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3 Summer Road Trips To Try

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As we barrel through the last remaining weeks of school, we also hear the call of summer around the corner.  And summer means a vacation. We do have a budget beach trip on the books. But lately we've been hearing a lot about amazing road trips other families have taken. Trips through mountains, around lakes, and along coastlines. Summer road trips where technology is limited and family time is abundant. With gas prices still low enough to feel "cheap" this summer may just be the best time to hit the open road. Sounds pretty great, right? We think so too, which is why we've researched and found these 3 summer road trips to try...if not this year, then definitely next year! 

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How Much Money Do You Give For Graduation?

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  In the past couple of years we've done several graduation posts - on how to give money in a clever manner and on actual gifts that are less than $20. We've never really addressed the issue of how much money to give for graduation. Naturally, there are multiple factors to consider so we thought we'd break it down for you. Here's our handy, quick guide on how much money you can plan on spending:

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Is Your Eye Care Provider Engaging In Unethical Behavior?

Did you know that you are entitled to your prescription information? That’s correct, you are entitled to it just as much as you are entitled to all your other medical records. You paid for it, it’s yours. When ordering glasses from our website, you will need to enter your prescription as well as your PD (Pupillary Distance). Only a few states are required by law to provide you with your PD number, but every state is required to give you your prescription. Below is our advice on how to obtain your prescription information from your eye doctor’s office as well as some useful information you should know when asking for your prescription. When you call your doctor’s office, they may either read you your prescription over the phone or send you a copy of your prescription in the mail. When asking for your prescription information, be sure to ask for your Sphere, Axis & Cylinder (if you have an astigmatism), and your ADD (if you require bifocals). The following is a list of common questions and facts based on 16 CFR Part 456 Ophthalmic Practice Rules. Hand It Over It is a United States Federal Law for your doctor to provide you with your prescription if you have paid for an eye exam. Waivers Some eye care providers may ask you to sign a waiver in order to receive your prescription. This practice is not only unethical, but is also illegal. It is used as a scare tactic in order to make the patient think that they’re doing something wrong. The Phone Call Watch out for some eye care providers who may try to call you in order to try to talk you out of obtaining your prescription information. Some practices will have a doctor call you to try to sell you their glasses or contacts. Is there a limit? You can obtain your prescription anytime you want and as many times as you want. Your eye care provider cannot refuse to release your prescription because they already have done so in the past. You already paid Some eye care providers may attempt to charge you for your prescription. This is another unethical and illegal practice that is used to discourage people from purchasing glasses or contacts from somewhere else. If you have already paid for your eye exam, you have the full right to your prescription under any condition. Can I receive my prescription information over the phone? Yes, you have the right to obtain your prescription information over the phone. Some eye care providers may tell you that you must come in to receive it or have it mailed to you; this is false, and another way for them to delay you from purchasing somewhere else. Does my prescription expire? No, there is no expiration date to your prescription. Overall, it is always best to be educated when talking to your eye care provider about prescription. The more knowledge you have, the more comfortable you will feel when asking for your prescription, and the easier it will be to obtain it. Owned and operated by two eye doctors, we here at pride ourselves on being informative and knowledgeable on what is ethical and legal. If you want to learn more regarding this matter, here is a link to American Medical Association’s guidelines: is currently running an exclusive promo for 20% off your ENTIRE order. Use code SELECT20 at checkout.  

20 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $20

Mother's Day is coming quickly, are you ready? If not, don't sweat it, we've got several options here that should help. Pick just one if your budget is tight or more than one if you want to really make mom proud. The main thing is that YES YOU HAVE TO BUY MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS! Why? No, it isn't because it's a commercial holiday for cards and candy retailers (although moms don't mind cards and candy). You have to buy Mother's Day gifts because the original intent was to honor moms, and moms are notorious for not buying things for themselves. So, search the couch cushions if you have to or skip the Starbucks this week, but find a little cash and plan a perfect Mother's Day just for her.

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4 Ways Being Frugal Makes You A Better Person

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For years now we've stressed the importance of a budget, the various ways to save money on pretty much everything really, and even the times it doesn't make sense to be frugal. Lately though we've come to understand an entirely different side of being frugal - the surprising benefits of budgeting. Most of us focus on the bottom line of our finances when it comes to pinching pennies. But guess what? We've also started to see how being frugal makes you a better person.  Hmmm, how's that? So glad you asked! Here are 4 ways being frugal makes you a better person:

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Best Budget Tips For New Parents

Is there anything as incredible, amazing and totally fascinating as becoming a parent? Of course not. Then again, there's also not anything as terrifying or overwhelming either! Beautiful new babies bring all sorts of new experiences for parents and a wide range of emotions. And finances? Well, finances can get really sticky when adding a newborn into the mix. Before you hit the panic button though, take a moment and breathe. People have been doing this for literally thousands of years!  Along the way, many have shared wonderful words of wisdom on everything from warming bottles to how to live on one income.  We've learned a trick or two as well, and here are some of our favorite budget tips for new parents:

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Penny Pinching Habits Of Frugal Billionaires

When we think about billionaires we tend to think about private jets, lavish meals, enormous houses and fast cars. However, there are a few billionaires who prefer much simpler, more frugal choices. While it may be hard to imagine Kanye and Kim clipping coupons, it appears some billionaires do appreciate a good budget and living well under their means. Here are some penny pinching habits of frugal billionaires and what we can learn from them:

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Best Spring Break Vacations For Families

Spring Break is around the corner and while it is perhaps most anticipated by college students, plenty of families are eagerly awaiting their chance to get away too.  And nothing is worse than when families and college students find themselves at the same vacation spots at the same time.  In an effort to protect the dignity of both, here are our recommendations for the best spring break vacations for families:

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When Frugal Doesn’t Work

  It's no secret we love a good deal. We are big fans of discounts, outlets and coupons. So, you'd think we would be all about saving money all the time right? Right. Well, actually no. We've learned the hard way that having a budget and sticking to it works, but going cheap does not. In fact, there have been a few occasions where trying to cut dollars was really just trying to cut corners and ended up costing a lot more in the long run. So, take it from us there are a few times when frugal doesn't work:

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3 Frugal (But Not Cheap) Dates For Valentine’s Day

We've covered Valentine's Day a time or two on our frugal lifestyle blog. In fact, you can read posts here or here for tips on great gifts or a fast and easy Valentine's Day treat. This time, however, we're going to dive into the actual Valentine's Day date. It can be tricky. After all, too much effort starts to feel stagey or forced, but doing nothing feels false too. There is a happy medium, an art if you will, to planning a near-perfect Valentine's Day date and the best part is that it can be very budget friendly. So, if the thought of planning something special makes you shudder or get all clammed up, we've got 3 frugal (not cheap) dates for Valentine's Day that are sure to sweep you and your special someone right off your feet:

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