The Dime Roll: How We Brainwash Ourselves Into Brand Loyalty and More

May 17, 2013

This week we scoured the web and found a treasure trove of great blog posts covering everything from how to save on art supplies, to tips for buying and selling a home at the same time. Check it out.

Money Saving Tips:
13 Ways to Find Cheap Art Supplies by Jeanine DeHoney on The Dollar Stretcher
Looking for an inexpensive way to keep your kids entertained without resorting to TV? This list offers up some great craft ideas for pennies on the dollar.

Ways to Save on Gourmet Coffee at Home by John on Frugal Rules
Everyone seems to tout coffee as one of the biggest budget busters around. While I don’t necessarily agree, I think it’s generally always a good idea to go the DIY route if the outcome is the same. This post offers some great tips for making your brew coffee shop worthy.

4 Tips to Help You Vacation for Less by Jamie Simmerman on MoneyNing
Wouldn’t you like to go on memorable vacations more often? It’s possible if you get a grip on where your money is going in the vacation planning process and how you can cut back. This post offers some great cost-saving tips.

Money Management:
4 Easy Lifestyle Habits That Lead to Financial Freedom by Miranda Marquit on Being Frugal
Sometimes the lifestyle habits we adopt now can have a positive impact on our wallets and quality of life later on. This post highlights four things you can do now to inadvertently change your financial outlook in the future.

How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time by Zillow.com on Mint
Buying and selling a home at the same time can be a stressful undertaking, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely impossible. These tips can help streamline the process.

5 New Rules on Federal Student Loans by Kiplinger on Daily Finance
In addition to the increase in interest rates on new federally sponsored loans, there are other changes in the works that those considering taking out a loan or those entering the repayment process should be aware of.

Food For Thought:
How We Brainwash Ourselves Into Brand Loyalty by Emily Guy Birken on Wisebread
Did you know that many of us form loyalty to a brand and then look for reasons to confirm why we should in fact love that brand? The studies touted in this post are fascinating.

Couples and Money: Lessons from The Queen of Versailles by April Dykman on GetRichSlowly
When I saw the documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” I was fascinated by what it said about materialism and money ignorance in relationships. This post takes a deeper look at the film and offers tips so that you can be sure to do the opposite of what those featured in the film do. (And if you haven’t seen the movie, you should definitely check it out.)

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