There is an Ugly Side to Consumers: Fraud

The following post is from Madison of My Dollar Plan and Kids and Money at about.com: According to the National Retail Federation, return fraud and return abuse cost US retailers between $13.9 and $17.7 billion in 2010, an increase of 45.4% from 2009. Ouch! Amanda, a staff writer at My Dollar Plan, shares more about…

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Finding the Very Best Deals with ChoozOn

Have you heard of ChoozOn?It's a new deal aggregation site founded by former Yahoo! execs to help you find the very best deals with less effort, fewer emails and no buyers remorse!Sounds good, right?So how does it work? I'm glad you asked!ChoozOn a personal deal-hunting concierge that filter through the deals on the internet to…

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5 Frugal Christmas Decorating Tips

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life: With Thanksgiving over, you have probably already decorated for Christmas or you are working on it now. From pulling boxes, bins and bags out of the attic, to shopping for new ornaments and ribbon and browsing Pinterest for the latest and greatest inspiration, decorating for…

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5 Tips for Black Friday Shopping

The following post is from Madison of My Dollar Plan and Kids and Money at about.com: Black Friday is a time for shoppers to find and score bargains like no other time of year! It's also one of my favorite shopping days of the year. The stores open early with shoppers camping on the sidewalks…

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Five Compelling Reasons to Live Frugally

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: Living a frugal life is not always easy.  It takes constant creativity and diligence.  It takes a big heart, savvy thinking, and thick skin. It's a lot easier to spend money and not worry about the future...at least for a little while. When I first started my…

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8 Frugal Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: The holidays take feeling stressed out to a whole new level. There are gifts to buy and school programs to watch and Christmas cards to write.  There are cookies to bake and holiday parties to attend. Stressful times of year can wreak havoc on your finances.…

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What Can I Do With an Underwater Home?

The following post is from Madison of My Dollar Plan and Kids and Money at about.com: If you’re one of the 11.1 million homeowners who have an underwater mortgage, you may be wondering if you have any options other than foreclosure. With 23.1% of all mortgages underwater, you’re not alone. For decades, homeowners purchased a…

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How to Be an Intentional Shopper

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: You’ve probably seen me in the store.  I’m the harried looking woman pushing a shopping cart full of crazy boys too big to ride in a cart, followed by a husband who has checked out of the shopping experience long before we’re anywhere near a cashier.…

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Homemade Beauty Products {Frugal AND Green}

I've said before that one of the things I love is that green, frugal and intentional living so often intersect, so when I make a small change to live more frugally, it's often "green" as well. Similarly, when I make a green change, it's often a simpler, more intentional way to live as well. Homemade…

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How Stores Get More of Your Money

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: How many times have you caught yourself running into a store to pick up one thing, only to come out with a cart load of stuff and $40 less in your wallet? Merchants want you to spend your money on their wares.  And they use a lot…

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