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Written by Kerry K. Taylor, author of 397 Ways to Save Money - Spend Smarter & Live Well on Less, Squawkfox makes frugal living sexy, delicious, and fun.

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How to Start an Emergency Fund on any Budget

Yes, you really do need an emergency fund. Sure, there are exceptional people out there who never get sick, never have a car repair, and never lose their jobs. But I’m not one of those people. Over the last few years I’ve had knee surgery, totaled my auto in a freak car accident, and have pounded the pavement (without a car and with a new knee) in search of work. […]

Medical Expense Tracking Spreadsheet

The Medical Expense Tracking Spreadsheet is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Reader Question: Kerry, I’ve been following your budgeting series — where’s the best place to record my medical expenses? Right now I just stack everything in a pile. […]

Frightfully Fun Halloween Cupcakes

Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those peepers? Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those eyes? I started singing this crazy tune (in my head) after spying a bulk bin filled with chocolate eyeballs at the grocery store. And then I realized, it’s time for some frightfully fun Halloween cupcakes. Boo! Store-bought Halloween cookies, cakes, and cupcakes are super easy, but a little pricey. […]

Dragons’ Den: 10 Money Questions for Robert Herjavec

This is the second (and final) post in a two part series about my interview with Robert Herjavec. See Date with a Dragon: Meeting Robert Herjavec from Dragons’ Den for the first part. I’ve never been great with small talk. Discussing the weather or the direction of my day always feels a little forced. […]

Date with a Dragon: Meeting Robert Herjavec from Dragons’ Den

First impressions matter a lot to Robert Herjavec. This $100 million dollar man has made a fortune from his ability to size-up his competition in under 90 seconds and turn a profit on an elevator pitch. […]

The real reason you’re broke

I’d like to take a moment to be mean. I not going to be a bully-type of mean. Bullies are a special breed of mean — a stupid, slobbery mean. The kind of mean that has little substance and a lot of supremacy. I hate bullies. […]

Healthy Snacks: Easy Banana Bread Recipe

I was rummaging through my fridge looking for something tasty to temp me. I do this most days. Sometimes I just stand there staring, waiting, searching for an interesting edible thing to leap from the cold and shout, “PICK ME.” No luck. Fridays are never the tastiest days of the week to find something munch-worthy. […]

Back to School Tips: Student Budget Planner

The Student Budget Planner is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Not a student? Then head on over to the Free Budget Spreadsheet to get your budget buzzing without all the textbook costs and tuition fees. […]

Dig yourself out with the Debt Reduction Spreadsheet

The Debt Reduction Spreadsheet is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. It’s time to get down to the business of paying down your debt. Yes, go ahead and call me a meanie and stamp your feet since I’m no fun. I can take it. […]

How to Microwave Gourmet Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

Peeeeee-yew! I’m done with the stinky stench of microwave popcorn. Actually, I haven’t popped a single bag of that toxic smelling stuff in years since I hate the thought of being swindled by a stank bag of greasy kernels. […]