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8 Secrets of a Successful Garage Sale

Whether your goal is to purge your home of stuff you no longer need or you want to raise some

Thank You Notes: Never Out of Style

In these high-tech times when text-messaging and email are the preferred method of written communication, it might not have even

A $25,000-Per-Person Dinner That’s Hard to Swallow

I don’t consider myself a complete stranger to high-priced gourmet fare. After all, I did enjoy a lovely $100-per-person meal

The High Cost of Being Hopeless with Math

“I don’t do math—numbers give me a rash.” That’s a line I’ve used a lot, mostly because it’s true, but

Should You Fix It Or Nix It?

You’re worried that the washing machine may be on its last spin cycle. It makes a horrible screeching sound and

The Frugal Lifestyle

I’ll admit I used to think frugality was a distasteful lifestyle forced upon the poor. I believed “frugal” was synonymous

The Peaceful Easy Feeling that Comes with Decluttering

A few weeks ago I got a wake-up call that wasn’t exactly intended for me. Our friends Matt and Sharlene

The Blessing of Self-Government

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the turmoil and economic agitations going on

Think Sacrifice, Not Deprivation

I have a dark financial past. I didn’t set out to ruin my life. In fact, I truly believed

Selling? Get Top $$ for Your House

So you’re getting ready to sell your house. Just thinking about it can be an overwhelming experience.

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You Paid How Much for Your First Computer?!

I just read something that made me laugh out loud—mostly because it’s funny, but also because it is

Cybercrime Alert for Grandparents

There is a very real and terrible scam going on in the U.S. and abroad, in which grandparents are being

The High Cost of Clutter

Okay, I’ll confess right up front. I’m a clutterbug. However, unlike others in my category, I don’t hang

Three Free Life-Improving Resources

If you are generally wary of free stuff, I’m right there with you. Most of the time, I’ve

Two Options When Your Social Security Number is Compromised

I just received a letter from a reader that sent chills up my spine. It brought back vivid memories of

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The One Thing We Need to Keep Going

Encouragement. For me it is a basic need or perhaps a character flaw, I’m not quite sure. All I know

8 Things You Can Do to Beat Tough Times

Recent California wildfires serve as a grim reminder of how quickly ones personal economy can change. If the

Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do

Financial discouragement plagues all of us from time to time. If you’re discouraged about your situation today, there

Simple Rules to Live By

I have a quirk, a kind of brain glitch that annoys me to no end. I cannot easily

Satisfaction: Your Basic Consumer Right

Statistically speaking, chances are slim-to-none that you consistently avail yourself of the most fundamental of all financial principles—to