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Home Gardening on a Budget

By Kim Robson: Gardening can be expensive. Every year, I start a summer container garden. By the time I buy two or three bags of potting soil, a variety of plants, and maybe a few new pots, I’ve spent upwards of a hundred bucks. But it is possible to garden …

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Budget Friendly Date Nights for Parents

By Fredrica Syren: Once in a while, my husband and I will remember what dating was like before we became parents. Back when we had all the time in the world and never got interrupted and — best of all — never were tired. Nowadays, with three kids, we don’t …

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Budget Friendly Holiday Gifts

By Larraine Roulston: During this holiday season, we strive to surprise our family and friends with useful and memorable gifts. At the same time, it helps to have a spending plan in mind in order to avoid the woes of receiving over-extended credit card bills. To remain within your budget, make a list …

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How You Can Save Money while Going Green with Your Family

By Fredrica Syren: We’re want to save more money to buy a house with a larger backyard. So to keep living green and healthy and still save money, we have been making some small changes. Some ideas I listed below might seem so small that you’ll wonder how they can …

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Budget-Friendly Homemade Kids’ Arts and Crafts Ideas

By Fredrica Syren: We have spent all summer pretty much outdoors and with friends, so the kids have been enjoying lots of play and have needed very little help and very few ideas. But now fall is here, so we have more time at home. They seem to crave for …

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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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The Joys and Benefits of Being Frugal

By Larraine Roulston: The evening my fiancé and I announced our engagement, my dad took my future partner aside and said, “She’ll save you a lot of money.” A rather good endorsement, I thought. Hearing stories of my grandparents and parents living through the Depression and learning of their thrifty habits, I was guided towards …

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Eating for Climate Change on a Budget

By Fredrica Syren Our family used to spend a lot of money on food without even thinking about what it did to climate change because we figured it was something we enjoyed and that it nourished our bodies.  In the last year we needed to put ourselves on more of …

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Frugal Love

By Dawna Matthews: After the holiday season, so many people are talking about saving money for presents or vacations, or are just trying to cut back on spending habits. It’s easy to say you want to save money but oftentimes it’s more difficult to implement a plan initially. Like anything, …

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Getting Married Without Breaking the Bank

By Kim Robson With the cost of the average wedding in the U.S. at a whopping $28,000, many young or financially strapped couples find themselves putting off marriage. I believe that if you and your partner are in love, then marriage is the logical next step. Money should never stand …

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