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Solar Panel Year 3 Update and Tesla Solar Roof

Three years ago, we installed solar panels on our house and since then we’ve been doing annual reports on how it’s been going.  It’s time to do a check-up again to see how much solar juice we’ve been able to convert into excited electrons that in turns…
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How to Save Money on Diapering - Without Buying Cheap Diapers

Once you have kids, diapering becomes a pretty common affair. We started off as first-time parents a bit nervous changing our first few diapers – gingerly wiping that smooth, soft bottom, being so careful to avoid poop smears on our fingers, and calling…
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Student Loan Forgiveness: A Second Look

Some time ago, I wrote a two-part article looking at the US government’s student loan forgiveness programs.  My conclusion after running the numbers was that in most cases, the borrower saves little to no money in those programs compared to simply paying…
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Random Crumb #11: What We’ve Been Up To

Every once in a while, the Crumb Saver household shares a snapshot of a recent crumb-saving (or wasting!) incident on A Random Crumb. This column is proof that, hey, we’re people just like you! Prepare for a little randomness, a little embarrassment, but…
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Investigating an Investment: Safe or Scam?

Recently, some friends in Asia contacted me about an investment opportunity that they heard about.  Having heard me talk about investing and reading what I’ve shared here on this blog, they knew I had an interest in such things.  After doing a bit of…
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Fast and Yummy Black Bean Sauce Noodles (Jajangmyeon)

Have you ever come home from a long trip, collapsed into the house with your famished family, opened the refrigerator door, only to find it to be empty with a few wrinkled carrots and onions rattling around in the drawers? Add to this sad picture the…
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Breakfast with Baby Crumb Saver

Well, hello there! Deb here. I know, it’s been a looong time since I’ve written. Honestly, life has become so busy with a growing Little Miss Crumb Saver that most of the day is just spent trying to be prepared for the next 4 hours! But today as I was…
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Our 2016 Finances Exposed!

Yep, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to look back at the past year’s finances in the Crumb Saver household.  We’ve done these annually now, so you can catch up on previous years here: 2015, 2014, 2011-2013. 2016 was a year fraught with financial…
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Affordable Eyeglasses with ReplaceALens

Deb and I both have been blessed with the “glasses gene”.  In other words, our eyes are terrible and we’ve both needed corrective lenses since a very young age.  This in combination with our “frugal gene” poses quite a problem, because glasses and contact…
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How to Never Pay Full Price for Anything (Almost): TopCashback

Some time ago I wrote a series of posts entitled “How to Never Pay Full Price for Anything (Almost)”, which outlined a few simple methods that help us save on just about any purchase at major retailers.  One of the services I shared about was called…
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