Learn how to live the frugal life with our helpful hints and tips.

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Discount Gardening Tips for Your Green Thumb and Your Greenbacks

Man harvesting kale: Discount gardening tips from SafetyNet

If you’ve seen more gardens popping up in your neighborhood in the past several years, you’re not alone. In fact, when the National Gardening Association (NGA) surveyed American households in 2009, they learned that food gardening was on a steady rise—to the tune of an almost 20% increase in just 5 years. What’s more, 34% […]

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Apples to Apples: Grocery Store Price Comparison by SafetyNet™

Grocery Store Comparison Infographic - Aldi wins

Recently, the SafetyNet™ team hit the pavement (or, rather, the parking lots) to investigate where and how grocery shoppers in the Midwest can get the best bang for their buck. Armed with a list of common grocery staples and a handful of reusable shopping bags, we threw a cooler in the back of the car […]

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Parent-Centered Ideas for Cheap Summer Fun

Cheap summer fun ideas with the Beckers

When Jessica Becker set out to publish reviews of her city’s playgrounds she wasn’t primarily motivated by the fact it was an inexpensive activity. In fact, she says, it was inspired by a city planning meeting more than anything. “The playground near our house was having new equipment put in,” she says. “We received a […]

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Can You Afford a Pet? Check Your Budget Before Bringing Fido into the Family

Dog in car on country road .Can you afford a pet?

The benefits to living with pets are well-documented. Their companionship improves our mental wellbeing. They can keep us physically active and lower our risk of heart disease. They teach children responsibility and can even keep young ones from developing allergies. Some also make excellent under-foot vacuum cleaners in the kitchen. A lesser known—and less popular—fact, […]

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Infographic: 10 Cheap Fruits and Veggies Under 30 Cents per Portion

Cheap Fruits and Veggies Infographic

Everyone thinks it costs a lot more to eat healthy, but this infographic shows 10 cheap fruits and veggies that are under 30 center per portion, including broccoli, carrots, oranges and plums. Replace your afternoon bag of chips with something from this list, and you’ll save money and get a little nutrition while you’re at it. To […]

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Budget Meals: How to Cook with Less

Budget Meals: Bread, pasta and pastries on a wooden surface

You might be surprised to learn that the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has determined this year’s “moderate” food cost plan for a family of 4 is just a little more than $1000 per month. Their “thrifty” family plan puts that monthly expenditure at less than $650. If you’re like most of us, […]

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Money Saving Ideas for New Parents: Seven of the Quirkiest—and Easiest—Internet Tips

dad and baby - easiest money saving tips for parents

If there’s one universal truth about new parents it’s that they are frazzled, sleep-deprived and riddled with other people’s advice. The internet is replete with tips for parents looking to economize on their new-baby lifestyle. But when you hardly have time to read them, you most definitely lack time to do them. Let’s face it: […]

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Smart Shopping with Your Smart Phone: Digital Couponing Helps You Save and Track Spending

Digital couponing - shopping smart with your smart phone

Thanks to a growing number of digital couponing apps you can download onto your smart phone, gone are the days of flipping through newspaper inserts, scissors in-hand, just to save a buck or 2 on toothpaste. Now that going everywhere with our phones is a part of life, coupon savings are now just a swipe […]

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5 Tips to Save $5 This Month

Money Saving Tips: Save $5 this month

Think saving $5 a month isn’t worth the effort? Actually, an extra $60 per year can provide you with some pretty big returns: A $60 donation to local gardens, parks, and museums can often provide your family with a membership and free admission for the year. And $60 toward your savings goal is worth more […]

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Free Budgeting Excel Template

How SafetyNet Insurance Works: A new kind of unemployment insurance

Download our free monthly budget spreadsheet to get your personal finances in order. This Excel spreadsheet is self-adding, customizable and beautifully designed to make budgeting fun and easy! Budgeting doesn’t have to be painful.