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Coinstar: Cash in $40, Get $50

December 30th, 2010 at 01:49 pm

Expiring tomorrow: cash in $40 or more in coins at any coinstar machine, choose a eCertificate, get a $10 bonus!

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2010

December 30th, 2010 at 09:10 am

It's been an interesting year. Here are the top 10 posts for my blog.

1. Free 2010 Hello Kitty Calendar

2. True Life: I Can No Longer Afford My Lifestyle

3. How American Airlines Saved $3 Million/Yr.

4. Costco Gift Baskets

5. How We Paid Off a Huge Debt

6. How to Type a Heart on Your Keyboard

7. How I Saved Over $100 a Month

8. Free 2010 Calendar Template

9. Unemployment Extension of 2010 Passes, Do You Qualify?

10. How NOT to Pay Off Debt

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I got a Magic Bullet for Christmas, now what do I do with it?

December 29th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I was very excited to receive a Magic Bullet for Christmas, especially after we watched the commercial again last week and my husband said he wanted it.

But figuring out what to do in it is more challenging. Any ideas?

Ginger cake recipe

December 22nd, 2010 at 03:23 pm

Need a new dessert for the holidays? How about warm ginger cake?

My all-time favorite dessert is the warm ginger cake topped with pumpkin ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped cream from Park Chow restaurant in San Francisco. Thereís nothing like it anywhere else.

Continue reading here: http://www.yummysf.com/ginger-cake-recipe/

Unemployment extension of 2010 passes, do you qualify?

December 19th, 2010 at 09:06 pm

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law, the ďTax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010″. This sweeping tax package reauthorizes federal unemployment benefits for another 13 months, ending in January 2012.

Before this bill, unemployment extensions officially ended by November 30, 2010. That means if your unemployment insurance ended after that date, you would not qualify for further extension of benefits.

Luckily for you, if your unemployment insurance ended by that deadline, you would qualify for an extension of benefits.

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Top 12 Foodie Gifts for 2010

December 19th, 2010 at 06:31 pm

Itís less than a week before Christmas. If you havenít finished your gift shopping, donít worry, you still have time to do it online.

Today is the LAST DAY to order gifts from Amazon.com and get free super saver shipping in time for Christmas.

Here are my Top 12 Foodie Gifts for 2010, with gifts under $50, under $35, and under $20.

Continue reading here: http://www.yummysf.com/top-12-foodie-gifts-2010/

6 Essential Ways to Save This Christmas

December 15th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Santa may be just about ready to load up his sleigh, but what if you are still behind with your preparations? Even worse what if you need to prepare for Christmas on a budget? Well, here are best tips for having a cracker of a Christmas without breaking the bank.

Although the holidays are just round the corner, it isnít too late to create an enjoyable but cost-effective Christmas, even if you havenít yet started your preparations.

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Festival of Frugality - The Christmas Song Edition

December 14th, 2010 at 10:33 am

My article on 10 Homemade Christmas Gifts was featured in this weekís edition of Festival of Frugality Ė The Christmas Song Edition, hosted by Passive Family Income.

What is the Festival of Frugality? Itís a weekly collection of blogger articles on frugality.

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Cool Gifts for under $20

December 13th, 2010 at 12:14 am

Donít have time to make your own gifts? Here are some cool gifts I hand-picked for you, all of which are under $20 from Amazon.com, my favorite shopping site.

There is something for every budget. Shop for gifts under $10, $15, and $25.

All of the items include Free Super Saver Shipping on orders $25 or more.

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Control Your Spending This Holiday

December 10th, 2010 at 03:40 pm

Holidays are filled with excitement and fun. You donít have to spend a fortune this festive season to enjoy yourself. You must see what is more important during your holidays, heavy expenditure or spending quality time with your loved ones.

If you spend a lot of money on celebrations and gifts, itíll last only a day or two but you have to carry the burden of debt for a very long time. For that reason, if youíre frugal in your holidays, you may stay debt free the rest of your lives.

Tips to help you celebrate your festive season on a budget:


Espresso Drink Recipes

December 9th, 2010 at 11:17 am

These are recipes based on using a moka pot mentioned in the previous post. As you can see, the espresso drink recipes are simple. Do something nice for yourself or a loved one, make your own espresso drinks every day without having to leave your house! Be a home barista at family gatherings. And save yourself hundreds of dollars throughout the year.

Continue reading at http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/espresso-drink-recipes

Make your own espresso drinks at home

December 8th, 2010 at 11:38 am

There are many articles about saving money by making your own coffee at home. But they're about making drip coffee. What if you prefer the more sophisticated, cafe espresso drinks, which require more skill to make? Isn't that why you spend the extra $3 - $4 a day to buy it from Starbucks?

How much does your daily latte or mocha cost you? $3 - $4 a day? $21 - $28 a week? $84 - $112 a month? What if you made your espresso drinks at home or even at work?

You don't even need an expensive espresso machine! In fact, I'll admit, I'm afraid of the espresso machine, especially the frothing feature. It's loud and screaming hot. You can burn yourself if you're not careful. And it takes a lot of skill to use it.

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Arroz Caldo Recipe (Filipino Porridge)

December 6th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The frigid weather makes me crave more comfort food. Arroz caldo is one of my favorite Filipino comfort foods. Itís basically, Filipino porridge, much like Chinese congee or jook. But whatís different about arroz caldo is that it has so much more flavor than Chinese porridge. Thereís ginger, fried garlic, and fish sauce to spice it up.

I use whatever rice I have on hand Ė brown, jasmine, calrose, long grain, or short grain. You can even mix them up. Also, if you have sweet rice, substitute it with one rice cooker size cup, which will make the arroz caldo creamier.

Fried garlic is sold in a plastic container at Asian grocery stores. It makes it much easier than chopping and frying your own garlic.

After making the arroz caldo, we can eat it over several days. You can also freeze it, which is what Filipino restaurants do.

After making this countless times, Iíve come up with an easy and quick way to make arroz caldo, by cooking the rice first and using a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.

Continue to recipe http://www.yummysf.com/arroz-caldo-recipe/

10 Homemade Christmas Gifts

December 6th, 2010 at 05:24 am

Homemade gifts are not only inexpensive to make but also more meaningful to give. Youíve spent extra time to make a gift specifically for that person and it shows. Also, homemade gifts are less likely to be re-gifted!

When I was younger, every Christmas, I would look forward to my neighborís homemade chocolate chip cookies, packed in a Folgerís coffee tin. But these werenít just any chocolate chip cookies, they were the best chocolate chip cookies ever! And they went fast. Many years later, I can still remember her special homemade gift even though she has now passed on. Even now, I cannot find cookies that taste like hers, because she made it with love.

Create warm memories for your friends and family. Give a special homemade gift this Christmas!

1. Recipe Kit. Know someone who loves to bake? Why not make it easier for them to try a new recipe? Put together all of the dry ingredients, layered in a beautiful glass container. Then attach the recipe card, finished with a pretty bow.

And go beyond cookies. What about Apple Almond Gingerbread, Cinnamon Pancake Mix, or Rosemary Olive Oil? The possibilities are endless. Here are over 30 ideas to get your started.

2. Gift Basket. Gift baskets are easy to put together and are pretty awesome to receive as gifts. Start with a basket from a crafts store or even a plastic container from the dollar store. Pick a theme catered to the recipient. Then bundle things that go together in the theme.

Here are some examples:

For coffee lovers Ė reusable to-go coffee mug, porcelain coffee drip filter, gourmet coffee beans, and a box of biscottis.

For tea lovers Ė tea press, tea cup and saucer,a bag of loose leaf tea, and tea cookies

For sushi lovers Ė Japanese sushi tray, chopsticks, bento box, and sushi erasers

3. Baked Goods. You canít really go wrong with baked goods. Whether it be shortbread cookies, zucchini bread, or fudgy brownies, baked goods can brighten anyoneís day. Just a tip, cookies stay fresh longer in tins. Try storing them coffee tins or cookie tins.

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Free Nursing Cover for Nursing Moms

December 4th, 2010 at 01:06 am

Udder Cover, the maker of nursing covers, is offering free nursing covers! The catch? Only pay for $9.95 shipping and handling. This is a deal since nursing covers generally cost between $25 - $30.

What is a nursing cover? It's a piece of fabric, much like an apron, that provides privacy for mothers nursing their babies.

I just ordered my free nursing cover and was able to use PayPal to pay, since I have some funds in there.

They are connected to Seven Slings, cloth baby carriers, who had a similar free deal. Also, Udder Cover is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

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5 Tips to Save Money While Having Fun

December 3rd, 2010 at 08:25 am

Being frugal does not have to be boring. In fact, frugality can be fun because there are a number of ways you can have fun while saving money at the same time. Plus, when you know you are being financially responsible you will feel free to truly enjoy yourself, and you'll be getting more fun from simple activities.

1. Cook up a storm
2. Explore the museum
3. Plant a garden
4. Visit the library
5. Get outdoors

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Holiday Coupon Codes

December 1st, 2010 at 09:22 am

I put together a list of the best holiday deals. Hope you can use it and save some money!

Barnes and Noble - 15% off

Bath and Bodyworks - $10 off

Borders - 33% off

Current Catalog - 20% off

Kohl's - 50% off

Macy's Friends and Family - 25% off

Walgreens Friends and Family - 15% off

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