May 2009

Stop Catalogs to Save Money

I think at one point I was receiving a Victoria’s Secret catalog every single day. It’s insane how often those things are stuffed in my mailbox. Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn are just as guilty. And not that I don’t love those stores, but I know how to get to their website if I’m looking for something specific. These days, most of those catalogs go directly from mailbox…
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Five Cheap Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

I don’t usually do anything for Father’s Day except send a card because my dad lives 400 miles away. When I was young, we were usually on vacation for Father’s Day, but we did affordable family activities if we were home. If you’re not sure what to do to honor the occasion, here are 5 cheap ways to celebrate Father’s Day. Go Hiking This one’s really affordable. Pack…
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Don’t Waste Money: Make a Gift Card Log

It’s the holiday season, which means my husband and I have already come into possession of several gift cards. We don’t want to let them go to waste, so I’m creating a gift card log and keeping it in my notebook so I can keep track of the cards as I spend them, and remember which cards I still have. How to Make a Gift Card Log Making the log…
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How to Save Money with Facebook

I mostly use Facebook to keep up with friends (I’m a lurker, not an updater.) Then I became a fan of a few of my favorite companies. I quickly discovered that many offer exclusive coupons or announce early sales on Facebook. So far I’ve saved $507 at Cost Plus World Market using Facebook coupons. Here’s how: Fan Your Favorite Stores The easiest way to get coupons and sale…
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Columbus Day and the Fall at the Carnivals

Another week, another blog carnival round-up. This week, I limited myself to three. First, the 34th Money Hacks Carnival hosted by Where Are You Now. In addition to my post about check-bouncing roommates, I also recommend how to save money as a student at Software, Technology, and More. Next, the Festival of Frugality #146 hosted by Aridni. In addition to my post about 9 frugal fall entertainment options, you might also enjoy Cash Money Life’s comparison of Blockbuster…
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Eat Well for Less: Clipping Grocery Coupons and Strategic Shopping

As I said on Money, clipping grocery coupons is one of my frugal tricks for saving money on groceries. I used to save a lot more with coupons, but Ralph’s has recently cut their coupon policy and I’ve found that even with coupons and sales, Trader Joe’s is usually cheaper. I used to save at least $10.00 a week between clipping coupons, shopping at Trader Joe’s, and buying the…
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No More Mailed Tax Forms

Late last week, the IRS announced that it will no longer be mailing tax forms. Apparently, they only mailed the forms to 8% of the population last year, and not mailing the forms will save $10 million. That’s not a small amount. If you really, really, really want to file on paper, you’ll still be able to get them at the post office or library, but it’s probably faster…
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Top Frugal Thanksgiving Tips

We’re at the one-week countdown to Thanksgiving. This is a family holiday, so no need to go all out and spend a fortune on your tablescape and whatnot. Keep it simple and it should be pretty frugal, too. Here are my top 10 tips for a frugal Thanksgiving. Use Your Coupons Wisely Next week is the big week for food shopping. Most grocery store circulars come out today,…
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Bring Gifts from Your Vacation Down Under – at the Carnivals

I’m getting better at this titling thing! So this week we have three blog carnivals to share. First, Carnival of Personal Finance #207 hosted by Funny About Money.  In addition to my post about key budget items, I also recommend Tough Money Love’s post suggesting  a simple way to feel wealthy– contro l your bill payment schedule. Second, the Festival of Frugality #180 hosted by Frugal for Life. In addition to my post about…
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