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  • You gotta think big to go small

    Back in the 1950s, life was good again, and young couples were scooping up homes left and right, and settling down to raise some babies. The average home back then was about half the size of most of today's homes, and often came with only one bathroom. Kids shared rooms, and there was no such thing as separate living and family rooms, or ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 07-26-2012
  • Save money when dining out

    According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the average American family spent more than $2,500 on dining out in 2010. If you cut a mere 30 percent of that cost, you'd save more than $750. That's significant savings. How can you accomplish this? Stay home. But where's the fun in that? Everyone likes to dine out ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 07-09-2012
  • Give Dad something special this Father's Day – without breaking the bank

    Father's Day is this weekend, and while our hearts are full of love for dear old Dad, our wallets may be empty. Here are the top 10 inexpensive or free gifts you can give Dad on his special day. 1. Give Dad a day free of chores. Remember all those little things Dad normally takes care of? Take care of them for him so he can not only enjoy ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 06-13-2012
  • Saving money on shampoo and conditioner can be simple

    If you are like most people, you spend a small fortune on shampoo and conditioner. Consumers shelled out about $2.32 billion on shampoo last year, and $1.71 billion on conditioner. But it doesn't have to be so. Here are some ways you can save on this necessity. Don't buy it at the drugstore or supermarket. Pharmacy chains and ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 06-01-2012
  • Fight pests naturally – and frugally

    Now that the weather has warmed up, the mosquitos are coming out and literally bugging us. How do you fight them off, yet be environmentally conscious and all natural, and remain frugal at the same time? The answer is peppermint oil. It's just a nice fragrance to us humans, but to most insects, particularly fleas and mosquitos, it's a ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 04-26-2012
  • Plan to be frugal on your vacation this summer

    Spring break is over, and now we're staring down the barrel of the end of another school year which means it's time to plan your summer vacation. The economy seems to be picking up, and this means more people will likely travel than in the past few summers. But taking a great vacation doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 04-12-2012
  • Gas prices to skyrocket this summer – get the app to help you find cheap gas

    Gas prices in 2011 were touted as the most expensive, on average, ever. The average cost per gallon, nationwide, was around $3.51 for the year. Typically, gas prices peak in the summer months, or around Memorial Day. This year's national average is expected to be $3.86 to $4.13 by Memorial Day. Some experts have predicted prices will rise ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 03-29-2012
  • Plant a garden this spring, pick veggies and fruits this summer, and count your savings in the fall

    Back in the 1940s, they had victory gardens. In the 1970s, there was the back to the land movement. And these days, it's edible landscaping. Whatever you call it, growing your own food is a great way to save money, whether you grow food in containers on your deck, are part of a community garden effort, or even if you grow your plants right ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 03-22-2012
  • Make a rain barrel, catch some spring rain – And watch your savings climb

    It's spring and for many homeowners, that means it's time to plant flowers in their yards, and vegetables in the garden. If you have a garden, whether it's just ornamental or you use it to feed your family, you know that watering, particularly during the summer months, can get expensive. Here's one way to help defray some of that ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 03-15-2012
  • Save money by doing your spring cleaning with a do-it-yourself green cleaning kit

    It's spring time, and for most people, that means spring cleaning. But with pollen and other allergens in the air, why add to your list of irritants by using chemical-ridden cleaners in your home? Instead, opt this year for green products you can make yourself. The added bonus is that since you make them yourself, you'll save a ton of ...
    Posted to Money Coach (Weblog) by moneycoach on 03-08-2012
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