Category Archives: Simple Money Saving Tips

Why A Shopping Ban May Not Be Right For You

Have you ever heard of a shopping ban, a spending fast, or a spending diet? A lot has been written about this style of saving money recently.

Whether you want to call it a shopping ban or a spending diet, it’s the same thing: you stop spending money on everything except the bare essentials. Things like rent, food, and health insurance get a pass, but everything else like eating out, movie nights, concerts, or clothes are a no go.

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4 Ways Meal Planning Helps Your Budget

As a working mom, I know how hard it can be to prepare healthy meals for your family day in and day out, especially after a hard day at work. The last thing you want to do once you finally pick up the kids, make it home, and start on homework, is worry about what you’re going to serve everyone for dinner. Believe me, I’ve been there, and it’s why a lot of people resort to fast food and takeout meals on a regular basis.

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How Little Expenses Add Up and Cost You

I’m sure most of you have heard of the “Latte Factor” at some point. It’s supposed to illustrate that having a somewhat inexpensive daily spending habit can add up to thousands of dollars down the road.

It’s not false, either. If you’ve never stopped to track your spending, you could very well be spending close to $1,000 on coffee per year. Or $2,000 on fast food. Isn’t that a bit scary?

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3 Easy Meals Anyone Can Cook At Home

Cooking is a talent that not everyone has. *Raises own hand.* I don’t particularly like cooking, and I don’t understand how some people can pop into the kitchen, throw together bread, eggs, and spices, and emerge with a tasty and wonderful dish. It’s almost like magic.

For years, I declared myself “an idiot in the kitchen” and did my best to avoid learning any cooking skills. Big mistake. Now I’m in my late twenties, and I just learned how to fry an egg! Turns out not knowing how to cook makes your life hard. It forces you to rely on unhealthy and expensive prepared foods or meals out. We all know eating in saves money, but what to do if you can’t cook?

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