What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day

If I tried to write a new post for Father’s Day, I wouldn’t really be able to say it better than this one which I first published years ago. It’s how I felt then and it’s how I feel now. It may not be my best work, but it comes from the heart.

In 2016, I wrote a post about my thoughts on Father’s Day and I haven’t changed my mind yet. It really did come from my heart. I think the message in it says what every dad (and mom too) thinks and feels about a day like this. Even though the environment we live in makes us feel like honoring our dads and moms is all about buying gifts and making a big deal out of just the one single day a year, I can tell you from personal experience, that’s not what dads (and moms) really want from their kids.

Father's Day is coming on June 20th. I'll share with you the secret of what Dad really wants for his special day and you won't need to spend the big bucks.

I hope you won’t mind if I repeat my real feelings today about Father’s Day, in anticipation of this Sunday, June 20, 2021. I am republishing this old post so if you didn’t see it then, I hope you will read it now. I also hope that it says what you are feeling the same way it does for me. Here’s hoping all the “kids” of any age out there read and get the message I am conveying. Have a great Father’s Day and make it last all year long!

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The Soaring Cost of Post-Pandemic Life and Vacation Travel

It’s starting to look like we can make some kind of real plans again to get away from home and enjoy traveling as we always did before COVID-19. But when you do go back to life as you knew it, how are you going to feel? If you haven’t yet ventured out of your home, or even more daringly gone away on a vacation yet, you are not alone. For most of us, just getting back to work or any kind of “normal” routine is still the adventure we are experiencing. There are lots of questions about what we should know and do when it comes to “post-pandemic” life and vacation travel. But as you do it, beware.

The number of people getting out and traveling is on the rise and so are all of the prices!

Family checking in to resort despite high cost of vacation travel

Caution Has Been My Middle Name

Just yesterday, I went shopping in an actual store for the first time since March of 2020 (yes, I am a highly at-risk person for COVID-19) and I still found myself being very wary despite now being fully vaccinated.

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Things You Should Never Buy If They’re Not On Sale

We all have to admit it: we love a great bargain and sale! And why not? We save money and we get something we really want (and hopefully really need) at what we know is a good price. Well, that’s subject to some scrutiny, but the big news is this: if you are buying something that isn’t “on sale”, you’d better have a pretty good reason as to why.

Close up of kitchen range, an item you shouldn't buy if it's not on sale

Sale shopping and pricing has become so prevalent and common that there is now a cardinal rule in place about it. But believe it or not, some folks just shop without planning and thought, and that is costing them a small fortune in missed opportunities!

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25 Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Money

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It’s been awhile since I’ve talked specifically about grocery shopping here on Super Saving Tips. With inflation rearing its ugly head, it’s more important than ever to shop smart and save money. I know many of us relaxed our control over our budgets during the pandemic and it’s about time to get back to those better habits.

In this era of rising prices, it's important to use these grocery shopping tips to save money. Here are 25 ways to control your spending.

Why It Matters

On average, Americans spend over 10% of their income on groceries. Of course the amounts vary with your family size, but no matter how big or small your family is, that’s a lot of money. If you save even $20 a week, that turns into over $1,000 a year you could be saving!

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Does It Pay to Be Cheap or Will You Regret It?

No one likes being called cheap. Not even bloggers who write about such things. The word “frugal” is preferred and although they often apply to and mean the same thing, frugal does make one sound smarter, doesn’t it?

Being a smart shopper means knowing when it pays to buy cheap and when to spend more for quality. Here are my thoughts on three categories.

When I first starting writing this blog, I spent most of my time on it writing about shopping and bargains. Making your money stretch and last longer also means being able to save more when you spend less. And you can use that savings for some really important stuff like retirement or healthcare or building up your emergency funds.

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Is Joining a Wholesale Club Like Costco Right for You?

I get asked about wholesale clubs all the time, mainly because saving on the cost of food and household supplies is such a big part of your everyday budget and of course you hear that joining a wholesale club will save you money. But is it always true?

Joining a wholesale club might be able to save you money, or it just might cost you. Here's how to tell if a wholesale club is right for you.

Back In the late 1970s, wholesale clubs (also known as warehouse clubs) started popping up and became popular all over the U.S. Then eventually they expanded internationally.

The idea of people getting an “exclusive” club membership that was offering groceries and consumers goods at significant discounts had great appeal to the then-primetime baby boomers raising families during that challenging economic era. It was a perfect storm back then. But is it still that way today? Is joining a wholesale club really for you in 2021?

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Your Grocery Budget: How to Make It and Stick to It

Do you have a grocery budget that’s working for you? To me, it’s super basic, but to so many, making any kind of budget is like speaking a foreign language. Setting a budget goal for food will help you save money, period.

Whether you're making a grocery budget for the first time, or simply trying to save more, these tips will help you reach your goals.

Without a budget or a plan, your spending habits and your control over your money are doomed to fail. And it doesn’t matter how much money you may have, it still happens. But I can help you find your budget and stick to it.

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Drugstore Savings: Best Ways to Save at the Pharmacy

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Even though I have written so much in this blog about “saving at the supermarket” over the past 7 years, saving money at the drugstore has become just as big a deal. So today, let’s take a look at what savings at your pharmacy can really mean to you and how much it affects your budget and life!

Drugstores offer all kinds of merchandise these days and so it's important to know how to save at the pharmacy. Check out these 5 tips to save money.

Pharmacy Sticker Shock

Drugstore sticker shock seems as if it is on everything from prescriptions to toilet paper. If you look around the store, it seems like it is a very real thing if we even attempt to shop for convenience when we are already there for actual prescriptions or other medical necessities. We have all been in that position, haven’t we? But there are plenty of ways you can actually save big at your favorite drugstore. Here are a few important things to know and do when it comes to you and your pharmacy right now!

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