Do your kids love video games? My son certainly does. (And can I blame him? When I was his age, I did too.) But the cost! Every time a new, exciting title comes out, it costs upwards of $60. I guess that’s why it’s no wonder that the gaming industry was estimated to be worth $91.5 US billion (as of 2015). BTW - This is more than double the revenue of the international film industry in 2013. But even still ... $60 per title is outrageous! Who wants to pay that? In this … [Read more...] about How to Save Money on Video Games – 14 Tricks That Work!
It's July, and you walk into the store. What do you see? Aisles of notebooks, folders, pens, and backpacks. Yes, its that time again. Time to start thinking about going back to school! Whether that makes your child excited or sad, financially its a very significant time. According to the National Retail Federation, families spend an average of $688 on their children during this time. While that may be what the majority is spending, that doesn't have to be you. There are lots of great … [Read more...] about 9 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Shopping
Who doesn’t love a good amusement park! The rides, games, food, … excitement! There are a lot of reasons why nearly 375 million of us go them every year! But what’s NOT fun – the prices! Nearly every part of the amusement park experience has been designed to separate you from your money. Everything from the tickets themselves to where you’ll park, eat, and even sleep. Having taken my family to a number of places now over the years, I've learned a few things to do (and not to … [Read more...] about How to Save Money at Amusement Parks – 21 Great Tricks!
Your home is your castle. But just like a castle, you want there to be protection in case something goes wrong. This is why you absolutely need to get home owners insurance. However, just like all other insurance products, the costs of home owners insurance can vary significantly from place to place. Each one has different criteria and weighs the value of each element differently. Fortunately, to get the best price for home owners insurance, there are a number of easy steps you can take. … [Read more...] about 21 Ways to Get the Best Price For Home Owners Insurance
Hiring an independent contractor for service around the house is something that every homeowner must do in their lifetime. For some of us, the bigger the house (or the less “handy” we are), we have to do this more often than we’d like to. Working with an independent contractor can be a little nerve-wracking because you’re effectively giving an element of control to someone else. You become dependent on them, their schedule, and whatever price they charge. Plus, then there is the stress … [Read more...] about How to Hire an Independent Contractor at the Best Price – 12 Tricks
If there's anything that can make a house look like a million bucks, its a well-groomed lawn. Incredible-looking landscaping has been the envy of home-owners since the days of castles. Kings and queens would appoint entire teams of servants to tend to the gardens simply so they could be surrounded by its natural beauty. That's why today high class establishments like golf courses and resorts will spend thousands on making sure every blade of grass is perfect. It makes their patrons feel … [Read more...] about 22 Easy Ways to Save on the Cost of Landscaping a Yard
Every parent wants to know how to save money on groceries. Buying and providing food for our families has become one of the staples of our modern way of living. But it's also become a very expensive part of our family budget. Grocery stores have made it all too convenient by becoming one-stop shops and having everything you need down each and every aisle. They're also very good at using eye-popping displays, random sales, and even easy-listening music to entice you to buy more. According … [Read more...] about How To Save Money On Groceries – 23 Simple Tips
It was once said to me that a swimming pool is a giant hole in the ground where you throw away all your money. Having owned two pools now in my lifetime, I can tell you: I couldn't agree with that statement more! At times it can be very frustrating when it comes to how much money it costs to own and maintain a pool. But then again it can also be a great source of recreation for the whole family to enjoy. Really - I have a strong love / hate relationship with pools. I absolutely love … [Read more...] about 22 Ways to Save Money on the Cost of a Swimming Pool and Maintenance