The Dime Roll: Halloween, Book Swapping, 529 Plans, & More

October 17, 2014

Find out how you can substantially cut Halloween costs, what you need to know about 529 plans, and much more. It's all in this week's Dime Roll.

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How to Stop Identity Thieves in Their Tracks

6 Ways to Get Your Home Winter Ready

Back to Basics: Understanding Home Buying Terms

And other awesome content across the World Wide Web:

Money Saving Tips:
20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free by Ashley Marcin on Wisebread
Keeping little ones entertained can be a huge feat. But it doesn’t have to include expensive museum or amusement park visits. Here is a great list to refer to when complaints of boredom start circulating.

How to Save Money on Halloween by Cameron Huddleston on Kiplinger
Halloween can be shockingly expensive when you take all of the candy, costumes, and decorations into consideration. Here are a few ways to substantially cut those costs without skimping on the fun.

How to Get Free Books, CDs and DVDs Through Swapping by Aaron on ThreeThriftyGuys
If you’re a collector of books or DVDs, you know how quickly they can pile up. So why not swap some of those out for new ones? That’s the idea behind the websites discussed in this post.

Money Management:
One Simple Trick That Shaved 7 Months Off My Student Loan Repayment by Claire Murdough on ReadyForZero
If you’re dealing with student loan debt and can’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel, read this. You’ll be amazed at how one small change can bring the finish line that much closer.

How to Budget for Christmas Shopping – Your Guide to Survive the Holiday Season by Glen Craig on FreeFromBroke
Yes, it’s not even Halloween yet, but the holiday season is far less painful if you start thinking about budgeting now. Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the stress and actually enjoy the season?

What You Don’t Know About Picking a 529 Plan Could Cost You by Sopia Bera on DailyFinance
Did you know that you aren’t just restricted to using your state’s 529 plan? Find out some other essential info in this article.

Food For Thought:
How You Make Decisions Says a Lot About How Happy You Are by Elizabeth Bernstein on WallStreetJournal
Are you a maximizer or satisficer? Apparently the way you go about making decisions can play a big part in your level of happiness.

You Know What Would Be Nice? by Sam Lustgarten on Frugaling.org
Pressure to consume is virtually everywhere in our society – especially with big box retailers that get us to think, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have ____?” This post is certainly thought provoking.