I’m a documentary nerd. I love them. And here’s one I’m dying to see: Maxed Out. It’s a Super Size Me-type film about the credit card industry. It features everyone from Alan Greenspan to Jerry Falwell. It also has two of my favorite financial experts: Dave Ramsey and Elizabeth Warren. Unfortunately, it’s only been shown […]
Recently I have begun using coupons in an effort to maximize our grocery dollars. I wanted to make sure, however, that my coupon use reflected a true savings so I implemented these rules for their use: 1. I only use a coupon for something I was going to purchase anyway. I’m willing to change brands […]
In my wandering through the world wide web I ran across Ellen Ferlazzo’s website, Cheap Cooking. What a great resource! Recipes, menu planning, price books, grocery lists…it’s all there! She also has a blog, newsletter, and two e-books. (I love e-books. More on that later). You can read more about Ellen here: Pleasanton Weekly.
Personal finance bloggers have some crazy/igenious ways of making money online. Two of my favorite blogs for ideas on this topic are My Money Blog and The Money Dummy. A lot of ideas I’ve encountered from personal finance bloggers center around the use of credit cards, which I’m not comfortable with, and things like taking […]
Last month I entered the world of online banking. I took advantage of a referral link and opened an ING savings account. The interest rate is a respectable 4% and I received a $25 bonus in my account for opening it. Not bad. The way the ING referral program works is the refer-er gets a […]
My recent efforts at saving money have focused on our grocery bill. For me, grocery includes health and beauty items and household items like cleaning supplies. In this regard I have found that keeping a Price Book one of the most helpful things I do. In its most basic form, a Price Book is simply […]
Keeping a Price Book is simple, but it can be overwhelming at first. Below are my ideas for starting and maintaining a Price Book with a minimum of time and effort. Start with just a few stores. It can be tempting at first to run all over town and check out every store available to […]
I have a friend who has had her closets done with California Closets. I love her closets. I envy her for her closets. I can’t afford her closets. And yet my desire to be organized is right up there with my desire to be financially fit. So I’ve given a couple of closets in my […]
I’m not a coupon queen. I rarely look through the ones that come in the Sunday paper and when I do clip them I usually forget to use them. About the only coupon I use with any regularity is the free $10 Target giftcard with a new or transferred prescription. I get excited when I […]
I love personal finance and have, therefore, read and listened to lots of financial experts. No one has impacted our personal finances as much as Dave Ramsey. I find other experts interesting and maybe picked up a pointer or two or have something I already know reinforced but Dave Ramsey has actually impacted our finances […]
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