The Dime Roll: Getting in Shape, Credit Report Errors, What to Buy in January, & More

January 3, 2014

If you're looking to tackle your fitness goals without breaking the bank, or paying down debt is at the top of your to-do list, check out this week's Dime Roll. You'll find those topics and much, much more.

Money Saving Tips:
What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January by Paul Michael on Wisebread
Now that the holidays are behind us and stores are pulling out the 2014 models of everything from furniture to TVs, it’s good to be mindful about what will be discounted and what will be on the pricier side.

Four Ways to Get in Shape on a Budget for the New Year by Kali Hawlk on GoGirlFinance
Spending a fortune to get in shape might work well for your weight loss goals, but it can put a huge dent in your financial goals. Luckily, with a little creativity, you can shed pounds and protect your money.

In 2014: 9 Easy Ways to Save $100 or More a Month by Allison Martin on MoneyTalksNews
Huge changes can come about from small steps in the right direction. These ideas for saving are big enough to make a difference, but small enough so that you won’t feel a huge pinch.

Money Management:
The Best Personal Finance Tips of 2013 by Grayson Bell on DebtRoundUp
So many people in the personal finance blogging community have personal stories and helpful tips to share on everything from how to better manage your money to how to cut costs. This post offers the best of the best.

How One Family Paid Off $118,000 in Debt by Kimberly Palmer on DailyFinance
If you’re overwhelmed by the size of your debt, read this story about a young couple who managed to pay off a huge chunk of student loan and consumer debt on small salaries. Their tips could help you do the same.

An Error in Your Credit Report? Complain to the Feds by Herb Weisbaum on TodayMoney
Credit report errors seem to be all too common these days, and the process of getting them cleared can be tricky and time consuming. But getting help from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau might just help streamline the process.

Food For Thought:
It Doesn’t Matter How Much or How Little You Make by Trent on TheSimpleDollar
It can be easy to think that if you just made more money, then all of your financial troubles would dissipate. The truth is, there are plenty of people with an impressively large income that are still struggling with mountains of debt and the aftermath of poor financial decisions.

12 Alternative Financial Resolutions for 2014 by Luke Landes on ConsumerismCommentary
We recently discussed why you should rethink how you make your New Year’s resolutions. This post reiterates that point and replaces those tired old resolutions with something you can incorporate more easily into your everyday life.  

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