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How to Score FREE Products

How to Score FREE Products

Recently Amazon updated their reviewer policy, and thousands of people lost their ability to review. Paid reviews are a blessing and a curse. For the reviewers they’re not only getting paid but they’re getting free stuff, and let’s face it, we all like free. The first thing that people often want to know is how […]

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How to be a Modern day Treasure Hunter

How to be a Modern day Treasure Hunter

There’s something nostalgic and even romantic about finding treasure. Modern day treasure costs a fortune to find, just ask any salvage company. If you’re looking to hunt for treasure yourself there are lots of ways to do it. A lot of “treasure” is what you value rather than having monetary value. For example, you might […]

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How to Shop Smart for the Holidays

How to Shop Smart for the Holidays

Christmas is expensive, and when you’ve got to buy multiple gifts it can get even more costly. There’s a reason stores spend all year waiting for Black Friday, they’re waiting to get that money in because holiday shopping kicks in with a vengeance. Start Early It’s never to early to start holiday shopping, and there […]

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Grunge and Post Apocolyptic Fashion

Grunge and Post Apocolyptic Fashion

Fashion really does have a 30 year cycle. At the beginning of the 90’s “grunge” fashion was in. The fading 80’s left us with ripped denim, baggy clothes, unmatched colors, and (heaven help) neon. It was not a great time for fashion, and a recent episode of Project Runway brought back the fact that Grunge […]

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What does Frugal mean?

What does Frugal mean?

After the holiday season a lot of people are going into debt. Christmas time has become a commercial enterprise where we spend mountains of money to prove we love someone. While the “true” meaning isn’t lost, the time to curb back is coming swiftly when those credit card statements come in. Frugality means scaling back. […]

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Do You Need an Investment Advisor? Here’s What you need to Know.

Do You Need an Investment Advisor? Here’s What you need to Know.

When it comes to creating wealth most people go the professional route – straight to the investment advisor. These people work to make your money grow without you lifting a finger. But it will cost you. Investment advisors take a hefty commission from your earnings and they may not be giving you the best advice […]

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What is the FIRE movement?

What is the FIRE movement?

FIRE – Financial Independence Retire Early is a popular idea. The social norm of retiring in your 50s or 60s means many people have 20-30 years or work to look forwards to. But what if you wanted to retire at 26? The idea of FIRE is to do just that. Social security allows you to […]

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Choosing an Investment Handbag

Choosing an Investment Handbag

It’s been in the news plenty that you’re better off buying a Birkin than a gold bar. It’s no secret that fashion, especially high fashion, keeps it’s value over time. While that knock-off might look good for a season it’s not going to get the grandkids through college. Some Birkin bags are worth as much […]

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Am I Frugal or Just Cheap?

Am I Frugal or Just Cheap?

Many people who are trying to be frugal show signs of being cheap. While there’s nothing wrong with being frugal, being cheap is often considered to be a poor attribute. How do you know if you’re just being careful with your money rather than trying to get by the cheapest way possible without a care […]

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Home Remedies for the Flu

Home Remedies for the Flu

This year’s flu season is epidemic. The flu shot is only 10% effective, and with cases being more deadly than ever people are looking for any solution to help. The doctors are not only prescribing conventional medications, they’re telling people to do whatever they can. Most of us can’t afford the time it takes to […]

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Why you Should go Online BEFORE booking a personal shopper

Why you Should go Online BEFORE booking a personal shopper

BE honest – we’ve all opened the closet, stuffed full with clothes, and decided we have absolutely nothing to wear. For most people that means sighing, grabbing something, and vowing to stop by the stores later just to pick up something to spruce it up. For those that can afford it, it’s time for a […]

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5 Uses for Repurposing Old Jeans You Never Thought Of

5 Uses for Repurposing Old Jeans You Never Thought Of

Let’s face it, we all have more pairs of jeans than we wear. We’re all guilty of hanging on to that pair that’s too small, has holes, or just isn’t fashionable anymore knowing full well we will probably never wear it. It’s taking up space in your closet and it’s time to go. The most […]

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Mens Fashion: Work and Personal (from office to concert without changing!)

Mens Fashion: Work and Personal (from office to concert without changing!)

Guys can wear anything, right? Well, not quite. Most people have a specific office attire that they have to wear, but business casual is the perfect “everything” dress.  If you’re going out after work and don’t have time to change simply being dressed for both occasions is perfect. But with two such different venues how […]

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Best Ways to Save Money This Summer

Best Ways to Save Money This Summer

Summer is a time when everything happens. Festivals, outdoor events, music, food, it seems like you’re constantly spending money to do things you want. It’s the most expensive time of year for most of us but you can make it the most affordable ever if you’re smart about it. Saving money over the summer can […]

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What is a Life Coach?

What is a Life Coach?

What does a Life Coach Do? It seems that everywhere “coach” jobs are popping up. There’s a coach for your dog, your kids, your business, your motivation, your shopping habits. Life happens to all of us so do we really need someone to tell us how to do better at it? A life coach sounds […]

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Corporate Style: Stylish Office Clothes

Corporate Style: Stylish Office Clothes

Office wear is already a lousy fashion statement. While every office is different and there’s often a wide range of what’s considered “acceptable” choosing fashion statements for spring/fall when you’re stuck with a dress code isn’t easy. Not to mention the dreaded daily temperature swings making it even harder to pick what work clothes you […]

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