Get the Best Deals Selling Back Your Textbooks

Textbooks are a necessary expense that most students don't care for, and they can be hard to afford after you've shelled out all your money on tuition and room and board. Luckily, there are several ways to sell back last semester's textbooks and put a bit more cash back in your pocket. Although you most likely won't get full value for the textbook no matter where you sell it, follow these tips to help you get the best refund available. Keep Them in Good Shape The best thing you can do to p...
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7 Places to Cut Corners with Your Household Budget

We all wish we could stretch our household budgets at least a little bit further. Unfortunately, for most of us, at first glance, it seems like every penny is already spoken for - sometimes by multiple expenses! It's so easy to get bummed out and think that the only way to make our money go further is to win the lottery or for some monetary miracle to drop into our laps. Here's the truth: There are ways to stretch your budget. There are ways to pay down your debt and pay in to your savings a...
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6 Pointers for Getting Great Rates on Quality Hotel Rooms

Finding a great deal on a hotel room can feel like a full-time job when you're planning a trip. Luckily, the Internet makes it easier to find deals on quality hotel rooms, including four- and five-star resorts. Read on for some tips on how to get great rates on quality hotel rooms. Use Your Memberships If you're a member of AAA or AARP, you could get a discount over the normal nightly rate. When comparing prices of hotels, ask for discounts for any associations of which you are a member. E...
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Should You Join a Members-Only Warehouse Club?

For some people, the only way to shop is big. There are stores that cater only to people who want to buy big and store big without spending big. Called warehouse clubs, wholesale clubs, or members-only clubs, the three major American stores that sell wholesale to regular people are BJ's, Costco, and Sam's Club. All three offer similar products, atmosphere, and prices. All come with upsides as well as negatives, and all three have loyal customer bases that wouldn't shop anywhere else. Here's ...
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Top 8 Inexpensive Ideas of What to Bring to a Potluck

A potluck dinner is an old, familial tradition where people gather to eat, talk, socialize - and secretly compete to outdo each other with the food dishes they prepare and bring. At your next potluck, reserve your place in covered-dish legend - all while saving money - with these eight inexpensive ideas. Save Some Bread - Pudding Bread pudding is not only delicious, but it gives you a reason to show off how cultured and knowledgeable you are by explaining to the other potluck guests that t...
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Save Money On Your Dream Home Through DIY

Are you the sort of person who is always dreaming about that new extension, mulling over a new kitchen and generally tweaking and perfecting your home until it's 'just so'? The pursuit of your dream home is an addictive activity, and one that can be pretty hard on your wallet too. So next time you think of a new addition to your home that you just have to have, why not stop and think if you can do it yourself before heading straight to the professionals? It's amazing how much stuff we buy new...
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Baby Goods: What Can You Buy Used?

Babies are great. They're cute, they represent the infinite possibilities of humanity, and they give us our only and best chance at immortality. They're also expensive. Really, really, expensive. Like cash your paycheck, take the pile of money, set two-thirds of it on fire, and use the rest to dry your tears expensive. Saving money is always great, but unless you're independently wealthy, the benefits of frugality take on a whole new meaning after you and your other decide to duplicate yours...
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Save Money (and Be Healthier!) By Making Your Own Baby Food

It's no longer just "crunchy" moms that are making their own baby food - all types of mothers are realizing that the process of making meals for their little one is easier, healthier, and cheaper than they ever realized. These days, moms worry about everything from the background of the daycare provider to the safety of cribs - so why worry about the ingredients in the food your baby eats? Benefits of making your own baby food range from health to cost to variation. Jarred baby food is c...
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Going Back to School? Follow These Tips for Saving Money on Tuition

There are a lot of reasons to choose to go back to school. Maybe you're ready for a career change. Perhaps you've been forced into having a career change (quite common given the economy). Maybe you're finally ready to finish your degree. Whatever the reason, one thing is universal: College is expensive, and figuring out how to afford it is a challenge. Most people approach college tuition the same: They focus on trying to earn or save money to help them afford the astronomical cost of sch...
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9 Pointers for Building Up Your Savings Account

In an uncertain economy, having a meaty savings account is critically important. You never know when you might lose your job or when some other economically taxing situation will befall you, so you want to be prepared for such times. Fortunately, there are many simple methods that can be employed in order to build up a savings account. Here, we'll discuss the top nine ways to do so. Make a budget and stick to it. Identify how much money you need every month for basic living expenses -...
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