April 2013

Eat Well for Less: An Example

Now that I’ve shown you my strategies for frugal grocery shopping, here’s a breakdown of this week’s menu and costs. If you’d like to specific instructions on how to accomplish fine-dining on a budget, visit these posts: In-Store Deals and the Price Book Coupons and Strategic Shopping Managing Food Allergies How to Eat Well for Less How Not to Save Money on Groceries Menu Planning This week’s menu is…
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The Tomato Project: The Planting

As I’ve mentioned before, I have grand plans for a vegetable garden in raised boxes, but I haven’t had time to build the boxes or decided where I’m going to put them. So, I decided to start learning how to grow vegetables in the meantime. When I have the boxes, I’ll start from seed, but these tomatoes started from seedlings. Tomato Project Part 1 My decision to plant tomatoes was…
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Money Saving Travel Tips (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post comes from Mr. Credit Card. If you like this, subscribe to his feed for more great stuff. Hi, I’m Mr Credit Card and I write and review credit cards at my site www.askmrcreditcard.com. I started this site because while I was looking for a credit card a few years ago, I could not find any site that really reviews credit cards in depth. If you are looking…
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How to Save Money on Your Wedding: Cheap Wedding Dresses

The bride’s dress is often one of the most expensive components of the wedding, especially when you consider what you get for your money – a dress that will be worn once for 12 hours and then put in the closet. Frankly, wedding dresses are total rip-offs. So, if you’re a frugal bride, your dress is a great place to slash your wedding budget. Before you buy a dress,…
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Cash Rewards, Saving, and Slashing at the Carnivals

It’s Friday, which means it’s carnival round-up day! This week we once again have three carnivals to enjoy. First up, the Money Hack’s Carnival #13, hosted by Moolanomy. In addition to my post about credit card purchase protection, you might also enjoy Credit Addict’s advice about cash back rewards cards. I don’t have one of those, but I’m thinking about getting one. Next up, the Festival of Frugality #126 at The Financial Blogger.…
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New Words for a New(ish) Culture

It’s been a very stressful week for me, so today we’re taking a breather with a look at the lighter side of things. I saw a post on Alpha Consumer about the Cramer-Kasselt 2009 Cultural Dictionary. I couldn’t help but take a peek. Here are some of my favorite terms: Brickor mortis:  A term used to describe a housing market that has completely dried up. (Source: Wordspy.com). I love this! It…
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Lao Tzu Goes to the Playoffs this Spring – at the Carnivals

I think that’s something I actually want to see. Do you think he’d win? What sort of playoffs are we talking? I can see baseball, maybe not football, though. This week we have three carnivals to share, so we’ll kick things right off. The Carnival of Personal Finance #202 hosted by Fire Finance. In addition to my post on cheap summer vacations, I recommend Keep My Dollar’s list of cheap things to…
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Save Money by Buying Winter Coats in March

I’ve been wearing the same winter coats for several seasons. Of course, I’m in Los Angeles, so there’s no snow or sleet and barely any rain to wear them down. If you need to replace your winter coats every few years, it’s tempting to do it at the start of the season when you’re looking at your coat and thinking, “Wow, this is ugly.” Instead, you should buy…
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Stock Up on Baking Supplies in November

Even if you’re not giving food gifts, you probably still have a lot of holiday baking to do. Between contributions to various parties and holiday meals, this is the season when nearly every family bakes. Fortunately, the grocery stores have noticed this trend and offer stupendous deals on baking supplies in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Stock up this week! Where to Find Deals If you have a…
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How a Reduced Credit Limit Affects You

If you have a credit card, then you’ve likely heard stories of credit issuers drastically reducing credit limits and wreaking havoc on credit scores. So far, I had been spared, until today when I received the dreaded letter. My case wasn’t as severe as most, but I still called the bank to see if I could get it raised. Here’s what happened. The Background First, the background. I’ve…
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