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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

15 Cheaper Ways to Travel Around the World

Globe trot for less 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.

10 Supposedly Healthy Things That Are Actually Hurting You

That supposedly healthy thing you do may actually be harming you instead! How many of these "healthy" habits do you have?

25 Bite-Sized Money Resolutions to Make 2015 Your Biggest Year Yet

You don't have to make life-altering changes to see big results. Start with one or two of these small money resolutions and grow from there!

10 Ways to Save Big on Family Ski Trips

A fun family ski trip can send your budget careening down the mountain. Spend time together on the slopes frugally with some careful planning.

7 Ways Auto-Payments Can Screw You

Auto-pay can be a convenient way to pay for regularly billed goods and services. As with other conveniences, that benefit comes at a price.

The NFL's 5 Most Frugal Players

Sad stories of spendthrift athletes wasting millions are all too common. But for these five footballers, frugal lifestyles keep their finances fit.

24 Train Hacks From an Amtrak Veteran

Make travel by train as comfortable (and frugal) as it is romantic with these money-saving Amtrak train travel tricks.

20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars

Before you tighten your belt, wring the waste out of your grocery budget with this collection of proven ways to trim food costs.

5 Ways Airline Travel Sucks — and What You Can Do to Make It Better

Air travel is no picnic these days. Learn to avoid these five common abuses and maybe you'll arrive in a tolerable mood (and almost on time).

The 8 Weirdest Cases of Credit Card Theft

While credit card theft is no joke, from time to time those thefts (and those post-theft purchases) are entertaining. And often weird.

A Supermarket Insider Reveals 5 Ways Your Grocer Is Trying to Upsell You

Your local grocer is not out to get you — just your money. Watch our for these upsell tactics on your next visit to the supermarket.

The World's 4 Biggest Credit Card Scams

Credit card scammers never rest. Learn about four of the most notorious credit card scams — and what you can do to protect you and your credit.

8 Things Real Estate Agents Don't Want You to Know

Your real estate agent represents your interests, right? Not always. Learn the secrets your agent might be hiding from you.

5 Reasons Why Science Says It's Okay to Be Lazy

From biology to economics, scientists are discovering that sloth may be fundamental to our makeup. Settle a little deeper into your couch and learn why.