Category Archive: Parent Stuff

Cheap Books at Thrift Stores

As I’ve mentioned before, we’re giant fans of reading over here, and we think that having children read at a young age is very important. I threw out a challenge to take your kid to the library about once a week to get a revolving amount of books flying in and out of your home. …

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ShopRite Can Can – Yearly Pantry Stockup

Earlier this week, I said I would explain how I have a seemingly unending pantry of vegetables. The secret is now revealed. I went shopping in January. In four different trips to the store, I not only saved a ridiculous amount of money, but I also have enough canned vegetables, canned beans, canned tomatoes, coffee …

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Two Week Menu Challenge Conclusion

So, two weeks is over. Did we stray away from the challenge again, or did we stick to our guns until the finish line?

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Two-Week Menu Challenge Halfway Update

Hi folks. So after one week of being in our one-week menu challenge, we’re doing great! We were able to stick to our plan for the most part, with some adjustments along the way. So, here’s how I did:

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Two Week Menu Challenge

June time is big bills time for our household. We were hit with both quarterly property taxes and renewal for our auto insurance. Because I don’t like paying things like fees and interest, and I like saving hundreds of dollars, I like to pay bills like these in lump sums (those “convenience charges” add up). …

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Library: Once A Week

A few posts ago, I shared how I promote reading and literacy with my daughter. As a follow-up, here’s another resource that I cannot stress enough: your local public library!

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Using Warranties To Get Free Stuff

A few months ago, my wife’s uncle told us a story. He has had the same couch for 30 years. The cushions were starting to deteriorate. He called the company up to see how much it would cost to replace. It turns out that the couch, 30 years later, was still under warranty! Instead of …

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PLAY WITH GARBAGE (PART TWO), or, finding $150 on the curb

…have you ever noticed that people throw away the darndest things for little to no reason? I’m not talking about ratted out junk, but things that need just a little work. Sometimes there’s a minor flaw or scratch, or the owner has upgraded to a new model. Instead of listing selling it or giving it …

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Power Drill As A Kitchen Tool

While cleaning the basement, I came upon an old hand mixer that was left by the previous owner. Even though I have a totally kick butt Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, I’ve recently thought that a little hand model would be nice for small jobs. I opened the box, and boom, it’s completely rusted. I don’t even …

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Save 26 Dollars Buying Cereal In Bulk

Dry cereal is one of the staples of the American home. Whether as part of a complete breakfast or served dry as an afternoon snack, it’s a great quick go-to food on certain days. One of the problems though is that this breakfast staple doesn’t exactly come at a staple price. People buy certain foods …

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