2014

Are Peer Loans Too Risky or the Way of the Future?

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia). If you haven’t already heard about peer lending, it’s likely that you soon will. The largest loan company, Lending Club, is getting ready to issue stock on the New York Stock Exchange and the media are already all over the story.

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3 Monthly Expenses to Reduce Without Feeling a Sacrifice

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Are you looking for more ways to cut your monthly expenses? When my husband and I wrote our Debt Freedom Plan earlier this year, we made a commitment to scrutinize our monthly expenses to find money to put towards our plan.

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R.J. Palacio’s Wonder eBook Only $2.75!

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Right now Amazon has the Wonder Kindle eBook by R. Palacio on sale for only $2.75 (print price $16.99)! This is an awesome deal on this hugely popular kids’ book! August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.

9 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill This Summer

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It’s summer time and that means temperatures are heating up. I’ve got some simple ideas for how to lower your electric bill this summer. These tips go beyond the typical “turn off the lights” and “turn up the thermostat.”

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Easter Egg Cake Bites

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My daughter loves cake pops – they are the perfect size for a toddler, but in truth, who doesn’t love them? If you like cake pops, you’ll like these cake bites. They are 2-3 bites of heaven that will melt in your mouth.

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Free eBooks For Kindle, Nook, iPad, & More

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If you love to read, then you’re gonna love Book Bub – a FREE deal site just for book lovers that delivers your own, personalized FREE ebooks every day. This is a reader favorite here on Saving Every Day! I have it, use it, and love it!

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7 Ways to Follow Up After a Job Interview

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Too often, after a job interview, we fail to follow up with the company. This can be a mistakes, since it might mean that you drop out of the consciousness of the interviewers.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Life in the Coming Year

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One of the great things about a new year is the fact that you can look at where you’re at, decide where you’d like to be, and then make a plan to improve yourself.

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4 Reasons I Attend Conferences

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Like many other financial blogger types, I just returned from FinCon. I attend two or three conferences each year (FinCon is my favorite) because I find these events valuable. And not just because I sometimes party like I’m in college again.

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Meet Tracy, a Single Mom Who Paid Off $41,587 | Debt Free Stories

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Welcome to Debt Free Stories. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Tracy. She paid off $41,587 in debt in 14 months! She blogs at Happy Healthy Mommy. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?

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SavingStar Offer: FREE Kit Kat Bar!

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This week’s SavingStar Friday Freebie Offer is Kit Kat Bars! Just add this offer to your SavingStar account by the end of today (12/19) and use it before 12/21 to get 100% back on your purchase of a Kit Kat Bar , making it completely FREE! Great last-minute stocking stuffer idea.

5 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

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5 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally. I have been very conscious lately about the chemicals my kids consume. I try not to buy food dyes and we eat lots of real foods instead of processed ones. I thought, why not carry that over into our Easter eggs?

Tax Day 2014 Freebies & Deals

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Tax Day is almost here and whether you are relieved to already be done or scrambling to get it all done, there are some freebies that you won’t want to miss. Take a look below at the Tax Day 2014 Freebies that you can take advantage of. Some are available now!

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Hamilton Beach Belgian Flip Waffle Maker with Removable Grids Only $39.99

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Make One Change to Improve Almost Every Aspect of Your Life

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Over the past year or so, I’ve probably watched twenty different documentaries , and many of them were about health, food, weight and nutrition. I also enjoy many TED Talks on similar topics and am an avid reader.

How to Make Your Budget Work for You

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One of the hardest things to stick to is a budget. Everyone seems to dislike them. I don’t like budgets myself, and actually refer to what I do with my money as a “ spending plan.”

NEW $1 Off ONE Printable Eckrich Sausage Coupon

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The high-value $1/1 Eckrich Sausage coupon is back again this month! Just look under zip code 77477 to find it (I have it direct linked for you). The regular price at Walmart have is $2.50, so just $1.50 each after the coupon. These freeze well, so snag a few for those night you need a quick dinner.

Meet Krista & Jon Who Paid Off $36,000 | Debt Free Stories

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Welcome to Debt Free Stories! Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to Krista & Jon. They paid off $36,000 in debt and cash flowed graduate school. They blog at 2 Copper Coins. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living?

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Simple Things You Can Do to Be Environmentally Friendly and Save Money

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So often, being environmentally friendly and saving money go hand in hand. That’s good for the Earth and for personal finances. The truth is, there are plenty of things our grandparents and great grandparents did that were eco-friendly and frugal that we can easily do today.

It’s Time to Leave Your Money Mistakes in the Past

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As humans, we tend to be hard on ourselves. When we make mistakes, we dwell on them, dredging them up, and remaining ashamed — often long after others have forgiven us and moved on. The same is true of our money mistakes.

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How Downsizing to an Apartment Has Saved Us Money

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My family and I recently moved across the country. While the cost of living in our new town in Pennsylvania is higher than we experienced in Utah, we are actually saving money each month due to downsizing. I also suspect that we’ve lowered our carbon footprint a bit as well.

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Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Toys on Rollback at Walmart

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias Looking for last minute holiday gift ideas? Delight the little ones in your life with Disney Planes items now on Rollback at Walmart!

Financial Success: It’s Not Always About Your Income

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When I was younger, I used to think that a higher income was the solution to most of my financial issues. My husband and I were graduate students with loans and credit card debt, and we were certain that a higher income would solve all of our problems. However, this isn’t always the case.

Over 30 Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipes

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Looking for some new pumpkin recipes to try this year? Pumpkin is on of my favorite flavors of Fall and I’m excited to try some of these new recipes this year. There are breakfast recipes, dinner recipes, drink recipes and of course sweet treat recipes.

Stock up on your favorite laundry detergent for the New Year!

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Stock up on your favorite laundry detergent for the New Year! Purchase TIDE at Target for only $9.99 for 100oz or 92oz Tide + Collection. Target TARGET Tide

10 Ways to Save on Eating Out

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Eating in is a great and easy money saver, but it’s not always an available option, nor is it always exciting (though I do have some suggestions on how you can spice it up ). A nice restaurant meal can be a welcome and affordable indulgence if you know when and where to look. Set a Budget.

For Better Savings: Use Sub Accounts to Differentiate Your Goals

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One of the mistakes that we often make when saving is putting everything into one account.

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Naked Inspired Eyeshadow Pallettes Just $10.99!

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If the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette is on your holiday shopping list but you don’t want to shell out over $50, these eye shadow sets are AMAZING , and they’re only $10.99! They have a magnetic closure and mirror on the inside flap, 12 beautiful colors and a free eye shadow brush.

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15 Ways to Save on Summer Activities

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Fun things to do in the Summer don’t have to be expensive. I find that you can enjoy most any activity inexpensively, if you are flexible on the when, where, and how. Original Photo Credit: Jim Larrison via cc.

Are You Letting Your Luxuries Become Needs?

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One of the fundamental principles of savvy finances is understanding the difference between needs and wants. Part of this understanding is acknowledging that much of what we have are actually luxuries and not needs at all. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to let luxuries become needs.

3 Tips for Getting Rid of Clutter and Organizing Your Home

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We love decorating for the holidays at our house. I like putting out the autumn decor, and as soon as school starts, up goes the garlands with colored leaves, and the Halloween decorations.

What Money Advice Would You Give Yourself If You Could Go Back in Time

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We like to say that hindsight is 20/20, and this is especially true of money. We often think about what we would tell ourselves if we could go back in time and provide some advice to younger versions.

Free in Stores This Week: Excedrin, Robitussin, Batteries, and More!

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Check out all these things you can get for FREE in stores! Hurry, most of these deals end Saturday, December 20th. CVS Dulcolax or Suppositories $6.99; Earn $6.99

5 Books with Insights that Changed the Way I Think About Money

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When I was growing up, my ideas about money were limited. I figured the keys to financial success were: Get a good education. Get a good job. Buy a house, since it’s an investment. Save money in a bank account (or perhaps a company retirement plan). Work at said job for 30 or 40 years.