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Usell: Getting Cash for Old Electronics

June 3, 2014
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Usell: Getting Cash for Old Electronics

When I wrote my second Suddenly Frugal book, called Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In, the premise was that when you can no longer cut your budget to save money, you need to find ways to bring in extra income to help support your budget. (By the way, I really wanted that book to be called “Cash for Clutter” but what can you do–the publisher had other ideas.) One of the ways you can do that is to sell items you no longer need or use. I have been faithfully...

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Save Money at the Dry Cleaners

June 2, 2014
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Save Money at the Dry Cleaners

Find out how you can save money at the dry cleaners and still have great looking clothing.

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How Not To Waste Food: A Month-Long Experiment

June 1, 2014
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How Not To Waste Food: A Month-Long Experiment

Starting this month our family is going to work hard not to waste food and hopefully save money on our grocery bill. Come along as we try out tricks and share our tips.

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Save Money This Summer on Gas Prices

May 31, 2014
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Save Money This Summer on Gas Prices

Two retailers have announced programs that will help you save money this summer on gas prices. Read on for how Walmart and CVS are easing pain at the pump.

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May 29 is 529 Plan Day

May 29, 2014
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May 29 is 529 Plan Day

May 29 is 529 Plan Day to help remind parents and grandparents about saving for college.

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How to Make Clothes Last Longer

May 28, 2014
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How to Make Clothes Last Longer

Wondering how to make clothes last longer? I've got 7 tips to share with you. You can put them into practice starting today!

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VIDEO: Go Green This Summer

May 16, 2014
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VIDEO: Go Green This Summer

Here is a video segment from the Go Green tour in which I participated earlier this week. The brands I was representing were Life is Good coffee, Santa Cruz Organic, and R. W. Knudsen Just Juice.

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7 Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances

April 14, 2014
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7 Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances

Has the spring cleaning bug bitten you? While you're at it, think about spring cleaning your finances. I share 7 painless ways that you can do that today.

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Freebie Friday (April 11-17, 2014) Including Tax Day

April 11, 2014
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Freebie Friday (April 11-17, 2014) Including Tax Day

This week's Freebie Friday roundup includes free food for tax day, free car care and more.

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3 Car Care Tips for Spring

April 7, 2014
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3 Car Care Tips for Spring

Have you neglected your car all winter long? Here are 3 car care tips for spring.

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8 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Tax Return

April 3, 2014
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8 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Tax Return

Do you make these 8 common mistakes on your tax return? It could affect your refund! Read on for advice to avoid messing up your tax return.

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Selling Your House? Read These Tips

April 2, 2014
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Selling Your House? Read These Tips

Selling your house this spring? You'll want to read these frugal tips to help you get your home ready, including cheap ways to improve curb appeal and staging your house on the cheap.

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Getting Cash Back from Doing Your Taxes

April 1, 2014
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Getting Cash Back from Doing Your Taxes

There are more ways than a refund to get cash back from doing your taxes. I'll tell you how.

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Do You Have a Free Checking Account in 2014?

March 5, 2014
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Do You Have a Free Checking Account in 2014?

Believe it or not, it is not impossible to have a free checking account in 2014. Find out how a credit union can help. And the good news is that you don't have to be a member of a union to belong to a credit union these days.

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Freebie Friday (Feb. 28-March 6, 2014)

February 28, 2014
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Freebie Friday (Feb. 28-March 6, 2014)

My list of freebies was getting way too long, since so many of these offers go from week to week. So I’ve pared down the list to only the best for this week’s Freebie Friday. Nearly everything here is new to you! As a reminder, our new format since 2013 works this way: under each of the categories below–free food, and free stuff–I’ve listed freebies by date, if there is a date attached to the offer or giveaway. Those freebies come first in each category, and then I’ve listed everything else below. With the newest FTC rules about blogger...

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Which Do You Have More Of: Credit Card Debt or Savings?

February 20, 2014
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Which Do You Have More Of: Credit Card Debt or Savings?

Which do you have more of these days--credit card debt or emergency savings? Here are tricks to build the latter.

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Hit the Stores for Best After Valentine Day Sales 2014

February 15, 2014
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Hit the Stores for Best After Valentine Day Sales 2014

I've outlined five things you may want to stock up on and save at after Valentine Day sales this year.

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Always Review Your Store Receipt

February 10, 2014
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Always Review Your Store Receipt

Do you review your store receipt whenever you shop? If you don't, you could be losing money every time your grocery shop or buy something at a store that promises a discount or savings, but doesn't deliver on that promise.

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10 Tips to Choose Someone to Do Your Tax Return

February 10, 2014
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10 Tips to Choose Someone to Do Your Tax Return

Are you in the market for a new tax preparer? Here are 10 tips to find someone to do your tax return, plus two freebie offers from my affiliate networks.

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Final ThredUp Recap

January 16, 2014
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Final ThredUp Recap

This is my final review and recap of my experience consigning my clothing using the site ThredUp. If you like what you read, click through to the post and sign up. You'll get 20 percent off your first order. (You can shop on ThredUp, too.)

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Get Fit for Free, Earn Cash in 2014

January 9, 2014
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Get Fit for Free, Earn Cash in 2014

Sears has a new free program that lets you get fit in 2014 and earn cash at the same time. Best of all you can use your own exercise and fitness equipment to participate, such as the FitBit I've had since last year.

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Saving Money with Your Mobile or Cell Phone

January 9, 2014
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Saving Money with Your Mobile or Cell Phone

If your New Year's Resolutions included saving money, you'll love these 5 ways to use your cell phone to do that.

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Making Money After the New Year

January 2, 2014
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Making Money After the New Year

As I think about decluttering, I'm also thinking about making money in the New Year, including selling old cell phones. So I tried out two sites that do that--Gazelle.com and Usell.com

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Worried About Your Credit Report

December 24, 2013
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Worried About Your Credit Report

Worried about your credit report after shopping with a credit card at Target? This credit monitoring service might help.

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3 Year-End Tax Tips to Help You Save on 2013 Taxes

December 19, 2013
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3 Year-End Tax Tips to Help You Save on 2013 Taxes

Read these three tax tips on how you can save on 2013 taxes before the year is over. Hint: give a gift of a charitable donation.

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Refillable K Cup Redux: Save Money in 2014

December 7, 2013
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Refillable K Cup Redux: Save Money in 2014

Back in 2012 I started using a refillable k cup to brew my Keurig coffee at home. Find out how much money it has saved me each year and a new refillable k cup I just came across that can save you even more.

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Getting My Second Bag From ThredUp!

December 6, 2013
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Getting My Second Bag From ThredUp!

Guess what? I'm getting my second bag from ThredUp so I can consign even more clothing and ideally make more money from my old clothes.

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Freebie Friday for Thanksgiving Week 2013

November 22, 2013
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Freebie Friday for Thanksgiving Week 2013

This week's Freebie Friday round up is covering freebies not only for this week leading up to Thanksgiving but also Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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My Stuff is Selling on ThredUp

November 18, 2013
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My Stuff is Selling on ThredUp

You'll recall that I decided to try consigning my clothing through ThredUp. Well, this follow up posts lets you know how things are going (hint: well!) I've already made a decent amount of money that I'll be able to cash out of PayPal.

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New Freebies Service Worth Noting

November 12, 2013
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New Freebies Service Worth Noting

There's a new freebies kid on the block, called PinchMe. It's free to use, and twice a month you get a box of freebies.

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Getting Ready to Use ThredUp

October 23, 2013
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Getting Ready to Use ThredUp

The bag from ThredUp arrived. Now I'm ready to consign my clothes through the mail, and make money. Find out how easy the process was for me at this juncture on my ThredUp journey.

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Halloween Savings Tips

October 22, 2013
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Halloween Savings Tips

How much are you planning to spend on Halloween this year? If you’re like the typical American family, the National Retail Federation estimates that you will spend $75.03 on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations. That’s not a terrible amount, but if you are buying for a family like I am, then you want to find ways to save. That’s why I’ve put together these Halloween savings tips, which includes a mix of coupons, offers, and links to resources where you can get ideas on how to find your own Halloween savings! Note: some tips include affiliate links. Try DIY...

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3 Cheap Ways to Get Shaving Razors

October 17, 2013
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3 Cheap Ways to Get Shaving Razors

On the heels of my post on the Dollar Shave Club, here are 3 cheap ways you can get shaving razors. This advice is courtesy of ShopSmart Magazine.

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More Ways to Make Money Consigning Clothes: ThredUp

October 16, 2013
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More Ways to Make Money Consigning Clothes: ThredUp

ThredUp, an online consignment shop that started with children's clothing and has now expanded into women's clothing. I'm giving it a try as an alternative to eBay or traditional resale stores for making money on clothing I no longer want.

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Halloween Candy Coupons

October 15, 2013
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Halloween Candy Coupons

I've gathered up some coupons for Halloween candy to help you save on the $75 experts says Americans will spend on Halloween this year. These coupons are for Snickers, M&Ms and more.

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How Much Cash Is In Your Wallet?

October 15, 2013
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How Much Cash Is In Your Wallet?

What's in your wallet? Do you tend to carry around a lot of cash? Or do you like to spend with plastic? A new survey from VISA showed an interesting trend among Americans and cash in their wallet.

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Why Millennials Have Become Suddenly Frugal

October 9, 2013
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Why Millennials Have Become Suddenly Frugal

An interesting thing happened to millennials when they grew up--they became suddenly frugal. Do you fit the profile?

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Dollar Shave Club: Worth the Money?

September 30, 2013
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Dollar Shave Club: Worth the Money?

I recently signed my husband up for the Dollar Shave Club. Read on to find out if I thought it was worth the money.

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Facts About Coupons for National Coupon Month

September 11, 2013
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Facts About Coupons for National Coupon Month

Valpak and Savings.com have shared some facts about coupons for National Coupon Month, including some whopping savings you can get using coupons. I'm not sure I agree with everything their survey found, but it's worth taking a look anyway.

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How Do You Handle Tipping?

September 5, 2013
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How Do You Handle Tipping?

How do you handle tipping in restaurants? Do you like automatic tips added to your bill? Or deciding for yourself? A new IRS rule about tipping could change all that.

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