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Tips to save at restaurants, grocery stores and more...

Tipping Tips: Who to Tip and How Much

When we go out to dinner, we know tipping is a requirement at the end of the meal. Servers only make a couple bucks an hour so they depend on tips in order to make a living. As a result, tipping your server is not only appreciated, it is a necessity. But many of us tend to tip too much and we also tip others who provide us with a service even when it is not a societal norm. Here is a quick guide to tipping so you can save a few bucks by putting some dollars back in your pocket rather than unecessarily in a tip jar.

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Dining Out On A Budget

Although there has been an increased awareness of consumer spending these days, there are certain things many people are simply not willing to give up. Dining out can put a strain on the best budget, however it is something that brings people together and not easily avoided in this fast paced world in which we live.
Fortunately you can still enjoy getting together with your family and friends for a bite to eat without busting your budget. The following tips make it possible to take advantage of dining out without feeling guilty over money spent.Read the rest...

5 Dollar Dinner Mom: A few of her secrets

5 dollar dinners Two years ago, Erin Chase was desperate to find new ways to save money. She had already cut the utility bills to the bare minimum, and done everything else she could think of to save money. When there was still not enough to go around, she eyed her grocery bill and set to work. Read the rest...

Food Storage Tips That Save Money


When money gets tight the first thing to get scaled back in most households is the grocery budget. This is understandable considering how much food the average family wastes each month. You may have implemented some common methods of reducing your food costs like cutting coupons and buying store brand products. These are good ideas that work great to bring the cost of groceries down, however they are not the only way you can stretch your grocery dollars. Here we look at other tips that can save you even more money on your grocery expenses.Read the rest...

Simple Money Saving Tips that Still Work


Search for coupons. There is an overabundance of coupons available that can save you hundreds of dollars a month. Don’t just in Sunday’s paper but in the free publications that you get delivered in your mail. The advertisement flyers that are dropped at your doorstep offer dollars off for meals, vendor services and even home repair. The Laundromat or the local pizza shop may have a stack of old papers with valid coupons. Use your time wisely. When you are doing your laundry you can be skimming the paper for valuable savings.
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Know Your Food Plan Levels and Save


It’s one of our basic needs and biggest budget busters…food. The US Department of Agriculture reports 4 different weekly spending levels for an average family of 4 with children ages 9-11 years old:

  • Thrifty food plan level spends $133
  • Low cost food plan level spends $173
  • Moderate food plan level spends $216.60
  • Liberal food plan level spends $263.40

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Frugal Feast - Saving money on Thanksgiving Day

Ah, the holiday season has arrived once again. Family and friends are all around, gifts are being given and received, you've gotten a little time off work, and can sense the general cheer in the air.

Those of us that have experienced a few holidays know that the cost of it all can really add up, whether its shopping for everybody on your gift list, decorating for the season, or preparing the perfect holiday dinner. Get off on a frugal foot this year by saving money on the first big gathering and meal of the season, Thanksgiving.

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Scan Your Way To A Lower Grocery Bill


If you are looking for ways to save cash and reduce unnecessary spending, cutting costs at the grocery store is usually a good place to start. With most families spending more money than needed to stock their refrigerator and pantry each week, it is not unusual to go over budget while shopping for groceries and regularly used household products. While most consumers understand the basics when reducing grocery costs, such as using coupons, shopping with a list and replacing brand name items with the store brand, many consumers overlook the benefit of using hand-held scanners while shopping.Read the rest...

Tips for Trimming Your Grocery Bill By Up to 50%

In today’s world, so many of us are looking to refine our household budgets. One area that can be tricky for many of us is the food bill. Let’s face it, we are all very busy and the food industry knows it. They have catered to our busy lives, while taking our hard earned money and running with it. If you typically eat out a lot, purchase pre made foods or just head to the grocery store without a meal plan and a grocery list, you are overspending. Let’s take a look at some tips you can use to shave your food bill by up to 50%.
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More ways to save on groceries

It's official- Everybody is cutting back on everything including the basics. However, most people would agree that feeding their family ranks high on their priorities regardless of their budget. Keeping your family healthy, happy and well fed on the cheap is quite possible, as long as you stick to your budget and think outside the box. Heres a few tips and tricks to guide you... Read the rest...