Family, Saving Money

Money And Our Summer Vacation

My family and I recently returned from an awesome week at the beach.  The weather was great – not too hot, but warm enough for swimming and hanging out at the beach.  We had a blast. Each year, we visit that same area – but shop around for the best deal on a local condo.  This year, we found an amazing, three-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium, just across the road from the beach. We saved money by picking a non-beachfront unit.  By walking about 100 extra feet, we saved several hundred dollars. Our kids are now old enough to move about the condo complex on their own – so we also saved a little money by being on the fourth floor, rather…

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Family, Frugality

How To Save Money In The Kitchen

I am a big fan of using a combination of coupons and a grocery price-book to save money when buying groceries.  I am also a big fan of saving money in the kitchen, after those groceries have been purchased.  Here’s how to save money in the kitchen – and minimize those costly trips to the grocery store. These tips work for our busy family of 5.  There are no professional organizers in this bunch! In the refrigerator – Keep things neat and tidy.  It’s easy to forget what you have if you can’t see it. Prep fruits and vegetables.  We have kids – and kids like convenience foods.  Rather than see our fruits and vegetables spoil, we slice and peel…

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Family, Saving Money

Simple Ways To Save Money While On Vacation

My family and I just recently returned from a week at the beach.  We had an awesome time – and we even figured out some simple ways to save money while on vacation. Check online for attraction discounts, coupons, and codes.  Our three kids like putt-putt and the water-park.  A simple online search, and I found coupons for both attractions.  We saved 50% on the putt-putt – and 60% at the water-park! Side note – By visiting the water-park’s website, we were able to better plan our visit.  We avoided a particularly busy day at the park – and the kids were able to ride the slides without waiting in super-long lines. Take beach toys with you – or improvise! …

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