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Three Important Things to Say Before You Pay for Something

The pressure to pay and spend money comes from all avenues. Salespeople tempt you with intriguing purchases, advertisements try to lure you into withdrawing money from the ATM and family members seem to have their hands out, literary or figuratively, every time you walk in the door. Getting around these obstacles can be so daunting that many folks give up and just dole out the money to avoid further frustration.Continue Reading

The (Almost) Free Way to Live

A well-worn phrase says that nothing in life is free. Taking this literary, even the air you and your young family breathe costs money. Of course, this is a bogus statement, because there are plenty of things out there that don’t cost any money. Or, to be more specific, may cost very little money for a bigger investment.Continue Reading

Reuse, Not Refuse: Five Items to Repurpose to Save Money

Let’s face it, we’re a wasteful society. According to a 2008 study by the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produced 1.35 billion gallons of garbage each day. We’ve gotten better in the last few years thanks to the increase of recycling and composting, but we still throw away an inordinate amount of . This is especially true if you have a young family. Between wasted food, worn out clothes, and other sundries, some young family dispose of more than the average 5 pounds a day.Continue Reading

Cable, Satellite, or Neither: Which Television Solution is Right for Your Budget?

There’s a revolution going on in the world of television. The best shows are no longer relegated to the four and a half broadcast networks. Instead, they’re moving to the basic and premium cable channels, streaming video sites like Netflix and Hulu, and even places like YouTube and DirectTV. In summary, there’s a whole lot of stuff being aired in many different places, which means consumers need to make a choice. Where the hardest decision to make was whether or not to pay for a channel like Showtime or HBO, now it comes down to whether or not you should keep your current service, switch to something else, or completely eliminate over-the-air channels.Continue Reading

Why Buy When You Can Swap?

Long before the first coin exchanged hands, people tended to barter with each other for a product or needed task. This practice of swapping one skill or object for another faded as cash became the way to garner goods and services. However, thanks to the Great Recession and the Internet, the swap has made a strong comeback. If you can pack it, ship it, or get to the destination, you can trade for work, clothing, and books. Even some local organizations within your community or government allow you to swap unused items for ones you need. Below are some modern-day swaps for your consideration.Continue Reading