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As we cross the finish line for 2010, here's a look back at some of our most popular stories this year - most of which are just as useful now as when they were first published. Check them out and see if there's any news that you can use for 2011!

It’s been a great year for Money Talks News. This year we had more than 2 million people visit our site – nearly 10 times the number we had in 2009. And we had millions more read (and watch) our stories on sites like Yahoo, MSN Money, Reader’s Digest, and many others.  If you’re one of our regular visitors – and especially if you’re one of our nearly 30,000 newsletter subscribers – thanks!

For those of you who haven’t been with us all year, we thought you might like a quick look back at some of this year’s most popular stories. Here they are, our top 10 for 2010…

1. 12 Things People Buy They Could Get Free

Twelve ways to enjoy the free things in life – and more great examples of the ways you can save by substituting imagination and resourcefulness for money.

2. You Don’t Have to Pay for Cable TV

The average cable subscription costs $900 a year, but you can radically reduce that amount and still watch everything you want.

3. 6 Tips to Get What You Want From Customer Service

You may not always get what you want from customer service, but if you use the right tactics, you’ll almost always get what you need.

4. 5 Dumb Deals And What To Do Instead

Is it worth it to use a credit card that earns you frequent flyer miles? Should you use an interest-bearing checking account? Are extended warranties worth the money?

5. 28 Tasty Tips to Save on Food

In 2008, the average American family spent $6,100 on food. But if that average family had used these tips, they might’ve saved 10 percent – or $600.

6. Do-It-Yourself Laundry Detergent

Do you really need to use as much laundry detergent as they say on the bottle? Do you need to use laundry detergent at all? We investigated and you’ll be shocked by what we found.

7. 26 Tips to Save on Entertainment

Saving on entertainment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun. Find out how you can get the most from your downtime with these tips to save.

8. 18 Tips to Dress for Less

For many, clothes are more than an expense, they’re an expression, which can make overspending easy. But whether you view clothing as art or afterthought, use these tips to save a bundle.

9. 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.

10. 3 Tips to Raise Your Credit Score – Fast

What’s the fastest way to pump up a credit score? We ask the company that invented credit scoring for their three best ideas.

Those were some our most popular stories for 2010 – if you have ideas for stories we should do in 2011, leave us a comment below!

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