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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

6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter

The best cure for winter blues is a getaway to these normally pricey travel destinations. The winter travel season is also the value travel season.

5 Surprising Ways to Save Money During Your Pregnancy

Save thousands of dollars with these tips from a mom who has been through it all.

15 Genius Gifts for Office Secret Santa

Shudder at the thought of an office Secret Santa? Worry no more. These genius gifts ideas include something for everyone.

6 Things I Learned About Money From Famous People's Wills

Ancestry has made 170 million will and probate documents available online. You can learn a lot about a person by what they've left behind.

Science Says You Don't Need a Standing Desk, After All -- You Only Need This

Recent studies show that sitting all day actually will not kill you. Desk sitters, rejoice!

8 Things to Never Do When Traveling Alone

Traveling solo is a great way to experience the world, but it's not with risk. Learn some common sense precautions before you venture out alone.

9 Reasons Your IT Person Is a Super Hero

Every company has an IT person and that person is probably taken for granted. See why these pros are actually superheroes, saving you more than you know.

The 11 Craziest Elite Airline Perks

Most of us consider free snacks and extra legroom great airline extras. From private jets to Porsches, find out what the elite get instead of a bag of peanuts.

How to Get the Most Out of Your American Express Membership Rewards Points

If you have an American Express rewards card and are wondering what you can redeem your points for, we break down all the ways and their value.

12 Easy Ways to Manage Your Finances Before, During, and After a Military Deployment

A deployment is tough enough without the financial burden. Keep your money in check to make your service a little less stressful.

4 Steps to Finding Your Mortgage Lender

Buying a new home? Finding the right lender could save you big.

12 Crucial Things Homebuyers Overlook at Open Houses

Know the difference between the things that matter and those that don't, when looking at an open house.

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.