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Jen Carl

Savings and Budget Expert

Jen Carl is a writer, blogger and mom living in Raleigh, NC. Once a big city career girl, she happily traded it in for a quiet life in the south. Jen is a reformed shopaholic who loves to help convert others to her thrifty ways. Her expertise includes budgeting, saving money and parenting. Jen enjoys crafting, cooking and DIY projects.

Posts by Jen Carl:

by Jen Carl Jan 23, 2017

Do you love throwing a New Year’s Eve party each year to celebrate with friends and family? I love throwing a party as much as the next person, but sometimes I just can’t afford to. Don’t let the cost of throwing a party deter you from having one. For someone who is just recovering financially from the holidays, the thought of throwing a New Year’s Eve party can be overwhelming. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great party and still stick to your budget. If you don’t want to end up paying for your New Year’s Eve party well into 2017, here are some tips and ideas that your wallet will love. Read more

by Jen Carl Mar 02, 2018

We have all been there… That panic you feel on Christmas Eve when you realize that you forgot just one gift. Even worse, when you get a gift from someone that you barely know and certainly didn’t expect something from. I have experienced both of these situations on more than one occasion. Read more

by Jen Carl Jan 02, 2015

Some of the hot toys this season are also some of the most expensive. So what if you want to give your kids a great holiday without spending a small fortune? Here are some of the season’s hot toys and how you can still make your little ones happy with a more budget friendly alternative. Read more

by Jen Carl Feb 21, 2019

It’s tempting to whip out your credit card to fund your holiday shopping spree, but before you do – think. Do you really want to be paying for that “hot toy” of 2013 well into 2020? The problem is… Read more

by Jen Carl Jan 02, 2015

I know there are some of you clutching your wine bottles as  you read this and still others planning a run to the liquor store to stock up your wine cellars (or basement refrigerators). The news of… Read more

by Jen Carl Jan 02, 2015

The leftover turkey is in the fridge, your guests are safely on their way home and the house is now quiet. Don’t get too comfortable. It probably won’t stay that way for long. The holiday season is… Read more

by Jen Carl Nov 12, 2015

I make enough dinner to feed an Army at Thanksgiving. So if you are like me, staring down a refrigerator filled with Thanksgiving leftovers after waking up from a tryptophan induced coma can be a… Read more

by Jen Carl Dec 24, 2014

Looking for a seasonal job to make a little extra money this year? Good news! Many retailers and other companies need help to keep up with the demands of the holiday season and are hiring thousands… Read more

by Jen Carl Oct 17, 2017

Any serious hostess knows the importance of the Thanksgiving table. In my past life, I had a stint as a personal shopper at a luxury goods retailer. I would work with interior decorators hired… Read more

by Jen Carl Oct 17, 2017

Getting your friends and family together for Thanksgiving dinner can be a fun time. It can also be stressful and expensive hosting for all those people. Don’t worry – we have some tips to keep from… Read more

by Jen Carl Jan 02, 2015

Halloween costumes are a lot like wedding dresses. You get all dressed up for one day and after that they live in the back of your closet forever. There are so many other ways you can use that old… Read more

by Jen Carl Jan 02, 2015

It’s inevitable. November 1 of every year we end up staring down a huge pile of candy. Whether you purchased too much or your kid is a candy ninja, it seems that there is always more than your family… Read more

by Jen Carl Aug 12, 2015

Not everyone dreams of living on the coast or heading to NYC to make it big on Broadway. There are some young, broke and singles that prefer to stay in America’s heartland. So where is a good… Read more

by Jen Carl Oct 17, 2016

Just because you have a small space, doesn’t mean you can’t think big when it comes to decorating for Halloween! There are so many fun and inexpensive ways that you can decorate your apartment.… Read more

by Jen Carl Oct 17, 2016

We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so my mom was a queen of making DIY Halloween costumes. She never bought costumes at a store, she made them year after year. Although my mom was a master… Read more

by Jen Carl Apr 13, 2018

So maybe you don’t want to live in a dumpster or a tree house but you are thinking about moving into a smaller space. Whether it’s because of economic reasons or the desire to leave a lighter… Read more

by Jen Carl Dec 23, 2014

For those of you who young, broke and single people who would rather stay north and enjoy the four seasons, we have some suggestions of cities that would be perfect for you. Although they may not… Read more

by Jen Carl Feb 03, 2017

As a homeowner, the one thing I dread the most each year is my property tax bill. Even though we currently rent our place now, we still have our old house as an income property. The tax bill still… Read more

by Jen Carl Dec 23, 2014

In July 2013 eight states increased their gas taxes. If you don’t live in one of these eight states don’t rest easy just yet; 11 other states are considering similar gas tax increases. I can still… Read more

by Jen Carl Mar 01, 2018

New York City is one of the most expensive cities to visit, and live, in the country and in the fall it’s also one of the most beautiful. What a lot of people don’t realize is that for every… Read more

by Jen Carl Jan 02, 2015

Are you getting the best deal on your cell phone? Did you ever take the time to compare other companies or do you just pay your phone bill because you don’t want to take the time to shop around? I am… Read more

by Jen Carl Aug 12, 2015

Over the last century people have been heading west  in search of opportunity and fortune. Whether it’s for gold or to see their name in lights, generations of the young, broke and single have… Read more

by Jen Carl Dec 22, 2014

People choose to rent their homes for a variety of reasons. Maybe they were temporarily relocated by their employer or their relocation was so fast, they didn’t have time to sell. When the housing… Read more

by Jen Carl Feb 03, 2017

In the past, prepaid cell phones have gotten a bad reputation as they were widely known as the preferred phones for drug dealers and criminals. Today a lot of people, including professionals and… Read more

by Jen Carl Mar 01, 2018

In the August installment of The Best and Worst Things to Buy, we take a look at the best and worst end of summer deals.  For parents the end of summer  can’t come soon enough. For the kids it’s here… Read more