Those elaborate charcuterie boards on social media might have you convinced that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on cheese and crackers to have a barely presentable spread. But as the author of three books on cheese and one on sausage, I’m here to tell you that that is false advertising. With … [Read more...] about Cheap, simple and elegant charcuterie board ideas
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Gift cards are at the top of everyone's wish list, no matter the holiday or occasion. It's the perfect gift because for two reasons: It's quick and easy gift for the giver AND the recipient can pick out exactly what they want (or enjoy a favorite meal.) No need for any returns or … [Read more...] about How to turn unwanted gift cards into cash
For families and those who have space in their homes to buy in large quantity, a warehouse store membership often makes sense — dollars and cents. But for many frugal people, the idea of paying to shop at a store gives them pause. How can you decide if Sam's Club is worth the membership … [Read more...] about Is Sam’s Club membership worth it?
Are you looking for your "swolemate" as the new year starts? Someone who will keep you from ghosting your workout appointments? Retro Fitness, a nationwide health club with locations around the U.S., is offering a buy one, get one free offer to help you meet your fitness resolutions.Benefits … [Read more...] about Bring a buddy to the gym for free with Retro Fitness BOGO offer
If you're old enough to remember shopping before the Internet, you might remember the layaway desk at department stores. Shoppers who wanted to buy a big-ticket item, or do holiday shopping ahead of time, would put the goods "on layaway." The store would hold the items for them and the customer … [Read more...] about Are ‘buy now, pay later’ alternatives to layaway a good idea?
Some people enjoy thinking about what to buy for gifts, going out to buy gifts, getting home and wrapping gifts, going out to deliver gifts or mail gifts . . .I am not that person.Don't get me wrong. I love it when I happen to see something in a shop or online and think, "That would be … [Read more...] about Living on the Cheap gift guide roundup 2023
Here's a streaming TV deal just in time for holiday binge watching. Paramount+ streaming service has a Cyber Week deal good through Dec. 3, 2023. New or former subscribers can get Paramount+ with SHOWTIME for $3.99 per month for three months instead of the regular $11.99 per … [Read more...] about Paramount+ with Showtime for $3.99 monthly during Cyber Week 2023
Of course, your dog has been a very good dog this year! Just listen to what he tells Santa Claus.And you can capture the moment with a FREE photo of your pet with Santa at participating Petco and PetSmart locations. (Of course, your pet doesn't have to be a dog or cat. If your pot-bellied pig, … [Read more...] about Where to get a free photo with Santa Claus and your pet
Bargain hunters are always craving savings, especially when dining out. The best meal deals are those that pack lots of food AND lots of savings.And some of the most popular meal deals are Taco Bell's Craving Boxes. The boxes include two or three popular menu items and a drink, all at a … [Read more...] about Enjoy popular $5 Cravings Box again at Taco Bell
Although May (for Military Appreciation Month) and November (for Veterans Day) are full of advertising about military discounts and freebies, lots of deals are available 365 days a year. As a veteran, my best advice when it comes to navigating military discounts is always ask. … [Read more...] about Military Appreciation discounts available all year
The holiday travel season is just around the corner, and this year, there's one piece of advice everyone seems to agree on: Book early. (But there may be advantages to waiting; more on that later.)How early? Well, if you're reading this now, you might want to open a new tab and start looking … [Read more...] about When to book 2023 holiday travel to save the most money
Looking for ways to stay warm and cozy at home? For many of us, winter is a time when we discover a few more cracks and crannies for the cold air to find its way inside. Not only does that make it harder to keep your house warm, it sends money out the door as the electric or gas bill climbs.So, … [Read more...] about 30 ways to stay warm, save money this winter
Planning a Halloween party but don't want it to bleed your food budget dry? We've got you covered tighter than a mummy's wrappings! Here are ideas for snacks and beverages for both kids and adults, so no one leaves your celebration looking like a skeleton.(For more Halloween party tips, … [Read more...] about Scary good (and cheap) Halloween party food
For the six years that our daughters were in college, my husband dreaded filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid more than doing our income tax return. Like students in most families, though, our girls were going to need some combination of loans and scholarships to pay for college. … [Read more...] about College financial aid: A timeline for high-school students and families
When Carolyn DiDonato booked her ticket from Trenton, N.J., to Fort Myers, Fla., she says she was hit with a hidden airline fee. On the last screen, concealed behind a drop-down menu, Frontier Airlines revealed that she would have to pay a nonrefundable $23 carrier interface charge for buying her … [Read more...] about How airlines hide the true cost of a ticket