personal finance

You Get What You Pay For, Especially When It Comes to Hotels!

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You Get What You Pay For, Especially When It Comes to Hotels!

I'll admit that sometimes I'm just cheap, especially when it comes to hotels. First let me clarify that there is definitely a difference between being cheap and being frugal. Frugal means keeping the quality of a product or service in mind and opting for the best price while maintaining a certain standard.

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Update on my Goals for 3rd Quarter

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Update on my Goals for 3rd Quarter

So far, so good is all I can say at this point. My quarterly increments are working out quite well, even though I'm a bit behind on the savings portion of this quarter's plan.

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Free House Plans? Yes… FREE!

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Free House Plans? Yes… FREE!

Last year, I came across a website that offered free, small house plans, The Small House Catalog. The owners of the site at that time were building a quaint cottage called the Beekeeper's Bungalow. Well, they finished building their bungalow and it's now for sale in Washington.

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What My Housing Budget Will Get Me Right Now

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What My Housing Budget Will Get Me Right Now

I'm in a mad frenzy to save money and buy a home by late next fall. That gives me a little more than a year (14 - 16 months) to save up enough cash for a down payment. However, in Southern California, homes are crazy expensive! I've budgeted a reasonable amount for a "starter" home and am hoping to snag one for under $410,000.

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Tips for Delayed Spring Cleaning?

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Tips for Delayed Spring Cleaning?

I'll admit I really don't like to clean. Sure, I'll pick up after myself or wipe down a counter top, but when it comes to deep cleaning, I often procrastinate.

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Tiny Homes Can Be Happy Homes

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Tiny Homes Can Be Happy Homes

I love the idea of tiny homes, but recently I wrote about the viability of actually living in one. There are plenty of people out there (just look at the popularity of the tiny house movement) who can live in a home that's under 200 square feet, but I'm sure downsizing is the biggest hurdle.

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What School Supplies Do You Actually Need To Purchase?

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What School Supplies Do You Actually Need To Purchase?

It's that time of year where parents are jumping for joy that their children are going back to school. Summer items are on close-out and back-to-school sales are just about everywhere. One question on many parents' minds is, "What supplies does my child need for school?"

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Why I’m Giving Up on CVS Pharmacy

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Why I’m Giving Up on CVS Pharmacy

To save money, I shop at stores with low prices, use coupons (when I remember!), and limit the number of random "things" that I buy. Yet, one store that has given me grief when it comes to saving money is CVS Pharmacy - and I'm not talking about their actual pharmacy products like prescription medicine.

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Earning Money on Your Purchases

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Earning Money on Your Purchases

I think of myself as a savvy shopper. Yet, I started reading a blog a while back, Save on (Almost) Everything, and Mike wrote a few articles about cash back sites that got me thinking about ways to save more money

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Guest Cottages as an Alternative to a Larger House

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Guest Cottages as an Alternative to a Larger House

It's no secret that I've been planning on buying a house in the "near future." Unfortunately, that near future was further away than I had imagined. Yet, now I'm realistically looking at purchasing a house in 16-18 months from now - hey, at least I have a time frame instead of a hazy vision of the "future."

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