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How Amazon Subscribe and Save Helped Me Take Charge of My Budget

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La Pollivendola by Giacomo Favretto
Call me naïve, but in almost six years of running a household for my family, I have never come in under budget for household goods…

I’ve known about Amazon Subscribe & Save for a while now, but it is only in the last few months that I’ve used it to take charge of my spending on staple household goods. Believe it or not, I’m spending less than 75% of what I used to spend on these items each month!

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How to Live without Shampoo

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The Birth of Venus by Eugene Emmanuel Amaury DuvalAll my life, I’ve wondered about the personal hygiene of my favorite heroines. How often did Anne of Green bathe? When did Jo March wash her hair? I couldn’t believe that all of my favorite characters were dirty and greasy all of the time.

It turns out that millennia of women washed less often than we do in part because they didn’t have to wash so often. In fact, the more often we wash our hair, the more often we have to. It’s like an addiction. And, once I found out I was addicted, I wanted to sober up.

That’s why I’ve gone “no poo.” Read the rest of this entry

How to Budget Smarter

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Interior of a Dutch Shop Selling Gold and Silver by an Unknown Dutch MasterAbout a year ago, I posted Why a Family Budget Is “Woman’s Work.” It was one of my most popular posts. I still believe that a woman is in a unique position to manage her family’s finances. (I do make most of the family purchases, after all.) But I’ve recently discovered a better way to take care of our family’s resources.

When I wrote the original post, Mint was the best personal finance software I could find. I budgeted every month. Mint automatically imported my purchases.

With Mint, I always knew where my money was going. But it wasn’t always going where I wanted it to. Mint left me with a lot of difficult questions. Read the rest of this entry

9 Free Ways to Spend an Evening with Family and Friends

During the summer, the great outdoors provide virtually unlimited ways to enjoy time with the people you care about at very little cost. But cooler weather and a lighter wallet don’t mean you have to turn your friends and family away. These nine free ideas provide endless get-togethers with friends, girls’ nights in, and evenings of family fun. Read the rest of this entry

10 Tips for a Thriftier Wardrobe

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Thrifty and frugal are underused words. They describe a person who knows how to use money wisely and evaluate something’s value.

Too often we brag about being cheap—being able to buy something at the lowest price possible. When we focus on price instead, we forget to think about a product’s value—how well it’s made, how long it will last, and how much use and pleasure we will get out of it. Read the rest of this entry