Shopping

As Seen on TV: Are They Worth the Money?

You’ve seen the infomercials: ShamWow, Magic Bullet Food Processor, Ginsu Knives…and the list goes on. The product demonstrators make the gadgets look really cool. But do they work? And more importantly, do they help you save […]

8 Tips for Successful Garage Sale Shopping

8 Tips for Successful Garage Sale Shopping

In many parts of the country the weather is getting warmer, and garage sales are starting to pop up throughout the neighborhood. Most of the time when I shop at garage sales, I take a leisurely […]

Frugal Prom Ideas

Frugal Prom Ideas

It’s spring, and Prom season is here. Is it possible to use the words “frugal” and “prom” in the same sentence? Well, according to my dear friend Jemelene, it is. She has a high school aged […]

Real Value vs. Perceived Value

I have a friend who thinks the more expensive an item is, the better it must be. Her perceived value is forged by advertisers, marketers, and in part, it has to do with the way she […]

Tween Birthday Party for Under $100

Tween Birthday Party for Under $100

My daughter’s eleventh birthday was last week, and we threw her party over the weekend. As usual, I wanted to keep things fun and frugal. Eleven year old girls are hard to plan for sometimes. They’re […]

The Benefits of Saving Up Money for Christmas

This year I did something I’ve never done before. Early in the year I opened up a SmartyPig account to save for my Christmas Expenses. Every month I had a set amount of money automatically withdrawn […]

The Benefits of Shopping at Costco and Other Warehouse Clubs

The Benefits of Shopping at Costco and Other Warehouse Clubs

When we moved into our new house, we bought a Costco membership. We had a membership several years ago, but we let it lapse. We didn’t live very close to Costco, and I didn’t make the […]

A Little Known Secret for Bargain Shopping on Craigslist

A Little Known Secret for Bargain Shopping on Craigslist

While I’d love to buy a brand new stainless steel refrigerator, I’ll settle for what I need…a frugal fridge that works. Since our home buying process is moving right along, my husband and I are starting […]

Buying in Bulk to Save Money

Buying in Bulk to Save Money

When it comes to grocery shopping, you can save a lot of money by buying from the bulk bins. Bulk foods are usually (but not always) less expensive, because there’s no packaging, cutting the cost of […]

10 Yard Sale Shopping Tips to Get the Best Bargains

A couple of weeks ago I gave you 10 Tips for a Wildly Successful Garage Sale in preparation for my own yard sale. Unfortunately I didn’t take my own advice and only netted about $100, but […]

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