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Craig Ford

Craig writes about personal finances at Money Help For Christians and at Help Me Travel Cheap he gives frugal family travel tips.

Latest articles by Craig Ford

6 Totally Free Babysitting Alternatives

Going on a date when you have kids can be expensive, but these creative, free babysitting alternatives will have the whole family looking forward to date night.

Change Your Life With a 30 Day Challenge

Self-improvement can be hard, especially if we imagine making a change that will last the rest of our lives. To make a change stick, try it for 30 days first.

7 Reasons to Love That Used Car Smell

If you're willing to allow someone else to be the first to spill coffee on the upholstery, you can save thousands of dollars on your next car purchase.

3 Ways to Enjoy Business Class for Less Than the Cost of Economy

With a little creativity and organization you can start flying in business class for less than the cost of an economy class ticket.

Trade Goals for Values

Goals come from our values. In 2013, why not live according to your values instead of constantly striving to reach goals?

Better Than Barbie: 5 Free Toys Kids Will Love

There's a good chance that the "junk" around your home could become your kids' favorite toys (and they can even make great Christmas gifts).

Turn a Day Off Into Your Most Profitable Day of the Year

We often focus on what is most pressing with our finances. But if you take a day off to do some long-term work, you can save hundreds of dollars a year.

Get Ready for Christmas: 7 Things You Should Do Today

It can be frustrating to see stores roll out Christmas displays so early, but you can save money and sanity if you start thinking about the holidays now too.

How to Furnish Your Home for Less Than the Cost of a Moving Truck

Don't rent that pricey moving truck! Instead, opt for buying inexpensive, high-quality used furniture. This guide tells you how and where to shop.

Have a Great Day, Every Day: 5 Things to Do in the Morning

The first minutes of your morning can make the rest of your day awesome...or awful. Discover easy morning activities that help make your day great.

7 Credit Card Reward Tips Many People Don't Follow

Using a rewards credit card can net you lots of free stuff — if you're smart about it. Get the most value by following these suggestions.

Just Start: How Doing Anything Can Help You Accomplish Everything

Hate feeling stuck? Learn how just starting something — anything! — can help you tackle your entire to-do list.

Create Your First Shared Budget Without Blowing Up Your Relationship

Sharing your life with someone can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling things you ever do. Sharing your budget? Well...here are some suggestions.

7 Tips for Stress-Free Retirement Investing

Investing for your future isn't a huge help if you spend each day stressing about it. Follow these suggestions for worry-free savings.

US Airways Promotion: How to Save on International Flights

Want to fly to France? Zip over to Zambia? Learn how, by taking advantage of this promotion, you can cut the cost of your international airfare.

6 Myths About Using Credit Cards for the Sign-Up Bonuses

If you play the game right (and yes, it’s a game), you can come away with some very sweet bonuses and rewards from credit card sign-up promotions.

6 Quick Tips for Organizing Your Finances

Whether you're surrounded by piles of unsorted financial documents or could just use a little straightening up, here's how to painlessly get organized.

5 Tips for Scoring a Frequent-Flyer Rewards Flight

Don't just turn in your hard-earned frequent-flyer miles for a measly puddle-jumper flight; follow these tips to ensure you get the most out of your points.

Do You Spend More with Cash or Credit?

I totaled up all my credit card expenses in 2010 to try to figure out if I spent more using credit than I would have with cash. Here's what I found.

7 Common Investing Mistakes

From beginner to seasoned expert, any investor can make these mistakes. Discover what they are so you can avoid them and maximize your returns.