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We’re a month into the new year now, and maybe need a little help with one of our resolutions to save more money. There’s no shortage of advice online on how to do it. I Googled the topic and look what pops up. 5 Ways to Save $1000 a Year, Ten Ways to Save $1000, even 50 Ways to Save $1000 a Year. Saving money is definitely on just about everyone’s resolution list. Since it can… Read More

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Kids have big expectations when it comes to holiday gifts. I know, that’s a huge understatement. Many don’t know, or don’t care, that times are tougher. And to a certain extent they shouldn’t, because, after all, they’re just kids. So how do you teach kids to have more realistic expectations about the holidays? More on that in a moment. “I want a cattle prod and taser for Christmas” A couple of weeks ago,… Read More

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Here’s a four letter word that costs you money…. fees. A couple of bucks in fees here and there can really add up. Kiplinger.com has ten fees on its do-not-pay list. They include: Credit card late fees. To avoid them, sign up for payment alerts… Via text message or email… from your credit card company. Directory assistance fees. Dialing 411 can cost more than a buck, but Kiplinger says you can get free directory… Read More

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Our country is in deep debt. No doubt about it. The national debt crisis has been all over the headlines this summer. While it’s clear Washington can’t manage money, a new survey finds it’s an opportunity for parents to teach their kids about being financially savvy. The CouponCabin.com survey asked parents what financial topics are most important for children to learn. Here’s what they said: 81% Basics of a savings account 76%… Read More

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Prescription drugs aren’t cheap, and the prices for the same medication can vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Prescription meds are much like other things we buy.  Shop around and do a little comparison pricing and you could find it cheaper. The website, FrugalPharmacies.com does the work for you. It lets users search for the best price for hundreds of the most common drugs in a matter of seconds. USNews.com has these other strategies for… Read More

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The recent recession took a toll on Americans’ saving habits. Nearly half aren’t ready for a personal financial emergency. We’re always told to have at least six months worth of savings on hand in case of a financial emergency. Fewer people are for whatever reason following that advice. A survey released this week by Bankrate.com found that: 22% of Americans say their emergency savings would cover no more than three months’ worth of expenses…. Read More

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Grocery shopping trends are changing, and they show how the recession has shaped our buying habits. One of the trends?  We’re spending more on some things, but cutting back on others. A good example of that is people tend to splurge on organic strawberries, but only buy soda when it’s on sale. It shows that we’re becoming more health conscious, while still thinking about our economic situation. Here are more shopping trends:

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This is the time of year many of you are dreaming of vacation. You may be planning your summer trip now. You’ve earned your time off and it’s important to you, so you don’t want to waste your money or time.  SmarterTravel.com has some tips on making your vacation count. Here are some mistakes to avoid: Booking too late.  Days of the last-minute deals are behind us, at least for airfares.  Travel agents warn… Read More

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This is the time of year when neighborhoods are packed with cars and crawling with people. It’s garage sale season. If you’re thinking of hosting your own sale, there are ways to make sure it’s a success. Tips to make money and not waste time No doubt, there are going to be a lot of neighborhood and individual garage sales this weekend… and weekends to come. Garage sales can be profitable if… Read More

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From costly medications to high-priced parties, Americans continue to pamper their pets. Last year, $48 billion was spent on our pets. When it comes to Fido and Fluffy (or in my case, Jeter, Major, Tipsy, Butters and Billie), Americans are spending more than ever, even during lean economic times. I went to Partnering for Pets, an organization in Owasso dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals, for help on cutting our pet… Read More

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Although crude oil prices have dropped, gas prices haven’t. Gas has risen about a dollar since January. That has drivers anxious to cut costs. But AAA says that many gas-saving strategies are mere myths. At $3.65 a gallon in Tulsa, and higher elsewhere, drivers are looking for any way to cut costs. There are ways to save money at the pump, but AAA Oklahoma tells NewsChannel 8 that a lot of tips… Read More

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Rising gas prices and soaring airfares mean higher costs for your summer vacation. But you can still find some good deals online.There’s no doubt, bargains are harder to come by these days. So it helps to have someone else look for you. I came across some really good travel Websites on Kiplinger. Whether you drive… or fly…. the cost of traveling continues to go up. That also goes for the hotel once you… Read More

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