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Couple combine environmental consciousness and frugal living to finance their dream nuptials.

By Teresa Mears Jul 19, 2010 12:12PM

Andrea Parrish and Peter Geyer © Tyson Habein / Habein StudiosAndrea Parrish and Peter Geyer wanted a nice wedding, but they didn't think they could save even the $3,800 they needed for a modest affair for 150 guests.


So they decided to raise the money by recycling aluminum cans -- 400,000 of them.

They'll say their "I dos" July 31 in Spokane, Wash., with their goal met, thanks to a little help from their friends, 1,487 Facebook fans, 247 Twitter followers, a blog and a media blitz that told their story from New Zealand to Italy.


Some prix fixe meals offer better bargains than others. How to decide.

By Karen Datko Jul 19, 2010 10:42AM

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


Foodies hunting for a cheap meal want to know: Are Restaurant Week promotions a good deal?


These offers, which feature lunches and dinners at a low, fixed price, have taken the country by storm in recent years. Most major cities offer at least one, with many offering them seasonally. Now towns, counties, individual city districts and even entire states have banded together to offer them. There are also themed Restaurant Weeks where kids eat free, or to celebrate a particular cuisine or wine.


It's not surprising to see Restaurant Weeks taking off in the down economy, says Bonnie Riggs, the restaurant industry analyst for market research firm NPD Group.


The average cable subscription costs $900 a year. But you can cut the cable entirely and still watch everything you want.

By Stacy Johnson Jul 19, 2010 8:12AM

This post comes from Dan Schointuch of partner site Money Talks News.


Almost a year ago I moved into a new apartment and did something revolutionary: I didn't set up cable or satellite TV.


I was frustrated by the lack of choice (only one cable provider), lengthy contracts, and inexplicably high prices. As someone who watched a lot of television, this seemed like a truly difficult problem, but I resolved to find a way to see my favorite shows without paying a cable or satellite bill.


Fortunately, it was much easier than I thought.


Coupon for McCafe fruit smoothie, $10 gift card with purchase, and free e-reader apps are yours for the taking.

By Teresa Mears Jul 16, 2010 1:17PM

This week, the world of Friday food deals and freebies has gone high-tech.


Starbucks has joined McDonald's in offering free Wi-Fi all the time -- though that may be a mixed blessing if your Starbucks is as crowded as mine is now.

Borders and Barnes & Noble both have free e-reader book apps you can download to your smart phone or computer.


Forget hiking into the back of beyond. Pitch your tent a little closer to home.

By Donna_Freedman Jul 16, 2010 1:12PM
Camping can be one of the cheapest vacations there is. Personal-finance blogger Lynnae at Being Frugal knows the perfect place for it: right behind your house.
"Even if you don't have the time, money, or inclination to load up the camping equipment and head to the woods, your kids can still experience the joy of a campout," she wrote in a post called "Recipe for a backyard campout."

And here's another good reason to try "roughing it": 

For years, employees have been in the dark about the fees they pay to invest in 401k's. The Department of Labor has finally agreed to turn on the lights.

By Stacy Johnson Jul 16, 2010 11:05AM

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


For the first time since the 401k retirement plan began, participants may soon see how much they're paying in fees. They may not like what they see.


A study suggests that a third don't believe they should intervene if another physician is impaired or incompetent.

By Karen Datko Jul 16, 2010 10:23AM

This post comes from partner site


If your doctor had a drug problem or was impaired in some other way, you would probably hope that colleagues would intervene and see that he gets help. A new survey suggests that doesn't happen very often.


A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said a survey of physicians found that while most support the professional commitment to report other physicians who they feel are incompetent or impaired -- such as from alcohol or drug use -- many did not follow through on making a report when faced with such a situation.


Smart people don't report higher wealth than less intelligent people. They apparently just save less of their larger incomes.

By Karen Datko Jul 16, 2010 7:38AM

This guest post comes from Pop at Pop Economics.


Oscar Wilde died broke, why not you?


OK, bad example. Wilde was an extremely gifted poet and playwright, but he had a lot of personal and legal problems confounding him before his death. This post is about a question that's a little more clear-cut than that: Does being smart make you better with money?


Yeah, it's wide-ranging, and you think you might know the answer off the top of your head. My automatic answer was, "Yes! Of course." Smart people are better at math, which would make them see through to the consequences of their decisions more clearly, right?


I dug up an old Yahoo Answers user who posited the same question. The winning answer had a bunch of mumbo jumbo about common sense versus book smarts and something called a "social IQ." So the Web 1.0 unscientific survey of anonymous Web users named "species456," "Father Christmas," and "Ratz" says intelligence and money aren't correlated at all.


I was hoping to find the definitive economic analysis that would allow Pop to smack Ratz back to the, um, sewer, but (sigh) things are never that clear-cut. So, without further ado, let's get to how smarts affect wealth.



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