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DIY Jam, No Canning Necessary

By on July 3rd, 2012 • DIY, Managing your money, Life

Jam season is upon us. Fruit jams, that is. Strawberry is the winner in my family, and every other year or so a bunch of us get together with several pounds of fruit and split up the rewards. This has a couple of benefits. It spreads around the cost of the fruit and the labor involved. Plus, it’s fun with the right group of people.

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A Garden for the Space-Challenged

By on June 26th, 2012 • gardening, Managing your money, Life

This year I’m planting a container garden. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Instead of beds on the ground, I’ll have individual pots for individual plants (for the most part). It’s a great alternative if you don’t have room for a garden. In my case, I really really don’t have room for a garden, so I actually got permission from my boss to set up one outside the office.

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Waterlogged Cell Phone? There's Still Time to Save It

By on June 12th, 2012 • Cell phones, Insuring your stuff, Life

If your cell phone gets soaked, don’t panic. There may be time to save it.

Here’s the scenario:

You’re chillaxing on the couch with your smartphone hangin’ next to you on the end table. You reach for your glass of Sunny D and spill faux orange juice all over the mobile. What do you do?

Answer:

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Frugal Cook: 5 ways to save in the kitchen (without coupons)

By on June 5th, 2012 • Food, Managing your money, Saving, Life

I love to cook, and I’m always trying to save on groceries so I can have more money to buy healthy, fresh ingredients. Unfortunately, much of the kitchen frugality advice out there is impractical for my life: use a bajillion coupons (too tedious for me), buy everything at warehouses in huge quantities (I live in a small apartment), and store-hop like 3 different grocery stores to get the best deals (really?).

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Hidden Benefits: Family Leave

By on May 29th, 2012 • Insuring your stuff, Medical Care, Life

When my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer, my dad took some time off work to take care of him. He was working a job that let him rack up overtime to use as time off, and he had quite a bit stashed away. But he also took some unpaid leave, provided for by the Family Medical Leave Act.

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Need to Win an Argument? Don’t Get Duped by “Facts”

By on May 16th, 2012 • Insuring your stuff, School, Life

My Facebook feed is always being bombarded with links to controversial research articles, which always incite arguments among friends. I’ve found, though, that a little research into the research, however, usually reveals the mistaken significance of its findings. So, in an effort to combat reader ignorance–or to give you some fodder next time someone argues about the “facts” they read–here’s a crash course on how to properly interpret research studies.

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The Price Of The Presidency: Funding a White House campaign

It takes a boatload of greenbacks to fund a presidential campaign. Here's a peak into how it works. 

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"Like" Your Privacy: Cover your bum online

When it comes to social media, it's better safe than sorry. The whole experience can go from bad to worse at the click of a mouse--all it takes is a lack of privacy settings and a decent hacker.

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Running The Border: Travel abroad on a dime

By Jeremy Da Rosa on May 1st, 2012 • Air Travel, Budgeting, Travel, Traveling, Life

Everyone feels the need to get out there and rub their toes in someone else's lawn – preferably one in a foreign country. Pre-trip investigation and planning can save you some serious guesswork, and hopefully a suitcase-load of cash.

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Pump Price & Non-Cents

The root to our gas prices may not be what you expect. Neither will the explanation for why we still use pennies.

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