Tips for Keeping a Hobby Affordable

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My current hobby (besides couponing!) is gardening. I love the taste of homegrown veggies and I enjoy being in the sun tending to the harvest. I get a thrill out of watching the crops develop. Gardening isn't necessary an expensive hobby, but I do incorporate the following tips. 4 Tips To Keep Your Hobby Expenses In Check By: Mrs. Not Made of Money Hobbies bring a lot of benefit to the daily lives of many people. They give people an opportunity to learn new things, to feel pride at their … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

New List of National Catalina Offers

Catalina offers can make for some great deals at grocery stores! Ann at Coupons Deals and More has compiled a list of upcoming national catalina offers. To learn more about what a catalina offer is, read our Catalina Coupons post. Knowing the catalina offers in advance will allow you to gather and save your coupons! Some upcoming Catalina Offers: Purchase two (2) Stove Top, Receive $1 OYNO Purchase three (3) Stove Top, Receive $3 OYNO Purchase four or more (4+) Stove Top, Receive $4 OYNO runs … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...] FREE Online Money Management

Amee and I both use for our personal and business budgeting and tracking. is a FREE service that allows you to track information for your checking, credit cards, bills and investments. Before I started using, I was not very good at tracking where my money was going. Now it is easy to see where I spending the most with cool graphs! I have also set a budget for each category such as groceries, clothing and restaurants. Although I am not completely strict on our budget, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]