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Tara Finnegan Coates is part of AARP Media's Content Creation Team. She blogs regularly on a variety of financial topics.

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Saving in September

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsSeptember just makes me wanna sing. First of all, I can’t get that Earth, Wind and Fire song “September” out of my head. I can hear Maurice White now. Ba de ya, say do you remember Ba de ya, saving in September Ah. you caught me. That’s NOT how the song goes. But think of it as a way to remind yourself that September is National Coupon Month. See also: Where do you find your coupons? September has been dubbed National …

She’s Got Game – at 85

Posted on 08/16/2012 by | Money | Comments

Personal HealthScrolling through Twitter the other night, I stumbled came across a great story by Golf Digest senior editor Stina Sternberg about an 85-year-old Ohio woman who got fitted for a new set of golf clubs. What caught my eye is that Pauline Whitacre says she “shoots her age or better on a regular basis.” Wow. Pauline has always had game. She was shooting in the 70s as a teenager. She has won multiple Ohio State Amateur and state Senior Amateur Championships. …

Pinching Pennies on Pinterest

Posted on 08/7/2012 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsMy philosophy on saving money is pretty simple. I don’t buy what I don’t need. And if I buy it and I feel guilty about it (What am I going to do with this? This is too much to spend on this!) I’ll likely return it. There are some pretty smart cookies on Pinterest when it comes to saving money. I’m new to Pinterest and am completely overwhelmed by all the neat stuff out there. I want these people to decorate my …

Sales Tax Holidays Near You

Posted on 08/2/2012 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you are in back-to-school shopping mode this weekend (Aug. 3-5), make sure you take in all the possible discounts  through comparison shopping, using retailers’ coupons and matching prices. See more: Back-to-school deals. And there’s one more discount you might get this weekend: a sales tax holiday. New Mexico, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Virginia are all waiving sales taxes for school-related items for all or parts of this weekend. Depending on the state, …