Category Archives: Budget Tips

My father’s family has been in the produce and grocery business since the 1930’s and have owned stores in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Saratoga, California. He started working in the stores when he was 12. Growing up, I would always watch him diligently shop for fresh produce, and over the years, I have learned many tips and tricks . Here are some of my favorites, since summer is right around the corner. 1. Washing produce – Did you knowRead More

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Best Money-Saving Apps of 2017   Check out these money-saving apps that will save you time and money, with little effort. Ebates.com Ebates.com gives you a percentage (%) of cash back for online purchases (and a few in-store purchases as well). Create an account on their website, choose where you are online shopping, and they will automatically calculate your savings once you make the purchase.  In fact, they send you a $10 gift card just for signing up.  Cons: You can’tRead More

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I use Mint.com to track expenses. While it is not the only automated system available, it is one of the most widely used and the price is right (free). That being said, I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with the program. I don’t like being bombarded with advertisements and irrelevant recommendations, but it captures all of my monthly transactions across multiple accounts and provides clarity on our household spending versus our budget. Here is how IRead More

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Groceries and eating out are a huge part of most people’s budgets.  It can also be one of the easiest places to cut.  Here are some suggestions I compiled from clients who have had great success saving money on groceries. Cook from scratch as much as possible.  It is healthier for us and better for the environment to reduce the amount of prepared food we buy in elaborate packaging.  Our family makes things like pizza sauce and soup in bulk.  We freezeRead More

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All of PWR’s spending plans account for these 5 items. While every situation is unique, nobody likes to be blindsided with a large expense that was unplanned. Together with our clients, we develop a strategy to plan for expenses that will come up; it is just a matter of when.  (1) Appliance Repairs/Replacement – Our beloved appliances won’t last forever.   With kids around, they may not even last their typical life expectancy. I have found socks stuffed in a crayonRead More

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Holiday spending tends to be a budget buster. It is just like our tendency to overdo the dessert table, knowing we have the New Year around the corner to start over with a “blank slate”! Here are some tips to keep costs in check. Set a holiday budget for the year – This should include gifts, decorations, and extra babysitting time for the holiday parties. You do not want to rack up credit card debt. The goal is to spendRead More

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