Archive for October, 2008

America’s Cheapest Family (Part 7): On Vacation and The Final Payoff

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

America's Cheapest FamilyThis is an ongoing series of book reviews – in parts, on money-related books.

The first is this series is called America’s Cheapest Family – Gets You Right on Money by Steve and Annette Economides. According to them, this is the guide to living better, spending less, and chasing in on your dreams!

Here’s what they have accomplished so far:

    – Paid off a house in 9 years on limited income (average income approx $35k/yr)
    – Paid cash for all their cars
    – Remodeled kitchen without a home equity loan
    – Enjoyed fabulous debt-free vacations
    – Fed a growing family (of 2+5) on a grocery budget of $350/mth
    – Put savings in the bank!

On Vacations

Vacations should be events that build positive interactions and create long-lasting, fun-filled memories, not short weeks that stress you out because they’re breaking the bank.

Consider being a tourist in your own state (country). Pick up a guide book and look up places you can visit and day tours you can go for. Many museums select one day each month to be free to the public. You’ll be amazed at the wide array of options available.

Home Recreation Ideas:

    – Make it Thanksgiving in July! Enjoy a complete turkey dinner for the family
    – Borrow/Rent Movies, maybe even an odie, prepare popcorn and pretend you’re in a cinema
    – Go Bowling. Some alleys have discounted rates. Check out the times
    – Try backyard Camping. If you don’t have a backyard, camp out in the living room.
    – Go to discount theaters.
    – Enjoy Game Days. Pull out all your board & card games and have fun with them.
    – Have Christmas in July! Do some Christmas shopping at thift stores
    [Editor’s note: Going to Daiso might work for this one.]
    – Take a Free Tour
    [Editor’s note: There are guided map tours for areas around town]

Edu-Vacation:
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America’s Cheapest Family (Part 6): On Staying Healthy, Entertainment & Recreation

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

America's Cheapest FamilyThis is an ongoing series of book reviews – in parts, on money-related books.

The first is this series is called America’s Cheapest Family – Gets You Right on Money by Steve and Annette Economides. According to them, this is the guide to living better, spending less, and chasing in on your dreams!

Here’s what they have accomplished so far:

    – Paid off a house in 9 years on limited income (average income approx $35k/yr)
    – Paid cash for all their cars
    – Remodeled kitchen without a home equity loan
    – Enjoyed fabulous debt-free vacations
    – Fed a growing family (of 2+5) on a grocery budget of $350/mth
    – Put savings in the bank!

On Staying Healthy

– Drink lots of water
– If someone is sick in the house, wipe down all commonly used objects with disinfectant (eg. doorknob, light switches, telephones etc.)
– Wash your hands when you return home from outside
– Get 10-15 minutes sunshine a day so your body can produce beneficial Vitamin D
– Exercise
– Bleach can work wonders killing germs
– Consider Herbs and Natural Remedies.
(check out Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch)
– Avoid Antibiotics. They are expensive and kill both good and bad bacteria.
– Keep your bowels operating.
– Be a leaner. If your kid has asthma, become a asthma expert.
– Book it. Start reading up and invest in your own well-being.

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On Entertainment & Recreation

Having fun doesn’t have to cost a bomb. Steve and Annette are convinced that meaningful memories can be created with little or no cost if you know where to look.

Holiday Recreations

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