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Small Change: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Resisting the Urge to Splurge

Temptation can strike at any moment. One minute, I'm hunting down items on my grocery list, and the next I'm sniffing around the cheese counter. I'll be swinging my water bottle as I walk to the office, and suddenly find...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cheap and Comforting Foods

The problem with bringing my lunch to work is that I'm still hungry after I eat my microwaveable meal. A practical person would simply bring more food, but that makes me feel piggy. Those who know me would say that...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 18, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bargains , Ylan Q. Mui  
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How to Fight Debt Collectors

Forget the cute intro on this one. I'm just gonna give it to you straight because I'm really irritated. I got a letter this week from a debt collection agency claiming that I owe a cable and internet company $40....

By Ylan Mui  |  June 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Credit Cards , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Wrestling with Layoffs

We've linked before to our sister blog, Half a Tank: Along Recession Road. Their latest big story was about a man who gets laid off and decides to pursue his real dream: pro wrestling, spandex shorts and all. The story...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 17, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Unemployment , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Frugal Ideas for Father's Day

Ack! Father's Day is this weekend! Trying to be frugal doesn't seem to help us be less forgetful. Unfortunately, Dad seems to be another victim of the economic downturn this year. According to a survey commissioned by the National Retail...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bargains , Ylan Q. Mui  
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The Wedding Gift

June wedding season is here. Perhaps you brides and grooms out there are wondering: Will your guests be able to afford anything on your registry? Brides.com and the Associated Press set out to find out in a new poll released...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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To Rent or To Buy

The economy is turning many of us into renters, and I’m not talking about apartments. A number of Web sites have sprung up that encourage people to look around their houses for things they can do away with for a...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How Frugal Are You?

Since starting this blog, Ylan and I have thought about what it truly takes to be frugal. I used to go to Starbucks or Caribou Coffee every morning before work. Now, I usually make coffee at home and drink it...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 15, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Getting the Most out of Your Gas Tank

It’s almost summertime, which means that many of you are probably thinking of taking a road trip rather than spending money on air fare. But with the average price of gas getting close to $3 a gallon, even a road...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 15, 2009; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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