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Barbara's Guide for Penny Pinchers
Thursday, April 23, 2009

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“Wisconsin families are feeling squeezed by rising costs.  My online Guide for Penny Pinchers is designed to be an easy place to go for Wisconsin families looking to stretch their hard-earned dollars on everything from gas to groceries to prescription drugs.” -- Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton

Save on GasBarbara's Guide for Penny Pinchers

Search for the Cheapest Gas Near You – by zip code
Find Cheap Gas in Wisconsin.  

Find the Lowest Gas Prices in the Milwaukee Area
Find the best deal on gas in your neighborhood

Save on Travel

Tips on Getting Around Without a Car

20 Tips for Increasing Fuel Economy - gas mileage tips
US Department of Energy - How to stretch your gas dollar

Wisconsin Mass Transit Systems
AAA Tips to Improve Gas Milage

Wisconsin’s Rideshare Program – ride with a friend, easy tools to connect you with others

Wisconsin Public Transportation Information

Wisconsin DOT: Traveling by bike or foot

Find an E85 gas station near you - Airline Tickets - find out to buy now or later?  Airlines have systems that help then set ticket prices according to demand. Farecast predicts if your fare will rise or fall.


Save in the Home

The Dollar Stretcher – website devoted to, “living better for less”

Affordable Housing. Wisconsin Front Door Housing connects renters with landlords and properties that meet their housing needs.
Frugal Village - tips on saving money

Responsible Debt Relief - Responsible Debt Relief is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding financially distressed individuals by guiding them to the most appropriate debt repayment program based on an objective and statistically precise grading system.  The group was recently featured on the CBS evening news.

SHARE Wisconsin - SHARE is a nonprofit food buying club that offers products at reduced cost through a volunteer-run, community-based distribution system.

Home Heating Kerosene, Oil and Propane - search zip code for prices in your area
Money-saving tips for homeowners that use propane to heat their home. 

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance ProgramWisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program administers the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program
Visit one of Wisconsin's Public Libraries - Using Wisconsin's public libraries is a great way for people to stretch their dollars.  Many libraries offer free programs for all kinds of interests (classes, entertainment, story time, teen programs,etc.)

Savings Calculator for Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Energy and Money Savings Tips For Your Home

Information on homeowner and renter’s insurance

Tips to save money on homeowner’s insurance


Save on Health:

Badger Care Plus.  BadgerCare Plus is a program for children under 19 years of age and families in Wisconsin who need and want health insurance

Drug Savings Wisconsin State of Wisconsin Prescription Drug Resource Center.

Tips on Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drug Savings Options – State of Wisconsin


Save on College & Schools

Wisconsin’s College Savings Program:

Tomorrow’s scholar-

Wisconsin Covenant - A path to higher education

Ed Vest - EdVest is an innovative qualified tuition program that helps families across the country invest for one of their most important financial goals – their children's education. EdVest is administered by the Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer.

State Grants for Higher Education

 State Academic Excellence Scholarship

Scholarships List for all UW schools

10 Ways to save on back-to-school shopping from USA Today

MSNBC: Ways to save during back-to-school season
Save money on school supplies using products search – An easy way to find the cheapest prices on items you need

Wisconsin Mentor - A referral site for students considering a private college in Wisconsin. offers comprehensive FREE test prep courses for the SAT, ACT and GRE tests.

Badger Link - An online library of resources people can access from home, work, or school



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