Savvy Spending

Savvy Spender knows how to pinch a penny and about being on a budget. She has learned great ways to save money on everyday expenses.
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    I’m Sold on Online Grocery Shopping

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    Now that I've used Peapod a few times, I've gotten the hang of it, and have some tips for saving time and money that I figured I would pass along:

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    Romantic Valentine’s Meal Without the Restaurant Prices

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    My husband and I have eaten out in the past but we far prefer to stay in and cook a romantic meal. I go for something classic and simple to make that is sure to impress. 

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    3 Things I Wish I’d Known BEFORE Giving Birth

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    So I thought for my first blog back, I'd talk about the three things I wish I'd known before giving birth that would have saved me money.

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    How to Save Money This Winter With Warming Soups and Stews

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    Is it just me or does this winter seem even colder than last year?  I have decided to refuse to leave my apartment for anything other than a warm, satisfying meal.

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    Savvy Spending in the Kitchen

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    As I have mentioned before in previous blog posts, one of the best ways we have found to save money is in the kitchen. As a classically trained chef, I use tricks that I have learned working in professional kitchens in my own kitchen to get the most out of the food that we buy.

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    The Building Blocks of a Can-Do Pantry

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    Buying pantry items that you can fall back on to make quick and easy dinners for your family is a great cost saver. It will stop you from reaching for those delivery menus and the telephone 

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    I'm Having a Baby!

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    Jessica is having a baby so her blog is going on maternity leave!

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    How to Save Money This Holiday Season

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    Find easy and creative ways to save money during the holidays.  From gifts to gourmet menus, we've got ways to reduce your holiday budget.

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    This Year, Go Homemade

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    I have declared this as the year that all of my holiday presents will be homemade. As in made from scratch, created out of my own blood, sweat, and tears.

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    Having a Baby is Expensive

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    I know, the majority of you parents out there are probably rolling your eyes at the title and saying, "Well, yeah; that's pretty obvious." But, I honestly think that until you really get into the preparations for welcoming a little one into your home, you have no idea just how much money it will cost. And I am not even talking about when the baby arrives; I am talking about everything that goes into his or her arrival. There are some items that I am not willing to compromise on in terms of cost, like paying for various childbirth preparation classes, interviewing various pediatricians to make sure my husband and I are comfortable with the doctor we select, and including only safe and non-toxic products in the nursery, from the...
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    The Trunk Sale

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    Well, since I'm on a tighter budget than usual this year, I am embracing the ingenious event one of my friends is planning as a way to get some new fall clothing and accessories at a very discounted price: the trunk sale. 

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    Dogs: Man's Very Expensive Best Friend

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    I am the type of person who treats my pets as if they are human members of my family. In fact, my husband sometimes complains that I treat the dogs better than I treat him (just wait until our child comes along!). I love everything about owning pets, but sometimes cannot believe how expensive they are!

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    Planning a Vacation On the Cheap

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    Since "vacation deals" is such a broad topic, I figured I'd break it down further and start with "places to stay."

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    Travel Insurance...Don't Leave Home Without It

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    I was never one of those people who purchased travel insurance before taking my vacation. I mean, the vacation is expensive enough, without adding in the cost of insurance on top of it. But, after my last vacation, I am a believer. 

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    Think a weekend trip to New York for less than $400 is an oxymoron? Not anymore!

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    Rethink your vacation options! New deals are out there and I am going to show you how to find them!

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    I Love to Eat

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    As the economy has continued to remain in this depressing state of uncertainty, restaurants and bars are offering more and more deals and discounts to persuade diners to eat there.

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    Finding Maternity Clothes: Easier Said Than Done

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     I couldn't wait to reach the second trimester, when I would start showing, and people would realize I was with child, as opposed to just getting fat.

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    My trade secrets for shopping for cheap-but chic-clothing

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    Okay, so you've finished cleaning out your closet and organizing all of your clothes. Now that you know exactly what items you have and what items you need, the fun can really begin. Take your list of "wardrobe holes", and your budget, and compare them so that you have an idea just how much money you have to spend on each item.

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    I'll Share My Talent with You, As Long As You Promise Not to Laugh!

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    So they say that everyone has a talent, you just need to figure out what it is. And while there are many things I'm good at, the only thing I am really great at, and I mean EXCELLENT at, is bargain shopping.

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    Time is Money

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    Max and I just finished a major home project-our kitchen.  Since Max and I are such savvy spenders, it is unlike us to just say, "Hey, lets redo the kitchen" then just hire someone to do the job.  With us, we look for the best price and the most economical way of achieving the results we would like to achieve. 

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    Good Health is an investment in life!

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    Rising healthcare costs and healthcare reform are hot topics these days. While paying more for medical insurance and medical expenses, it gets more and more difficult to put money away for retirement. Max and I refuse to let this be one of our problems. Both being in good health, we have decided to gain control of our own healthcare situation and at the same time have found a way to secure future financial benefits for our nest egg by opening a Health Savings Account (HSA).

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    Help! I Need Health Insurance, Where Do I Start?

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    Max and I were in a position where we needed to obtain our own health insurance, as are millions of others in this country.  While our politicians figure out "their" plan, it's important that we take matters into our own hands and figure out how to provide affordable health insurance for our families.

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    Become A Star, An Energy Star!

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    On average, housing costs can run about 32-35% of your gross income, including your mortgage or rent, escrow and utilities.  When I sat down and realized how much money this added up to in my personal budget, I was determined to find every way possible to cut costs.  After much discussion, research and contemplation it came down to making choices.  Choices we make every day to waste money --- or should I say, to waste energy! Our choices involved becoming more energy efficient.

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    Plan and List Before you Shop

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    Max and I have noticed our grocery bills going through the roof. I guess this tough economy is going to hit us hard everywhere. It’s apparent that we have to be vigilant in our spending on a daily and weekly basis, especially on the necessities of life --- food! I have found that I save more money when I am fully armed and prepared when I go grocery shopping.

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    Summer Camps on a Budget

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    If you are a parent, more so, a single income or dual income, you understand the benefits of camp experiences for your kids and your need to give them good summer experiences while also enabling you to continue working. However, like most savvy parents in these hard economic times, you are probably having to curb any big spending or just trying to cut the "fat" from your budget. Max and I are faced with this challenge this summer and have done some research to be able to provide lifelong experiences for our kids without breaking the bank! ...
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