Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to be Costly


A recent update of the USDA dietary guidelines showed that healthy eating costs $380 more a year per person–or $7.28 more per week. According to the new nutritional guidelines, aptly named My Plate,  Americans are being asked to consume more potassium, fiber, vitamin D and calcium. Last week I wrote about five easy and frugal ways to increase your dietary fiber intake–and really, it’s not that hard. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive. If you think about, you can cut out junk food and replace it with healthier fresh foods and you really wouldn’t be upping your grocery bill by that much.

Wardrobe Oxygen: Transitional Fashion from Summer to Fall


While it’s still 500,000 degrees here in Washington D.C., the fashion world has already deemed it to be fall. While I’m in need of a couple more sundresses and pairs of shorts to get through the next couple of months, shops are chock full of chunky knits, long-sleeved shirts and wool skirts. Even though I work up a sweat in this weather just walking to the car, I have to admit I too am lusting for tall leather boots and tweed.

How do you dress for the weather, but also dress for the season?

Back to School Shopping: 5 Backpacks for Under $10


I’m sure by now, you’ve been bombarded with Back to School sales ads and have either bought all the essentials needed for the first day of school or you’re still in the process.

Although I haven’t received the supply list for my soon-to-be kindergartener, it doesn’t take a genius to know that a backpack is one of those essentials needed by a student.

Like clothing, shoes, hairstyle and accessories, a backpack is an extension of your child’s identity.  Your child may be in love with a Toy Story 3 backpack with all sorts of tacky colors and you may be happy to call it a day with a simple red backpack from Jansport.

You may wonder if it’s possible to score a decent pack for a price that won’t put a strain on your budget.  Surprisingly, they exist and I’ve compiled a list of 5 backpacks for under $10.  They range from distinct girls and boys bags to a functional unisex bag.

The Prudent Pantry: Ideas for Healthy Snacks While on a Diet


Image by SummerTomato via Flickr

I recently cut wheat, sugar, and dairy from my diet–perhaps temporarily, perhaps not–and I’m finding that I’m hungry more often as I adjust. The key to keeping myself on track and reasonably sane has been snacking! Here are some ideas for snacking healthfully, diet-conscious, and budget-wise.

Savings Pledge Stories: A Round Up from Our DealPros


With over $5.2 million in pledges, we’ve hit the first tier of our mission to save Americans $1 billion, so we’ve upped the ante from $5 million to $10 million.  And to motivate and inspire you to set and reach your own financial goals, here are some more Savings Pledge stories from our intrepid DealPros.

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