Buying a home can be scary. Trust me, I know... I've done it twice. But those have also been two of the best decisions of my life. So today I wanted to share some tips for ensuring that your home buying process goes as smoothly as possible.
The allure of an old home? Definitely the charm and character. Old homes were built to last, the materials are usually higher quality, and the handmade details just can't be found in new developer builds. My husband and I have more than ten years of professional and personal experience in renovating old homes. We are not experts, but we are professionals, and I would love to share a few things we have learned from renovating old homes.
Getting married? Congratulations! Now onto the scary part... paying for the wedding. It's expensive any way you look at it, but there are plenty of areas to cut back. Here are 14 sneaky ways to save money on your wedding.
Shame on those sneaky grocers with their grocery store tricks. You probably know the one about them keeping the more expensive brands at eye level, but did you hear about the no dollar sign trick? Leaving the $ sign off
Spring is the time for working on home improvement projects. If you're thinking about stocking up on supplies for an upcoming improvement, or are finally feeling empowered to attack that to-do list, consider these ideas to save when DIYing.
1. Big Box Vs. Small Stores
Have you heard about TLC's, "Extreme Couponing?" If not, here's a thumbnail: Savvy shoppers use coupons and loyalty cards to save hundreds of dollars on a single trip to the grocery store. Sounds like a great idea at first blush, but becoming an extreme couponer can unbelievably time consuming, and then there's the possibility of crossing the line to becoming an all-out hoarder. (When you reach that point, there's always "Hoarders".) But I digress. If you'd like to become an extreme coupon-er, check out these tips from consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. From getting started, to organization, to avoiding 'hoarderland', she has
If you haven't heard by now, today is free shipping day. According to freeshippingday.com, a record 1,725 merchants are participating in this year's event, with delivery by Christmas Eve. FSD has a very user friendly website that lets you find merchants by category
In 1995, one study concluded, Americans threw out about 27% of edible food that year. According to a 2004 study by the University of Arizona, that figure increased to 50%. The waste is mind-boggling. Just think about it: ONE HALF of all the food fit for consumption may get thrown out. Extrapolated out to dollars and cents, the same study concluded
Are you proud of the fact that you never pay full price for anything? Does getting a great deal make you a little giddy? If you've answered 'yes' to either of these questions, you might want to consider going shopping this fall for some of the
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our Be Thrifty Contest! Your volume of Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less from Workman Publishing is on its way. As one of the requirements to enter, we asked Curbly readers to submit their own thrifty tips. We accumulated so many, we decided to highlight the best of the best. Here they are!
From Amy: Buy at stores with generous return policies, that way if you buy on impulse, you know you can return it...
Because we've done such good work at being thrifty this week, we're going to treat ourselves today and par-tay! Living the life of leisure might sound like an expensive proposition, but Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less tells us how to do just that. From travel, to gift giving, to weddings(!), the book's 'living the life of leisure' chapter covers innumerable leisurely activities. Today we'll thumbnail just a few. Again, all tips are provided by Be Thrifty.
Yesterday we discussed the cost of going out to lunch. Today we turn to the cost of smoking cigarettes. We all know smoking is expensive, but sometimes seeing the figures in black and white reinforces just how much money goes...dare I say it? I dare....up in smoke.
Again, we refer to the entertaining an elucidating, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less for our facts and figures.
In 2009, the average price of a pack of cigarettes cost $4.35. Assuming you smoke one pack a day, we'll multiply that by 30 days in the month for a total of $130.50
Be Thrifty. How to Live Better With Less makes a compelling argument for those of us who have not yet made the decision to bring our lunches to work. You might think buying a sandwich and a drink doesn't cost THAT much, and comparing it to a meal out with the family, it doesn't. However, if we break it down, we can see just how much that quick lunch is really costing you.
It has been said that 'If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.' Of course any respectable Curblier would argue that women should be handy too. Being so is imperative to living a thrifty lifestyle. Besides saving us oodles of cash on repair bills, we get those priceless rushes of self-sufficiency.
Today we officially kick off Be Thrifty week! Besides giving away three copies of the new title, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less, the book's publisher, Workman Publishing, is graciously allowing us to feature ORIGINAL content from the very fun and timely frugal-living handbook.
"It all starts with a penny." With that, welcome to a special series of posts all about thriving while cutting back on food, health, finances, entertainment, education, travel, clothing, pets, and special occasions.
We'll be joined by the folks from Workman Publishing, who've just published "Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less," and who will not only offer special tips from the book to Curbly readers, but are gladly sharing a copy of the...
Apparently, this week is America Saves Week, and to celebrate Daily Green put together five no-fail money-saving tips. Here's they are in a nutshell:
- Go on a fiscal fast. (Think of this as 'spending detox'.)
Wether you're new to home ownership or not, there are some things you can do to save bucks. The cost-saving suggestions come to us from The Simple Dollar, and they're so good, I'm going to quote them directly.
- Check the insulation in your attic - and install more if needed.
- Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
- Toss a water heater blanket over that hot water heater as well. ...
Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy.
- Take better photos.
- Make something people actually want.
- Make something other people aren't making.
- Build a cohesive line.
- Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
- Take better...