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Groupon American Apparel National Deal – Double Your Money, November 2013

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You’ve heard me talk about Groupon before.

reviewed Groupon a while back.  They were the first big online deals site where you purchase a limited-time offer.  Many times, like for this deal, you get to double your money for purchases.

Truth is I don’t usually mention deals here on Free From Broke, but this deal is quite popular every year and Groupon is running it again this year.

I don’t want you to miss out.

Here’s today’s deal:

American Apparel – Groupon Deal

$20 for $40 worth of clothing and accessories from American Apparel Online and In-Store (you pick whether online or in-store).

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$40 for $80 worth of clothing and accessories from American Apparel Online and In-Store.

I like deals like this where you double your money!  It comes just in time for the holidays in case you’re looking the grab some gifts for friends.  Of course you can treat yourself as well.

Groupon deals tend to be for local stores and activities but occasionally they roll out a national deal.  This particular deal is limited to one per person, for U.S. residents only.  You can buy an additional Groupon as a gift.
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These 6 Behavioral Finance Mistakes May Be Ruining Your Finances!

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Behavioral finance is the study of how our behaviors affect our finances.

In many ways, the way that we see the world, and our reactions to what is happening around us, define our finances.

We might not even realize how our biases affect our finances.

The first step to overcoming biases in your life, especially if they are psychological, is to acknowledge them.  You need to be aware of what is holding you back.

Once you recognize the reasons for your difficulties, it will be easier to address them — and to come out ahead with your finances.

Here are 6 behavioral finance mistakes that might be holding you back:

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Where to Educate Yourself for Free Online – You Don’t Need to Spend to Learn

Where to learn online for free.

With the average cost of a college education increasing 12 fold in the last 30 years (Huffington Post), some are deciding it’s not worth the expense and simply shunning the college experience.

For those who do want to attend, college is beginning to feel more and more out of reach.

In fact, “Bloomberg reports that the rate of increase in college costs has been ‘four times faster than the increase in the consumer price index’” (Huffington Post).

But if you shun attending a traditional college, all is not lost.  There are plenty of ways to get your education for free, thanks to the Internet.

Eight Places to Get a Free Education Online

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My Adventures At FinCon ’13 – Upping Your Game Through Professional Development

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You want a better, more fulfilling career, right?

For some people that’s a whole lot more like a new job, better pay, appreciation… you get the picture.

For others they just want to make sure they are giving their job everything they can so they can be the best at what they do.  And by job I don’t mean you have to be working for someone else, this could very well be your own business.  (Though really, you are always working for someone else – the customer).

Who doesn’t want more in their career then, right?

But how do you get it?  Not by sitting back and hoping it just happens.  And let’s face the grim truth — if you aren’t getting better at what you do there’s someone out there that is.  You have to always keep learning.  Excelsior!

You need to up your game.

Go out and learn what you can about your field.  Improve those skills that will help you do your job better.

Develop yourself professionally.

This can mean a lot of things.  Maybe you take an advanced class in Excel.  Perhaps you join Toastmasters so you can do better presentations.  It could mean poring through the latest periodicals in your field.

Another option is attending professional conferences.  This is what I did Oct. 17-20.

FinCon ’13 – Where Bloggers and Personal Finance Meet

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Government Shutdown Ends While Healthcare.gov Woes Continue and More

The government shutdown has ended, the debt ceiling catastrophe narrowly avoided, and the can firmly kicked down the road by about three months.

Yet the woes of the Healthcare.gov website continue on.

The government has dropped over $400 million on the website and associated processes.

$400 million.

And yet a relatively small percentage of people have been able to sign up.  Those that have signed up have had their information sent to the wrong insurance company or had to have their policies manually adjusted (which eliminates the benefit of the website).

To top it off… despite having spent $400 million on the mostly non-functional website, the government is going to be sued for licensing infringement. The site uses a script that requires copyright information to be used which was subsequently removed at the code level.

Another amazing project by the federal government.

Looking to avoid burning through all your cash excessively (hopefully not $400 million!)? Yea, these reads can help you do that:

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5 Financial Considerations Before You Quit Your Job to Be Your Own Boss

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For many, the dream of working from home is a strong inducement to quit a job.

After all, if you could be your own boss and set your own hours and still make a living, wouldn’t it make sense to walk away from “the man”?

Quitting your job is about more than just making sure that you have enough income from your side hustle to replace the income from your day job.  You might not realize all the benefits you’re getting from your current job.  You will need to a way to make up for those losses as well.

Before you take the plunge and quit your job, here are a few questions you should have answers for:

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Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Crisis, and Links

The United States federal government has been shut down since Tuesday.  Thousands of workers are furloughed, national parks and monuments are closed, and Congress is still getting paid.

What’s worse is this may not be the biggest crisis the US faces this month.

Later in October — or early November at the latest — the Treasury department will hit the “debt ceiling” and max out its credit line.  The debt ceiling is a legal limit placed on the Treasury by Congress that says the US cannot have more than X amount of debt.  That amount right now is $16.699 trillion.

Both parties have said they will have no part in a United States default on debt due to not raising the debt ceiling, so that’s encouraging.  Yet each day that rolls forward means we are getting closer and closer to not being able to make our minimum payments on all of our obligations.  If we default expect widespread chaos in financial markets, Treasury bill interest rates, and the value of the dollar.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

Maxing out your credit cards, too? Can’t seem to control how much you spend? Here are some articles to help you out:

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