Monthly archive: December 2011

Besides your home, one of the most expensive purchases you will make is a vehicle. When shopping for a car, it is important to know how much of a monthly payment you can afford, if you need to borrow the money. Here is a calculator from MSN Money to help you determine what kind of [...]

I saw a recent post on how to make a Pottery Barn type candle with mainly items that can be found at the dollar store. When I was looking at the Pottery Barn website I found a couple of other items that could be made for a fraction of the price. Check out the hanging [...]

In a previous post I mentioned an upcoming book by Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom. Her publisher is offering a free chapter of her book on saving money on groceries without needing to use coupons.

Frugal Toys

With the holiday gift giving season, one of the jokes is that many kids have almost as much fun with the cardboard boxes than with the actual gifts. There was a recent post on the 5 best toys of all time. These include sticks, cardboard boxes, string, cardboard tubes and dirt. There are also posts [...]

The Suze Orman Show airs on Saturday nights on CNBC. One of the segments of the show is “Can You Afford It” where people call in with their income, debt and other information and what they want to purchase. Suze then tells them if she thinks they can afford to spend the money. Last night, [...]

I have seen online on how to make caramel in the crockpot with just a can of sweetened condensed milk. I tried it the other night and it worked. If you submerge 1 or 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk (with the labels removed) in a crockpot. Fill the crockpot with water and cook on [...]

During the holidays is also the time that most people show their gratitude to people who do services for them by giving them extra tips. Many people wonder how much to tip. There was a recent article on holiday tipping. Along with guidelines for tipping it also has suggestions of how to handle tipping if [...]

One activity that many families do as part of the holiday season is to make or decorate gingerbread houses. You can buy kits that have the gingerbread already made and decorations ready to make the houses. Or you can make your own from scratch. Here are some ideas and recipes for making your own gingerbread [...]

One thing about the holidays is sending Christmas cards and/or letters. For many people this is one time of the year that they hear from some family and friends. If you don’t feel like you have the time or money to send traditional cards, Crystal from Money Saving Mom has some ideas such as email [...]

There are varying thoughts about giving gift cards as gifts. Some people think there is not enough thought given when purchasing gift cards. But if you can purchase gift cards for a store or restaurant that you know the recipient is interested in it could be a better gift, they can use it to buy [...]