Category Archives: Money Saving Strategies

5 Ways to Save Money when Going to a Concert

By David Treehouse While I love to go to concerts like Willy Mason, I usually have two problems that both deal with money. The first is that ticket prices can be expensive. The second is that once at a concert, I can end up spending a whole lot more money that I intended which ultimately results in me being able to attend far fewer concerts than if I didn’t spend a whole lot. These are some of the ways that … Continue reading

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How to freeze cilantro … and why you would want to

My husband and I were driving down to our class reunion this past weekend and right as we crossed the state line from Minnesota to Iowa, I asked him a very serious question. “Honey, do you think I’m odd?” To my husband’s credit, he only paused for a moment before replying: “Well, yes, but in every good way.” What sprung this line of thinking was my thought process regarding a dinner party we were going to be hosting on Sunday. … Continue reading

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The power of DIY

My husband and I are having some unexpected company this evening. And I’m out of toilet bowl cleaner. Under normal circumstances, the two situations wouldn’t be mutually exclusive, but it’s been awhile since I’ve scrubbed said bowl and decided that this is a perfect excuse to do a Google search on “How to make your own toilet bowl cleaner.” Because that’s something that I’ve wanted to do … phase out commercial/conventional cleaners in favor of greener alternatives (that don’t cost … Continue reading

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DIY Iced Coffee

I’m going to admit it … I’ve spent way too much money this summer on iced coffee from Starbucks. In my mind I have justified it as such … it’s cheaper than my usual venti caramel macchiato and because it’s simply coffee and ice, it has to be better for me. Right? Righ – erm, not so much. Let’s go back to one of the things that I wrote: “Because it’s simply coffee and ice.” And there you have it … Continue reading

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Saving money on groceries

I know I’ve written ad nauseum about this topic in the past, but let’s face it … with gas prices reaching to nearly $4 a gallon, everyone is looking at various ways to save some pennies … wherever they can find them. For my husband and I – and it’s likely easier for us because we’re a duo and not a family with children – whenever we need to save some money, the first place that we can look is … Continue reading

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… And then what?

I am an unapologetic and avid reader of the New York Times online. I say “unapologetic” because as an ex-journalist, some of my friends look at me as if I’ve grown another head when I admit that I do not currently have a newspaper subscription, am usually ignorant of the events that go on in my city, but read my news online. I guess I am “that person” who has contributed to the downfall of print. My love of the … Continue reading

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Feeling the travel itch

My husband and I took a road trip last night up to the Twin Cities. Our trip translated to about 2 1/2 hours in a car and usually when we have this sort of time together we have no problem running out of conversation. (“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax – Of cabbages – and kings …”) Many times, our road trips revolve around the question … Continue reading

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Thinking about DIY …

With more funds available to us to do some of the home upgrades and remodels that we’ve put off for so long, I find myself thinking about the priorities that we need to set and wondering how much of the work we can do ourselves? I forwarded an email to my husband today from a big box retailer that promised a weekend bathroom remodel for less than $500 and I found myself tempted by the smiles of the folks featured … Continue reading

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A Thrift Store Tutorial

Wow … it just seems like yesterday I was celebrating the New Year by going through old magazines and whittling down piles of paper. Fast forward and tomorrow is the 31st. And I’m still working on piles of paper and trying to be a neater and more organized person in general. Talk to me in July and this might still be the status quo of my life. Anyway – along with the physical cleaning that I did today, I also … Continue reading

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Adventures in home haircutting

Let me go on record as saying this first: When it comes to my hair and haircuts, if I could, I would totally shave my head. But since I really can’t do that, I’ve now settled on the next best thing – shaving my husband’s head. On Sunday, I purchased one of those Wahl hair trimmers for $26 at Walmart. Buying one of those has been something that Hubby and I have gone back and forth about – yeah, it’s … Continue reading

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