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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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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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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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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Why and How Black Friday 2020 Is Different

Officially, Black Friday 2020 arrives on Friday, November 27th this year. Unofficially, it’s happening right now, and throughout the month of November. For example, Amazon continues to run early deals on Echo devices, many of them matching last month’s Prime Day prices. Things like Echo Show 8 for $65 is a spectacular deal right now!

With the coronavirus pandemic raging on, Black Friday 2020 may look a bit different than previous years. Check out the details you need to know.

But while great sale prices aren’t going to be changing when it comes to Black Friday, 2020’s version is shaping up to be a very different kind of shopping experience than any holiday shopping weekend in recent memory. So exactly how and why is Black Friday 2020 going to be different?

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Plan Right Now to Save Your Holiday Finances

It’s become so common for people to rack up huge amounts of debt during the holiday season, especially when they whip out the old credit card and throw caution to the wind! Between travel, parties, gifts, and décor, the amount you spend in December alone could result in an uncomfortably large credit card balance. Holiday finances can be tough to deal with.

It's not too late to plan your holiday finances. But the holidays are coming right around the corner, so now is the time to get organized.

You probably have fallen victim to it just as most of us have including me too as an impetuous youth. I lived to regret it and fortunately I learned my lesson and never did it again. So I ask this question of you now: Are you ready to plan right now to save your holiday finances?

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What is Bargain Hunting to You?

I write about savings on this blog because saving money is very important to my wife and me. I enjoy the challenges of bargain hunting and knowing and feeling that I got a very good deal, if not the best deal available. But I also know that not everyone views a bargain in terms of dollars and cents.

Remember this rule of thumb above all else:

“A bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need it and won’t use it!”

I’m sure if you check in your closets you will find some things you have purchased because it was such a deal, but has never, ever been used. These purchases will probably wind up as a bargain to someone else at your next yard sale.

Bargain hunting means different things to different people. Which do you value most...your time or your money? And how does that affect the way you shop?
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Sure Ways to Save Money Shopping Online

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I may be a senior, but I have learned many of the newest ways to save my money when I shop. I have moved from the art of tracking down and clipping paper coupons to all of the current ways to save money shopping online. If you’re not using them, you’re missing out on cold hard cash!

You can save money shopping online when you use cash back portals and other promos and offers. Use these five sites to maximize your savings.

The internet has completely revolutionized the way we shop and if anything, staying at home during this pandemic has made it even more important. So if you are going to save time and gas by shopping online, why not make it a trifecta of savings and also save on your actual spend? That’s why today I am talking about some surefire money savers for online shopping!

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