Monthly Archives: November 2011

11 Important Regifting Tips

Do you have any unused, unwanted gifts in the back of your closet? Have you considered regifting them to save a little money this holiday season? Regifting is not completely taboo. If you do it well, regifting can be a … Continue reading

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Don’t Make A Long-Term Commitment If You Don’t Have To

Many people have large contractual or recurring monthly expenses in their budget. Cell phones, gym memberships, club memberships, cable/satellite TV, and data plans for tablets are just a few of the ongoing expenses you may face. These can really add … Continue reading

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Save Time and Money During the Holidays. Guaranteed.

If you followed any of the Black Friday news this year, you know that many stores including Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy pushed their opening times to midnight on Black Friday. Some stores, like Toys R Us and my local … Continue reading

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Smoking Costs Much More Than The Price of Cigarettes

Most people only consider the cost of cigarettes when they calculate how much smoking is costing them. It’s easy to calculate this cost as you know exactly how much you are handing over in cash for each pack of cigarettes … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from Walt Disney World

Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite vacation destination is Walt Disney World (WDW) in Florida. Some would say I have an unhealthy addiction to the place whereas I would simply call myself a fan. Either way, my travels … Continue reading

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Retirement Planning: Consider Your Time as Well as Your Money

Retirement can be a scary thing. You wouldn’t think so, since so many people look forward to the day when they can stop working and take it easy. However, the financial and emotional adjustments can cause problems if you aren’t … Continue reading

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The (Sensible) Leap of Faith

Years ago I made the choice to leave the full time corporate world and go out on my own. I did it for many reasons, not the least of which was because I just couldn’t stand the toxic office games … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Give Back During the Holiday Grind

By Dana Free Ah, the season of giving. Magic in the air, Christmas carolers echoing throughout packed shopping malls, Salvation Army collection bells ringing — it’s the most wonderful time of the year to do good for others…right? With your … Continue reading

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Effective Ways to Save Money

This article is written by SB, who blogs at One cent at a time, a blog dedicated to all round well-being for everyone including saving money, smart investments and improving productivity. Subscribe to his RSS feed via email or e … Continue reading

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The Road To Wealth

This is a guest post by Ashley at Money Talks The road to wealth may not be a smooth ride, but the fact remains you are either moving towards wealth, or you are moving towards poverty. Everyone moves along this … Continue reading

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100 Money Slang Terms

While money isn’t actually made out of paper (it’s made out of cotton fibers), bills are sometimes referred to as “paper” in slang terms. That may change in the not too distant future. While “plastic” is a term which is … Continue reading

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Get the Most From Your Magazine Subscriptions

I subscribe to quite a few magazines. Some I got for free, but I’ve paid for many of them. Up until recently I’d been guilty of giving my magazines a quick read and then tossing them into the recycling bin. … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Not to Shop at Costco

I really have nothing against Costco. I think that they are a quality company and they treat their employees well, especially when compared to other retailers. I used to be a huge advocate of shopping at Costco and the great … Continue reading

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Improve Your Concentration To Improve Your Finances

You might not think that your ability to concentrate for long periods of time would have much to do with money and finance. I thought that, too, until my concentration began suffering and eventually seemed to become non-existent. In recent … Continue reading

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A Frugal Person Is An Intelligent Person

Some non-frugal people have a perception that all frugal people are stupid, dumb, backwards, hillbilly housewives, and generally uneducated. I think this stereotype must come from the feeling that the really “smart” people are also very successful and thus don’t … Continue reading

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What to Expect When Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

This is a guest post from Little Miss Moneybags If you’re house-hunting, a mortgage pre-approval is a great thing to have in your back pocket. It shows real estate agents and sellers that you’re serious, and can help move the … Continue reading

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Prepare for Financial Independence

The daughter of a friend of mine is getting married in a few weeks. While the guy seems very nice, I’m worried about the match. The daughter isn’t, in any way, prepared for financial independence. She just finished college and … Continue reading

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10 Free Mobile Apps That Save Money

By Farnoosh Torabi, Manilla Financial Editor With the arrival of so many budget-friendly mobile applications, saving has never been quite so simple. Literally, at the tap of a finger, you can discover where to snag the best deals in town … Continue reading

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Curb Appeal Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

In the last year, quite a few houses have gone up for sale in my neighborhood. Several have sold and several have languished. While price plays a big role in what sells and how quickly, most of the houses that … Continue reading

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