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How California’s Drought Will Affect You

Written by William Cowie - Leave a Comment

Statistically, 80 to 90 percent of you live outside of California. When you read reports of the drought in California, then, your reaction may be something like, “Bummer for those dudes. Patti, please pass the peas.” You might want to reconsider, though, because chances are this drought could affect you more than you think.
Saying the [...]

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Published on October 15th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Economy, Frugality, Miscellany, Saving & Investing
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Planning a fun, frugal Halloween

Written by Suba Iyer - Leave a Comment

Tis’ time for the spookiest holiday of the year and a record number of Americans are planning to participate in the scare festival. According to the National Retail Federation, more than two-thirds (67.4 percent) of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday, the most in the survey’s 11-year history. The average person will spend $77.52 [...]

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Published on October 6th, 2014
Modified on October 3rd, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality
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Are Your Adult Children Destroying Your Retirement?

Written by Jeffrey Steele - Leave a Comment

I can still remember the days when the term “generation gap” was all the rage. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that term was bandied about to describe the yawning philosophical chasm between Baby Boomers and their parents on topics as diverse as the Vietnam War, the length of one’s hair, and different [...]

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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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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.
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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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Are You Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

People have long spoken of “haves” and “have-nots,” but perhaps never in modern times has the economy seemed so separated between those who seem to be getting ahead and those who are falling behind.
What complicates things is that appearances can be deceptive. The easy availability of debt can make a household believe it is living [...]

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The economics of running out

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

In a sense, personal finance is a battle of conservation. People manage their resources in the hopes they won’t run out of the essentials — only what people find essential can differ. This centers around the fear of losing money or some other aspect of your financial life, and overcoming that fear should involve some [...]

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Published on June 9th, 2014
Modified on June 5th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Frugality, Miscellany, Saving & Investing, Working
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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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