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How I saved $114 on Groupon without using Groupon

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Save on Groupons by not using a Groupon! – via Gil C / Shutterstock.com

Last week I purchased a Groupon for a new Crossfit gym in town. I told a friend to buy one also and soon, because they were selling out. She said, “Oh, I’ll just call the gym and get the same discount without Groupon when I’m ready.” I asked her what she meant – would the gym do that? “If they are smart,” she replied. “They will actually make more money because they won’t have to pay Groupon all of the fees.” You know what? She’s right.

How I saved $114 on Groupon deals without using Groupon

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Last Chance to Win a $100 Target Gift Card from Pirc.com! – Dedicated

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Last chance to enter to win a $100 Target gift card from Pirc.com! kevin dooley / Flickr

This is your last chance to enter the contest to win a $100 Target gift card from Pirc.com!  We’ve partnered with Pirc because they know the importance of scoring a great deal. Pirc is a website that lets smart shoppers create their very own personalized circular or “Pircular.” Sales and coupons on household items you actually buy are now delivered to your inbox every week. No more searching the weekly circulars. Not only does Pirc help you save money, but it saves you time as well!

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Party Of Four Needs Cheap, Healthy Eating Ideas

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Kids eat healthier when they’re involved with food preparation. Via Shutterstock.

A friend of mine, newly single and the mother of three young children, spends nearly $1,000 a month on groceries and prepared food to feed her family. Part of the problem: she hates to cook, she gets home right before dinner needs to be ready, and she skips leftovers. She asked me how she could reduce her grocery bill by several hundred dollars a month.

I brainstormed 13 ideas to help her save money on groceries. (more…)

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Bizarre Facts About Hydrogen Peroxide

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Did you know there’s more to hydrogen peroxide than just cleaning wounds? Via Shutterstock.

It’s hard not to fall in love with hydrogen peroxide. It can be used for everything from whitening teeth to cleaning cutting boards, so it’s a must-have in our home. Even better, it’s cheap! You can usually snag a bottle of hydrogen peroxide for $1. Our list of the best hydrogen peroxide prices will help you score a sweet deal.

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How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally – Recipes!

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Natural dyes for Easter eggs. Via Shutterstock

I’ve decided to dye my Easter eggs naturally this year. Why? Why not? I have little kids in the house and I don’t see any point in buying a dye kit when I have spices and vegetables on hand that I can use instead. Plus, then I don’t have to run out to buy the kit. Anybody with kids knows what a time suck it is to run errands with little ones!

UPDATE: Not that I’ve tested five of these natural dyes, I can say that they do not work as well as traditional store-bought dye. If you enjoy a project and like science, natural dyes are perfect for you. If you want quick, bright colors, buy the kit.

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Make these DIY decorations for a festive Easter dinner! Via Shutterstock.

8 Easy Easter Decorations You Can Make

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Make these DIY decorations for a festive Easter dinner! Via Shutterstock.

Here’s a bunch of different ideas for making your home festive this Easter. All come with detailed instructions for how you can complete the job yourself…and don’t be afraid to get the whole family involved! There’s a little bit of everything in this post from pillows to centerpieces and beginner to advanced, there’s something for everyone!

8 Easy DIY Easter Decorations

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A Weekend in the Windy City – Dedicated

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Learn all the reasons why you should visit Chicago…even if you’re on a budget! Gravity Wave/Flickr

Chicago is known as one of North America’s greatest cities. From food to architecture to legendary sports teams, the Windy City is a fantastic destination for everyone from jet-setters to backpackers.

The city’s hospitality is simply unrivalled. For the ultimate in accommodation, Chicago hotels offer everything from sprawling lakeshore views to trendy boutique rooms. Restaurants abound and the city’s culinary culture is well known throughout the world as being both innovative and affordable.

One of the greatest things about this storied American city is the abundance of inexpensive activities for tourists. Here are some of Chicago’s best attractions for limited budgets. (more…)

Good pictures will help clothes sell themselves on eBay!

Six Tips to Successfully Sell Clothes on eBay

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Good pictures will help clothes sell themselves on eBay!

As I make the switch from my winter to spring wardrobe, I found myself with the decision to donate or sell my clothes. Over dinner with my best friend, she told me how she has made hundreds of dollars recently selling clothes on eBay. Now I’ll admit, it has been years since I’ve ventured onto the online marketplace and I remember the selling process being tedious and complicated. My friend assured me that with the new eBay mobile app, it takes only a few minutes to list and sell. So I gave it a shot and quickly learned why some of my items were selling and some weren’t. It’s all about marketing folks!

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21 Ways The Library Can Save You Money

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I’m a library nerd: I love books, but I don’t love paying for them. For the holidays, I bought my brother-in-law a gift card to a book store so he could download eBooks, which he apparently spends a lot of money on. I asked my sister if he ever considered downloading them from the library. They didn’t even know that was an option! Did you?

Here are 21 25 ways the public library can save you money. (more…)