I’m Lauren and on my site, L Bee and the Money Tree, I often talk about frugal hacks for your life. While Len is out on vacation I have the “cheap” thrill of guest posting on his blog today!
Relax, girls … This Halloween, Lauren won't be showing any scary movies like Night of the Living Dead — or Rock of Ages.
Everyone knows that staying at home and watching a
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Two years ago this month we had our kitchen remodeled.
Part of the makeover included changing the kitchen’s blue and white color scheme to an earth-tone motif anchored around brick red as the primary color. (Goodness, listen to me … I’m actually beginning to sound like Vern Yip.)
The reason I bring this up is because , after two years, we never bothered replacing our old cobalt blue and bright white dinnerware
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When it comes to getting the best deals, timing is everything.
After all, there is nothing more frustrating than buying something and then finding out later that a friend, coworker or neighbor got the exact thing for less than you did.
Because I don’t want to see that happen to you, I’ve compiled this handy dandy list of some of the best things to buy in autumn.
Patio furniture. With summer over, the
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If you ask most folks, they hate to overpay for anything. Even so, many people do it all the time and don’t even realize it.
After all, frivolous spending is something that we’re all guilty of at one time or another.
The good news is, getting the urge to splurge under control makes it possible to save significant amounts of cash that can be used to stretch your household budget.
Here are several
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One of the most popular financial tips that people routinely dispense to others is, “You get what you pay for.” Perhaps that’s why many folks erroneously believe they can’t go wrong by paying more for something — whether it’s a fancy meal, designer jeans, bottled water, or a host of other products and services. That’s not always true. There are plenty of examples — education and gasoline are two of
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Last week I got a notice in the mail announcing that my kids’ school lunch price would be increasing by about 10 percent this year to $2.25. Despite the increase, I’m sure many busy parents struggling to make ends meet think that’s still a bargain for lunch. It’s not.
In fact, with the new school year quickly approaching, one of the easiest ways to save money is to bypass the school
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When you’re facing an important financial decision, there’s something to be said about taking a night to think it over. That’s because, when it comes right down to it, most financial decisions aren’t emergencies — although a lot of folks might think otherwise. Unfortunately, people often feel compelled to throw caution to the wind and make expensive purchases — either on impulse, or under the gun of a high-pressure salesman
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Last week while we were shopping for groceries in a Hawaii supermarket, I was reminded of why folks should always be vigilant when it comes to finding the best deals.
The supermarket was offering two sizes of All Stainlifter laundry detergent as you can see here:
No, we didn’t buy both of them. One of the bottles was in our condo when we arrived — and it was empty.
Anyway, the bottle on
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While it didn't make this list, always beware of grocers who insist on using price tags written in Japanese.
When I was teenager I worked in a grocery store, initially as a box boy. Within six months of being hired, however, I was promoted to checker.
Over time I eventually got to work almost all of the jobs in the store including working the deli counter, and helping the overnight stock
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Almost everyone has asked a restaurant, bank, or other business to redress a particular grievance. It’s debatable whether the titular idiom of this post should be credited to Marshall Field or Harry Gordon Selfridge, but it’s true nevertheless. Indeed, businesses that depend on returning customers typically bend over backwards to keep them satisfied. However, they also understandably draw the line when it comes to unreasonable, abusive and/or unethical patrons. After
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