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Everyday Cheapskate: Which Is Better - Fresh or Frozen?

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Frozen fruits and vegetables take a lot of heat because most people assume that, if it's frozen, it must be of a lesser quality and nutritional value than the same items fresh in the produce department.

Is it true? Is fresh really better than frozen? And if so, is the difference great enough to spend more money to make sure we're always eating ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: When the Ship is Sinking, Get Everybody In the Lifeboat

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Dear Mary: My wife and I made a terrible mistake and bought a house that I don't think we can afford. We dumped all of our money from the sale of our last home into it and now we have run out of money. It is not even close to being done. My wife is a stay-at-home mother of three and I work full time. I bring home about $5,500 per month with a ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: What They Don't Tell You About HEL

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Homebuyers shopping for a house in the current market can only daydream about the rock-bottom mortgage rates that were available during the peak of the pandemic.

The latest Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index reveals that merely 17% of the general public considers it a favorable time to purchase a house. This is likely due to the ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: What to Do When You're Too Tired to Cook

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If money is leaking out of your household and you aren't quite sure where it's going, I have an idea: fast food. Busy households mean tired parents, and that can easily result in getting takeout two or three times a week. Does anything here sound familiar?

The last thing you need is for someone to tell you to get a grip and plan ahead! So I won...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: When Less Is Best

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The dishwasher was crammed full of dirty dishes, company would be arriving shortly and (wouldn't you know it) I had only enough detergent to fill one of the two dispensers in my dishwasher. I decided to use what I had and hope for the best.

Amazingly, my dishes got just as clean as when I previously would fill both receptacles. To my disgrace, ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Know the Rules If You're Going to Play the Game

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It's time to get it out in the open: Credit card companies are in it for the money. They are in business to make a profit. And it appears they are doing a bang-up job of it given information from Motley Fool that says card companies hauled in $176 billion in 2020. Wow. Imagine what that number will be for 2023.

If you own a credit card, you ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: 5 Reasons to Give Kids an Allowance

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At the foundation of your children's financial intelligence should be this undeniable truth: It is not the amount of money you have but what you do with it that matters.

This is true for a child managing a $5-a-week allowance or a corporate executive with a $5,000-a-week salary.

For the better part of my life, I didn't know this truth. On the ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Useful Tips That Make Gardening More Enjoyable

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I'm anything but a master of the soil, but I sure love to putter in my vegetable and flower gardens. And this year, with food prices continuing to soar, I am more motivated than ever to grow as much of our food as humanly possible.

Over the years, I've discovered quite a few handy tips that make my gardening so much more enjoyable. I hope you ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: My Life as a Frog

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I have been told if you attempt to pop a frog into a pot of boiling water, he'll jump out every time.

But if you put the little fellow into a pot of cold water, set it on a low flame, and warm it slowly, he'll sit back, relax and let you cook him to death.

The frog is so impressed by the nice warm, cozy feeling he doesn't pay attention to what...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: 5 Extreme Lawn, Patio and Garden Cost-cutters

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For some of us, there are few spring joys that are as soul-satisfying as a healthy, lush green lawn. Or a pristine patio with clean furniture and accessories.

You may have noticed in the past that a beautifully maintained healthy lawn does not come without considerable cost, effort and care. And outdoor living areas don't magically remain clean...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Beware Debt-settlement Schemes and Scam Artists

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The ads are compelling. "If you have at least $10,000 of credit card debt, you are eligible to have half of it forgiven!" "Debt-settlement solutions!"

I see these ads nailed to telephone poles, plastered all over the internet and broadcast over radio and television. Even though I know what's going on, they grab my attention and make me wonder ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Reader Discovers It's Difficult to Pay the Balance to the Penny

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Dear Cheapskate: This is petty perhaps, but how does one ever completely pay off a credit card account?

We paid off a credit card recently (Hallelujah!) by sending a check for the exact amount of the balance due taken from the monthly statement. The following month we received a bill for $1.91 -- all of it a finance charge! Sure, it's not much,...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Without Trust You've Got Nothing

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Of all the things I've ever dreamed of being, advice columnist was never on the list. But here I am playing one every day. That's because while my inbox loads up with tips, hints and questions related to frugal living and getting out of debt, many questions spill over into dilemmas -- family, life and love.

Dear Cheapskate: I have been dating a...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Whacky Doodle Ground Beef

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Years ago, I made a terrible mistake. I froze 10 pounds of ground beef. That big block of frozen burger languished in the freezer for years. What was I thinking? I should have browned it first and then frozen it in usable portions. But browning beef can be so messy. Lesson learned.

A few weeks ago, I came upon another cheap ground beef ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Why You Need an Emergency Fund and How to Get One

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Four weeks before Christmas, Mitch and Jenn had a string of bad luck. Mitch broke his leg in a skiing accident. Jenn's car broke down, requiring major repairs. And the aged roof of their home decided to fail right in the midst of a major storm.

The financial and emotional toll these events took on them was huge but nothing like it might have ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Clean a Bathtub Anti-Slip Bottom

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If you have a bathtub with a slip-resistant bottom that still looks dingy, grungy and downright grimy no matter what you use to clean it, I have really good news and at least one surefire solution that will even bring an older tub bottom back to being clean and like new!

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990, all bathroom...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Bounce Back From Bankruptcy

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Dear Mary: Please give me some pointers on bouncing back from bankruptcy. Will this have any effect on future employment opportunities? -- Henry, email

Dear Henry: Live on cash. Have only one credit card, and if you use it, pay it in full every month. Refuse all other offers of credit, and take on no unsecured debt. Pay all of your bills early;...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Remove Salt Stains on Leather Boots

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Salt. It's mandatory in a human diet. But in other situations, salt can be as destructive as it is needful due to its ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly stains on footwear. Salt stains on leather are a problem, but not without an easy, effective solution.

Dear Mary: I have several pairs of beautiful winter fashion boots in ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Cook Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (No-Fail Secrets!)

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They're convenient and, we're told, more healthy. But there are few things quite as boring or more difficult to prepare well than boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Here's the problem: Chicken skin helps to keep the chicken moist, and the bones add flavor. Remove both and what do you have? The potential for dry, tasteless, tough chicken.

But ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Your Pets Need an Emergency Plan, Too

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Preparing our homes and families for natural disasters and severe weather is a well-known subject here at Everyday Cheapskate. We talk about it a lot because it's so very important. But what about your fur babies? Are your pets prepared to face and survive disaster? According to ServiceMaster Restore, 83% of pet owners live in areas impacted by ...Read more



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