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Join Us on Twitter for a Chat About Making the Most of Black Friday on November 21st at 4PM EST

By Money Crashers

This Friday, we will be holding a TweetChat with the topic of Making the Most of Black Friday Shopping in mind from 4-5pm EST.

Simply follow @MoneyCrashers and participate in the chat with hashtag #MCchat on Twitter and you will be entered in the prize draw (two winners for $15 Amazon gift cards).

An easy way to follow along and participate in #MCchat is by using our Twitter Chat Room at http://www.twubs.com/MCchat. We hope to see you there!

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10 Tips to Choose the Right Sneakers or Athletic Shoes

By Laura Williams

athletic shoesJohn Wooden, the acclaimed UCLA basketball coach who won 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span, used to start each season by teaching his players the right way to put on their socks and shoes. Now, you’d think that young men would know how to do this by the time they got to college, but the point was actually to drive home a very important fact: Executing the fundamentals makes finding success in all things a lot easier.

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LOYAL3 Review – Buy & Sell Stocks Online for Free

By Brian Martucci

loyal3 logoThere are dozens of options for trading stocks online, but none quite like LOYAL3. This online trading platform caters to less experienced traders who want to demystify the stock market and own shares in recognizable companies.

It lacks many of the features of full-service brokerages, including stock screeners, retirement accounts, and securities other than stocks. However, LOYAL3 boasts several rare features: It makes it easy for relative novices to get in on corporate IPOs, it makes fractional shares of stock available for purchase, and it never charges commissions to buy or sell stocks.

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How to Dye Concrete Floors in Your Home

By Laura Williams

staining concreteMy husband and I recently undertook a barn renovation, or a “barnovation,” as we’ve taken to calling it. What was, quite literally, a horse barn – manure and all – was renovated into a 900-square foot live-work studio. While we paid contractors to run the electrical and plumbing, frame and drywall the interior, and lay the first coat of paint, all the finishing work was up to us. And, if you’ve ever walked around on unfinished concrete – oh, the dust – you know that finishing the floors was one of our first items of business.

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Are Online Degrees Worth It? – Cost, Perception & Downsides

By Michael Lewis

online degreeAccording to a 2014 Pew Research report, Millennials – those born after 1980 – are the best-educated generation in the history of the United States. More than one-third have bachelor’s degrees, compared to one in four of their parents and grandparents.

This statistic may surprise many readers, considering the exponential increase in the cost of education during that period. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a graduate in 1979 incurred less than $10,000 in education costs (in 2012 dollars), including room and board. By contrast, according to COLLEGEdata, a 2013 graduate spent almost $120,000 for the same degree and owed more than $33,000 in school debt as of graduation.

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5 Creative Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

By Laura Williams

organizedThe last three years have resulted in significant downsizing for my husband and me. We started in a 1,260-square-foot house with significant storage space, a storage shed, an attic, a utility room, and an additional 750-square-foot garage. We then downsized to 1,100 square feet with lots of closet space, and access to a garage and shed for additional storage. We are now moving into a 900-square-foot barn renovation with no closet space, no garage, and no cabinets (yet).

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6 Easy Recipes for Healthy Holiday Desserts – How to Moderate Your Eating Habits

By Laura Williams

holiday treatsThe holidays are always filled with fun, family, and food. However, just because every event comes paired with a decadent seasonal treat, you don’t need to fill your plate with pie, cake, and cookies.

It also doesn’t mean you need to teetotal sweets entirely. Believe it or not, there is a happy medium, and if you show up with some healthy and delicious treats in-hand, you won’t be labeled the “weird holiday dieter.” Check out a few easy ways to enjoy the holiday season and still avoid holiday weight gain.

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How to Make Hard Cider at Home – Brewing Process, Supplies & Cost

By Brian Martucci

ciderFor the past several years, I’ve been riding the homebrewing and craft beer bandwagons, sampling too many styles to count. My interest in cider, however, is a more recent development. Before I visited England a couple of years ago, I didn’t even realize alcoholic cider was a thing. To me, “cider” was that dark, cinnamon-tasting stuff that appeared in my supermarket’s produce section every fall.

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5 Health & Fitness Benefits of Boxing Workouts – How to Get Started

By Laura Williams

boxingBoxing is one of those fitness trends that’s almost always in the periphery – never completely fading out of sight, but never taking the world by storm (à la Zumba). And while Billy Blanks helped introduce the world to a more aerobics-friendly version of kickboxing when he developed Tae Bo in the ’90s, cardio kickboxing’s harder, tougher cousin – boxing – remained mostly out of sight.

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Best New Bank Account Promotions, Offers & Free Money

By Money Crashers

stack cashWith many financial institutions experiencing a decrease in profits, banks are vying for your business. This is good news for you, because instead of just offering standard perks like no fees, free checking, or a free pen when you sign up for an account, some banks are raising the stakes with cold hard cash, giveaways, and great interest-bearing products.

November is a good month for bank promotions from both big and small banks. Banks are giving away a lot of free cash to attract new customers and get them to open up accounts. The banks listed below have some pretty sweet deals that you should take advantage of if you are in the market for a new bank.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Write an Autobiography or Personal Memoir

By Michael Lewis

writing an autobiographyDuring the last five years of my father’s life, he began a series of letters and memos to my younger brother and me about his life. Dad was not a famous man, nor a particularly accomplished man – at least, not by standard measures of success. Nevertheless, his letters chronicling a childhood during the Depression in the midst of the Dust Bowl, his experiences as a infantryman on the battlefields of Europe, and life in the 1950s were an incredible record of an extraordinary life and time in the history of America.

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How to Create a Holiday Budget – 8 Ways to Save More Money During Christmas Season

By Jacqueline Curtis

holiday savingsIs it me, or do the holidays seem to creep up quicker each year? One minute, you’re carving your Halloween pumpkin, and the next, you’re battling crowds for the last video game console for your nine-year-old son. Yes, it’s getting to be that time of year again. And while the holidays might conjure images of juicy turkeys, family time, and carol-singing, they may also bring to mind something less festive: crushing credit card debt.

According to the American Research Group, the average American family plans to spend more than $800 on gifts alone for the holiday season. And 37% of Americans use their credit cards to fund their holiday spending.

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10 Timeless, Fashionable Pieces of Clothing All Women Should Own

By Jacqueline Curtis

clothes shoppingOne of the most common fashion shopping tips for building a great wardrobe is to base it on timeless foundation pieces, and then add trendier clothes each season. Unfortunately, while that advice represents a great place to start, it’s not always clear what those “foundation” pieces actually are. Investing in your wardrobe is great, but it’s crucial to know exactly what to buy.

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7 Home Remedies & Treatment for Chronic Back Pain Relief

By Laura Williams

back painI’m a long-time sufferer of chronic and acute back pain. The first time I experienced pain was as a 20-year-old college student – I was lifting weights, and an inconsiderate gym-goer bumped into me as I was lifting a barbell over my head. I had to move awkwardly to maintain my balance, and just like that, my back tweaked.

For a long time my pain was relatively low – it was there, but it was never serious enough to seek treatment. Plus I was in good shape, which made the pain more manageable.

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What Is Udemy (Review) – Educational Platform for Online Video Courses

By Michael Lewis

Limited Time Offer: Sign up for one of the financial courses from Udemy listed below using coupon code MONEYCRASHERS75 to get 75% off the price (expires November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT).

udemyImagine a future where you have 24-7 worldwide access to an unlimited team of personal tutors, each an expert in their field. These “experts” explain their subjects in simple, practical language; they are incredibly patient, willing to repeat lessons without complaint; and their advice is free or comes at a minimal cost. That future is here – in the guise of a new instructional platform pioneered by Internet firms like Udemy.

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