October 2008

Simple, Cheap Appetizer: Cheesy Olive Puffs

Following yesterday’s post about planning your Thanksgiving menu early, Bucksome Boomer asked me to post the recipe for the Cheesy Olive Puffs. These are not only delicious and cheap, but they can be made ahead and refrigerated until it’s time to serve them. The biggest problem? Trying not to eat them all before your guests arrive. If you’ve got a big group coming, consider doubling the recipe. The Recipe 4 ounces shredded…
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Turning 5 Doesn’t Deserve a Platinum Bonus – at the Carnivals

This week, we have three carnivals to share, so I’ll dive right in. First, the Carnival of Personal Finance #226 hosted by All Financial Matters. In addition to my post about calculating the benefits of double health insurance, I also recommend Provident Planning’s article about permanent life insurance. I didn’t even know such a thing existed. Second, the Festival of Frugality #199 hosted by Yes, I Am Cheap. In addition to my stabby post about gifts…
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Mid-Year FSA Update

As I’ve mentioned before, we opted to contribute the maximum $2500 to our FSA account this year because we initially expected to pay $2000-$4500 in coinsurance for my husband’s surgery. As it turned out, we paid $0 in coinsurance, which meant we have to scramble to spend down the $2500. Half-Year FSA Check-In We use our FSA frequently, so I frequently check the balance and process requests for additional information.…
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How to Buy Individual Health Insurance

If you don’t have health insurance through your employer, or your spouse’s employer, you can either buy an individual health insurance plan, a family plan, or a group plan through a trade group or credit union to which you belong. The costs will be higher, but the cost of not having insurance is much higher. More than 50% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. This basic…
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It’s Time to Make Holiday Travel Plans

I know, I know, it’s still summer. But it’s already time to start planning for the holidays, especially if your holidays involve travel by air. Thanksgiving is 14 weeks away. In airline speak, it’s just around the corner. That also means Christmas is just 18 weeks away. Planning Thanksgiving Travel You don’t have to book your flights now, but you should plan to book them in early September…
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Planning Your Holiday Bake-a-Thon

Christmas is next week, which means many bakers will be pulling out their pans and getting to work this weekend. If you’re a holiday baker/candy maker, here are a few tips to help make your holiday bake-a-thon go a little smoother. Gather Your Recipes Now If you have them online, consider printing them. If you have them in a binder, pull them all out. If you have them…
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