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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5 Ways To Screw Your Credit Card Company

Credit card companies can be sneaky sneakers. They have trickster ways that entice us to spend more, pay off less, and dig ourselves deeper into credit card debt. […]

Meatloaf Recipe: Healthy Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Today I’m talkin’ turkey. I’m clucking fowl on complicated traditional Thanksgiving dinners that cost a wing and a leg. If you’re on a tight budget or a member of a smaller family, why not try something totally different. Last year I shared my easy Rolled Turkey Breast Recipe (with Artisan Bread Stuffing). This year I’m going super simple with ground turkey. […]

Erik’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

I had the pleasure of dining with Erik earlier this year for Canadian Thanksgiving. Yes, we Canucks celebrate “Turkey Day” much earlier than my American friends. I suppose we need the additional time to digest before the big event in December. But I digress. So back to Erik, my new favorite Turkey Day dining buddy. […]

How to Buy a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

It’s that time of year when the days are shorter, the night falls sooner, and we drive home from work in the dark. Bummer. But there’s no need to be in the dark about dinner when you get home. There is a bright light (and a warm meal) waiting for you if you know how to flip the slow cooker switch. […]

5 Things That Make Your Cover Letter Rock

This article is part of a series called How to Write a Cover Letter. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Have you noticed that most rock bands have some kind of “rock on” anthem or power ballad? Now, I’m not squawking about the wannabe tunes voiced by those boy bands and pop princesses. […]

Halloween Costumes, Recipes, and Frugal Fun Oh My!

Boo! It’s that time of year when werewolves howl and vampires bite. It’s also the season for dishing out lots of dough on candy, costumes, and spooky decorations. The money spent on Halloween is enough to scare anyone off anything that goes bump in the night. A recent survey suggests that we consumers will spend an average of $56.31 each on Halloween this year. […]

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

I’ve been thinking a lot about biodiversity lately. You know, the diversity of plant and animal life on Earth. This sounds like one of those deep hippie dippy areas, but really the benefits of maintaining a biologically varied ecosystem are no different than investing in a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds. […]

6 Things That Make Your Cover Letter Suck

This article is part of a series called How to Write a Cover Letter. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Does your cover letter suck? Chances are if you’re applying to lots of jobs without a single call, then your cover letter is probably a stinker and most likely sucks. I make no apologies for saying it like it is and dropping the “suck”-bomb. […]

8 Pumpkin Stencils: Scary Printable Pumpkin Faces (and Marilyn Monroe)

It’s that time of year when the ghouls get ghoulish, the devils get devious, and the ghosts get spooky. Yes, it’s Halloween people! Last year I posted a series of Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns for your downloading spooky pleasure. Or try these 20 Extreme Pumpkin Carving Designs (from Frightful to Fabulous) if you want more of a pumpkin carving challenge. […]

Welcome MSN Smart Spending Readers!

I would love to welcome all Smart Spending readers to Squawkfox, a blog that makes frugal living fun. A huge thank you to Karen Datko for mentioning me in today’s column and for choosing 50 Reasons to Go Green with Reusable Shopping Bags as an Editor’s Pick! I am humbled to be quoted and thrilled you decided to visit! Thank you! My name is Kerry Taylor and I’m the blogger here. […]