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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

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.

How to Save Money on Travel With an Awesome Group Vacation

A fun vacation with a big group is a cost saver, but also a challenge. Avoid some planning and organization mistakes with these tips and tools.

Billions of Dollars Go Unclaimed Every Year: Is Some of It Yours?

There are literally billions of dollars of money and property waiting to be claimed by the rightful owners. Learn how to find out if some of it is yours!

10 Best Ways to Spend $20 in Chicago

Whether you're a Chicago resident or just visiting, check out these ways to have oodles of fun for under $20.

$20 in San Francisco: The Best Ways to Spend It

Baghdad by the Bay is not known as a cheap place to live, but it does boast plenty of cheap outings. Find out how far 20 bucks will take you there!

People Who Became Millionaires Overnight (and What They Did With the Money)

Some lottery winners seem to wind up penniless — or worse — after their windfall. Read their stories — as well those of winners who did better.

How Everyone Can Cut Cable and Still Watch What They Love — Even Sportsfans

Cutting the cable TV cord is getting easier (for sportsfans now, too). Here's where to find your favorite programming — whatever it may be.

10 Great Gifts for Frequent Travelers

Perfect gifts that will help them travel faster, safer, and enjoy the moment.

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.