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Lighten Your Electricity Expenses
Written by Trina Boice   

Electricity

Let’s talk about how you can lighten your electricity expenses.  Pun intended.  Are your kids still asking you why we switch our clocks forward and back for Daylight Saving Time? Yeah, mine too.  Did you know that Daylight Saving Time (DST) was created in order to save money and energy?!  Benjamin Franklin (great thrifty guy) suggested the idea way back in 1784!

In the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, VCRs, stereos, and even that innocent looking Roku.  A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting....

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Saving Money When You Blow Your Nose: Little Known Ways to Cut Costs
Written by Trina Boice   

Saving MoneyA box of tissues usually has about 65 sheets at around 2 cents a sheet.  A roll of toilet paper, which is fundamentally the same thing as tissue, has four times more sheets and is 50% cheaper! That may not seem like much, but in a tough economy, every little bit helps.  It all adds up, that’s for sure.  You can cut out the cardboard tube and slip the roll inside your fancy tissue box.  I’m not even kidding.

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How Much Does Your Bottled Water Really Cost You?
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Written by Trina Boice   

Plastic BottledPeople are not only concerned with the high cost of bottled water to our wallets and the environment, but also the low quality. Here is what New York Times columnist Bill Marsh had to say in a recent article:  “Those eight daily glasses of water you're supposed to drink for good health? They will cost you $0.00135 -- about 49 cents a year...

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Cutting Car Costs: DLX
Written by Trina Boice   

Cutting car costsDon’t ever think you're smarter than the car salesman. He sells cars every day for a living.  You buy one only every few years and you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck at the purchase.  Just remember, you’re paying thousands of dollars for that new-car smell.  I never buy new cars because I don’t want to lose thousands of dollars in depreciation the minute I drive the car off the lot.

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Garden Gold: Saving Money on Groceries and Other Products
Written by Trina Boice   

Plant a GardenIf you haven't ever planted a summer garden before, now’s your chance!  Just plop some of those starter veggies you can get from your local garden store into the ground and, voila, you're gardening. No yard?  Try container gardening!  Only a fence or apartment balcony to work with?

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Decrease Your Medical Expenses & Increase Your Health: 20 Healthcare Strategies That Work So You Can Too: DLX
Written by Trina Boice   

Saving moneyAchew!  Tis the season to snuggle under blankets and stock up on tissue.  It’s cold and flu season, when the temperatures drop and the medical bills soar.  Bleh.  With negatives about ‘ObamaCare’ and the recession in the news, your blood pressure can rise just thinking about medical costs, but keep reading for some terrific tips...

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Changing The Way We Think About Money in 2012
Written by Trina Boice   

Happy New Year 2012To change our finances, we have to make some changes in our behavior.  This crazy economy has forced most of us to analyze how we’re doing with our money and to rethink our purchases and investments.  Money isn’t the most important thing in the world, but it sure touches everything that is....

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Black Friday SenSALEtional
Written by Trina Boice   

Black Friday SalesSaving money is all about being organized and thinking ahead.  Black Friday is a perfect example.   Most of us are completely exhausted after all of the busy activities of Thanksgiving and still have dirty dishes in the sink the next day, but the organized shopper wakes up early the next morning, ready to hit the stores and grab the bargains...

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Veteran's Day Freebies
Written by Trina Boice   

Veterday's DayThank you Veterans!   We truly hope you feel the love of a grateful nation for your military service.  I’m always so impressed by restaurants and stores that offer freebies to our brave soldiers.   Share this list of companies who are giving Vets free meals and goodies with your favorite soldier...

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Donating with Style
Written by Trina Boice   
Donating with StyleAfter 45 years, Jerry Lewis is retiring as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon. The 85-year-old comedian and Las Vegas resident issued a statement Monday through the Tucson, Ariz.-based Muscular Dystrophy Association calling it time for a “new telethon era.”
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Saving BIG on Tax Day with a Home Business
Written by Trina Boice   

Saving BIG on Tax Day with a Home BusinessDeath and taxes…kind of the same thing, right? Does the mere thought of tax time send you into a panic attack? It’s that time of year again! Ugh.

 

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You Are What you Read
Written by Trina Boice   

You are What you ReadScholastic Books has recently created a fun, new web site entitled www.youarewhatyouread.com where you can join an online book community that lets you connect with readers around the world through the books that have shaped your life.

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Buying an eReader for Christmas?
Written by Trina Boice   

Buying an eReader for Christmas? DLXE-readers are on every book-lover's wish list this Christmas, and probably on yours too.   The prices are getting so much more reasonable these days too.   Here is a quick comparison guide in case it's on your shopping list this year.  If you're the avid reader in the family...

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