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lemonade

If you’ve decided to host a barbecue or an event this weekend, you know how expensive it can be just to get food prepared. Adding alcohol to that equation can be the kiss of death to your budget. So how can you provide adult refreshments to a group in a way that won’t send you [...]

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Extreme Cheapskates TLC

It always pays to have extra cash on hand, but how far are you willing to go for it? This Las Vegas man does clinical trials and other medical testing to earn an extra buck, with little regard for his own health. Because we don’t necessarily recommend his methods, we have a few tips to help [...]

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tuesday tip

When it comes to food, a lot of people are very loyal to particular brands. Some consumers would never even think about trying the store brand of cereal, juice, crackers, cheese, or any other product. If you like something, why change? Well, potentially saving money is one reason. Discovering that you like something else is [...]

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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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traffic

Everyone knows that winter holidays and school vacations are the busiest times of the year to travel. However, summertime comes with its own travel hazards, particularly for drivers. People scramble to the highways en route to beaches, lakes, boardwalks, campsites, and wherever else they choose to beat the heat. Fuel costs tend to increase during [...]

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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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tuesday tip

Have you ever gone shopping, found an item, then thought to yourself, “I wonder if I could find this cheaper online?” Usually you can, but then you have to go home, browse the web, make the purchase, and wait for the item to be shipped. However, some retailers will match the pricing of certain online [...]

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graduation

Your favorite graduate is getting ready to go to college or enter the real world, and of course, all of his or her hard work deserves recognition. But graduation parties can  really add up – food, location, and entertainment all have their own attached costs. Here are a few tips to keep the costs low [...]

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exercise fitness equipment

Eat right and exercise. Those are the two major pieces of advice you’ll hear when it comes to staying fit and healthy. Eat right and exercise. It sounds so simple. You know what else is simple? Ordering pizza and watching TV. However, the simplest and easiest things to do aren’t always the most cost-effective or [...]

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We’ve always meant to do a post on what to do with “free money,” but after searching the archives of Talking Cents Blog, I’ve realized that we’ve never touched on the topic.  Back when I did the Cash-Only Christmas Challenge, I talked about using sites like Ebates.com or the new-to-me TopCashBack.com to earn cash back [...]

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