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Cheryl Lock is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in dozens of publications, both in print and online. She was a money editor at Parents magazine before leaving to launch the inaugural parents vertical for the personal finance website Learnvest. You can find other stories of hers online at Money, The Fiscal Times and Business Insider, as well as in magazines like Woman’s Day, Runner’s World and Family Circle. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and daughter.

15 Ways to Save at Crate & Barrel

Personal Finance

15 Ways to Save at Crate & Barrel

15 Ways to Save at Crate & Barrel

Whether you’ve just scored a new abode or you’ve been living in your place for a while and it could use a little updating, Crate & Barrel is a long-standing go-to when it comes to home furnishings. The store sells quality goods, so prices for some items can be on the higher end. Luckily there... Read More

18 Ways to Save at CVS

Personal Finance

18 Ways to Save at CVS

18 Ways to Save at CVS

‘Tis the season for your local CVS to be on your regular errand route. Whether it’s cold meds, under eye cream for those tired peepers or extra toilet paper, CVS is your one-stop-shop for all things home/cold/help related. What makes CVS even better is the number of ways you can save when shopping there. Here... Read More

13 Ways to Save at Shutterfly

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13 Ways to Save at Shutterfly

13 Ways to Save at Shutterfly

While I’ve always been a fan of Shutterfly for its personalized gift-giving options, once I had a baby, my web browser saw a considerable uptick in Shutterfly visits. Luckily there are plenty of ways to save a little cash when frequenting this photo-lovers heaven. Use this guide to never pay full price for a photo... Read More

14 Ways to Save at Overstock.com

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14 Ways to Save at Overstock.com

14 Ways to Save at Overstock.com

Whether you’re looking for towels or a new couch, socks or a crate for your cat, there’s a pretty good chance Overstock.com will have it. Here are 14 ways to save on whatever you crave at this online store. 1. Sign Up for Email Alerts Overstock sends its email subscribers exclusive coupons pretty frequently, and,... Read More

15 Ways to Save at Bed Bath & Beyond

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15 Ways to Save at Bed Bath & Beyond

15 Ways to Save at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you’ve ever walked into Bed Bath & Beyond with five items on your to-get list and walked out with 20 purchases, you’re not alone. Luckily there are plenty of ways to save at this home goods mega-store. Here are 15. 1. Subscribe to Its Emails Sign up to receive emails from BB&B and you’ll... Read More

5 Signs You’re Not Ready to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent

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5 Signs You’re Not Ready to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent

5 Signs You’re Not Ready to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent

Sometimes new mothers have a hard time deciding if they want to return to work after their baby is born, especially after bonding with their child during maternity leave. Sometimes there is no choice — like if you’re a single parent or your family can’t afford to live solely on your partner’s salary — and... Read More

13 Ways to Save at Babies R Us

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13 Ways to Save at Babies R Us

13 Ways to Save at Babies R Us

Whether you’re a first-time parent or a pro at parenting your multiple kids, the truth is taking care of little ones comes with a hefty price tag. If you’re on a first-name basis with the customer service rep at Babies R Us, you could probably benefit from our list of ways to save at this... Read More

5 Things Having a Baby Taught Me About Money

Personal Finance

5 Things Having a Baby Taught Me About Money

5 Things Having a Baby Taught Me About Money

While I’ve always been pretty financially conscious (you don’t become a personal finance writer by not caring about these kinds of things), it wasn’t really until I had a kid that I started putting some of the financial advice I’ve always heard into practice. Plus, I picked up plenty of new tips. Here are five of the... Read More

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