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Are you planning to take out a secured or unsecured personal loan, or are you in the process of looking for a lender? Bear in mind that there are a lot of factors to think of when taking out a loan, and it is essential that you are mindful of these considerations. Knowing the various [...]
This is a guest post from Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, available from or your favorite local bookstore. You can also read his free blog at Guillebeau is a long-time reader and supporter of GRS and one of J.D.’s good friends. You’ve probably heard the line about following your passion to [...]
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Few of us know that there is such a facility as a payday loan available from a solid, honest, reliable finance company. Most of us actually need a payday loan from time to time, but we scrape by, borrow from our friends (which is embarrassing) or delay paying a debt we really should pay, in [...]
Deal of the Day: Hotels can help fund – and fuel -- a summer roadtrip.

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This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. If you visit personal finance or investing blogs on a regular basis, you’ve probably read countless articles on the virtues of passive income. After all, many personal finance experts believe that passive income is the key to early retirement, financial independence, and permanent wealth. But, what exactly is [...]

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This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. We at Fool HQ did it again: We had a company-wide financial health day. As we did three years ago, we encouraged Fool employees to [...]
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Cabela's men's Caddie cargo shorts for $2.88. Shipping adds $5.95, or opt for free ship-to-store. Even with shipping, that's $27 off list and the lowest total price we could find.
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tp://" target=_blank mce_href="">Samsung 1080p LCD HDTVs from $869 after coupon. Plus, each set receives free shipping. With savings of up to $410, each television is at the lowest total price we could find.
Western Digital WD TV Live HD media player for $119.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $8.
Refurbished Apple MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz 13.3-inch wide-screen notebook for $559.99. With $18 for shipping, that's $22 under our mention from a week ago and the lowest total price we've seen for this model.
Oakley women's Fate sunglasses for $19. With $3.91 for shipping, that's $61 under list and the lowest total price we could find.
We've got some edible and some inedible deals today. Unfortunately, we don't have any gym deals to go with our free ice cream and cookies, but a nice, brisk walk is always free.
Not all local franchises participate in all national promotions, so it's always good to check. Sit-down casual chai
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n restaurants still have ongoing deals. You can download local restaurant coupons from Valpak, find online deals for pizza chains and be notified of deals via Facebook
Here are this week's deals, courtesy of our friends at Cities on the Cheap:

  • Cold Stone Creamery will host the World's Largest Ice Cream Social 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Everyone can get a free 3-ounce serving of Jack's creation -- sweet cream ice cream with brownie, sprinkles, and fudge. The event is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and Jack is a 5-year-old client.

  • Get a free Oreo Lil' Rounder at Carvel from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in honor of  Customer Appreciation Day.

  • October is National Cookie Month. Mrs. Fields stores will give away a free chocolate chip cookie to each customer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

  • Register for Papa John's online ordering service, buy a large pizza with a minimum of two toppings and get a cheese pizza for 25 cents. Good for new online customers only.

  • Get a free Frutista Freeze with this coupon at Taco Bell through Dec. 12.

  • Get a free small Lime-aid with food purchase from A&W Restaurants with this coupon, good through Oct. 3.

  • Free Roastburger at Arby's with any soft drink purchase Wednesday, Sept. 23, and free FruiTea with any sandwich purchase Sept. 30.

  • One free chicken leg or thigh per person on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Pollo Campero. Apparently it is National Chicken Month.

  • Ikea's Swedish meatball plate, normally $4.29, is $1 Sept. 18-20 with this coupon.

And, for the deals you can't eat:

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Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it will begin the orderly wind down of its remaining portfolio of $142 billion in agency-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Excerpts from the Presser... Starting this month,Treasury plans to sell up to $10 billion in agency-guaranteed MBS per month, subject to market conditions. At the end of each month, Treasury will post on its website the total agency-guaranteed MBS sales it has made, broken down by coupon and agency. “We’re continuing to wind d
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own the emergency programs that were put in place in 2008 and 2009 to help restore market stability, and the sale of these securities is consistent with that effort,” said Mary J. Miller, Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets. “We will exit this investment...(read more)

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