tuesday-tip-1024x742It happens all the time. You enter a deal with your local cable provider and lock in a price for one or two years. It’s usually a pretty good deal for a while. Maybe you get some free movie channels thrown in. Then, down the line, the day comes and your bill makes a sudden jump. Your promotional period has ended, and you’re now on the hook for the same service at a higher price. Time to reevaluate your needs.

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Child in swimming poolThe dog days of summer are officially here. You’ve probably spent all summer long trying to find creative ways to entertain your kids without breaking your budget or boring them. But when the temperature starts to rise, finding ways to keep your kids busy can be tricky especially if it’s too hot to be outside. Here are some affordable ideas to cure your kids’ summertime boredom without dipping into any funds you’ve set aside for debt elimination. [click to continue…]

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Thrift Shop: Best Ways to Get a Deal at Secondhand Stores

August 15, 2014
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Sunday is National Thrift Store Day, and we at Talking Cents love thrift stores. They’re more than just dusty rooms packed with unsorted donations, they are a source of unique treasures at a heavily discounted price. There are some amazing deals to be found, no matter what you’re looking for. Shopping at thrift stores will [...]

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Common Craigslist Scams to Be Aware Of

August 14, 2014
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Today you can find almost anything you’re looking for on Craigslist. Need a cheap secondhand couch? A new car? An apartment or even a new job? Check Craigslist first. Craigslist can be an incredibly handy tool for finding things that you need in your local area. It is also a great resource for saving money [...]

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Eat Your Way to Debt Relief: Can I Freeze That?

August 13, 2014
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The freezer is an amazing tool that we don’t use enough. Most of us use it to hold our ice cream, popsicles, ice, and other foods we get from the frozen food aisles. But you can use your freezer to store countless meals and fresh produce, too! Freezing is an excellent way to maintain an [...]

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Tuesday Tip: What Childhood Essential Gets Rid of Grease Stains?

August 12, 2014
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Grease stains can be difficult to get out, and many of us end up throwing clothes away because of them. Laundry detergent just doesn’t get the job done and often leaves faint grease spots behind. But removing the stains is easier than you think using a childhood staple, helping you save your clothing – and [...]

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Extreme Cheapskates: How to Lower Your Living Expenses

August 11, 2014
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We love when television shows feature people who know how to save, even when they take it to extreme levels. There are always lessons to be learned from others who have figured out how to reduce credit card debt and save money. Greg, profiled on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates, was lucky enough to find a free [...]

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The Best Days to Shop for Markdowns at Popular Retailers

August 8, 2014
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If you are a savvy shopper and always on the hunt for a good bargain, you may start to notice some trends when it comes to your favorite retailers’ sales and clearance markdowns. Knowing your favorite retailers’ sale and clearance schedules could save you lots of money that you could put toward another budget category [...]

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Shopping for Deals Online: Unexpected Bargain Websites

August 7, 2014
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Shopping online has come a long way since the launch of Amazon and eBay. Now, almost all of your favorite stores are online. It makes sense – retailers and manufacturers can put whatever’s in their warehouses online, and often, you’ll find a better clearance section on the web. But did you know that even the [...]

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Eat Your Way to Debt Relief: Shopping for Spices

August 6, 2014
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Ever need spices or herbs for a recipe and didn’t have it on stock? Often, a bottle can cost upwards of $5 at the grocery store, and if you need various herbs, that adds up fast. Here are a few ways that you can get those same herbs and spices for much cheaper, leaving you [...]

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