15 Reasons Why Waterbeds Are For Suckers

Sometimes people buy things that they eventually end up regretting. I know I’ve got a long list.

I’ve already explained why corner lots and whirlpool tubs are for suckers.

Today, I’ve got two words for anybody out there who is currently considering spending $1000 or more of their hard-earned money on a waterbed: buyer beware. That’s because, when you add it all up, there are far more disadvantages than advantages.

Believe me. After

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Why I Refuse to Get Upset By Subtly Deceptive Advertising

Last weekend I was lured to an online calendar website with the following promise: “Everything up to 60% off!”

Sixty percent!

While I was visiting there I found a calendar that was on sale for $13.49 — $1.50 off the regular price of $14.99.

Now, after taking a couple of minutes to do the math, I became a bit put off because, let’s face it, that’s only 10% off — not 60%.

That’s when

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5 Costly Shopping Habits That Drive My 13-Year-Old Daughter Crazy

This is a guest post from my daughter, Nina.

Hi again, everyone!

Let me just take the time to start off by saying that my dad has been really busy and he needed to take a day or two off for Thanksgiving, so I offered to fill in for him again. As you can tell, Dad said yes!

Now, there are some things in this world that I see people do while they’re

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Cheap Thrills: 6 Awesome Halloween Movies That Aren't Scary

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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No Soup For You: The Trouble with Some Dinnerware 'Deals'

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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The Best Things to Buy During the Fall Season

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.

OCTOBER

Patio furniture. With summer over, the

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9 Things We Routinely Overpay For

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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100 Words On: Why You Don't Always Get What You Pay For

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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My 4th Annual Cost Survey of 10 Common Brown Bag Sandwiches

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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100 Words On: Why It Pays to Sleep on It Prior to a Big Decision

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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