Costco Chili Review – Is It Worth The Hype?

Costco has become something of a cult-like chain store, mesmerizing millions of customers (and visitors) each year. I’m actually one of them. Yeah, you definitely get some really good discounts, but there’s so much more. And no, I’m not talking about the rotisserie chicken everyone likes to drool over I’m taking about Costco chili. If you pass by the Costco food court on your way out the door, you may have noticed that they now have chili on the menu. They started rolling out this Read more [...]

How to Save Money on New Tech Products for Your Family

Nowadays, purchasing any new type of technology can be expensive. Computers, smartphones and household appliances can cost hundreds of dollars. New models are being released constantly, and it can be quite tempting to just go ahead and grab the latest gadget available. When you purchase a new product, most of the time you are spending more than what the product is actually worth. Costs can also add up if you have a household full of tech-savvy family members - everyone wants their own gadgets. We Read more [...]

Should You Tip House Painters?

    Here’s a question you may not hear often: should you tip house painters?   Yeah, sounds weird, but surely you’ve tipped before. If you think about it, a house painter counts as a service professional, and those kinds of people usually get a tip for a job well done. Examples of service professionals include wait staff, hairdressers, and manicurists.   These types of people expect a tip because they performed a service for you. Tipping is just a way to say thank Read more [...]

How to Pay for Plastic Surgery With Bad Credit

Millions of plastic surgeries are performed each year and many them were financed through beauty loans. Yes, it may be hard to get a loan through traditional means if you have bad credit, but there are some ways around that. You may be able to find a company that will help finance your cosmetic surgery. As with all loans, make sure you do extensive research and ensure you’re getting something that works with your situation before proceeding.   What You Need to Know About Applying Read more [...]

Wondering How to Get Out of Jury Duty?

For many people, getting called for jury duty can lead to lost wages, disruption in childcare schedules, and even cost money for parking at the courthouse. Depending on your state, you may have job protection for jury duty. The length of a juror's service depends on what type of jury the citizen sits on. For a civil case, the juror may need to only serve for a day or two. For a grand jury, the jurors may serve once a week for up to 18 months! Whether you've been called to serve for one day Read more [...]

How Did We Do on Our 2016 Goals?

2016 has been a challenging year in many ways. Financially, we have persevered through the challenges and done pretty well in spite of them. Considering the fact that we were paying $150 a week for Little Stapler's occupational therapy and then I got laid off (again), I'd say we're doing OK.    Before we get to the numbers, I want to introduce you to Sarah Li Cain, the newest blogger here at Stapler Confessions. Sarah runs her own site, High Fiving Dollars, where she tells her own Read more [...]

How to Improve Your Starting Credit Score

Let’s face it: you’re not going to get a great credit score on your own. Just because you had  a few advantages in life doesn't mean that you get to have a higher starting credit score.   Whether you want a rewards credit card or apply for a mortgage, everyone starts somewhere. If you really want to improve your credit score, you need to take responsibility into your own hands. This means you need to start improving your consumer credit report. How Your Credit Score Works A credit Read more [...]

5 Simple Tips to Make Tax Season Stress Free

Surely not only accountants enjoy tax season right? Now that the 2017 tax season is here, don’t freak out if you don’t feel prepared. As long as you organize now and use some of the following tips, you’ll be less stressed when it comes time to fork over your tax return to Uncle Sam.   Make Sure Your Filing Status is Correct This is definitely not something to mess around with because your filing status is what pretty much determines how much you pay in taxes. Other than that, Read more [...]

Are Your New Years Resolutions Too Expensive?

Have you made your financial New Year’s resolutions yet? If you haven’t, you’re probably thinking about them. Even though making New Year’s resolutions can sound like a good idea, some of the ones that you make can end up costing you more than you think. Sure, making certain resolutions can really help propel you towards a great financial future like paying down your debt, but making resolutions can actually cost you more than you initially realize. And it’ll probably cost Read more [...]

Savings Plan Bingo

Do you have any New Years resolutions? New diet? More exercise? More money? I can't help you with diets or exercise. But more money? I have a few suggestions. Our new blogger, Sarah Li Cain, wrote about the 365 Money Challenge. It's a good way to save some cash by the end of the year. But you may be wondering what 365 Money Challenge would work best for you. Ideally, everyone engaging in any type of challenge -- money or not -- repeats a behavior in order to establish a new habit and Read more [...]