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The 10 Most Walkable Cities in America

April 11th, 2011 at 09:55 am

Green is the new pink. It has become more fashionable to be eco-conscious and to take steps to reduce your carbon footprint. There’s no better way to reduce your carbon footprint than to increase the mark of your actual footprint – by walking, that is.

But if you live in the suburbs of a small state like I do, it can be nearly impossible to walk to the places I need to go. However, there are some great cities to live in that are well-known for their walking culture or their accessibility by walkers.

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What did you think of the TLC show "Extreme Couponing"?

April 8th, 2011 at 11:32 am

What did you think of the TLC show "Extreme Couponing"?

I feel like not everyone can achieve those kinds of savings, 91% off? And I don't have 5 hours to scope the grocery store and another 5 hours of searching and matching up coupons and sales to get these deals, nor do I live in an area where stores double or even triple coupons.

Graduating college is the beginning of debt for most...

April 8th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Many students start off their new life as a college graduate deep in student debt. Graduation day becomes a bittersweet event, marking the date when many parents expect their kids to stop depending on them financially. Suddenly, new graduates are launched into the world without parental support, or college subsidized housing...

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Repair Your Credit After Unemployment

April 6th, 2011 at 05:24 am

If you suffered unemployment for several months, there’s a chance your credit slipped during the time you were between jobs.

Even with an emergency fund, severance package, or unemployment benefits, some consumers simply don’t have enough money to pay for everything and often have to let go of some expenses.

Don’t get down on yourself for having bad credit and instead divert that energy to getting your credit back on track!

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How to Elimnate Debt Fast

April 5th, 2011 at 06:47 am

Getting rid of of credit card debt can take months, if not years, depending on the amount. If you are going to pay it off the honest way, without borrowing anymore money, how do you eliminate credit card debt fast?

First, start with these 5 ways to pay off debt faster. Set up a budget and cut spending. Then look for windfalls to help pay off credit card debt faster.

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5 Ways to Live Frugally in College

April 1st, 2011 at 07:15 am

Unless you’re a trust fund baby, chances are you don’t have a lot of money lying around as a college student. Even though a large proportion of college students work, many work part-time or take up flexible jobs that pay just above minimum wage so they can work and go to school at the same time.

Still others participate in unpaid internships or don’t have any money beyond what their parents might provide for living expenses and groceries. If you want to make the little money you have stretch, take a look at the following handy tips for living frugally in college.

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How to Find Organic Coupons and Deals

March 30th, 2011 at 09:20 am

It’s a common misconception that there are no coupons for natural and organic foods, that if you want to eat healthy, you don’t “coupon”. That’s not true. You just have to look harder!

Most coupons for natural and organic foods aren’t available in your Sunday paper like most other grocery coupons, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Save money while being healthy.

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Using a Strict Budget to Get Yourself Out of Debt

March 28th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Getting into debt is easy. Getting out of debt is the hard part. Aside from declaring bankruptcy or settling debt, which will both damage your credit, getting out of debt equires strict money management and sacrifices. If you can follow a strict budget, you can get out of debt and learn good money management skills that will help you avoid debt in the future and help you achieve your financial goals.

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How to Score Free Travel

March 24th, 2011 at 06:50 am

Do the villa’s of Italy entice you – there are no places like them on Earth. The clatter of plates in the out doors Ristorantes, the beautiful sunsets and scenery. The Mediterranean, clear blue and clean… the smells of fresh foods and drink wafting in the air. Who wouldn’t want to just ‘get away’ for a romantic tour of Italy?

Perhaps your choice would be a quiet island in the Caribbean or the Bahamas. White sand beaches, clear warm, baby blue water that beckons a midnight swim. Island music and drinks while relaxing on the beach…

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5 Tips for Saving Money for a Baby

March 22nd, 2011 at 05:52 am

My baby is due soon and I’m saving all I can. I never felt financially ready for a baby, but if I waited until I was, it would probably never happen!

Babies are no doubt expensive. And living on a tight budget is challenging with a newborn on the way.

Here are some of the average set up costs for having a baby, and this doesn’t even include diapers, baby wipes, formula, or childcare.

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10 Smart Tips on How to Make Your Money Work for You

March 21st, 2011 at 01:06 pm

In this economic climate, you need every dollar to work for you as hard as it can. Here are 10 tips to help you make your money work for you, to live richly – on a budget.

Tip #1 – Prioritize Your Spending

Before you do anything with your money, you should have a goal in mind, whether it is to retire comfortably or go on vacation to the Caribbean. Look at your monthly expenses and decide what is most important to you and what falls down on the list in terms of priority.

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On Bed Rest

March 18th, 2011 at 08:51 am

I'm 6 weeks away from my due date and was ordered by my doctor to go on bed rest. I wasn't prepared for this since I was planning to get some stuff done.

Now I can't really do too much. =( I'm supposed to lie down most of the day except to use the bathroom, eat, and shower. Can't really do much lying in bed, except fall asleep.

I will try to enjoy sleeping as much as I can before the baby comes. She is getting big so I have a feeling she may arrive a few weeks before her due date.

I've gotten some guest posts for my blog which is awesome! If you're interested in writing for my blog, here is more info: http://www.livingrichlyonabudget.com/looking-fo-guest-posts

Time to go back to bed...

6 Cheap and Fun Ways to Redecorate your Space

March 18th, 2011 at 08:23 am

The weather is getting warmer, the days are growing longer, and I’m embarrassed to admit, I just removed the last trace of Christmas decorations from my tiny apartment. Spring is coming! I love change, and redecorating is one of the best parts of Spring cleaning (scratch that, the only good part of Spring cleaning!)

Redecorating just makes waiting out the winter thaw that much more bearable. Because I don’t have a huge budget for new furniture, I’ve come up with some ways to spruce up a room that are thrifty and fun.

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6 Free Online Personal Finance Courses

March 17th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Increase Your Knowledge About Personal Finance Topics with Free Online Courses

Would you like to learn more about personal finance subjects for free? You can by taking free online courses. Some of these courses provide detailed information about a particular topic while others provide a basic overview of personal finance. Here are some of the quality free courses available online:

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Looking for Guest Posts

March 16th, 2011 at 02:08 pm

Dear Fans and Readers of Living Richly on a Budget,

Thank you for following and supporting my blog! Currently, we have 192 Facebook fans and 92 Twitter followers. Traffic to the site has quadrupled since November, since I have been posting more. Yay!

As some of you know, I am pregnant with my first child. The baby is due next month. Today, I was put on bed rest. That means I’m supposed to be resting in bed all day, except when I have to eat, shower, etc. I may not be able to write as much for now. =(

I would like to keep this blog going but I need your help. If you would like to contribute to Living Richly on a Budget with a guest post or two, that would be awesome! If you know anyone who would like to guest post, that would be great too.

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Are Groupons Really a Good Deal?

March 12th, 2011 at 10:32 am

With the economy the way it is, a flood of daily deal sites have popped up. Groupon and Living Social are two of the most popular daily deal sites.

Basically, when you join Groupon or Living Social and create an account, you get daily deals via email. These deals are discounted at least 50% off and you have a limited time to purchase the deal, which is like a gift certificate. You may redeem the gift certificate or voucher by printing it out or using your iPhone or Android.

The problem is you’re tempted every day to purchase something on the spur of the moment, due to the time limit on the deals. And it may not be something that was in your budget.

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3 Ways to Earn More Cash Back

March 11th, 2011 at 02:22 pm

Credit cards that offer rewards have powerful incentives to use them irresponsibly. Rewards can take the form of points, redeemable for certain goods or cash offered in return for purchases.

For example, major credit card companies like Chase offer anywhere from .5% to 2% return on cash purchases. A credit card user who made a $1,000 purchase would therefore receive $20 at 2%. Small amounts over time add up to large sums.

Here are 3 ways to maximize the cash from this program.

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Carnival of Credit Score and Debt

March 7th, 2011 at 10:16 am

Welcome to the March 7, 2011 edition of carnival of credit score and debt, a blog carnival that focuses on debt, credit scores, credit cards, and other credit related topics
Editor’s Picks:

Ken presents 4 Payment Options You Can Use If You Owe Taxes posted at Spruce Up Your Finances.

Sun presents How to Evaluate a Lending Club Loan posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.

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iPad 2 Parody

March 5th, 2011 at 03:16 pm

Now that Apple has announced the iPad 2, the original iPad has be discounted $100, to the new price of $399.

Here’s what’s new in version 2 of the iPad, as spoofed by the Conan O’Brien show in this hilarious iPad 2 parody.

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12 Tips on How to Save on Gas

March 4th, 2011 at 09:19 am

Inevitably, every year, rising gas prices makes the news. While there’s nothing we can do about the price fluctuations, we can be more efficient with our gas by changing the way we drive.

Here are 12 tips on how to save money on gas.

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Festival of Frugality: 21 Ways to Save for a Rainy Day

March 1st, 2011 at 10:11 am

I am super excited to be hosting this week’s edition of Festival of Frugality. If you’re new to the Festival of Frugality, the purpose is to spotlight the excellent ideas that are floating around out there to help squeeze a few extra pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters out of every dollar.

The definition of frugality: economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.

We should all have a money saved for a rainy day (or days) because rainy days happen when you least expect it. Surprise expenses seem to creep up...

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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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