Author Archives: Jennifer Touchette

Freelancing as a Source of Income

Who couldn’t use some extra money these days? I’m guessing you have a skill that people would pay you for, and freelancing can be a great way to earn some extra cash. What work can you do as a freelancer? … Continue reading

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What My Mother’s Illness Taught Me About Personal Finance

When my mother became ill a few years ago, I did what all adult children usually do: worry and think, “She has to be OK! She’s the parent.” Finances, however, didn’t enter my mind. It was interesting to note that … Continue reading

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Five Things You Must Do Before You’re Laid Off

Like millions of Americans, my family will likely face a layoff. And, like other families we aren’t sure when we will get the news. Tomorrow? In another month? The suspense makes one reach for the bismuth. My husband has been … Continue reading

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Saving Money with Three Books

When I started working after college in 1993, I was thrilled to get a job and make more than minimum wage. However, that $5.65 an hour didn’t stretch as far as it might, and I started to learn the hard … Continue reading

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Divorce and Finances: Lessons of Being A Financial Single

It doesn’t take an economic downturn to challenge the best financial wizards – it can be something as simple as the end of a relationship. When two people separate, their financial lives separate as well. Each person assumes more financial … Continue reading

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Employed, but Earning Less

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Being Cheap Can Help the Planet

My parents were pioneers in the green movement. They weren’t necessarily trying to save the environment, but they grew up during the Great Depression when every penny counted. It turns out their thrifty habits are gentle on the environment too. … Continue reading

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Is Saving Money Making You Feel Deprived?

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Is Inconvenience Holding You Back from Saving Money?

It is almost comical the trouble I am running into saving money lately. For instance, I was shopping at a favorite second-hand store when I found a great purse. I was so excited to find something that was the right … Continue reading

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Your Kids Can be Financially Savvy

We have all struggled with our finances at one time or another, and I worry how my children’s financial lives will proceed. I want to spare them the trials and tribulations of my experience, but I wonder is that really … Continue reading

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Save When You Garden Together

We had a rare spring-like day this week – sunny and warm enough to shed the winter jacket for a bit. It was also the same day my favorite seed catalog arrived in the mail. Coincidence? I think not! Garden … Continue reading

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Haggling For Bargains

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I Shop at Thrift Stores

It has happened again. Because of the ailing economy, my local television news is reporting another story on how to save money. Very helpful, yes, but what got my ire up was the tone of the broadcast. This particular story … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Avoid Gym Fees

One of the truths of getting older is that it takes a lot more work to maintain one’s fitness as compared to when we were younger. Not only do you need to be serious about watching what you eat, but … Continue reading

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Brother, Can You Spare Some Time?

With this downturning economy, even governments are having a hard time. My own city is facing at least a $4 million dollar decrease in revenues, and my state is facing more than $140 million in shortfalls. One alternative to getting … Continue reading

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Make Your City Better without Raising Taxes

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Stay Strong and on Budget

This is one of the hardest times of the year for me to continue setting money aside. For one, the money we earmarked for gifts has been spent, which makes the total in our account look smaller than usual. I’ve … Continue reading

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I Hate to Eat Out

Eating out used to be one of my favorite things to do. I loved to relax and be served great food with a minimum of effort on my part. This was before my husband and I implemented a budget, tracked … Continue reading

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How to Lose Your Rent Deposit

My father and I own a duplex. As the landlords for our small piece of property, we have seen plenty of tenants come and go in our college town. Most have been great. A few were not. In our experience, … Continue reading

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What Extra Money Can Do For You

Do you know that feeling when you’ve had something hanging over your head for a long time — and then it’s gone? My husband and I have been enjoying that feeling. We just paid off our vehicle loan. What a … Continue reading

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