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http://beerbourbonbacon.com/?niokis=speed-dating-host&99b=2d Best of Money Carnival @ Millionaire Nurse - What I Wouldn't Do for Frugality

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http://inter-actions.fr/bilobrusuy/97 Carnival of Personal Finance @ Well Heeled BlogThe Big Deal About Debt

http://sport-hippique.nl/malynok/8018 Festival of Frugality @ Money BeagleThe Most Fiscally Irresponsible Song Lyrics


These are some of the articles that I found worthwhile this week:

Lazy or Impatient? You'll Pay More @ Money Crush

The Curse of the Accidental Millionaire @ Money Reasons

More on Debt & Hot Lovin' @ Danielle Liss


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Article publié pour la première fois le 01/10/2010


The Backdoor Steakhouse, Blair OK

Seriously.  2nd best steak I’ve ever had.  For $20.  So that’s awesome twice.

Article publié pour la première fois le 09/06/2010


Money Carnivals

Here are the Carnivals I’m featured in this week:

Carnival of Money Stories @ No Debt Plan – Childish Lessons in Finance

Carnival of Personal Finance @ Beating Broke – Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without

Festival of Frugality @ Wealth Informatics – 5 Library Perks


Article publié pour la première fois le 27/07/2010


Around the Interwebs – Week of October 4th


Here are the carnivals where I was featured this week.  Enjoy!



Best of Money Carnival @ Money CrushWhy Diets Fail & Saving is Difficult 

Carnival of Personal Finance le meilleur site de rencontre belge gratuit Editors Choice @ US Money NewsMoney Love, Part One



These are some of the articles that I found worthwhile this week:

Can You Eat Well fo $1 a Day @ KNS Financial

5 Dumb Ideas That Made Millions @ Yes, I am Cheap

Excusing Bad Behavior @ Punch Debt in the Face


Find more amazing reads by browsing through the Yakezie Blogroll.

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/10/2010


It’s Birthday Season!

A few years ago, I recounted the tragic tale of how I “accidentally” spent almost $450 on my daughter’s birthday party – an event that was held in my backyard – to celebrate her turning 2. At the time, I vowed how I’d never go overboard with a child’s birthday party again.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

My daughter’s birthday happens to fall right at the beginning of the school year, and as we were new to town last year, I decided to invite every little girl my daughter had come across during her first two months in our new city. I figured half of them wouldn’t come, so our initial guest list of 14 would be more like 7.

Wrong again.

Instead, every single little girl my daughter invited RSVP’d “yes,” and as a result the party at a local beauty salon (geared for kids) that was supposed to cost $200 ended up costing twice that much. Once again, I’d gone overboard without ever intending to.

But this year, I’m finally going to make good on my promise not to overspend on my children’s birthday parties. Here’s how:

My son will turn 3 in a few weeks, and has been begging me for months to throw him a party at a local “bounce house” type of venue. Unfortunately, the price tag for those pre-packaged parties runs upwards of $300 – definitely not in our budget this year! So instead, I’m throwing him a party at a local park. Turns out, shelter rental is free to city residents, so right off the bat I saved $75. I’m only inviting family and three of his friends and their families; in lieu of gifts, each family will bring one kid-friendly dish to share, potluck style. All we’ll be paying for are the hot dogs & hamburgers, drinks, and cake – around $100. I know the kids will have a blast on the newly-refurbished playground at the park, as well as enjoying the nearby lake.

My daughter’s birthday party plans were a little trickier to solidify, mostly because I’d upped the ante over the past few years. But not to fear! A few weekends ago, we were at a silent auction for our church’s fundraiser when – lo and behold! – I spotted the  rencontres seniors beauvais perfect item up for grabs: a birthday party for 8 at a local jewelry store for kids. The package came with:

  • Pizza and drinks for up to 8 kids
  • $10 for EACH child to spend in store
  • Each child would get to make her own bracelet as a craft
  • Each child would get to decorate her own wooden doll as a craft
  • 2 hours of karaoke/dancing in the store after hours

I hovered near the item all  night, finally swooping in minutes before the silent auction closed with my winning bid of $100. I’ll still have to provide the cake, but with just 8 girls in attendance, I anticipate I won’t spend more than $20 tops at the local bakery. Score!

What are some creative, cost-effective ways you’ve come up with to celebrate your children’s birthdays, all while staying on budget?

Article publié pour la première fois le 06/10/2014


Free or Affordable Fitness

While living in Vegas I noticed a very large and ornate building going up on our side of town.  From the prestige and ornamentation of it I guessed it to be a courthouse or temple.  But as it neared completion it revealed itself to be a gym.  That’s right, a sweaty, smelly gym, except it wasn’t.  This was the gym to end all gyms, a gem of a gym.  It had a four story climbing wall and a specialized juice bar, not to mention the full spa and massage rooms.  I had thoughts like “Where can I buy a diamond studded sports bra?”  There was an open house of sorts and I stopped by to see the alluring club.  This gym was so nice I could instantly see how it would coax me into exercising, that is until I saw a price list.  A monthly membership was just about double my rent.  I stopped, dropped, and rolled out of there!  The good news is, keeping fit does not mean an emaciated wallet.  Here are some ways to keep your health up and keep cost down.

Exercises using your own body weight.  Don’t underestimate good old lunges, push-ups, or even dance. Who needs fancy equipment when you can just use what God gave you?!  In fact, using your own body weight for exercise not only lets you improve specific muscles, it works your overall body, meaning you’ll have better core strength and balance. Sometimes going back to the basics is better than any current fad or fancy fitness fluff.

Making your own equipment using household items.  Need weights to lift? Guess what? Your house is full of heavy stuff you can lift. Weight is weight, be it a fancy weight set or simple milk jugs filled with water or, if you’re feeling strong, sand. Use those annoying phone books they seem to keep printing (who uses those anyway?) for stair steps. With a little creativity, you’ll realize you’re living in a gym already (hopefully with less sweat and a better smell).

Use public parks, trails, and other free amenities. Next time, instead of heading to the gym, go to a public park. You’d be amazed at all the ways to work out with the things you’ll find there. Try doing pull ups on the monkey bars (but first make sure there aren’t any kids around, you don’t want to be embarrassed and it’s just creepy). Many parks have walking/jogging trails you can use. The possibilities are endless. These days, many cities are implementing the new idea of adult fitness parks geared specifically for grown people to use for working out.  Free, fresh air fitness!

Play sports with out equipment.  If you think about it, there are plenty of sports that require little or no equipment to fully enjoy. Running, kickball, yoga, touch football, soccer; all of these can be done with little more that yourself and maybe a few friends. So, get out and play around a little. It’s the most fun way to get in shape.

If you do want to join a gym or fitness club there are ways to save some dough.  Remember your neighborhood YMCA—tons of great facilities and classes at a reasonable price.  Look into smaller clubs or specialty gyms.   Maybe you don’t care if the place has rows upon rows of elliptical machines if all you really see yourself doing is swimming laps.  Often universities will allow non-students to use their gym, track, fields, courts, pools, and weight rooms for a small fee.  Many great fitness spots have family passes so everyone in your house can get in on the action and makes it cheaper overall.  Check any websites local gyms may have, they will advertise any special offers there.

follow url What do you do to work out for pennies? Any other tips for saving money while spending calories?

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/01/2014

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