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Save On Domestic Airfare In The Wake Of Price Hikes

By (view all posts by benjamindsearle)
at 10:24AM Monday January 16, 2012
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Delta and the other major airlines announced their first price hikes for the year ahead this last week. While you aren't looking at a huge increase in price, just $20 on long-haul domestic flights, this is in addition to the increases that they put up last year - while you're already feeling the pinch from a stalled job market and economy. Now is as good a time as any to start figuring out how to save on your domestic flights, especially if something comes up and you have to travel on short notice.

First things first, you want to be flexible on your travel arrangements wherever possible. On a flight into Washington DC, or to Chicago, you have more than one major airport that you can arrive at. I found on my move to Chicago that being willing to come into Midway, rather than O'Hare meant a difference of almost $100 on a one-way ticket. That's enough to splurge for lunch without feeling guilty. The other major point to look at right away is your departure time. Read More »

7 Recycled Kitchen Goods for Under $50

By (view all posts by AngelaColley)
at 8:56AM Thursday January 12, 2012
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Photo courtesy of betsyjean79 at Flickr

Recycling breaks down used materials so they're ready for reuse. Upcycling takes recycling to a whole new level and creates something new from recycled materials. These designers salvaged old records, broken glass and even unused lightening insulators, and used them to create unique kitchen accessories. 

Thanks to upcycling, you can accessorize your kitchen with something different. (You won't find these items mass produced at a department store.) And do something good for the environment to boot. Best of all, every product costs under $50--so you can buy recycled kitchen accessories cheap. Read More »

5 Cheap and Easy Beauty Trends for 2012

By (view all posts by jmediodia)
at 9:54AM Wednesday January 11, 2012
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It's only January, but I'm already wondering what the beauty trends will be this throughout this year. I was checking out the 2012 Fashion Week in New York and I noticed some pretty exciting trends that were sported on the runway for hair and makeup that I'm hoping will be sought-after for the year.

These are a few of my favorite looks for 2012 that are fun, cheap and easy to recreate: Read More »

My Top 5 Cheap Home Cooked Meals

By (view all posts by brwood)
at 8:57AM Wednesday January 11, 2012
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I'm married now, but I was a bachelor up until very recently. In fact there was a time when my roommate and I were both working lousy jobs--plus he was going to college full time and our combined earnings were barely paying the rent and keeping the lights on. The numbers escape me, but I'm pretty sure we were living on $5-10 a day for all three meals. Needless to say, we weren't eating like kings, unless you are talking about the old Henny Youngman joke: "Here King, here King..." Read More »

Wardrobe Oxygen: 2012 Fashion Trends Worth Investing In

By (view all posts by AlisonGary)
at 9:56AM Monday January 9, 2012
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With the start of each new year, there is a whole new list of hot fashion trends. Weeding through the crazy, the unwearable, and the flash-in-the-pan fads, here are some trends that I believe will be big in 2012 and are also quite wearable. Read More »

Special Agent DiNozzo Watches the Top Grossing Movies of 2011

By (view all posts by ChuckG)
at 8:57AM Thursday January 5, 2012
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Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo likes to quote lines from movies. Tony is a true blue movie fan. You will find him at the cinema with a box of popcorn and nachos nestled in his seat. Oh, he won't have a date. You see, it's been a hard year for Tony in the romance department. But that won't keep him from the cinema.

If you missed 2011's highest grossing movies in the USA you can rent them through Netflix. Read More »

Beauty Resolutions to Start Off the New Year

By (view all posts by jmediodia)
at 10:57AM Wednesday January 4, 2012
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It's a brand new year and I hope that it will be everyone's greatest year yet! A good way to start it off is by practicing good habits---beauty habits, that is. If you want to look your best all year long, follow these tips and continually make them a part of your routine: Read More »

Harness Your Consumer Power

By (view all posts by MoneywiseMoms)
at 7:58AM Wednesday January 4, 2012
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It's happened again. Just two months after Bank of America reversed its decision to charge a debit card usage fee "in response to customer feedback," now Verizon Wireless is doing a the same. Last Friday, Verizon announced a new fee that would charge customers $2 each time they make one-time payments online or over the phone. The very next day, Verizon reversed their decision, citing customer complaints. Whether it was an actual decision or part of a publicity ploy (as some blogs have posited), it's another example of consumers speaking up and showing their power.

Did you realize how much power you have? What are some ways you can get involved as a savvy consumer? Read More »

The Tech-pert: Choosing a Blu-ray Player for 2012

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:55AM Tuesday January 3, 2012
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It's been awhile since I wrote about Blu-ray players, and a lot has changed in the last couple years. Thus, let's revisit the topic with an eye toward what to buy--or even if to buy--in 2012. Read More »

Tips for Finding Home Organization Items

By (view all posts by LisaThompson)
at 8:57AM Tuesday January 3, 2012
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I'm convinced that you can have the best furniture and the best decorator and still have a house that looks junky. I'm also convinced that you can have second-hand furniture and home decor items that were all purchased at Goodwill and have a fabulous looking house.

One of the best ways to make your home warm and inviting is to make sure it is clean and organized.

When our stuff is everywhere, our home looks less beautiful and it feels much less peaceful. This year, I've included "get more organized" in my list of resolutions. I've been looking for various organizational supplies and I thought I'd share some of my favorite places to find great home organization supplies like boxes, bins and shelving units. Read More »

6 Common Gift Card Problems - Solved!

By (view all posts by LKnerl)
at 7:58AM Tuesday January 3, 2012
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Image by Doey via Flickr

Perhaps you received a clutch of gift cards for the holidays, or the New Year has you cleaning out your wallet of neglected plastic with small, unused balances.  Getting the most out them isn't always easy, especially with all of the conditions that issuers and retailers impose on card holders.  Read on as we tackle the most common complaints surrounding gifts cards!

1.  My unused gift card is showing a balance of zero.  As an added security measure, cards generally need to be activated before the first purchased is made.  Look over the documentation that came with your card to see how to "activate" your card.  Usually this can be done via the toll-free number on the back of the card, or at the website where the card was purchased.  If you are still having issues, ask the person who gifted you the card for their receipt; you may need to take it up with the store or company who Read More »

Cook Fast, Live Young: 5 Shopping Tips for Keeping Your Resolution to Lose Weight

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by JulianaWeissRoessler)
at 9:58AM Sunday January 1, 2012
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Image by puuikibeach via Flickr

This is it. This is the year. You're going down two jean sizes. Or three! But you're not sure how you're going to be able to control your urges without some kind of diet pills, and you can't imagine how you're going to fit that into your already-tight budget.

Solve both problems (but save that money instead of using it on diet pills!) by being a better grocery shopper. How? Read on. Read More »