Money-Saving Recipe: Tapioca Pudding

Are you ready to celebrate National Tapioca Pudding Day, which – as you no doubt know – is this Sunday, July 15?  I mean, who doesn’t know their National Dessert Days by heart? See also: More pudding recipes Sure this is a hectic time of year for us pudding lovers, with National Vanilla Pudding Day back on May 22nd and National Chocolate Pudding Day a mere two weeks ago, on June 26. But once we spoon our way through Tapioca …

Reduce Air Conditioning Costs, Electric Bills

My grandfather would have loved the heat wave we’re having, if for no other reason than it would give him cause to unleash his endless arsenal of “It’s hotter than…” sayings. You know, “It’s hotter than a firecracker lit on both ends.” Or, “It’s hotter than the devil dancing in frying pan.” Or even, “hotter than a billy goat in pepper patch,” which I guess would be pretty hot, although admittedly some of Gramps’ sayings translated better than others between …

Score Great Fourth of July Deals

I love the July 4th holiday– picnics, parades, fireworks, and a chance to spend time with family and friends celebrating our nation’s independence. And it’s also a chance to do a little shopping and score some terrific deals, if you know where to look. Although summer isn’t known for being the best “bargain season” of the year, with consumer spending still sputtering along like a sparkler that turns out to be a dud, it looks like this year many retailers …

Adopt a Cat: Save Money and a Life

June is National Adopt a Cat Month, sponsored by the American Humane Association (AHA), and on behalf of cat lovers everywhere I want to encourage you to consider adopting a cat from a shelter if you have a place for one in your home and in your heart, and can afford to do so. It’s estimated that every minute, four cats in animal shelters are euthanized in order to make room for a constant influx of new cats being put up for …

Frugal — and Priceless — Father’s Day Gifts

I reported last month that a majority of Americans planned to spend under $100 for Mother’s Day gifts. Now a survey by the same shopping website, PriceGrabber.com, confirms that most shoppers plan to spend about the same amount on dad as well this Father’s Day. I’m glad there’s parity at least when it comes to how we treat our parents, even though I’ve always been convinced that my parents love my older brother more than me. There are a lot …

Save Money at Pick-Your-Own Farms

Unlike a lot of folks, I’ve never considered shopping to be fun or a form of entertainment. I guess that’s because I was born with the cheapskate gene, and it’s rumored to take the jaws-of-life to get my wallet out of my back pocket. But the other weekend my wife and I went on a shopping excursion of sorts that I really must admit was both entertaining and a good value. We spent a sunny Saturday at a pick-your-own strawberry …