Most Popular Posts of 2011

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The Money Talks mission is simple: to make you wealthier and wiser. And hopefully, do so without boring you to death in the process.

Here’s a look back at the posts that got the most readers and viewers in 2011. If your favorite isn’t on it, let us know what you liked best on our Facebook page. And if it is, please share it. We grew like gangbusters last year and want to keep up the pace. The way we grow is you inviting your friends to join the family!

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.

12 Things People Buy They Could Get Free
Here are 12 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.

25 Bizarre Scholarships
Many students go into debt for college, even though philanthropists give away billions every year. Think there aren’t any scholarships for you? Think again – even making a peanut-butter sandwich could be worth 25 grand.

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.

10 Painless Ways to Save $1,000
Whether you’re in debt, making big plans, or just want a better quality of life, saving is essential. But going on a “dollar diet” won’t work. Here are 10 ways to gain without pain.

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.

The 10 Commandments of Wealth and Happiness
One of the stupidest expressions ever coined was “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” When you’re on your death bed, you won’t be thinking about the things you had – you’ll be thinking about the times you had.

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.

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 Ways Americans Waste Money
Saving money isn’t as hard as it seems. Step 1? Stop needlessly blowing it. Take a look at the following checklist and see if you’re guilty of wasting cash.

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