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I’ve been a frugal homemaker for most of my adult life and over the years, I’ve learned quite a lot about saving money, living frugally and finding cheaper alternatives for as many things as I can. This is why I LOVE Baking Soda!  Besides absorbing odors in the fridge or making delicious chocolate chip cookies, did you know there are dozens more uses for the extraordinary, cheap product known as baking soda? Baking soda’s technical […]

Most of us invest in equity (mutual funds or stocks) only for one reason – to beat inflation over the long term. Unfortunately, just because equity beats inflation does not mean we will be able to beat inflation! Let us start from “Is there evidence that equity investments beat inflation over the long term?”. Yes,… The post Equity may beat inflation but that doesn’t mean you will! appeared first on freefincal.

I wanted to share a few updates with readers on energy tax credits for renewable energy projects for 2021 and 2022. Energy tax credits may not sound like the most exciting or inclusive topic, but there are 2 types of credits – one is very easily obtainable, while the other is more difficult, but potentially significant. Both types of energy tax credits were extended with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 passed by Congress in December of 2020. However, only one of the 2 is currently still in effect for 2022, while the other expired at the end of 2021. The post 2021 &… [Read the rest of the story at 20somethingfinance.com]

Travel blogging, risk appetites, big future costs, rating our city for pre-FIRE living, and superannuation accounts. Your reader questions answered! The post 2022 reader retirement Q&A appeared first on HisHerMoneyGuide.

The stress of parenting through a global pandemic may have you feeling inadequate or stuck. Luckily, these best parenting books empower, create inspiration, and guide you to form a better bond with your child — even if you have a … Read More

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Congrats! Having $50k to invest is a great position to be in. But how do you turn it into more money? If you want to double $50k, you’re going to need to do some research so you don’t lose a significant amount of cash. In this post, I’ll explore how to double $50k, how long it takes to double your investments, what the returns are on $50,000, and much more. Let’s get started. Want Quick […]

Are you an artist, graphic designer, or just someone who likes to doodle? Then perhaps you’ve considered getting a drawing tablet. Here are the best drawing tablets of 2022 that will help you explore your artistic side! What is a Drawing Tablet? A drawing tablet is an electronic device that works like a sketchbook. Users can hand draw images onto the pad with a special stylus. These hand-drawn images appear on your computer for editing […]

How would you feel if you were able to save an extra $5,000+? I think for most people, $5,000 could really make a difference in their financial life. You could pay off some debt, get started with investing, or even just use the money to help offset your regular expenses. But how do you even save $5,000?! There is something called the 100 envelope challenge that can help you save $5,050 in one year (or […]

It has been a good while since we’ve done a reader case study here on MMM, but that hasn’t stopped them from arriving in my inbox. And since 2022 is becoming a year of interesting financial changes, it’s time to spark things up again, go back to our roots, and start covering some of the many subjects that are cropping up in this latest incarnation of our economic world. Today’s case study deals with family […]

Three years ago, I started tracking my happiness using Jim Collins’ system that he devised and spoke about on The Tim Ferriss Show. Last year, after a request from a reader, I launched the Happiness Tracker Spreadsheet, so that you too can track your happiness. Why track your happinehass? Tracking my happiness has helped me to ensure that I am doing the things in my life that make me happy. It has also helped me to realize that I […]

Are you already using Swagbucks and are looking for additional alternatives to make money online? Here are the best sites like Swagbucks worth checking out. What is Swagbucks? Before we talk about the best Swagbucks alternatives, let’s briefly talk about Swagbucks first. Swagbucks is one of my favourite platforms to make money online. You can earn … Read more The post Sites Like Swagbucks: Best Swagbucks Alternatives appeared first on Bella Wanana.

As part of this series, I’m sharing the Top Three articles I’ve read over the prior week with you all every Thursday. The articles that are featured can either be fresh or selected from other blogs’ archives. The only rule to be included in the collection is that it’s an article that I’ve read in… Continue reading Thursday’s Top Three (TTT #040)

We are getting a tent, courtesy of Hub’s company!  I mentioned several blog posts ago about Hubs receiving a rewards catalog to choose a gift.  More or less a random thing, plus a boss can give out additional certificates.  I thought Hubs might want to get a new tablet as his current one is getting slow.  Hubs ended up choosing to get a Coleman 4 person tent.  He could also choose one other item from the “lower-level” of the catalog, so he chose an insulated cooler backpack thing.  Purchasing a tent has been something that we have discussed from time to time.  In the past, we’ve done a fair amount of camping.  We went from tent camping to owning a fifth wheel, which we sold several years ago.  There have been times when we’ve taken longer day trips where we thought it would be nice to spend the night.  Being frugal and not wanting the expense of a hotel, we’ve always just come home.  We prefer the rustic state forest campgrounds, which cost $20/night. As for other camping gear, we would need an air mattress, camp stove, and eventually a couple of sleeping bags.  I’d likely focus the purchase of these items in that order.  Hmm, the more I think about it, we have a queen-size air mattress at my MIL’s house.  When we stayed at her home temporarily (seven years ago, between house moves), we put the mattress in her four-season room.  MIL had already moved out, but I couldn’t bring myself to sleep in any of the beds in the house.  The air mattress was still there and inflated the last time I was there.  Good SIL and her DH used it when they came for MIL’s funeral.  Potentially one less thing we will need to purchase.  Since I have not come up with anything to use my “E” and “L” dollars for, I think camping gear is it! Hub’s is in another truck.  According to Hubs, it is a pig with lipstick.  But let me back up a minute.  Unknowingly, Hubs parked that (cough) fine rental car in his boss’s parking spot.  Once his boss realized it was Hubs, he apologized profusely for both the color and size of the rental car. As for the new-to-him truck, the number of check engine lights on, oh my!   Hubs pointed this out to his boss, who told him to drive it anyway.  Then the trailer was another issue.  Hubs hauls cryogenics, which is a specialty trailer.  Only a few places in the country will work on them.  Knowing the problems with the trailer were a DOT ticket waiting to happen, Hubs got a letter from the safety department stating why he was hauling it.  There is a good chance this rig won’t even make it the 200+ miles it needs to go.  Hubs told me the “stop engine immediately” light has been flashing and dinging non-stop since he left the truck yard.  His last rig did this, and