Suggestions for Articles?

by Laura on December 3, 2010

In my constant pursuit of becoming the best blogger I can be, I would like to flex my muscles and start writing some articles- both for this blog and others, as well as some publications.

My biggest obstacle is that I never know what to write about.  Something I find completely fascinating about saving money, budgeting, shopping or blogging may bore everyone else to death.  And if no one wants to read it, it’s not a very useful post.

So I am asking- what do you want to know about?  It can be anything having to do with couponing, rebates, budgeting, spending, saving, grocery shopping, drug store deals, my limited cooking capabilities, gift giving or anything else along that line.  Don’t be scared to send me something I will have to research- that’s what the web is for!

So if you have something you want to know drop me an e-mail, leave a comment on this post or stick something on the facebook page.

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Katie December 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

I follow your blog daily and love it! I am very excited to hear that you will be working on articles. I am currently in graduate school. An article that would review places that offer student discounts would be great. In addition, possibly a comparison of grocery stores would be a great article topic. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, research, and savvy money-saving experience!!

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Dawn Bazinet December 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Okay, I don’t know how many people would be interested in this but I have read two articles this week that are very interesting.

The first article was posted on yahoo regarding free land offered by city and state governments to increase revenue in the community, http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/7-towns-where-land-is-free.html. This is for commercial or residential use.

The other article was in the May 2010 issue of This Old House magazine titled Score Free Housing. This program is offered by state parks and it offers a curatorship for historic homes in state parks. Bascially, you are allowed to live in the home for free (no mortage or rent, no taxes) and you have to agree to spend a certain amount of money (and your time spent restoring the home is also taken in to consideration) rehabbing the historic home over a certain period of time. I did a little research and found this website for the State of Connecticut, http://www.ct.gov/dep/residentcurator.

I would be really interested in finding out more about these programs, but just don’t have a ton of time to do research on the programs.

I also think with the amount of residential builders and tradesmen who are unemployed due to the economy it would be a win-win situation.

Another idea would be for the unemployed and how to create/build a database of potential employers. There’s a great website called ReferenceUSA.com. If you have a library card for the city of Norfolk, you can access this website for free and research companies by various information.

Other city library cards may offer free access to the website, but I know for a fact Norfolk is free and Virginia Beach does not offer free access.

When my husband was unemployed, I was able to research employers based on their NAICS and SIC codes (these are codes that the government uses to track business types). TO find the NAICS/SIC codes I first searched for the company my husband previously worked for. Then I took those codes and searched for them within our geographical area. I was able to retrieve the company’s address, phone number, and web addresses.

I found hundreds, if not thousands of contacts and it lead to a new job. I have also given this list to a few friends as well.

Last thing I have for you is a HUGE THANK YOU for your website. My co-workers and I have really started couponing and are so excited to share our savings with each other every day!!! It’s become a kind of competion on who can get the best deals and we are constantly encouraging non-couponers to join the “fun”.

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Melissa December 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm

i would like info on how to create a simple budget and how to follow it. i have the bonnies home budget organizer and it seems to complicated to me. but then others like the household money organizer is too simple. thanks!

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