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Here is the perfect complement to the web site, The Dollar Stretcher - a community of like minded folks who want to make their money stretch farther and do more with it.


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    turtlejillibean: Jill, I have been meaning to write to thank you again for your gifts. They truly helped me. I think of you often. The Nesco is used a lot, and the boots have seen me through a really tough winter.
    Take good care, thanks again,
    Susan
    • Thu at 8:29 PM
    • turtle
      jillibean Turtle, I'm happy to be able to help you. I just wish I was closer so I could be more helpful. I think of you often as you struggle and perservere and I hope to be as strong as you are. Jill
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    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench When I have a purchase decision to make, I always start here: http://www.consumersearch.com/. Since I used to write for them (before they sacked us all), I know that someone like me has put in hours of research combing through professional reviews and com...  more
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    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench I was about to get snippy with you, because I hate it when financial "experts" (or, for that matter, any other sort of "experts") who know literally nothing about me or my situation tell me what I'm doing wrong. After all, how do they ...  more
      • April 10
    • Emily Guy Birken
      MaggieTrudeau Yep it's always hard to do... Today some savings went to gifts. But they are really awesome gifts. And a bit less went to savings. But each month something goes in and it all helps
      • April 10
    • Emily Guy Birken
      Emily Guy Birken @haverwench, I know what you mean and I hope you also noticed that I implicate myself as well. I'm not saving enough for retirement, either.
      • April 11
    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench It seems to be a general trend I'm seeing these days--not just in articles about money, but everywhere. I keep running across titles like "You've been slicing cake wrong your whole life!", and I find them very off-putting. How do *they* know how...  more
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