Talking Explicitly to My Children About Money

My husband and I have changed our money lives. We got out from under $30,000 of debt -- then set up an emergency fund, funded a bunch of sink funds, and have started aggressively saving for our retirement. That's the good news. The bad news is … [Read more...]

Reader Tip | DIY To Save Money on Simple Car Repairs

DIY to Save Money on Simple Car Repairs

Want to save money on car repairs? Check out this great tip from KOAB reader, Yehudah. I love your blog and wanted to share this idea with you - I think it's a great way to save money. I wasn't sure if you discussed saving money by doing … [Read more...]

Money-Saving Tips from KOAB Readers | Free Kids’ Birthday Parties at Home Depot

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Sometimes I learn the greatest money saving tips from my KOAB readers. Checkout this one that Nechama Edelson sent to me: You can call your local Home Depot and book a FREE kids' birthday party. They do the kids workshop and the kids get all of the … [Read more...]

The 2 Things You Need If You’re Going to Cut the Cable Cord

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I got several questions a week about cutting the cable cord. Some are just looking for encouragement ("Really? We'll be okay with the children's channels? Without the news channels? Without the sports channels?" Yes, really! I promise! :) ). Others … [Read more...]

Uber | Save Money on Cabs, Get First Ride for FREE

How to Save Money on Cabs

This post contains my referral link, which means I get a credit when you get a credit - and take your first ride with uber. For more information about the use of referral links, please check out my disclosure policy.  This week, I had some … [Read more...]

Is a Home Warranty Worth It?

Is a Home Warranty Worth It?

Moving into a new home often comes with the "perk" of a home warranty policy. Usually the seller offers to provide the warranty; but if not, many buyers still elect to purchase this $300 - $700 annual policy for a bit of peace of mind in their new … [Read more...]

Kansas City Staycation | Fun Things to Do With Your Whole Family


Staycations and road-trips are two of my family's favorite ways to save money with our vacation plans. If you're road tripping out west this summer, why not plan a stop in Kansas City? And if you're a local planning to save some money this summer … [Read more...]

How to Save Money with a Gift Closet

How to Save Money with a Gift Closet Get Free Printables to organize your gift giving

If you're a regular reader of KOAB, you've no doubt seen me write the following dozens of times: "This is a great price. Grab it for your gift closet." But what exactly is a gift closet? And what's the rationale behind spending money today on toys, … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Save at Whole Foods

5 Easy Ways to Save at Whole Foods

I know that sometimes Whole Foods gets a bad rap in the frugal world. My own father - who actually shops at Whole Foods regularly - jokingly refers to it as "Whole Paycheck". And yes, a lot of the products sold at Whole Foods are more expensive … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Your Kids About Money

Last Thursday night, I had the great pleasure of joining my friend Adina Soclof from for a fun online discussion about one of my favorite topics: How to Talk to Your Kids About Money. If you weren't able to join us, you're in … [Read more...]