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Summer already got you down? We’re in the midst of a heat wave in the middle of the country. Tulsa tied a 101 year old record Monday when the high temperature hit 105 degrees. On Tuesday, the heat index soared to 112! With heat like that, your air conditioner is working overtime, and draining your wallet. The U.S. Department of Energy says heating and air conditioning your home take a 43 percent… Read More

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We’re always looking for new ways to save a buck or two (or more). But give up or cut back on our coffee and lunch out habit?  I came across a startling stat: We spend nearly as much money every year on coffee as we do on gasoline, and quite a bit more on lunch than fuel. Consumerist.com reports that the Accounting Principals’ latest Workonomix survey claims the average American worker is… Read More

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The heat is on, and it’s not even summer yet. While a swimsuit will be the clothing of choice for a lot kids this summer, many parents will be looking for clothes for their kids, without breaking the bank. Kids’ clothes aren’t cheap, and since they growth so fast, the price tag is even more painful to stomach. But shopping for summer doesn’t have to cost a lot. We went to Betty… Read More

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You don’t have to look far to find help stretching your dollar.  There are websites that will lower your insurance rates, get service providers to compete for your business, and find free stuff for you. Here are a few of them that I saw on Kiplinger.com: At MiNeeds.com, you can post your need, whether it be for a contractor, house cleaner or photographer, and get bids back, along with credentials, ratings and reviews…. Read More

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Another Cyber Monday is behind us.  But don’t think that the big online discounts and deals are done for the holidays. They’re far from over.  Here are 3 examples of that: In the spirit of cyber-shopping, some retailers — Wal-Mart and Best Buy among them — are actually extending Monday’s discounts through a “cyber week.” While CyberMonday.com was a one-stop shop for deals from over 700 retailers on the big online shopping day, the website… Read More

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The other day my wife checked on a $100 rebate check she’s been waiting for on a cell phone she bought.  The answer she got went something like this (with a little embellishment): “Sorry honey (snickering), but you weren’t paying attention.  You cut out and mailed us the wrong UPC code (full laughter).” You’ve seen it… a company offers a deep discount on a big-ticket item, like a TV, or computer, or… Read More

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Recently, we’ve heard the word layaway this time of year, and it’s back for the holidays. It’s an old-fashioned way to buy something without going into debt.   Layaway is simply putting money down on something you want at the store.  The store then saves the item for you, allowing you to make payments over time, minus interest charges.  When it’s paid off, you take it home.  For consumers looking to budget… Read More

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By now, many people are familiar with Groupon.  Groupon offers one money saving deal per day in cities around the world, including Tulsa.  The deal only kicks in if enough people buy it.  But there may be things you don’t know about Groupon. Since Groupon started a couple of years ago, its popularity has skyrocketed.  Its now offering those great deals in more than 150 cities around the world.  But USNews.com found that Groupon… Read More

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We love convenience, but sometimes pay dearly for it. There’s a list out of some of the most overpriced products to avoid if you want to save money. The list comes from WalletPop.com… a personal finance Website.  It says if you really want to save money, stay away from buying these things that have a huge markup. They include: Bottled water. By one estimate, bottled water has a 4000% markup over tap… Read More

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The old saying “timing is everything” also applies to the best time of the year to buy certain items.  August is almost over, but you may want to take advantage of some good deals before the end of the month. Every year, FreeShipping.org is out with it’s “Best Time To Buy” guide, and there’s several items it says is best to buy this month. Here are 7 things on FreeShipping.org’s list for… Read More

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Who doesn’t want to save money, especially now.  GMA consumer correspondent Elisabeth Leamy recently saved one family more than $100,000. While your savings will certainly vary… the strategies can be tried by just about anyone. The Shoblock family was in a financial mess and needed help.  Mother Robin Shoblock says, “I’m sure if you ask the kids, they’ll tell you that there’s been a lot of stress in the house.”   Some of the… Read More

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