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Penny Pinchers: Is It Okay To Be Cheap?

Extreme Couponing and Extreme Cheapskates are two cable programs which highlight those people who attempt to squeeze every ounce out of their collected pennies – people who are cheap. In Couponing, viewers can look on with both shock and amazement as shoppers purchase $1,000 worth of products for only one dollar. In Cheapskates, viewers can watch as someone decides to start a date by eating free chips and salsa and running out on the actual meal.Continue Reading

Frugal Fun: Having Fun For Less During the Holidays

By the time you see this, your young children will be in the midst of a holiday break. A long holiday break. A very long holiday break. And they’ll be bored. Correction, they’ll be very bored. They’ll get tired of their Christmas gifts two seconds after they open them and they’ll bother you every five minutes to do something. You, also on holiday break, will shoo them away while you say you don’t have money to do anything. But the kids want to have some fun.Continue Reading

Keep Calm and Keep Shopping: Tactics for the Holiday Season

The holiday shopping season is underway! Stores are packed with bargains and people while the Internet tempts and tantalizes with deep-discounted items which can be purchased with a few clicks of the mouse. Or, if shopping on a tablet or smartphone, a swipe of the finger. It’s a time where presents under the tree swell while your wallet or purse gets ever emptier. Throw in a young family, and you can feel the financial floor slipping out from under you.Continue Reading

Cleaning Day: Cheap and Natural Cleaning Solutions

Cleaning the house where you and your young family reside isn’t cheap. Detergent, bleach, wipes for kitchen and floor, product to clean toilets and bathtubs, powder to disinfect carpets … all of these items can total $30 to $40 depending on the brands you purchase and where you buy them. In addition, many of these items aren’t the safest to have around a home with children, let alone adults. Do you really want to purchase a cleaning solution where you may nee to visit the emergency room if it accidentally gets on your skin?Continue Reading

A Las Vegas Vacation: Right for Your Family?

Ah, Las Vegas. Sin City. Home of luxurious resorts, celebrity chef dining, non-stop gambling and outrageous electric bills from all the lights. Every year millions of visitors from across the globe trek to this desert oasis to forget about the troubles of their everyday lives and potentially start new ones as they give up their homes for some extra Blackjack chips. It’s an adult playground full of vice, sin, and insane bottled water prices.Continue Reading

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

Fossil, Hybrid or Electric: What Car is Right For Your Family

To quote Mr. Bob Dylan, the times, they are a changin’. The zero carbon movement is in full swing. People are switching to wind or solar for their electricity, recycling and composting their trash, walking or biking to their destinations and trying to live as environmentally conscious as they can. You and your young family are doing so as well…at least to the best of you ability. You eat fewer processed foods, bike to your destinations with your kids and keep the air conditioner at 78 degrees or higher. You think you’re doing well, except for the type of car you drive.Continue Reading

School Savings: The Inexpensive Way to Go Back to College

Let’s not sugarcoat it — college is expensive. The average cost of a public college education in 2013 averaged $23,000. Double that for a private university. And it gets worse. Students aren’t paying for these annual payments with cash. They’re utilizing student loans, putting them in debt even before they graduate and adding extra pressure to them to choose a proper career choice. Put it all together, America is facing a trillion dollar student loan crisis. And a good portion of those in debt are those who have decided to go back to college after staying away.Continue Reading

Does a Cable Subscription Make Sense Anymore?

Cable television seems like a slowly sinking ship. In 2013 alone 1.8 million people unsubscribed from their cable service. And why not? All the good shows are on premium channels you won’t pay for, the other channels are full of the commercials and the legacy networks aren’t producing the quality material you once new. Plus, there’s not really a need to subscribe to a cable package when you can see most shows on the Internet or binge watch them in locations like Netflix or Amazon Prime.Continue Reading

Lunchtime: Sources to Find Delicious and Inexpensive School Lunch Recipes

The school lunch has drastically changed over the last decade or so. Gone is the typical sandwich/fruit/drink combination. These days the typical student lunch is full of protein, produce, grains, and plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep children engaged in class. Even school cafeterias are making these shifts in lunchtime nutrition, throwing out the French fries and beef burgers for sweet potato fries and turkey burgers. Many schools now have a salad bar where students must stop first before heading into the line.Continue Reading