Give Me the Goods: Why I Value Things Over Experiences

I’ve previously talked about how much I love the money-saving practice of self-massage. That being the case, I recently decided to treat myself by purchasing a top-of-the-line handheld vibrating massage tool. It cost me $300. Before you call me a spendthrift and suggest I should have gone dumpster diving for spare parts and learned to … Read moreGive Me the Goods: Why I Value Things Over Experiences

Keeping Food Spending Low When You Live in a Food Desert

Last week, I published an article entitled How to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer that tackles head-on one of the tougher frugality challenges we all face: how does a person find the cheapest grocery store in their area and, once they do, how do they really … Read moreKeeping Food Spending Low When You Live in a Food Desert

Making the Super Quick and Convenient Lunch Much More Frugal

At our house, we’re pretty strict on limiting free time for our kids. They get maybe half an hour of screen time after school (after their homework is done) and, on some evenings, half an hour after supper. On weekends and during the summer, it might be a bit more than that, but if they’re … Read moreMaking the Super Quick and Convenient Lunch Much More Frugal

How to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer

One of the most powerful strategies out there for saving money on your food bill (once you’ve cracked the real secret, which is that making your own meals and eating at home is a tremendous money saver) is to do most of your grocery shopping at a discount grocer. If you shop for groceries by … Read moreHow to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer

Stop Wasting Food: Creative Ways to Use Every Last Bit You Buy

Almost 40 percent of the food supply in this country never gets eaten, due to loss and waste, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (“Loss” refers to things like mold and shrinkage due to desiccation.) More than half of that loss and waste is due to the way we use – or don’t use … Read moreStop Wasting Food: Creative Ways to Use Every Last Bit You Buy

Lessons from the Average American’s Food Expenses

Let’s start off with a fact that’s “mildly interesting” on the surface, but takes on a whole different set of meanings when you dig in a little bit. The average American household spends $7,203 a year on food, of which $4,049 is spent on food at home and $3,154 is spent on food away from … Read moreLessons from the Average American’s Food Expenses

12 Enjoyable Hobbies That Can Actually Save You Money

I am a strong, strong believer that the good life involves having some time that you’ve set aside for leisure activities that you do solely for personal enjoyment and personal enrichment. I block off significant portions of time in my daily and weekly schedule for hobbies, and although I do sometimes jettison those blocks of … Read more12 Enjoyable Hobbies That Can Actually Save You Money

The Power of Inaction: How to Get Ahead by Doing Nothing

I recently learned an amazing fact: During the height of the Cold War, a Russian military officer named Stanislav Petrov got an alert on his computer that the United States had launched a nuclear weapon at Moscow. Petrov was in charge of launching a nuke back at America should Russia feel threatened — and at … Read moreThe Power of Inaction: How to Get Ahead by Doing Nothing

Our Experience Cutting the Cord and Eliminating Cable Television

Last month, my family decided to eliminate our cable service. We had already disconnected it from our television for a trial run and learned that we could easily live without it. Given that, we just chopped that bill out of our life. Let’s get caught up on the full story of our use of cable … Read moreOur Experience Cutting the Cord and Eliminating Cable Television