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Have a Cheap and Cheerful Family Christmas

Have a Cheap and Cheerful Family Christmas

December 14, 2014 in Holiday & Seasonal, Home Living comments

It seems that the cost of Christmas is forever getting higher, with must-have toys and gadgets costing a small fortune. Many of us are facing difficult financial circumstances at the moment, and it could mean making some tough decisions to avoid disappointed faces on Christmas day. If you really can’t do without buying those costly presents, you will need to cut the cost of Christmas elsewhere. Here are a few tips to get you started. 1. The most obvious place to start is food and alcohol, because this is where you can make the biggest savings. We always complain about supermarkets... Read More

Money Saving Tips for Gift Giving

Money Saving Tips for Gift Giving

Exercising frugality is especially difficult during the holidays, when you want to be generous with gift giving even if it means taking a major hit to your bank account. With the piggy bank in mind, we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can save during one of the biggest spending seasons of the year.   Make a budget and stick to it. Make a list of the people you plan to give gifts to and write a dollar amount next to each name of how much you are willing to spend on the individual. This way, you are setting realistic... Read More

11 Ways to Give Thanks During the Holidays

11 Ways to Give Thanks During the Holidays

November 25, 2014 in Holiday & Seasonal comments

This time of year, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hubbub of gift shopping, holiday parties and finding the perfect tree. But it’s good to take a breath once in a while and consider all that we have to be thankful for, and what we can do to share it.   Write a thank you note to someone who doesn’t expect it, like your parents, mailman or babysitter. A handwritten note shows particular thoughtfulness.  Tell your kids you love them. Once is never enough! Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Sharing your time and energy with those less fortunate is... Read More

Tips to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Tips to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

November 3, 2014 in Holiday & Seasonal comments

Aside from all shopping deals and coupons for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday there is some serious cooking and eating going on as well.  For many, the meal prepared at Thanksgiving is the largest cooking project that they will undertake all year.  And a turkey is the culinary centerpiece of that meal for many families.  The sheer size of the turkey itself can cause a cook to become intimidated but by using a few tried and true tips, your Thanksgiving bird will turn out perfect every time. Avoiding Common Mistakes You want your Thanksgiving dinner to be memorable,... Read More

Work It: 8 Ways to Increase Productivity at the Office

Work It: 8 Ways to Increase Productivity at the Office

September 3, 2014 in comments

Labor Day has come and gone, and the lazy days of summer somehow already seem like faded memories.  As the new season settles in, we’re thinking of ways to maximize efficiency in the workplace and in our personal lives. Below are a few ideas we’ve brainstormed to help put productivity into high gear. Create a Routine Sometimes it can feel like you’re constantly sending and receiving emails but getting little accomplished. Instead, try designating specific moments in the day to respond to email, update your calendar, and check the status of any pending projects. Small but routine tasks help you stay organized and... Read More

Money Matters: What to Buy in August

Money Matters: What to Buy in August

August is a month of transition, somewhere between summer and fall, when we're still holding onto those warm sunny days but gearing up for the new opportunities and experiences on the horizon. It's also a great time to find deals on a variety of products, with back to school sales in full swing and retailers discounting outdoor living items to make room for cooler weather inventory. Here's a cheat sheet to help you best allocate your funds this month.  Back to School  In early August, retailers start advertising their back to school sales to encourage customers into stores and onto websites, which... Read More

Eating Well on a Budget

Eating Well on a Budget

July 23, 2014 in comments

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the cost of feeding a family of four can run between $146 to $289 a week, which means the average family spends upwards of $15,000 a year on food. If that sounds like a big chunk of change to you, here are ways to cut back on your bill without sacrificing the quality of your meals. Use Your Freezer It’s easy to let your freezer fill up with boxes of premade meals that are years out of date and cartons of ice cream that were never quite finished. But there are plenty of things... Read More

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