How To Make Your Money Greener

Piles of Paper

I recently finished reading Forty Signs of Rain a fictional novel about what can happen as a result of global warming and the decay of our atmosphere. I also recently read a article on ChristianPF.com asking Was Jesus a tightwad? Both of these really made me think about ways I can make a difference.

Here’s a few tips for making greener financial decisions:

Take advantage of fuel efficiency and energy related tax credits

Money Saving Monday Tip #6 – Kids Eat Free!

Fries!

Want to eat out more but your budget just can’t handle the expense? You’ll be surprised at the number of places that offer kids eat free nights. We love to eat out, but with 6 children it’s incredibly expensive regardless of where we go. We are always on the look-out for coupons, specials, etc. One of the things we have been doing recently (and honestly should have been doing a long time ago) is eating at restaurants that have kids eat free nights.

Chromed: How to Look Cool and Waste Your Money

While driving down the road the other day, I saw a car that looked very similar to this one:

Chromed Car

The first thought that came to my mind was why???? But then I realized I am probably just getting old. I’m quite sure my Dad asked me why many times when I was younger.

Free Money: Wachovia and ING

Here’s an easy way to make some free money. I bank with both Wachovia and ING. Both are currently offering referral deals:

Wachovia will give both you and I a $25 gift card when you open a new checking account. A minimum balance of $100 is required and the account must stay in good standing for 30 days.

INGDirect will give you $25 and myself $10 when you open a new INGDirect Orange Savings Account. It requires a minimum deposit of $250 which must stay in the account for 30 days. ING’s accounts offer a high interest rate and their online banking interface is simple and easy to use. Orange Savings accounts make a great place to store your Emergency Fund or to create Savings Accounts for your children.

The Friday Gathering for 8/10/2007

Another Friday has arrived, and rather quickly I might add. Here in the Carolina’s we’re reaching record highs of 104 with heat indexes of 108! To make matters worse, football practice for my oldest son started last night, so needless to say it was a bit miserable. Anyway, here’s some of the “hot” posts this week from the Personal Finance Blog community that I enjoyed reading:

Why Debit Cards Are Better Than Credit Cards

Rewards Cards

Yesterday a couple of credit card related articles showed up on Get Rich Slowly. One article was by JD himself and had a few people surprised, the other by a guest. Both articles have caused quite a bit of conversation in the comments.

A Few Minor Changes

While trying to provide you with articles and postings that you will enjoy reading and participating in, I’ve also been hard at work on the site itself. During some downtime today and over the past few weeks I’ve made the following changes I think you’ll like:

  • Modified the MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog widgets to show more faces. If you haven’t checked out these blog social networking sites, I would invite you to do so. I’ve met some great folks and found some great blogs.

Ask The Readers – What Software or Tools Do You Use to Manage Your Finances?

Ask The Readers

A friend of mine and I where having a discussion yesterday about what software/tools we use to manage and keep track of our finances. Based on a previous recommendation by me, he was using SimpleD Budget. I had used it for a while, but decided to go with a custom spreadsheet I developed instead.

I enjoy the flexibility and ease of entry I have using Excel. He was considering going to MS Money or Quicken, which I have also used in the past.

It did make me wonder, what does everyone else use? What software or tools do you use to manage your finances?

In The Beginning

SunriseThat which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. - 1 John 1:1-5

Garage/Yard Sale Update

We were up early on Saturday morning to begin getting things out of the garage and in the drive-way for our garage/yard sale (funny, I never really know what to call them, garage sale or yard sale). Our sale started at 7:00am. I opened the garage door at 6:30am to begin setting stuff out, and people were already waiting. I was selling items before I could even get them out of the garage!

We sold a number of the items we purchased at the auction we attended a few weeks ago. The love seat I purchased for $1 sold for $5, and we sold a number of the miscellaneous dishes and glass items be bought for a $1 for far more than $1.

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