Browsing Tag: savings

When to Splurge & What to Save Money on for Your Pets

Today we have a guest post from Jeffrey O’Brien who blogs about food and entertainment. When he is not writing about the latest and greatest, he is hiking or fishing in Howard County, Iowa. Americans have a love affair with their pets. So much so that in 2011 they were willing to drop over $50 billion on pet needs. Almost two-thirds of the spending was on basics: food and medical bills. Services for pets made up almost $4 billion of the splurging. The other third went to toys, accessories, and beds. Why not let them sleep on…

The Broke Grad’s Guide to Thriving in the Real World

Email this guest post to your new grad. Graduating college is an exciting moment, right? Maybe not. Total student debt has topped $1 trillion this year and the average college graduate owes more than $33,000 in outstanding payments upon commencement. So, it’s understandable why young adults are filled with more fear than joy about earning their diploma and entering the real world. While finding a good job is paramount, learning how to budget and discovering ways to save on everyday expenses offers the best chance to surviving life after college. If you or a recent grad in…

September Is National Coupon Month

Ironic, coincidence, or  just the inevitable star crossed event – September is National Coupon Month and the month The Frugal Diva was born.   How appropriate that my birthday falls in the month for celebrating savings.  Coupon usage continues to rise and as a nation we are very interested in keeping more of our hard earned paychecks.  When economists tell us to spend more they never tell us where to get the money.  For those who are not trust fund babies, lottery winners, or living off the grid, coupons and budgeting help keep us ahead of higher prices and able to…

Entertainment Book

It has been a long time since the Frugal Diva toted around the Entertainment Book. I had lost touch with the great savings that could be had by buying a membership. Everything from dining to car washes to hotels are available at a discount. The best news is that they have moved into the digital age with a user friendly app.  If you are traveling to the East Coast, receive the 2014 book now for only $5 and they will send your 2015 Greater New York City & North Jersey Entertainment® Book next year for $5 off the retail price…

Super Bowl Savings Tips

When did the Super Bowl become a national holiday?  It seems like you must be either attending a party or throwing a party to not be considered a total social reject. Here are some great ideas for savings. Super Bowl tips from coupon site BeFrugal.com founder Jon Lal: If you are throwing a party: o Use an online service like Eventrbrite for free invitations & tickets. o Go with a potluck style party – where attendees each bring a dish – to reduce the expense of throwing a party. o Purchase supplies like decorations and paper plates in advance. Plan ahead…

A Pantry Makeover: Get Healthy, Save Money

Clean Out Your Pantry, for Better Health and Savings! This is a guest post from the folks at Vita Cost who help you get healthy and save money with a Pantry Makeover. Toppled bottles, expired cans, scattered remnants of a bag of rice that fell on its side. We’ve all been there. After months of hurried meal making, rummaging kids and intentions to eat well falling by wayside—your pantry is a mess. You’ve got stuff you’ll never use, stuff that’s stale and stuff you may not even be able to identify. Cleaning out food cabinets…

Finding the Best Back to School Clothing Deals!

Today we have a guest post from Jason DeCosta who writes about shopping and parenting. Although the beginning of the academic school year can prove an unwelcome jostling to most kid’s peace of mind, parents relish in the back to school sales. Adding to the laundry list of necessary items for back to school season – books, pens, and folders – many parents scramble to locate the best deals on back to school clothes for their kids. This article will outline some general strategies to employ alongside some specific stores to frequent in order to locate the most…