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Shopping Malls: A Suburban Renaissance?

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesSince the mid-20th century — with the rapid rise of the suburbs — shopping malls have been a big part of American life. In the ’80s and ’90s, malls became veritable town centers: giving us a one-stop shopping destination, bringing in the biggest and busiest restaurant chains, and serving as an after-school playground for our teenagers. And for many years, malls were an integral part of our culture — as evidenced by the prominent role they played in cult classics such …

Take the “Don’t Throw That Away!” Challenge

Posted on 03/30/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsEvery day the average American generates about 4.5 pounds of garbage, a portion of which is – thankfully – recycled. But there are all kinds of things that we throw away that can instead be creatively reused for another purpose around the house. Like: lemon rinds to shine copper pots and pans; a boot without a mate becomes a flower vase; an old tire makes a great kiddie swing; and don’t even get me started about all of ways to …

Get Ready for the AARP Savings Challenge

Posted on 03/29/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsLet the games – and the money saving – begin!  Next Monday, April 2, we’re kicking off a special springtime edition of Savings Challenge, a chance for you to share your penny pinching tips, learn some new ways to save money, and maybe even win some terrific prizes! Every week from April 2 through April 29, we’ll be hosting a week-long challenge, asking for your best tips and stories as they relate to a specific money-saving topic I’ll announce each Monday.  …