Category: Useful Tips

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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Passive Income Streams: July 2016 Report

The race to debt payoff has begun. In July we were able to record three paychecks, and apply this extra principle towards our mortgage. Our family’s desire to get out from under this debt is beginning to take on a whole new meaning. A meaning like we have a disease or sickness and we want …

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1st Annual Thrifty Guy of the Year Contest

We are pleased to announce our 1st annual Thrifty Guy of the Year contest to recognize that special thrifty guy in your life or someone you know who exemplifies thriftiness in all aspects of their life. You aim to be as thrifty as this guy. A little bit about the contest that starts today and ends …

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The Most Valuable Coins in the World

In 2007, I first stepped into the world of investing in rare coins, because I thought that they were undervalued at the time. Fast forward a few years, and the coin markets have gone through a lot of fluctuations. More recently, I’ve started to focus on buying rarer and lower minted coins. I’ve found that these …

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How Much I Earned From My Secret Shopping Excursion

I’ve always dreamed of being a secret shopper. It’s the closest I’ll ever come to seeing my fantasy of being an undercover spy like Jason Bourne come to fruition. Going undercover to infiltrate foreign governments…going to Runza and checking restroom cleanliness…pretty similar right? Since I’ve recently upgraded to a smartphone (yes, the date on this …

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Where to Get Rid of Old Appliances and Electronics for Free

The other day, I installed a new “over-the-range” microwave in our rental home after the old one went kaput. Needless to say, installing one of these bad boys isn’t as easy as some of those YouTube videos make it out to be! I was grateful to have the help of a good friend who helped me …

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How to Modify Your Personal Finance Behavior

mone“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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The Best $50 I’ve Ever Spent

It was the spring of 2009 and I was feeling lonely. Just a year earlier, I had paid off the remaining balance on my student loan (becoming debt-free*), purchased my first home, was generally content at my full-time job and meeting new friends at a new church home. (*except for the house I just purchased). I really had all …

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Top 5 Reasons to Open Your Next Bank Account Online

In 2003, I first heard about online banks and how they were offering so much better interest than all the brick-n-mortar banks. At the time, I felt extremely uncertain about investing my hard earned money in a bank that I couldn’t see and touch if I wanted to get my money out. Fast forward 13 …

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