Most people pitch the peels and rinds from their fruits and vegetables, but as a money-wise cook, I'm here to tell you that these supposed scraps are actually valuable sources of nutrients. Even better, they're packed with delicious flavors. Next time you chop produce for dinner, save the scraps so you can turn them into a tasty snack. The following eight ideas will help you start making delicious … [Read more...]
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There's a small but charming farmers market that's held just minutes from my house each weekend. Lately, it's been my prime source for leaf lettuce and hot peppers. If you think local markets have to be expensive, think again. Savvy shoppers can learn how to get the best deals at the produce market. Become Familiar with Seasonality Thanks to the basic principles of supply and demand, … [Read more...]
Finding ways to save on school supplies begins with spending time looking at what is in front of you. Searching for savings on school supplies may be as simple as investing in changing or establishing habits. When it is time to shop outside your own stash, there are several sources for discounted or free supplies. Here are seven+ creative and frugal suggestions for saving on school supplies. … [Read more...]
If your kids are anything like mine, they likely have a hoard of toys that would put a dragon's treasure trove to shame. Quite likely, your kids don't even play with half the things they already own, yet they constantly ask for new toys. What's a frugal parent to do? Well, you could get rid of the old toys they don't play with and spend a small fortune on new toys. Alternatively, you could make … [Read more...]
Being frugal requires self-control and discipline. We're conscious about how often we go out, and we carefully manage our spending habits in order to stretch every penny as far as we can. While frugalness has its rewards, how we manage our money directly has an impact on how we unwind after a stressful day. Some people choose to hit the town with their friends or go to the movies. Others enjoy … [Read more...]
There's no such thing as a free lunch. Or a free dog, for that matter. Just like children, pets are expensive. However, just as you can raise a child on a budget, you can also raise a pet the same way. Many people believe they need more money than they do to keep a pet around, so the family pet is often the first expense cut from the budget in hard times. It doesn't have to be that way, though. … [Read more...]
Let's face it: clothes are expensive. When they're outgrown or worn out, it's time to replace them, but don't you just hate to throw pricey pieces of fabric in the trash? I've got a little secret for you: You don't have to pitch these old garments. Instead, you can repurpose and reuse old clothes. Read on for the inspiration you'll need for getting crafty with the clothes at the back of your … [Read more...]
When funds are low, bartering can be a great way to get what you need, without spending money. Although bartering isn’t as used as widely today as it was in past generations, there are many frugal-minded people today who are taking advantage of a bartering system to exchange useful goods and services. We hope this article is helpful in teaching you how bartering can save you big bucks. How to … [Read more...]
Summer means biggest Memorial Day Sale and you can find a lot of discounted summer items from furnitures, grills, appliances, clothings, travel deals and more. Offers.com offers a great list of best Memorial Day deals and a few saving tips. Click the link below for details. Best Memorial Day Deals … [Read more...]
Sometimes in the produce aisle, my eyes are bigger than my stomach. More often than not, before I manage to eat everything, some of my purchases get too ripe, soft or wilted to enjoyably consume fresh. That's when it's time to transform expiring produce into something that will keep for weeks. Pop Them in the Freezer Freezing fruits and vegetables requires minimal prep work, so … [Read more...]
No matter how frugal you are, there's one necessity you can't avoid: laundry day. I scrimp and save wherever I can, but having clean clothes is just something I can't get around. Although you can't avoid spending money on doing laundry, you can be smart about your approach. Follow these tips to save money on laundry each week, and watch the savings add up over time. You might be surprised by how … [Read more...]
My kids just keep growing and growing, which means that they constantly need new clothes. It's hard to believe that tiny shirts and pants can cost so much! Good thing I've learned some tips and tricks to update my kids' wardrobe in a frugal fashion. Buy Off-Season As stores bring out new clothes for one season, they move the previous season's clothes to the clearance rack. Shopping … [Read more...]
Taxes have always been complicated. With the advent of so many side jobs, freelancing opportunities, and other extra income available, taxes have gotten even more confusing. I know I've wondered many times what is taxable and what is not. In the interest of saving you the headache I ended up with, here's a quick list of income you need to pay taxes on. Tips As most servers in the US … [Read more...]
In these days of sky-high prices on everything — from rent to gas to a gallon of milk — many families are turning to warehouse clubs and bulk buying to save money. The question, though, is which warehouse club should I join? Which one will I get the most for my money from? Is the membership fee worth it? Are there other options for shopping in bulk? Here are some options, both physical stores and … [Read more...]
Who doesn't like to watch television shows and movies? It's relaxing to unwind in front the TV and lose myself in the universe of my favorite series. As the age of the HD has progressed and old-fashioned rabbit ears no longer pick up signals, it has become necessary to turn to expensive cable contracts. The cost of cable is often higher than many can afford or wish to spend. Here, I'd like to … [Read more...]
If you're like me, you probably came of age when the housing market crashed. You've likely wondered if you'd ever be able to own your home versus renting it. You may even have applied for a mortgage before and been rejected. This is especially true if you were a first-time buyer or had problems on your credit report. Good news for us, then! Fannie Mae has just made updates to their lending process … [Read more...]
What do you with all those tiny hotel soap bars? Aside from using them in your travel kit, you can turn them into homemade liquid hand soap. Liquid soap is way cheaper and less messy than a bar of soap. Here's a simple step by step guide from @byjillee. You just need a few additional ingredients. This process also lets you use up those small, leftover nubs of bath soap. Just click on the link … [Read more...]
Gift cards are quite popular during the holidays, weddings, graduations or birthdays. They are a convenient way to show you care, allow the receiver freedom of choice, and are more memorable than a wad of plain cash. Instead of buying gift cards from physical stores, why not purchase them online? Numerous sites offer a wide variety of gift cards at discounted prices, and can even help you … [Read more...]
This is a complete Ebates review. I've explained ebates in the past but I never really gave it a full review. In all transparency, I'm slightly biased and you're about to find out why. Let me be the first to admit it: every time a company or organization promises to save me money, I throw up my shield faster than I can swipe a credit card. I become VERY skeptical, to say the least, so when I … [Read more...]
Long-term savings plans are important, but when you’re hit with unexpected expenses or even an unexpected pay cut, you need strategies that can help you save money today. Here are some ways to adjust your budget or pinch pennies immediately to help you make your cash stretch further. Plan meals to the letter, then shop carefully. If you head to the grocery store without a plan, you’re likely … [Read more...]