Kids are expensive.  If you’re a parent, I’m probably not telling anything you didn’t already know.  But, the most recent statistics say that a single child can cost up to $500,000 to raise until the age of 18.  Yikes!

Let’s take a look at where these numbers are coming from and try to determine how we might be able to save some money.  There’s no reason Junior has to cost you that much.

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There are plenty of good reasons to love Fall, but its food has to be near the top of the list.  Tis the season for sales on apples, pumpkins, and plenty of squash.  As the weather turns brisk, soups begin to make a comeback, and warm, homemade bread is at the top of everyone’s wish list.  So, in the spirit of the season, I’ve put together a few Fall favorites that are priced well under $1 per serving.

The pumpkin bagels might be my favorite.  You gotta try ‘em.

 

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In the last article we looked at cheap cell phone plans, but that’s only half of the equation. Home phone service gets cheaper every year due to advances in technology. The internet has paved the way for nearly free phone service. We’re going to take a look at the pros and cons of 4 specific companies – each costing less than $10 per month for unlimited calls.

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Cell Phone

If you’re like most of the civilized world, you have a cell phone and it’s costing you a bundle. My wife and I have a cell phone that we pay $3.33/month for, but we only get 200 minutes for a 3 month period. For some people, that’s enough. For others, that’s laughable.

We’re going to discuss the cheapest cell phone plans for EVERYONE today. We’ll look at the best emergency phone plans, we’ll look at the best unlimited talk, text, and data plans for your super duper phone, and we’ll find frugal plans for everyone in between. While it’s true that we don’t all have the same cell phone needs, the one absolute that never changes is that we ALL want to save some money. So, what are we waiting for?

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Saving money on your electric bill doesn’t have to mean living in the dark. There are plenty of ways to slash your next bill without becoming Amish. We’re going to look at 7 of the most effective methods and also determine whether unplugging appliances when they’re not in use is really worth your effort.

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Are LED and CFL bulbs worth the money? Don’t be left in the dark

February 21, 2013
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As the president of the old fashioned light bulb fan club, I’ve always stuck my nose in the air and my fingers in my ears when people mentioned CFL and LED bulbs. But, recently, when I felt like my electric bill was getting out of hand, I decided to do a little research and try the fancy bulbs despite my reservations. Are they worth the extra upfront cost? Let’s find out.

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23 Frugal Date Ideas Your Special Someone Will Love

January 23, 2013
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Whether you’re just starting to date, but can’t rub two nickels together, or your spouse of 20 years is begging you for something other than Wheel of Fortune every night, I’ve come up with 23 frugal date ideas that your special someone will love. Valentines Day is right around the corner, so I’m doing my best to help you come up with something creative that won’t break your budget.

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My 2012 Expenses Revealed! Every Penny Is Accounted For

January 10, 2013
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Here’s a chance to peek behind the curtain. I’m revealing my expenses for 2012 in order to be as transparent as possible with my Simple Family Finance family, so come take a look at where my money ends up.

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The Absolute Simplest Trick to Improve Your Finances in 2013

January 4, 2013
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There are plenty of ways to make or save money, but there’s one that’s easier than any other. If you’re looking for a simple way to improve your financial outlook this year, look no further.

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14 Ways to Simplify Christmas and Enjoy the Holidays

December 13, 2012
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I LOVE Christmas. However, for every moment of joy it brings, 2 moments of stress and furstration often follow. So, what happened? I think Christmas has become too complicated…to convoluted. And I know I’m not the only one. So, here are 14 ways to simplify Christmas and enjoy the Holidays once again.

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