Recently my wife and I decided that we wanted to get a laptop computer so that we could check emails, do work and otherwise surf the web while the other spouse was on our main desktop computer. We no longer wanted to deal with the “are you done on the computer yet?” exchanges. (Yes, it […]
Weekend Away This past weekend my wife and I got away to the woods of Northern Wisconsin for a few days of fun and relaxation on the lake (see a picture of the lake below). My wife’s family used to own a beautiful cabin on a gorgeous lake near the town that we visited, and […]
It’s a simple idea, and one you’ve been hearing from your mother since the age of three, but it’s still true! If you’re throwing away food after meals, you’re basically throwing away cash. Correctly sizing your portions, only purchasing what you know you’ll eat, and saving leftover food will greatly expand your food budget.
Eating out doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. Here are some tips to cut back on costs when dining at your favorite restaurants.
This Valentine’s Day you won’t be seeing any of those “10 Ways To Be Frugal On Valentine’s Day” posts on this blog. The reason? We’re not going to be frugal this year. We’re just going to go all out, and have a good time regarless of the cost. We’re going to spend whatever it takes […]
One thing my wife and I have been doing lately is to try spending less on entertainment and “fun money” than we have in the past. We know if we want to get ahead we need to cut down on those miscellaneous entertainment dollars. Cutting down on those dollars doesn’t mean we can’t have any […]
Last week I announced my contest to give away two $25 gift cards, one to Marshalls and one to TJ Maxx. Today I was finally able to get out and use one of my own $25 gift cards over lunch at a TJ Maxx here in Bloomington, Minnesota. My mission was to use the $25 […]
Christmas time is one of the most joyous times of the year at our house, but if you’re not careful it can also be one of the most expensive times of year. If you’re trying to cut down on spending, like we are at our house, it can become a challenge to find creative gifts […]
For a while now I’ve been meaning to put together a Cafepress.com store for biblemoneymatters.com, with t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and other accessories for the frugally minded. I finally did it! Now you can get your own t-shirt proclaiming your love of being frugal – hot off the press! With sayings like “I’m not cheap, I’m […]
Time to take the plunge and get a new car The transmission on my old car decided that it no longer wants to continue shifting as it should. After getting several repair estimates, we found that to fix the car would cost us over $2500 in repairs, along with another $1000 or more in other […]
Ok, ok. I know what you’re going to say. Going on a European vacation is NOT frugal. Going on a trip like this means that you’re going to be spending a pretty penny. Traveling to Europe these days isn’t cheap, the Euro is currently worth somewhere in the neighborhood of about $1.28 U.S. dollars. That […]
People love to spend money, and they’ll come up with any number of reasons that they just NEED to go into debt. They will tell you things like, “I’m only using this credit card so that I can build my credit!”. Or, “I’m only buying this new car because they’re giving me such a low […]
This past month or so we’ve been highlighting savings tips for the summer, and we’ve talked about things like saving on food, saving at the movies, saving on summer travel and so much more (see the links below). Before we end this summer savings series, however, I thought it would be nice to highlight some […]
I recently asked my twitter.com followers what they spend on groceries every month. I got answers ranging anywhere $250/month for a family of two to over $600/month for a family of 4. The largest family was a family of 6 who spends $450/month on food. Our food bill for a family of two is often […]