Saving Money While Eating Out on Vacation

Travel season is in full swing. A big expense while traveling is food. Although eating out is enjoyable, it can put a strain on the vacation budget. There are ways to save on meals while traveling though. Pack snacks: With two young boys snacks and drinks are essential. Sometimes it may be a long wait for a meal. Having snacks handy will reduce the whining and save you money. My kids can't wait long to eat and if I don't have something with me, I will have to buy a snack. I pack several ...

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Thrifty & Unique Wedding Gifts

This is the last of the Affordable Wedding series. If you are just joining us, I have written about Inexpensive Wedding Favors and Planning a Wedding on a Budget. Sara from Saving For Someday is guest posting today on Thrifty & Unique Wedding gifts. Summer is prime wedding season. It’s also a great opportunity to share your great frugal tips with the new bride and groom. Of course, a lovely wedding gift will be required but don’t overlook this as an opportunity for you to save and still ...

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Inexpensive Wedding Favors & Decorations

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I am so blessed to have a crafty and creative mom. My wedding certainly would not have been the same without her ideas and hard work. My mom ended up saving us a ton of money by coming up with creative but inexpensive favors and decorations. Even if you are not planning a wedding, you may be able to implement these ideas into party planning! Photo Covered Chocolates One idea for favors is to create a photo cover to go around a chocolate bar. Just before Valentines Day I started hunting for ...

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Planning a Wedding on a Budget

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It's wedding season! Some of you may be planning weddings yourself or have friends that are planning weddings. Did you know that you don't have to break the bank to plan a wedding? With some planning and doing some work yourself, you can have a nice wedding on a budget. My husband and I had an evening wedding with approximately 150 guests on a very tight budget. For the next few weeks I would like to share a few tips on how to plan a frugal wedding. Now if you are not planning a wedding, I hope ...

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Time to Stockpile Condiments

Memorial Day is just around the corner which means that grilling season will be in full force! So what does that mean for couponers? It is time to stockpile condiments! Condiments that will be free or very inexpensive: -- Barbecue Sauce -- Mustard -- Salad Dressing -- Ketchup -- Relish -- Marinades -- Mayonnaise Condiments will continue to go on sale throughout the summer months. Plus coupons for condiments are prevalent this time of year. The goal should be to stockpile enough for the winter ...

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How Much Soap Do You Really Need?

I have a confession, I was using too much soap in my dishwasher! The more soap the better, right? Nope, soap is actually hard on your appliances and the items you are washing. A couple of months ago our fairly new dishwasher broke. I was pretty upset since we bought a top of the line dishwasher. Thankfully it was under warranty! The dishwasher repair man indicated that we were using too much soap. Really? Most of the time we use Electrosal tabs since I was able to get them for next to nothing a ...

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Is the Cost of a Warehouse Club Membership Recouped?

I do enjoy going to Sam's Club and walking the isles. The samples are yummy and they keep the kids entertained! Plus, you can't beat the price for a quick lunch. However, I have made the decision to break-up with Sam's Club. Yep, we are officially done! Now, I know that many of you enjoy shopping at warehouse clubs. For me and my family, I do not save enough money shopping there to justify the $40 membership. However, warehouse clubs may be right for you and your family. It all depends on how ...

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Saving Money on Printer Ink

Printing coupons uses quite a bit of ink and paper. Free or cheap paper seems easy to come by. I am well stocked on free paper thanks to Office Max. Printer ink is another story! I have an HP printer and the ink cartridges are expensive brand new. I have tried to have them refilled at Walgreens, but they cannot refill my particular cartridge. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try ordering remanufactured ink cartridges online. There are several companies that offer this service. I compared ...

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Caring With Coupons & Giving Back to the Community

Madame Deals believes in a strong community and we do our best to give back. It is not always easy to give in these tough economic times. One great thing about couponing is that we are able to give back to the community without spending a lot of money. It is amazing how many free items I have collected by using coupons, store promotions, rewards programs and rebates. Since January, Madame Deals has been participating in the Penny Experiment. We have donated close to $200 worth of food for about ...

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Making Earth & Budget Friendly Changes

In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to write about ideas on how to make changes to benefit the environment. I admit that I am not the best at being "green". My family and I are working on it though! As I started thinking about protecting the planet, there are several changes that we can make that are also budget friendly. Start a garden: I know I have recommended starting a garden several times. Having fresh vegetables without the use of pesticides is just wonderful! Deal Seeking Mom has a great ...

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