From the monthly archives:

May 2010

There’s a new diet / lifestyle being tossed around lately.” Flexitarian.”   Hunh? Essentially, a flexitarian diet is a flexible diet that does not entirely exclude meat, like a vegetarian or the strict vegan diet but does attempt to cut down on meat. What does that mean to your budget? That’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? [...]

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As part of my new lifestyle and cooking routine, I was looking for ways to save on meat since it is the most expensive item on most of our shopping lists. I like chicken and it’s relatively cheap, so I searched a bit online. I found you could save a bundle by cutting up your [...]

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As part of my dedication to cooking at home and saving money on food, months ago I started shopping for my herbs and spices at the health food store. A former employer of mine, a world class chef, taught me that one of his most important techniques was to use fresh herbs and spices. My [...]

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With the Memorial Day weekend coming up, and my new profoundly skeptical yet compelling interest in coupons, I went to several coupon sites to collect coupons for hot dogs. I found several for two brand names I recognized, Oscar Mayer and Bar-S, both brands that my local stores carried. I searched further and even got [...]

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Saving on Men’s Shaving

by JTrefry on May 19, 2010

I hate to shave. It’s an annoying ritual that slows down my morning. And of course when I am in a rush, or headed to an important meeting  -that’s the time I cut myself and look like an idiot. I don’t like electric razors, and the old fashioned double edge razors just seem dangerous to [...]

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Saving on Men's Shaving

by JTrefry on May 19, 2010

I hate to shave. It’s an annoying ritual that slows down my morning. And of course when I am in a rush, or headed to an important meeting  -that’s the time I cut myself and look like an idiot. I don’t like electric razors, and the old fashioned double edge razors just seem dangerous to [...]

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Looking for a little extra money but don’t want to commit yourself to a second job? Paid focus groups are an easy way to make extra money by giving out your opinion. You can make upwards of $150-200 for just 2 hours of your time.* I recently shared my opinion on some new “Apps” (applications) [...]

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Talking Trash

by JTrefry on May 14, 2010

Today I am going to talk a little trash. Don’t be shocked; trash talk is good for you. Do you have any idea how much money you are throwing out? Literally in the wastebasket? Lets take a look. According to the EPA, the average American throws out 4.4 pounds of waste PER DAY. That’s 29 [...]

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Not long ago, I started teaching myself to cook. Not just cook in the “average guy” sense of grabbing a box of macaroni and cheese and defrosting a burger, but really cook. Saving money on food by cooking from scratch. This is a radical departure from my former life of dining out most of the [...]

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In Praise of My Local Bank

by JTrefry on May 13, 2010

I had an incident with a bank last month ,  and I just  had to blog about it… A POSITIVE one! Imagine that! I was out of town and needed some cash. So I found the nearest ATM. Despite the $1.50 fee, which I detest and generally avoid, I got my cash. Imagine my surprise [...]

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