Money Saving Articles

Escaping Boredom While Being Frugal

Do your eyes glaze over when you hear the word budget or frugal? Many people think that things related to saving money are boring. I’ve said before that I’m a bit of a nerd about budgets and money saving, so I’m going to share my excitement.   Frugal Isn’t a Four-Letter Word Duh, it’s six. But the point I’m trying to make is that it

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Do You Question the Cost of Your Monthly Bills?

Every month I get a series of bills, and they all tend to be about the same each month. My utility, internet, and tv subscriptions are all predictable within a few dollars. My electricity is billed on a rolling average, so it doesn’t fluctuate a huge amount either. Most people probably have the same experience, and as long as the variations aren’t extreme, won’t question

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Summer Parenting is Expensive

Of course, parenting is always expensive, but summer brings its own set of costs. Back in my day, it was more common to have a mother who was able to stay home with the kids, so summer just meant more time with them. These days that is more the exception than the rule. So, what are parents supposed to do?   What Does Summer Cost?

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Valuing Your Time as Money

Time and money have one thing in common, once spent you can’t get either one back. You can always earn more money, but there is only so much time available. So how much do you value time? Is there a way to increase your valuable time?   Time for Math Setting a dollar value on your time should be pretty simple, it’s what you earn

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How to Get the Most Out of a Staycation

A few weeks ago, I wrote about planning summer vacations, and I neglected the concept of a staycation. Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like, a vacation where you stay at home.  There are a few reasons you might choose a staycation, and I’ll cover them here. I also have some tips to help you really enjoy it.   Why Stay at Home? You

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What’s Up with This FIRE Movement?

Have you heard of the FIRE movement yet? I’ve heard of it in passing a few times over the past couple of years, but it seems that recently it’s getting a lot of attention. In case you haven’t heard of it, it stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early. Sounds like a pretty good plan, doesn’t it? I’ll hit some of the highlights and provide links

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Chasing Happiness

I have always wondered about happiness and why it’s mentioned in our Declaration of Independence as an inalienable right. Even as a kid I was aware that happiness looks different to everyone. All of us want to be happy, but how can we achieve it, let alone define it?   What Did Jefferson Mean by Happiness? I did a little digging on the internet about

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The Best Time to Plan a Trip

Spring Break is over, so that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacations. The farther in advance you plan, the better the prices and availability will be. Last-minute trips can be fun, but I love anticipating a trip. So, right now is a great time to start thinking about summer travel.   How Long Do You Have? When I was a kid, my

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Moving Is Not for The Weak

It’s no secret I recently moved, and since it wasn’t a local move, I had to get it all done in one day. It has been several years since I did so, and I forgot how stressful and expensive it was. I learned a few new lessons this time, so I’m going to share them.   You Can’t Start Too Soon I knew my move-out

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Cooking to Relax and Save Money

Lately, a friend has visited a few times to help me around the house.  I keep offering to cook for us, but each time I offer she says, “Oh, don’t go to the trouble.” As one of those crazy people who finds the process relaxing and a good creative outlet, I also know that it’s far less expensive to cook at home than to eat

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