My Money

September 2011


A Survival Guide to the Deluge of Daily Deals

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Daily deal sites have become the new golden child of the Internet. Ever since Groupon turned down a $6 billion offer from Google, these sites have multiplied faster than GOP candidates for president.

For consumers, the array of daily deals can be a bit overwhelming. Not only are there now hundreds ...

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How Coupons Can Lead to Overspending

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Do a survey among your friends to find out how they feel about coupons. Chances are, most will think they’re a good thing. One or two may say they’re not worth the time. The one opinion you probably won’t hear? That coupons are downright bad.

However, truth be told, coupons aren’t always a good ...

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9 Cheap (or Free) Travel Accommodations

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Accommodations can be one of the most costly travel expenses. It is difficult to get a decent hotel for less than $100 a night, especially if you are traveling during the summer months or holidays. So how can you avoid expensive hotels and find a place to stay that's cheap or even free? Here are ...

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4 Things You Should Try Living Without

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There are a lot of things in life that we pay for, buy, or do simply because we've always done it. We pay Verizon $130 a month for Internet and cable television. I don't know what happened between today and the time I went to college, when cable television and Internet cost something like $30 to ...

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Talking to Your Teenage Girl About Finance

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If you have a teen girl in your life, you're already all too familiar with how much she thinks about the future. She’s probably spending a lot of time looking at colleges and career choices. Has she given any thought to her financial future? If that seems like too much responsibility too fast, it ...

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A Lightbulb That Lasts 'Forever'

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I hate changing light bulbs. First, chances are good that we won’t have the bulb I need, so a trip to a big-box store is unavoidable. Then the bulb that needs changing is often in a fixture that’s a pain to open or in a high ceiling. And finally, I have a penchant for dropping bulbs in the process,

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How to Be a Savvy Coupon Clipper

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Many people facing rising food costs are considering coupons as a way to save money on their grocery bills. Some aren't sure how to get started, or may not want to deal with clipping coupons because they don't believe the savings is worth the time it takes to cut and organize. Clipping and ...

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4 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Quicker

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As of last year, my wife and I are first-time homeowners. It was trial by fire to say the least. Once we found the home we wanted and could afford, it was loan time. It took us a while to navigate all of the loan lingo until we could fully understand what type of loan we wanted and how best to pay ...

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