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Hints For Hard Times Some Businesses Can Save You Money And Bring You Happiness, Even If Youíre Broke

The Sunday Paper (Newspaper) - 3/8/2009 by Diane Loupe
Iíve been a semi-employed, stay-at-home mother since late 1999. I earn a few bucks by freelance writing or substitute teaching, professions that are in no danger of making me rich, J.K. Rowling aside.

And yet, though I may not wear Oscar de la Renta (unless I found it at a thrift store), my credit is excellent, Iím in no danger of defaulting on my home mortgage, I own and manage a rental property and credit card offers fill my mailbox.

My main secret is a husband who earns a decent, but not Buckhead-enviable, salary. But a stable paycheck isnít the only secret to living well on a budget.

If youíre squeaking by, hereís some advice from reputable local sources that could help you live better on less.

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