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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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Pumpkin Stencils: Free pumpkin faces for some frugal Halloween fun

I don’t know why I’m doing this. Carving a pumpkin isn’t going to save you mega millions. Tracing a pumpkin stencil won’t significantly boost your retirement nest egg or help you pay back your student loan. I should know. I’ve done the mathy math to see just how much moolah you’d save carving pumpkins, and the savings are frightfully abysmal. […]

Make Honey Boo Boo’s ‘Sketti’ recipe healthier and for 12% less

I wanted to unsee the homemade ‘sketti’ recipe whipped together by Mama June and her 7-year-old daughter Alana, the stars of TLC’s new reality TV hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. For weeks I tried to pretend this likeable family livin’ on a tight $80 per week food budget didn’t really eat a microwaved ketchup and butter concoction dumped on spaghetti, calling the mess an “old family recipe”. But no […]

Paywalls: Would you pay $20 to read a newspaper online?

Go ahead and call me a news junkie freeloader, ’cause I love to read my newspapers online for free. And why shouldn’t I? Up until a few years ago most prominent newspapers were happy to publish well-researched stories written by talented journalists, and just give them away to online freeloaders like myself, for free. I believe these media outlets called us digital mooches ‘guests’. […]

Nursery Wall Art: Decorate your baby’s room for less

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Who knew the cost of sticking a few animal-themed nursery wall decals around my baby’s room could be so pricy! While some sticker companies charge as little as (cough) $40 for a pack of tree wall decals with woodland creatures, others (like Dwell studio) will bill you $120 for some digitally reproduced canvas wall art featuring an owl in a tree. […]

Newborn Essentials Checklist: Save money with just the baby basics

The pretty pregnant lady zapping a bazilion baby products with her barcode scanner was driving me batty. Four crib bedding sets, three baby monitors (one with video and a Wi-Fi remote), two highchairs, and one hundred too many pieces of newborn clothing all rounded out her insane baby registry at Babies’R'Us. […]

15 Classic clothing pieces every guy should own

Special to Squawkfox: This article is by Carl. He’s a guy. Kerry (not a guy) tried to write about men’s fashion, but she sounded too much like a crazy ex-girlfriend. Since Carl has more experience with wearing men’s pants, he snagged a spot on Squawkfox. Enjoy! When Kerry posted her list of 12 Classic clothing pieces every gal should own, I was intrigued. Only 12? […]

The Morning Show and a Big Talk

Over the last week, and the weeks leading up to last week, I’ve had a whirlwind of presentations in need of preparation. So I prepared. And practiced. And prepped some more. You see, I’m a bit of a reluctant speaker. I often get asked to talk to groups, but I haven’t said ‘YES’ until now. […]

What would you grab if your house was on fire?

It’s a question I’m forced to answer every summer. Since I live in the middle of a forest off the grid in rural British Columbia, I’m pretty much on alert with every puff of smoke drifting through the trees. But forest fires aren’t the only flames to fear — there are other natural disasters that spark, and man made fires that burn too. […]

Frugal Fashion: 12 Classic clothing pieces every gal should own

My closet has survived countless styles and trends and over the years. Acid wash jeans in the 80s (cough), plaid flannel shirts in the 90s (wheeze), and those belly exposing crop tops back in 2000 (spew). OK, I’ve owned a few too many jean jackets during these decades too. […]

20 Tasty ways to love your slighted leftovers

Tasty Trash: The $55 million Squawkfox Food Waste Challenge is a series aimed at helping your family save up to $1,500 this year by reducing food waste. The environment may also thank us. To start from the beginning, read the introduction. Leftovers. Those uneaten consumables, odd pieces, and surplus scraps can often raise eyebrows, upturn nostrils, and elicit stink-eyes. […]