Monthly Archives: September 2011

Master Bartering: Strange Ways to Save Money

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how to master haggling to save money. This week I’m giving tips on how to barter successfully. Like haggling, bartering isn’t often done in the U.S. I think part of … Continue reading

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How the Financial News Media is Costing You Money

Are you a news junkie? If you are, hopefully you’re not making investment decisions based solely on the financial news or stock market analysis that the media provides all day and every day. When the stock market goes down, they … Continue reading

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How to Solve the Eating Out Problem

Eating out is a budget leak for a lot of people. It’s just so easy to grab something and it’s nice not to have to clean up. The problem is, though, that eating out is expensive compared to eating at … Continue reading

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Smart Indulgences

We all feel the need to indulge sometimes. Even the most disciplined budgeters occasionally feel the need to spend on something that’s not in the budget, just for the heck of it. The occasional indulgence is fine as long as … Continue reading

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Watch Cable TV for Free (Legally) – Strange Ways to Save Money

There are few ways to save on TV viewing in your own home. You can cut back your cable service to the minimum, or use a service like Netflix to supplement or replace your cable. You can buy DVD’s of … Continue reading

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The Financial Benefits of a Repetitive Life

I like adventure and trying new things. Sometimes. I also find comfort in the tried, true and familiar. I tend do do a lot of the same things over and over. I suspect many people are like this. We all … Continue reading

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Is Your Defensiveness Trying to Tell You Something?

I read a lot of different financial message boards. I’m always amused when someone in a thread gets incredibly defensive over something that was posted. The latest example was a thread about luxury handbags. The original poster inquired about the … Continue reading

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Tiny Housing: Strange Ways to Save Money

I may be late to the party, but I discovered the Tiny House Blog the other day. The author features all kinds of tiny houses, including homes made from storage sheds, campers, freight cars, and other unconventional materials. At first … Continue reading

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The Free Saving Advice Coupon Class

In an earlier article, I talked about the pros and cons of signing up for a coupon class. While there are some plusses to such classes, much of what you will learn can be found online for free. Even better, … Continue reading

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Invest in Weight Loss: Some Obesity Facts

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” is what you’re thinking. Here come all of the obesity facts. You think I’m going to talk about all of the money you spend on fast food, junk food, and those other sinful pleasures, or at least … Continue reading

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Ways to Get Cheap Books When Your Library is Dying

My local library is dying and, with it, my best source of free books. Thanks to the crummy economy, the library’s budget has been cut to almost nothing. They have no money for new acquisitions. Old books are being sold … Continue reading

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Is a Coupon Class Worth The Price of Admission?

Classes run by “coupon experts” that promise to teach you how to maximize your coupon savings have been around for a while. With the recent popularity of couponing thanks to the TLC show, “Extreme Couponing,” I’ve noticed a surge in … Continue reading

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Haggle: Strange Ways to Save Money

Haggling isn’t widely practiced in the United States. Sure, sometimes you haggle at the car dealer or maybe with some local craftsperson at the craft fair, but it’s not a big part of our culture. Most people are too embarrassed … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your College Student Graduate with Debt

Financial responsibility is a crucial part of the college experience for those attending both university online and on campus, yet some personal finance skills remain foreign to students as they prepare for college. Parents have the task of preparing their … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Daily Deals

It seems like daily deals are everywhere these days. Amazon has it’s Gold Box, there are plenty of sites like Woot.com that offer one-day deals on specific items, and the group coupon deal sites like Groupon are proliferating like mad. … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Organic and Natural Cleansers

A couple of years ago, I wrote about some simple recipes for natural homemade cleansers. These are some very simple concoctions that you can make with ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar, and essential oils that will clean and disinfect … Continue reading

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Alternative Furnishings: Strange Ways to Save Money

Furniture is expensive. Even “cheap” furniture is expensive, and if you want high quality furniture prepare for sticker shock. While many people have an ultimate goal of having a nicely furnished home, some people don’t share that desire or have … Continue reading

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