Expenses Everyone Forgets to Put in the Budget

We’ve all been there. Just rolling along, sticking to our budget when a bill for a forgotten expense shows up. It hits us like a punch in the stomach, because we knew about it, but totally forgot about it. We certainly didn’t include it in the budget. Now we’re left wondering how we’ll scrape together …

You Should Always Have a Ruler and a Compass

Your smart devices would be a whole lot more useful if they had better toolkits – apps that do more scrape content from news, sports and shopping websites. Here are some free apps to turn your Android smartphone or tablet into a way-cool multi-tool that does more than play your iTunes. A Ruler and a …

Gaming to Exercise Your Brain

Although it seems unlikely in the extreme, gaming on your smart devices can actually be good exercise for your brain. Even smashing cockroaches and zombies over and over again. Read on to learn more about some free, standalone games that can help you think better. Rote Relaxation & Learning Rote skills like doing jigsaw and …

Take Advantage of Tax-Free Weekends for Back-to-School

Most people without school-age children don’t think about what tax-free weekends can do for them. However, everybody can take advantage of special sales and promotions and reap the benefits of passing on the sales tax. So, What Does “Tax Free” Really Mean? Many states and local governments sponsor tax holidays around back-to-school time to help …

Gift Wrapping on a Budget, No Gift Bag Required

While gift bags haven’t exactly stomped out traditional wrapping paper, they’ve taken much of the personal out of wrapping presents. However, if you’ve got a wide circle of friends and family, it’s often cost prohibitive to shop the chichi gift-wrapping emporia. But it’s still possible to devise and design unique wrapping schemes without going broke. …

How Your Library Card Can Save You Money

Far from being stodgy, modern public libraries offer a wide variety of services that may well save you significant money. All you need is a library card. It’s free, and usually all you have to do is prove that you’re a resident of the city or county where the library is. Read All the Latest …

How the Weather Impacts Produce Costs and What You Can Do to Save

Have you noticed the price of produce going up as much as we have? It’s sure making an impact on our grocery budget. When we started investigating, we learned the undeniable correlation between weather and harvest. Here’s what we learned and how we’re combating the rising cost of fruits and vegetables: The Impact of Weather …

Seasonal Produce: Spring Edition

We all know the importance of eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. They contain numerous minerals and nutrients to help our bodies work effectively. Current dietary guidelines recommend at least five servings every day. To maximize our produce dollars, we’ve learned to eat seasonally. Buying in-season fruits and vegetables helps us buy more …

How to Plan a Spring Staycation You’ll Never Forget

Many of our friends are headed out on amazing vacations. Unfortunately, a spring trip isn’t in our budget this year. Instead of getting depressed, we decided to plan the best spring staycation ever. That way we still build some fabulous memories. And we won’t even have to pack a bag! Plan When we’re leaving on …