The Saturday Weekend Review #47: How two children share their views about rip-off prices for used toys

CHILDREN ARE SMARTER THAN WE THINK Just when you thought kids didn’t understand value and quality they can tell you what’s hot when it comes to toys and video games. Who knew that I would learn something from a child about personal finance, but I did just the other day while out shopping with my best friend and his daughter at the Bibles For Missions store. Whenever we get together we enjoy cruising through the second-hand shops to see what bargains we can find. It’s no different from when I’m with my wife except the fact that he brings his daughter so we end up in the toy department. While my friend bolted off away from me he left me stranded in the toy section with his daughter and about 6 other children jamming their hands in bins looking for everything and anything that will beep, spin and sing a tune. As I leaned on the wall I watched the kids start to get to know one another and to be honest I was in awe. The conversation went something like this…. As both children were playing with their small toys they started talking.. Girl 1- My name is Elizabeth […]

You’re cheap if you decorate rooms frugally

Things To Do When Moving Into A New Home No I don’t think you are cheap and you will never hear me say that, trust me. A friend of my wife who has a great job in a senior level position as does her husband feel that we are too cheap when it comes to decorating our house. I guess everyone has their own definition of cheap and frugal but for us it’s simply spending less when we can. We know loads of people who skim the online ads looking for a deal in their community. Newlyweds and those moving into their first place typically have what they acquired over the years living at home or while away at school. With more and more students exiting school with student loans that may take them years to pay off scouting for discounts on home décor is worth the effort, in my opinion. New home new stuff Everything in Cheryl’s house (changed her name) is pristine and has the price tag to prove it. When we were house sitting their cat on the weekend just going inside their house alerted us to the smell of a new home. She keeps it immaculate […]

Being Budget Savvy with the Guest Room

Being Budget Savvy with the Guest Room One of the things many of us with financial problems dread most is having guests. Yes, believe it or not more than the tax man, more than a blind date, and more than going to the dentist hosting others can be a major headache. It’s not that we dislike people but a strange feeling comes over us that although our homes are the perfect setting for us they aren’t the best match for guests. We worry our humble abodes don’t have what it takes and as a result creating a setting for friends or family is too pricey a venture. This, however, is far from the truth. Much of what it takes to establish a modest guest room can be done on a simple budget and in most cases once it’s set up maintaining it is easy. That being the case, with the summer vacation season fast approaching here are a few tips for designing a guest room on a budget in time for the summer guests. Locale Guest rooms can be in just about any space in the home as what matters most is how you intend to use it. For instance, […]

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