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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Planning a Frugal Vacation with a Staycation

Summer is upon us and that means it is time to start planning for a vacation. Although you may dream of a vacation in a far away land, planning a staycation is more economical. Plus, it can be fun exploring your own backyard! Frugal Ideas For A Home Based Vacation by: Mrs. Not Made of Money As you make your plans for the summer, you may be faced with the grim reality that an expensive vacation just isn’t in the cards for you and your family this year. Rising fuel costs and the price of air ...

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National Consumer Panel Accepting Applications

The National Consumer Panel is currently accepting applications for their Nielsen Home Scan panel. If you are accepted, you will receive a scanner to scan the bar-codes of products you buy. So what's in it for you? You will earn rewards points that are redeemable for name brand products. I have not been accepted myself. But I do know that my friend Mary participates.  It sounds like an easy way to earn Christmas gifts! Fill out the application HERE. ...

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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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Shopper's Voice Research Center Surveys

Join Shopper's Voice Consumer Research Center and receive coupons and free samples. Shopper's Voice is one survey company that I do belong to and participate. I know that there are many survey and research companies out there. I found that Shopper's Voice is very easy. The surveys are sent via mail or email. Once you complete the survey, you will receive coupons and samples in the mail. It does take several weeks for the freebies to arrive. I usually only do the surveys that are mailed to me. ...

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Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

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As wedding season rolls around, you may find yourself scrambling for an affordable gift. My favorite wedding gift that I have given was a handmade quilt. My best friend from high school announced her engagement when I was right out of college. I knew I wanted to get her something special that she would cherish. My mom suggested a quilt. I worked on that quilt for months (it was my first and only one!). The quilt didn't take a lot of money to make, just hard work and love! Below you will find ...

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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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Hosting a Low Budget Cookout or Party

It's time to get that grill fired up! I cookout often during the spring and summer. It is much easier to clean up plus it keeps the house cooler by not using the oven. During the summer we host several parties. I do like to entertain but it can be a strain on the budget. Mrs. Not Made of Money brings us some tips today on how to save money while hosting a cookout. How to Save Money On Your Backyard Cookout by: Mrs. Not Made of Money With the approach of Spring I know my mind has been on ...

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Safety Tips for Shopping Online

Shopping online has become so convenient and a great way to find great deals. Unfortunately the virtual world can be detrimental to your banking account. Earlier this year, I made a purchase online. Months down the road, my card had unauthorized charges on it. Thankfully my bank was on top of it! Not Made of Money has six tips to share with us to make shopping online safe. Six Ways to Make Internet Shopping Safe Stories abound warning consumers about the perils of shopping on the internet. ...

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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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