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Valentine's Gift Dos and Don'ts

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by MBones)
at 3:20PM Wednesday January 20, 2010
under Holidays

Valentine's Day is the time for showing your special someone that your one and giving them a cliche gift?  Flowers, candy, lingerie...I think we can do better, don't you?  This is the love of your life we're talking about here!  Woo your dearest with something that shows you care, not something that shows you ran to the drugstore on the way to your date. (Ooh.  A box of chocolate with Sesame Street characters on it.  What every girl dreams of!

Here are a few Do's and Don'ts for your Valentine's Day gift hunting.  Most of my suggestions are for beauty products, of course: they don't come in sizes, they're fat free, and--unlike a stuffed animal--you actually use them. 

Scroll down to find a gallant gift for every situation--and savings to boot!

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Best Store You've Never Heard Of: Discount Watch Store

By (view all posts by dstearns)
at 1:23PM Wednesday January 20, 2010
under Featured StoreStaff

It may still be January, but the countdown to Valentine's Day has already begun! What better way to cancel out the ticking of the timer than with a luxury watch your beau can treasure for years to come? Enter this week's Featured Store at Discount Watch Store.

Cue that theme music and get ready to get pumped... Read More »

Confessions of a Fashion Diva with 'The Frisky's' Simcha Whitehill

By (view all posts by coupiedoll)
at 11:05AM Wednesday January 20, 2010
under Stuff We Like

Simcha Whitehill, is a writer extraordinaire for Dame Magazine, Jane Magazine, and a blog that makes it to the top of my fashion reading list, The Frisky. I do have a confession to make: I've had a fashion crush on Simcha since high school. The girl can dress.

She made dungarees look good in our teen years while I was clueless and still wearing culottes. When I recently devoured her interview with burlesque legend (and now Chanel model), Dirty Martini, I knew Simcha would be a killer interview herself.

Here she spills some of her affordable fashion secrets she's picked up while bloggin' about how both celebs and real women dress for The Frisky. Read More »

Save Money on your Amazon Purchases

By (view all posts by Angela-TheSuburbanJungle)
at 10:07AM Wednesday January 20, 2010
under Shop Smarter

We all shop on Amazon, right? Well, here's a simple trick to help you save even more when you shop at Find the item you want to buy and place it in your shopping cart. Then take a few days to think about it. More often than not, Amazon will "lower the price" in your shopping cart or send you an email with a discount related to the items in my cart. 

I usually receive a price reduction or discount code within one or two weeks. Read More »

No Magic Pill for the Cold or Flu

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 1:59PM Tuesday January 19, 2010
under Money Saving Tips

Thanks to the over $300 billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, it's little wonder that many Americans think the cure to whatever ails them can be found in a magic pill.

Erectile disorder?  Try some Viagra or Cialis.  Depressed?  There's Zoloft and Prozac.  Arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can all be alleviated thanks to the wonders of modern medicine.  And given that we are currently in the thick of cold and flu season, many folks believe the cure to their sneezing, sniffling and aches and pains is just a mere doctor's prescription away.

But not so fast!  Not only will that antibiotic prescription take an unnecessary bite out of your bank account, but it has more dire ramifications. Read More »

Valentine's Day Travel Part Deux

By (view all posts by HSimas)
at 10:16AM Tuesday January 19, 2010
under Holidays

All right, you've got three and a half weeks to plan something special for that special someone. And what could be more special than a Valentine's Day getaway to the fabulously romantic destination of your choice? If you liked last week's picks (Hawaii, Vegas and snowy New England), you ain't seen nothing yet! 

Read on and get packing. Read More »

Haiti Relief: Best Ways to Donate

By (view all posts by leo.shumacher)
at 3:32PM Monday January 18, 2010
under Newsworthy

A devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake has caused unimaginable destruction, death and suffering in Haiti.  Tens of thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless.  Many want to assist with the relief effort, and this is a critical time to show solidarity and aid the devastated island nation. 

#1 Donate $5 and Get a Free Round-trip Flight!*

Donate $5 or more to one of three relief organizations, and get free 5,000 miles on Spirit Airlines.  Hurry, offers expires January 18th!  Donate and see details through this link:

#2 Receive 3 Free Round-Trip Flights and $75 Goes Toward Haiti Relief! *
Apply for the Spirit Airlines credit card, and after your first purchase you will receive 15,000 bonus miles
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Credit Repair 101: Debt Negotiation and Consolidation

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 10:08AM Monday January 18, 2010
under Money Saving Tips

Last week we had a post about credit repair strategies, centered around what you can do if you see inaccuracies on your credit report.  What this leaves out are those people who have a bad credit rating because of their own bad behavior - i.e. the credit report is totally accurate, and not very good news.  So what about those people who are facing a mountain of debt which may lead to inevitable defaults.  This no doubt will make a bad credit rating even worse, but what about those outlets for getting out debt like debt consolidation, debt settlement, and negotiation?  Could these things make things worse?

Here's the lowdown.
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Wacky Product of the Week: Phubby

By (view all posts by GuyCopes)
at 9:40AM Saturday January 16, 2010
under Loose Change

A lot of cool products came out of the CES 2010 (Consumer Electronics Show) event this past week. The horribly named Phubby is not one of them. No, that wasn't a typo of some sort, it really is called a phubby. What exactly is this ingenious piece of gadgety lameness?

Let's get right to it. Read More »

Herding Cats: Our Favorite Savings Stories for the Week of January 10th

By (view all posts by derek70x7)
at 5:27PM Friday January 15, 2010
under Stuff We Like

The last time I kept a New Year's resolution was 2005 when I vowed to slack off academically and drop hellish AP English so I could actually enjoy my last semester of high school. Needless to say, it was the best decision I've ever made. My 2010 resolution is the pinnacle of trite: get in shape! We'll see how that goes.

Without further ado, I present to you this week's roundup: Read More »

How "Money" Are You?

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 1:46PM Friday January 15, 2010
under Polls/Quizzes

Over at Savvy Sugar they recently had a poll on awkward money issues.  It got me to thinking about how to handle those sticky situations that arise when finances are concerned. Read More »

Gettin' Pretty...One Giveaway at a Time

By (view all posts by WiscoVixen)
at 12:43PM Friday January 15, 2010
under GiveawaysStaff

Well, our first weekly Friday blog giveaway couldn't have gone better. We received 245 comments on the Smashbox Glambox giveaway announcement post from last Friday. There's some sweet stuff in that little Glambox--no wonder so many people entered to win it!

Now, without further ado, it's time to announce the winner of our first Friday blog giveaway. And the winner is... Read More »