Our 10 Most Popular Posts of 2012

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Although Money Talks has been around since 1991, prior to 2010 we were mainly a TV news service, supplying personal finance news to local network affiliates nationwide.

In January 2010, we started publishing articles and connecting with people in print as well as video. It was a good idea: In the last three years we’ve grown from about 20,000 visitors monthly to more than a million.

Thanks for being a part of our growing family. We understand how little time you may have, and appreciate you spending some of it here. Please, keep coming back!

Now, in case you missed them, here’s a list of stories that most resonated with readers this year. Tomorrow, we’ll have a list of our most popular videos.

10. 7 Ways to Radically Reduce Your Restaurant Checks

If you need to take a bite out of your dining budget, use these tips to lower the cost without sacrificing a good time.

9. 9 Best Ways to Get Free Stuff

Everybody loves free stuff, but few spend the time hunting for it – time is money too. Save both by learning to find great freebies without much work.

8. 10 of the World’s Most Insulting Fees and How to Beat Them

The frenzy of fees in everything from travel to banking is the financial equivalent of a cold slap in the face. Here are 10 examples, and some advice on fighting back.

7. The 10 Golden Rules of Saving on Everything

You resolved to save more this year, but it’s just not happening. Take heart – it’s still early in the year. Use these tips and you’re guaranteed to spend less on the things you want.

6. 8 Weird Ways to Make Extra Money

Need money? From writing messages on your lips to selling bodily fluids, these days there’s almost no limit to the ways you can turn a buck.

5. 20 Products With Giant Markups

Everybody deserves to make a profit, but is it fair to sell something for hundreds of times more than you paid for it?

4. 7 Things You Should Always Buy Generic

You know that generic products are cheaper than name-brand ones, but are you clinging to the belief they’re also inferior? Here are some where we challenge you to discern the difference.

3. 5 Smartphone Apps That Can Earn You Money

The smartphone app business is making lots of money, but it’s all funneled one-way: to the developers. Here are a few apps that can put a little cash in your pocket.

2. 8 Things Rich People Buy That Make Them Look Dumb

What’s worse than wasting money? Spending it on things that you think make you look good, but really make you look silly.

1. 21 Things You Should Never Pay For

While the best things in life are always free, so is lots of other stuff. If you want to find some extra money in your budget, stop paying for things you could get for nothing.

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