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How to Make the Most out of a Small Garden

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Now that it is ‘officially’ summer, it’s also gardening season. Growing your own food is a great way to save money, in more ways than one. Taking up this self-sufficient hobby can help you to slash that pricey grocery bill, and it can also lead to a drastic decrease in the amount of money you spend going out to eat. But there are a few speed bumps on the way to creating a garden that will thrive: What if you don’t have much of a backyard? What if you don’t have that much time on your hands? Don’t let these minor setbacks keep you from discovering your green thumb. Here are a few ways you can make the most of out of a small garden:  Continue reading


5 Ways ‘Going Green’ Can Save You Money

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In terms of sustainability, there is a direct correlation between “going green” and inexpensive living. I’m not telling you to mount a solar panel on your roof or to invest in wind farming, but there are minimal changes that we all can make in our daily lives that not only give our wallets a break, but also help out the environment. Thanks to U.S.News and Entrepreneur, I have found 5 easy ways to save money by going green. Here they are: Continue reading


4 Serious Money Mistakes People Make in Their 40s

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Your 40s represent a significant period in your life, personally and financially. You’re older, wiser and situated, but there are still a few things you haven’t figured out yet— like how to pay for your children’s college education and how you’re going to afford retirement.

Though you might feel as if you’re in a “good place,” becoming complacent could have a negative impact on your financial health. Continue reading to find out what 40-somethings are doing wrong and what you should be doing instead. Continue reading


Last minute Father’s day activities for under $25

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Showing your dad, father figure, or husband that you love him doesn’t necessarily mean sending him on an all-expense paid vacation or buying him the newest apple product. Father’s day should be all about connecting with him and showing your appreciation through action, and there’s no better way to do so than by spending some good quality time together. I’ve comprised a list of some fun things you can do regardless of what you’re budget is. All of these activities are either free or cost very little. Happy Father’s day! Continue reading


5 Frugal Things I’ve Done Lately

change.jpgI have a confession. You might think I’m an avid ‘money saver,’ because I’m constantly blogging about a healthy financial life, but in reality- I’m not! At times I tend to be fairly frugal, but my true colors come out in the aisles of Saks Fifth Avenue.

So this week I’ve challenged myself to take on a more frugal lifestyle. (It’s worth a try, right?) Money, the quest to earn it, and the struggle to keep it has taken over our lives, but if I’m able to find the paths that don’t require much money (or none at all,) I feel that I’ve ‘won the battle.’

I’ve tried a lot of cheap living tips, but most of them don’t work for me. Through trial and error, I’ve found five frugal lifestyle changes that have actually helped me to save money, here they are: Continue reading


Cheap baking: 4 Ingredient Flour-less Peanut Butter Cookies

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A couple weeks ago I had a birthday party to go to. And not only did I forget about it, but I also forgot to get a gift! It was down to the wire, with only an hour to go before the party. I knew I had to come up with something other than the generic birthday card and lottery tickets- and then it dawned on me. The birthday girl loves ‘sweets’… and she would certainly love my (cheap) 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies!

Listen, I know it sounds “basic” to give cookies as a gift, but they’re delicious, they only take 15 minutes to bake, and more importantly- the ingredients are incredibly cheap, everyday household items.  I guarantee that if you don’t have all 4 of these ingredients in your kitchen, you will at least have 2 (or 3?)

Read on to unveil my deliciously foolproof 4 ingredient flour-less peanut butter cookie recipe. (Don’t worry…that’s not the official name) Continue reading


Camping on a Budget

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With camping season just beginning, I’ve been thinking about dusting off my tent and heading to the Adirondacks for a weekend camping trip. The only problem: spending a weekend in nature can really add up. It might sound like a cheap way to spend a weekend, but a simple trip to the woods can easily end up costing you hundreds of dollars. But camping doesn’t need to cost a fortune- I’ve done some research and found some great ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a budget, read on to find out what they are!  Continue reading