Paying Off Debt

Maxed Out: The Movie

By on April 20, 2006

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 […]

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My Rules for Coupon Use

By on April 19, 2006

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 […]

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Cheap Cooking

By on April 14, 2006

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.

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Managing Money

Another $65 in 15 minutes

By on April 12, 2006

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 […]

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$70 in 15 Minutes

By on April 11, 2006

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 […]

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The Price Book – Part I

By on April 5, 2006

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 […]

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Cheap Closet Makeovers

By on March 31, 2006

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 […]

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Coupon Savings

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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 […]

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Paying Off Debt

Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps

By on March 28, 2006

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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