Frugality Doesn’t Mean You Have To Deprive Yourself

What is the first thing that pops into your head when I say the word frugal?

Do you see an image of grumpy, old Ebenezer Scrooge sitting alone at his desk counting his money?  Or perhaps you imagine yourself shivering in the dark, afraid of wasting money on heat or electricity?

If that’s what you think frugality is like you’re way off!
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Its April 15-Get Your Taxes In! And Tax Day Deals

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Did you wait until the last minute? Did April 15th creep up on you too quickly?  Don’t sit there waiting, get working on completing and filing your taxes!

You have until midnight, April 15th, to have physical tax forms postmarked before they are late.  Of course you need to make sure you get to the post office in time, and trust me, there will be lines!
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Recurring Expenses Will Kill Your Budget-Choose Wisely

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As someone with a bunch of regular expenses, I know that they add up.  I also know that you’d have to pry my laptop from my cold, dead fingers before I’d voluntarily give up the internet.  In my husband’s case, cable is a necessity.  How do you choose between one recurring expense and another? Prioritize.
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Costs In Buying A Home Besides Your Mortgage

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“What are these home costs?!?” you scream to yourself as you start your life in your new home.  You went through your budget with a fine tooth comb, making sure you could afford the mortgage payments.  You negotiated the house price and got a good interest rate on the mortgage.  You know what your local taxes will be and you home insurance costs.  You thought you were set.  Then the OTHER costs rear their heads.  You quickly realize that owning a home isn’t all about being able to pay the mortgage.

There are a number of other costs you need to consider before you buy a house:
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Wedding Questions With Anja Winikka Editor At TheKnot.com – Presented By Married On MySpace

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I had the pleasure to interview Anja Winikka, editor at the well-known wedding website TheKnot.com. We discussed affordable weddings and how the current economy is affecting wedding decisions.

Hope you enjoy!
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Different Kinds Of Bank Cards

There are a number of different kinds of bank cards a person may come across in the course of their financial lifeATM cards, debit cards, credit cards, and prepaid debit cards.

All of these, as one may gather, work differently – and how they differ is an important thing to know in order to wisely use each kind of card.

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What is a Certificate of Deposit (CD)?

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In today’s difficult economy, it is more important than ever to pay attention to the little details of personal finances.

Money kept in a typical savings accounts will earn very little interest, with many banks today paying as little as one tenth of one percent.

A certificate of deposit (CD) is one alternative that pays a better interest rate than a passbook savings account.

What is a Certificate of Deposit or CD?

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