7 Items on the Back to School List You Forgot to Budget

7 Unexpected Back to School Expenses

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We’re gearing up for back to school in 8 days. Last week, I took the kids shopping for school clothes. This week is school supplies, since we got their final …read more    

Growing Up Frugal

Growing Up Frugal

Inexpensively is more than 10 years old. So, while I have teens and tweens now, I’ve been writing about frugal living since my kids were little. In fact, I had a few less kids when I started writing around here. It first began as an effort to lower our budget …read more    

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5-Minute Tip to Lower Water Bills

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I’m always looking for ways to improve our home’s efficiency and lower our monthly bills. At first it was about living a greener life. I like the idea of leaving our children’s world …read more    

5 Things I Only Buy on Amazon

I’m a big Amazon shopper — it’s my go-to store for buying gifts, treating myself, and stocking the house. I’ve bought electronics, groceries, toys, and games. I’ve preordered long awaited books, favorite movies, and music for the hubby I’ve never heard of.

Over the years, I’ve discovered there are some …read more    

8 Tools to Lower Your Electric Bills

This polar vortex has temperatures plummeting and electric bills heating up. Between this awful winter weather, snow days, and last month’s holiday lights, our budget is taking a hit when it comes to utilities. Luckily, there is plenty you can do to lower electric bills.

Here are a few tools …read more    

Amazon Lightning Holiday Toy Deals (Cyber Monday)

Amazon Lightning Deals are daily discounts on popular items. During the holiday shopping season, that means awesome deals on the toys you’ll find on kids’ wishlists. Amazon will have hot deals on toys, DVDs, electronics, and more. The deals last for only a couple hours, but the bigger …read more    

My Black Friday Game Plan

Best Buy #281 - The Night Before 'Black Friday'
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The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday, is my favorite way to kick off the holiday season. The day is long and chaotic, but full of bargains if you know where to look. This year, it’s starting on Thanksgiving and looks to …read more    

High School Personal Finance Class

High School Personal Finance Class

The new trimester started at high school today, and my teen is taking Personal Financial Responsibility. I’m pretty excited about it, and I wish more schools offered a similar elective. Even while we have tried to teach our kids frugality and financial responsibility, we’re just Mom and Dad. What do …read more    

Indiana State Fair 2013 Free and Discount Days (Plus Giveaway!)

It’s Indiana State Fair time! From August 2nd to August 18th, you can enjoy fair food, free entertainment, farm animals, and so very much fun.
We adore the Indiana State Fair — but the price can make it not quite so appealing. Luckily, there are plenty of options to save money …read more

4 Ways to Save with the Indianapolis Indians (Plus a Ticket Giveaway!)

School’s out, and we’re looking forward to weeks of frugal summer fun. Nothing says summer fun like baseball, and the Indy Indians have several promotions to keep it frugal! There’s a theme night for every day of the week, including Fireworks Fridays, Lunchtime Game Wednesdays, and Signature Saturdays featuring autograph …read more