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Jul
19

Round-Up Saturday

Posted by Lisa

For bloggers, Amy at Mom Advice has a good article called What in the World is Twitter?. Twitter is one of the many traffic building devices you can benefit from.

Mrs. Micah has a good read on What Happens if Your Bank Fails? Is your money safe? How many banks have failed? How much money does the FDIC have?

Trent, over at The Simple Dollar has a wonderful article called Undermining Your Frugality. It’s all about our tendency to blow a windfall of cash whenever we get it. Whether it be a stimulus check, an inheritance, a bonus, etc. if we don’t have a specific plan and self-control, we’re just tossing that money out of our pockets on consumables.

Life as Mom wrote an article I couldn’t agree with more. It’s called Don’t Be So Loyal. It’s all about how much brand loyalty can harm your frugality. I must admit though, as much as I’ve forced myself to not be brand loyal, there are a few brands I refuse to give up. They’re worth the extra money to me.

Jul
12

Round-Up Saturday

Posted by Lisa

Here’s my list of good and short reads for the week. Hope you enjoy them as well.

Heather over at Freebies 4 Mom wrote a good article about fraudulent coupons. They are the reason why many stores have a policy that states if a coupon isn’t received by their scanner, they don’t accept it. Because of that, they don’t accept many of my legit. coupons I print. My printer sometimes prints the bar code a little too squiggly so the scanner doesn’t accept. Then I have to dig through the grocery bags and return items. I sometimes just can’t swallow paying full price when I have a perfectly good coupon.

Here is an article on different homemade frozen treat ideas from Wise Bread. This is a frugal post. A yummy one too. Cold foods and drinks help keep me and the kiddos cool in this Texas heat.

If you’re interested in buying a HUD foreclosure home, Dough Roller has a great article that can get you thinking.  This article was written by someone who has purchased more than one HUD home.

Jul
07

Some Link Love and Hello Again!

Posted by Lisa

Since I wasn’t in the blogging groove over the weekend, I missed my Round-Up Saturday post and the chance to give some link love. Here are some goodies for you. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

This is a recipe for 88c Chocolate Mousse. Mmmmmm. Anything chocolate is worth a link, right? Frugal or not!

I enjoy reading just about anything from Frugal Dad. This is an article on Your Misery Index. Who’s to blame? Food for thought.

Here is an article if you or your children ever face that “I’ve got to have it” mental struggle over stuff. My children may feel deprived of stuff right now (especially electronic stuff), but I’m hoping they’ll thank me when they’re 30.

Ahhh, it was nice to take the weekend off, but now it’s back to deal hunting. I need to wake up and get back in the groove. I just started drinking coffee a couple months ago. Yes, that horrid habit. Is this a day for a second cup? Maybe I should reach for a good B-complex vitamin and kick the coffee habit. I’ve gotten out of that good habit. By the way, women my age (ahem, 43) if you’re napping in the afternoon or struggling not to, try a good B-complex vitamin. It can solve that little problem (FYI). I have GOT to get back to more healthful living. Break over!

Are we having a deal-dud grocery & CVS week or what? If you haven’t been in the frugal mindset for very long, you should be told that there are several holiday weekends where there are few great deals to be had. This is always one of them. The week leading up to the 4th is good, but the weekend of…another story.

Jun
28

Round-Up Saturday

Posted by Lisa

I enjoy passing on good frugal reads. Hope you find something of interest today.  I know  there are only 2, but I haven’t had much time to peruse my frugal friends’ blogs.

Simple Mom wrote a brief article about making nutritious, simple baby food from scratch . It’s easy and frugal. Anyone can do it and it doesn’t take much time.

I love this article from Paid Twice. It’s about strategies to fight the take-out urge. I am the queen of forgetting to defrost the meat for dinner and not realizing it until 6pm. Oops. Now what? There have been several nights of sandwiches or cereal because I don’t want to go out (well, actually I do, but I also want to practice frugality). These suggestions beat cold cereal.

That’s it for link love this week.

Jun
14

Round-Up Saturday

Posted by Lisa

Here are my favorite reads of the week. Hope you enjoy them as well.

There is the most beautiful post written at Rocks in My Dryer about life and death. Grab a kleenex before you start to read it though. It is a tender, thoughtful, well-written piece.

Lisa over at Cents-To-Save has an extensive list on helpful hints in the kitchen. Quite unique.

Jason, over at Frugal Dad wrote the best post on college savings plans. It’s such a great idea for grandparents to contribute, especially when their grandchildren are young. Babies and very little ones don’t even understand birthdays, Christmas and gifts. If you’re going to load them down with gifts, give it to them in the form of a college education. Grandparents, aunties, uncles,… can all contribute without fear of parents spending it on something else.

All aboard! If you’re traveling this summer, you might want to check out Amtrak fares. You might find it significantly cheaper than flying/driving. There’s a great article at Wise Bread reminding me of how nice train travel is.

Jun
07

Round-Up Saturday

Posted by Lisa

I will post my Round-Up on Saturdays. It is a list of articles I’ve read this week that I’ve really enjoyed and think you would too. I love a good read.

Trent, at The Simple Dollar wrote an article on one of his, and mine as well, pet peeves – greeting card companies. We are such suckers!

This article at Paid Twice reaffirms my belief that you should never consider your home a financial asset. You never stop paying for it. Even when the mortgage is paid off there are always repairs, taxes, etc.

Frugal Dad reminded me that even though everyone has been abuzz about Free Donut Day, it is the anniversary of D-Day today. We need to stop, think about its impact, talk with our children, remember all the great men and women who paved the way, give thanks to God for all we have, and acknowledge those still serving our country.

My neighbor, Carol, knows I clip coupons so she came over the other day with a few inserts for me and offered to give them to me every week. I appreciate that so much. To a coupon clipper, those inserts are gold! One less paper to buy (thank you, Carol). Melissa at A Penny Closer wrote an article called “Coupon Karma”. She talks about thoughtful giving/sharing of coupons like Carol did. It’s so easy to get into a hoarding mindset when you’re stockpiling. We need to be ever mindful to give.