Kitchen Gadgets that Save Time and Money

Kitchen Gadgets that Save Time and Money

Did you get a cake pop maker or donut maker last Christmas? How about a chocolate fountain a few years ago? Did you get a George Foreman grill for a wedding gift or maybe an ice cream maker? Where are they now? Sitting in a cabinet, taking up space and gathering dust? Kitchen gadgets are like toys for grown-ups…we “play” with them a lot when...

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How Much Did You Spend on Halloween?

How Much Did You Spend on Halloween?

Take a moment, grab a calculator and total up your Halloween spending…the costumes, the candy and don’t forget the decorations. So…how much did you spend on Halloween? According to a new survey by Retail Me Not, the average family spends $83 on Halloween. The Budget Diet girl is hoping you’re not average. If you are average, no worries...

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7 Frugal Habits to Start Today

7 Frugal Habits to Start Today

It takes 21 days to start a new habit, so if you get started with these frugal habit today…you’ll be well on your way to living a frugal lifestyle by Thanksgiving! 1. Follow this mantra: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” This slogan is from The Great Depression, but its frugal wisdom is timeless. 2. Shop smarter. Always take the time to...

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Save Money – Take a Week Off From Grocery Shopping

Save Money – Take a Week Off From Grocery Shopping

The Budget Diet girl has a money saving challenge for you…take a week off from grocery shopping. Do you think The Budget Diet girl has gone off the frugal deep end and wants you to starve? Actually, if you’re like most American families, you won’t starve. You may not eat as much fresh produce as you should, but one week won’t hurt. Even...

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Quality or Quantity?

Quality or Quantity?

Growing up, my grandmother always gave each of her grandchildren $100 for Christmas. My sister would go out and buy 10 little things, and I would go buy 1 nice thing. Fast forward 40 years, and my sister still opts for quantity while I go for quality. We’re both frugal, but in our own ways. The Argument for Quality We just replaced our 25 year old sofa. It was...

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When It Comes to Spending, What Are Your Priorities?

When It Comes to Spending, What Are Your Priorities?

I’ve just returned from a summer-long road trip, that I’ve affectionately named “tour de family and friends.” After logging 4000 miles in 9 states, I’ve gained some frugal wisdom along with a few pounds! We All Have Different Priorities   What’s important to spend money on for one person may seem ridiculous to another person....

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Resist the Urge to Upgrade

Resist the Urge to Upgrade

There will always be something bigger, better, faster, sleeker…but please resist the urge to upgrade! Thanks to technology and marketing, we have become a society that demands the latest and greatest version of everything. We see an ad showing off all the new bells and whistles on the 2014 BMW 3-series, and we get the urge for a new car. Your friend is showing...

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