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Dec 18

33 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money

They say idle hands are the devil’s playground. Or is it an idle mind? When our twitching fingers tap from “add to bag” to “checkout” before we know what happened, it certainly feels like our good intentions of not spending money uselessly have been thwarted by a devilish boredom that whispers, pitchfork held aside, to go on ahead and just check to see if there are any good sales.

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Nov 18

40 Fun and Fulfilling Things to Do on "Buy Nothing Day"

Maybe you’ve already stretched the dollars you’ve saved during what has become, somehow, Black Friday month. Or you could be one of those who would never dream of spending a precious day off saving money at the cost of braving dense crowds on the prowl for a good deal. Whatever your reason for skipping shopping on Black Friday, there’s a day—the same day—just for you: Buy Nothing Day.

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23
Nov 18

5 Ways Financial Experts Stick to Their Gift-Buying Budgets

Staying financially afloat during the holidays is no easy feat. That’s why it pays to set a budget and decide exactly how much you want to spend before you go gift shopping. And once you have a budget, you have to do everything you can to stick to it.

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12
Nov 18

Here's The Secret to Saving Money on New Appliances

Shopping for a new appliance can easily feel like an overwhelming whirlwind of features and rebate offers and extended warranties, bringing up crucial questions like, “Do I really need a wifi-connected fridge?” and “Why do I get a free knife set when I buy this dishwasher?” To help you navigate all of the deals and dodge the hidden fees, here are seven simple tips for saving money on appliances.

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12
Oct 18

The $6 Gift I’m Sending Literally Everyone for Everything

Let’s start this off by saying I don’t usually send cards to people. I like to think I’m a gracious, considerate person—but I’ll be the first to admit I’ve forgotten to send my own thank you notes on more than one occasion (more like every single freaking time!). Hey, when you don’t have your mom nagging you every day for the month after your First Communion, it’s easy to forget that displaying gratitude is something you should prioritize. Even though I know how truly touched I feel when my old boss sends me a card just to say hello or when I receive a thank you note from my oh-so-thoughtful friend from high school, a box of personalized stationery and letters sits unopened underneath my bed—a literal manifestation of how my best intentions usually gather dust.

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11
Oct 18

Target Announced a New Bargain Brand Where Most Things Are Under $2

If you love a bargain, you’re going to do cartwheels over Target’s latest announcement: a new line of everyday essentials that undercuts its existing house brand, Up and Up, by nearly 50 percent—and with most items under $2.

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29
Aug 18

Peel and Stick Products That Just Might Surprise You

Peel and stick products have been around for awhile and we know their benefits. They are affordable, which makes them great for budget households. They are also super easy to install for all you DIY-adverse people out there. All these makes them a go-to for quick makeovers and style boosts. But as more companies get into the game, adhesive products are spreading their wings and giving us more and more reasons to use them.

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26
Jun 18

The Cost of Painting Kitchen Cabinets Depends on These 3 Things

To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question. That is almost always the question. You can certainly paint your kitchen cabinets yourself. As long as you know that it’s a labor- and time-intensive job that, if done wrong, can be a pretty big screwup. I recently redid the cabinets in my newly purchased home, and despite liking to DIY all the things, I paid someone to do it—partly to have it done before we moved in and partly because it would have been impossible for my little girls to keep their hands off the drying cabinets if I did it myself! It was fairly expensive, but well worth it to move into a house with sparkling white cabinets instead of the previous outdated wood-toned ones.

That being said, it’s not free to paint your cabinets yourself, either—besides your time, you’re buying materials that a contractor might already have on hand.

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Jun 18

Why I Sold Both of My Instant Pots (and What I Got Instead)

I admit it: I am a kitchen appliance junkie. I have been for more than a decade, since I fell in love with cooking. I want to buy nearly everything that comes on the market, but actually only buy the ones I know I will use on a regular basis. I make sure that the ones I do buy are the best value for the money no matter how inexpensive or expensive they may be. And then I love them to no end. I have a few high-speed blenders (because is one really enough?), one of the best food processors out there, two trusty slow cookers in different sizes, and I am never without a French press or a regular coffee maker.

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13
Jun 18

Hang It: Best Sources for Cheap Frames

This is a problem we always seem to struggle with…finding a way to display artwork without paying huge amounts of money for framing. Since the type of framing we choose usually depends on the artwork, we’re always having to come up with new solutions to the problem. Along the way, we’ve found a few cheap sources for frames that we keep coming back to. Read on to check them out.

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