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Why You Should Keep Your Refrigerator Full

Even if you’re not much of a cook, keeping your refrigerator full will help you keep it cool while using less energy, thus saving you money on your electric bill. Because food items, or even just jugs of water, hold the temperature longer than empty space, your refrigerator won’t have to run as frequently just to stay cool. So keep […]

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Are You a Smart Shopper? Use Those Skills to Invest

Is there a cleaning product or a running shoe that you can’t stop raving about? Don’t just stock up on it. Consider buying stock in its parent company, too. A new feature on TD Ameritrade’s Mobile App (available for iPhone and Android) makes it easy. Scan an item’s bar code and the app pulls up the cost per share, plus […]

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Save Money When You Have to Travel During Peak Travel Season

What do you do if you’re locked in to travel dates by school vacations and can only travel during peak (read: really expensive) times of the year? There are a few ways you can make your vacation easier on your wallet: 1. Choose a budget destination: There are a few international trips that are always a steal—Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, […]

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Should You Splurge or Save When Stocking Your Bar?

Fun fact: Today is National Rum Day. (So get yourself a mojito, stat!) If you don’t happen to have any rum on had, use this handy guide on how to stock your bar before you head to the liquor store. And here’s whether or not to spend or save on each spirit: Splurge on these: Bourbon Rum Tequila Whiskey and […]

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Would You Buy Food at the Dollar Store?

Have you ever considered buying food at the dollar store? If not, you might want to give it a try. Our experts recommend looking for packaged food (like baking mixes) that have a long shelf life. Just check the expiration dates and make sure it’s something you’ll use before it goes bad. With birthday parties and bake sales on the […]

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How to Shop the Grocery Store When Hungry

Studies show that you spend more when you browse the grocery store aisles with a growling stomach. But sometimes a you can’t avoid doing your weekly shopping when hungry. To avoid blowing your entire paycheck on convenience foods you don’t really need, use this trick. Once you get to the store make a beeline to the free sample stations. Test […]

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Hitting Up People for Money? Bad Idea.

“My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,” a reader named Deanna wrote. “Their dream vacation is to go to Hawaii.  My sister, brother, and I would like to help, but don’t have all the funds necessary.” Deanna asked, “Would it be tacky to solicit contributions to such a trip from their friends? We don’t see how else they could […]

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Is Her Parking Ticket My Responsibility?

When are you obligated to chip in to help a friend? “Recently, a friend drove me and two other pals to an event. Afterwards we returned to find a parking ticket on the car’s windshield,” wrote a reader named Cynthia. “One person said that she would help pay for the parking ticket. I, too, said I would chip in,” Cynthia […]

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Save Money (and Water) This Summer

Think twice before installing an automatic sprinkler system (or turning on the one you already have), according to the EPA those systems can use up to 50 percent more water unnecessarily. To save money and water, try using a soaker hose instead. It will gently water your lawn or your flower beds and you can move it throughout the yard as […]

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One Thing to Know Before You Mow

You might be able to skip the lawnmower tuneup and save a little money this year by following this one tip. If you still have gas left in the tank, empty it out (and dispose of it according to your city ordinances) and fill up the mower with fresh gas. This is frequently the cause of sputtering and problems during […]

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