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The Cost of Couponing: Is it really worth it?

The Cost of Couponing: Is it really worth it?

Back in 2009, I wrote Why coupons could cost you more money. Today, I bring you an awesome post from the female perspective.
Most of you, I am sure, have probably cut coupons at some point. Coupons were first used in America in 1909 when Post made an innovative effort to increase sales of breakfast cereals and other products. Many view couponing as a great way to save a few extra bucks.

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How to Feed a Healthy Family on a Tight Budget

How to Feed a Healthy Family on a Tight Budget

As a young mother of three beautiful children and the wife of a grad student, I have been forced back into the college budget. You know, the one where after all bills and obligations are payed you have approximately $50 to live on (small exaggeration).

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Simple step-by-step way to have fun while keeping costs down

Simple step-by-step way to have fun while keeping costs down

In my last year of college, a visiting lecturer to one of my classes gave us several ideas on how to be more frugal and better investors. I loved one of his ideas for having a great time as families without breaking the bank.

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3 Guides to better personal financial success

3 Guides to better personal financial success

My wife and I have been teaching a Family Relations class at church that includes a section on money management. Writing all of these posts on finances has come in handy as I have a lot of material on the topic of money.

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The Donut Test: What over-indulgence does to your satisfaction

The Donut Test: What over-indulgence does to your satisfaction

This may seem silly but it’s true – donuts are a great way to test the law of diminishing returns. As a brief refresher from your school days, the law of diminishing returns states that at some point, each additional “unit” yields lower returns. In other words, you get less out of it than you put into it.

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When should you repair it or replace it?

When should you repair it or replace it?

I know that at some point you’ve had your favorite gadget or appliance brake and you are left with the conundrum – Do I repair it or do I replace it?

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Spend $300 on a Christmas tree and its trimmings? Hell yeah!

Spend $300 on a Christmas tree and its trimmings? Hell yeah!

Typically, I write about how to save money or avoid the temptation to indulge. I, at times, have chastened friends for their unnecessary expenditures. Today, I want to express quite the opposite.

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How I spent only $77 on a trip to New York City [VIDEO]

How I spent only $77 on a trip to New York City [VIDEO]

When I got the good news that I had an interview with Oxford’s MBA program in New York City, I immediately went into how-do-I-spend-as-little-as-possible mode. Here’s a break down of how I was able to only spend $77.31 flying across the country.

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5 Cheap Halloween Costume ideas for when you’re on a tight budget

5 Cheap Halloween Costume ideas for when you’re on a tight budget

Halloween can definitely get expensive after buying decorations, costumes for the whole family, food for parties and treats for the trick-or-treaters. Personally, I’d like to celebrate holidays in a less expensive style.

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HOW TO: Use social media to find deals and save money

HOW TO: Use social media to find deals and save money

One of the advantages that I’ve found to social media is the ability to save money. For example, I saved 15% off my entire American Eagle purchase over the weekend all because of Foursquare.

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3 Ways to save money at dinner time

3 Ways to save money at dinner time

One of the expense categories where my wife and I struggle the most is dining out. And I imagine that we are not the only ones. So here are some tips that we have found to be helpful.

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Have you ever bought the Ziffer-Zoof Seeds that Dr. Seuss writes about?

Have you ever bought the Ziffer-Zoof Seeds that Dr. Seuss writes about?

If you have kids and are much of a Dr. Seuss fan, then you’ve probably read Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book. We were reading it to our two little girls a few nights and I suddenly realized that Dr. Seuss was a financial guy too.

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