Monthly archive: March 2011

  April is recognized as Financial Literacy month.  As part of this, April 2 – 9 is known as Money Smart Week and is coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association.  It is designed to educate consumers about money management and generate increased financial awareness on a wide range [...]

One program available in some stores is no interest or no payments for a certain amount of time. This may be alright if you are diligent in making the payments or saving so you can pay it off on time. If you do not pay it off in time, the interest will kick in from [...]

<a href=>To Catch a Dollar</a> will be shown at Century 10 Cinema in Fargo on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30-9:30. Click <a href=>here</a> for listings in other cities. Tickets in Fargo are $9 for adults and $6.25 for children. To Catch a Dollar is a 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection which documents the birth [...]

I have posted before about stocking up on items you use regularly when you find them on sale to save money.  Also, if you happen to find better prices at stores other than grocery stores.  Today I was at CVS and they had items such as Campbells cream of chicken and cream of chicken soup [...]

In Saturday’s Forum there was an <a href=>article</a> about a family cutting out all of their discretionary spending for a month.  You may not have to cut all of your spending, but it my help to pay attention to what you are spending.  If you track your expenses for a week or so and see [...]

It is getting to be that time of year to start thinking about graduation gifts. Following are some ideas for gifts, either high school or college graduates. Instead of money, consider giving gift cards. Some ideas are coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, gas cards, and grocery stores. Whatever kind of gift card you select, you [...]

It may be early, but I thought I would write a post of ideas of ways to save money when planning a graduation party or party for any other event. Following are some ideas to save money when planning a graduation party, or any type of party. Check out the dollar stores. Some dollar stores [...]

While browsing in the second hand store today, one of the books I purchased is “101 Things You Should do Before your Kids Leave Home” by David Bordon and Tom Winters. Some of the ideas are parts of wit and whimsy and others are practical ideas to prepare your kids for life outside your reach. [...]

<a href=>National Financial Literacy month</a> is recognized in the United States in April in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. On the website they offer 30 tips to lead you on a path that will help you achieve financial wellness. Even [...]

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A couple weeks ago, I was on a Caribbean cruise.  The ports were St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk.  St. Thomas and St Maarten still had several buildings that were destroyed by recent hurricanes that had not been rebuilt yet.  On this trip and a trip to Mexico a couple years ago, I got [...]