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Price Check in Aisle Two

You’re in a store looking at TVs or T-shirts or tea bags. The price looks good, but is it really? The answer may be a quick text message away. As noted in a Real Simple article, send a text message to Google at 466453 (“Google” on most devices), type “price,” and then enter the name […]

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Fresh Foods for Less

Doesn’t it seem expensive to eat well? Everything from hormone-free milk to pesticide-free potatoes cost more. But if you know where to look and when, you can buy fresh, chemical-free food without breaking the bank. That’s the theme of an article from The Simple Dollar, which provides helpful links for finding nearby farmers’ markets, knowing […]

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Competition for Craigslist

Craigslist has enjoyed a virtual monopoly in the free online classified ad industry. However, Time magazine reports that there are now two competitors–Kijiji (the Swahili word for “village”) and Oodle. Both are trying to steal share from Craigslist by making their sites easier to navigate. Oodle puts a Google map next to each listing so […]

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The Bus is Back

When’s the last time you took a bus for an out-of-town trip? With airline ticket prices on the rise and some airlines now charging for luggage, several bus lines are trying to win new business with upgraded vehicles, low prices, and high-tech amenities like free Wi-Fi. The financial blog WalletPop highlighted BoltBus (a subsidiary of […]

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A Good Green Guide

Bankrate.com has put together a helpful list of over 100 eco-friendly tips, many of which are also easy on the wallet. The ideas are grouped in eight broad categories, each of which is further grouped by “quick fixes,” “short-term,” and “long-term.” For example, under the category of “Leisure & entertainment,” a quick fix idea is […]

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Fleece-Free Flicks

For a lot of people, going to a movie is a favorite form of entertainment. However, with tickets now $10 in many markets and a “small” container of popcorn going for nearly $5, even a love story can seem a horror show. Some money saving tips from SmartMoney.com included the following. Find the freebies. Regal […]

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Rebates Made Easy

Ever heard of Ebates? I found out about the web site from the blog Gather Little by Little. A quick online registration process gives you access to rebates from hundreds of merchants. The rebates are typically about two to five percent of the purchase price, but can go higher. For items you’re planning to buy […]

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Twenty-Four Hours of Savings

A recent post on the blog The Simple Dollar charted the author’s money saving moves over each of the 24 hours in a typical day. At midnight, for example, a programmable thermostat adjusts his home’s temperature, saving on cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. At 3 a.m., clothes hung out to dry […]

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The True Coupon Queen

Among all the coupon queens and kings out there, Crissy Thompson is true royalty. The Gainesville, GA woman sometimes spends as little as $10 per week to feed her family of five. To really understand her methods you may have to read the full transcript of the TV news report about her, but here are […]

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Don’t Dim a Bright Idea

There’s been a big push to get people to replace traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). As a result, sales have skyrocketed—from about 17,000 bulbs in 2000 to 380 million last year. However, there’s been less focus on teaching people how to properly dispose of such bulbs. As was pointed out in […]

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