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    Americans own a lot of stuff. According to NPR.org, the average American house size has more than doubled since the 1950s. Why, you might ask? It probably has to do with all the stuff we’re accumulating in this country. Seriously, do we need it all? This is such an issue dear to my heart, because my natural tendency is to buy

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    Is your cable bill one of the largest bills in your monthly budget?  If so, I have some tips on how to get that bill much lower.  My friends have called me the cable negotiating guru, because I know how to negotiate them down so I never have to pay full price. We actually choose not to have cable at

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      *** Updates – wow, since I posted this summary of the Affordable Care Act almost 3 months ago, quite a bit has changed.  Firstly, today is the “deadline” to sign up for health insurance if you don’t have it through your employer.  Note that I put deadline in quotes… why?  Because the March 31 deadline has been extended, sort

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    You may be wondering how 2 hours per week can turn into $5,200 per year…  It is actually pretty simple – spend 2 hours per week meal planning and grocery shopping, you can easily save upwards of $100 per week.  Do this all year long (52 weeks) and you have just earned yourself $5,200 more per year!  That may be

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    This may surprise some of you, but I have a love/hate relationship with budgeting.  And it’s been mostly hate over the past few years.  I recognize how important it is, and when I’m going strong, it can almost be enjoyable.  But if you fall off the wagon – gosh, it is HARD to climb back on.  And prior to 2008,

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