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Welcome to our blog. We regularly post Questions and Answers here along with our money saving experiences and comments on current economic events. 

Unfortunately due to time restrictions, we aren't able to respond to every personal finance question we receive. But, if you are a website subscriber, you can ask us four personal finance questions each year and you'll receive a personal answer from us.

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Tax Refund for Retirement?

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Tax Refund

Question: Hi guys, I love your newsletter and your website! I have a question.

My husband and I have some money left from our tax returns after we paid-off some bills.

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Easter—Questioning How to Celebrate?

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too much easter candy

Question: I thought I would ask you this question as I really respect the way your family deals with issues like holidays and consumerism.

What do you do for Easter Baskets? In my family we did just candy, but in my husband's family they did candy and presents. My concern with this is that Easter is already becoming very consumerist (almost like Christmas), and I think that it takes away from the religious aspect of the holiday. What do you do in your family? Thanks so much and Happy Easter!

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Planning Fun Events

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Party Time

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I was wondering if you had any tips on planning events, such as weddings or even smaller things like children's birthday parties. Nowadays these events get so out of hand and really set people back. Especially weddings! A newly married couple does not want a strike of financial burden following them for years! Didn't know if you had any thoughts on the topic or if you have already discussed this and I missed it.

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Debt: I Want to be a SAHM and Raise A Family

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First I would like to say that I am very grateful to have found your book America's Cheapest Family because ever since I picked that book up my husband and I have started changing the way we live.

We aren't out of debt yet, but we have paid off some and are working towards paying off the rest.

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Menu Planning Help

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Menu Planner

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I was wondering if you have any kind of meal planning ideas. We’re spending way too much on groceries. But I don't know what to plan for meals.

I know that people buy things on sale, but I feel like I don't know how to make all those meals and don’t want to eat the same things every day. I have 2 young children, which means they always want to eat.

I'm desperate for help with planning a menu. I keep telling my husband we can do this, we just need some guidance. Can you help??

 

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Frozen Peanut Butter?

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Frozen Peanut Butter

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Our grocery store has a whole buggy full of peanut butter that is fixin’ to go out of date and I was wondering if you had ever frozen any. I am going to go ahead and buy 25 containers which should be enough for a year. Hey, at $.50 a container, I think I will take a chance! My hubs eats PBS toast about every morning! Thanks for changing my life by the way!

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Moving and Saving?

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JUST MOVED

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I just moved to Arizona from Chicago. I’m loving it here, but we came here with some heartache.  One of our children had a severe illness that caused some brain damage. I never thought something like this would hit us. I know that in time we will recover, however we need help recovering from our move.

Reading your book gave me helpful ideas of what we can do, however we’re on one income right now. How is it manageable? How do we recover from having a savings account to having nothing. Do you have advice?

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Planning for Miscellaneous Spending?

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How do you budget the household misc items you buy at Walmart or Dollar General? Things like light bulbs, paper towels, bathroom cleaner, batteries, new spatula, a plastic basket to hold stuff under the sink, a new sippee cup for my granddaughter, etc? These things are not food but they are in my cart when I buy groceries and I never quite know which category to put them in. Thanks for your help!!!

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Is Criticism Helpful?

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Don't criticize - build up

“Do you know someone you would like to change?

Good!

I’m all in favor of it.

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