Amazon Fire Stick
How We Save on TV, Phone and Internet
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/24/2017 | 8 Comments
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Last week, my mom, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law all asked us what we do for TV, phone and Internet. With so many people asking us the same question, I figured I’d share my answer here as well. Because I think it’s a question that lots of people have at the moment. There are suddenly all of these new options and new ways to save, which is fantastic, but also a bit overwhelming. Especially when you consider all the ways that they can be mixed and matched.

So, here’s a look at the combination that we settled on for our family. It’s tailored to our current habits and budget. You may have a completely different set of requirements.

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Brother L2340DW
How I Cut My Printing Costs
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/16/2017 | 11 Comments
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The HP printer that I had been using for the past several years burned through cartridges quickly. The black cartridge was supposed to be good for 200 prints, and the color cartridge was supposed to be good for 165. I say “supposed to” because I don’t think I ever came close to that number when I was printing in color.

Being an ink jet printer, it was programmed to use color ink – even when printing in black and white. I would go into the printer settings every time I had something to print, and change the setting to black ink only, and every time I would be annoyed that there wasn’t a way to make that the default setting. Clearly this was all a game to use more ink, and I wasn’t winning.

Each time I printed a coupon, I would wonder if I was really saving money by doing so. A couple of the coupon sites that I frequent send coupons straight to your printer, which means those coupons were being printed with color ink. Super frustrating, and I was powerless to do anything about it.

My breaking point came when I burned through a brand new color cartridge in a single day! I was working on a couple projects at the time, but I really hadn’t printed very many pages. In that moment, it became painfully clear just how short of their 165-page claim the cartridges were coming. It was time to move on.

My Solution:

For years, I’d heard

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Gift Ideas for the Kids
Why I Keep a Wish List
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/19/2015 | No Comments
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There are lots of things my family does to save money, but keeping a wish list is definitely a biggie. I started a wish list on Amazon years ago, and my husband and I both use it to keep track of the things that we need and want.

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Cloth Napkins
Permanent Purchases
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/09/2014 | 4 Comments
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Disposable products may be the norm, but they’re not the norm in my house. I like things that are made to last. Things that I can buy once and never have to replace. These permanent purchases, as I call them, save me a lot of money, and they make my life easier, too. Because things that are made well tend to work well.

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