Should Rich People Take Free Stuff?

girls 5tJust the other day, a friend of mine emailed to see if I was interested in a few boxes of girl’s clothes.  Of course, I was totally interested.  Duh.  After all, buying used stuff is one of my favorite ways to save money….especially on stuff for my kids.

But, when I got to her house, she said she didn’t want anything for the clothes.

“I don’t want any money,” she said.  “I just want to get rid of it since we’re moving.” [Read more…]

Is a Franchise a Good Investment?

franchiseThe reality TV series “Undercover Boss” has featured franchise owners many times already. The statistics mentioned at the start of each episode include annual earnings, number of branches and people employed, and success stories of small people who made it big in their chosen industry. This has been stirring up a lot of audiences for the past seasons of the said TV show. As a result, a lot of people now are thinking that investing in a franchise is their ticket to riches. [Read more…]

Modern Ways to Save On Your Next Vacation

Plunking spare change into a jar in the kitchen was the old-fashioned way to save up for any major purchase. But these days, consumers need a better savings plan. Luckily, hotels, airlines and other tourist-related entities understand the savings plight and offer several ways to save if you’re willing to put in the effort. Take a look at just some of the modern ways to achieve your vacation dreams for a reasonable price. [Read more…]

Cash Money: $11,660 in October Income Plus Blog and Life Updates

family pictureI’m pretty sad that October is over.  After all, I absolutely love autumn in Indiana and Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  Now that it’s all over, I can only count down the days until spring and summer when I can venture outside without wearing a moo moo and a trash bag.

I absolutely hate winter, and working at home only makes it worse.  Last winter, I didn’t leave my house for weeks at a time.  When that happens, I start losing my mind! [Read more…]

How FrugalWoods Say No to Food Waste

foodI’m on vacation!  In my absence, please enjoy this guest post from

Do you waste food? Probably. We all do to some extent. But do you waste $1,500 of food per year? According to The Atlantic “…every year, about 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten; a typical four-person household discards roughly $1,500 worth” (May 2014). That is staggering! This is not money wasted on stuff you’d at least get to enjoy–like cable, restaurants, or dog costumes. Nay, gentle reader, this is money literally thrown down the garbage chute! I was shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you. [Read more…]

Why I’m Skipping Black Friday This Year

hot deal alertHere we go again.

Even though Halloween was just five minutes ago, stores have already started hauling out the obligatory holiday decor. Websites that track Black Friday ads and deals are popping up left and right, and existing sites are updating with new information and sale updates every day.

With all the hype surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it makes a cheap-ass Santa like me wonder if these deals are really all that amazing, especially when you consider all the time and effort it takes to get the best “deals.”  Here’s why I am skipping Black Friday this year: [Read more…]