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  1. 10 Frugal Moves That Improve the Environment

    by , 08-10-2009 at 08:04 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    Itís no coincidence that most frugal people are environmentally conscious, and vice versa. Frugal lifestyle choices tend to be environmentally friendly choices. Itís almost impossible to be concerned about the environment without taking actions that lessen your own environmental impact. Similarly, itís difficult to be frugal and still have a large negative effect on the environment. The two lifestyles are connected in such a way that dedicating yourself to one or the other almost guarantees commitment ...
  2. Discount Incentives

    by , 08-09-2009 at 04:13 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    Today marks the first day of week two of my consistent trips to the gym. Having run out of all plausible excuses, I now find that I have to match my beloved wifeís commitment to fitness. After eight days, I have to say that it has not been all that bad, and it does give me time to think about many different things.

    As I left the gym, I wandered over to the coffee area. I noticed that there is now a large business card rack and, to my delight, I also noted that many of the cards could ...
  3. Back away from the Ramen! Eat better without breaking the budget

    by , 08-05-2009 at 05:19 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    When I was in college, I was content to open my kitchen cupboard and find it full of Ramen. Every flavor Ė except shrimp (yuck) Ė was represented after a trip to the grocery store. Not only did I know where my next meal was coming from, but I had saved money. Never mind that the instant noodles were high in sodium and had no redeeming nutritional value. They filled up this hungry college student.

    Many years, several jobs and two children later, the thought of all those instant noodles ...
  4. Recession Vacations

    by , 08-05-2009 at 05:13 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    In this economy, many of us probably canít afford to take a summer vacation like weíre used to. But if thereís a trip you canít avoid in your future (like an out-of-town wedding or a family reunion), there are things you can do to minimize the cost of your trip no matter where youíre going. Here are a few suggestions on how to cut back:

    Airfare: Do you have frequent flyer miles you can use? If not, if youíre close to an award ticket, consider buying a few miles to top off your account. ...
  5. Little House on the Prairie Financial Lessons

    by , 08-05-2009 at 04:55 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie in the 70ís. Each episode had a moral to it, but it wasnít until I staged a marathon viewing session courtesy of Netflix that I realized how many of those episodes dealt with the subject of money in some form. Maybe some of my money habits did come from TV, after all.

    If you have kids and want to teach them some solid lessons about money this summer (or just for your own enjoyment) here are the episodes that dealt most heavily with money ...
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