water Alarm

Save Money – Get a WATER ALARM

I am always surprised when I find that most people have not heard about a water alarm.  These things are BRILLIANT and have saved our bacon more times than I can count.  Water damage can be very expensive.  We’ve had water in our basement at least 10 times now from either our washer, our water […] Read more…

Outsmart the Same As Cash Programs

Outsmart the “Same as Cash” Programs

This post was inspired by a mistake made a while back by my now 25 year old son. This son, in fact. Yes, I know he’s a handsome fellow, but he’s not quite perfect. Like a lot of kids (okay, young adults!), he makes mistakes sometimes, especially regarding money. His latest mistake concerned a guitar. […] Read more…

How to Negotiate the Best Deal on a Car

Next to buying a house, buying a car is one of the most expensive purchase we make.  It’s one time in your life when you will be pitted against professionals who are focused on separating you from as much of your money as they possibly can.  If you want to get the BEST deal on […] Read more…

Your teens will be buying their own groceries soon. You need to teach them these lessons right away.

Teach Your Teen to be a Smart Shopper

Most financial experts agree that the best way to teach kids to be a smart shopper is to actually let them TRY it.  They need to learn from their own successes and failures.  Since one of your biggest recurring expenses is your grocery budget, this is a great place to start. Do you realize our teen is […] Read more…

My Secret Weapon for Finance - Get Rich Slowly

My Secret Weapon for Finance – Get Rich Slowly

I don’t pretend to be perfect with my money.  I still spend too much on clothes and other impulse purchases, save too little, and don’t pay as much on my credit cards as I should. The fact that I have credit card debt at all clearly demonstrates that I don’t have my act together as […] Read more…

Fast Food Challenge

Smart Money – The Fast Food Challenge

I read an interesting statistic today – 18 to 25 year olds spend up to 49% more than other age groups on dining out. Doesn’t say if that’s fast food, fine dining, or drinks, but if I had my guess, I’d say 90% fast food with a smattering of fine dining. Image courtesy of [KEK064] […] Read more…

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