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Parents, How Do You Afford This?!

June 14, 2012

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Every once in a while, we discuss college with the kids. I have never been fond of the whole college thing. For one, only a mere fraction of adults I know ever used their college education for their eventual chosen career. And college is so wickedly expensive! HOW do you parents ever afford such stuff?? […]

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Frugal Alert: Credit and Best Loan Rates

April 12, 2012

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I’ve been flipping on the radio more frequently lately (lots of driving this week) and have caught The Clark Howard Show a few times. I remember when he used to focus on deals, saving money through sales, smart shopping, and etc, but now the show seems more focused on financial and credit advice. Zzzzz. I […]

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It’s Just Not Worth It

March 19, 2012

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I sold some stuff on an online auction site recently. I haven’t sold anything in a long time, so I naturally stuck with my traditional “low prices” and “free shipping” offers. Oh dear, that was a big mistake. For one, even though the items were listed at very low prices and the stuff got a […]

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Teaching Kids About Money, Responsibility

February 3, 2012

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of DoughMain.com for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Having trouble organizing family activities, chores, money, allowances, and bank accounts? Oh, life is so much more complicated and busier than ever before. I have tried a few “family organizers” and management books and software, but […]

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Frugal Alert: Home Loan Refinancing

January 24, 2012

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When I was an apartment dweller, and even after I’d bought my first home, any discussion or mention of mortgage financing promptly put me to sleep. Zzzzzz. What could be more boring?? Now that I am an experienced home owner with a ton of kids, a remodeled kitchen, and my sights hopeful for more home […]

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The National Do Not Call Registry

January 23, 2012

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Feast or famine, as the saying goes. When it comes to telemarketers, it’s always feasting time. We’ve slowly incorporated more cell phones now that the kids are older. We now have five cell phones and one VoIP phone, and I’ve really enjoyed the relative quiet. Before, our landline would literally ring off the hook with […]

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Hostgator Black Friday Sale

November 22, 2011

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If you have been languishing with Blogger, waiting in the wings for some great deal on self-hosting to come along, I found one for you. Actually, it’s such a good sale that I’m a bit miffed. I am already on Hostgator, so I can’t take advantage of it. šŸ™ Anyway, YOU can. I know some […]

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Holiday Finances

November 21, 2011

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The holidays would be SO much nicer if we weren’t harassed and harried to shop shop shop for seven weeks straight. All this shopping comes at a terrible time of the year, too– the onset of winter when food prices rise and heating costs go through the roof. It’s awful! For folks who may have […]

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Like a Good Neighbor…

May 5, 2011

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Insurance has been on my mind quite a bit these days. I can’t believe it’s been a week since our yard and basement was flooded. We are still cleaning and picking up the pieces (and we’re still hauling away all the ruined junk!). THANK GOD we had insurance. The insurance has covered just about all […]

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February: Taxes and Insurance Time….

February 21, 2011

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We haven’t altered our insurance– any of it– in probably 10 years. UGH. This is the year, I guess. Since we renovated the house, we need to make note that the wiring is no longer from 1920!!! Yay! I hope that saves us something on our premium, or at least gives us better coverage. Have […]

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