Category: Spending

Our Experiment With Minimalism

My wife and I are dabbling in minimalism. Consequently, I will use as few as words as possible for this post. We had too much junk. We got rid of a lot of it. We are happier. You should try it. The end. A 43 word post sounds great to me, but I’ll give you …

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What Groceries Should Cost You Per Month

After reading a recent Reddit post about what a good weekly grocery budget for two adults would be, I thought it would be interesting to research this a bit more. LIFE magazine did a little article in 1941 discussing the rising cost of food (prices had gone up as much as 14% on some food items over …

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Should I Repair an Old Car or Buy a New One?

This past week I started hearing some weird noises from my 12 year old van. Anytime I started my air conditioning unit it started making a sputtering noise. So, I took it into the repair shop that I regularly have all my maintenance done at. After getting it inspected they told me that the air …

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Games Advertisers Play

My wife and I were jumping up and down in our one bedroom apartment. We had just won a new car!!! I was holding a flyer that I received in the mail and I had scratched off the game piece and it said winner!!! We pranced and froliced around the living room for about 5 …

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How to Lower Your DIRECTV Bill

This past year marked our nine year anniversary of using DIRECTV for our TV service. This relationship has lasted a lot longer than I ever thought it would. However, that doesn’t go without saying that the relationship hasn’t had its bumps and bruises. Like any human relationship, it’s about give and take, and our experience …

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How I Use Customer Loyalty to Save Money

Every year, I get on this kick to review all of our expenses and then see what I can do about reducing or even eliminating some of them. So, I went at it last week to see what I could do to reduce some of them. Most of our recurring expenses are fairly low considering what …

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24 of the Best Tweets About Personal Finance This Year

Sometimes 140 characters is all you need to get a good dose of information. So today, we are looking back at some of the best money tweets we discovered this past year (some contain links to various posts). Got any other good ones? "Money isn’t the currency of life. Living is the currency of life." …

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Apps That Search for Coupons While You Shop Online

One of the more frustrating things I find while shopping online is when it comes time to checkout, I discover the store accepts coupon codes and I don’t have any. It almost feels like I’m throwing money away because I know there is a coupon code out there (somewhere) that I could use. I then …

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The Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store (and Not Buy)

In checking out the latest issue of Kiplinger, I found a fun quiz they published online about dollar store deals: Is it a deal or not a deal? The quiz lists several items and asks the reader if they think it is a good idea to purchase this item at the dollar store or not. I …

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How to Modify Your Personal Finance Behavior

“But mom…I really need that new toy!” “Dad everyone at school has a new pair of Air Jordans and I won’t be cool unless I have them!” “The next door neighbors just bought a puppy and I want one too!” As a young kid these are some common statements you will hear your kids or maybe even …

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