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Charissa Arsaoui is a freelance writer with a love for thrift. She contributes to many different personal finance blogs.

5 Quick Tips to Save Money in the New Year

5 Quick Tips to Save Money in the New Year

Tweet The new year is fast approaching and you may have made some resolutions where your finances are concerned.  I know I have.  Although 2012 was a relatively frugal year for me, I know there were a lot more corners I could have cut and things I could have done without. With this in mind, […]

Five Tips To Help You Enjoy the Holidays More On Less Money

Five Tips To Help You Enjoy the Holidays More On Less Money

Tweet For many, the holidays are stressful. There always seems to be a shortage and time and money. If you find yourself lacking both, you’ll love the five tips I’ve come up with that will help you streamline your shopping and free up your days so you can truly appreciate the spirit of Christmas. Whatever […]

Ten Free Gifts to Give This Christmas

Ten Free Gifts to Give This Christmas

Tweet Who said the best things in life aren’t free?  Why not think outside the box this Christmas and give thoughtful, meaningful gifts that don’t cost a dime? After all, with the economy still down in the dumps and money being tight for most families, why make things even more difficult by spending money you […]

Take Online Courses for Free with Coursera

Take Online Courses for Free with Coursera

Tweet Wouldn’t it be a brilliant idea if a group of people got together and partnered with top universities to provide classes to people around the world (via the internet). And, wouldn’t it be even more wonderful if the courses were free?  At Coursea  they have done just that. Sign up to view lectures for […]

Five Tips for Making Small Business Saturday a Success

Five Tips for Making Small Business Saturday a Success

Tweet Small Business Saturday is scheduled for November 24th this year.  The annual event saw a large turnout last year.  According to American Express, “Over one hundred million people came together to Shop Small in their communities on Small Business Saturday.”   This year’s event is likely to be even more successful thanks to additional advertising. […]

How to Keep from Overspending This Holiday Season

How to Keep from Overspending This Holiday Season

Tweet With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to make a plan.  What are you willing to spend money on this holiday season?  Do you have a set budget or at least an idea of what you can afford?  If you don’t, you’re likely to overspend.  The excitement of Black Friday and Christmas can make […]

Do You Tip Too Much at Restaurants?

Do You Tip Too Much at Restaurants?

Tweet I just got done reading an article put out by the Huffington Post about tipping. It really got me thinking about the subject and I realized that like the author, I have a tendency to over tip. I leave 20% on average because it’s easier to calculate and I often reason with myself that […]

Make Money From Your Extra Space With Airbnb and RideJoy

Make Money From Your Extra Space With Airbnb and RideJoy

Tweet Rent Out Your Spare Bedroom with Airbnb So, you’ve got a spare room that you’re not using and you’re thinking of what to do with it?  Why not rent it out to budget-loving travelers and make some spare cash?  Airbnb is the perfect place to do just that.  You list your property and set […]

Save Money by Pickling Fruits and Vegetables at Home

Save Money by Pickling Fruits and Vegetables at Home

Tweet When you think of the word pickled, what comes to mind? Do you picture briny cucumbers in glass jars sitting among condiments in the grocery store or do you envision the art of pickling or preserving products so they can be eaten at a later date? If the latter is what you had in […]

How to Grow Your Own Handmade Business

How to Grow Your Own Handmade Business

Tweet Do you have a burning desire to be your own boss?  Do you want to put your talents and skills to use by engaging in soul-satisfying work?  If you do, you’re the perfect candidate for starting your own business.  Keri Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace and the newly published, Grow Your Handmade Business: […]