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Too close to home

by Karen on March 2, 2012

I live less than 10 miles from the deadly tornadoes that hit Indiana today. So far there have been eight confirmed deaths in Indiana, but that number could possibly increase as they search through leveled homes tonight and tomorrow. It was a scary afternoon. We don’t have a basement, but thankfully we were able to […]

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by Karen on January 14, 2010

I’ve spent the last few days immersed in coverage about the devastation in Haiti. Like the rest of the world, I am heartbroken by what’s happening there, and feeling helpless. Sending money is all that we can do, but I wish I could do more. Suddenly everything that worried me so much has vanished. None […]

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Give to the people of Haiti

by Karen on January 13, 2010

Update: The Red Cross has now pledged $10 million in aid, and the “Text Haiti to 90999” campaign has raised over $2 million for the Red Cross in 24 hours. Today I urge you to donate to Doctors without Borders, a nonprofit organization that sends medical professionals and equipment to provide care in areas that […]

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Giving time instead of money

by Karen on March 12, 2009

I’ve written before about how much we love public radio. Our local NPR affiliate is our favorite radio station on the dial, and we’ve gotten hours of free entertainment from it. As you probably know, most media outlets are struggling due to the recession. As a former journalist, I really value newspapers and other media […]

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Frugal ways to give back this holiday season

by Karen on November 17, 2008

As tight as our budget has been, I’ve always recognized how good we really had it. Even when our financial situation was at its worst, we always managed to make ends meet. We never came up short for rent, there was always plenty of food on the table, and most importantly we had our health […]

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I just came across a great idea for donating unused drugstore deals or free samples, and I wanted to pass it along. I know a lot of frugal folks collect tons of free samples or stockpile toiletries with the drugstore deals. Lately, I’ve been reading posts from a lot of you about how your stashes […]

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