November 19, 2019

Money Mondays: 5 Frugal Hacks I did this Weekend to Save Money

This post is by Bernie Carr, With the budget being tight, I normally find various things to do to save a buck or two on a regular basis. This past weekend was no exception. Here are five frugal things I did. Cut the dryer sheets in half I know that vinegar is a natural alternative to dryer sheets but the family cannot stand the smell.  I’ve also tried cutting out dryer sheets altogether but there is too much static […]

Money Mondays: How to Remove Pesticides from Produce When You Can’t Afford Organic

This post is by Bernie Carr, We all want to eat a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables.  But you can’t help but wonder about the safety of ingesting pesticides that end up in produce. While I’d like to buy organic fruits and vegetables, my budget is not always so accommodating. If you do any food preservation such as canning or drying, you’ll also want to make sure you are able to reduce or eliminate pesticides from your […]

Money Mondays: Pork Prices are Rising, Stock up on Ham and Bacon

This post is by Bernie Carr, Lately I have been noticing higher prices on bacon and other pork products at the grocery. I wondered whether the price increase was limited to my neighborhood store so looked at other stores. It turns out that pork prices are actually rising nationwide. According to CNBC, pork prices are rising this year, and we could be paying higher prices well into 2020. Why are pork prices increasing? China is a large consumer of […]

Money Mondays: 5 Frugal Habits that May End Up Costing More Money

This post is by Bernie Carr, Being a frugal person, I am always on the lookout for ways to save a buck or two. But I recently realized there are certain habits that frugal people may do that end up costing money in the long run. Here are some habits that are basically good, but if not kept in check could end up as an expense. Stocking up on items and never using them I had a couple of […]

Money Mondays: Consumers Who Filed a Claim for the Equifax Settlement May Not Get $125

This post is by Bernie Carr,   A few weeks ago, I shared some information about the Equifax breach settlement. Since then new requirements have been announced for anyone who filed a claim. According to USA Today, “Originally, consumers were told they could receive free credit monitoring for 10 years or up to $125. But on July 31, the FTC warned that the payouts would be “nowhere near the $125 they could have gotten if there hadn’t been such […]

Money Mondays: How to Get $125 if You Were a Victim of the Equifax Data Breach

This post is by Bernie Carr, Back in September 2017, credit bureau Equifax announced that a data breach exposed the personal information of 147 million people, according the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If you were one of the 147 million affected, you could be owed $125 or free credit monitoring services, thanks to the efforts of the attorney general’s offices from 50 states, the FTC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Close to two years since the breach, a […]

Money Mondays: Save Money on Gardening Supplies

This post is by Bernie Carr, Gardening is a great skill to learn but it can get expensive if you don’t watch your spending. I’ve talked to people who have spent tons of cash to get started that the five tomatoes they harvested may have ended up costing $10 per tomato. This may cause discouragement which is not productive. Let’s look at ways to save money on gardening supplies. Set a budget This is an essential step to avoid […]

Money Mondays: 5 Easy Ways to Secure an Apartment on a Budget

Written by: Sage SingletonSage Singleton   Whether you live alone, with a partner, or share with multiple roommates, it’s important for your apartment to feel safe. However, because renters typically can’t have wired security systems or elaborate devices drilled into the walls, you have to get creative with securing your apartment.   Luckily, you don’t have to own your space or have a big budget to boost your apartment’s security. The following are a few inexpensive and easy ways you […]

Money Mondays: What’s in Your Ground Beef?

This post is by Bernie Carr, You may remember back in 2012 when ABC news reported on lean, finely textured beef” and called it “pink slime.” There was a lot of backlash about it.  People were outraged, meats containing the product were pulled from shelves and several food companies disavowed the use of it. According to Food and Wine, the manufacturer, Beef Products, Inc, BPI, sued ABC news for lost income due to bad publicity resulting from the derogatory […]

Money Mondays: 10 Ways to Avoid Shopping on Impulse

This post is by Bernie Carr, We’ve all done it – spent more than we should have at the store and our budget suffers as a result. You may even have the best of intentions. Trying to prepare for emergencies, you go to a warehouse store so you can stock up. When you get home you notice out your bought too many snacks but not enough bulk food supplies. How do you avoid impulse buying?  Here are 10 ways […]

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