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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

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

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.