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

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Easy Pea-sy Tips for Freezing Fresh (and Cheap) Summer Produce

Couple looking at best tips for freezing produce

If you’ve tasted ratatouille that was cooked and frozen during the harvest months, you know the surprise of those first delicious bites. There is nothing like the taste of freshly picked summer squash, zucchinis, tomatoes and herbs when there is snow on the ground. It’s like a warm bowl of summer in winter. How to […]

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A Home of Your Own: How to Evaluate Your Financial Readiness and Save for That Big Down Payment

Couple hugging in new home

Originally Published by Credit.com on Sept. 27, 2017 By Trae Bodge Everyone wants a piece of the American dream, and for many people that dream includes owning a home. But owning a home is one of the biggest financial steps you can take in your life, so it’s important to carefully assess your financial situation […]

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Sell Your Stuff Online: Tips and Tools to Turn Your Cast-Offs into Cool Cash

Sell stuff online

It wasn’t too long ago that consignment shops and garage sales were the only options for turning your like-new and gently-used possessions into profits. These days online selling platforms like Craigslist, eBay and even Amazon mean you’re no longer limited to the locals who pass your sidewalk or storefront. But that doesn’t mean your success […]

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The Benefits to Being Behind the Trends: Follow the Rhythm of Retail to Save Big Bucks

Save big on seasonal sales

You may have already noticed that certain items see a price slash around the same time each year: Labor Day mattress sales, furniture “blow outs,” a proliferation of car ads or computer deals. Sometimes the reason is obvious. Fall’s new school year or major holidays mean that consumer interests dictate some sale trends. However, other […]

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Adding It Up: Tips to Resist the Rising Cost of School Supplies

kids in backpacks: cost of School supplies rising

According to the National Retail Foundation, the cost of school supplies for the 2017 school year will be the second most expensive in history, topped only by costs from 2012. Including clothing, electronics, shoes and supplies, families with children in K-12 programs will spend an average of almost $700. That’s somewhere around $180 per child, […]

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Physical Freedom and Financial Freedom Go Hand in Hand

Low Back Fix with Dr. Theresa Larson

By Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT, CSCS, SFMA and Anders Varner Financial freedom is the hallmark of retirement. The ability to travel, explore the world, and live the final trimester of life without the financial stress and daily grind of work. You can imagine what it will feel like the day you finally walk away from work as […]

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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, […]