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Bridal bargains : secrets to throwing a fantastic wedding on a realistic budget By: Denise & Alan Fields.
Book Description: Wow! Finally, a wedding book for the rest of us. With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains is the answer!

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Spend shift : how the post-crisis values revolution is changing the way we buy, sell, and live
By:  John Gerzema, Michael D'Antonio
Book description: Understanding the post-crisis consumer In Spend Shift, John Gerzema, world-renowned expert on consumer values, and Pulitzer prizewinning author Michael D'Antonio document the rise of a vibrant, values-driven post-recession economy. To tell the story of this movement, the authors travel to large cities and small towns across eight bellwether states, to examine the value shifts sweeping the nation.

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The everything family guide to budget travel : hundreds of fun family vacations to fit any budget!
By: Kelly Merritt.
Book Description: Taking a fun family vacation doesn't have to break the bank, as proven by veteran travel writer Kelly Merritt. Inside, she offers no shortage of creative ways to plan affordable trips! Visit popular sites at off-peak times with your children . . . travel off the beaten path for an eye-opening experience . . . and discover historic sites, scenic areas, and fun-filled attractions right in your own backyard!

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How to get money for college : financing your future beyond federal aid, 2011.
Book Description: How to Get Money for College is a great resource for anyone looking to supplement his or her federal financial aid package with aid from colleges and universities. This comprehensive directory points you to complete and accurate information on need-based and non-need gift aid, loans, work-study, athletic awards, and more. The unique and easy-to-use Colleges-at-a-Glance comparison chart lists the full costs that can be expected, aid packages, and more for each of more than 2,100 four-year colleges and universities, organized by state.

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Money girl's smart moves to grow rich By:  Laura D. Adams.
From Publishers Weekly:
In this back-to-basics personal finance guide from the host of the "Money Girl" blog and podcast on the Quick and Dirty Tips network, Adams walks her readers through the ins and outs of money sanity and practical solvency, while helping them create a richer life--both financially and emotionally. She addresses major money issues and strategies, such as changing your money mindset by addressing overspending and its psychological roots, and understanding investing concepts and mortgages; she also offers help with creating a financial plan, comparing banks, utilizing online financial tools, paying for education, saving more money, and planning for retirement.

Spend-A-Little Save-A-Lot Home Improvements: Money-Saving Projects Anyone Can Do

Spend-a-little Save-a-lot Home Improvements : Money-saving Projects Anyone Can Do
By: Brad Staggs
Book Description: Spend-A-Little, Save-A-Lot Home Improvements will help anyone save money by making their homes energy efficient and safe. Many of the projects have "green" benefits that will help reduce energy consumption. Step-by-step photos and instructions will show homeowners how to complete home improvement projects. Whether prepping a house for sale, or upgrading a "keeper", the projects in this book will prove valuable, in a real sense.

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Pick another checkout lane, honey : save big money & make the grocery aisle your catwalk!
By:  Joanie Demer & Heather Wheeler.
Book Description:
What if you could save over 70% on your monthly grocery budget and build a stockpile of food at the same time? Don t be a skeptic! Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey will jumpstart your journey to saving $600 per month! If you re interested in the idea but overwhelmed by the logistics, you ll love our step-by-step approach that transforms even the most timid shopper from coupon-shy to coupon-savvy. Authors Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler share their expertise along with hundreds of tried and true coupon tips in a fun, user-friendly format that will have you high-fiving the grocery store cashier in no time.

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Consumer Awareness Links:

FDA Basics - Answers your questions and discusses other important public health topics in a useful and user-friendly format. - This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure , commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Automobiles/Edmunds - How to buy a car, as well as prices and evaluations.

Kelley Blue Book - New and used car pricing.

Charity Navigator - Your guide to intelligent giving.

Consumer Action Handbook - Published by the Federal Consumer Information Center.  Contains valuable information on many consumer issues.

ConsumerSearch - See nearly 200 different categories of product reviews written by several different consumer organizations including Consumer Reports.  Includes a searchable database. - For those who are looking to relocate, this site can help you check the cost of living, quality of life, schools, and other factors with a variety of easy to use calculators.

Michigan Housing Locator - Search for rental housing in Michigan.

Michigan Tenant Information - Official Motor Trend magazine web site features used cars, road tests, new cars, concept cars, auto shows, and much more car buying information and help.

Nada Guides - Vehicle pricing & information

Rental Housing - A site with loads of information about renting, Tenant Landlord Act, and other related topics.

Self-Storage - Independent Consumer Guide to self-storage.

USDA - Recently, the USDA changed the labeling of meats as exports from other countries.  By clicking on the above link one can see how each country that imports to the United States must label the meat sent into the United States.

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