5 Constructive Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

tax refundA few weeks ago, I admitted that I overpaid my taxes for 2013 and would be getting almost $6,500 back.  Ugh. Well, it landed in my bank account a few weeks ago and we did some really boring things with it.  Brace yourselves.  This is what we did: [Read more...]

Hybrid Cars: A Foolish Attempt to Save Money

priusPlease enjoy this post from staff writer, Mitchell Pauly.  Mitchell blogs over at SnarkFinance.com

Toyota Prius’ are cars for people who grew up with diets similar to that of a hamster.  They are the same people who believe their children should receive participation trophies and are all destined to be “special” in their own unique way.  Toyota has spent untold millions creating this image in ads featuring the Prius driving through cartoon country sides while a child’s voice coos on about how it’s the “planets favorite hybrid”[1].  Well, let me let you in on something: If the Prius is Earth’s favorite hybrid than Dennis Rader is America’s favorite husband[2]. [Read more...]

My Cheap Las Vegas Vacation with Credit Card Rewards

Us with our BFFs in Mexico.....

Us with our BFFs in Mexico…..

As many of you know, I’m heading to Las Vegas with my husband and my best friends next month….and we’re stoked!

I know what you’re thinking.  Las Vegas is the epitome of consumerism and financial irresponsibility, and frugality writers who believe what they preach just don’t belong there.  But you’re wrong.  I do belong in Las Vegas.  Why?  Because I love people-watching.  I like having a gin-n-tonic or five and being able to carry them around in the street.  I also like gambling.  Sue me. [Read more...]

Cash Money: $5,459 March Income and Blog Updates

DSCF3126Good morning, peeps!  I’m super excited that March is over and it’s finally April!  I’m especially looking forward to a few things in particular this month.  First, we’re taking a week-long vacation to Florida in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a blast.  Second, my daughter turns five and I think we’re taking her out to swim with and see wild dolphins….but only if I can talk the Mr. into it.  Fingers crossed!   And third, it’s finally warming up outside.  I know I keep saying it, but this winter totally sucked! [Read more...]

Obamacare: What Happens Next?

NEWOn March of 2010, the passage of Obamacare established a new set of rules and mandates that would change the way the American health insurance market works.

Since then, the new healthcare law has been implemented in stages. And, if the current numbers are correct, as many as 7 million people signed up for new health insurance plan through either a state exchange or the federal insurance marketplace up to this point.  Most people would call that a success. However, not everyone is celebrating….yet.

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Seeing Hong Kong On a Budget

hong kongIf you’re interested in visiting Hong Kong on a limited budget, you are probably looking for ways to save some cash.  Fortunately, there are several ways to rein in your costs when it comes to transportation, lodging, and more.  The following tips can help: [Read more...]