Some of you know that in a former life, I got my bachelors and masters in U.S. history. A large part of my education was studying material culture, aka "stuff," so I took several classes on evaluating objects and antiques. I even did an internship at an antiques auction house, which was an … [Read more...] about How to Spot Expensive Furniture at Thrift Stores
Last week, I asked you which products are worth the brand name, and many of you listed clothing items. I tend to agree that sometimes, it's quality over quantity when it comes to my wardrobe. However, there was a time and place where I simply couldn't afford higher end clothes, but I still had to … [Read more...] about How To Fake A Really Expensive Wardrobe
I have talked a few times here about my journey into the real estate market again. It has been a little over seven years since we bought our first house, but it is time to move out and get in the business of buying a house again. I have saved for a down payment, hired a Realtor to sell our current … [Read more...] about How to Budget for Buying a House
One of the most widely discussed topics with personal finance bloggers is about earning extra income. We all talk about it, and most of us even practice what we preach. Earning more money is not a taboo topic, and is in fact, a reality for many. When I talk about earning more, I'm not talking about … [Read more...] about Why Extra Income Is So Important
Just recently I was browsing Facebook when I came across an interesting picture of an acquaintance of mine. She was standing in front of a brand new white Lexus, which in all honesty, was absolutely gorgeous. (Hey, if you can afford it, more power to you, right? ;-) ) The issue I had with the … [Read more...] about Giving Your Spouse a Car is a Really Bad Gift
That, my friends, is the question. There's lots of debate in the PF blogging world about whether or not people should pay off debt or invest, or do both at the same time. But what if, like us, you've got LOTS of debt. LOTS and lots? Does the scenario change? Rick and I go back and forth on this … [Read more...] about Pay off Debt or Invest – Which is Best for the Deep in Debt?
Are you tired of reading about baby stuff from me yet? Don't answer that! ;-) I can't help it. I have babies on the brain! Plus, I have a lot of tips to share when it comes to saving money on baby stuff. Since I've had to buy things for two little bambinos, I've had to be smart about what I get. I'm … [Read more...] about 3 Tips for Saving Money on Baby Stuff
Who knew that blogging can take so much time? When I started Frugal Rules about 15 or so months ago, I knew it would be work, but I didn’t realize how much time it takes to build and maintain a growing blog. You have the networking aspect, responding to emails from members of the press and … [Read more...] about How to Save Time as a Blogger: Hire a Virtual Assistant
I wish I could say that the holidays are all joy and cheer for me. The truth is that I, and a number of other parents I've spoken with, feel immense pressure this time of year to come up with great Christmas gift ideas for kids. If I'm not careful, I can let that pressure suck the spirit out of the … [Read more...] about How I Come Up With Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Please welcome back, after too long away, the lovely Mrs. Frugal Rules as she shares what it was like for her to watch me go through the decision whether or not to quit my job. Enjoy... During the more than a decade that I’ve been married to Mr. Frugal Rules, I can honestly say that this is the … [Read more...] about Taking the Plunge: The Day I Finally Said, ‘ Quit Your Job ’
Almost daily, two ideas swirl about the personal finance sphere - paying off debt as soon as possible and the importance of compound interest. Not always the most exciting of topics, I know, but both are very important and relevant at varying degrees for most of us. To a lesser extent though, we … [Read more...] about Should You Pay Off Debt or Invest in the Stock Market First?
Welcome back to another entry in the series of posts in which I discuss things I would never do. The majority of the posts in this series have been fairly cut and dry for me, where I fell on one side of the issue or the other and I don’t know that is the case with today’s post on winning the lottery … [Read more...] about Things I Would Never Do: Go Back to Work After Winning the Lottery