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7 Inexpensive Wedding Cake Ideas

February 28th, 2011 at 11:52 am



Having been in the wedding business for 5 years, I learned a lot about saving money on weddings from other vendors. So when it came time to plan my wedding years ago, I was prepared.

Cakes can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on how elaborate the design is. There is no point in spending too much on a wedding cake when it gets eaten and forgotten by the end of the night.

Sometimes wedding magazines will give you unrealistic advice. So I hope you can use these ideas, which I learned from a cake vendor.

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Register a Starbucks gift card and earn free stuff

February 25th, 2011 at 05:24 pm



Did you know that if you register your Starbucks gift card, you can earn rewards? You can earn free refills for coffee or tea, free soymilk add-ons, and a free drink on your birthday!

All you have to do is go to Starbucks.com and register your card. The minimum balance to get started is $5.

Here's a list of free stuff you can get:

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Tax Deductions for the Unemployed

February 23rd, 2011 at 06:03 am



Losing your job is one of the most stressful things you can go through. However, it doesn’t give you an excuse to not pay your taxes or pay attention to tax deductions that you qualify for.

It is important to remember that unemployment compensation is taxable.

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Wanna know when things go on sale in grocery stores?

February 22nd, 2011 at 09:26 am



Ever wonder when things go on sale at the grocery store?

Well, stop guessing. Here’s your guide to grocery sale cycles for the entire year!

Know when to stock up on certain grocery items and when to wait until things go on sale. Get the best deals and plan for the whole year.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

February 19th, 2011 at 07:34 pm



“Do not let circumstances influence your thoughts and moods. By rising over them mentally, you will eventually rise over them materially.” - Remez Sasson

“If you focus on the possible when you experience difficult situations, you can positively change your outlook, reduce your stress, and concentrate on achieving things that otherwise may not have been possible.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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How to Find Legitimate Work at Home Jobs

February 17th, 2011 at 06:36 am



As a soon-to-be parent, I really like the idea of working at home. You save time and money when you don’t have to commute, buy work clothes, or buy lunch.

You can also do laundry during your breaks, get dinner started right after work, and be there more for your kids. There seems to be fewer distractions at home so you can focus on your work, depending on your situation. You’ll also have more energy after work since you won’t have to drive anywhere.

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Pros and Cons of the Best Buy Buy Back Program

February 15th, 2011 at 08:46 am



Best Buy’s new Buy Back Program has been getting a lot of buzz lately.

When you buy a product from Best Buy and purchase the Buy Back Program ($69.99 – $299.99), you can return it within a certain amount of time and percentage of its value as cash back via a Best Buy gift card.

It’s basically a trade-in program that you pay for.

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10 Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

February 9th, 2011 at 01:21 pm



Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you don’t have time to buy Valentine’s Day cards, what’s the next best thing? Free printable Valentine’s Day cards!

I did some searching and found some stylish yet totally free Valentine’s Day cards that you can print at home. I still can’t believe these 10 supercute cards are free! I am totally in love with these cards and candy covers.

There is even an iPhone Valentine!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $20

February 7th, 2011 at 08:11 am



Valentine’s Day is next Monday! If you haven’t gotten started with your Valentine’s Day gift, now is the time.

Here are some great ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts under $20, for him or for her, from Amazon.com. All of these items come with Free Super Saver Shipping. However, I would recommend one or two day shipping, so that you’ll have your gift in time for Valentine’s Day.

If you need quick shipping, for a limited time, Amazon.com is offering Free Two Day Shipping on select Valentine’s Day items in the Grocery and Gourmet Food department.

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Save on Valentine's Gifts

February 4th, 2011 at 03:27 pm



Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. If you haven’t gotten anything yet for your sweetie, flowers are always a great gift for her.

There are also great gifts for him, such as chocolates, chocolate covered oreos, Mrs. Field’s cookies, Mr. Beer premium home brewery, and more.

True story. One year, when I was working at a small office, all of the women received roses on Valentine’s Day from their significant others. And the guys in the office felt guilty for not buying flowers for their significant other! Don’t let this be you! (Do you something for your special someone, be it flowers or something else.)

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6 Best Online Tax Preparation Software

February 4th, 2011 at 12:28 pm



For many people, tax season is a dreaded time of year. They worry about keeping up with all of their deductions, the possibility of owing a substantial tax or if they will be audited for their past years’ tax returns.

There are several companies that offer comprehensive online tax preparation software, so customers don’t have to concern themselves with catching every detail themselves. Here are six of the best online tax preparation software that are available today. Some are even free if you have a simple tax return.

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Free Birthday Stuff

February 1st, 2011 at 08:37 am

Birthdays aren’t about becoming a year older, it’s about getting free stuff! You are entitled, so don’t be afraid to let people know it’s your birthday. Here is a list of free stuff you can get on your birthday.

Baskin Robbins – Receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream and a discount off your birthday cake on your birthday when you sign up for their birthday club

Ben & Jerry’s – Get a free ice cream treat on your birthday when you become a ChunkSpelunker member

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