Money Savers

Frugal Family Traditions

by Debt Destroyer on October 12, 2009

This past weekend my family said “Goodbye to Summer” and “Hello to Fall” (Not just because we turned on the heat for the first time either). In what is becoming a yearly family tradition we took a hiking trip in a state park which allowed us to enjoy some beautiful fall foilage.   I understand that in some parts of the country it is no big deal to look at trees, but here in the northern plains it is.  Such a big deal in fact, that we are willing to drive 90 min (one way) to get there. As a […]

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I love my library! I know, I know…I already wrote this post a few months ago.  But indulge me. The reason for my outburst is that my town is looking at replacing our library.  A few days ago they held a meeting to gather input in what we citizens would like in a new library. Me and a bunch of old ladies showed up. I was relieved that they all had a wonderful ideas (meaning they wanted the same things that I did).  Part of me was worried that the general public would think that the library’s time has passed. […]

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How To Get Free Replacement Laces For Keen Shoes

by The Happy Rock on July 21, 2009

  Long story short, Keen will replace any pair of bungee shoe laces for free. Just follow this link to the Keen FAQ and click the customer service link in the replace your laces question. First, if you aren’t familiar with Keen sandals(Newport), take a look at the picture.  They get my vote, especially for my boys.  They are much better than the wide many variety of cheap open toed sandals that I see kids running around in.  These are solid, comfy, and protective.The Newport sandals come with bungee laces and a simple clamp slider which make them easy for […]

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Back in September I wrote about how it took me two days to fix a screendoor. Guess what? It’s broken again. I bring this up to show that I’m no handy man.  With all the Bob the Builder that my kids watch you’d think that something would rub off on me.  But nothing does.  In fact when the kids break something they always run to “Mommy”  to get it fixed.  But I don’t blame them. I married a female Red Green. Ok, that might be a bit of an overstatement.  But sometimes I wonder.  Take our refrigerator for example. Our […]

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As I’m quick to remind you long time readers, I took your advice and switched phone/internet carriers a few months ago.   One of my complaints was that we no longer could get a separate voicemail box anymore for my wife’s business.   But we decided we could make do with paying $5/month for just one vm box. But then we went shopping. One reason our “Household Misc” category was so out of whack in March was because we spent $70 on a set of two new phones.  The handsets matched our old phones so that was nice.  But the best […]

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Top 8 Free Music Websites

by The Happy Rock on April 22, 2009

The world of free online music has changed quite a bit from the early days of bulletin boards and Napster. Now, there are so many unique and useful free music services and web sites streaming music that it can spin your head. Most of them are legal or at least not illegal at this point. I did my best to sort through the tidal wave of music services to provide a unique blend of the best free music services. Pandora – My personal favorite.  You create a station by requesting a particular artist and Pandora attempts to play music on […]

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Spring Break! 10 Movies For Ten Bucks

by Debt Destroyer on March 24, 2009

SPRING BREAK!!! Here in South Dakota the State Universities go on Spring Break in March.   It usually doesn’t feel like spring quite yet, in fact we had a winter storm in the middle of it (should’ve used the Pearl Jam money on a snowblower). But it was nice to have some free time. I had grand plans before the break as to what I’d accomplish.  Organize the basement, work on my taxes, and finish up a couple of video projects that I’ve been putting off.  But really the only thing I got done was taking ten movies off of […]

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Have you been to a library lately? For those of you who were scared off by the Dewey Decimal System, it’s time for a visit.  You might not recognize the place. The card catalog is long gone, it’s been replaced with banks of computers.  The scary looking reference section has been transformed into the video section.    The hard wooden tables and chairs have been replaced with soft comfy furniture. It’s a whole new world. I have to admit I missed the transformation.  It wasn’t until I had kids that I decided to see what the library had to offer me.  And boy am I ever glad […]

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Help Wanted – Cobblers Needed During A Recession

by Debt Destroyer on March 12, 2009

Last November I made a post about how I decided to save some money by not replacing my shoes. Well as my luck would have it, I instantly broke the thingie-ma-bobber which holds the shoe laces in.  So over the holiday break I took my shoe in to the shop in town that fixes shoes.  They said they’d call me when they were done. A month went by and I’ve heard nothing. So I stopped in today just to check-up up on how things were going (I really needed my shoes). They were done! The clerk apologized for not calling, […]

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Removing Finance Charges From My Chase Freedom Credit Card

by The Happy Rock on February 16, 2009

After two months of procrastination, I finally called Chase to ask that they fully remove any finance charges related to my first time late payment offense.  Did I ever mention that I hate making phone calls even if it is just calling a service rep that I don’t know to get late fees and finance charges removed?  The introvert in me often hopes that avoiding the calls will make them go away…that rarely works. The thing about this charge was that it left me seething.  Every time I thought about it, I got upset.  Upset because: One 8 hour late […]

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