money saving tips

10 Smart Ways to Save on the Holidays

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes easy to get to a point where you simply fling your hands up in the air, throw caution to the wind, whip out the plastic and tell yourself you’ll deal with after New Year’s.  There is seemingly so much to do and [...]

How to Create a Rock Bottom Price List

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While most of us would love to cut our grocery bill in half, over the years I have found that for most people, the biggest obstacle to saving money on groceries is simply just knowing where to start. Figuring out the very best deals and rock bottom prices might truly seem impossible at first, especially if you’re brand new [...]

5 Smart Ways to Control Impulse Spending

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Whether you're amazingly frugal or just starting out on your journey toward financial freedom, there's probably one area most of us still struggle in -- impulse spending.  Recently, I had the opportunity to learn how not to impulse spend from one of my not-so proud-impulse moments. [...]

20 Smart Ways to Save on a Disney Vacation

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Ahhhh, Disney. Where else can an otherwise rational, perfectly frugal set of parents throw every ounce of common sense out the window and happily pay $15 for a balloon that deflates almost immediately, $40 for their 4-year-old daughter to dine with Princesses, or $10 for the exact same disposable rain poncho they sell at the [...]

How to Get Magazines for Free

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   This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings I have a confession to make.....I am a hopeless magazine junkie! The vibrant covers, glossy pages, and multiple tips and tricks buried inside each page hold a magnetic attraction that is oh-so-hard to resist. Even though Pinterest has replaced magazines in a way, I'm still a [...]

10 Smart Ways to Save on Clothing

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Do you ever look at your closet full of clothes and think, I have absolutely nothing to wear?  Creating a wardrobe we love while sticking to a budget we can afford is not always easy, especially when we settle for items we don't like that much simply because the price is right. And while in a perfect [...]

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Next Car

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings “No money down!” “Zero credit needed!” “We’ll even throw in a free laptop….and a cruise!” As the slick car salesman shouts all sorts of promises on your big screen TV, you’re either annoyed, or intrigued. Maybe you really can afford a new car after all! [...]

10 BIG Money Mistakes You Might Be Making

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Most of us want to believe we have a pretty good handle on our money.  Oh sure, we may splurge on the occasional overpriced coffee, but in general we practice sound principles of saving where we can, and at least trying to plan for our future financial well-being. We don’t fall victim to obvious scams, [...]

6 Tips for a Budget Friendly BBQ

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  This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings To me, Summer means long days, warm nights, bare feet, and barbecues. It's one of my favorite seasons, and though it gets quite hot here in Florida, there nothing better than a day at the beach, charbroiled hamburgers, and a glass of ice cold [...]

12 Smart Ways to Save on Home Insurance

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Few of us would consider the possibility of not having homeowner’s insurance.  Like paying for health insurance or utilities, it is just one of those annoying-but-necessary expenses we simply have to put up with, whether we want to or not, or whether we ever actually use it or not. But have you ever stopped to [...]

7 Smart Things to Teach Kids About Money

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Growing up in my family, the first rule of money was this:  We don’t talk about money.  All I ever knew is that we had more than enough.  While my parents did encourage me to work both around the house and at part-time jobs, there wasn’t a whole lot of guidance when it came to [...]

Is Your Bank Taking Advantage of You?

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Believe it or not, your bank does not always have your best interests at heart. They are in business to make money, and to make money off your money. From interest rates to extravagant fees, not only are you beholden to the services they [...]

6 Smart Ways to Save on Car Repairs

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Few expenses are more annoying to pay than car repairs, especially when something goes wrong that we could have possibly avoided.  But sudden car trouble--and the costs associated with it--can be far more devastating than just an annoyance.  Most of us can't go long without reliable transportation, which means that no matter how high the [...]

10 Smart Ways to Build an Emergency Fund

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There is nothing that can derail your financial progress faster than an emergency.  You think you’re doing okay, making headway towards your goals, and boom!  The refrigerator stops working, your car breaks down, or your child falls off her bike and needs four stiches in her chin and suddenly you are right back in crisis [...]

How to Save BIG on Household Goods (Without Leaving Home)

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When I first started down this path of living well and spending less, I was an avid coupon-user.  The thrill of getting food and household goods for next to nothing was incredibly exciting, and I couldn’t wait to shop the sales each week.  Thursday mornings were always spent hopping from one grocery store to the [...]