March 2012

Recipes, Retirement, and Halloween at the Carnivals

This week we have four carnivals to share. Okay, maybe I went a little overboard, but I got on a submission binge. First up, the Festival of Frugality #146 at Dollar Frugal.  In addition to my post about ridiculous food commercials, you might also enjoy Frugal Upstate’s Pizza Hut Clone Recipe. Next up, the Carnival of Personal Finance #173 hosted by Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. In addition to my post explaining why you…
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Couples and Money: Five Tips for Daily Money Talks

Last month, I showed you specific steps toward the big money discussions.  Now it’s time to talk about the small, daily talks that should also be happening. My husband and I have always been pretty open about money, but we didn’t really talk about it regularly when we were both in grad school and poor. We mostly just dealt with making sure we had enough to pay our bills.…
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Mad Libs and Horror Movies at the Carnivals

Welcome to my weekly blog carnival round-up. Next week I’ll be hosting the Festival of Frugality, so get your submissions in! This week we’ll kick off with that very festival – the Festival of Frugality #122 at On Financial Success. He takes a sort of Mad Libs approach, except in this one the sentences make sense. He included my post discussing whether pets are frugal. In the same section about different financial…
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The Wonders of the DivaCup

Move along, guys. Nothing to see here, unless you find menstruation interesting. Ladies, don’t be grossed out. We all know we have to deal with this, and we all know how expensive and annoying it can be. I’m about to propose a solution to the first part. It helps with the second part, but there’s nothing that can truly resolve the annoyance factor. It’s called the DivaCup, and once…
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10 Inexpensive Hobbies You Can Start This Week

When I was a teenager, my boyfriend told me I needed a hobby. It sounds mean, but he meant it in a nice way. Unfortunately, my hobby turned out to be expensive and messy. Now that I live in an apartment, I don’t do it anymore. Instead, I’ve taken up a few inexpensive hobbies. Here ten cheap hobbies you can try. Reading I’ve said it before: reading is frugal.…
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Understanding Mortgage Points

Mortgage points come in two very different categories. The first is the origination point, the second is the discount point. When applying for a mortgage, you need to know which you’re paying because they could impact not only your interest rate but your taxes. Both are a part of the closing costs, not reoccurring costs over the life of the loan. Mortgage Points Definitions Origination Points:  If the…
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Tax Software Reviews: H&R Block Tax Cut Pro

Is H&R Block Plus worth it? To answer that I did my taxes this weekend using two online tax software packages. I’ll post tax software reviews for each today and tomorrow. Today I’ll start with H&R Block’s Tax Cut Online. I was fortunate to win a free federal return from The Digerati Life, but anyone can use the software for free. You won’t be able to print out and…
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Save Money on White Elephant Gifts

I’ve been a party to several white elephant gift exchanges over the years. Of course, I’ve never once found the item I received remotely useful, but the fun was in the swapping, not in the receiving. If you have a white elephant exchange planned this season, here are a few tips for finding a contribution to the game. Read the rules of the exchange. Usually there will be…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Cyber Week

First there was Black Friday, which has been around for a long time, but wasn’t a huge epic world’s bestest ever deal until about a decade ago. Then came the internet, and three years ago Cyber Monday was born. This year it’s been expanded to Cyber Week. You guessed it: that makes me stabby. Let’s Stop the Fake Hype I get it. Retailers are desperate. They got used to…
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