4/25/12

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 4/25-5/1

Bargain Brag Wednesday

April 25, 2012

Welcome to another Wallet-Friendly Wednesday!

This is link party is an opportunity to share your latest bargain shopping finds, money-saving ideas, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, budget home-improvement projects, side-of-the-road finds, consignment shop steals, upscycle projects, home organization tips, etc. . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved you money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! Grab the Wallet-Friendly Wednesday button at the top to include in your post.

Please only list family-friendly links--and no Etsy or advertising links, please.

Once you've linked your project, be sure to visit the other projects and leave comments!

Here's what was shared last week!





View some of what has been recently shared on previous Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays. Thank you all for sharing your amazing, wallet-friendly ideas!

Follow me on Twitter where I'm tweeting all sorts of deals, all the time!

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .


4/24/12

"It's just cheaper to fly!" Or is it?

Have you heard that before? "It's just cheaper to fly!" I hear this a lot, when people decide to book airline tickets for their destination, rather than drive. It's not a bad choice, per se, but I've often wondered if it's true. Our family has chosen to drive most of the time, because even with gas prices sky-rocketing toward $4/gallon, it is often more cost-effective for us to drive. Want to know how we know that?

Let me introduce you to a handy little tool called AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator. It's awesome! It's completely free, easy-to-use, and you don't have to be a AAA member to use it. I use it whenever we're tempted to fly somewhere instead of drive. It always brings me back to reality. To give you an example...

We're planning an upcoming trip that will be around 808 road miles round trip. For the sake of this example, and just to cast a wide net, I'll compare the cost of the trip using AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator and Travelocity.com.

FLYING:
We are a family of four--2 adults, 1 child, and 1 infant. Our upcoming 808 mile round trip journey on an airline would cost us around $1300-$1800+, and that's not even calculating the cost for extra checked car seats and/or baggage. I selected the cheapest flights available during our travel dates (about 1 month out). The length of travel time would be 6+ hours each way (about the same amount of time to drive to the same destination). Oh! And we haven't even rented a car yet! Or paid for the gas in our rented car, while we drive around.
  • Flight cost: $1300-1800 (depending on airline) round trip
  • Rental car cost: ??
  • Gas cost for rental car: ??
  • Travel time: 6+ hours each way; 13+ hours round trip
DRIVING:
Using AAA's tool, I put in the parameters of our trip, and our vehicle's make/year/model. AAA uses the average gas prices around the nation to calculate the trip costs. Our average cost right now is around $3.78/gallon. We don't have to check our bags--they fit nicely in our vehicle. Car seats are already installed, and don't need to be checked. According to AAA's tool, from our city to our destination city, the total round trip mileage is 808 miles. According to Google Maps, from doorway to doorway, the total round trip mileage is 846 miles. So, there will be a little bit of variation in the total cost for the trip--but not by much. Based on all of that, AAA says our trip will cost us a whopping $153.00 (thereabouts). And we won't have to pay extra for our luggage at all. The total travel time will be approximately 14 hours round trip--7 hours each way. And there's no additional cost for renting a car.
  • Driving cost (gas): $153.00 round trip (~$77/each way)
  • Travel time: 7 hours each way; 14 hours round trip

So, for almost the same amount of travel time, I can save (at least) almost $1200.00 and just drive. Plus, I'll gain the pleasure of teaching my kids about different parts of the country, and the ability to get fresh air or stretch my legs whenever I want.

If you haven't thought about it before, try saving some money this spring and summer by driving! When in doubt, compare the cost of your trip using the Fuel Cost Calculator.



4/19/12

Living Debt-Free...really?!

Our family has been on a quest for many, many years. We're on a mission to eliminate our debt! I shared earlier on this week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday that we're only 18 months away from eliminating a big debt that we've been working on for about 2-1/2 years now. There will most certainly be a big celebration when that's done!

I love reading about and talking to folks who are successfully living debt-free. It's so inspiring! It makes me feel like we can do it!

That's why I was excited to read an article this week about the Duggars. Some of you just rolled your eyes, and others of you just perked up. I'm not out to debate anything or share any opinions about this family and the way they've chosen to do life. But I have to admire that they are such a big family AND they live debt-free! If you want to know more and be inspired, read How the Duggars Support 19 Kids and Live Debt-Free.

4/18/12

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 4/18-4/24

Bargain Brag Wednesday

April 18, 2012

We've been living fairly simply for quite a while...years, in fact...LOTS of years. Why? Because we're on a mission to get out of debt! Are you in the same boat? We're pretty excited though, because in less than 18 months, we'll be DONE with a major portion of our "superfluous" debt. YAY! The end is in sight, and we're getting excited. Stay tuned this week, because I'm going to share an article I just read about how the Duggar family lives debt-free. Regardless of what you think of them, their tips for debt-free living are inspiring!

Welcome to another Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is your opportunity to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Here's what was shared in the previous weeks!

  • Fabulous Goodwill finds from Sweetwater Style...CAbi, Gap, Talbots, & more!




View some of what has been recently shared on previous Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays. Thank you all for sharing your amazing, wallet-friendly ideas!

Follow me on Twitter where I'm tweeting all sorts of deals, all the time!

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

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4/11/12

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 4/11-4/17

Bargain Brag Wednesday

April 11, 2012

We planted a garden this year. To say I have a green thumb would be a straight-out lie. My grandma and mom both have green thumbs. They're great! They just know what to do with plants. I think it must have skipped my generation, unfortunately. Ugh. That's why we're just crossing our fingers and hoping that the garden takes off. Oh, and I totally forgot to label everything! Yeah, I've got a general idea of where things are, but not exactly where they are. I guess you could say I'm more of a haphazard gardener. So, if things take off, we're hoping it saves us a bit of money this year, and teaches our children the fun of growing your own food. Cross your fingers!

Welcome to another Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is your opportunity to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Here's what was shared in the previous weeks!





View some of what has been recently shared on previous Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays. Thank you all for sharing your amazing, wallet-friendly ideas!

Follow me on Twitter where I'm tweeting all sorts of deals, all the time!

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

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4/5/12

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 4/4-4/10

Bargain Brag Wednesday

April 4, 2012

Hello, again! Welcome to another Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is your opportunity to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Here's what was shared last week!




View some of what has been recently shared on previous Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays. Thank you all for sharing your amazing, wallet-friendly ideas!

Follow me on Twitter where I'm tweeting all sorts of deals, all the time!

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .



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