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How Are You Using Your SmartyPig?

Are you stuck in a savings rut? Need a new idea for a savings goal? Let these users inspire you!

  • Tropical vaca! – Krissy
  • Black Friday! – Sarah
  • I get 2 weeks off for Christmas. Last year with my Savings I went to Colorado! This year somewhere tropical been saving all year! Very excited – Karla
  • Paris! – JoAnn
  • A Mac book pro and a family vacation – Bianca
  • Dog/Cat Vet Fund, Ikea Stuff, and Big Goal Tiny House and buy land oneday. – Tiffany
  • Wedding! – Teresa

It’s Back to School Time

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School is almost in session. And with that first bell comes the average family’s $689 worth of expenses to get back-to-school ready. Before you drain your pocketbook, though, check out the cost-saving opportunities you have with SmartyPig, like our dozens of retailers offering up to 11% Cash Back. We have back to school favorites like Staples for notebooks and pencils and tons of cost-saving clothing spots like Old Navy, Gap, and Sears.

Get the most for your money when you go back to school with SmartyPig!

Good luck with your goals!

The SmartyPig Team

How Are You Using Your SmartyPig?

I live in the city and have been trying to decide whether I need a new car or not for my outdoor adventures (some sort of four-wheel drive hatchback?), since I mostly bike around the city now. I set up a goal for a car over a year ago though, so if I do end up wanting one, I’ll be ready.- Katelyn

I’m currently saving for a car at smarty pig should be ready in 2017 can’t wait not sure what type of SUV will buy with it though. – Bianca

My SmartyPig savings will be for my graduation trip I want to take next summer – Ariel

Lifestyles of the Rich and Frugal

Mrs. Obama bargain shops at Target, Warren Buffet still resides in his modest home, and Hilary Swank clips coupons – it’s lifestyles of the rich and frugal! Many of our nation’s richest got to where they are today by being fiscally conservative. And now they, and Yahoo.com, bring to you their favorite cost-cutting, money saving tips.

David Cheriton Google investor, cuts his own hair, saves his leftovers, and drives a 25 year-old Volkswagen. Others of this nation’s wealthiest suggest shopping for big-ticket clothing items every 5 years like oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, who also says setting a budget before entering a store and not bringing a penny more works, because it has to. Bethenny Frankel likes bargain hunting with sites like Ebay and shopping only during sales. Even the successful, Mitt Romney boasts his shopping the ‘blue light specials’ at Kmart for things like golf clubs and supplies. These activities, while small in effort, can add up to hundreds, even thousands in savings per year.  And that chunk of change is next year’s holiday gift bill or  spring break trip!

Wishing you successful saving.

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman

 

 

You Got the Ring, Now Get the Budget

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Newly engaged couples have so many things to discuss, plan for and agree upon. Finances? Well, it’s the number one item. If you’re engaged and you haven’t laid down on law on dollars and cents, here’s some tips on getting started.

The experts at MSN Money tell us it’s easily done in six simple moves. First, law down the “law.” Meaning, decide if you can spend freely or must engage in a conversation after a certain dollar point. Next, discuss your debts and plan steps moving forward. Budgeting and hopes for savings goals and purchases is a good place to start. Lastly, assess where your spending currently is and cut corners if you can. In-turn, beef up your nest egg. When we lay it this way, it all sounds so simple right? Take the steps today and get back to planning that wedding!

Wishing you successful saving.

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman, SFoss@SmartyPig.com

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