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Staying on a Budget in High Cost of Living Areas

Unlike Crystal who still lives in Texas, I left the state right after college (gig 'em Aggies!) for graduate school in Pittsburgh, PA.  At the time, I thought Pittsburgh was outrageously expensive (and it was – compared to College Station!) but since moving to...

Honey, How Can It Hurt Just To Take a Look?

How Can it Hurt? That house is EXACTLY what you've always wanted. Why not at least go look at it? Seriously. You've been responsible, paying down (or off) your debt. You've gone frugal for several years now and, well, you're finally able to think about a housing...

Saving Money in the Summer

Summer is fast approaching in my side of the world and that means many things to me. Time by the pool, grilling out, days spent in the sun, picnics in the park, exploring the state around us and vacations! I can't wait to experience all of these with my boys this...

Essential Tips to Hiring the Right CPA

A certified public accountant, or CPA, is essential for any entity whether it is for large corporations or for individually run businesses. Having the right CPA under you can help save a lot of money and hassles when it comes to filing taxes. The right accountant will...

52 Free or Cheap Date Ideas

Often when we get married or have been in a relationship a while, dating sort of gets forgotten. Budget constraints when saving for or paying off a house, or when kids come along, can make it quite difficult to afford dating. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are...