How to Never Pay Full Price for Anything (Almost) : Cardpool

Cardpool Discount Gift CardsThe title of this series boasts a big claim, but I’m not joking. In the next few posts, I’ll be sharing with you a few tips and tricks that can help you score discounts at most major US retailers with only minimal effort.

And in case you’re wondering, it’s all legal. :-)

The first tip is: Start Cardpooling.

If you’re thinking, “Huh?” Read on! [Read more...]

7 “Not Their Original Purpose” Items in Our Kitchen

Kitchen GadgetsWe all love shortcuts, new ideas, and creative inventions that save us time, cost us little to nothing, and make us say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  To be honest, I’m not that imaginative. BUT, I do like to save money and hate to waste something that could be put to use somewhere in the house. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, so here are just a few simple things we do in our kitchen to reuse items in order to save some crumbs.  Maybe you’ll find some of them useful in yours too. [Read more...]

We’re Nominated for the Liebster Award!

Liebster AwardAs Deb and I have dabbled in the world of blogging, particularly in the personal finance niche, we’ve continuously been surprised with what a unique culture it is.  There is a real sense of community amongst the bloggers, and we’ve really enjoyed getting to know many of them and interacting with them.  We were surprised not long ago when we were notified by a fellow personal finance blogger known as Mr. FI (as in “Financial Independence”), that he had nominated us for the Liebster Award!  (Mr. FI blogs over at FI Under the Big Sky, he and his wife are also serious about saving their crumbs.)

Wow!  We were SO HONORED!  Someone thought us worthy of an award even though we only started this blog three months ago?  Huzzah!  Except…uhh…what’s a Liebster Award?! [Read more...]

Investing: A Game of Risk

Investment RiskEver had those water cooler conversations where your friends brag about how much their stocks (or Bitcoin!) have gone up recently? Before you plow your life savings into their hot stock pick, don’t forget that there’s a dark side to investing that is rarely discussed in such conversations: Risk. 

Risk, in basic English, is simply the chance of losing your money. All investments have risk involved—yes, ALL! But it’s not glamorous to talk about that side of investing when we rather pump up our returns. Certainly nobody is going to gloat about losing their entire stake in Bear Stearns when they crashed and burned in 2008! [Read more...]

4 Ingredient Pesto in 4 Easy Steps

Pesto On BreadThis year, Al and I grew 5 basil plants in our planter boxes. They’ve been growing so well in this hot Tennessee summer, that we’ve been having a hard time keeping up with them!

We love the strong, punchy flavor of basil, but the only ways we know how to use up large quantities at a time are by making bruschetta (oh, heavenly!) and pesto (for my all-time favorite pasta). So, with our basil plants producing more than the 2 of us can eat, we’ve found that the best way to preserve it is by making pesto and freezing it. Not only is it just as delicious when we pull it out of the freezer in the middle of winter, but I can use up tons of fresh basil during the summer with just a quick whiz in the food processor. [Read more...]

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