How to Keep Better Books (Frugal Friday)

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I’m resolved to keep better books this year. True story. Over the last month or two I’ve spent a fair amount of time playing “catch up” with our finances. I did what I told you not to do, I went months without reconciling the checkbook. Oh yes. The irony in writing a post entitled, Do […]

Allowance? Commission? (Frugal Friday)

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Kids can greatly benefit from practice at fiscal responsibility as well as learning to help out around the house. Should the two be separate or joined? Let’s talk about allowances today. There are some epic questions that one encounters as a parent: Cloth diaper or disposable? Breast milk or formula? Organic or conventional? Allowance, commission, […]

Eat Well and Spend Less for Springtime! (Frugal Friday)

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Eat well and spend less by thinking seasonal as you shop. What’s on sale? What’s in season? The Eat Well, Spend Less crowd has you covered. Though Mother Nature hasn’t quite got the clue in all parts of the world, it is officially springtime. That means warmer weather, longer days, and spring produce! The options […]

Saving on Easter Supplies (Frugal Friday)

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Looking to celebrate Easter on a budget? Consider some of these ways to save. Easter is just days away. Chances are you may be planning for some kind of special gathering with friends and family. It might be tempting to run out and buy whatever you need, in a frenzy of activity, instead of taking […]

Preparing for a Furlough or Other Decrease in Income (Frugal Friday)

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Anticipating furlough days or a loss of income? Consider these ways to prepare for and weather the storm. All of us either know someone or are someone who has faced a furlough or other decrease in income. These are tough, economic times. No one, except maybe the politicians, is immune. Our nation has been through […]

Books to Help You Save Money (Frugal Friday)

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Dave Ramsey Birthday Cake I am a book lover. Whenever I’ve had a problem in this life, I’ve turned to books. Whether it be a distraction or a solution, I can usually find help in a book. This week I wanted to share a handful of personal finance books that I’ve enjoyed reading and/or have […]

Personal Finance Resources (Frugal Friday)


I’ve been surfing the web a little this past month, specifically looking at personal finance information. It might have started with talking to those young whipper snappers at Starbucks. It might have been that the Tax Man approacheth. It might have been that I’m seeing progress in our France account. It might have been that […]

The Tax Man Cometh (Frugal Friday)

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Share your ideas for easier tax return preparation and filing. photo source: Heidi As you know, the only things sure in life as death and taxes. Whether you get a return each year after filing or have to pay something, we all pay taxes: at the store, at the gas pump, at the DMV. Somewhere. […]