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The End Of Two Buck Chuck?

Written by William Cowie - Leave a Comment

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We were at the Seattle airport a few years ago, my wife and I, checking in our baggage at the counter. We had some work to do in Chelan and were on our way back to Denver. As we made our way to the airport, we stopped at a Trader Joe’s to buy [...]

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Published on September 17th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Travel
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Should You Spend Your Money or Your Time?

Written by Suba Iyer - Leave a Comment

We’ve all heard that time is money. It can mean various things to various people.

Over time, if you save and invest, you will have more money.
If you waste time, the money you earn will be less.
The clock is ticking, and every moment you aren’t earning is money lost. Every moment you aren’t enjoying life is life [...]

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Published on September 8th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Frugality, Productivity
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Stretch Your Dollar with Fabulous Freebies

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

After having my baby, I quit my job to stay home with her and money has been tight. Grocery couponing doesn’t work well for our family. So to stretch our dollars further without spending too much time and effort, I started paying attention to freebies around our everyday activities. I already wrote about free summer activities [...]

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Published on August 25th, 2014
Modified on August 20th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Frugality
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A Home Warranty Can Be a Great Safety Net for First-Time Home Buyers

Written by FCN Staff - 2 Comments

This post comes from Mike Nickele at our partner site Zing!
First-time home buyers have enough to worry about, like finding the right house for the right price, coming up with a sensible down payment and securing a mortgage. After putting down a hefty sum for the purchase, many first-timers may not have the extra cash on [...]

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Published on August 22nd, 2014
Modified on August 8th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, House & Home
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Tips to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

According to the National Retail Foundation’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. It is even higher for college students. It is about this time that parents start eyeing ads for back-to-school shopping. Here are some tips to help you save this year.
Take [...]

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Published on August 11th, 2014
Modified on August 3rd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning
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Follow These Tips to Save Money When Renting a Car

Written by FCN Staff - 2 Comments

This post comes from Anthony Fontana at our partner site Zing!
It may not feel like it outside yet, but summer is just around the corner. That means it’s time to start planning vacations. Whether you’re flying somewhere or taking a long road trip, one thing’s for certain: You’re going to need a car at some point. [...]

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Published on August 8th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Travel
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Why Do You Shop?

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

A few years ago, I was living paycheck to paycheck and was seriously trying to get my finances under control. I read all the tips and tricks to curb spending, yet I was failing month after month. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I never entered the grocery store without a list; I never [...]

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Published on July 23rd, 2014
Modified on July 25th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer
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Are You A Prius Lover or Hater?

Written by William Cowie - 11 Comments

When is the last time you got into a heated argument about cars? Cars in general are not controversial. Yes, there is the odd low-key Chevy vs. Ford thing from days gone by and that sort of thing, but most people generally don’t get worked up about cars, arguing about them after dinner in mixed [...]

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Published on May 28th, 2014 - 11 Comments
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Insurance
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How to save money on airline fees

Written by Suba Iyer - 4 Comments

The summer travel season is almost upon us. In the past, finding good airfare deals used to take the most time, while booking the tickets only took a couple of minutes. Now, it goes like this:

You spend hours trying to find a good airfare deal and get excited when you find an awesome deal!
When you [...]

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Published on May 19th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Frugality, Travel
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Why cutting the cord might not work

Written by William Cowie - 3 Comments

Time was when you had a home phone and you watched TV with a rabbit-ear antenna. Life was cheap then. Well, almost: I remember paying $3.95 a minute to make a phone call from Orange County to New York. Life may have been cheaper then, but not easier: When you and your significant other got [...]

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Published on May 14th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality
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