Don’t Panic When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

August 5, 2015

I’m not at all what you would call a car guy, but that’s exactly why I decided to write an article on this topic. As someone who knows little about cars, and has seen the check engine light come on in his cars more than a few times over the years, I’m starting to become something of […]

Keeping Up With the Joneses is Easy Because Being Different is Hard

June 15, 2015

Many of us – maybe most of us – spend a lot of money trying to match the lifestyles and spending patterns of the community around us. We even have a name for it – keeping up with the Joneses. Why do we feel compelled to do that? I suspect that in most instances, it […]

How to Save Money on Groceries

August 13, 2013

If you have a family, grocery shopping is probably one of your top two or three monthly expenses, right behind your house payment and health insurance. But the good news is that, unlike the other two, you have a strong measure of control over the size of your grocery bill. There are ways to save […]

4 Ways to Buy Discounted Gift Cards

December 20, 2012

Sometimes you just aren’t sure what the right gift to get someone is, so you opt for the gift card. Although sometimes seen as a social faux paux, gift cards are also rated very highly as gifts to receive. It is, of course, much easier to shop for yourself than to hope someone else gets […]

My 2 Biggest Money Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

October 10, 2012

One of my goals in life is to avoid making significant money mistakes that set me back financially. However, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes that have cost me dearly. Here are some of the biggest financial mistakes I’ve made, and how you can avoid them. Learn from my mistakes so you don’t have […]

5 Ways to Save Money If You Hate Negotiating

April 25, 2012

Negotiating is a skill that can save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime. But bartering can also be a stressful, anxiety-filled experience for many people. If you hate haggling over price and just can’t bring yourself to do it, there are some ways you can save money without having to suffer through the back […]

7 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Shopping

August 18, 2009

Back to school specials are here! It’s that time of year, and parents are dreading how much money they will spend over the next couple of weeks. The average family will spend about $600 this year on back-to-school supplies and clothes for their kids. That’s a big chunk of change, especially for a families struggling […]

10 Hidden Holiday Costs People Overlook in Their Budget

December 16, 2008

I ran across an article on CNBC about the top 10 hidden costs associated with the holidays, and it struck a chord with me, because I often overlook these expenses during the holiday season. Here is the list from the article and my take on each of them. 1. Holiday meals/gifts for hosts/entertaining My wife […]

Christmas Shopping and Saving Tips for a Troubled Economy

November 21, 2008

Christmas shopping and budgeting can be stressful, especially when the economy is struggling.  Here are some tips on Christmas shopping and saving from last holiday season that definitely apply in today’s tough economy: Christmas Deals How to Double Your Savings on Christmas Shopping Deals – “Looking for some deals this Christmas? Understanding the strategy behind retailer’s […]

The Best Websites For Christmas Shopping Deals

November 12, 2008

Here are some websites that I frequent to get great deals when shopping online.  You may want to check out these sites when doing your holiday shopping this year. Ben’s Bargain’s – It’s a deal aggregator that scours the web for the best deals on electronics, appliances, and various other products.  Many of the items that […]

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