Category: Frugal Tips

This Company Will Help You Pay Off Your Student Loans

I’ve mentioned here before that my wife and I have a large student loan debt that we are currently paying off. My wife incurred it after receiving a Masters of Social Work degree. While it is / was a noble career pursuit, it is not very high paying. And with my wife only working part-time due …

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Where to Find the Best Price on Printer Ink

A few weeks back, my wife alerted me to the fact that our printer was out of ink and she needed it to be refilled as soon as possible. Realizing this would be a great opportunity to write a post about my experience researching the least expensive ink refill options – I asked her if …

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Brand Name vs. No-name Brand: A Price Comparison

I like Yoplait yogurt. I really like Yoplait yogurt, actually. In fact, no other yogurt will do. Dannon? Sorry, not for me. Generic brands? Not a chance. As I was scarfing down a Yoplait Strawberry Kiwi yogurt (easily the best flavor), I wondered how much my commitment to Yoplait is costing me. After examining my …

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How to Extend the Life of Your Refrigerator

A few weeks back my wife heard an odd sound coming from our 5-year-old refrigerator. She described the sound as “leaking water.” I assured her this sound happens sometimes when the ice maker is filling with water. Since my wife is pretty keen on these sorts of things, nor were we making ice (and it …

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My Attempts at Spring Cleaning Our Finances and a Challenge

Here in Minnesota, the spring season brings us green grass and all-out cleaning. Everything from the windows and automobiles, to the porch and our personal finances. Yup, even the finances. While we’re cleaning up everything else – why not our bills and other money matters? With the budget tightening around the house (due to my wife leaving a …

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How to Get the Best Hotel Deals

Today I want to show you how to save more money on hotels. I got this cool tip from watching a Lynda.com video the other day and wanted to share it with you. I know many of you are traveling this winter – so trying to maximize your travel dollars and get the best possible deal you …

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Banking Hacks – Negotiate Your Way to Better Rates & Fees

Checking, savings, CDs and money markets. Mortgage loans, auto loans, credit cards, personal loans and student loans. Insurance, investment, ID theft protection, mobile banking, online banking, bill pay, and overdraft protection. National banks, community banks, and credit unions.  Navigating your way around banking can be time-consuming and confusing. Fortunately, we’ve got an insider in the …

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How Long Should You Keep a Car?

I’ve come to a fork in the road with my beat-up, 210,000 mile, 2004 Saturn Ion. I wrote about her awhile back, when I duct-taped the passenger-side door (I’ve had to tape ‘er several times since then – and the door is still hanging on!). The issue: how long should I keep driving it? Here’s my default, thrifty …

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How to Get the Most Savings When Shopping at Amazon

Thought we would shake things up a little bit and offer you a video of more ways that you can save money when you are shopping at Amazon. To highlight a few that are covered in the video: Utilize Prime If you are a regular shopper at Amazon, you may want to sign-up for the …

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