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How to make the most of your wedding registry

Creating a wedding gift registry is a great opportunity. Don't blow it.
Registering for wedding gifts can be a lot of fun. I remember the heady feeling that accompanied wielding the scanner gun. Choosing your own wedding presents — what could go wrong?

But my husband and I soon found ourselves pointing the barcode reader at increasingly silly items, some of which we actually received. I’m sad to say that many of the gifts we registered for were donated to the thrift shop two or three years later, after we realized that they were just taking up room in the apartment.
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How to get cops to pay attention to your property crime

How to get cops to pay attention to your property crimeIn 2006 my house was robbed in broad daylight by unknown individuals. They took my Xbox 360, my laptop and some of my wife’s jewelry, in addition to some other less valuable stuff.

I was dumb enough not to be carrying renters insurance, so I was out over $1,000 by the time all was said and done.
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Sick of your cell phone carrier? Unlock your way to cheap talk

Unlocking phones can cut your monthly billsWhen it comes to cellphone use, one size (or, you know, several) does not fit all.

There are a number of reasons you may want to unlock your smartphone. Unlocking your smartphone allows you to continue using the same phone without having to purchase a new one once your contract runs out, and without having to bind yourself to a new contract. For those who spend time traveling abroad, unlocking can also protect you against exorbitant international roaming fees by allowing you to switch to an in-country carrier.
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Comments of the week, game console flipping edition

Game console flipping isn't without risks.Another week, another set of thought-provoking comments from readers.

Readers weren’t too keen on Black Friday. Asked whether they participate, Emm, a recovering Black Friday shopper, thinks it’s become crazier since the days when she showed up for doorbusters:
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What each new game console costs to own

What each new game console costs to ownThe next generation of video game consoles here, and while there are plenty of fan boys out there loyal to their particular brand no matter what, a lot of us haven’t made a decision on which to choose.

For those of us who care more about getting maximum bang for our buck, we’ve put together some information that should help you make the decision on which video game console is best for you.
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How to fight a price hike when your limited-time cable offer is ending

When limited-time cable offers end, it's time to put on your haggling helmet.Many of us have been there: You sign up for a great deal with a cable or satellite provider, only to face a price hike at the end of six or 12 months.

The good news is that you don’t have to put up with price hikes. With so much competition in the telecom industry, and with cable and satellite providers threatened by newer, cheaper entertainment options, there’s a good chance you can keep your cable bill low.
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How I made $400 flipping Xbox One 4, PlayStation 4 game consoles

The time is upon us. Every 5 to 8 years we get the joy of a new generation of video game consoles. This fall we’ve seen the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and according to our 2013 Game Console Survey it seems gamers will line up en masse once again to bring these technological marvels home — iffy economy be damned.

This holiday we wanted to find out if we could resell Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and make a quick buck. Turns out, we could.
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Comments of the week, women and finance edition

Must-knows about money for womenThis week Miranda had a great story on the harm that can come to women who delegate all their money management to their partners, and a baseline of what they need to know about their finances to protect themselves.
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