Category Archives: Budget Tips

For working parents, cooking meals during the week can be a challenge.  For each $100 per month that you save from NOT eating out, you could have $100,452 in 30 years (assuming a 6% average return) in your bank account.  It is healthier for you and can minimize the additional expense of lunches (I make double the food we need and pack up the leftovers for everyone to take to school or work the next day). In my own household, aRead More

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The Whole”WALLET”30, is a 30 day reset to your spending. I met up with a friend the other day for coffee. She looked like she had lost weight so I congratulated her. She said she recently completed a 30 day food challenge, “the Whole30”, and was thinking about doing another one. While she found the challenge hard, by the end, she started craving the new food regimen. She is eating healthier and feeling happier. The Whole30 is a dieting programRead More

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Money-Saving Apps Part 2 I am back with another 3 great “money-saving” apps to share. Cardpool Cardpool is one of my favorites. I use it all the time to buy discounted gift cards for Starbucks, AMC and Nike purchases. They have gift cards for Target, Costco, Gas stations and plenty others. You do have to spend the money upfront to buy the gift card, but I usually purchase the “instant cards” from my phone app right before I know I amRead More

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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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