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  • How to Swap Gift Cards

    Published Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    Many people prefer giving or receiving gift cards to actual gifts that end up being returned or exchanged. Then again, not even gift cards are a sure bet to fit everyoneís taste, especially those that are limited to just one retailer. The result: many gift cards end up gathering dust in drawers or, worse, slowly eroding in a sea of expiration dates and fees. 

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  • How to Have A Meaningful, Yet Frugal Holiday

    Published Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    Itís the holiday season once again, and isnít everyone excited? No matter what shape the economy is in, we should still enjoy the holidays. After all, this time of year isnít about the price or quantity of gifts we give, or even the pomp, glitz and glamour of our holiday decorations. Itís about getting together with family, friends and loved ones, and remembering the things that matter.

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  • Coupon Myths Debunked

    Published Friday, October 1, 2010

    The average coupon user in America is college educated and at least 24 years of age.† With more people turning to coupons to help lower their grocery bill, there still remains a certain stigma when it comes to coupons.† Letís bust the top six myths about coupons.

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  • "How Much Should I Pay the Babysitter?" & Other Kid-Related Money Questions

    Published Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Kids. As soon as they make their grand entrance into our lives, weíre hit with a tsunami wave of money-related questions and issues that weíve likely never faced before. Such as: How much should I pay the babysitter? When do I start giving my kid an allowance? How much do I pay a kid to mow my lawn? Should I save in a 529 Plan?

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  • Four FICO Myths, Busted

    Published Thursday, September 2, 2010

    FICO scores have been around since 1989, but they weren’t thrust into the public’s eye until the mid 1990’s when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac endorsed their use in the mortgage environment.  And by “endorsed” we mean, “forced.” 

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