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Cheap vs. Frugal and How Not To Be A Cheapskate

Sometimes, people consider themselves frugal, when in reality they’re just cheap. If you’ve watched shows like Extreme Cheapskates or Extreme Couponers, you know the ones I’m talking about — they’ll go on and on about how they like to save money. They’ll do almost anything just to save a dollar or two. There is a huge difference in the terms cheap and frugal, but how can you tell which one you … [Read more...]

10 Free Household Budget Spreadsheets for 2018

A reader recently asked me if I knew of any good and free budgeting spreadsheets. Personally, I love Excel and get a kick out of building spreadsheets, but I know not everyone is as interested in that as I am. But whether you like to create spreadsheets or just like to use them, we have a lot of good options for you! Each one of the sheets below are free and are designed to be used with Excel, … [Read more...]

10 Easy Ways to Curb Bad Spending Habits

So you overspent last month…again. And now you’re trying to figure out where you went wrong and how to avoid it in the future. Does that sound like you? If you find yourself constantly thinking about your bad spending habits, and you’re ready to make a change in your finances, keep reading. Here are 10 easy ways to curb bad spending habits, and have more money in your pocket.10 Easy Ways to … [Read more...]

I received a ransom email (and this is what I did)

Last Thursday I was having a really great day. I was getting important stuff done and feeling like I was making some good progress on the day’s goals. My parents were coming into town to visit with us for a few days and the weekend was nearing. And then I got the email. As I was finishing up an article I was writing, I got a message from my assistant that there was an email that I needed to see … [Read more...]

21 Things I Always Get From the Dollar Tree

Over the course of my adulthood, I have slowly discovered the amazingness of the dollar store. An item that typically costs $4 or $5 at another retail establishment might only cost $1 at the dollar store. After a few of these purchases, the savings could really add up! So why not just put a list together of the things we should be purchasing from the dollar store?Before I dive into my list of 21 … [Read more...]

The DIY House Renovation is Complete! Check Out the Photos!

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3879908623510580"; /* 300x250, created 11/10/10 */ google_ad_slot = "7037050704"; google_ad_width = 300; google_ad_height = 250;So believe it or not, but the DIY house renovation is complete! I’m actually not sure I believe it yet! The renovation started in August 2011, and now it is finally complete almost a year and a half later. After all of these renovations … [Read more...]

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