December 2012

Frugal Cultural Events

Summer is the season when most cities host free or nearly free cultural events. Of course, this is also the season when you can choose to spend big bucks to experience culture under the stars. Los Angeles is brimming with options, but here are some ideas for finding free or nearly free cultural events near you. Summer Classical Concerts Here in Los Angeles, we have this wonderful place…
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That Makes Me Stabby: College Tuition Hikes

My cousin recently went on her college tour and she looked at my old school. When I learned what they now charge for tuition, I was shocked and angry. In fact, I was stabby, for the first time in almost three months! I went to a good school, and enjoyed my time there, but it is simply not worth what they’re charging anymore. The education was good, but not…
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Meltdowns and Gratitude at the Carnivals

Another Friday, another carnival round-up. These are my picks from three of this week’s carnivals. First up, the Festival of Frugality #145 hosted byValue Your Life. He chose my post making the Case for Frugality as an editor’s pick! I also enjoyedThe Enhance Life’s post about impulse buying. If you’ve decided to say no to consumerism, read this post to learn how to outthink the triggers. Next, the Carnival of Personal Finance #172 hosted by…
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How to Buy a New Car

I’ve been waiting a long time to buy my new car. My trusty Toyota Corolla had just turned thirteen-and-a-half when the mechanic informed me that three of the four engine mounts were broken. It would cost $538 to repair it. I already planned to buy a car in November, so my husband and I decided to bump up that timetable rather than pour more money into the old…
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Celebrate Earth Day – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (and Save Money)

The credit series will resume tomorrow, after this brief interruption for Earth Day. A lot of people are looking for ways to save money these days. Although they don’t intend it, their newfound frugality may also be good for the environment. However, it also helps to be intentionally eco-conscious when making frugal choices. Here are ten tips to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. As a bonus, you’ll probably save money.…
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Save Money with Travel Rewards

Recently I stayed at a Sheraton hotel for business. Upon checking in, I discovered I’m a Starwood Gold member. I don’t know how that happened, but I was more than happy to take advantage of the perks offered. That got me thinking – how many ways can travel rewards help you save money on a trip? Free Flights You can still get free flights with airline miles. The…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Gifts=Love

As each holiday season rolls around, people start talking about gifts as expressions of love. To some extent, yes, you should try to buy thoughtful gifts for the people you love. I think choosing gifts carefully shows that you really know the person and their interests. However, I start to get stabby when I hear people, especially parents and spouses, explaining that they have to buy a really expensive gift…
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Should You Switch to a Roth 401K?

The Roth 401K was introduced in 2006 as a counterpart to the Roth IRA. It was originally set to sunset in 2010, so most employers chose not to offer it. The sunset provision has been removed, so many employers are offering them this year. If your employer offers it, you should seriously consider switching into it. If your employer doesn’t offer it, campaign for it! It really is…
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Simplify Menu Planning with Recipe Binders

I cut my weekly menu planning time by at least 15 minutes after I started using recipe binders. Before then, I had to flip through an accordion file to find the recipes I wanted, which took forever because they were all jumbled together. Other people prefer to use a computer database or a recipe card box. Here are the pros and cons of each method, and tips for building your…
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