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David Bakke

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David started his own personal finance blog, YourFinances101, in June of 2009 and published his first book on ways to save more and spend less called "Don't Be A Mule..." Since then he has been a regular contributor for Money Crashers. He lives just outside Atlanta, GA and most all of his free time is taken up by his amazing three year old son, Nicholas.
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How to Buy a Car – 15 Essential Tips to Get the Best Deal

I loathe the process of having to buy a new car. Dealing with pushy, overbearing car salesmen can be extremely frustrating. As a result, I do whatever I can to avoid buying a car. I...
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VIPRE Antivirus & Anti-Spyware Software Review

There are plenty of free antivirus software programs available, but they won't provide your computer with comprehensive protection. And unfortunately, many paid software programs will decrease the performance of your personal computer. Purchasing the...
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Top 5 Companies with the Worst Customer Service

In this day and age, where competition seems to be fierce in just about all of the retail service-oriented industries, it is beyond me how so many companies just fail to get things right....
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8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle – Checklist

In trying to live a more frugal life, I'm getting better at handling projects that I used to pay professionals to do. In addition to home improvement projects, I've learned that I can save...
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Flat World Knowledge Review – Open Source College Textbooks Online

This post brought to you by Flat World Knowledge. All opinions are 100% mine.It wasn't too long ago that I was purchasing textbooks for my wife to complete her college education. The prices...
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5 Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets to Save Money

Dryer sheets make your clothes smell nice, and come out of the dryer all warm, fluffy, and static-free. But did you know they have many more uses than just for laundry?For as little as...
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Who You Gonna Call: 6 Phone Calls to Lower Your Monthly Bills & Expenses

I don't like calling companies that supply my home services. Nor do I like pressing ten buttons just to get to the right machine and ten more to get to the right person. I...
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Kohl’s Charge Card Review – Get Coupons & Discounts

When the first Kohl's department store opened in my city, it failed to capture my attention.  They have very few signs outside, and it was years before I even knew what kind of store...

DIRECTV Review – Promotions for Satellite Television Channels & Packages

When it comes to the world of cable/satellite TV, I am a firm believer in "jumping around." Switching from one provider to another is usually pretty easy and can save you a great deal...
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Head of Household Filing Status Qualifications vs. Single – IRS Tax Filing for Single...

Restarting life after divorce as a newly single parent can really take its toll on you emotionally, mentally, and financially. Similarly, having a child with someone you never married, and are no longer in...
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7 Things You Should and Shouldn’t Buy from a Pawn Shop

Unless you're independently wealthy, you probably look for ways to save money as often as you can. Shopping online for discounts is one great way, saving money on groceries, utility bills and car insurance...