Insecurity is an Expensive Flaw

Last week, my wife and I enjoyed a week in the tropical Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic, with another couple. We sipped Piña Coladas and relaxed on the white sandy beaches, occasionally immersing ourselves in the clear blue ocean water that puts our American East Coast beaches to shame. Thanks to a Groupon all-inclusive deal, […]

Why I’m Considering Using a Donor-Advised Fund

In a previous post, Double Your Donations for Free, I talked about how you should check if your employer has a gift-matching program for donations made to nonprofit organizations. While I’ve been taking advantage of this program for giving to certain organizations, I forgot to include the caveat that some employers’ gift-matching programs only match donations to […]

The Holy Grail of Frugal Drinks – Homemade Iced Tea

After diligently searching Amazon and making trips to both Walmart and Target tonight, I finally found it – the perfect pitcher for iced tea. Our plastic pitcher was starting to show signs of cracking, while at the same time I’ve been reading about the negative effects of using hot water in plastics (chemical leaching). It’s […]

Stop Renting Your Cable Modem from Comcast

It recently came to my attention that Comcast just bumped up the price of renting a cable modem from $8 to $10 per month. This is insane! $8 was already a rip-off and a massive scam to begin with. Did you know that you can buy a perfectly good cable modem from somewhere between $40 and […]

Our Trip to Italy and Greece – Part 3

At long last we boarded our plane. We climbed into our seats, which held a pair of headphones and a blanket to ease our overnight flight. Each seat had its own small TV and a surprisingly impressive selection of new movies to choose from, free of charge. After the plane lifted off the ground and the […]

Our Trip to Italy and Greece – Part 2

It was the day we had been anticipating for the last two months. Friday, March 27th had finally arrived. On this beautiful, sunny day which barely required a fleece, I couldn’t help but reflect on how perfectly everything had seemed to fall into place leading up to this point. The weather bolstered our optimism and bode […]

Our Trip to Italy and Greece – Part 1

My wife and I dreamed about the possibility of traveling to Europe since we were dating, but it always seemed so far out of reach. It remained a bucket list item for “one day” after we had a house and kids, a vague idea for an undetermined time in the future. Then, one night I […]

Car Insurance Simplified

I recently bought a car, and a few days after adding the “new” vehicle to my car insurance, I noticed Geico automatically tacked on a few unwanted charges. The first thing I noticed was an added service for Rental Reimbursement at $21.12 PER CAR per 6 months. That’s $42.24 of our hard earned dollars spent […]

Double Your Donations for Free

Did you know you might be able to effectively double your donations without any extra money out of pocket? It depends on where you work, but if you’re fortunate to work for a large company, you might consider checking whether they have a gift matching program. Many employers offer this benefit in order to boost […]

Mankind’s Greatest Invention

Do you hate math? If you do, I’m convinced you’re going to love it by the time you’re done reading this post. Why? Because of the magic of compound interest. Albert Einstein once reportedly called compound interest “mankind’s greatest invention.” While Snopes might dispute whether Einstein was truly the source of this claim, there is […]