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Living Frugally?

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Question: We are so excited to finally start living a frugal life. We have tried before, but were never able to stop our impulsive spending.

But we’re motivated now. Just today we saved $275 per month by cancelling several things: cell phones, internet and a couple of club memberships.


Paying for College Without Debt

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Question: My daughter is a senior in high school and is preparing to head off to college. We have no money saved for her college expenses and feel like loans are the only option we have. What should we do?

Answer: You have more options than you realize.


Which Store Has The Best Grocery Prices

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Question: Which grocery store has the best prices? 


My kids want it all

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Question: How do I convince my kids that they don’t need to have everything that their friends have?


We Need Just a Little More Money!

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Question: We never have enough money and always have a credit card balance. We’re constantly behind on bills. I’m thinking both my husband and I should get part time jobs on the weekend so we can finally get ahead. What do you think? 

Answer: Working more isn’t the answer. Working together is.

If you don’t have a system for managing your income and expenses, and a habit of regularly maintaining and updating your finances as a couple, the extra money you earn will just get spent or be wasted.


Do warehouse clubs really save you money?

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Question: What do you think about buying groceries at the warehouse clubs?

Answer: Warehouse clubs have been referred to as the $200 clubs because many people can’t get out of there for less than $200.


Smart Phones, Dumb Expenses


Question: Our cell phone contract costs $120 per month for a voice, text and data plan. We are thinking about switching to another service. We need a cell phone in case of emergencies; we have a 3 1/2-year-old daughter. We also have a land line. We live paycheck-to-paycheck and are sick of it. 

Answer: Wow — $1,440 per year for cell-phone service sure can put a crimp in a budget. You're smart to be looking for a different plan.


Amazon Prime For Free!

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Tricia from Bremerton, WA shared this money saving tip with us. We've verified the info, joined the program and have enjoyed a free Prime membership courtesy of our college kids.


Chill out and save

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Question: We have an extra large freezer and like to stock up on great deals. What foods can be frozen?

Answer: Freezers are one of the best money-saving tools you can buy. They preserve most foods for a long time and allow you to stock up on sale items to reduce your overall cost.


Counseling and bad credit

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Question: Our credit score is in the mid-400s. We are in debt for $5,500 at payday loan stores; we stopped making the payments since we got behind our other bills. We live paycheck-to-paycheck, have no savings and don't have much left over each month. We don’t eat out and movies are once a year. We got our Nissan Xterra in August. We’d like to sell it, but no one would buy it with $18,500 balance.

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