April 22, 2013

Homemade Cleaners Save a Surprising Amount of Money

Have you ever tried homemade cleaners? Chances are you have in a pinch -- my first experience with homemade cleaners came when I had to clean up a red wine stain in a hurry. To my surprise, my homemade internet recipe of baking soda and soda water worked miracles. But for a long time afterwards, in spite of my success, I kept using expensive and harsh chemical products.

But then I started trying to shop more effectively and save money, and I realized exactly how much I spend on chemical cleaners. And you can double that price if you use disposable products such as Swiffers which, while incredibly convenient, can also cost a fortune (and are less than green, too).

Fortunately, you can have a lot of extra money simply by making your own homemade cleaners! Here's how.

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February 4, 2013

Save Money With Small Changes

When you want to save money, every little bit counts. A few cents here and a few cents there adds up quickly. With just a very small bit of effort on your part, you can save a lot of money at home, especially when it comes to laundry, cleaning, and water use. Not only will you be saving money, you'll be going green at the same time. It's win win for you and the environment.

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January 7, 2013

Jigsaw Puzzles: Cheap and Challenging Entertainment

In an era when seeing a first-run movie can cost you $10 or more (and that doesn't even count the stale popcorn), thank goodness for inexpensive entertainment like jigsaw puzzles. For a few bucks, you can get hours' worth of amusement... and when you're done you end up with artwork, not just memories.

So today, let's reconsider the jigsaw puzzle's place in the family entertainment scenario.

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December 27, 2012

Can Radiant Barriers Really Save You Money?

Unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably seen some media-buzz about radiant barriers lately. If you have in fact been living in a cave, then know that a radiant barrier is a layer of reflective material that keeps heat from invading your home, ideally lowering your cooling costs in warm weather.

The big question is: do radiant barriers actually work? Good question. Let's check the facts.

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December 10, 2012

Before Choosing Service Providers, Check Their Ratings

Many of us have horror stories to tell about service providers of one kind or another: how we forked over a down payment, only to have them disappear after doing little, if any work; or perhaps how a project went vastly over schedule due to poor management.

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August 23, 2012

Landlord Tips for Mortgage Savings

You may think only rich people need landlord tips. After all, in this day and age, how many of us have the money to go out and buy property for the express purpose of renting it? Sure, you might make some money, but you could also lose a bundle.

But you don't always wind up buying rental properties. In my situation, for example, we had to move to a larger home to accommodate a growing family. To sell our old house would have cost a fortune: property values have plummeted, and we were locked into a mortgage. We made the decision to save money by renting out the property instead.

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July 26, 2012

Money Saving Ideas to Fight an Empty Bank Account

We all want money saving ideas and strategies, but sometimes those ideas are impractical and unaffordable. My favorite are the ones that suggest you spend less without giving you any practical ideas on how to do so. If you have a family, you already know that there are certain expenses you simply can't cut, especially if you want your kids to have the healthiest food and access to necessities.

Fortunately, though, there are practical money saving tips that anyone can use with only a few small adjustments to their lifestyle. So if you want to start saving today, look no further.

The best ways to save money

1. Rediscover your local library

Books are expensive. Whether you're an avid reader yourself or you just want to keep the shelves stocked for the kids, make a weekly library trip a family affair. If it's just for you, choose a day when you can swing by after work. Then, if you're tempted to buy a book, jot down the title so you can check your library.

2. Participate in swaps

If there are other families in your neighborhood looking for the best ways to save money, consider doing toy, book, and clothing swaps of good quality items. You can involve the kids, or you can simply present it as a 'new' (for them) toy, and they don't need to know the difference. This also works well if you know families with older children who have outgrown their clothes.

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July 12, 2012

How to Save Money Fast

Everyone wants to know how to save money fast, but most people aren't willing to make any sacrifices. I hate to break it to you, but it's impossible to save money in a hurry without giving anything up. You can definitely learn how to save money every month and do a great job of it. But if you're in a rush, well, there's going to be some giving up involved.

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May 16, 2012

Easy Meals for the Busy Professional

To harried modern professionals -- especially the singles among us -- easy meals are always welcome. Often there just isn't enough time in the workweek to waste any of it in the kitchen, beyond preparing the occasional sandwich.

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April 16, 2012

Money Saving Coupons Make a Difference

If you're looking for money saving coupons, you probably fall into the huge percentage of Americans looking for ways to save. That was me, too, just a little while ago. I never really thought about how to save money with coupons because I associated them with old ladies trying to save ten cents on yogurt -- in other words, not worth clipping because they didn't make enough of a difference.

I needed to learn the real ins and outs of how to save money on groceries, not how to save 10 cents here and 20 there. But to my surprise, money saving coupons really do... well, save money!

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December 19, 2011

Garage Sale Tips for Saving Money

Who needs garage sale tips? You go to the sales, you look at the items, you either buy or you don't. It's not exactly rocket science.

Well, that's true -- but if you're really out to get the most from a garage sale, there's a lot more to it than you might think. Learning how to garage sale can mean the difference between a morning of pleasant browsing and a morning of unique treasures. Sure, they're both fun in their own way -- but if there are things you actually need, I'm sure you know which you'd prefer.

So if you're really out to save money and have fun, use these garage sale tips to plan your attack.

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December 5, 2011

Save Energy, Save Money: A Simple Equation

Summer's coming, and you want to save energy. Between fans, air conditioning, and the kids blaring the TV and lights 24-7, summer energy bills can really drain you. Fortunately, it's not all that hard to save money and energy, even in the hot and sticky summer months.

There are many ways to save energy as long as you get the family on board. Not only will you save valuable money for a family holiday or outing, you'll be helping the environment and 'going green' is one of the best ways possible.

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November 15, 2011

Saving Money With Your Kids

Kids need to learn about saving money as much as they need to learn how to read. In spite of what some parents think, spoiling your children does not show them how much you love them. It's called spoiling for a reason, after all. It only helps them grow up to be clueless about money (and have an attitude besides).

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September 19, 2011

How to Save Your Money Realistically and Easily

Everyone knows how to save your money. So why don't we do it? Because often, the suggestions we get are either unrealistic or overly general. People tell us 'just don't spend as much.' That's wonderful -- but how do you do that? And other tips on how to save money are just as helpful, suggesting you only shop sales or reduce bill payments -- obvious suggestions that don't really tell you how to save.

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June 20, 2011

Saving Money on Groceries Made Easy

We all want to be saving money on groceries. Sometimes, though, that seems impossible. Sure, you tried buying the no-name products, but the taste and quality seemed off. Clipping coupons for ten cents off dog food doesn't seem to do it, either. Is saving at the supermarket completely impossible?

Not for you -- not anymore!

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June 6, 2011

How to Save Money at College

Many college students wish they knew how to save money. Let's face it: college is expensive. You can't hold down a full time job and be a successful student, and unless you're living at home, you're going to have the same expenses as any adult working a full time job. It hardly seems fair, but it's the way things are.

Fortunately, saving money isn't impossible. Follow these simple tips and you'll be able to save money at college without lacking basic necessities.

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May 6, 2009

Choosing the Best Toilet Paper

Think before you flush

Finding the best toilet paper isn't something you talk about around the dinner table at home or the water cooler at work. It is, however, a fact of life and choosing the wrong toilet paper complicates your life, is more expensive, and creates more work for you.

Here's how.

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October 23, 2008

5 Simple Ways to Cut Back Your Energy Bill

Easy Steps for Getting Your Energy Bill Under Control

After opening a surprisingly horrendous energy bill this month, I decided we could all stand to benefit from revisiting a few tips to help us save energy in the upcoming months. If you're like me and could use all the energy-saving tips you can get your hands on, here are a few that will definitely help cut those beastly bills back some...

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August 18, 2008

Are Expired Coupons Worthless?

Don't Throw Those Expired Coupons Away!

It can be incredibly frustrating to go to the grocery store with a book full of coupons only to find out that the little slips of paper you thought were going to save you money are actually expired coupons. Before you despair and toss those coupons in the trash, there are some things you need to know...

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October 3, 2007

The Lowdown on Grocery Store Club Cards

Are Grocery Store Club Cards a Wise Choice?

By now you’ve heard the reports about grocery and discount stores selling the their members’ personal purchasing history to telemarketing firms and even insurance companies. I know many people who live in fear that they’ll be denied life insurance based on the 10 dozen eggs and 10 pounds of sugar they bought to make a mountain of baked goods for their son’s bake sale at school. Are they right to be concerned that grocery store club cards can affect access to health care and affordable life insurance?

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August 3, 2007

Top Five Online Coupon Sites

Where to Go For The Best Online Coupons

The other day I discussed that online coupons were a great way to save hundreds of dollars each year. It seems like many of you took the message to heart, asking where you could find the best online coupons on the Web. There are indeed many sites that feature online coupons, letting you know where the best deals can be had. Here are the top five.

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August 1, 2007

Online Coupons Mean More Cash In Your Wallet

Using Online Coupons Can Save You Money

If you haven't used online coupons yet, you don't know what you're missing. I have to be honest... I used to laugh to myself when my grandmother would go digging through her "coupon pile" when we were going out to eat or heading to the local grocer. However, I myself have started using coupons on a regular basis. But not just any coupons -- I've discovered the substantial savings to be had when using online coupons. Wondering just how much you can save? You might be surprised.

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June 3, 2007

Do Employee Discounts Lead to the Best Savings?

A Spotlight on Employee Discounts

Employee discounts are a very popular perk that many retail stores offer. They create a win-win situation where the employee gets a discount while the stores increase their sales. However, some employee discounts are just marginal and non-employees basically get the same discounts with a coupon from the weekend paper. If you want to learn more about employee discounts, read more below.

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April 22, 2007

Save Money without Spending It First

Do You Know How to Save Money without Spending It?

One of the best ways to save money is if you don’t have to spend money to learn how to save money. There are dozens of ways to save money, and the best ways happen to be the ones that won’t cost you a dime. Here you’ll learn how to save money without spending it.

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October 22, 2006

You Can Save Money with Online Rebate Websites

How Rebate Websites Like Ebates and CashBackster Help Consumers Save Money

Savvy consumers are always on the lookout for ways to save more money. Fortunately, saving money just got easier. If you like to shop online, there are some websites you definitely need to know about. Online rebate websites are a great way to save money on items that you purchase online.

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How Organizing Coupons Can Save You Money

Organizing Coupons is Easy with the Following Suggestions

Coupons can be a great way for a savvy consumer to save money at the grocery store checkout line. It’s fun heading to the check out and watching your total come down as each coupon is scanned. However, that is a feeling of excitement that many consumers never experience. A surprising number of consumers admit to wanting to use coupons, but just can’t seem to find the time or energy it takes for organizing coupons and putting them to use. If you’d like to use coupons but think it’s just not worth the effort, you’ll definitely want to read this.

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September 28, 2006

Free Magazine Subscriptions May Not Actually Be Free

The Hidden Costs of Free Magazine Subscriptions

Free magazines are easy to come by these days. Many companies will “sponsor” magazine subscriptions, and it is entirely possible to get more than ten regular subscriptions mailed to your house at no cost to you. Free magazines can be a fun thing to receive in your mail every week, but are they really free or are there strings attached?

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September 18, 2006

Need More Ways To Save Money?

How to Save Money on Cable, Phone, and Internet Services

Are you paying for your phone, cable and Internet services separately? If you are looking to save money on these bills, you might want to consider an all-in-one package. Monthly cable, phone, and Internet access can add up quickly and combining these services into on package can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the year.

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