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Win a Signed Copy of Suze Orman's The Money Class

May 11 2011 04:25 PM | Julie Vazquez in Coupons & Discounts
Hi Moms! Have you read Suze Orman's new book The Money Class yet? Here's your chance to win an autographed copy directly from Suze!

There are three ways you can enter to win Suze's new book:

1. Go to our Facebook page and click on Sweepstakes on the left-hand side under our logo.
2. Enter using your Twitter account here.
3. Enter directly ...
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Extreme Couponing, a TV Inspiration

Apr 11 2011 08:00 PM | Jen Goode in Coupons & Discounts
I just finished watching the premier of Extreme Couponing, a new TV series on TLC. I've already watched it twice today and as I write this, I'm waiting for the show's 3rd airing of the night. It's so amazing to me the massive time and savings. These families are savings hundreds of dollars and making it look so very simple.

These Extreme couponers search for and clip coupons, match the savings to their local store deals and sales and buy in massive bulk. Who needs 60+ bottles...
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Chuck E. Cheese - The Frugal Way

Apr 08 2011 08:00 PM | Sabrina O’Malone in Coupons & Discounts
One of my friends is going through a really rough patch. Her father is very ill, she just had a baby and now her school-age daughter wants a Chuck E. Cheese® birthday party. Even though money is tight, my friend simply doesn’t have it in her to plan a party at their home right now. She asked if I had any ideas.

One of the things I know a lot about is how to stretch a dollar - particularly when the kids are involved and money is scarce.

Here’s what I told her: First, consider booking a Chuck E Cheese® Organizational Party online. In our area, this costs $5.99 per child -instead of the Birthday Party rate of ...
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My Free Spring Break Vacation (Almost)

Apr 05 2011 08:00 PM | Tricia Meyer in Coupons & Discounts
My bank account and I have been arguing over whether my family can afford to go on vacation for Spring Break. I think we can, but my bank account thinks we cannot. Rather than give in and forget the whole trip, I decided to get creative. Here’s how my family is going on a road trip for practically nothing.

I live in Indianapolis, so we can drive just about anywhere. My dream has always been to take my kids to Washington, D.C. My husband told me that if I could prove to him that we could do the trip within a very small budget, he would agree that we should go. I set about looking for hotel rooms, tour buses, and restaurants at ...
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Saving Money with Daily Deals

Feb 23 2011 08:00 PM | Tricia Meyer in Coupons & Discounts
Daily Deal sites are all over the Internet now. Whether it’s a site that specializes in only daily deals (like Groupon.com) or a traditional merchant that features a few specials each day in addition to its normal merchandise (like eBay), you can find everything from electronics to restaurant certificates to books.

How do daily deals work? First of all, many companies look to them as loss leaders. The merchant is willing to sell something close to cost (or maybe at cost), just to get you to the site. It doesn’t mean that you need to buy anything else on the site; you can always take advantage of the daily special only. Second...
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Free Tax Returns, Are They Right For You?

Feb 11 2011 11:40 PM | Eva Rosenberg in Coupons & Discounts
These days, most tax returns can be done for free . With IRS’s FreeFile Alliance (FFA) offering free federal tax returns to anyone with an income under $58,000 – that’s a pretty good deal.

Looking at one company’s free service TaxAct, we’ll create a hypothetical taxpayer. Nancy, in TN, is a single mom, with a 17-year-old daughter in college. Mom earns $25,000 a...
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It Pays to be in the “Club”

Feb 06 2011 08:00 PM | Doreen Kukral in Coupons & Discounts
The best family time is simply time spent together. There are plenty of ways to do this without spending a dime. But sometimes we all like to venture out and take in activities that can easily break the bank.

While my family often enjoys at-home movie nights and game marathons (absolutely free!) we also enjoy visiting the local museums, zoos, children's venues, botanical gardens and amusements parks. A single visit can quickly consume your family’s allotted entertainment budget.

Our solution? Become a member! All attractions on your list probably offer this as an option. If you plan to visit m...
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Career Changes After 40

Feb 04 2011 08:00 PM | Sabrina O’Malone in Coupons & Discounts
I could feel it in my bones - I was getting too old to do the job I’d loved for over a decade. Back pain was my constant companion. (I was on a first-name basis with my chiropractor.) And it was becoming harder and harder for me to carry around supplies and do the associated travel. Even trying to stay alert during late sales meetings was becoming a challenge. It was time to move on.

At the peak of the Great Recession, at the age of 42, one of my friends (a newly divorced stay-at-home mom) needed a job. She had a college degree, but very little work experience. She sent out resumes daily for months with no success. She finally...
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Do “Loyalty Cards” Really Pay Off?

Jan 12 2011 08:00 PM | Doreen Kukral in Coupons & Discounts
One word answer: Absolutely!

It seems more and more retailers, grocery stores, and even boutiques are offering loyalty cards to their customers. In exchange for signing-up, you are awarded special offers, discounts, members-only sales and a host of other rewards.

For the longest time, I rejected the idea because I was concerned about being added to mailing lists and overburdened by “junk mail”. I even worried they might cause me to overspend. Admittedly, I was wrong.

Case in point: I signed-up for the loyalty card at my grocery store and in the last 12-months, I have saved $1,127. Yo...
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5 Low Cost Ideas for Family Entertainment

Jan 10 2011 08:00 PM | Jen Goode in Coupons & Discounts
You don’t have to spend a ton of cash when you want to do something fun with the whole family. Although going to the big entertainment complexes or activity centers can be a lot of fun, there are a ton of low or no cost options that your kids will love... if you love them too. Be enthusiastic yourself and your kids will follow your lead (assuming you have younger kids). Older kids can often times be a harder sell, so the challenge is in showing them the activities are fun and let them see for themselves.

Have a game night. Whether it’s a board game, a card game or even a multi-player video game, y...
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