Fathers Day

Eight Free Things to Do with Dad This Father’s Day

With Father’s Day coming up on June 19, it’s time to start thinking of ways to recognize the special man in your life. From home beer brewing kits

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Why Shopping Is the Enemy of Your Wallet … and Eight Strategies for Reducing Your Shopping Trips

Once a week, I go to a community board game night held in an open meeting room that’s conveniently next door to a local board game

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Why You Should Worship Your Old Computer

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of reading Holly Johnson’s insightful post on why you should not just tolerate, but downright love

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Eight Ways to Make the Most of a Farmers Market

My passion for farmers markets is part of my identity. I mean that literally: I used to fill out online dating profiles that asked me

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Four Best Credit Cards to Take to the Grocery Store

You may not care much about credit card rewards or think you spend enough to justify using them, but the truth is most people could


The New Costco Credit Card: Is It Worth It?

After a 16-year partnership, Costco announced the end of its relationship with American Express late last year. Sadly, this news also served as the death

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Best Credit Card Points to Redeem for Gift Cards

While it’s easy to assume credit card rewards are only lucrative if you like to travel, that’s not really true. In reality, a large number

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A Walkthrough of Our Weekly Meal Planning Routine

A couple of years ago, I wrote a very popular post called Meal Planning for Busy Families, in which I outlined the exact strategy that

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The Strategic Splurge: Saving for the Stuff You Really Want

While some people are frugal by necessity, others are frugal by choice. Instead of making careful financial decisions and living within a tight budget just to get

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We Gave Eight Households $100 to Spend at the Grocery Store

Can you guess who bought a $62.99 bottle of wine, who spent nearly $50 on pizza rolls and other junk food, and who spent the

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‘Phantom Savings’ and Other White Lies We Tell Ourselves

When my husband and I decided to remodel our entryway, living room, and family room earlier this year, we found ourselves falling into some ugly,

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A Field Guide to Facebook Yard Sale Groups

Selling stuff you don’t need is a simple way to make some extra cash, and the Internet has made it possible to skip the headache

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Five Monthly Bills You Could Live Without

When people finally decide they want to get ahead financially, most choose one of two strategies: They either look for ways to earn more money, or they

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Eight Affordable Furniture Stores to Furnish Your Home on the Cheap

A huge, cozy couch to read on during a rainy, drizzly day can bring you a significant amount of joy. However, furniture – couches especially

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How to Find Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses

The average bridesmaid dress in the United States costs $150 before alterations. Since I just dropped $300 on a bridesmaid dress for a December wedding I

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11 Affordable Bedroom Sets We Love

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to make my master bedroom more of a haven. I live in a small apartment, and I


The Cost of Christmas 2015

Imagine you’re a family of four who just bought their first house, and you’re getting ready to celebrate your first Christmas in your new home. You’re planning to pick

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The Best and Worst Price-Matching Policies for Holiday Shopping

Just about every major retailer offers some sort of price-matching policy that can help you avoid overpaying — not only for holiday gifts, but everyday

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