December 2008

How to Pay Bills While on Vacation

Now that you’ve booked or planned your affordable summer vacation, your brain may already be in vacation-mode. Before your mind drifts too far, there are a few things you need to take care of, like bills. The last thing you want to do is come home to a missed bill and a late fee. Paying bills while on vacation is actually very simple these days, and you usually don’t…
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How to Create a Frugal Exercise Club

I love to work out at the gym, but that option isn’t for everyone. The gym is expensive and easy to avoid. If you want a cheaper option and need motivation to get in shape, form a frugal exercise club with nearby friends. You have several fitness options: Walking Club: A walking club is the easiest and cheapest. You can ask several co-workers to take lunchtime walks with you.…
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A Year without New Clothes?

I read an interesting article on Marketplace.org about several bloggers who went a year without buying any new clothes.  No used clothes, either, although they could buy all the underwear, shoes, and accessories they wanted. So, that got me to thinking, could I go a year without buying new clothes? The answer for me is probably no. And I don’t really buy that much, but there are some times…
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The Cause of Rising Food Prices, and How to Beat Them

I’m seeing complaints all over the web about rising food prices. It’s true, food prices are rising, although less so here than in other countries. American actually pay less now than families did in the past, it just feels like more because we got used to cheap food. This week, I’m outline several causes of rising food prices, and some solutions you can implement at home. Today focuses…
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Don’t Walk Away – You Have Foreclosure Options

Recently someone reached my blog via a term related to foreclosure. I don’t really have anything about that specific topic, so I thought I should add something. If you’re facing foreclosure, the most important thing to know is that you do have options. I don’t think people should just walk away from their mortgages – I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility and honoring contracts. Nevertheless, all the…
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Happy Blogaversary!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of this blog’s launch. In that time, I’ve made 305 posts. I’ve also seen traffic grow from 400 visits a month to 22,000 visits a month. In my personal life, I’ve paid off nearly $40,000 in debt, discovered CVSing, changed the way I grocery shop to incorporate more foods from the farmer’s market and less from my local supermarket, and abandoned all hope…
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Should You Start Hoarding Forever Stamps?

The USPS recently announced that they want to raise the price of stamps AGAIN. Now, technically, they’re only allowed to raise the price of stamps in accordance with the inflation rate, but this 2-cent increase is far more than the inflation rate.The Postal Commission will have to approve the increase, but you may be wondering why this keeps happening and what can be done about it. Why Does…
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Clean Out Your Closet and Donate Old Clothes to Charity

The holiday season is a great time to clean out your closet and donate your old, but still wearable, clothes to charity. As people pour into shelters to escape the winter cold, the need for clothes is ever-greater. This is also the time of year when many organizations sponsor major clothing collection drives. Here are a few tips for cleaning out the closet. Clean Out the Closet in…
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