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National parks are free for all, and active or former military members can get dinners, car washes and shopping discounts.

By Teresa Mears Nov 10, 2010 2:09PM

We wrote last week about deals for Veterans Day, but so many new deals have emerged that we've put together another roundup.

Remember that entry to national parks is free for everyone Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, and some state parks and tourist attractions are offering free entry to either the public or veterans and military.


The discount retailer’s ad hit the Web -- and while the reaction is mixed, a few deals are keepers.

By Money Staff Nov 10, 2010 1:16PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.


Target's leaked Black Friday ad hit the Web Tuesday night, offering a handful of deals tempting enough to get many bargain-savvy shoppers off their couch.

The discounter, which will open its stores at 4 a.m. Friday, is offering some sweet deals on electronics, video games and toys to lure jaded shoppers into its stores after weeks of pre-sales. And for every purchase over $100, shoppers will receive a $10 Target gift card (one per customer.)


I've never seen a kid do a happy dance around the living room for a gift card.

By Karen Datko Nov 10, 2010 11:38AM

This post comes from Sonja Stewart at partner blog Wise Bread.


Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? Do you remember how hard it was to get your hands on cash?


I know I'm dating myself here, but when I was young, a dollar was, well, paper money. I could get a lot of candy for that dollar. A lot.

So why have I been so hesitant to give kids cash for gifts? Will I be getting them practical things next, like socks and sweaters and underpants?


No way. I'm refusing to become that grown up. Here's why I'm sending cash for Christmas, and you should too.


Program requires you to complete a sobriety test before posting. Will this save online reputations?

By Teresa Mears Nov 10, 2010 11:01AM

We've all seen Facebook status updates that made us wonder: What was she smoking? Or drinking? Because surely that's not the kind of information she wanted to share with the world.


Never mind "drunk dialing." Now you have to worry about drunken tweeting, tumblring, e-mailing and Facebooking (is that a verb yet?).

If you find yourself spilling your secrets online after you've had a few too many, you may need the Social Media Sobriety Test. Remember: Prospective employers may see your posts.


When was the last time you bought something with metal, other than a short-term parking space rental?

By Karen Datko Nov 10, 2010 10:19AM

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


With Election Day behind us, I thought this would a good time to discuss a bloated federal program that wastes taxpayer dollars, annoys the citizenry, and uses up our precious natural resources.


I am talking about the minting of coins.


I was reminded of this continuing national tragedy by a post at The Consumerist about a brave grass-roots effort to address this issue. Apparently, there is a Dunkin' Donuts shop somewhere (for obvious reasons of safety, its location was not disclosed) that now rounds all purchases to the nearest nickel. If a customer for some reason actually wants the pennies (the mind boggles) the shop will provide them.


You can prepare a cheaper, healthier Turkey Day meal, and still have time to mingle with your guests.

By Karen Datko Nov 10, 2010 7:48AM

This guest post comes from Kris at Cheap Healthy Good.


Are you tired of Thanksgivings when your entire family comes to visit but you don't have time to talk to any of them? Do you dream of serving fresh, home-prepared food instead of Stove Top and Potato Buds on Turkey Day? Come this holiday, do you wanna save a coupla bucks?

Sweet. We gotcha covered.

By following these steps and devoting an hour or two to planning ahead, you can cook up a wholesome, economically sound Thanksgiving feast without going completely insane. You'll have time to actually interact with your loved ones, and no one will leave the house hungry.


Maybe frugalists who eschew a daily shower or bath are on to something.

By Karen Datko Nov 9, 2010 5:37PM

The navy shower has long been a frugal hack. You know the drill: Get wet, shut off the water and scrub, then quickly rinse off. Your use of the water you paid to heat is two minutes tops.

But maybe we should give up the daily shower or bath routine because it would be better for our skin and overall health.


Attorney who caters to the broke and financially distressed devises a new way to bring home the bacon.

By Karen Datko Nov 9, 2010 3:36PM

This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.


Have you ever wondered how foreclosure defense lawyers make money? After all, their clients are broke, by definition. Or, at least financially stressed.


"Foreclosure defense is a new legal specialty whose strategies and techniques are still being worked out," explains The New York Times in an article about a novel way one specialist has devised for getting compensated.

The article focuses on a foreclosure attorney in Florida who asks clients to take out second mortgages on their homes, payable to the law firm, to ensure they'll pay their bills. The second mortgage "takes effect only if the foreclosure is dismissed and the homeowner's debt to the bank is reduced."


What's your opinion of this idea? Would you, as a homeowner, take on another mortgage to pay a lawyer to help you keep the home?



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