One Simple Step To Save Money On Nearly Everything


We all like saving money, right? I know I do. Love it, in fact. You know how people like to debate whether things are frugal or cheap? I don't even bother. I know I'm cheap. I embrace it with all the enthusiasm of Eminem and swear words. Or...something like that. How cheap am I? A job gave me a bunch of logo'd polo shirts as sort of a uniform starting four years back. By the time I quit about a year ago, I accumulated about 10 of them. Guess what I still wear? Guess what I'm wearing right now? I…

How to Reduce the Cost of Your Kids’ Extracurricular Activities


Now that school is back in, you're probably trying to adjust to the new schedule -- and the costs associated with attending school. Among the costs of attending school are those related to extracurricular activities. If your children are involved in activities like music, sports, drama, science olympiad, or other extracurriculars, you know that things can get expensive. I participated in a number of extracurricular activities growing up, and now that my son is starting middle school, and I see the costs, I begin to understand why my parents sometimes limited me. As you try to navigate the budget associated…

Tips to Preserve Produce for Winter


One of the things I liked about having produce in my backyard was the ability to preserve some of it for the future. I learned the value of food preservation while growing up. My parents had a huge garden, and we froze and bottled vegetables every harvest to preserve food for winter. If you want to preserve produce for winter, it doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some tips for making sure that you can enjoy your garden year-round: Get the Right Equipment While you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, the truth is that a…

How to Decide What Size of House is Best for You


In recent years, the mantra in the world of housing has been "bigger is better." It's also common to be told that you should buy "as much house as you can afford." For many homeowners, this type of thinking results in a large house that may not be necessary. Many people were shocked to discover that we could have bought a home that cost twice as much (and was, presumably, twice as big) as the house we are now leaving behind. "Why wouldn't you get a bigger house?" The reality is that we neither need nor want a big house.…