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10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

I wrote a post called "10 Things I No Longer Buy" a few months ago, a list of 10 things I found that I could either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed. As I've been decluttering the past few weeks and more selective of what makes it into the "keep" pile, there's (at least) 10 more… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

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10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

*Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.  "Natural" is an imprecise term when used by beauty and food companies. It does not have a regulated definition (like "USDA Organic"), but it does usually mean that a product has fewer "bad" ingredients and more naturally derived ones.  Some products… Continue reading 10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

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10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

  "Generic items are just the same as name brand items, they just don't have the same label." While this is often repeated, it's not always true. Sometimes name brand products are better quality and last longer over time. One reason I love Amazon is that you can read reviews that tell you how long… Continue reading 10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

Dollars and Sense

Why Custom Tailoring Is More Frugal Than You Think

Trying to find pants that fit is almost every person's dilemma. For me, the "short" lengths are a little too short, and the "regular" lengths are a few inches too long. So I would usually buy the "regular" length pants and end up tripping on the bottoms when they got stuck under my heels. Too… Continue reading Why Custom Tailoring Is More Frugal Than You Think

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Why We Should Focus Less On Our Finances

I had a real problem with keeping up with dirty dishes- they just multiplied so easily. I'd think "I really need to do dishes" over and over, but thinking about it drove me farther away from the kitchen sink. The pile would get even bigger, making it even more overwhelming. However when I stopped thinking… Continue reading Why We Should Focus Less On Our Finances

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10 Things I No Longer Buy

In my quest to buy less and save more, there's 10 things I've found that I can either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed: 1. Salad Dressing- It can be difficult to find a dressing that isn't expensive, yet doesn't have preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, unpronounceable ingredients, etc. In the past, a bottle… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy

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The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

Have you ever seen one of those game shows where the contestants run around like crazy, throwing things into their shopping cart without a second thought? The winner is usually determined by whichever team had the cartful of items with the highest value when the buzzer sounded. How often do we act like one of… Continue reading The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

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Reorganizing to Save Money

We moved recently from an apartment with deep pantry shelves to a home with about half the pantry space. My old pantry was fairly organized, with labeled bins and a place for everything. The new one, however, became jumbled after just tossing things on the shelf anywhere they fit. With half the space as before, organization became… Continue reading Reorganizing to Save Money

Dollars and Sense

The “Why” Behind The “Buy”

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you buy the things that you buy? "Well that's a silly question," you may be thinking. "I buy them because I need them."  Bread, toilet paper, soap- okay, those are needs.  There are so many things we buy though that have nothing to do with needs, or even… Continue reading The “Why” Behind The “Buy”

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Why You Can’t Afford Not To Coupon

I loved seeing the amazing deals that people got on the TV show Extreme Couponing- they saved hundreds of dollars each month with their strategies, usually 90-95% on each of their (massive) shopping trips. But after watching this show I usually came away with the thought of "that's awesome, but not something I can do."… Continue reading Why You Can’t Afford Not To Coupon

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When Free Isn’t So Fabulous: Why I Didn’t Want 5 Free TVs

When we bought our house, the previous owners gave us the 5 TVs they'd installed in the home as part of the purchase. 5 free flat-screen televisions?!? Sounds great, right? The more I thought about it though, the more I realized I didn't want them, even though they were free. I have my few favorite shows… Continue reading When Free Isn’t So Fabulous: Why I Didn’t Want 5 Free TVs

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How To Know If You Spend Too Much On Groceries

  After reading Saving Without Scrimping's post on finding out if you are considered "thrifty," "low-cost," "moderate," or "liberal" based on your weekly grocery costs (see the post here), I was curious to see if there was an updated chart out there that adjusted for inflation (Saving Without Scrimping fits into the "low-cost" category in 1993… Continue reading How To Know If You Spend Too Much On Groceries

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The Easiest Way to Stop Wasting Food

$165 billion dollars per year. 35 million tons of food. Do we really waste that much when we throw away food? Yes, according to CNBC: they state that these numbers work out to up to $2,200 in wasted food per family per year (you can read the full article here). That's a lot of money. But there's… Continue reading The Easiest Way to Stop Wasting Food

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When Frugal Doesn’t Feel So Fabulous

I had almost no money my last year of college. Many days I wondered how I would finish the year. I remember sitting in the Dean's office, explaining to him why I needed to be let out of the mandatory campus meal plan.  They wouldn't let me out of it entirely, but they did cut it… Continue reading When Frugal Doesn’t Feel So Fabulous

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Look Here For Thrifty Threads!

I love stores with great clothing deals. The prices can be amazing and it is actually kind of fun to sift through all the randomness  before you find that one perfect item that makes you go "aha!" Everyone has heard of Goodwill, which can have some good finds (I found my wedding dress there!). However, there's some other… Continue reading Look Here For Thrifty Threads!