Are Used Car Seats Safe?

As a parent of three children I'm well aware of how much baby items cost.  Car seats, strollers, cribs, formula...the list goes on and on.  And I'm all for saving a few bucks whenever possible.  But is using a used car seat a good idea? Are Used Car Seats Safe? Frugal parents often ask me if it is okay to buy a used car seat for their baby. They are put off by the high … [Read more...]

Book Review – Armada

About a year ago, I read Ernest Cline's debut novel Ready Player One.  I loved the first third, mostly enjoyed the rest, and was mildly disappointed in the ending.  I thought Cline created a fascinating world (though a far-fetched premise) but spent so much time trying to make "in jokes" and 1980s pop culture references thatthe pace of the story was often dragged to a … [Read more...]

Why Is It Called Black Friday?

Everyone knows it’s a huge day for shopping, but why is it called Black Friday? Another Black Friday is upon us and you know what that means.  Throngs of anxious shoppers pushing, shoving, and trampling each other to decide who will be the lucky one who gets the deeply discounted video game, blu-ray player or Elmo doll.  Millions of people get up early (or stay up all night) … [Read more...]

Alternatives to Payday Loans

You probably see ads for payday loans just about every day.  They’re on TV, the radio, and even right in your inbox.  Sometimes referred to as cash advances, a payday loan is a small, short-term loan that is designed to cover the borrower’s expenses until his or her next pay check. If your car breaks down and you don’t have the cash on hand to get it fixed, you could take … [Read more...]