5 Questions to Ask Yourself on Black Friday (Frugal Friday)

This post was originally published on November 25, 2010: The mad rush for holiday shopping begins. Retailers want your hard-earned dollars. You want a good deal — and something fun to give loved ones this season. You have to be the smarter player in this game. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you […]

Is It Worth the Gas Money?

Fuel costs now factor into the decision to buy something or go somewhere. Choose wisely. I took that picture in March. I was stunned that gas prices were so high. When I filled up this weekend, the price was the same. And I was thrilled! We’d had it in the high $4 earlier in the […]

A Balanced Budget Starts with US (Frugal Friday)

photo source Whew, the drama is over. I can stop flinching when I read my Facebook stream. I can now answer the phone during the evening hours. I can quit throwing scads of mailers and flyers in the recycling. The election, for better or for worse, is over. One funny thing I learned through it all […]

Have a Plan to Save Money on Thanksgiving (Frugal Friday)

Thanksgiving is a mere three weeks away. It can be a costly meal to serve. But, if you plan now, you can save money. As I mentioned earlier, I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. How about you? Forget the candy, I say. Bring on the pumpkin pie! If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, then it’s time […]

Keep Track of Financial Stats and Monthly Costs

Keep track of Financial Stats and Monthly Costs with these helpful planning pages. As you know, one of the biggest problems in money management is awareness. How many times have you heard someone say, “Well, I didn’t realize that we’d been spending so much”? In this age of plastic cards and paper checks, financial accounting […]

7 Ways to Save Money on Meat (Frugal Friday)

One of the most significant ways that our family saved money and fought back debt was to go meatless many nights a week. Reader Lisa shares other tips on how to save on meat. The following is a guest post from Lisa of Cooking Up A Sale: You probably know that meat is the most expensive part […]

Just Be You (Frugal Friday)

Feel right in your skin. Be you. It won’t cost you a dime. In our culture, we spend a lot of time and money trying to be that which we’re not. I imagine that between the make-up, the surgeries, the weight loss programs, and the self-help industries, we spend a lot of time, money, and […]

Find Time for Work Without Paying for Child Care (Frugal Friday)

Whether your work is for pay or not, there are times when we need to work. Anne shares how to do it without paying for child care. photo source The following is a guest post from Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy: Have you ever felt like there just weren’t enough hours in the day? I’m […]