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Saving Money (And Time) With Task Rabbit

August 4, 2014 |

Benjamin Franklin sure knew what he was talking about when he said “time is money.” And today that is even more true as we hustle to get from one activity to the next. TaskRabbit has taken this idea to the next level by providing a forum where a person (called a TaskPoster) can post a job that she needs done and have it done at a price she picks. Read More

Frugal Home Decor: The Dos and Don’ts of Shopping IKEA

May 8, 2014 |

If you are lucky enough to live near IKEA, you know that it is so easy to go there looking for a great print to hang in your new apartment and leave there spending way more than you intended. Maybe it is the smell of Swedish meatballs combined with the maze of cleverly designed furniture that hypnotizes shoppers? Whatever it is, if you follow these dos and don’ts of shopping IKEA, you will be well on your way to becoming an IKEA shopping wunderkind!

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When It's Better to Shop In-Store

January 27, 2014 |

Online shopping has its perks. Where else but the Internet can you shop at dozens of stores at 3 a.m. in your pajamas? Plus, there are so many great deals available. However, not everything is cheaper online. Once you pay for shipping or have to return a pair of pants several times because they’re the wrong size, you’ll often save more money shopping in-store. It’s cheaper to buy most things online, but here are five things that you should buy in person. Read More

First Apartment? First Chance to Decorate the Way You Want

June 7, 2012 | 2

For graduates moving from the dorm or college living situation to their first adult abode, it's hard to imagine hauling anything into your new space-- especially not the card table you used in the dining room or the couch your inebriated roommate threw up on. Yet at the same time your new paycheck (although much healthier than the one you received from waiting tables part-time) doesn't seem like enough to cover a swanky new living room set. Before you decide your only option is to finance that furniture for the next ten years, consider these budget-friendly ways to outfit your first apartment.

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From Bootylicious to Babylicious: Beyonce Needs a New Crib

September 19, 2011 |

For once, Lady Gaga wasn't the one people were talking about. At the Video Music Awards Beyoncé, made an exciting announcement: she's expecting. It will be the first baby for Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z, often referred to as the most powerful couple in music. The pair got hitched in 2008 and now they're expanding their family. Although not officially announced, Beyoncé's due date is probably set for early 2012. That gives her plenty of time to create a nursery luxurious enough for this mini music mogul. But just in case she needs some help we found the best baby luxuries available.

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Dumpster Dive Your Way into Fast Cash

July 18, 2011 | 1

Believe it or not, dumpster diving is becoming a major phenomenon among everyday, middle class people. I was on a walk last week and I found a kid-sized wooden Adirondack chair sitting next to my neighbor's trash can, waiting to be picked up by the garbage truck. It seemed like such a waste to me, especially because there are many people who could put that chair to good use. So I carried it home without hesitation and plan to polish it up, snap a few pictures and sell it on Craigslist. After that experience, I started scanning local dumpster as I passed by, and I soon realized that dumpster diving is a great way to earn extra cash. It's all about seeing the potential in something that someone else has given up on. Since more and more people are searching the Internet on great deals on everything from clothes, chairs, tables, sofas, electronics, etc. all it takes is a little bit of ingenuity and effort to turn someone else's trash into your treasure. That's exactly what I'm doing and below are tips on how you can dive your way into savings by sprucing up someone else's junk. 

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Does That Model Home Come with the Furniture?

June 3, 2011 | 1

You've tagged along behind your realtor on house tour after house tour when you finally make your way to the home you'd love to call your own.  Everything about it is perfect--until you remember that you still have to furnish the place, which is twice the size of your current place.  That's when you start wishing that along with the bathtub and kitchen sink, your new home came fully furnished with a dining-room set and a couch or two.

What can you do when you've sunk your life savings into a down payment and have nothing left over for a table and chairs?

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Modern Home Decorating on a Budget: The Best of Ikea

April 26, 2011 | 4

Too often, IKEA gets a bum wrap. I've heard people say it's cheesy, it's poorly made, no reasonable adult should still have anything from there. But I, and many others, will have to disagree. Ikea has a great aesthetic. It's clean and sleek without being pretentious - for example, you wouldn't walk into somebody's home and feel like you shouldn't take a seat on a tufted KARLSTAD (left), but you wouldn't turn your nose up either. And let's face it, if you're in search of a contemporary look for your home, modern designs tend to be a little pricey. As for quality, sure, it has the capacity to get a little dinged up, but what doesn't? My Ikea bookshelves survived four years of college and a couple of California earthquakes, and will likely get repurposed at my next domicile. Most things will last if you treat them right, but this is true for most things, isn't it?

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Easy Home Fixes for Spring

April 26, 2011 | 2
living-roomWith the arrival of longer days and an increasing amount of green growth outside, for many of us it signals a time to crawl out from under the afghan on the couch and increase our productivity. With warmer temperatures and increased motivation to create a to-do list, it’s a great time to consider a few fixes that improve the look and functionality of your living space while saving money. With a little planning, most of these thrifty tricks can be done with a few items from Home Depot,  thrift stores or with other items already in your home.

Fine Dining

February 8, 2011 |

My husband asked me to plan to attend a banquet luncheon hosted by his company. 

The last time we attended this particular event together, we discovered something rather strange.  The banquet was held in a series of three rooms, ... Read More

Can You Stand It?

January 26, 2011 | 1

What's the new fad in offices (including home offices)?  From what I've been reading, it's desks without chairs.

I'm not sure I could get away with that kind of thing, since I work in my living room.  This setup ... Read More