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This week: How to save on kids ages 0-18, how cutting the cable saves more than just money, how to get a loan with bad credit, how to save when you're pregnant, and why there are so many credit scores.

1. The Cost of Pregnancy (So Far … )

[And Then We Saved] The owner of this website is pregnant and reporting on the costs, as well as some tips to save. Having never been pregnant, I can’t verify her advice, but some seems logical enough — like choosing a birthing center over a hospital, getting a doula in training, and getting pregnant at the tail end of your friends’ pregnancies. Check out the post for more.

2. Why Are There So Many Credit Scores?

[Ask Liz Weston] Liz does a great job of explaining why there are so many scores floating around out there. She also explains that no matter what score you get or how much you pay for it, it may still be different from the scores your lender looks at.

3. How to Get a Loan With a Poor Credit Rating

[50 Plus Finance]  While there’s no magic bullet for borrowing with a bad credit score, this post tells you what to be prepared for (rejection) and what not to do (payday loans). Single best piece of advice? Pit potential lenders against each other and try to negotiate lower rates. Check out the post for more tips.

4. How I Save More Than Just Money by Cutting the Cable

[Beating Broke] We started doing stories about how and why to drop cable years ago. But this post offers additional benefits we didn’t think of. For example, having a finite list of shows you watch on Hulu or elsewhere is much less stressful than surfing 900 channels looking for something to watch (and not finding anything). It also saves time.

5. From 0 to 18: Frugal Tips for Every Year of Your Child’s Life

[Wise Bread] This post features not one, but three tips for every age from 0 to 18 — 57 in all. So if you have a child, you’re likely to find something you’ll like. Example for newborns: Set up a college savings plan with gifts from family and friends. Example for an 18 year old: “Let your kids do research on colleges and universities so they can see firsthand how inexpensive in-state tuition is compared to private and out-of-state colleges and universities.” Good stuff.

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