Month: November 2009

Dating On A Budget: Keeping Your Mate Interested Year Round – PART 1

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Here’s a shocker; the number one reason for divorce in America is money. Other reasons sited have been infidelity, poor communication, change in priorities, sexual issues, failed expectations of their spouse, and many others. However, quite frankly, it’s saddening that men and women can’t seem to coexist under the same household without monetary conflicts. The solution to this problem is to date on a budget. Talking about your finances early in the relationship widely opens the communication door, because most are uncomfortable talking about money with someone they intimately like. Furthermore, if you practice frugal dating techniques, you will build habits that become second nature as the relationship matures. So, as your bank account grows, you’ll both be less likely to spend excessively. To get you started, here are a few tips for interesting dates on a tight budget.

Take It Easy

This is by far one of the most important

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Movies on a Budget: See Everything You Want for Cheap – PART 1

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With movie prices as high as they are, paying to see a below par movie can be very frustrating. Some people have even stopped going to the theaters all together, as a means to cut costs. As a personal movie buff, I can attest that nothing beats a killer movie on the big screen. Furthermore, you can’t get an easier date setting… all you have to do is sit there. So, while I do encourage the use of Netflix and other money saving movie alternatives, here is the first installment of a two-part series aimed at helping add a little bit of the real BIG SCREEN back into your life.

Disclaimer: Some of the tips listed below may be frowned upon by the movie theater,

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Grocery Shopping On A Budget – 5 Actions You Should Apply Today

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Let’s admit the obvious. Times are hard. From the highest government official to the freshman college student, everyone is looking for areas in their life where they can “cut back” on spending. The fact remains, we must eat to survive, and ballers on a budget love to eat good. There’s nothing wrong with that, however, over-spending and overeating can lead to a multitude of problems which I can’t get into with the space provided. Alternately, here are 5 things you need to start practicing now in order to gain control of over-spending on food.

1) Make A List

It may not seem baller to be walking around the grocery store with a list in your hand, however, admitting that you don’t have the best memory in the world and doing

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Drinking Alcohol On A Budget-13 Tips You Can’t Forget

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Ahhhh Booze

. That magical concoction that whisks your worries away, lowers your social inhibitions and brings people together… well on a good night anyways. Let’s be real for a minute, unless you’re just horrible at talking to the opposite sex, Alcohol is NOT a necessity. It was always fun to joke with my friends back in college that food and other necessities came after we bought the keg/handle for that night’s debaucheries. It seems I had the Baller part down… the budget part, not so much.

So if you’re strapped for cash the most obvious and effective method for drinking alcohol while on a budget is simply not to drink at all or to just drink less. Unfortunately for some people… *cough* myself *cough* this is far from the easiest method and stopping all together isn’t really an option with a lifestyle full of bar promotions, football tailgates and rock concerts.

Another issue with trying to save money on Alcohol… it’s a recession proof product. This means the chance and occasion for major bargains on your favorite cocktail are pretty much nonexistent. But don’t you worry, there are still ways to lower that booze bill… I have gathered a list of more useful methods to help you save money on alcohol while still ballin on a budget.

1. PREDRINK – Unless you don’t know how to pace yourself once you get to the bar,

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