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Jump Start Next Week This Weekend

Did you know that 1/3 of diets started on Monday are given up by Tuesday?  Weekdays are busy enough without packing your 1,000,000 item to-do list in there. This weekend, try getting ahead by tackling a few items on your scroll (it must be a scroll if there are a million items on it). 


Update your playlist.

Every time I pick up my iPod I’m reminded that I need to mix things up a bit.  I’m no longer in the mellow mood that I was when I loaded 15 Jewel songs.  What better way to motivate yourself to cross off more tasks than with some uplifting tunes? I’ll even get your started with some of my new ones:

  • Fantasy – Mariah Carey
  • Good Time – Alan Jackson
  • Runaway – Gary Allan
  • Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison
  • Warning – Green Day
  • Mexico – James Taylor
  • Stronger – Kanye West
  • Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolf
  • Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Stay – Jackson Brown

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Article publié pour la première fois le 30/07/2010


5 Library Perks

Ever since Barnes and Nobel started putting Starbucks in their stores, there really hasn’t been much of a reason to hit the public library.  Well, draw yourself away from their frothy mocha-chino’s for one moment and let me remind you the upsides of your local book rental facility; you’re already paying for it with your taxes, why not give it another shot?

DVD’s & CD’s

If it’s been a while since you stopped by, you might be surprised by the ever expanding collection that some libraries are accumulating.  It’s not just PBS educational VHS tapes anymore.  Try the newest releases for even cheaper than a $1/night RedBox.   

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Article publié pour la première fois le 22/07/2010


To Insure Prompt Service – Tips

I am a lousy tipper.  Husband is an excellent tipper.  Can you imagine a more outrageous couple?


You may have gotten the cutesy email that explains that the word ‘tips’ is actually an acronym, short for the phrase “to insure prompt service.”  Well, stop spreading that rumor, because according to Snopes, it’s not true; and it really doesn’t make any sense if you think about it.   Truth be told, I will generally, begrudgingly, tip at least 15%.  Buy why?  Today I wanted to find out where that magical 15% comes from, but as far as I could find, the waitress union pushed the initiative through a top secret campaign.  15% actually does seem like a reasonable amount for good service, but what about just OK or bad service?


Reasons Why We Might Over-Tip:

We Don’t Know It 

Many people just glance at their receipt, which is normal, because they have lives to get to.  But if you’re not careful, you may miss the automatic gratuity that can be added to parties as few as 6 in some restaurants.  Doing some quick math can ensure the proper compensation and prevent double tipping.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 02/08/2010


Around the Interwebs – Week of June 21

I spend a lot of time at my computer.  I was bound to find some good stuff.  Here are my favorites from this week:

Save Money on Groceries Without Couopons @ Frugal Village

How Not to Buy Too Much @ Wisebread

Money 101 @ CNN

The Big Choice @ Simple Dollar

Top 10 Worst Paying College Degrees @ Free Money Finance

Article publié pour la première fois le 26/06/2010


Is it October 18th already?  Holy cow.


Anywho, here are some of the articles that I found worthwhile this week:

Do the Rich Work Harder? @ Smart on Money

I Don't Understand the Early Retirement Extreme Movement @ My Journey to Millions

Do You Save or Spend First? @ My Dollar Plan


Also be sure to check out this week's Festival of Frugality @ Frugal Upstate where my Book Report on Switch was featured.

Have a marvelous weekend everybody & be sure to swing by next week; it's gonna be awesome. 

Article publié pour la première fois le 22/10/2010


In the last ten years the price of gas has more than doubled, and there’s little evidence to suggest that gas prices are going to return to their previously low levels.  Just take a look at historical prices and other than a few isolated dips the price of gas has consistently increased.

Gas is just one expense that most people completely forget about when considering the cost of owning a car, but the costs can add up pretty quickly.  For example, my daily commute to work involves a 42 mile drive each way.  Luckily I only go the office four days per week, but I still have to fill up the tank an average of once a week (and my car is pretty much used for nothing but commuting to work).

Fortunately it is one expense that you have a good deal of control over.  The tips in this article will help you get the most bang for your buck at the gas pump.

Stick to Regular

Premium gas costs a good twenty to thirty cents more per gallon so switching to regular will save you at least a few bucks with every fill up.  Most cars run just fine on regular unleaded gas so unless your owner’s manual specifically states your car needs premium you’re just throwing your money away.

Slow Down

The faster you drive, the faster you’ll burn through your gas.  Slow and steady wins the race for most mileage so ease off the accelerator and pay attention so you’re not making sudden starts and stops.  This will help your brakes last longer too.

Don’t Be Idle

Don’t leave the engine running while you run into the store or hit the ATM for some cash. Even if you think you’ll just be a minute, you’re using gas for nothing.

Take a Load Off

The more weight your engine has to haul around the harder it has to work and the more fuel it will burn through. That means you shouldn’t carry around all your worldly possessions with you.  That means you should empty your trunk of anything not essential.  In other words, take out the 300 pounds in dumbbells and weights, though you should probably leave the spare tire and jack.

Speaking of weight, maybe this is a good excuse to finally drop a few pounds of your own.  And while losing twenty or thirty pounds from your waistline won’t have a huge impact on your car’s mileage, it will help you live a little healthier and happier.

Skip the Gimmicks

It’s amazing how many products promise to boost your mileage to amazing levels and there is no shortage of frugal drivers willing to buy them.  But they’re really just throwing their money away with fuel boosts and gas additives that do little good.

You can even buy a kit that will supposedly convert your car to run on water instead of gas.  If that sounds shady, you’re right.  It probably won’t work at all and you could end up damaging your car and even voiding the warranty.  Buyer beware.

Article publié pour la première fois le 24/11/2014