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Eiffle TowerThere is a certain je ne sais quo about France that has held our interest for centuries. After all, the French invented the calculator, hair dryer, neon lighting, stethoscope, steamboat, hot air balloon, polo shirt, bikini, denim, little black dress, pencil skirt...

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Saving Money vs. Investing It
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Written by Trina Boice   

SavingsIf you’ve been reading my money-saving articles, you  should be seeing some positive changes in your bank account.  Maybe you’ve even saved quite a bit by now and are asking yourself “Now what?”   There is actually a big difference between saving money and investing it.  One means you’re just putting it away somewhere, whereas the other is about getting your money to work for you.

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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 on college is as easy as ABC
Written by Trina Boice   

College articleA college education is one of the biggest investments a person will make in his lifetime...or a parent's lifetime!   My two oldest sons are in college, with my third heading out in another year and both my heart and wallet are feeling it.   I absolutely loved college and I’m thrilled to have my kids experience it.  I loved the feel of a crisp, new textbook, knowing it would introduce me to wonderful, new knowledge.  Yeah, I know…I’m a freak.  Well, at least my kids think I am. A college education costs time and money...You've got to put in your own time to earn a degree, but I CAN help you with the money part!

 

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Frugal Ways To Be Patriotic
Written by Trina Boice   

Frugal Ways To Be PatrioticOur Founding Fathers understood frugality.  Thomas Jefferson said “I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans.”  Benjamin Franklin warned “Think what you do when you run in debt; you give another power over your liberty.”  One thing they’d both agree on for sure is that freedom isn’t free.

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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?
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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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Decrease Your Medical Expenses & Increase Your Health: 20 Healthcare Strategies That Work So You Can Too
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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Celebrating National Coupon Month Just Makes Cents
Written by Trina Boice   

 

Piggy bankSome people call me the Coupon Queen.  My kids even laugh at me and say if the house were on fire and we needed to flee to safety that I’d grab my coupon box before leaving.  We pretty much only go out to dinner if we have a coupon to use and yes, I even have one of those cute...

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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 Money at the Gas Pump this Summer
Written by Trina Boice   

Saving Money at the Gas Pump this Summer: DLXWith gasoline prices at $3.84 per gallon, on average, and likely to hit $4 by summer, you're probably feeling the pain at the pump. However, there are ways to keep gas costs under control. Chris Faulkner, CEO of Texas-based Breitling Oil and Gas Co., offers these ten tips...

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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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The Magic of Earning Money by Linking
Written by Trina Boice   

The Magic of  Earning Money by Linking: DLXMy 10th book just hit stores this week!  YAY!  Writing a best-selling book is all about connecting...connecting with the reader through a great story, memorable characters, inspiring messages, and creating an experience that leaves the reader wanting to read more of your words...

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Donny and Marie Osmond
Written by Trina Boice   

 

Donny and Marie Osmond: DLXGet your tickets now because word has it that Donnie and Marie won't be in Vegas for much longer.  Mary Hart announced on Entertainment Tonight this week that they have broken their Vegas contract and accepted another one on Broadway.

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Customer No Service
Written by Trina Boice   

Customer No ServiceHas that lady on your car’s navigator ever completely lost her mind?  Mine did last night as I was trying to find the Emerge Salon and Day Spa for my first hair appointment.

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Saving money on college is as easy as ABC
Written by Trina Boice   

Saving money  on college is as easy as ABC: DLXA college education is one of the biggest investments a person will make in his lifetime...or a parent's lifetime!   My two oldest sons are headed out to college this week and both my heart and wallet are feeling it.

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