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6 Tips to Help Your Home Stay Cool This Summer

July 22, 2015
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6 Tips to Help Your Home Stay Cool This Summer

The dog days of summer are here and so are the scorching temps. Thankfully, the heat wave here in the Northeast just ended, but there’s no guarantee that another one won’t come along before summer is done. So if you’re living in a place with scorching temps, you may be wondering: how can a homeowner stay cool in the summer heat without jacking up the utility bills? Yesterday, I appeared on the TV program “Wake Up with Al” to discuss just this. I spoke with hosts Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams and shared these 6 tips to help your...

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July 15 is Amazon Prime Day

July 13, 2015
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July 15 is Amazon Prime Day

This week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Amazon Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Amazon Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria. On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. For the longest time I didn’t see the value in an Amazon Prime membership. Then my oldest daughter went to college in New York and she needed to buy textbooks....

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How Product Reviews Changed How We Shop and Buy

June 11, 2015
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How Product Reviews Changed How We Shop and Buy

Are you like me in that you rarely buy anything these days–or book a hotel room or make a restaurant reservation–without first reading product reviews? I know that review-based shopping has changed my buying and spending habits, and I’m ok with that. I first started using product reviews about 20 years ago, when my husband and I were in the market for our first new car. We purchased a subscription to Consumer Reports so we could have access to the magazine’s database of best cars. To be honest every time we need to buy a car, we turn to...

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Weather Disaster and Your Taxes in 2015

May 26, 2015
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Weather Disaster and Your Taxes in 2015

Next month is Hurricane Preparedness Month–because hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Yet so much of the United States has a weather disaster happening right now, and not in the form of a hurricane. Mostly filling up my Facebook feed these days are cries for people in Texas to head to higher ground, thanks to all that flooding. Good thing the Internal Revenue Service sent out a tip sheet today on how a weather disaster may affect your taxes–in a good way. That is, you may be able to deduct certain losses from a weather disaster on your...

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Shopping and Selling on thredUP

March 16, 2015
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Shopping and Selling on thredUP

ThredUp is a great site for selling your used clothing and buying new, too. I've done both to great results--with popular brands that I love to wear.

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Frugal Life Hacks from Hack My Life TV

March 2, 2015
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Frugal Life Hacks from Hack My Life TV

I recently realized that life hacks fit beautifully with a frugal lifestyle. So I've shared some oldies but goodies from past blog posts plus some new ones I recently learned from the TruTv show "Hack My Life."

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Tooth Fairy Says Leave This Much For Lost Teeth

February 23, 2015
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Tooth Fairy Says Leave This Much For Lost Teeth

How much does the tooth fairy say you should leave under a pillow for a lost tooth? According to a recent survey, it’s a whopping $4! Guess I got off lucky when my girls were little and we, er, the tooth fairy just left a shiny gold Sacagawea one dollar coin under their pillow for them. I mean I knew that college tuition goes up faster than the rate of inflation, but who knew that money from the tooth fairy did as well? This information is courtesy of Delta Dental, which created the Original Tooth Fairy Poll in 1998....

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Refinancing: How to Save Thousands on Your Mortgage

January 21, 2015
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Refinancing: How to Save Thousands on Your Mortgage

Now is a great time to consider refinancing your mortgage to save thousands. Companies like LendingTree.com and Bankrate.com can help.

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How a Small Water Leak Can Cost Big Bucks

December 8, 2014
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How a Small Water Leak Can Cost Big Bucks

Don't think a small water leak matters? Learn how much money we wasted by not fixing one.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

November 27, 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014. What are you thankful for?

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