From the Editor’s Desk

Gary Foreman

 

Let’s Talk Turkey!

Hello to all my Frugal Friends!

Here we go! Just a few short days until Thanksgiving. And for many families that means a turkey with all the fixings!

Here at TDS we want you to have a wonderful holiday. That includes advice from a butcher on how to choose the right turkey and a gourmet chef’s secrets on how to cook the perfect turkey. To finish it all off, Holiday Baking Secrets for the Cookie-Challenged will put a finish on that holiday feast!

One final thought. I know that many of you enjoy all of your Facebook friends. We, too, have many people that we connect with on FB. We’d love to have you join us on The Dollar Stretcher page or join the crowd at Fifty Plus Finances. You’ll find lots of great people and ideas to help you live better…for less!

Keep on Stretching those Dollars!
Gary

Reducing the Cost of Staying Warm this Winter

Hello to all my Frugal Friends!

Once we get to November, it’s time to be serious about protecting our homes from winter’s cold blasts. For many of us, winter heating bills are a big part of our budget. And, with the extra expense of the holidays, it couldn’t come at a worse time.

So I’d encourage you to take some steps now to reduce the cost of staying comfortable this winter. You’ll find all kinds of help in the Frugal Ways to Lower Your Home Heating Costs section of our library.

There’s suggestions for renters and homeowners. Ways to reduce both the amount and the cost of the energy you use. How to reduce heat loss. Ways to stay warm without setting your thermostat higher.

We also have a library section on Low Cost Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter. Including furnace prep, insulation and how to keep Jack Frost’s cold breath out of your home!

On a different note, regular readers know how critical it is to keep family food costs down. Depending on the size of your household, you’re probably spending between 10 and 20 percent of your take home pay on food. Along with housing and transportation, food is a major part of your family finances.

We aim to help. We’re working on assembling an ebook that will include the many, many fine tips we have received suggesting ways to keep your food bill under control. I’ll give you details when we’re closer to releasing it.

Keep on Stretching those Dollars!
Gary

About the Author

Gary Foreman is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who founded The Dollar Stretcher.com website and newsletters in 1996. He's the author of How to Conquer Debt No Matter How Much You Have and he's been featured in MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Fox Business, The Nightly Business Report, US News Money, Credit.com and CreditCards.com. Gary shares his philosophy of money here. Gary is available for audio, video or print interviews. For more info see his media page.

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