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POSTJul 08, 2020
You want to save money. You want to serve healthy, tasty, exciting meals. And you would prefer not to spend your whole life either at the grocery store or in the kitchen. It’s a familiar story: After all, most of us are juggling work, family, friends, chores, pets, and other responsibilities, along with the daily . . .
POSTJun 23, 2020
There’s no doubt that taking some time off to have fun and relax close to home can be just as rewarding as going away for vacation, and it’s certainly thriftier. When you vacation close to home, you can eliminate a load of stress and expense. Consider that when you go on vacation, you have to . . .
POSTJun 18, 2020
School is out, temperatures are rising, and for most of us, this means one thing: It’s vacation time! Are you dreaming of white beaches and emerald green waves? Or maybe fresh mountain streams and picnicking under a canopy of trees are more your speed. Perhaps you’ve got your eye on some major landmarks instead. But . . .
POSTJun 15, 2020
A December 2019 USDA report estimated that the cost of food prepared at home for a typical adult couple in the continental United States ranges from $89.10 for thrifty people all the way to $766.80 for more free-spending types. Does your budget cry out for you to follow the thrifty plan, but your food receipts look more . . .
POSTJun 01, 2020
Looking to save money? Shopping at thrift stores is a time-honored way to score great merchandise and a great bargain. Furniture, home goods, kids clothes, and books are excellent items to focus on as you begin thrifting. But does it feel like when you go into thrift stores, either everything is overpriced or the merchandise . . .
POSTMay 12, 2020
Remember back in school when you would misbehave and teachers would threaten that the incident would go on your permanent record? Naturally, no one in your adult life cares if you got into a screaming match on the playground over which baseball team or band was the best. But there is a permanent record that . . .
POSTMay 05, 2020
Everyone has to eat, and buying groceries is a fact of life. Although stocking a kitchen with food for meals and snacks is a part of most monthly budgets, these expenditures don’t have to break the bank. Instead of spending a sizable chunk of your take-home pay at the grocery store or spending hours couponing, . . .
POSTApr 30, 2020
The average American spent $183.79 on cleaning and laundry supplies in 2018, up from $139.99 in 2007. Of course, if you have a large family, a large home, kids, or pets or need unique products due to allergies or other sensitivities, you’re going to spend more money than the average. You can search for coupons . . .
POSTApr 29, 2020
Sometimes in life, you get lucky by getting an unexpected bonus at work, an incredibly generous birthday gift, an inheritance, or some other sort of monetary windfall. What should you do with it? Let’s be honest: If you put that $1,000 into your checking account without any plan, you’ll probably end up frittering it away . . .
POSTApr 28, 2020
Does it sometimes feel like your money flies away from you and you often don’t even remember how you spent it all? Same. It’s a common affliction! But most people tend to waste money on the same ten things, which should make it easier to figure out what’s killing your budget. Once you identify which . . .