Money-Saving Tips & Recommendations

Frugal Living

5 Ways to Get Free Text Messaging

Many people could save hundreds of dollars every year by dropping their cellular carrier’s text messaging plan. “Drop my text plan? You can’t be serious!” Well, yes, I am serious and here’s why. First the problem: some wireless phone companies charge 20-40 cents for each message. If you text a lot and want unlimited messaging,…

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Apps & Games to Teach Kids about Money Management

Kids are never too young to start learning money management skills and ways to avoid the traps of debt. These days, parents have access to many free or very inexpensive online resources, fun games, and smartphone apps to help in this training process. In this article we go over a few ways you can help…

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Tips for Earning Extra Cash Online

Are you looking for ways to make some extra money during tight times or to just cover an upcoming expense? The following are a few ways to use a hobby or talent online to generate some additional funds: Writers, Designers, Technology Buffs Do you enjoy writing? Are you good at it? Are you talented with…

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Save Money on Spring Break & Summer Vacations

March 20th is officially the first day of spring this year and it’s only 36 days away. It seems that this winter has been a paradox for many people across the US. Those who expected their usually mild winter have experienced record-breaking snowfall while people in other parts of the US experienced an unusually mild…

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9 Ways to Keep Valentine's Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is a special time to show a little extra appreciation to people you care about. Although there are a variety of ways to show affection to those you love, it is easy to overspend when we aren’t careful. Try making this Valentine’s Day special with our money saving tips below. 1. Make a…

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Two Airline Travel Tips that Can Save You Money

I like the relative convenience and speed of air travel. While air travel is often the best deal for one or two travelers, there are usually ways to make a good deal even better. Here are two travel tips that I’ve found to save time and money with air travel. 1. Use a Park &…

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Find Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

When eating out, families can often save a lot of money by choosing restaurants where kids eat free. Finding “kids eat free” restaurants, though, can be a chore for parents, especially when traveling. Thankfully, with MyKidsEatFree.com, there’s a new online resource to help parents out. With MyKidsEatFree.com, you can search by city and state for…

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How to Benefit from Academic Discounts on Software

Many software companies like Microsoft, Quark, Corel, Sony and Adobe produce “education version” software that is specially priced with an “academic discount” available only for students, teachers and educational institutions. This software is essentially the same as the regular full versions although in some cases some of the non-essential commercial or business features may be…

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Five Gas-Saving Tips

With gas prices so high I wanted to pass on five simple tips for enhancing your vehicle’s gas mileage. Did you know that gas pumps measure by volume but not density? Gas is more dense when cool which means if you fill up during the coolest time of day you are buying the most dense…

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Estimating the Financial Value of a Homemaker

One of our readers sent me a thought-provoking email she received from “Laine’s Letters” in answer to a question to one of her readers about “homemakers.” This reader’s question for Laine had to do with feeling that her job as a homemaker was worth “little or less” than being employed within a career. Laine’s response…

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