The Dime Roll: Girls and Money, Escape Weekends, Hybrid Cars, & More

December 13, 2013

Looking for ways to save on cleaning supplies? Are you in dire need of an inexpensive "escape weekend?" You'll find these topics and much more in this week's Dime Roll.

Money Saving Tips:
8 DIYs for a Sparkling Clean Bathroom by POPSUGAR Smart Living on Wisebread
With a little bit of DIY effort, you can have the same cleaning power of the big name brands without the price. This post is full of great ideas.

Your Hybrid Car is a Waste of Money by Jacob Wade on iheartbudgets
Since we purchase gas often and we are so in tune with fluctuating, and often costly prices, it’s easy to try anything to lower that expense – even paying a huge sum for a hybrid car. What’s your take?

Have Escape Weekends Without Breaking the Bank by Trent on TheSimpleDollar
If you’re in dire need of a stress-relieving “escape weekend,” you don’t have to spend a bundle to reap the benefits. This post offers some great tips for taking a break from life’s stressors.

Money Management:
Your Credit Score: After College, It’s the One Grade That Matters Most by Erin Lowry on DailyFinance
Even if you vaguely know the importance of your credit score, it’s another thing entirely to see the numbers tied to what a low score could actually cost you. This post breaks it down.

Navigating the Gift Card Thicket by Kim Blanton on SquaredAwayBlog
If you’re thinking about giving gift cards or prepaid cards to anyone on your list this holiday season, it’s important to know about the fees and expiration dates that could quickly change the value of the gift.

The Importance of a Financial Journal by J. Alan Maguire on SavingAdvice
If you’re looking for ways to take control of your finances in the new year, a financial journal might be just the place to start. Not only will it help you to stay accountable, but it can give you the motivational boost you need to stay on track.

Food For Thought:
Are Girls Afraid of Money? by Patricia Sellers on CNNMoney
This article is a few years old, but the topic certainly caught my eye. It brings up the question of whether girls are taught to be too timid when it comes to money while boys will grab it when they see it. Do you agree?

There’s a Good Reason Not to Give Loved Ones Special Gifts This Year by Brad Tuttle on Time
Apparently when you spend time picking out just the right unique gift for loved ones, you might be reaping the reward as the giver more than they are as the recipient. What do they want instead? This article gives an interesting explanation.

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