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Simple Tips for Buying a Used Car


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We reached the end of life on another vehicle. This past week we had to go car shopping, which is something I always dread. I hate the task of shopping for a car, buying a car, selling my old (usually broken down) car, and dealing with a car payment when I didn’t have one. Since I’m extremely frugal (some might say cheap), I shop for used cars to save money. Buying used can be tricky, risky even, but almost always more affordable. As long as you don’t buy a dud. Here are a few tips for buying a used car. Continue reading

When is a House Remodel Dangerous?


Living in an old building hasn’t been all fun and games for us. It’s not old enough to be some awesome vintage home, but it certainly is old enough to require a lot of care, updates, and remodeling. For the most part, we’ve had fun making a cozy, old place look newer and more “us”. We painted, we placed laminate flooring, we cleaned, we decorated. The hardest part has been the fact that every time we think a project will be easy, it turns out the place needs so much more repair work than we thought. So far, the worst Continue reading

FREE Weekly Meal Plan Printable


It’s hard work to maintain a home, especially when you have a family. There is always something to do, something to buy, something to fix, and something to clean. While doing that, you need to save money, keep things organized, and eat well balanced meals. How can we do it all? That’s only the household list!! One thing that has been a great challenge for me is learning to understand that you simply cannot do it all. There is Continue reading

7 Plants to Grow in Any Size Garden


Even if you live in a home without a yard, you can still cultivate a small herb garden on a patio, balcony, or sunny kitchen window. Having plants in and around the house is good for you. Growing a garden with kids teaches them about the plant life cycle and how to care for a living thing. Growing your own food puts you in control of what goes on it, and also saves you money at the market. Plants help clean the air and help us breathe. Here are some beneficial plants to grow in the space you have and the benefits they provide to you and your family. Continue reading

Easy Way to Store Kids’ Artwork


With Pinterest and magazines and inspiration galore, there are tons of ideas all around to encourage us to help our little ones create art. It’s adorable and thrilling to see our tiny artists create their own masterpieces. When all is said and done though, what do we do with the abundance of crafts and art projects that accumulate through the different stages of your child’s life? For those who aren’t too attached to the specific artwork, a clever way to save all the art your children make is with digital photos, in a file, on your computer. I do suggest everyone does this just to have another copy of the art in case anything is destroyed or misplaced. If you find yourself attached to the dimensional Continue reading

How to Maximize Savings at Target


Target is a nationwide store that is known for their low prices. The company’s goal is to bring their customers great guest services, affordable prices, and high value, with a focus on giving back to the community. Every Sunday, Target publishes their weekly ad full of all the fantastic sale prices they are offering until the following Saturday. Here are some added ways to save money at the bullseye. Continue reading

Free Desktop Icon Organizer


A very simple desktop screen organizer. Four categories intended for someone who blogs but you can erase the words and make them any main category you desire. Free download.


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Kids Eat Free at El Torito


There are many occasions where you may wish to go out to eat at a restaurant. Sometimes you just need a break from the non-stop chores and errands you have to deal with. Sometimes it’s someone’s birthday. Sometimes you want to celebrate a special achievement. It’s OK to go out to eat with your family now and then. Going out a bit too often can get pricey. If you are feeling guilty about the cost, it can really help to find the places that offer meal deals and discounts during the week. “Kids eat free” with paid adult is one of the most popular deals at most restaurants, and also one of the best ways to save money when dining out. El Torito offers this deal every Wednesday.

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