Category: Frugal Tips

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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The Bank Can’t Foreclose On You If You Don’t Have Debt

This article became a real life realization to me in 2008 when my Dad announced to our family that the bank was foreclosing on his 10,000 head pig operation and 500 acre farming operation. Like I’ve blogged before, this event had rippling affects on our family. In March, of that year, we all thought it would …

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Where to Get Free Conference Calling

A few weeks ago, I needed to set up a conference call with a couple other folks. I was aware of GoToMeeting and other conference calling services – but wanted something that was free and easy to use. Also, since people would be calling in via their telephones (and not through video / or their computers), …

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Groupon Coupons Review

Groupon made a name for itself with its deal-of-the-day discounted gift certificates. With Groupon Coupons, the company now has a more traditional way to save. Groupon Coupon is free to use: it has thousands of coupons from thousands of retailers, available to anyone with no upfront cost. But the name “Groupon Coupons” is a bit …

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