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Everyday Cheapskate: On Saving Money and Spreading Manure

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As you may know, the mission of this column is to discover ways to save time and money every day. You help me by sending me your great tips, tricks and ideas; I help you by boiling it all down here. That answers what the column is for, but why should you read this column?

Why should anyone be concerned about saving money? Have you ever thought ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: The Wonders of Epsom Salt

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I can recall vividly -- and count on one hand -- the migraine headaches I've had in my life, all of which were before age 10. Once I turned double digits, I outgrew them ... until a couple of months ago.

With no warning at all, there I was back to my 8-year-old self, flat on my back with a raging migraine. Why now, after all these years?

In ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: 6 Reasons to Celebrate!

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Celebrate? With all that's going on in our economy, our nation, our world? Given the challenges of the day, you may be thinking that's the last thing you'll be doing now, or anytime soon. If so, let me encourage you to think again. Of all times, we need to celebrate now, wherever and whenever possible.

In their book "Why Good Things Happen to ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Excellent Solutions for Your 7 Biggest Clutter Problems

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I have a theory that most of us would be more than willing to let go of the stuff that's cluttering our homes if we knew these things would serve a worthwhile cause or help someone else. And I know too well the conflict.

It's nearly impossible for me to let go of things that are not worn out or broken -- clothing or household items that are ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Saving Time Gives Peace of Mind

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Any time I can eliminate or lower my stress level when traveling, I'm a happy camper. I am always on the lookout for travel tips and tricks. Now I can't wait for my next flight so I can try today's first great reader tip!


Dear Mary: I travel a lot, and sometimes if I'm in a time crunch getting to the airport, I pull ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Ways to Use a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer That Have Nothing to Do With Food

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My vacuum sealing machine is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. I vacuum seal fresh fruit to extend the use by at least two weeks, often much longer. I vacuum seal meat before I freeze it to stave off freezer burn, which keeps it perfect for a year or longer. I could go on and on about how my FoodSaver ( more

Everyday Cheapskate: Dreaming of an Organized Garage

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I like an organized home. When things get all chaotic and messy, I find that my mind kind of gets that way, too. But when everything has a place -- and everything is in its place -- I feel a sense of peace. I can think straight, relax and enjoy.

I like an organized garage, too. At least I've enjoyed the pictures I've seen of garages that ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Properly Store Dry, Fresh and Cooked Pasta

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I'm one lucky gal. My husband's favorite menu item is pasta -- any shape or recipe. He would opt for a pasta dish every meal of the day if that were an option. And that's great because he is as tall and slim as the day we married. While he has no desire to actually prepare pasta, I love to cook. Add these things together and it's pretty much a ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Getting Organized Will Put Money in Your Pocket and a Smile on Your Face

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Has this ever happened to you: While searching for the Valentine centerpiece you stumble across the Christmas wrap you bought at the half-off after holiday sale two years ago?

Or you discover six partially full peanut butter jars in the pantry while putting away the new one you just bought because you were just sure you were all out?

Or how ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: The Best Inexpensive Flannel Sheets

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There are few things as comforting as slipping between super soft, comfy flannel sheets on a cold winter night. But not all flannel is created equal.

The problem with flannel and other raised fiber fabrics like fleece and knits is the heartbreak of "pills," those little raised balls that develop, creating a lumpy surface. The solution to the ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: 8 Painless Ways to Save Money and Grow a Cash Stash in 2023

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The past 12 months have been tough on many people, and higher living costs have made it extremely difficult to build savings. So at this point, your best bet is to look ahead to 2023 and develop a plan that allows you to make great progress with your savings, no matter what that means for you.


Saving money is a curious term ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: 25 Ways to Save $1,000 on Monthly Expenses

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A number of years ago, I met Kathryn and Galen. They'd won a contest sponsored by Woman's Day magazine. The prize? A money makeover and financial coaching with ... me! From our first meeting, we became fast friends. Not only were they drowning in debt but Galen was also dealing with a protracted season of unemployment. Their financial situation ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Slash Food Costs and Give Yourself a Raise

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Could you use an extra $1,200? That's exactly what you'll have in a year if you can find a way to whack just $25 from your food bill each week. But there's not one single way to reduce food costs. The key is to use a combination of strategies.


Build your grocery list from the sale ads. If it's not on sale, don't buy it -- at ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: With the Holidays Fresh in Mind ...

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Here we are, a week into the new year! Along with taking the tree down and putting the decorations away for another year, there are several things you should do now while the holidays are still fresh in your mind.

1. Gather all your leftover paper goods into one place -- the gift wrap, cards, tags, bows and ribbons, plus all the stuff you ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Answers to Your Questions on Credit Unions, Banks and Deadbeat Parents

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Dear Mary: What is the difference between a bank and a credit union? -- Justina

Dear Justina: Great question! A bank is a for-profit financial business run by paid board members that's primary purpose is to make profits for the shareholders.

A credit union is a nonprofit financial business that's owned by its ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: It's the Little Ways We Save That Add Up

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It's amazing how saving a little here and a little there can add up to big savings. Each of these great reader tips doesn't really save much on its own. But added up over time? In a way that changes your attitude and keeps you focused? That can really make a difference.

Don't believe me? Think about the amount of cosmetics you've tossed because...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: When Parents Develop Attitudes of Entitlement

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In my book, "Raising Financially Confident Kids (Revell, 2012)," I devoted an entire section on ugly attitudes of entitlement. It's a common malady among children these days. The more children have, the more they want, and the more they feel entitled to have it.

Ugly attitudes of entitlement in childhood often show up as mountains of debt in ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Invest in Yourself for Terrific Returns

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"True wealth is about taking control of your future and making conscious decisions about what you really want in life," say authors Marc Eisenson, Gerri Detweiler and Nancy Castleman in their book "Invest In Yourself: Six Secrets to a Rich Life."

To create a rich life, these three respected consumer advocates encourage readers to diversify ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Money Lessons From Marshall

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With the first anniversary of The Marshall Fire* on our minds, it's a good time to reevaluate our own individual readiness for the unexpected. Are you ready? Could you find your documents and your kids and be out of your home on short notice? Or if you were sequestered in your home for an extended period of time, do you have basic provisions to ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Don't Let Kids' Activities Break the Bank

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Today's selections from my virtual mailbag come from mothers who on the one hand are facing completely different dilemmas, but on the other are exactly alike in that they want the very best for their children.

Dear Mary: My biggest budget busters are enrichment activities for our four children. I want to spark their joy for living by providing ...Read more



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