December 2009

Homeowners Insurance Basics: What Kind of Policy Do You Need?

Like car insurance, a homeowners insurance policy is a necessity for every owner. Not only will it protect you in the event of theft, fire, or other disaster, but it offers protection if someone is injured on your property. Unfortunately, many people discover too late that they’re underinsured. Use my basic guide to determine how much insurance to buy and which policy elements to look for. Once you know…
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Are Book Rental Sites Better than the Library?

A few months ago, I saw this at Failblog: book rental service? was just thinking. my sister does -alot- of reading, and spends like $1000 a year on just books alone. most of them she reads once then never looks at again. is there any kind of like…video rental store but for books? would make things alot cheaper, plus once one person had read one the next person can…
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Top 10 Things to Buy at the Dollar Store

Friday I saw a flippant post that listed ten things not to buy at the dollar store. It so ticked me off that I’ve decided to create a list of ten things you should buy at the dollar store. Kitchen Towels If you’re looking to replace paper towels, hit the dollar store to buy cheap kitchen towels. Even if they only last a month or two, that’s still…
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Surprise! Your Car Gets Worse Gas Mileage Than You Thought

It’s nearing the time when I’ll have to buy a new car, so I’ve been comparing fuel economy ratings on various cars. Some of the estimates are much lower from the original mileage estimates for my current car, which seemed odd. Then I remembered that the EPA issued new gas mileage ratings. I looked into the reasons for the change and what the new numbers mean. Why the…
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The Tomato Project: Part 3 – I Have Achieved Tomato!

It’s been almost three months since I transplanted my tomato seedlings into the garden. The plants are still growing. Two are four feet tall and still growing. The third is also tall, but I suspect it has a virus and I’m going to have to pull it. Harvesting My First Tomato I have my first striped Roman tomato. It weighs in at five ounces. It came in a full month…
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Win a Free Holiday Savings E-Book

This year we’ve all vowed to cut back on Christmas. Stores have quietly changed their stock from super-expensive whirly-gigs to the more traditional gifts and decorations (with some tackiness remaining.) These same stores are expecting lower traffic, and more people are looking for ways to share the joy without opening their wallets. Pare Down the Season of Giving The best way to pare down the season of giving…
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How to Choose an Affordable Champagne

Tradition dictates that you must have a glass of bubbly in your hand when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. However, that bubbly doesn’t necessarily have to be true champagne. Instead, you can be a friend to your budget and find some affordable options that will still taste good. We’ll start with a brief primer on champagne, then I’ll review some of my favorite alternatives to…
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Three Carnivals for the Price of One

This week we’re offering a special deal: three blog carnivals for the price of one admission. There’s no need to choose, your ticket is good for all of them. First up, the Carnival of Personal Finance #139. In addition to my post on saving money on books , you’ll enjoy BeingFrugal.net’s post on Seven Things Women Wish Men Knew About Money. Next up, the Festival of Frugality #112. In addition to my post…
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