When Is Your Open Enrollment Period?

If you receive health benefits from your employer or are enrolled in the company 401K plan, then you’re most likely subject to open enrollment rules. Basically, that means you can only make changes to your plan at designated periods unless you experience a life status change. Here are some basic questions and answers about the open enrollment period. How Does the Open Enrollment Period Work? During open enrollment,…
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Is the Recession Good for the Environment?

Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles times reported that landfills are filling much more slowly now. The owners say it’s because fewer people are buying stuff, eating out, and throwing stuff out. That started me thinking: how could this recession benefit the environment? Could it even set a trend that’s good for the economy in the long-term? Less Shopping = Less Trash We have become a disposable culture. If something…
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The Carnival Round-Up

This week I once again bring you three carnivals. We’ll kick this round-up off with the Festival of Frugality #118, which wisely made my post on 13 ways to celebrate spring fever and editor’s pick. If you liked that, you’ll also enjoy Money and Values’ discussion of delicious homemade ice cream (which I also love.) Next up, Money Hacks Carnival #5, which featured my review of Yodlee. If you liked that, you’ll also enjoy Moolanomy’s…
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The 10-10-10 Rule for Spending

The April issue of Glamour Magazine features a short piece by Suzy Welch explaining the theory behind the 10-10-10 rule. The rule is simple: before you make a decision, ask yourself: “What will the consequences of my options be in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years?” Then act accordingly. In her example, she describes a time she took her 2 young kids on a business trip to Hawaii, and…
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How to Use CVS Coupons and Extra Care Bucks

If you read many stay-at-home mom blogs, you’ve heard about the CVS Extra Care Bucks craze. It works like this: CVS was over-priced, so they started offering Extra Care Bucks on various products. When you buy that product, you earn back these bucks, which you can use to pay for other products. In addition, you can scan your Extra Care card at the store to print out CVS…
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Taking Advantage of Travel Deal Websites

In addition to traveling off-season whenever possible and using miles, you can use travel deal websites to score cheap travel deals without sacrificing comfort. Not all sites are equal, but there are a few gems that can really save you a lot of cash, but won’t have you flying as cargo or sleeping on the floor of a youth hostel. Travel Packages For travel packages, I love LuxuryLink. This…
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The Costco Haul: Saving Money at Costco

I’ve already mentioned the great deal Costco has on tires. I also hit Costco 4-5 times a year to stock up on essentials, in a shopping trip I refer to as the “Costco Haul.” A costco shopping tips would surely be needed to get the best out of our “Costco Haul.” Unfortunately, there are a few preferred brands of personal care products that they don’t carry, but I usually…
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Semi-Annual Household Budget Update

Last February, I showed you our monthly household budget and our cash-flow budget. Our cash flow budget is updated monthly, and sometimes more than once a month, but we haven’t updated our spending breakdown since February. Given the drastic changes in our debt load, and rising costs for gas and food, I decided to see how we’re doing seven months later. A Tale of Two Household Budgets This was…
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