How to Deal with Distractions that Cost You Money

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: Do you suffer from shiny object syndrome?  Do  you start one project only to flit to the next?  Get sidetracked by some great new thing (shiny object)? All of those little distractions can cost you money.  While daydreaming, you get into a fender bender with your…

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The Financial Implications of Rural Living

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: Eight years ago, my husband and I made the decision to build a house in the woods on a lake.  We had a deal on some family lake property that we couldn't refuse, and we loved the idea of living in a rural setting. We both…

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How to Spring Clean Your Finances

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: There is something about spring that just makes you want to clean out your closets, scrub the house and tackle the garage mess.  But it's also a great time of year to spring clean your finances, too. Take an afternoon or two to do a little…

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8 Ways to Get What You Need for Less

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: When the budget gets tight, it's time to get creative!  You don't have to pay full price at the store to get the things you need. Here are some simple ways to get what you need for less: 1. Cash in coupons and rebates. Sign up…

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5 Smart Things to Do with Your Tax Refund

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: I remember seeing those digits at the bottom of my tax return.  The dollar signs danced in my eyes as I dreamed of all of the fun things we could do with our income tax refund. I felt a little twinge of guilt as a I…

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45 Ways to Save Money In Every Area of Your Home
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45 Ways to Save Money In Every Area of Your Home

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: When money gets tight, it's time to take a close look at places you can save money.  Check out these tips for savings in every room of your home: Kitchen & Dining Room Cook from scratch.  When you learn to make your own homemade mixes and…

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4 Things to Do for Your Money Before the New Year

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: I may have heard a collective groan from some of you when you read the headline for this post.  Things to do before the new year? Christina, do you have any idea how busy I am this time of year? Are you crazy? Yes, I do…

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3 Things to Consider Before Giving to a Charity

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: I helped the kids select food items from our pantry this week to contribute to the "Stuff a Truck" fundraiser for the local food shelf at their school. They were pretty motivated by the possibility of a pizza party for the class who brought the most…

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How to Save Money at Thrift Stores
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How to Save Money at Thrift Stores

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: My latest trip to town resulted in the ultimate thrift store find: 6 brand new black printer cartridges for my printer for just under $18. We print a lot of coupons and documents around our house so, saving $72 on items we use regularly was a…

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The Pros and Cons of Flexible Spending Accounts

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: This is often the time of year that employers start filling your mailbox with information about open enrollment.  Don't treat this information lightly.  This is the one time of the year that you can make changes to your family's health insurance plan, add life insurance or…

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