Money Saving Articles

Wants and Needs…What’s the Difference?

Growing up, my parents tried to teach me some basic money management tools. I remember hearing the question “Is that a want or a need?” over and over. Eventually, I grew up and had to make that decision on my own. I think their lesson sunk in!   I Want it Now! Have you ever seen the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? It’s

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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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10 Simple Exercises for Home or Office

10 Simple Exercises for Home or Office Last week I mentioned that making time for exercise needs to be a priority. One of the biggest excuses I hear for not exercising is it takes too much time to get to the gym before or after work. What If I took that excuse away by telling you there are lots of easy ways to exercise while you

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Use a Travel Checklist to Save Time & Money

 I have been thinking a lot about traveling lately, possibly because I haven’t done much of it this year. One of my favorite lifestyle bloggers recently had her luggage lost halfway through a trip and she had to buy a few emergency replacement items in a tourist destination. It had to be expensive to do and she admitted she’d broken her cardinal rule of having

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5 Cheap and Easy Dinner Recipes

Have you seen all those recipe videos on your Facebook feed that make it look so easy to make a meal? Some of them truly are simple, and some are even affordable. I have tried a few recipes out from videos and blogs, and here are my top 5 in no particular order.   Pumpkin and Sausage Penne The canned pumpkin makes this pasta dish

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7 Ways to Treat Yourself Even When Your Budget Says No

It’s summertime and the living is easy, or so they say. If you have been looking at your budget lately and wishing you could do something nice that is free or cheap, I have a few ideas. It is far easier to stick to a budget if you don’t feel like you are being deprived.   Cook Something Are you craving a fancy meal out?

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Beating the Heat to Save Money

Summer is already starting and you are probably dreading dealing with the heat. Not only can it feel miserable, but your wallet suffers when you aren’t prepared. I’ve done some research for you so you can beat the heat this summer and save some money too!   Around the House One of the best ways to deal with the heat at home is to keep

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Smart Tips for Coupon Use

Last month I talked about apps to help save money, and briefly touched on couponing through some of them. That got me curious about the history and rise of coupons and their use. So, I have found some tips on coupons and how to save with them. I confess to forgetting to use them myself. Some of the things I read made me think I

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Save Money with These Smartphone Apps

How many of you have a Smartphone? Okay, how many of you want it to save money for you? Yes, I do too! I have compiled a list of some of the most popular smartphone apps that will do just that for you. This will be link-heavy, I have provided links to as many as I could find.   Banking/Money Management Mint is a powerful

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