January 2012

Long-Term Money Saver: Learn to Sew

My mom first taught me to sew when I was a pre-teen. I made one or two outfits and then promptly stopped sewing. But it was still a lesson that stuck with me and already it’s saved me money. Although a sewing machine costs up to a few hundred dollars, it’s well worth the investment if you learn to use it. Fixing Clothes This is the most basic…
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How to Rescue Old Fruit

Recently, I bought a pint of dreadful strawberries (I skipped the farmer’s market and took a chance on grocery store fruit.) Unfortunately, there was no saving them. However, I have found several ways to save fruit just on the verge of going bad. It not only saves money, but it adds variety to my menu. Apples Apples are so easy to use up. If they’re bruised, cut off…
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50 Ways to Cut Your Spending/Expenses by 10%

With all this talk of cuts to the economic stimulus package, I started to wonder if there were any other ways I could cut my personal spending 10% (which is about how much they cut from the package.) So here are 50 simple, not-so-simple, and sometimes silly ways to cut spending by 10%. This assumes an income of $50,000 a year, so a cut of $5,000. Quit Smoking. Boom,…
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Who Uses Paper Checks?

It’s rare that I write a check these days. Partly, that’s because my husband is in charge of paying the daily bills, so I only write a check when he’s sick or I need to reimburse someone. I decided to total up how many checks we give and receive each year, as an experiment. We’re not quite to the end of the year yet, so I’ll guesstimate through…
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Is a Tax Credit Your Motivation to Buy?

Many people have noticed an interesting phenomenon in the housing market: tons of would-be buyers are flocking to low-priced homes. Some speculate that the first-time buyer credit is the cause. But is this really true? Is the new car tax deduction having the same result? Does the First-Time Buyer Tax Credit Motivate You to Buy? I think the answer here is: it depends. My husband and I are happy to accept the…
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H&R Block Tax Cut Software Giveaway

If you haven’t yet filed your taxes yet, this is your chance to use TaxCut Online Premium + State + efile completely free! I have one code for the full online software package (a $59.95 value) to giveaway to one lucky reader. Since we’re only ONE WEEK away from tax day, I will email the winner the code on Thursday night. All you have to do to enter is post…
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Nine Tips to Save Money on Movies

I enjoy seeing movies, but it costs a fortune to visit the theater. To save money, I came up with nine legal tips to save money on movies. But first, the backstory, which every good movie has: Where I live in Los Angeles, the lowest priced movie theater is $12. If I want to drive a little further, the price falls all the way to $11. It’s practically…
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Jane Austen, the President, and Frugality at the Carnivals

It’s a new day, a new life, a new Pres, etc., etc. One thing (okay many things) didn’t change though. It’s time for a blog carnival round-up! First, the Carnival of Personal Finance #188 hosted by Pecuniarities. This week, my rant about claims that we have an obligation to spend was an editor’s pick. Thanks! I also recommend Free From Broke’s Just Enough is Not Good Enough – we all need to make an…
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