Category: Purchases

Does it Matter Which Furnace Filter I Buy?

This is a question that has been bugging me for some time: does it even matter what type of furnace filters I purchase (can’t I just get the cheapest?) I posed the question to our good friend, Jessie, who worked as an HVAC professional and offered her expert take on the subject. Hope it helps! …

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Minimalism – How Owning Less Stuff Will Save You Money

In 2008, I first heard of this crazy concept called “Minimalism“. It was where people were purposely removing unneeded stuff from their lives, because they didn’t want their possessions weighing them down. “Who were these strange people?” From reading Unclutterer.com I’d came upon this way-of-life, which was completely contradictory to everything I’d been taught as an …

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Straight Talk Trial – A Firsthand Look at This MVNO Provider

After our initial review earlier this year, TracFone generously provided us with the chance to get a closer look at their services. In particular, Straight Talk – another MVNO network owned by TracFone. You may have seen some of their commercials or seen them offered at Walmart: What is an MVNO? Since switching to Tello a …

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What’s Your Oldest Appliance?

In 2010, my wife and I moved into a home built in the early 80’s. One of the first things we did was replace most of the kitchen appliances that had been there since the original owner moved in. While I hate to admit it, this was more of an aesthetic choice than a functional one. …

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Ooma Phone Review 2018 – Six Years Later

Six years ago I switched from Vonage to Ooma home phone service in an attempt to save money on our monthly phone bills. In February 2012, I determined that I’d had enough of the $35.75/month (after all the taxes and fees) I was paying with Vonage. At the time I’d had a couple of friends that …

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The Shame in Using Cash

“That’ll be $32.45 please.” My wife grabbed her wallet and took out the cash we had for the trip. Thumbing through some of the bills, she counted them to herself and then searched for some coins. The line was getting longer now and the gentleman behind us tried to entertain himself by looking away at …

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This is a Quick Way to Save More Money on Travel

After planning for a somewhat impromptu trip over the holiday last week, I learned a handy tip to save more on travel related expenses like rental cars, hotels and even airline tickets that I’d like to share with you. I’ve told you before about ways to save on hotel stays. And it seems that hotels …

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Why I Got Out of Debt…Then Got Back in 2 Months Later

A 5 year goal was finally realized – walking into the bank with my wife and proudly signing the paperwork to pay off the remaining balance of the home mortgage. Years of my wife and I donating her paycheck to the cause, saying no to some of the finer things, and getting a little lucky …

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13 Thrifty Christmas Gift Ideas for Men in 2017

As Christmas season soon approaches many people are wondering “what should I get my dad, husband, uncle, or grandpa?” Buying gifts for men is always a difficult one, because we rarely give you ideas, and sometimes just expect ya to know. Or grunt as our spouses rattle off ideas that may interest us. This season …

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