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By Lauren Jablonski A garage sale will put money in your wallet while getting rid of items you no longer need or want. Before you rush to put up signs, here are some tips to help you have a profitable sale. Gather & Label Items Scour your entire home/house for items you no longer need or want. Place like items in the same box, so when you unpack the day of your yard sale you will be organized and prepared to set up. Create Signs The best way to get people to know about your sale is to hang up…

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Small business is one of the primary drivers of our global economy. However, while many of us have our favorite small local restaurant, barber or dentist, we may overlook other ways to support local businesses. Below are some ideas for both consumers and small business leaders to celebrate. Celebrate as a Consumer Skip the big box store If you need to stop to look at paint samples or have a plumbing project, drive past the big box store and head to your small local hardware store. Think Fresh If your local grocery chain is part of your regular routine, change…

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If you get a refund back after filing your taxes, you might be wondering what the best way to utilize the money is. The amount that you get back determines how much you’ll be able to do. Here are some smart ways to spend your tax return. 1. Start or contribute to an emergency fund Always have an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses or emergencies. Aim to have at least three month’s worth of expenses in a savings account. It’s ideal to have six month’s worth to really ensure that you have financial stability when tough times hit. 2.…

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Public libraries open up a whole realm of learning tools and face to face experiences. In addition to the wealth of books in each library, there are many other free perks associated with frequent visits to this venue. Libraries are a gold mind of opportunities; here are some amazing reasons to visit the library nearest you. Movies Instead of going out to the movie theater or paying to rent movies, check the titles available at your local library first. DVDs and Blu-Ray DVDs are often available. Some library systems may even have VHS movies circulating. By borrowing library movies, you…

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The height of winter are the times of the year when you can expect to see an upswing in your energy bill, but we’ve got a few simple tips to rein in that extra cost this winter. Below are some tips to lower your energy bill this winter and keep more green in your pocket. Schedule Your Heating Inspection Early Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, make sure you get your winter inspection before the cold weather sets in. Your friendly heating expert will clean your furnace, adjust loose belts and make sure everything’s operating efficiently. For…

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No matter what your financial situation, if your goal is to save money for the New Year, here are several of ways you can save more in the New Year. Switch Bank Accounts If your savings account at your current bank earns very little interest each month, it shows. You can do yourself a great favor by moving your accounts to a different bank that earns more interest in savings. Do your research and investigate a few banks before settling on one. The one that has the best rates and excellent service should be the one you ultimately choose. This…

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A new season is just around the corner and that means your checkbook is going to hurt unless you know a secret — fall is one of the best seasons to save money by buying staples secondhand. As kids are getting ready to head back to school and the holidays loom, overstuffed closets are being cleaned out in your own neighborhood right now. Last year’s clothing and a volley of household goods are being donated to thrift stores by cash-strapped families that then head to the mall to drop big bucks on new stuff. It doesn’t have to be! School…

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Vinyl is back! Though they may not be worth as much as you think they should be, there are still plenty of reasons for you to collect and sell records including feeding your inner music enthusiast and making extra cash flow. There are definitely a number of do’s and do not’s when it comes to acquiring, preserving, collecting and selling vinyl. Below are some helpful tips about collecting and selling vinyl. First Off, Buy Some Records Every record store has a different vibe and different treasures buried within the shelves. It will serve you well to get to know the…

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Garage sales are loved by millions of Americans and thrift shoppers worldwide. With National Garage Sale Day arriving on August 11th of this year, it’s important to review a few tips and tricks to ensure you make the most out of your purchases, knowing when, where, and how to shop. Join Online Groups Social media is a great place to learn more about upcoming local and national events. Use social media platforms such as Facebook to join groups of local residents who are likely to have more information about National Garage Sale Day. Many times, users share photos and videos…

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National Dollar Day is a holiday in celebration of the monetary system that was established on August 8th of 1776 by Congress. Dollar Day is about finding ways to save a dollar each and every day. Below are several ways you can save on Dollar Day. Ways to Save 1) When you go to the grocery store, take a good look at the store and generic brands. Most of the time these are the exact same products but they cost a lot less. In many cases, you are paying more just for the label. 2) You can save a lot…

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