The Importance of An Emergency Fund

If you are trying to get out of debt, you may be following Dave Ramsey and his Total Money Makeover or some variation of his advice. When I first bought the Total Money Makeover 6 months ago, I read it in two days and told Brad “This is what we are going to do!”.  He…

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How To Eat Organic Food On A Budget

How To Eat Organic Foods On A Budget

Choosing to improve your overall health by increasing the organic foods in your diet can be tough, mostly because of the increase costs in your budget (and I will admit, some foods take some getting used to when you switch to the organic version. It actually took me a while until I found organic cereals…

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2014 Dirty Dozen And Clean Fifteen List For Produce

2014 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen List For Produce

If you have been reading this site for a while, you know that I take the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen very seriously. What are the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen? The “Dirty Dozen”: if you have to make choices in what organic produce you are going to buy, these are the ones that…

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Teaching Children About Money

Thanks to Nicole for today’s guest post One thing my parents were really good at was teaching me about money. I grew up knowing that money was not to be wasted and that I couldn’t have everything I wanted. I am so grateful for this lesson. In college when my roommates were calling their parents…

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Free Budgeting Software

So it seems that I am a little “late to the party” on this one, because I have been hearing about Mint.com for a while and just now tried it! What can you do with Mint? Include all of your accounts in one place (Savings, Investments, Checking Account, Credit Card, etc) Create & manage budgets…

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I’m Dreaming of a Frugal Christmas, Part III

As of today, you have 141 days until Christmas I’ll wait while you hurl your summer drink of choice at me for even mentioning Christmas before Labor Day Done?  ‘kay! When this post popped up in my feedreader this morning, I got to thinking:  “Christmas?  It’s blasphemous to even think about Christmas shopping before Halloween” (despite what the…

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