Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments and Garage Sale Finds - The Prudent Homemaker Blog

Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments and Garage Sale Finds - The Prudent Homemaker Blog: The weather was perfect this week. We enjoyed having the windows open all day long every day. We only had to use the fans for a few hours this past week.

I brought the electric bill down $43 this past week from what the electric company estimated by bill to be this month. Each week, I receive an estimated bill amount, based on past and current usage. I always challenge myself to bring it lower than the estimated amount. The week before I brought it down $10. My bill will now be $53 less than it would have been. I continue to be diligent in turning things off when not in use, using the lights less, even in the early morning before sunrise (For instance, I use the single light over the tub rather than the entire set of bathroom lights while showering, using one bulb instead of 8, and even though our kitchen has no windows, I keep the kitchen lights off as much as possible once the sun is up.) I have 8 days remaining and I am trying to bring the bill down even more, as always, though it will be more of a challenge this week as temperatures won't have dropped as much, so I'll have to be more creative and mostly more diligent about my electricity usage in order to achieve my goal of coming in under the estimated amount. Last week's electricity cost $22 for the week ($3.14 a day). I know I can get it just a little lower (just under $3 a day) when the weather is as good as this if I am diligent.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments - The Prudent Homemaker Blog

Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments - The Prudent Homemaker Blog: I sewed 5 toddler bibs that I cut out from an old fitted sheet of my mom's.

I turned a pair of my son's pants with a torn knee into shorts.

I turned a pair of my daughter's jeans with a torn knee into shorts, and I turned a pair of boot cut jeans into shorts. Since I buy the girls' jeans for $0.50 to $2 a pair at garage sales, I'm not out a lot to start when they quickly wear out the knees in their jeans. Shorts are more practical here for most of the year, so they wear the shorts until the fabric wears out.

I opened the windows in the early mornings when it was below 79 to air out the house and keep from running the�air conditioner for a couple of hours each morning. We need air conditioning here during the day through October, so it was nice to be able to open the windows just for a short while before we reached triple digits this past week.

Some of my agapanthus plants died over the summer (they burnt in the heat, a common problem here for many plants). The local nursery was having a sale on them, so I purchased some new ones while they were on sale.�

My husband gave our eldest son a haircut.

32 Amazing Student Discounts That Can Help You Save Big - The Scholarship System

32 Amazing Student Discounts That Can Help You Save Big - The Scholarship System

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fintech pair aim to disrupt industry with investments for millennials | Financial Times

Fintech pair aim to disrupt industry with investments for millennials | Financial Times: Europe’s asset management industry is likely to have an abrupt wake-up call as two of the fastest-growing fintech companies, which aim their products at millennials, roll out new investment propositions.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Local Department Store Helps Get Students Ready for Workforce | Local News | kpvi.com

Local Department Store Helps Get Students Ready for Workforce | Local News | kpvi.com: A local department store hosted an event to get Idaho State University students and alumni ready to go out into the workforce.

JC Penney and ISU teamed up for their first ever ‘Suit Up’ event on Saturday.

ISU students and alumni received a 40 percent discount in addition to sale prices for career clothing and shoes.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Column: The woman behind the savings | Local | poststar.com

Column: The woman behind the savings | Local | poststar.com: Maybe you are new to the area. Maybe you read my column each and every week. If you do, then thank you. If you are just browsing over the paper this morning and have come across my column, let me introduce myself and tell you why I do what I do.

Friday, September 14, 2018

These Are The Top 10 U.S. Cities To Live If You're Trying To Save Money, 2018 | CEOWORLD magazine

These Are The Top 10 U.S. Cities To Live If You're Trying To Save Money, 2018 | CEOWORLD magazine: The best city for Americans looking to save money is Kansas City metropolitan area, that’s according to a recent report by Bankrate. The Kansas City metro area is closely followed by Cincinnati – covers parts of Ohio, Memphis – cover parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas; and Columbus, Ohio.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Are You Middle Class? This Calculator Claims to Tell You - The New York Times

Are You Middle Class? This Calculator Claims to Tell You - The New York Times: We have all heard the grim news. The middle class is shrinking. Income inequality is rising. It raises the question: What does it really mean to be middle class in 2018? Well, that depends on who you ask. And also where you live.

According to an updated income calculator created by the Pew Research Center, a before-tax salary of $37,106 for a three-person household is considered middle class in Jackson, Tenn., the lowest threshold in the country.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Save money & help the environment by reusing plastic bottles - HI Now

Save money & help the environment by reusing plastic bottles - HI Now: Millions of plastic bottles are thrown away every day in the United States. They work themselves into just about every aspect of our daily lives. Instead of tossing them, why not reuse plastic bottles? Here are some crafty ways you can help minimize the environmental impact and even save money.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Simple Hotel Hacks to Save Money Easily

Simple Hotel Hacks to Save Money Easily: don’t know about you, but when it comes to coughing up the nightly fee for a hotel stay, I have a really hard time each and every time. I don’t understand why it costs me several hundred dollars for my family and myself to sleep in a room. Seriously? It’s a bed and a bathroom…nothing else. Maybe I could understand the price if there were some dinner and a massage…but when it’s just a hard mattress and pillow, I’m constantly looking for deals because I refuse to pay full price. If you’re interested in some simple hotel hacks to save money

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Environmental and Frugal Reasons to Go Vegan (Guest Post from Bethany of His and Her FI) - Tread Lightly, Retire Early

The Environmental and Frugal Reasons to Go Vegan (Guest Post from Bethany of His and Her FI) - Tread Lightly, Retire Early: Quite obviously, I am personally not vegan. My husband and my extended family hunt and fish and I grew up crabbing even though I don’t eat much in the way of seafood. We share in the purchase of a half or quarter cow every summer. We talk about some day adding chickens and honey bees to really have an urban homestead beyond my extensive gard

Sunday, September 9, 2018

22 Tips For Single Income Families - Frugal For Less

22 Tips For Single Income Families - Frugal For Less: If you’re a family living on a single income, life can be quite stressful. It gets even more gruesome when you add children into the mix.