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Do you Choose to be Rich or Poor?
Do you choose to be rich or poor? Decide now! Everyone would choose to be rich however their behavior shows that they in reality want
Best Cheap Blended Scotch Whiskey Taste Test
You want to drink some scotch but not pay a small fortune for single malt scotch whiskey? Well here is your ranked list of affordable
Pricey smoking can cost you a house
A recession is a great time to stop smoking to save money. It’s very expensive and the numbers over a long period of time are
Caffeinate at home cheap not at Starbucks
So you are stuck at home. Time to hit Starbucks for a coffee before you start the day. Huh??? No! You are home so stay
Is Expensive Wine, Beer, Vodka Worth It?
Now that you are stuck at home you are likely drinking more. So let’s talk value given we are in a recession. First off, I
Don’t Waste Your Bonus, Invest It!
So let’s say you get a bonus at work or the government gives you $1200 or some other amount of money. Maybe you get a
Don’t be a money fool
The average person is a money fool. Why would you say something like that? Because it’s true….financially. BTW Mr. T’s classic 1980s quote is “I
Ebay Selling…. How to do it Easily
Do you need to make some extra cash selling things? How do you sell on Ebay? First investigate pricing for similar used item online on
How to Survive A Recession
All the financial papers are talking about the next recession. When will it get here? It’s likely here now or will be soon due to
Expense Tracking Templates UPDATE
Here you will find several expense tracking templates to help you in budgeting
F.I.R.E. up those savings update
Retire at 35 and sail away to Bali! What a plan! While this is admirable in my book it’s not very realistic for most people
Expense tracking How to do It
You should track all your spending each month to determine where your money is going. This best way to make money is to save money.
Mercury Amalgam Dental Fillings Are Dangerous to your Health
Ah the dentist. A great place to spend a lot of money fast even with insurance. This however is one place you should not cheap
Watch out for Climate Change Losses!
So you’ve read the news about climate change impacting some person that lives on an island nation in the South Pacific that is going to
How credit cards get you in trouble
Credit cards are the devil! If you have a credit card debt you will understand this statement very well. Here is why I say this.
Save big money with F.I.R.E. Templates
So you want to use the F.I.R.E. method of financial independence to retire early? Well then here are the templates you will need to get
DON’T BE a money fool
The average consumer is a financial fool. Why would you say something like that? Because it’s true….financially. BTW Mr. T’s classic 1980s quote is “I
I am afraid of Investing. Why?
I recently read an article that said Millennials and the generation after them are afraid of investing. Interesting. Perhaps some education is in order. I
Who does F.I.R.E. Method work for?
So we have seen FIRE works in these posts. Right then. But who does it work best for and why? Let’s find out. I have
How F.I.R.E. savings really work
You’ve heard of people saving tons of money and the retiring at age 40. Sounds great. How do I do that too? Well it’s not
Using Expense Tracking Templates to Save Money
Here you will find several expense tracking templates to help you in budgeting and figuring out where the money really goes. Download the file, open
Fight Age Discrimination with Frugal F.I.R.E. Savings
Remember the old Steven King movie Children of the Corn? The one where they got rid of the adults and people that were too old?
Saving money on weekends is easy
I’ve talked about saving money during the week but the weekend is when we let it all hang out right? And that is what makes
Help! I Have No Company Retirement Plan!
Are you screwed if you don’t have an employee sponsored retirement plan? Of course not! However you are going to have to work a bit
How to sell on Ebay
So let’s say you have some old items you want to cash in. What to do? How do you sell on Ebay? First investigate pricing
Save on car maintenance
Routine maintenance savings Oil changes: Do it yourself if you know how. You may, need to reset service light on some cars. You can buy
How to save money during the week
Everyone has their typical daily routine. This is how I save money on a workday. 7 am: Breakfast at home of say granola bar and
How to deal with inflation
Inflation. What does it mean? It means the money tomorrow is worth less than what it was yesterday. The money has less purchasing power. Have
Investing in gold? Does it make sense?
You’ve heard of people investing in gold in case financial catastrophe hits. Is it wise? Well it depends on how bad you expect things to
About This Frugal Living Blog
I wrote this blog after seeing people around me living beyond their means, taking on too much debt and not saving enough for retirement. The
Recession Preparation and Survival
All the financial papers are talking about the next recession. When will it get here? No one knows. After nine years since the last one
Corporate Discounts Can Save You Money
Corporate discounts are sometimes available to those frugal living folks who ask. So if you work for a big name company go ahead and ask
Save Big on Housing
If you rent you can try to reduce your housing costs as follows. Get roommates to share the rent. A friend of mine had the
Unhiding Interest Rates In Monthly Payments
Let’s get back to our example of Gullible Greta from the vendor financing post and change the numbers a bit. Recall she is in the
Calculating Monthly Payments Easily
Here I am going to show you how to use a financial calculator to do time value of money calculations you would need to calculate
We often hear about unfortunate events happening at trailer parks such as say tornadoes. These potential places of disaster are also places of financial disaster.
Product Shrinkage is a Price Increase
As the cost of inputs rise companies are looking to pass those costs onto you in the form of price increases. This is a form
Make Money on Housing
If you have a property and own it you can put it to work by renting it out. You can’t rent out your rental apartment
You should track all your spending each month to determine where your money is going. This is the best way to save money. Look at
Trading and Brokers
If you want to trade stocks you can do that through brokers. These come in full service and discount. Most people use discount online brokers
College savings, How to do It
Saving for college should start early to maximize compounding Take advantage of college savings plans offered by your state. The contributions grow tax free for
Extreme Frugal Living
There are groups of people out there who are into extreme frugality. These people may grow their own food, make their own clothes, raise chickens,
Wonderful Warehouse Clubs?
If you use a lot of something buy it in bulk at a warehouse club. That 64 oz / 2 Liter bottle of ketchup will
Time Shares,Vacation homes, RVs
Time shares: No, don’t take the tour and sign up! While this might seem like a good idea they are hard to sell once you
Be your own handyman, lawn boy and maid
Do your own work around the house You should not be paying someone to mow your lawn, shovel your driveway, clean your house etc. No.
The Can Man recycles money into the pocket
Many states have a bottle deposit on soda cans, water bottles, sports drinks, beer bottles and the like. The deposit is normally $0.10 or $0.05/
Monthly Payment Trouble
Beware of high financing costs baked into the payments. Always know the cost of the item and the cost of the financing. Most of the
I have mixed feelings about coupons. I don’t like to clip them. I feel couponing leads to more consumption. It’s better not to buy at
Don’t Be a Miserable Miser!
Mantra: Frugality is our rake to bring in more money so we can invest it and make more money! One does not need to be
You Need Emergency Funds!
Rule #1: Set up an emergency fund in liquid savings with 6 months of living expenses. You will need money if you get laid off
Rewards Cards are Great… Sometimes?
Reward cards in my view deserve special mention. I don’t encourage their use as they are a form of debt unless you plan to pay
Side Jobs for Extra Cash
Let’s say you are working hard to pay off your debts and you want to earn some extra cash on evenings or weekends. You can
Picking up payments
Pickup trucks for the weekend warrior. They sure are popular in today’s economic climate. As I go to the office I see more and more
Avoid Expensive Toys (boats, RVs, ATVs…)
Toys, toys, toys for all the good boys. No! There is no Santa and you are adults with jobs and responsibilities. Big boy toys are
Retirement Totals Needed to be Comfy
How much money will I need to retire? A lot most likely. It all depends on when you plan to retire, how long you plan
Pension Problems, They May Not Be Guaranteed
Pensions are great…. for the lucky few that have them If you are going to get a pension that is great but increasingly rare. Consider
Ramen Retirement 401K & IRAs
Ramen noodles for life! Doesn’t that sound great? All the flavors in the world! Chicken, Beef, Shrimp, Jalapeno and Spicy Chicken. While these may be
Credit Card Bill Payoff
Credit cards are the worst kind of debt. You are paying high interest on stuff you probably didn’t need to buy in the first place.
Paying off student loans
Ah student loans, seemingly so innocent when signing the promissory note but in reality deadly serious. Why do I say that? Federally backed student loans
If you take public transportation in a big city Buy a monthly pass with using a Wageworks account and pre-tax dollars if available given your
Fitness is Fabulous and Saves Money
Some people say cancel the gym to save money. I say not so fast. Perhaps you can find a more reasonably priced option. Physical fitness
Saving on groceries
The simplest way to save money is to not buy anything but you need to eat so let’s see how we can spend a little
Making Lemonade from Lemons
So let’s say you splurge and end up buying things you don’t need or regret buying later. It happens to everyone including cheapos like me.
Cut the Cable TV umbilical cord?
Cutting the cord is quite popular now. Whether it is the right choice for you depends on a few things. Cable tv is most certainly
Save on Your Utilities Now
You can’t avoid utilities bills but try to minimize them Electric bills: You have to pay to power up Install LED light bulbs in all
Cut those subscriptions
The cost of subscriptions can add up fast per month if not properly managed. Each one alone seems innocent enough by themselves but together they
Save on dining out
Dining out tends to be expensive however it is good and necessary to go out once in a while to socialize with friends and relax.
Welcome to Mr. Cash Hoarder Blog
The easiest way to make money is to save money! The purpose of this site is to educate on how to use frugal living to
Save $200 per month on lunches and dining
I used to think my boss was crazy for bringing his lunch every day to the office. However he has a second house in the
Save $150 per month on coffee
Small changes bring big savings! Let’s start with your daily caffeine habit. Chances are if you work you drink coffee and pay a lot for