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DIY Project Series: Bunk Bed Edition

DIY Project Series: Bunk Bed Edition

What are the first things you do when you try to cut costs or save money?

Some people cut the cords and get rid of cable TV or lower their cell phone bill by cutting back on data – you can live on WiFi alone, right?

Then there are those who sacrifice groceries or settle for the dreaded 1-ply toilet paper…

And there are some who lower the thermostat in winter, trying to get by with extra blankets and more cuddling (let’s face it, that one has its upsides!).

But what happens when you absolutely need something and there is no way to avoid the fact that money MUST be spent?

Let’s say you have a second child, only one extra room and the solution you come up with is…

Bunk beds.

What do you do? Keep reading » about DIY Project Series: Bunk Bed Edition

How To Consign Like A Boss: 12 Ideas to Maximize Your Profits and Savings

How To Consign Like A Boss: 12 Ideas to Maximize Your Profits and Savings

Thrift shops. Second hand stores. Garage sales.

When it comes to saving money, buying used and second-hand items are the smart saver’s bread and butter.

A great way to not only save, but EARN a bit of extra cash is through the world of consignment.

Like a thrift store, pre-loved goods are resold at a fraction of the price they were purchased for.

However, unlike thrift stores, consignment stores pay the seller for their goods.

There are various types of consignment businesses ranging from children’s clothing and gear, to sportswear and household goods. So take a look through your closet, declutter and trade in your forgotten-about items for quick cash. Keep reading » about How To Consign Like A Boss: 12 Ideas to Maximize Your Profits and Savings

Free and Fun Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

Free and Fun Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

Parents often experience a bittersweet feeling knowing summer break is approaching.

There's the relief that you no longer need to rush the kids off to school and pack multiple lunches every morning...

But there's also the overwhelming feeling of knowing the kids will be home every single day with "nothing to do" unless mom or dad comes to the rescue.

Since convenient, summer camps can get expensive, we often ask:

What are some alternative free or cheap things to do in the summer?

Here's a list of my top picks: Keep reading » about Free and Fun Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

7 Festival Hacks Guaranteed To Save You Money

7 Festival Hacks Guaranteed to Save You Money

It seems like there’s a festival for everything these days, from beer and poutine to yoga and traditional music.

Whether your thing is wine and cheese, books, bendy poses or live music, there’s a good chance you’ve got at least one summer festival on your wishlist this year.

Not to mention, on your budget – because festival attendance isn’t an inherently frugal endeavour.

But with a bit of planning, you can easily save money while attending festivals all year round.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to show you how to indulge in that dream festival without paying the full – and expensive! – price. Keep reading » about 7 Festival Hacks Guaranteed To Save You Money

Are You Too Generous With Your Tips?

Are you too generous with your tips?

I’m a very thankful person.

So when I go out for dinner or get a haircut and receive good service, I tip.

In fact, I can’t remember a time when I was so offended by a service, I didn’t tip.

In today’s world, tipping has become standard practice in the service industry. And while there are many tools that can help eliminate the stress when trying to figure out the math, such as a tip calculator, the question remains:

How much should you tip? Keep reading » about Are You Too Generous With Your Tips?

DIY Project Series: The Farmhouse Table Edition

DIY Project Series: Farmhouse Table

Building can save you money. A lot of money.

I built a solid wood table in a week, for about $500.

Your average furniture store would charge about $1,000. Check Wayfair, or Leon’s and you will find wood veneer finished, and plywood.

To get anything from a store, made from solid wood will cost you. The funny thing is, I could have built my table for less, if I hadn’t bought pre-milled table legs for $300.

With a booming DIY culture, there is money to be saved, and pride to be had in building your own furniture.

Whether you repurpose old wood, buy new lumber from your local hardware store, or a local lumber mill ‒ you can save money. Keep reading » about DIY Project Series: The Farmhouse Table Edition

The Economics Of Online Dating: Why Paid May Be Better Than Free

The Economics Of Online Dating: Why Paid May Be Better Than Free

If you were born in 1977 or later...

Chances are, you grew up in the world of online dating as one of many options (perhaps a primary option) for finding love.

Believe it or not, Match.com started way back in 1995. And while there are lots more online dating platforms these days, like Tinder, Plenty of Fish or eHarmony – all of which promise you the chance of romance...

It’s still not easy to find that elusive love of your life.

Understand what you want

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Eating Out At Restaurants: The Ultimate Guide To Spending Less

Eating out at restaurants: The ultimate guide to spending lessEating out is great isn’t it?

No cooking, no cleaning, no groceries, and no hassle -- what’s not to love?

There’s just one problem: eating out is expensive. Ok, two problems. Restaurant meals often aren’t as healthy as a home cooked meal either, but they sure taste good!

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to make the bill that comes at the end of your meal a lot more palatable so you can eat out more often without feeling nearly as guilty, or just pocket the extra dough for something else you enjoy.

Want to save money when eating out? Grab this PDF download with 34 strategies – including a 1-page worksheet to list your top 5.

Here’s how you do it:

Related: Do You Splurge?

Combine As Many Discounts As You Can

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9 Cheap Birthday Party Ideas for Parents

9 cheap birthday party ideas for parents

Throwing a birthday party for a group of little kids used to be pretty basic:

  • a cake,
  • cups of bright orange drink,
  • a bowl of chips, and maybe…
  • a few hot dogs after they amused themselves by running around playing tag.

But then it somehow turned into a competition of which parent could plan the most impressive, over-the-top celebration.

Rented venues!

Themed designer cakes!

Pinterest-worthy decorations!

I’m a firm believer that you can throw an awesome birthday party without spending a fortune on food, decorations, activities, or favours.

It just takes a little creativity and a few tips...

Food

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7 Fun & Frugal Ways to Get Fit

7 fun and frugal ways to get fit

While I’m not saying that I’m looking for a total body transformation or anything…

I’ve decided to tackle my fitness woes without a fancy gym membership, expensive new gear or spendy fitness class passes.

Plus, there are too many articles out there that recommend things I would never actually do to get-fit-for-less.

So here are 7 actual ways I’m going to get back into my fitness routine without blowing the bank.

Intro Class Passes and Trial Memberships

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