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Erin Huffstetler

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AAA Trick

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Worried your car will leave you stranded, but not ready to fork over the cash for roadside assistance? You can actually wait until you breakdown to sign up for AAA Classic, which is good for five miles of towing, gas delivery, battery service and up to $50 in locksmith services. Sure beats paying $66 a year, for something you're not sure you'll use.

Just store their number in your phone, and you'll be all set, if you need help.

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Pay Off Your Credit Card with Rewards

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Earning gift cards and airline miles when you use your credit card is nice, but you know what's even nicer? Earning a reduction on your bill. Many of the top credit card companies have begun to allow consumers to cash in rewards points for a bill credit. Sweet!

Log into your credit card company's website to see if they offer this feature. This is one credit card deal that's worth taking advantage of.

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Tame Your Summer Water Bill

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Outdoor watering can really drive up your water bill during the summer months. Use these tips to minimize the damage:

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Spring Clean Your Stockpile

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Be sure to include your stockpile on your spring cleaning to-do list. It needs to be neatened up, rotated and replenished from time to time:

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How Much is That Habit Costing You?

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Fancy coffee drinks, meals out, satellite TV -- these things may make life more enjoyable, but they certainly come at a price. Do you know how much your little pleasures are costing you? If not, the answer is only a click away.

The Digerati Life has compiled a list of 15 common indulgences, along with their annual cost and a break down of how much you would have in 10 years, if you were to give up that habit and invest your money instead.

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Turn Cheap Meat into Tasty Meat

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Enjoy a good steak now and then, but hate paying good steak prices? Then don't. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you turn that bargain beef into a real treat:

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Chocolate Substitutes

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate – with so many different types of baking chocolate out there, it's all to easy to find that you don't have the one that you need. Fortunately, these simple substitutes can save you a few bucks and a trip to the store.

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Spring Clean Your Freezer

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Go through your freezer(s) this week to see what you have on hand. Then, get everything organized and worked into your meal plan, so you'll have space to spare when all of those fresh fruits and veggies arrive. Here's everything you need to whip your freezer into shape:

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Save on Mulch

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Need to get some mulch on your garden? Save some cash by looking for ripped bags at Home Depot or Lowes. Both stores repackage their broken bags, and sell them at a discount (usually half price). They also do this with soil, sand and gravel.

If you don't see any repackaged bags, just ask where they keep them (or when they're likely to have more).

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What's on Your Yard Sale List?

Tuesday May 20, 2014
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Yard sale season has arrived!

Before I head out, I make a detailed list of everything that I'm looking for, including sizes and any measurement or information that I'm likely to need when I'm out shopping. It helps me to stay focused and minimizes my chance for buyer's remorse.

Here's what I'm looking for this year:

  • Freezer jars
  • White restaurant-grade dishware (for parties)
  • Size 10 girls' clothes
  • Marshmallow roasting forks
  • Half-sheet cookie sheets
  • Popsicle molds
  • Craft supplies
  • School supplies

What's on your yard sale wish list?

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