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5 Holiday Shopping Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them

The holiday season is known to be the most wonderful time of year, but for many it can also be the most stressful. Whether it’s the pricey gifts, travel expenses, or crowds and long lines, the holidays can bring out the grinch in all of us. For those who want to skip the stresses associated with the holiday season, here are five shopping pitfalls and ways to avoid them.

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No-Clip Coupon Tips

While the traditional practice of clipping coupons and matching them to store sales is a great way to cut costs, there’s a variety of new age couponing options that don’t require hours of searching for the right discounts. In honor of National Coupon Month this September, what better time to review these no-clip coupon tips than now. Take a peek and start saving faster than ever before!

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How Much Will Your Child Cost You?

We all know that raising kids is an expensive job, but have you ever wondered just how much it actually costs? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a middle-income family can expect to dish out a whopping $300,000 to raise a child through age 18. Among some of the biggest expenses parents will face are those unavoidable, big-ticket items that pop up during the teenage years. Read on for more about these expenses and how to cut costs.

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Decoding False Consumer Reviews

Online reviews play an important role in shaping a consumer’s perception toward product choices and local businesses. Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage by posting misleading information and fake reviews online to make a business seem more appealing or to discredit competitors. Read on to learn the telltale signs of a phony online review.

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Best Value Baby Items (KTLA Morning News)

Having a child is not just overwhelming, it’s expensive too. From increased healthcare costs to endless diapers and formula to clothing and more, expectant parents take on a lot of new expenses as they prepare for baby. The key to keeping baby costs in control is finding products that offer you the most bang for your buck.

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Garage Sale Tips: How to Attract Shoppers & Make More Money

With spring upon us, you may be feeling the desire to clean and clear the clutter. A garage sale is the perfect way to unload a bunch of your unwanted items quickly while making extra money to put toward bills or that summer vacation you’ve been saving for. But before you throw all your goods on the front lawn, there are several strategies you need to employ to attract shoppers and make money.

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