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Roshni Chowdry and daughter: Frugal Shopping Challenge
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The Frugal Closet Challenge: Could You Refrain from Buying Yourself One Piece of Clothing for an Entire Year?

SafetyNet™ Head of Customer Experience Roshni Chowdhry admits to her own materialistic tendencies. Specifically, she says, she is well-acquainted with the short-term thrill of the impulse buy, especially when it comes to clothing. But that was several years and three separate no-shopping challenges ago. Having twice refrained from buying herself any new clothing for an […]

Frozen berries: Tips for freezing fresh produce
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Easy Pea-sy Tips for Freezing Fresh (and Cheap) Summer Produce

If you’ve tasted ratatouille that was cooked and frozen during the harvest months, you know the surprise of those first delicious bites. There is nothing like the taste of freshly picked summer squash, zucchinis, tomatoes and herbs when there is snow on the ground. It’s like a warm bowl of summer in winter. How to […]

Sell stuff online
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Sell Your Stuff Online: Tips and Tools to Turn Your Cast-Offs into Cool Cash

It wasn’t too long ago that consignment shops and garage sales were the only options for turning your like-new and gently-used possessions into profits. These days online selling platforms like Craigslist, eBay and even Amazon mean you’re no longer limited to the locals who pass your sidewalk or storefront. But that doesn’t mean your success […]

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11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

Originally Published on Credit.com on Sept. 9, 2017 By Trae Bodge If you were aghast at how much you spent on holiday gifts when the credit card bills arrived last January, now is the time to start thinking about how to avoid a repeat performance. Even though it may feel shockingly early to begin thinking […]

Save big on seasonal sales
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The Benefits to Being Behind the Trends: Follow the Rhythm of Retail to Save Big Bucks

You may have already noticed that certain items see a price slash around the same time each year: Labor Day mattress sales, furniture “blow outs,” a proliferation of car ads or computer deals. Sometimes the reason is obvious. Fall’s new school year or major holidays mean that consumer interests dictate some sale trends. However, other […]

kids in backpacks: cost of School supplies rising
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Adding It Up: Tips to Resist the Rising Cost of School Supplies

According to the National Retail Foundation, the cost of school supplies for the 2017 school year will be the second most expensive in history, topped only by costs from 2012. Including clothing, electronics, shoes and supplies, families with children in K-12 programs will spend an average of almost $700. That’s somewhere around $180 per child, […]

Man harvesting kale: Discount gardening tips from SafetyNet
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Discount Gardening Tips for Your Green Thumb and Your Greenbacks

If you’ve seen more gardens popping up in your neighborhood in the past several years, you’re not alone. In fact, when the National Gardening Association (NGA) surveyed American households in 2009, they learned that food gardening was on a steady rise—to the tune of an almost 20% increase in just 5 years. What’s more, 34% […]

Grocery Store Comparison Infographic - Aldi wins
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Apples to Apples: SafetyNet™ Compares 4 Top Grocery Chain Prices

Recently, the SafetyNet™ team hit the pavement (or, rather, the parking lots) to investigate where and how grocery shoppers in the Midwest can get the best bang for their buck. Armed with a list of common grocery staples and a handful of reusable shopping bags, we threw a cooler in the back of the car […]

Cheap summer fun ideas with the Beckers
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Parent-Centered Ideas for Cheap Summer Fun

When Jessica Becker set out to publish reviews of her city’s playgrounds she wasn’t primarily motivated by the fact it was an inexpensive activity. In fact, she says, it was inspired by a city planning meeting more than anything. “The playground near our house was having new equipment put in,” she says. “We received a […]

Dog in car on country road .Can you afford a pet?
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Can You Afford a Pet? Check Your Budget Before Bringing Fido into the Family

The benefits to living with pets are well-documented. Their companionship improves our mental wellbeing. They can keep us physically active and lower our risk of heart disease. They teach children responsibility and can even keep young ones from developing allergies. Some also make excellent under-foot vacuum cleaners in the kitchen. A lesser known—and less popular—fact, […]