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  • TDS Recommends...How Grandparents can help school aged kids

    Posted 13 hours ago by TDSPaige

    As we say goodbye to July, August means continuing summer temperatures and, for many of us, kids returning back to school.  But as students and parents begin getting ready for school, is there a role for grandparents too? If your grandkids are getting ready to head back to school this fall, we'...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/30/2014

    Posted Wed at 3:19 AM by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that popped up overnight. Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. You are able to print two per computer! $1.00 off four (4) Gerber 2nd Foods 2-Pack Tu...

  • TDS Recommends...An Inexpensive (and Easy) Homemade Dip Recipe

    Posted Tue at 11:13 AM by TDSPaige

    If you're planning a backyard barbeque, a summer shower, or you just want to munch on some veggies and dip, we found a delicious looking recipe from our friends over at Frugal and Fun Mom.   She has created a wonderful dip with Bacon and Onions that is pefect for dipping veggies for a snack or...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Can You Trust Those Unit Prices?

    Posted Tue at 5:50 AM by Emily Guy Birken

    This past Saturday morning, I stopped by our local Marsh store on the way home from the gym to pick up some salad fixings for a potluck we were going to that afternoon.   As I've mentioned before, I ususally do my shopping at Target. One thing that Target does not do that I wish it would is p...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/27/2014

    Posted July 27 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are some of the latest coupons! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. You are able to print two per computer! 0.55 off Horizon Snack Crackers or Grahams $1.00 off one Florida's Natur...

  • The High(er) Cost of Food

    Posted July 25 by TDS Review

    If you have so much as bought a candy bar or a gallon of milk, you know that food prices are rising. Since they're not included in inflation indices, those prices "don't count" in your budget, at least according to government calculations.   We know better, though. Food prices do count as a p...

  • Live Like a Mensch: How Much Leisure Time Is Just Right?

    Posted July 24 by Emily Guy Birken

    In the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, there is a week wherein the girls' mother allows all four sisters to give up their chores and do nothing productive for several days. The girls each choose a different "slothful" activity, but Jo's decision to sit in a tree and read all day was the pa...

  • TDS Recommends...Reassessing How You Might Be Wasting Your Mone

    Posted July 24 by TDSPaige

    Bills, chores, and schedules are all part of everyday life. But you may want to look closely at some parts of your routines to make sure you aren't inadvertantly wasting money.  We found a great post from fellow bloggers over at Queen of Free on 7 Ways You Might be Wasting Money. From reviewi...

  • Savvy Savings Sneak Peek of Checkout 51 offers for 7/24/2014

    Posted July 22 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here is a sneak peek of the Checkout 51 offers starting 7/24/2014!   Earn FREE Money Every Shopping Trip With Checkout 51 There is a brand new FREE savings app out similar to iBotta! Checkout 51 offers cashback when you buy specific items at ANY store. This app is great because unlike...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/22/2014

    Posted July 22 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are some of the latest coupons! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. You are able to print two per computer! $1.00 off 3 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts toaster pastries $1.00 off two DINTY MOO...

  • TDS Recommends...Reconsidering High Thread Count Sheets

    Posted July 22 by TDSPaige

    Considering updating your bedroom decor? From new paint to new sheets, interior upgrades can start to add up. So when we found this great post from Len Penzo on why purchasing high thread count sheets might be a waste of money, we had to share it. Just recently, I actually also went shopping for new...

  • Live Like a Mensch: What's Your Gazingus Pin?

    Posted July 21 by Emily Guy Birken

    As I mentioned earlier, J and I recently listened to the audiobook version of Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez.   In a move that you will momentarily see as ironic, I went out and bought the paperback version of the book two days after we got home from our road trip. A...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/20/2014

    Posted July 20 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are the latest coupons! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. You are able to print two per computer! $1.00 off one Florida's Natural Citrus Smoothies $0.75 off 3 Chicken of the Sea ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: When Customer Service is All About Sales

    Posted July 18 by Emily Guy Birken

    Image courtesy of Dave Winer   By now, you have no doubt heard the viral phone call from Hades between tech writer Ryan Block and an unnamed Comcast retention specialist who refused to take "I'd like to cancel my account" for an answer.   Now, I'm no stranger to the annoyances (and rag...

  • Homemade Bread

    Posted July 17 by TDS Review

    Home made bread brings up visions for me of Mom kneading bread on the big old wooden table in the warm kitchen. Snow would be falling where we could see it through the long, narrow windows and there would be a pot of beans on the old wood cookstove. I can smell it now!   That description migh...

  • TDS Recommends...Paying for College without Student Loans

    Posted July 17 by TDSPaige

    Wow! When I read this post, I couldn't help but think about the upcoming school year. Many students may be graduating this year, and as part of their graduation planning, they are beginning to look at college applications and financial aid options. Fellow bloggers over at Color Me Frugal have an am...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/16/2014

    Posted July 16 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are the latest coupons! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. You are able to print two per computer! $1.50 off ONE (1) Starbucks VIA Instant Beverage $1.00 off any 2 Keebler™ ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: I Might Just Start Throwing Crockery Around

    Posted July 16 by Emily Guy Birken

    A little over six years ago, J and I were in the midst of planning our nuptials when we got into our first argument.   (I'm lying of course. We'll just say it was our first crockery-based argument. Possibly our only crockery-based argument, but I wouldn't put it past us to have had others tha...

  • TDS Recommends ... DIY Bathroom Upgrades

    Posted July 15 by TDSPaige

    If you've been considering some home improvement updgrades this summer, and the bathroom is on your to-do list, we've found the perfect post for you! Fellow bloggers over at Young Adult Money have a fantastic post on how to upgrade your bathroom with some great DIY projects.  From putting down...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/14/14

    Posted July 14 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Happy Monday! Here are the latest coupons!This is a RedPlum Round-up! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. You are able to print two per computer! $0.50 OFF on any ONE (1) LUIGI'S® produ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Romancing the Budget

    Posted July 11 by Emily Guy Birken

    A friend recently told me that she and her husband went over their household budget together to reflect his recent raise. She was excited to be able to increase various budget categories and make plans. He was miserable even talking about the budget. "Ugh. Budgets are no fun," was his reaction. &...

  • Free Plants and Landscaping

    Posted July 11 by TDS Review

    We used to live on a rural road where we were left to our own devices when it came to controlling weeds and trash along it. The neighboring farmer had a small tractor with a belly mower and he would come along now and then and mow down the weeds all along the road. It wasn't a regular occurrence, bu...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/11/2014

    Posted July 11 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! TGIF! Here are the latest coupons! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. You are able to print two per computer! $1.00 off any two International Delight $1.00 off Planters Nutrition product ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Accepting the Frugality Trade-Off

    Posted July 10 by Emily Guy Birken

    On our way home from our Michigan trip, J and I and the boys listened to Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin (and the late Joe Dominguez.)   I listened to this audiobook once before and thought that J might also enjoy it. (The kids were not so impressed.) Basically, Robin and Dominguez had...

  • 13 Ways To Save Money On A Low Income

    Posted July 10 by Jason Cabler

    I get a lot of questions from readers wanting to know how they can save money on a low income, so I thought I would write a post about some of the suggestions I’ve been giving out that can help you put money in the bank, even when you’re living on a limited income.  I’ve als...

  • TDS Recommends...Budget Friendly Upgrades for Outdoor Spaces

    Posted July 10 by TDSPaige

    Summer is the perfect time for entertaining outdoors. Even if a party is out of your budget, having dinner outside when the weather is nice can be a great way to wind down the day. In fact, fellow bloggers over at Squarepennies have put together a fantastic budget-friendly list of ways to create t...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS Back to School Deals 7/9/14

    Posted July 9 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are some great Back to School Deals! Crayola Sixth through Eighth Grade Supply Pack- $27.99 **Remember Amazon Changes their prices often. Deals go fast** Paper Mate 70501 Pink Pearl Premium Erasers, Large, 3-Pack- $1.99 Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, 0...

  • TDS Recommends...Frugal Summer Fun for Kids

    Posted July 8 by TDSPaige

    If summer camps are out of your budget, and you're brainstorming ideas for kid-friendly activities that don't cost a fortune, we've found a wonderful list for you! Fellow bloggers over at Family Focus Blog have come up with some fantastic ideas to keep kids entertained during summer months, and most...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/7/2014

    Posted July 7 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Happy Monday! Here are the latest coupons! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. $1.00 off (5) Yoplait Greek or Greek 100 yogurt $1.00 off Planters Nutrition product $2.500 off any (2) Zone...

  • Get the Most from Garage Sales NOW

    Posted July 5 by TDS Review

    Yard sales are in full swing here. Every weekend, the paper is filled with ads promising everything from craft supplies to baby items and from furniture to car tires. Whatever you're in the market for, a yard sale is bound to have it. I always keep my eyes open for a few things, like unique Santa s...

  • Live Like a Mensch: The Importance of Having a Hobby in Retirem

    Posted July 3 by Emily Guy Birken

    The Mensch family is currently on vacation.   Because we're us, we started our annual family vacation in sunny Detroit.   Really.   (The decision for this vacation destination stems from the news last year that Detriot was bankrupt and considering selling off the artwork at th...

  • TDS Recommends...Considering a Manual Lawnmower

    Posted July 3 by TDSPaige

    As the sun shines and the summer rain pours, the grass grows. In many parts of the country, during the summer, many of us are cutting the grass once a week. So have you ever considered using a manual lawnmower, rather than a gas one? We found a really great article from fellow bloggers over at The A...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 7/2/2014

    Posted July 1 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! July Coupons were just loaded! Remember these will reach their print limit FAST! So print them now and save them for the upcoming sales. $1.00 off (5) Yoplait Greek or Greek 100 yogurt $1.00 off Planters Nutrition product $2.500 off any (2) ZonePerfect box...

  • TDS Recommends...4th of July Recipes for your weekend menu!

    Posted July 1 by TDSPaige

    This Friday we celebrate the 4th of July! And you might already be planning a menu chock-full of barbeque, sides, and yummy desserts. But if your stuck thinking of what to make, with no plans in place, we found an excellent list from fellow bloggers over at Brown Eyed Baker of 120 fantastic Fourth o...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 6/30/2014

    Posted June 30 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Print these NOW!! These will reach print limit very fast. $1.00 off (1) Box Cascadian Farm Granola $1.00 off Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal $2.00 off ONE Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover $3.00 off TWO (2) NEW OxiClean™ Laundry Detergents" $1.00 off o...

  • Summertime!

    Posted June 27 by TDS Review

    We're past the official summer mark now and the weather and celebrations prove it. Summertime brings hot weather, a need for cooling drinks and activities and the desire for vacations, either short or long. Yard sales, backyard BBQs and day trips to the beach or mountains beckon us irresistably. I...

  • TDS Recommends...Better Childcare Budgeting

    Posted June 26 by TDSPaige

    When it comes to childcare, many families are finding themselves ill-prepared for this often necessary expense. In fact, Care.com just conducted a recent survey and found that childcare, in homes with young children, is the family's biggest expense...an even bigger expense than food and housing! Car...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Work Expands to the Time Allotted

    Posted June 26 by Emily Guy Birken

    My mother always told me that housework expands to the time allotted. Which means that planning for the dishes to take an hour to clean will ensure that they do.   It wasn't until I went looking that I discovered this principle was first coined by a man with the 50-cent name of Cyril Northc...

  • 6/25/2014 Savvy Savings at TDS

    Posted June 25 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! New coupons added! Hurry check them out and get them printed! $1.00 off (1) Box Cascadian Farm Granola $1.00 off Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal $1.50 off Pampers Splashers Swim Pant $1.50 off Pampers Cruiser Diapers $1.00 off Any Boudreaux's Butt Paste Product ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: A Lesson in Sunk Costs

    Posted June 24 by Emily Guy Birken

    About once a month, our local YMCA (where BB also goes for day care) offers a Parents' Night Out. For the low low price of $8 per kid, the Y offers on-site childcare from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on a Friday night, which includes pizza, a movie, games, and a general good time had by all. The parents...

  • TDS Recommends...a Patriotic Dessert for Fourth of July Fun

    Posted June 24 by TDSPaige

    Summer is here, and Fourth of July is fast approaching. You might be looking forward to holiday festivities and possibly even planning a BBQ menu or potluck. If so, we found a great dessert idea perfect for celebrating the red, white, and blue! Fellow bloggers over at Chic n Savvy Reviews put togeth...

  • 6/23/2014 Savvy Savings at TDS

    Posted June 23 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! New coupons added! Hurry check them out! Also, check out the game coupons! This is a great way to stock up on FUN for Family Game Night!! $1.00 off (2)Hungry-Man Dinner $0.55 off Forida Crystals $1.00 off (2) Heinz 57 Sauces $1.50 off (2) Oral-B Manual To...

  • Two Sides to the Coin

    Posted June 22 by TDS Review

    Saving money, making money. Those are two sides to the coin, and both are important. I write mostly about saving money, because it doesn't matter how much you make, if you have no control over where it goes, it does you no good.    Others write about making it. That's good, because if yo...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Becoming a Minimalist

    Posted June 20 by Emily Guy Birken

    Despite the fact that my house currently looks something like this: I am steadfast in my resolve to become more of a minimalist. At some point in my life, I would like to feel more like I own my stuff, rather than it owning me. To that end, I've been researching some minimalist suggestions. (Thi...

  • 6/20/2014 Savvy Savings at TDS

    Posted June 20 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! New coupons added! Hurry check them out! Also, check out the game coupons! This is a great way to stock up on FUN for Family Game Night!! $1.50 off any 1 Starbucks VIA Instant Beverage $3.oo Two Starbucks K-cups Packs $1.00 off Australian Gold Products $3...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 6/19 Checkout 51 OFFERS

    Posted June 18 by Lisa Rudolph

        Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter!! I will be posting those flash savings offers!! Check out our Facebook Page and like us, and follow our Twitter Page.   I want to hear about your experience in getting these special offers! Did you combine cou...

  • 6/18/2014 Savvy Savings at TDS

    Posted June 18 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Just loaded! Hurry print yours and save them for the upcoming sales! $1.50 off any 1 Starbucks VIA Instant Beverage $3.oo Two Starbucks K-cups Packs $1.00 off Australian Gold Products $3.00 Milo's Kitchen home-style dog treats $2.00 off (2) Herbal Essence...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Why I'm No Longer Allowed On Amazon

    Posted June 17 by Emily Guy Birken

     Photo courtesy of Matthew Paul Argall   I am sorry to say that it has happened again. I went on an Amazon shopping spree when I completely lost my mind and started buying books willy-nilly simply because they sounded interesting.   The real problem with doing this is the fact tha...

  • 6/15/2014 Savvy Savings at TDS

    Posted June 15 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Some of these will be out of print as of TODAY! Hurry print yours and save them for the upcoming sales! $1.00 off Newman's Own Frozen Pizza $1.00 off (2) Prego Italian $1.00 off one 12pk cans of Schweppes Ginger Ale $0.50 off any Lugigi's Product $2.00 of...

  • Good Used Cars

    Posted June 13 by Pat Veretto

    I paid $6,000 plus a trade in for a car a little over 14 years ago. It was used, of course, but that was a good price. I bought a Carfax report on it, which was one of the best $25 dollar investments I've ever made. It had two previous owners and came to this area from a few states over. No accident...

  • Ease College Loan Burden–Borrow Like a Pessimist

    Posted June 12 by Rick Kahler

    by Rick Kahler High school graduation is a time of optimism and possibilities. Commencement speakers all over the country urge graduates to follow their dreams and reach for the stars. But when it comes to funding the education you need to fulfill those dreams, you might be better off with a dose ...

  • TDS Recommends...Putting Your Dryer on Summer Vacation

    Posted June 12 by TDSPaige

    According to an article posted this morning on USA Today, people are wasting huge amounts of energy every year using inefficient dryers to dry clothes.  It costs many homes around $100 dollars per year to run an electric dryer, and there is much room for improving dryer energy efficiency. So w...

  • TDS Recommends...Fitness Apps to Stay in Shape on a Budget

    Posted June 12 by TDSPaige

    For many of us, the summer season is a great time for getting outdoors and enjoying activities. And if you are trying to stay in shape during summer, there are some great apps out there to help you keep track of fitness goals and stay in your budget too. Fellow bloggers over at The Dime Colorado hav...

  • A Family Sale

    Posted June 11 by Lori

      Have a Family Sale.   Recently, one of my retired friends mentioned a special offering to her new family. She and her new husband found they had a great amount of household goods. These included furniture, kitchen equipment, linens, rugs, wall hangings and many other objects often fo...

  • 6/11/2014 Savvy Savings at TDS

    Posted June 11 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! This weeks coupons were just loaded! Hurry print yours and save them for the upcoming sales! $1.00 off (2) boxes of Barrilla Plus Pasta $1.25 off (2) Nestle Nestum Cereals $1.00 off (2) P3 Portable Protein Packs $2.00 off (1) 4pack of Svelte organic $0.50...

  • TDS Recommends...Ways to Save Money on Your Bills

    Posted June 10 by TDSPaige

    If you're like us here at TDS Recommends, we are always on the lookout for ways to save on monthly expenses. So when we saw this list from fellow bloggers over at Bible Money Matters , we had to share it. This post gives some fantastic and unique suggestions for cutting monthly bill expenses in all...

  • 6/9/2014 Savvy Savings at TDS

    Posted June 8 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! June coupons were just loaded! Hurry print yours and save them for the upcoming sales! $1.00 off any Schar Gluten Free Product Buy one ZonePerfect bar, get one FREE $1.00 off (2) P3 Portable Protein Packs $2.00 off (1) 4pack of Svelte organic $1.00 off one ...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 6/8/14-Checkout 51 Offers

    Posted June 8 by Lisa Rudolph

        You will want to make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter!! I will be posting those flash savings offers!! Check out our Facebook Page and like us, and follow our Twitter Page.   I want to hear about your experience in getting these special offers! Did ...

  • TDS Recommends...Tips for Your Telecommuting Resume

    Posted June 5 by TDSPaige

    Thinking of trying your hand at working from home? If so, you'll need to dust off your resume and tailor it towards telecommuting. This post from Not Now Mom's Busy details some useful tips for getting your resume ready to use for telecommuting and work-from-home positions. We really like the tip t...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 6/4/2014

    Posted June 4 by Lisa Rudolph

                              Here are today's Savvy Savings!                     &nbs...

  • Summer Water Cents

    Posted June 4 by TDS Review

    Every year about this time, I start trying to save on the water bill. Here, where I live, in Colorado, lawns and gardens usually have to watered regularly because we don't normally get enough rain to keep them growing. Our water bills double and triple easily throughout a hot summer. This year isn'...

  • 5 Tips for Best Coast Living on a Budget

    Posted June 4 by TDS Guest Blogger

    by Emily Laurent Home to sandy beaches, world-famous sunsets, and beautiful people, the Pacific coast is a dream location for just about anyone. It's no wonder so many are drawn to the allure of life on the coast. But sustaining a healthy financial status there isn't always paradise. The living st...

  • 10 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft

    Posted June 3 by TDS Guest Bloggers

    by Bill Hardekopf, CEO of LowCards.com There are always going to be people who try to steal your identity or credit cards. The key to protecting your critical financial and personal information is to be proactive in keeping them safe. While there are ways to limit your liability and stop identity f...

  • TDS Recommends...Ways to Make Extra Money This Summer

    Posted June 3 by TDSPaige

    Summer is here, and many of us might have a little extra time on our hands. If that's the case, why not use summer as an opportunity to make a little extra money to use towards paying down debt or increasing savings? This post from Sprout Wealth gives some great ideas for making extra money during...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 6/2/2014

    Posted June 2 by Lisa Rudolph

      Here are today's Savvy Savings! June coupons were just loaded! Hurry print yours and save them for the upcoming sales! $1.00 off (1) Dole Dippers package $2.00 off One Secret Clinical Deordant $10.00 off Philips Sonicare Healthy White $1.50 off Colgate Total Toothpaste FREE Diabet...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 5/30/2014

    Posted May 31 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! These coupons were just added! $1.00 off (3) Kellogg's Cereal $2.00 off (2) Right Guard Extreme Deordorant $1.00 off (2) Portable Protien Packs $1.00 off Swiffer Refill $1.25 off Oxiclean Dishwasher Detergent Save on every grocery trip with Checkout 51 SA...

  • No Washing Machine?

    Posted May 30 by TDS Review

    I can remember a time (a long time ago!) when Mom used a washboard to wash all of the laundry. It was hard work, yes, but she did it. We kids would carry in enough water to fill the tubs and she would heat it on the wood burning stove. She scrubbed each piece, then wrung everything out by hand...

  • The Parenting Lesson That Never Ends

    Posted May 28 by TDS Guest Blogger

    by Stephanie Edwards “Do you know what I have been eating?” His face was bright; he rocked forward in anticipation. “What have you been eating,” I asked. “Eggs. Toast. Hash browns. I feel great,” he said. I was glad he felt great. At 21, budgeting and grocery sh...

  • Old Things Made New

    Posted April 24 by TDS Review

    When I was a kid growing up, we never had much money, but we always had everything we needed. We did not need to buy paper towels or margarine or vitamins or snacks. Paper towels were rags that were washed over and over. Margarine was homemade butter from the milk the cow gave. Vitamins came in the ...