Are Dollar Stores Really Cheaper? I Did The Research For You

November 7, 2012
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Dollar stores have a reputation as the cheapest of the cheap – the frugal family’s best friend. However, I’ve never really spent a lot of time in dollar stores, so I decided to see what all the hype was about. As someone who is always looking for the best price, I decided to compare 25 products, some food and some household items, in order to tell once and for all whether dollar stores are really as cheap as they advertise themselves to be. Click the link for the results.

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Final Weight Loss Update – 10 Completely Free Workout Ideas

October 31, 2012
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Experiment in Frugality #2 has come to an end. I wanted to lose 10 pounds in 2 months without spending any extra money on exercise or food. No shakes, gyms, gadgets, or expensive health food. The results are finally in.
Plus, in this final update, we’re going to discuss 10 workout ideas that won’t cost you a dime. No more excuses.

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Is Swagbucks Worth the Time? My Official Swagbucks Review

October 24, 2012
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Everybody and their mother is using Swagbucks these days. So, I decided to give it a try too. I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. Well, it turns out I have a love/hate relationship with Swagbucks and you should too. I’ll explain what I mean in my review.

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How Much Money Can You Save By Planting a Garden – Our 2012 Results

October 11, 2012
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Growing a garden is a staple of frugal living, but have you ever calculated exactly how much money your garden actually saves you? Every garden is different – costs, size, results – but I wanted to use our simple garden as an example. I’ve calculated every expense and kept track of every green bean and cucumber that we harvested. Find out if our garden really saved us money this year – and if so, exactly how much.

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An Important Lesson in Simplicity from a 9-Month Old

October 3, 2012
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The fatherhood handbook states that I’m supposed to teach my child all the important lessons in life, so I’m doing my best. However, occasionally the roles reverse. Today my son taught me an important lesson in simplicity and contentment.

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5 Money-Sucking Wedding Traditions And How They Came To Be

September 27, 2012
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You won’t believe how much the average American wedding costs! I can’t imagine spending that much money on a single day – no matter how special. But millions of people do. So, the obvious question is WHY. I wanted to know that too, so we’re going to take a look at the origins of some of our most sacred and expensive wedding traditions. Why do brides wear white wedding dresses? Why do we buy diamond engagement rings? Why do we design such fancy wedding cakes – why not key lime pies? You’re about to find out.

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Are You Paying Too Much For Eyeglasses? My Zenni Optical Review

September 19, 2012
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I recently tried out a discount eyeglasses website, hoping to find a deal on some new spectacles. I had no idea what to expect. I mean they were offering pairs of glasses for as low as $6.95! I was just hoping that they wouldn’t be made of paper mache, I suppose. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality…and the price!! The following is a review of my experience.

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Busting the Cheap Food Myth – Eating Healthy Food for $2 A Day

September 12, 2012
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This is the first update for Experiments in Frugality #2 – Weight loss. Find out how much I’ve lost so far and what kind of food I’ve been eating. It’s also time to take a closer look at the cheap food myth and bust it to pieces. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that I must be eating nothing but processed foods since I adhere to a $2 per day food budget. False. No Doritos for me. I’ll show you what I mean.

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Your 5 Biggest 401(k) Questions Answered

September 5, 2012
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When it comes to retirement plans, timing is of the essence. Waiting until next year to make 401(k) decisions could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Let’s take a look at a few 401(k) questions that we need to get straight before it’s too late.

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15 Odd Careers That Actually Pay Pretty Well

August 29, 2012
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It’s time to step outside the box – in some cases, WAY out. Here’s a list of 15 careers that probably weren’t showcased at your high school’s career day. However, most of them bring home pretty decent salaries, so maybe they should have been.

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