01.18.17
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A Frugal Wedding Adventure: The Planning Phase

I recently got engaged. I managed to stay frugal throughout the entire process. The ring did not set me back three months’ salary. I got a

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Seven Ways to Save Money As a Landlord

Around a decade ago, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We weren’t entirely sure what we were doing, but we were determined

01.11.17
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Can the GM BuyPower Card Help You Save on a New Car?

We’ve all heard of earning cash back, airfare, and hotel stays with credit card rewards, but what about a new car? The GM BuyPower card

01.08.17
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Why Meal Delivery Services Are a Waste of Money

Imagine having every imaginable ingredient for a delectable dinner delivered directly to your doorstep, perfectly pre-portioned. Once your box arrives in the mail, every component of

01.06.17
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How to Save Money on Your Next Laptop

Even though I’m happy with my six-year-old computer, I can’t help but take interest when new laptops come onto the market. It’s like how you don’t

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Why You Should Reduce Media Costs and 12 Strategies for Doing So

Recently, I spent a large portion of a day with an acquaintance who left his television on all of the time, tuned almost exclusively to

12.31.16
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How I Use Evernote, My Most Essential Free Online Tool

A few weeks ago, I answered a mailbag question from Jim, who wanted to know how I use Evernote. I gave him an answer that

12.29.16
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Auto Owners Insurance Review

Auto-Owners Insurance is a mutual insurance company operating in 26 different states through independent representatives. They offer basically every type of insurance under the sun,

12.28.16
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Six Ways Seniors Can Save on Car Insurance

Young drivers typically see their car insurance costs drop as they gain experience behind the wheel, but when they become senior citizens, their rates may

12.27.16
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Can You Save Money Using an Online Pharmacy?

If you’ve ever considered using an online pharmacy, your goal is probably to save money. Sure, online pharmacies may tout the fact that they’re convenient

12.23.16
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What’s a Patient Advocate – and Should You Have One?

Preventable medical error is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to a recent study

12.22.16
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Six Predictions for the Housing Market in 2017

It’s nearly impossible to discuss the 2017 real estate market forecast without factoring in the Trump Effect. President-elect Donald Trump and his rhetoric, which may

12.22.16
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Homemade Broth: A Healthy and Frugal Winter Treat for Body and Soul

Winter’s here, and if you’re anything like me, cold weather brings with it a strong desire to eat warm, hearty soups. And what is at

12.21.16
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Do You Need Insurance for a Moped or Scooter?

More and more Americans are looking for ways to save money on their transportation costs. One solution is riding a moped or a scooter instead

12.20.16
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How Much Does an Eye Exam Cost?

It happens to the best of us. You get a little older and you just can’t see as well as you used to. Maybe it’s

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Building a Lifetime of Positive Financial Influences

The United States has a paycheck-to-paycheck financial culture. The truth is that 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, with virtually no emergency savings to

12.19.16
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Can I Pay My Auto Loan With a Credit Card?

Can you pay your auto loan with a credit card? Well, yes… technically you can. Most lenders won’t allow you to use a credit card to pay

12.17.16
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A Ton of Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for $20 or Less

As many of you know, I write a weekly column for US News and World Report, and you can find the archives of this column

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