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3 Step Method to Saving Money Online This Holiday Season

December 4, 2013

Every once in a while I’ll venture out to the stores to do some Christmas shopping, but it’s mostly to soak up the Christmas displays and piped-in holiday music more than anything else. Online shopping is just too convenient. And even though Cyber Monday 2013 is in the books, online shopping during the holiday season […]

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Where’s the best place to buy school supplies? My suggestion for convenience and savings.

July 29, 2013
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I’ve always liked back to school time. I think it has to do with the possibilities of new beginnings. And I have fond memories of picking out new school supplies. Is there anyone that doesn’t remember the smell of a fresh box of crayons? But as I pass parents in the aisles of Target or […]

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Budget Hacks for the Home Office and Small Businesses

May 2, 2013
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The following is a guest post from Andrea Woroch. You can read more about Andrea in her bio at the end of the post. As someone who works from a home office, I am happy to have her suggestions. Another note: this post contains referral links. Please see my disclosure policy for more details. According […]

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Upromise As a Source of Found Money

April 9, 2013

Part of my next found money update will include a check from Upromise. If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard of Upromise, because it’s marketed as a way to earn money for college.  Although the money can really be used for any purpose you like, as you’ll see below. There are several ways to […]

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Blog Rewind: 25 Ways I Save Money

March 15, 2013
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It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, so let’s talk a little green. Six years ago a blogger named Dawn wrote a list of 25 things she did to save money on her blog, Frugal for Life. (It appears Dawn no longer blogs at FFL, but the blog remains up if you want to check out the […]

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Save Money on Filing Your Taxes

February 7, 2013
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It’s gray and rainy here today, and I’m working on getting our tax information together, so I wanted to quickly pass along these tax resources to you. If You File Your Own Taxes You can complete your federal tax return for free using H&R Block’s online product. State returns are additional. If You Use an […]

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3 Easy Steps to Saving the Most with Your Online Christmas Shopping

November 26, 2012

Do you like the brave the crowds when Christmas shopping? Or are you like me and prefer to shop online in your PJs and have those boxes show up at your door? If you’re in the latter group, here is a simple, 3 step process for maximizing your savings. Step 1:  Start with a sale. […]

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New Kitchen Light Fixtures and UPS My Choice Review

November 19, 2012
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The kitchen remodel is continuing and this morning I made what felt like my 10,429th decision. I’m over decisions. And dust. And having workmen arrive at my house at 8am every day. But the remodel has given me the opportunity to test drive a service I recently learned about:  UPS My Choice. UPS My Choice […]

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When Buying Used Isn’t Frugal: A Personal Finance Blogger Fail

October 5, 2011

Last week I attended the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago (or Schaumburg to be more specific). After it was over, I gave myself the gift of an extra day and a half in the Windy City, because I love that place. On Sunday afternoon, I hit up IKEA and then took a Sunday drive down […]

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