The Smart Cookies say it's time for women to take control of our financial lives and buy what's important to us - whether it's a dream vacation, a condo or a pair of Seven jeans! These five young, dynamic women won't talk about what's wrong with you or your bank account instead they'll focus on how to attract more money IN to your life, how to have fun doing it, and ultimately how to afford what you really want.
S01:E01 - Family Time
The Smart Cookies, five shoppers extraordinaire, tackle the high cost of everyday living that has prevented a family of six from getting their dream vacation: a trip to Disneyworld. These money sleuths cut costs at every corner, finding the major gaffes in the familys budget. They slash grocery bills in half, provide tips on kids allowances and show how to have family fun for less. The Cookies whirlwind of information sends this family not only into major savings, but also on their way to Disneyworld.
S01:E02 - Entertaining
The Cookies get into the party groove and reveal how to cut costs without being a party pooper. An entertaining single mother is in for a surprise when the five fabulous Cookies rescue her from her money-draining social life. She learns how to still play host to her friends without spending an arm and a leg. The Cookies also put their heads together and brainstorm ways to save on her daughters birthday bashes everything from decorations to gifts to entertainment. Together they throw a kids party to end all, pinching every penny until all thats left is a fistful of dollars and a party that everyone loves!
S01:E03 - Investments
Fear and loathing when it comes to investments is something everyone is familiar with. Well now, theres no need to fear, the Cookies are here! The five superstars coach a handful of regular people as they battle the intimidating monster known as investment banking. They guide a mother as she finds not only an education fund for her daughter, but also a retirement plan for herself. Whether its finding the perfect financial advisor, or discovering your stash of hidden cash, the Cookies put everything into understandable terms and take the mystery out of money.
S01:E04 - Smart Shopper
Mama Mia! A young woman dreams of sailing to Italy but cant find the dough. Enter the Smart Cookies who in a flash shed light on her money mysteries. Tips are dispensed on clothing, shopping, and even on how to deal with credit cards companies. The intervention of her friends to help mutually save on their shopping addiction seals the deal. In the meantime, a mother and son are taught how they can spend quality time while shoppingAWAY from the mall, bringing in not only the needed fashion, but also the sweet savings that nobody expected. In the end, everyone comes out smelling richer, and our heroine, thanks to the Smart Cookies, will be setting sail on the high seas.
S01:E05 - Finding Money in Your Home
The Cookies help a single woman, whos between jobs, take the stress out of owning a home by finding money inside it. Her house is a cavalcade of wasted funds and the Cookies arrive just in time. From household appliances, home repairs and conserving energy, the gals show her how much shes wasting, and what she can do to stop it. She finds money she didnt even know she had, even taking in a housemate to share the burden of home expenses. Simple yet effective ways of saving money are discovered right in her own backyard.
S01:E06 - Couples and Money
The Cookies step up to the plate to teach a loving couple how their spending habits are keeping them from getting that new kitchen that theyve always wanted. Utilizing online banking and clever ways to ensure those heavy payments dont weigh you down, the couple, along with two soon-to-be-weds and a retired husband and wife, realize how easy it is to work together on saving. All it takes is some common goals, a trip to the accountants office and, of course, the Smart Cookies.
S01:E07 - Vacations
A family of four has their eyes set on surprising their grandfather for his birthday. The catch? He lives in Scotland, and they have no money saved up in the vacation fund. Cue the Smart Cookies, who set to work at helping this family turn a $15,000 travel impossibility into an affordable adventure. In a flash, theyve cut travel prices in half by researching all available options, finding tips on trips from travel agents, as well as on the Internet. Soon, by managing money and cutting costs, such as packing lunches instead of buying them, the family has achieved, even surpassed, their goal of going to Scotland. Happy Birthday Grandpa, courtesy of the Cookies.
S01:E08 - Transportation
Finding the perfect vehicle that also meets your budget needs can be a daunting challenge. An expecting couple is looking for a car that can handle their growing family; unfortunately their history with cars hasnt exactly been a smooth ride. They turn to the Cookies for guidance and support, and sooner than expected they discover not only how to shop for just the right car, but also how to afford it without breaking the bank. Also, its peddle to the metal as the Cookies help a young band find a truck that can help them move from gig to gig. Finally, a woman looking to go green drives towards her perfect transport, and with the aid of the gals, she finds just what she was looking for, a Smart Car, all thanks to the Smart Cookies.
S01:E09 - Household Products
When it comes to finding savings in your own household products, the Cookies are sure to clean up! A family in dire need of a new basement knows that theyre spending too much for useless products, including two dog shampoos for one dog! They look to the Smart Cookies, who dig up the dirt on their needless spending. As well as helping to make homemade beauty products and shopping for discount make-up, the Cookies take wasteful costs to the cleaners. All thats left in the end is some sparkling savings, leaving the family well on their way to a new basement.
S01:E10 - Financially Fit
Have fun, get into shape AND save hundreds of dollars each month? C'est impossible! For the Smart Cookies its not, as they take on a mother and two kids who want to enjoy some time together without shelling out thousands of hard earned dollars. Toys for the tots are the biggest burden, but some smart shopping leads to major savings as well as priceless time to spend one on one with the kids. Also, some cost-wise coaching on fitness exercises, as well as a few tips on do-it-yourself gym programs will help you work out a great savings strategy. Soon enough, the only thing still fat will be your wallet
S01:E11 - Selling Your Home
Selling your house can be a mammoth move; this looks like a job for the Smart Cookies! A family who wants mom to stay at home with the kids is in for a real treat when they learn how to face the intimidating world of real estate. From finding the perfect agent to sell your home, to the best renovations to increase your asking price, these house hunters are at the top of their game. By tackling the Cookies challenges, this family realizes moving to a smaller and more financially manageable home means this mom gets to spend her time with the kids.
S01:E12 - Entertainment on a Budget
The Cookies prove you can enjoy a great time out, from day trips in your own city to fine dining and dancing, and return home with money in your wallet. These money masters have the perfect plan for two best friends who love to go out, have a good time AND spend but dont have enough money to hit the road together for that dream adventure. The Cookies demonstrate how they can save on their bills without giving up their rockin good times. Great ways to live it up and paint the town red are brought to light, including tips that are fun for the whole family all in true Cookies style.
S01:E13 - Work
The Cookies have the scoop on how to profit from running your own business, creating the ideal resume and making money from your hobby. Two parents who run a home business learn how to turn those hours at work into hours with the family. The Cookies also demonstrate how to turn passions into products, and how to bring in a few extra dollars doing what you love to do. Bringing in a small business expert helps to prove that anyone can turn a good profit out of their work, and one woman even sees how a few changes to her resume will bring her worth up another $15,000! As for our loving parents, they realize that no matter how much money they can bring in from their work and savings, thanks to the Cookies, the time they now have with their kids is priceless.
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