Attention American Express Card Holders: Save Even More on Your Holiday Purchases

Yes, I use credit cards. No, I’m not trying to convince you to go out and get a credit card.  However, if you currently have an American Express credit card in your wallet, I want to be sure you’re getting the full value out of your card. American Express has been running some nice statement credit promotions lately.  If you're going to be shopping at eligible retailers, it’s probably worth … [Read more...]

Amazon Prime: A Great Way to Cut Costs On Several Different Fronts

I rarely talk about specific products on this blog.  However, I do like saving money and telling other people how they can save money. Yesterday, I was telling my wife that I'm glad we've got Amazon Prime, and today I was trying to think about a topic to write about. So, here goes nothing ... Benefits of Amazon Prime: Unlimited Streaming of Instant Videos and Movies Amazon has over 41,000 … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Save Money When Moving from One State to Another

Our family recently moved from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Billings, Montana.  Since I'm always on the lookout for ways to cut costs, I decided to share some of the things I learned about reducing the cost of a move from one state to another. 1.  Search (and continue) searching for the best price for moving trucks. The best way I found to search for moving truck prices was to visit each individual … [Read more...]

Using Frequent Flyer Miles | How I’ve Been Able to Fly 36,000 Miles and Spend 37 Nights in Hotels in 2012

I'm committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle, and I travel more than most people would be willing to dream about. How? I already tried to explain it once on my travel blog when I wrote how to get an almost free around the world trip with six credit card applications.  But, I realized I haven't explained it here, and you folks are the most likely to wonder how can I afford to travel … [Read more...]

When are You a Doofus for Driving Out of the Way for Cheap Gas?

I sat paralyzed (not literally) at the intersection. Just a few moments before, I pulled up my Gas Buddy app ( a free App I highly recommend) and found out what I always found out - that Sam's Club had the cheapest gas in town.  The Sam's was 1.5 miles in the wrong direction.  The gas gauge was on empty. The closest gas station that I'd be passing had gas for $3.25 per gallon, but it was … [Read more...]

How We Save 50-80% on our Grocery Budget Each Month

This article is part of the MH4C Writers Challenge. Since I'm taking a little break over the next few weeks, I've chosen ten guest articles to feature on this blog. I'd like to see which articles you like the most. If you like an article, please take a moment to 'Like' it on Facebook, 'Tweet' it, or give it a 'Plus One' on Google +. (To the right of the title, you'll see each of those buttons so … [Read more...]

Is the Ideal Job and the Perfect Passion a Myth or Reality?

I've read a lot of books that say the same thing in a lot of different ways. It is the idea or concept that somewhere out there is a perfect job for all of us. It is usually defined by the following characteristics: You'll love waking up every day, and you won't ever have another Monday that you dread. Since I'm in the midst of a transition, I've been reflecting on this idea a lot lately, … [Read more...]

10 Easy to Plan, Cheap, and Fun At Home Date Ideas

Ok.  Ok.  I admit it. I’m in the process of killing two birds with one stone.  Tonight is my night to plan an at home date for my wife and I.  Anyways, I figured if I’m going to go to all this work, then I might as well share the fruit of my labor . Here’s what I’ve been able to come up with 10 At Home Dates Ideas 1. Scavenger Hunt Buy or make something special for your spouse.  Place … [Read more...]

How I Consistently Get Thousands of Dollars of Free Flights Annually

With all the anti-credit card sentiments out there, I usually try to repress my true feeling about credit cards. Occasionally, I slip and say positive things about credit cards. I think my last positive mention was during the British Airways 100,000 mile promotion. Here's a basic summary of my thoughts on credit cards. If you are organized and disciplined, using credit cards can be anywhere … [Read more...]

Money Saving International Travel Tips | Lessons Learned from Three+ Months of Travel

I was writing a random post about our furlough, and at the very end of the post, I realized that there was a great opportunity for me to share some of the things we did on furlough to save money traveling. However, the suggestions were too many to tack onto the bottom of that post, so I decided to break up my thoughts into an independent post. Money Saving Travel Tips 1. Fly Southwest … [Read more...]