Monthly Archives: October 2011

Message Board Scammers

The holidays are approaching and with them comes the annual increase in scammers and con artists. One place to be especially wary is on Internet message forums. If you spend a lot of time on forums, particularly ones where people … Continue reading

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Stash and Think: Strange Ways to Save Money

Sometimes, when you’re out and about, you see something that you think you just have to have. Maybe it’s a great skirt, or a DVD you can’t wait to get from the rental place. Whatever it is that you see, … Continue reading

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Holiday Meals: Start Planning Yours Now

It’s only October and Halloween hasn’t even passed yet. However, it’s not too early to start planning your holiday meals and baking. I was in the store the other day and they already have the special center aisle display set … Continue reading

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Don’t Go on a Coupon Binge

This is the time of year when one of my friends starts running around like a maniac trying to use up all of the coupons from her Entertainment Book. Most of the coupons expire in November, so we will spend … Continue reading

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Emulate Someone Who Earns Less Than You: Strange Ways to Save Money

No matter how little money you earn, there is almost always someone, somewhere (likely in your own area), who is managing to live well on less than what you make. Now, by living “well” I don’t necessarily mean having a … Continue reading

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Save Money By Asking For What You Want in a Restaurant

When we go out to eat, I’m frequently annoyed by the menu. I’m not a big eater but most restaurant menus are designed for people with big appetites. This isn’t always a problem; there are doggie bags, after all. But … Continue reading

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A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

Back in the days before the Internet, it was rare to know what someone paid for a home, what their income was, what they paid in taxes, or how much they spent on their Christmas shopping. Finances were generally a … Continue reading

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Accept Coupons as Payment at a Yard Sale: Strange Ways To Save and Make Money

I don’t know whether to classify the following as a strange way to save money, make money, or spend money, but it is definitely strange so I’ll leave it at that. I was out over the weekend with a friend … Continue reading

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10 Things Women Need To Know About Divorce In The Current Economy

With the nation’s still-struggling economy continuing to make headlines women need to know some facts about divorce. High unemployment rates, bank closures, skyrocketing foreclosures and other grim financial news are commonplace. It’s enough to make us all run screaming for … Continue reading

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Think Positive, Talk Positive

When it comes to financial problems, a lot of people tell you to, “Think positive.” Heck, if you read and believe, “The Secret,” all you have to do to be rich is to think positively. There’s some validity in this … Continue reading

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High-End Consignment Shopping: Two Warnings

With the economy in the doldrums, many people are getting their luxury fix by shopping at high end consignment stores. These stores specialize in luxury goods and brands. It’s possible to pick up Prada, Tiffany, Gucci, and other high end … Continue reading

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Four Reasons the BOA Bank Fee is DOA

Once upon a time, the banks were determined to win your business. To get you to open a checking account they’d lure you with anything from duffel bags to free cell phones depending on what kind of customer they pegged … Continue reading

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Ways to Reuse Dryer Lint: Strange Ways to Save Money

If you have a dryer at home, you know that dryer lint is never in short supply. It seems like one of those things that should just always go into the trash, but there are ways to use it that … Continue reading

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Priority Spending

A long time ago, when I was starting to get my finances in order, I did everything I was supposed to do. I made out budgets, I tracked my spending, I watched all the small expenses, and I planned for … Continue reading

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How To Avoid Debit Card Fees

New legislation that took effect on October 1st means that banks can no longer collect exorbitant fees from merchants whenever you swipe your debit card. What does this mean for you? Your bank will now likely switch to collecting those … Continue reading

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