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Small Change: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

When to Make Private-Label Purchases

Every summer, Washington is flooded with interns trying to live on a budget in one of the country's most expensive cities. Cheap beer and ramen noodles seem to be staples of the intern diet. One of our interns, Emma Carew,...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Bargains , Cheap & Green , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Saving Money on Back to School

The end of the summer is in sight: Back-to-school sales have hit the stores. According to Google's Insights for Search, people have begun thinking about the back-to-school season earlier this year, with searches up 10 percent by mid-July compared to...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bargains , Consumer News , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Cash for Clunkers Part 3: Running the Numbers

Your verdict is in: We should take advantage of cash for clunkers and buy a new car. Here are some excerpts from the responses I've gotten: "Buy the new car! If you can afford to save for a new car...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 22, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Autos , Cheap & Green , Consumer News , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Try on a Clothing Swap for Size

I swear I will never stand in front of my closet and complain that I have nothing to wear ever again. That's because I spent the weekend going through my clothes with a critical eye, pulling out items in perfectly...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cash for Clunkers Part 2

Work with folks long enough, and your minds start to meld into one. My colleagues Kendra Marr and Michelle Singletary also wrote about the new federal cash for clunkers program for our Sunday Business section. Kendra's story looks at how...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 20, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Should We Cash In Our Clunker?

I am proud to say that I drive a fuel-efficient car, a Honda Civic Hybrid that gets as much as 50 miles to the gallon on the highway. My husband's car, on the other hand, is not so green. It's...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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