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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

2014 Tax Day Freebies and Discounts

Who knew Tax Day would be filled with freebies and discounts? You do now! Make April 15 a little more fun by hitting up some of these Tax Day offers.

The Only 5 Grocery Shopping Techniques You Need

There are lots of ways to cut grocery costs, but these five strategies may be the cleverest — and they aren't difficult to do, either.

7 Unnecessary Household Expenses You Can Cut Today

If your family doesn't examine these 7 common household expenses, you are wasting way too much money.

How to Become One of Those "Lucky" People Who Scores Great Deals

"Good luck comes from hard work" is true in bargain hunting, too. Learn how to make your own frugal luck with this collection of deal-hunting tricks.

10 Surprising Benefits of: Caffeine

Caffeine, whether from coffee, tea, soda pop, or energy drink, is more than a chemical pick-me-up. Read on to learn how it helps us think, breathe, and more.

Cut $100 or More From Your Food Bill Without Even Trying

Almost everyone could use an extra $100 a month. Learn how to get it from your food budget, with no belt tightening required.

10 Ways to Increase Your Willpower and Be More Successful

Many of our goals require willpower to reach. If your resolve's lacking, don't give up — try these willpower boosts to help you succeed.

It Pays to Be Late: 7 Awesome Things You Can Get Cheaper at the Last Minute

The early bird may get the worm, but in many cases, it's the late shopper who makes off with the deal.

Can I Eat This? A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates and Food Safety

Food waste costs consumers billions every year, and the culprit is confusion about expiration dates. Find out what you can still eat, no matter what the carton says.

How to Know When to Persevere and When to Quit

Persistence is important to success, but knowing when to walk away from a doomed effort is important, too. Read this to learn how to recognize when to quit.

Here's What You Should Know About Bitcoin

Bitcoin — the online, electronic currency — has been in the news a lot lately, but it's still mysterious to most of us. Learn what it is and if it fits into your lifestyle.

Cheaper and Healthier Than Store-Bought: 10 Great Freeze-Ahead Burrito Recipes

The Internet is awash in make-ahead frozen burrito recipes. These 10 favorites satisfy your need for a quick, nutritious meal on the go, however you roll.

Boost Your Retirement Savings Fast With This 6-Step Plan

Workers nearing retirement should a take close look at their retirement funds. With aggressive saving, there's still time to top off those accounts for a comfortable retirement.

8 Reasons Why You Should Get a 3D Printer

The future of crafts, repair, tinkering, and invention may be one of these new printers, which can make everything from Legos to car parts.

16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know

You probably already purchase from online retail behemoth Amazon.com for savings and convenience. Find more of both with these Amazon shopping hacks.

How to Easily Use an iPad as a Laptop

You don't actually need both an iPad and a laptop. Convert your tablet into a multi-use tool with a few apps and accessories — for less than the cost of a new laptop.

10 Ways to Shave $10 (or More) Off Your Grocery Bill

Need to save $10 this week? Try just one of these 10 easy ways to save $10 on your next trip to the grocery store, and you've done it!

The 10 Best Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You

If you have a difficult time remembering everything you have to do, let your smartphone help you stay on track with one of these 10 popular to-do apps.

9 Things You Don't Need to Clean

If you're looking to shorten your cleaning to-do list, experts say you'll be fine — or even better off — by not cleaning these commonly cleaned things.

18 Frugal and Romantic Dates at Home

Date nights are important to your relationship, but restaurants and babysitters are expensive. Here's how to have fun at home for less.