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Utility/Home

Shopping_Smartphone

Phone bills are a vital part of our utility bills, and data usage can cost quite a bit more on top of the cost of the phone. If you are trying to manage credit card debt, every cent counts — switching to a cheaper data plan might be the right choice for you. There are a [...]

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tuesday tip

Home makeovers and redecorating can be both daunting and expensive. Whether it’s new paint, new furniture, new floors, or just some updated decor, a home makeover project can become expensive or time consuming or both. If you’re like many struggling consumers today,  you might need all of your extra money to pay off debts or other [...]

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solar power

Tomorrow is the summer solstice, or the longest day of the year. With all of that extra sunshine, it might be a good idea to think about solar power, as well as solar power’s pros and cons. Many homeowners are starting to make the conversion to solar power, which relies on the sun’s energy to [...]

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tuesday tip

Want to curb the costs of cleaning and maintaining your home? You might be able to get yourself some free cleaning supplies and free paint at your local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. When you have some extra hazardous waste (like oil-based paint, kitchen cleaners, grout, tile sealant, and detergent), you don’t just just throw [...]

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tree

Today is Arbor Day, a day that celebrates the trees and planting of trees. In celebration, many groups and individuals come together to plant and care for their trees. Trees have been a long-important natural resource for Americans. They’re a key part of our parks, forests, and agriculture. Did you know that the planting of [...]

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filing cabinet

We’ve given you financial spring cleaning tips, actual spring cleaning tips, but what about spring cleaning your files? Part of being financially literate and responsible is knowing where your important files and financial records are at all times, and being able to access them. The best way to do this is to make sure your [...]

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how to sublet

In Boston the subletting season is upon us. This is when the college students in the area flock to their hometowns or to new cities for internships and summer jobs, or to new countries on study abroad trips and sublet their apartments for the summer months. A sublet contract is an agreement between a tenant [...]

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spring cleaning tips

Spring is a time to start fresh, whether it’s financially, professionally, or personally. Before you can get your financial house in order or reach other personal goals, it’s important to get your home in order. Getting organized is often the first step in reaching any goal. Enter the annual spring cleaning tradition. Follow these tips [...]

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reuse recycle water

Last week you may have read our review of a particular episode of TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates (find it here). That clip focused on an extreme way to save money on water. While I don’t think I can get on board with their methods, I can certainly understand their goal. Save money, reduce waste. These are good [...]

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Extreme Cheapskates TLC

Extreme Cheapskates is, well, extreme. It’s designed for entertainment value and to keep the audience engaged by showing how insane some people can be by trying to be frugal. The people on the show will risk public embarrassment and the judgment of others just to save a few pennies and avoid debt. Here is one [...]

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