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How to Cook a Turkey - New Video

Over the past 32 years, Annette has cooked more than 120 turkeys. In this new video she shows you her "secret" process to defrost, stuff, sear and cook a delicious turkey every time.

Cooking a turkey isn't an overwhelming task if you follow these steps!


November MoneySmart Discount Deal

November Bonus Offer

We love our website visitors and want to help you reach your financial goals.

For the month of November, if you purchase $25 worth of products from our online store, we'll give you a F*REE Member Archive with Q&A Membership (normally $20). Our products and books are all designed to empower, equip and encourage you to find ways to make more of your money and your life.

Bonus offer Details: In the Memo Section of your order check-out, please put the words Nov Bonus. This will flag your order for the bonus.  Once your $25 or more purchase is completed we will activate your website archive membership. You will receive an email confirming activation and giving you details about the location of scriber downloads, articles and how to submit questions to Steve & Annette.


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This offer expires at midnight on November 30, 2014. Students & Money Survey

Students & Money Survey

Very telling survey of 2820 UK students about their views about how money effects their lives.

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Students and Money – An infographic by the team at Save the Student.

Kenmore 20.5 cubic foot refrigerator

Cool Deal and Spicy Left-Overs

A Read Cool Deal: We just bought a new (used) refrigerator last week - a 4 year old Kenmore 20.5 cu ft for $275 off of CraigsList. What a deal for us and for the mom who wanted it out of her garage. Our old 17 cu ft was about 20 years old and failing - the door seal magnets stopped working and it wasn't worth repairing (see the black tape to keep the doors closed?). Steve has repaired this fridge several times, but it's time had come. 

Remember that whenever you have a need: There's always someone who desperately wants to get rid of the very thing you want. Find that person . . . Find a deal!

Building with Left-Overs: One of the projects Steve just finished was building a 7' long spice rack shelf for our kitchen cabinets. Steve was able to use left-over solid oak and oak plywood from previous projects. Total cost was $8 for the polyurethane finish.



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We just love getting deals buying someone else's unwanted items and making beautiful things out of "left-overs."


Cut your grocery bill

What’s Reasonable for Food?

Love your book “Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half” and love both of the audio seminars (groceries and budgeting) I bought from you too! They really motivate me. I am pretty good at managing a frugal food budget and we also have a nice garden that produces enough food that we can preserve some.

Here’s my question: what is a reasonable budget for groceries and for restaurant meals for me and my husband each month (we’re in our 50’s)? We lump all food (eating out or at home) together and also any household supplies.

Thanks for the great job you do for all of us!!!!


It’s so hard for us to give you a specific number for what you should be spending. It’s all a factor of: Your earnings, current fixed expenses (house payment, insurance, car payments if any, medical expenses etc) and your dietary needs.

For groceries, the average we’ve seen for “non-frugal” families is about $200 per person per month—for you and your husband $400 per month. By contrast we spend about $70 per person per month

We would definitely have separate budget categories for groceries and eating out.

For groceries start with what you are currently spending and evaluate if you think you could spend less by being more disciplined or shopping smarter. Then use the savings to fund debt reduction, retirement, vacation or a special event.

As far as eating out, again that’s going to be determined by your other expenses. If you’re trying to reduce debt or pay off a house, then you might want to spend less on eating out. If you’re debt free and have built your savings and retirement plans, then you may feel free to spend more. Regardless of what your financial situation is, we’ve always tried to limit eating out to special occasions or date nights rather than making it a weekly default just because we don’t want to cook. We do this for two reasons: 1) It’s so expensive and; 2) it’s hard to eat a healthy diet when you eat out often.

We’re not talking about feeling deprived; we’re encouraging you to live on purpose—making choices that benefit you physically, emotionally and financially.


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