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Online booksellers are buying. You won't earn a fortune, but at least you won't have to pay for postage.

By Donna_Freedman Feb 26, 2010 2:15PM
Once I'd finally finished my undergraduate degree last December, I started eyeballing the stacks of books I'd bought for my university classes. Some I wanted to keep. Most I wanted to kiss goodbye.

Could I really find a buyer for titles as specialized as "Creating G.I. Jane: Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II," "Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace" or "Female Spectacle: The Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism"? 

You can use coupons for bagels, subs and new Hasbro games. Time for a game night?

By Teresa Mears Feb 26, 2010 1:08PM

This isn’t a big week for new food deals and coupons, so we are throwing in some discounts and freebies that you can’t eat, with some help from our friends at Cities on the Cheap.


Alas, we are not coming up on National Chocolate Week or National Ice Cream Day, so we have no coupons for those essential items.

This may be the week to try out some of the new happy hour deals or create your own happy hour.


It can be done, although it's not the best route for everyone.

By Karen Datko Feb 26, 2010 12:37PM

This post comes from partner blog The Dough Roller.


It's a commonly accepted rule of personal finance that one should save three to six months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund. Conventional wisdom dictates that you stash your cash in a high-interest savings account or maybe a short-term high-yield CD. The key is to have ready access to the cash in a true emergency.


Confession time: I've never kept three to six months’ worth of cash sitting in a bank account and don't plan to. In an emergency, I can tap investment accounts, a home-equity line of credit, or yes, even the dreaded credit card. The question for today is whether it's a smart money move to rely on credit cards as your financial backstop.


Fashion Week trends can be had on clearance -- if you know where to go.

By Karen Datko Feb 26, 2010 11:01AM

This Deal of the Day comes from Kelli B. Grant at partner site SmartMoney.


Want to hear a secret fashion retailers won’t share with you? The trendy fall and winter items they are pushing out the door now will be just as of-the-moment come autumn.


In other words: Shoppers who know what to look for can get hot items for next fall at substantial discounts.


First, don't buy more house than you need. Then, when it's time to remodel, use these simple tips to save 20% to 50%.

By Stacy Johnson Feb 26, 2010 9:20AM

This post comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site Money Talks News.


Food, clothing and shelter: the basic necessities, and expenses, of daily life. This week I’ve done posts on 28 ways to save on food and 18 ways to save on clothing. Now it’s time to tackle shelter.


Writing new laws to change the way things work is much more challenging than it seems.

By Karen Datko Feb 25, 2010 6:35PM

This guest post comes from Frank Curmudgeon at Bad Money Advice.


This is the third installment in what has turned out to be a series of posts about the CARD Act of 2009 (.pdf file) and the Federal Reserve’s new regulations to implement same. First, I discussed how new rules requiring lenders to consider ability to pay were a non-event. Next, I explained that there were not, after all, meaningful restrictions against giving credit cards to those under 21.


Today I will round up some other don’t-know-if-I-should-laugh-or-cry oddities that I came across in my few hours of research. As good a place to start as any is the other prong in the attack on underage plastic -- new draconian restrictions against marketing these evil things to college students.


Survey measured variation in prices, plus how many shops changed their estimates when presented with the industry standard price.

By Teresa Mears Feb 25, 2010 3:44PM

If you want to get a fair and accurate estimate of the cost of fixing your car, you’re better off in Memphis than in Chicago.


That’s according to, one of several free online sites that give customers an estimate of what a specific auto repair should cost.

The site sent mystery shoppers to more than 600 repairs shops in the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas to get price quotes on a front brake replacement for a Ford Focus. The shoppers called back two weeks later, armed with the industry standard price for that repair.


Are you surprised to hear that more than two-thirds of the shops changed their price quote when presented with the usual price for that job?


Bundle: The very rich actually are very different.

By Janet Paskin Feb 25, 2010 12:14PM

From "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" to "Cribs," there is something fascinating about the excesses of rich people. I will never in my life have a movie theater in my house, nor will I spend $1,000 for a night in a hotel suite, nor will I ever carry a Birkin bag. To me, the people who do these things might as well be aliens. And yet, when given the chance to look behind a Hollywood mogul's knit platinum curtains, I'll always peek.

Data from Bundle let me look at just how much money rich people are spending -- and where.



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