Frugal Travel: Where Would You Go for Five Days?

The view from the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto...

The view from the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto…

Do you ever think about where in the world you would travel if you had an unlimited amount of money and time?  I’ll tell you were I would go.

First of all, I’ve always wanted to go to the Maldives and I know the clock is ticking since it is basically sinking into the ocean.  And second, I would probably go to see the Great Pyramid of Giza because I think it’s crazy.  Other regions of the world I want to visit include nearly all of Europe that I haven’t seen, the Norwegian Fjords, basically all of Iceland, and several regions in South America.  Of course, parts of Asia would make the list as well.  I would love to go to Thailand, for example, and I have always wanted to see the Terracotta Warriors in China. <Fun Fact: I am slightly obsessed with the Terracotta warriors> [Read more…]

6 Odd Things I Do to Save Money

6 Odd Things I Do to Save Money

Yup. This can save you money. (Photo credit: By Andrewlister (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

You can save money on just about everything. Believe me, I’ve tried – and succeeded. Digital and paper coupons can help cut grocery costs, adjusting your thermostat can save on home energy, and even bundling monthly services like smartphone, Internet, and satellite TV can net you lower monthly rates. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re in credit card debt, behind on retirement savings, or struggling with your monthly budget, don’t be shy about getting a little bizarre with your money-saving moves. Check out the following six odd things I do to save money. [Read more…]

Embarrassing Ways to Save Money

Head in HandsAs someone who doesn’t really get embarrassed, I’m pretty much willing to do anything to save a buck or two.  Of course, I don’t go to quite the lengths that I used to.  For instance, back in my couponing days I would split my purchases up into five separate orders just to get free toothpaste at CVS.  Oh yes, and I totally remember when Greg and I stockpiled over 300 quarts of ready-to-feed Similac formula when that $5 off any Similac coupon came out a few years ago.  (Yes, my kids drank formula.  Sue me). [Read more…]

5 Frugal Ways to Roam About Town

“I need to go to the grocery store.” “I have to commute to work.” “My legs don’t work.” Regardless of your excuse, most of us truly believe that we need a car to get around. Unfortunately, owning your own car these days is becoming pretty expensive. With gas prices near $4.00 a gallon, driving to every destination under the sun no longer seems like the financially prudent thing to do. Still, there are ways to get to where you need to go without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips for getting around without putting your finances under stress. [Read more…]

Operation Frugality: Save Money by Eating Old Food

My kitchen pantry.....

My kitchen pantry…..

Now, before you get all bent out of shape about the title of this post, let me make one thing clear.  I’m not talking about eating expired food, or moldy food, or trash out of a dumpster or anything.  I’m talking about eating old food that you’ve been staring at for far too long.  You know, like a) food your kids claim not to like, b) food items that you bought in bulk and can’t seem to use up, or c) food that sounded good at the time but no longer does.  Since we’re on FALL FINANCIAL LOCKDOWN, we’ve decided that we’re going to eat up all of our extra food in order to come in under our monthly grocery spending goal of $500.  So, with that being said, would you like to join me?  But, wait…you don’t have to commit quite yet.  Before you pledge to eat your old food, let me first explain our strategy. [Read more…]

Club Thrifty Fall Financial Lockdown

Club Thrifty Fall Financial LockdownAfter my vacation to Mexico last week and my complete budget breakdown, I’ve realized that it’s time to get serious again.  It’s time to start watching pennies and nickels and sticking to my budget come hell or high water.  Why?  Because sticking to a budget is one of the best things we have ever learned to do.  When we started budgeting a few years ago, we made huge financial progress.  Here is what we have accomplished in the last 30 months:

  • We’ve paid off almost over 120K in debt (includes car loans, student loans, personal loans, credit card debt, and part of our mortgage)
  • We’ve worked our way to a savings rate of over 50 percent
  • We started building college funds for our kids
  • We have a year’s worth of living expenses in cash savings [Read more…]