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Happy Birthdays to You

Combining a birthday celebration with siblings is practical, but with friends can be ingenious! Read More …

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Bent on Renting

The housing bubble collapse badly affected my plans to sell and made me an accidental landlord . Now, I’ll loan you my opinion on the many benefits of being a landlord. Read More …

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Gracious Gratuities

Tipping norms aside, could there be a reason for a 100% tip? Read More …

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One In, One Out

I am infamously known by friends and family for putting retail theory into practice. Here’s a quick look at how my one in, one out policy got started! Read More …

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Not So Petty Cash

In today’s day and age why would anyone need any cash at all – let alone practically use it as carry on luggage at the airport? Let me carry on a bit about how important it can be to carry cash on hand at all times. Read More …

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Play-“Dough”

To see what all the hype was about, I recently gave homemade playdough a trial run. Here’s how that experience and the savings equation played out! Read More …

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Tipping Tips

Welcome to my one stop shop for advice on how to leave quick and easy tips. It’s my pleasure to serve you in forgoing your tip calculator! Read More …

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Hooray – Four Giveaways!

To promote my blog and to grow readership in the first year, I will be offering an ongoing, quarterly giveaway. Read More …

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Stashed Cash

After recalling family folklore about hiding money at home, my research then found that 15% of people partake in this behavior; should I do the same? Read More …

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$20 Break

After finding out that $20 is the most common amount carried in cash, I figured out a suggested break-down that best optimizes the $20 into bills and coins. Read More …

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Retail Rainbows

The psychology of color in retail is a powerful tool. Retailers have been using its affects to their advantage for many years and it’s now time for consumers to better understand this science. Read More …

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A “Pig” Idea!

My latest venture in bringing home the “bacon” is with Receipt Hog, a fun and rewarding app that lets you earn real cash with your receipts – anywhere you shop on anything you buy. Read More …

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Credit “Car”d

Car dealerships are notorious for nutty negotiation tactics. However, my husband and I recently figured out a new angle to play using our credit card that I’d love to share! Read More …

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Box Top This!

A story about why Box Tops for Education is also good for Community. Read More …