Author Archives: Tina Parcell

Create Your Own Money: Advantages Of Local Currencies

Great Barrington, MA has its own form of currency called a BerkShare. It’s not legally considered money, it’s what’s called a ‘paper scrip’. According to Wikipedia, paper scrip is “any substitute for currency which is not legal tender, and is … Continue reading

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20 Firefox Extensions That Will Save You Money

Immerse yourself in Firefox goodness while indulging your inner frugal fantasies. Here are 20 extensions that are sure to help you save some cash. Cell Phone Minute Minders 1. Cingular Minutes Minder: Currently being reworked what with the Cingular/ATT merger … Continue reading

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New Nigerian Scam: Pets, Free to Good Home

Have you seen the Tractor Supply Company commercial about the free puppy? A man says “My neighbor gave my daughter a puppy,” and then describes how they’re now buying toys, food, dishes, etc. The actor smiles and says “It’s like … Continue reading

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Free Computer Spreadsheets To Track Your Budget

Looking for a way to get your finances organized and under control? Before you spend money on accounting or personal finance software, give a spreadsheet a try. Today’s spreadsheets are pretty powerful, with each file (or ‘workbook’) holding multiple sheets … Continue reading

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Free Wi-Fi On The Road

We’ve all been there: riding down the road on the way to a huge sales meeting when the half-caff no-foam double latte spills and ruins the directions. The only thing that will save the day is a WiFi hotspot so … Continue reading

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Starting a Business with Pocket Change Part 3

In Part Two of Starting a Business with Pocket Change (you can also read part 1 of this series) I discussed specific steps to take and purchases to make when it’s time to create a business identity and launch your … Continue reading

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Starting A Business With Pocket Change Part 2

In Part One of Starting a Business with Pocket Change I talked about the brainstorming and research you need to do while you save your change for your new enterprise. This next article focuses on specific steps to take and … Continue reading

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Starting A Business With Pocket Change

I started saving my pocket change in October of ’06. More precisely, I saved change and one dollar bills from my personal allowance. It began as a challenge more than anything else: I simply wanted to see if I could … Continue reading

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Where To Get Free Photos (Friday Freebies)

This week we’re focusing on photo freebies. If you have a blog or a website you know that images can make all the difference in the world. The same goes for graphic designers, desktop publishers, etc. While there are pictures … Continue reading

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Friday Freebies: Free Time (3-16)

This week’s Friday Freebies is all about free time. Spring is almost here, which means the lazy days of summer are right around the corner. When the yard work is done and the barbecue has been cleaned and put away, … Continue reading

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The RobinHood Fund

Have you ever wished upon a star? Perhaps you should stop looking out the window and instead wish on your computer. The RobinHood Fund is an online community unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Members submit wishes: actual, honest to … Continue reading

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Friday Freebies 3-9

Anyone who has ever been online can tell you the same two things about the Internet: 1. There are a ton of tools, toys, and time-wasters available 2. It is mind-bogglingly immense and you will never be able to see … Continue reading

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How To Save Money (& The Environment) With Your Next Computer Purchase

Did you know the current upgrade cycle for a personal computer is about three years? An ‘upgrade cycle’ is the length of time someone typically owns a computer before buying a new one. With the unending changes in technology, it … Continue reading

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Tracking Electricity Usage Just Got Easier

As home energy costs rise, so does awareness. Even those who have never before paid attention to their electrical usage are taking note as their monthly bills climb higher and higher. For those that would like to more closely monitor … Continue reading

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How To Upkeep Your Computer: Maintenance 101

Your computer is just like every car, air filter, and sock drawer you’ve ever seen: it gets dirty, bogged down, and disorganized if it’s not properly maintained. When performance starts to lag, you may find yourself replacing your computer or … Continue reading

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