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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Saving on Car Insurance Premiums

Car insurance is a necessary expense. The way that I save on car insurance is getting it through the same company that supplies our life and home insurance. We get a discount from having all three policies with them. I have also used the same insurance company for 16 years which nets another discount. What are your tips for saving on insurance? Some Tips For Lowering Your Car Insurance Premium By: Mrs. Not Made of Money Car insurance is required in every state in the United States. While that ...

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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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Make the Most of Your Leftovers

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Using leftovers is a great way to stretch your budget and to cut down on time in the kitchen. Connie comes up with recipes every week for us and she gives us excellent tips on stretching meals. Below you will find some additional tips for keeping leftovers from becoming boring. Tips and Tricks for Using Up Leftovers By: Mrs. Not Made of Money If you are trying to prepare meals on a budget, leftovers can be a blessing or a curse. Having leftovers can make it much easier to prepare the next ...

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Tip for Saving on a Rental Car

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Rental cars are expensive. Yes, no matter how much I search rental cars come with a hefty fee. We are traveling soon and are in need of a rental car for 10 days. The last time we rented a car I was unprepared. I booked the car ahead of time online with the best deal I could find. We ended up paying $150 more when we picked up the car due to fees and insurance. This time I called my insurance company and asked them if they will cover my rental car. Sure enough, they do! My insurance company will ...

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How to Stick to Your Shopping List

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  Coupon shopping can be a lot of fun and addicting. I am often tempted to pick up extra items at the store when I see a good deal. I have learned that getting an item just because it is a "good deal" isn't good for the budget. Now I really think about the extra items I through in the cart- do I need it and will I use it are questions I ask. Today's Money Saving Monday tips are on sticking to your shopping list. Tips For Sticking To Your Shopping List By: Mrs. Not Made of Money It ...

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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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Make the Most of Your Meals

Cooking dinner is sometimes stressful from a time and money standpoint. Below are a few tips to make your meals go further. This is a post that I wrote for Ideas That Spark. Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Stretch Your Family Meals By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Cooking at home is the most economical way to feed your family. Here’s how to make the most of your time and money. Cook once, eat twice. That doesn’t mean you have to serve the same meal each night! Cook extra servings of the ...

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Tips for Curbing Impulse Buying

Ahhh, impulse buying. Yes, I am guilty! I get a thrill from a deal and sometimes find it hard to pass up a sale. Just because something is a good deal, doesn't mean you need to buy it! I have to remind myself of this constantly. Below you will find some good tips to help curb impulse spending, since money does not grow on trees! How To Curb Your Impulse Spending by: Mrs. Not Made of Money Impulse spending can cause havoc to any well-developed budget. No matter how carefully you plan your ...

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Preserving Fresh Strawberries & Cherries

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This weekend we picked strawberries and cherries at  local orchards. I always pick enough fresh fruit to preserve some for the off season months. Some of the fruit will be frozen and some will be canned. Of course we eat a good amount of fresh fruit too! To make your fresh fruit last longer, do not wash it until you are ready to eat it. For cherries, pick them with the stem on to make them last longer. Always pick ripe yet firm berries and cherries. If you don't own a cherry pitter, try ...

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