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Carrie Kirby

 Carrie Kirby helps ordinary families save money without extreme couponing on her blog, Frugalistic Mom.

Latest articles by Carrie Kirby

13 Things IT People Wish You Knew About Computers

We asked IT pros for some simple tips to take some of the mystery and frustration out of computer problems.

Follow These 5 Steps to Full Health Care Coverage in Retirement

Are you factoring medical costs into your retirement planning? You should be — here's how to avoid a health care shortage in your golden years.

8 Gadgets Every IT Professional Should Own

Are you wondering what cutting edge gadgets that every tech professional needs? Here are 8 of our favorites.

5 Essentials to Consider Before Buying a Vacation Home

Ready for the vacation home plunge? We’ve got your bases covered.

Here's How Much You'd Have Today if You'd Bought Bitcoins a Few Years Ago

The notorious crypto-currency is notoriously volatile. How much would you have today if you'd invested just $100 in Bitcoins a few years ago?

9 Child Care Purchases You Should Never Skimp On

The littler the kid, the bigger the expenses. Even when money is tight, it pays to shell out for these necessary kidcare products and services.

5 Appraisal Facts That Could Save You Big Money

A low appraisal may cost you a home loan or sale. Check out these tips on getting the appraisal you need.

Why Scientists Say You Should Be Committing the 7 Deadly Sins

Sloth, Pride, Gluttony — go for it! It turns out that sinning — in moderation — is probably actually good for you.

How to Simultaneously Buy and Sell a House

Buying and selling a house simultaneously? Review this 14-step checklist — or risk getting shut out.

10 Terrible Loans You Should Avoid

When an emergency occurs — and you don't have an emergency fund — you may be need to borrow. Skip these terrible loan offers if you can!

Find a Side Gig at These 4 Best Micro-Jobs Sites

One way to boost your savings is to earn a little extra in your spare time. Get your side hustle on via one of these quick job search sites.

8 Ways Having Kids Makes You More Frugal

For some of us frugality is a choice. For the rest, it's a choice we're given — usually when we're blessed with a couple more mouths to feed.

Here's What the New Federal Diet Rules Will Cost You

It's almost time for the latest edition of the government's dietary guidelines, and some of the recommendations may take a bite out of your wallet.

15 Cheaper Ways to Travel Around the World

Become a cost-savvy globetrotter with this collection of cheap travel tricks that cut the price of everything from airfare to lunch.

6 Interesting Ways Technology Can Help You Buy a Home

House hunting is easier, faster and more fun thanks to these new tools. Are you taking full advantage of them?

9 More Supposedly Healthy Things That Are Actually Hurting You

It seems like health "dos" and "don'ts" change daily. How many of these former "dos" are you still doing?

18 Frugal Foods You Should Always Have in Your Freezer

A well-stocked freezer will help you get dinner on fast, entertain unexpected guests, and save money. What's in your freezer?

The 15 Coolest Silicon Valley Job Perks You Wish You Had

Chances are your employer isn't half as generous as these famous tech sector companies. Free lunch is just the beginning.

10 Affordable Kids' Gifts That Won't Rot Their Brains

Give a kid an "educational" toy and it'll soon migrate to the bottom of the toy box. Try these toys and games that are fun first and smart second.

5 Ways Social Media Saved Someone's Life

Social media keeps us connected to scores of people who are eager to help. Sometimes life-sharing means life-saving.