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  • Frugal Laundry

    Posted Fri at 8:50 AM by TDS Review

    For Mothers' Day a few years ago, my daughter bought me a scrub board. Does she know me, or what? I have often done laundry by hand just for the fun of it (and to save a few pennies). I bought a wringer washer from my brother-in-law that is used regularly. It saves a lot of water, electricity and de...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 9/17/2014

    Posted Wed at 11:54 AM by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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! $2.00 off Dunkin' Donuts coffee & coffee creamer...

  • Live Like a Mensch: What Goes Into Being Good with Money?

    Posted Tue at 8:06 AM by Emily Guy Birken

      Because J and I have our fingers firmly on the pulse of the most current pop culture, we recently watched the film 21 Jump Street.   Early in the film, Ice Cube's character--the angry police captain in charge of the ridiculous high school sting operation--is judging Jonah Hill and C...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 9/15/2014

    Posted Mon at 3:30 AM by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 ZzzQuil™ product $1.00 off ...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 9/12/2014

    Posted September 12 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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! $2.00 off two Starbucks Packaged Coffee products...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Unnecessary Purchases

    Posted September 12 by Emily Guy Birken

    Ridiculously adorable photo courtesy of sawamur   I recently read this article on Wise Bread detailing 13 dumb purchases you need to stop making.   While it does include some of my least favorite personal finance advice--basically, yet another iteration of the Latte Factor, which I bel...

  • Time to Gather Firewood

    Posted September 12 by TDS Review

    Long ago and far away (not really) we heated our house with wood. Since we lived on the prairie, we had to buy wood for the most part, but we supplemented that with bartering and with free wood.   One way we got it free was to offer a corner of our back lot to a tree trimming service. These s...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 9/10/2014

    Posted September 10 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 ONE (1) Newman's Own Frozen Pizza ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: The Five Hour Hot Dog

    Posted September 8 by Emily Guy Birken

    This past Saturday, J stood in line for over five hours for a hot dog.   Now, before you decide that he's crazy, let me assure that he is.   Here's how it happened: J and a friend of his have had a somewhat stressful summer. They decided to plan a fun trip to Chicago, where they'd ha...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 9/8/2014

    Posted September 8 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 ANY ONE (1) STATE FAIR Corn Dog Produc...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS Checkout 51 Offers 9/5/2014

    Posted September 5 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings Checkout 51 Offers!   Earn FREE Money Every Shopping Trip With Checkout 51 Checkout 51 offers cashback when you buy specific items at ANY store. This app is great because unlike iBotta a smartphone is not needed. You have the option to upload your rece...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 9/5/2014

    Posted September 5 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 2 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain/Special K Bars...

  • Autumn and Any Time Fun and Savings

    Posted September 4 by TDS Review

    Autumn fun around here means a trip to the local pumpkin patch. There are several here, but our favorite always has a huge display of pumpkins on square bales of hay. Off to the side are huge bins of gourds, brightly colored decorative corn and winter squashes of various kinds.    It's g...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Getting Rid of 27 Things a Week

    Posted September 4 by Emily Guy Birken

    Photo courtesy of Dwight Burdette   J and I moved into our current home almost exactly two weeks before LO was born.   I do not recommend this.   When my mom and sister came to meet newborn LO and help out around the house, the majority of what they did to help was unpack and pu...

  • Live Like a Mensch: No Gift Birthday Parties

    Posted September 2 by Emily Guy Birken

    Sunday was LO's 4th birthday. (The picture above was from his third.)   We had a lovely day celebrating with him and his best friend from school. We had that young man and his family over for lunch, and we all walked to the custard stand on the other side of the park for LO's birthday treat...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 9/2/2014

    Posted September 2 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 (1) Minute Maid Juice Box 10-pk $1.00...

  • Gourmet Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (Secret Ingredients Exposed!

    Posted August 30 by TDS Review

    I generally don't make or keep mixes on hand. For me, it's just as easy to start something from scratch when I want it as it is to find storage space for the mixes I would have sto start from scratch anyway. However... there is something to be said for the convenience of having a mix on hand, especi...

  • TDS Recommends...DIY Mason Jar Lanterns!

    Posted August 28 by TDSPaige

    If you've been looking for a late summer, early fall crafting project, perfect  for outdoor star gazing or meals on the back porch, this post is for you! We've found a great post from fellow bloggers over at The Happy Housewife on how to make your own mason jar lanterns. The post explains all t...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Freezing Out the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Posted August 27 by Emily Guy Birken

    Image courtesy of Rauglothgor   Unless you have been spending your summer under a cozy rock, you have no doubt by now heard of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge that has swept the Interwebs, the Twitterverse, the Blogosphere, and other humorous-sounding names for social media.   The ice buc...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS: What to Buy or Not to Buy in September

    Posted August 27 by Lisa Rudolph

    Sooner or later just about everything goes on sale. Knowing when items are at their lowest prices and buying them before you need them is a shopping technique that can save you hundreds of dollars every year on all kinds of items from groceries to gifts! The month of September brings summer to an e...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/27/2014

    Posted August 27 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 2 Gerber Graduates Lil' Whoos $1....

  • TDS Recommends...5 Winter Preparation Tasks

    Posted August 26 by TDSPaige

    As summer winds down and fall is slowly approaching, you might be thinking about getting ready for the upcoming winter season. If so, we've got a great post for you from fellow bloggers over at Southern Girl Ramblings on 5 tasks you might consider doing before the cold winter weather sets in. We lo...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/25/2014

    Posted August 25 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 On ONE (1) package of any Rhodes Bake-N-Se...

  • How to Cheat at Refrigerator Pickles

    Posted August 23 by TDS Review

    If you eat pickles from the store, here's the easiest, cheapest way possible to make a good jar of pickles. They will be crisp and taste just like your favorite pickles.   First, you must save the liquid from your store bought pickles. When you have emptied a jar of pickles and have some cucu...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Tomorrow is Today

    Posted August 22 by Emily Guy Birken

    Image of your past courtesy of vastateparkstaff   I may have mentioned before that one of my guilty pleasures is reading the various funny and informative articles on Cracked.com. I have also recently discovered the joy that is their podcasts. They are all about one hour long, which makes the...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/22/2014

    Posted August 22 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that have just posted. 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 Ore-Ida Frozen Potato Product $0....

  • TDS Recommends...Considering Solar Power Options

    Posted August 21 by TDSPaige

    If you've ever considered installing solar power at your house, but you don't know much about your options, we've found the post for you! Fellow bloggers over at Urban Survival Resources have detailed three different options for residential solar power - from grid-connected units to units that are c...

  • Live Like a Mensch: The $40 Graham Cracker

    Posted August 20 by Emily Guy Birken

    Back in May, I started a no-sweets challenge for myself in order to combat my rational addiction to all that is chocolatey and delicious. As the Dude might say, there have been strikes and gutters in the process.   One particular hiccup occurred when I discovered that graham crackers dipped i...

  • TDS Recommends...Ideas for Newborn Photography

    Posted August 19 by TDSPaige

    Newborn babies are adorable, and the time that they are small passes very quickly! Many of us want professional pictures to capture each moment, but professional photography can be very expensive! We found a great list of photography tips and ideas from fellow bloggers over at Trendy Mom Reviews tha...

  • Live Like a Mensch: A Review of The Teen Money Manual by Kara M

    Posted August 18 by Emily Guy Birken

      Though LO still refers to multiple coins as "moneys" and BB has yet to prove himself trustworthy in the presence of coins--I have rescued several errant and slobbery nickels from his mouth--I am still always on the lookout for good finance books geared towards kids.   And this is mo...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/18/2014

    Posted August 18 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that posted this week. 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 (1) Hi-C Drink Box 10-pk, any variety $...

  • Live Like a Mensch: I'm Featured in Woman's World Magazine

    Posted August 14 by Emily Guy Birken

    I can finally share some good news with you! I am featured in the August 25th issue of Woman's World Magazine, which arrives on newsstands today. Image source The magazine invited me to provide some retirement advice for the weekly "Ask America's Ultimate Experts" column. Please do pick up a copy ...

  • Win the Closet Storage War

    Posted August 14 by TDS Review

    It seems as if we're all inundated with "stuff," doesn't it? It all seems important, at least it did at one time, so it's hard to let go of it. We store it instead, in cardboard boxes, in plastic containers, in shelves and drawers and corners and wherever else we can find a little space. Our closet...

  • TDS Recommends...Stocking up on Beach Towels at Clearance Price

    Posted August 14 by TDSPaige

    On your last shopping trip, you may have seen end of summer beach towel clearance deals beginning to pop up on store shelves. If you've been considering stocking up on these seasonal items after seeing some of these deals, then this is the post for you! Fellow blogger Maggie over at Squarepennies ha...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS Checkout 51 offers 8/14/2014

    Posted August 14 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Checkout51 Savvy Savings!   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 iBotta a smartphone i...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/14/2014

    Posted August 14 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that posted this week. 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 Ore-Ida Frozen Potato Product $0....

  • 5 Budgeting Excuses and How You Can Overcome Them

    Posted August 13 by Jason Cabler

    Making a monthly budget for your money before you spend it is a habit I’ve been recommending for years, and I’ll keep recommending it until everybody gets it. In today’s post, I’ll cover the most common excuses for not budgeting, and how to overcome them.  I'll also g...

  • TDS Recommends...Picking Out Expensive, Secondhand Furniture

    Posted August 12 by TDSPaige

    Here at TDS Recommends, we love thrift store shopping. Clothes, furniture pieces...you can pick up some great items secondhand if you are at the right place at the right time. So when we found this great post from fellow bloggers over at Frugal Rules about How to Spot Expensive Furniture at Thrift ...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/11/2014

    Posted August 11 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that posted this week. 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! $4.00 off Non-Drowsy Claritin-D 15ct or larger ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: The Best Things in Life Are Free

    Posted August 8 by Emily Guy Birken

    And no, I'm not talking about love, friendship, sunshine, a baby's laughter, or even a really funny Internet meme.   I'm talking about actual material stuff. For free.   Like, for example, my immersion blender: Image courtesy of Fluous   I wanted an immersion blender of my...

  • Cheap Decorating Tips

    Posted August 8 by TDS Review

    We all want our homes to look nice, but we don't all have money to spend on them! A few cheap tips and tricks can certainly help your home look and function better without spending much money (if any!).   1. Bulletin boards for family rooms, offices or kitchens can hold photos, seasonal pictu...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS Checkout 51 offers 8/8/14

    Posted August 8 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings with Checkout 51!   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 iBotta a smartp...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/8/2014

    Posted August 8 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that posted this week. 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 (1) 6-pack any flavor Hawaiian Pun...

  • TDS Recommends...Retirement Options for Boomers

    Posted August 7 by TDSPaige

    If you're considering your retirement options, and you don't know where to start, we've got a great list to get you thinking! Fellow bloggers over at Personal Income have a great list of ideas to get you thinking about retirement options. From IRAs to rental properies, the article has some great re...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Handling Grocery Store Returns

    Posted August 7 by Emily Guy Birken

    Last week, I had one of those frugality conundrums that appear to have no good answer.   On Monday, I bought a bag of potatoes for the crock pot roast* I was planning on making on Friday. When I opened said potatoes on Friday, I was met with the funk of 40,000 years .   Clearly, not ...

  • 21 Things You Can Do Today to Set Up Your Finances For Massive

    Posted August 5 by Jason Cabler

    You can read all the personal finance blogs and books ever produced to learn to be successful with finances.  But none of it really means anything until you use that knowledge to take action in your financial situation. To set yourself up for financial success, you have to focus your ef...

  • TDS Recommends...Back to School Clothes Shopping Tips!

    Posted August 5 by TDSPaige

    Just in time for back to school shopping, we found a fantastic post on how to get great clothing for kids at great prices.  Fellow bloggers over at Making Lemonade have some great tips for scoring awesome deals on kids clothing. From consignment sales, to the best retail prices for deals, Maki...

  • Savvy Savings at TDS 8/4/2014

    Posted August 4 by Lisa Rudolph

    Here are today's Savvy Savings! Here are all the new Printable Coupons that came out Aug 1. 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 four Old Orchard frozen concentrates ...

  • Live Like a Mensch: Changing Our Behavior

    Posted August 1 by Emily Guy Birken

    This past weekend, J and I and the menschlings were visiting friends when we noticed that they had gotten a Roomba.   Intrigued, we asked about it.   "It was my birthday present," the wife told us. "It's been life changing."   J and I simply looked at each other. The fact that...

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

    Posted July 31 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 July 30 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 July 29 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 July 29 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 ...