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  • Need Money Now? Raise Cash in a Flash with These 5 Easy and Smart Strategies!

    Need money now? It might not be as hard to earn as you think!Need money now? It might not be as hard to earn as you think!

    Sooner or later it happens to the best of us: Your car breaks down. You get hit with a medical crisis. Your kid declares that he simply can't live without an electric guitar for his birthday. At some point you are likely to be faced with a need to come up with extra funds, and fast. If that feels like a tall order, try these smart strategies to quickly put money in your hand­-without landing you in hot water.

    Strategy #1: Sell Your Stuff
    Big items, like furniture or bikes, are easiest to peddle at an old-fashioned yard sale. For gadgets, clothes and books, you often can get the most online.
    Electronics: Try Usell.com. It aggregates offers from dozens of other websites, and it charges no fees to buyers or sellers. For a used iPhone 4, recent offers ranged from $100 to $140.
    Books/DVDs: Try Sellercentral.amazon.com. Yes, it takes a larger cut than other sites (99 cents per product plus 15 percent of the sale price), but its heavy traffic can help you find a buyer quickly.

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  • Snickerdoodle-Flavored Popcorn: A Perfect Last-Minute Gift for Coworkers or Neighbors!

    Snickerdoodle-Flavored PopcornSnickerdoodle-Flavored PopcornThis tasty homemade present won't take a big bite out of your wallet, and is perfect to have on-hand for a hostess gift or for coworkers or neighbors.

    INGREDIENTS:
    • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
    • 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 10 cups freshly popped popcorn
    • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
    • 1 cup white-chocolate chips

    Plus: 10 More Super-Quick Homemade Food Gifts

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Melt butter. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl.
    2. Pour melted butter over popcorn in a large bowl; toss to coat. Immediately sprinkle with sugar mixture; toss to coat. Divide popcorn between sheets; spread in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes, shaking pans every 10 minutes. Cool.
    3. Place cream and chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth, 8 to 10 minutes. With a fork, drizzle chocolate mixture over popcorn and let stand until set,

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  • Impress Your Guests with Truffles Dressed Up as Santa and His Reindeer

    Santa and Reindeer TrufflesSanta and Reindeer TrufflesStart with store-bought truffles to make an easy, giftable Christmas treat for friends, family, or holiday visitors. Save one for Santa; we hear he likes truffles too, and certainly deserves one all to himself.

    INGREDIENTS
    24 truffles (such as Ferrero Rocher or Lindt)
    2 cups light cocoa candy melts, melted
    3/4 cup pink candy melts, melted
    1/2 cup white candy melts, melted 3 red fruit slices, halved crosswise
    1 cup mini marshmallows, halved crosswise
    17 brown and 4 red M&M's Minis
    48 mini chocolate chips, tips removed
    36 mini pretzel twists


    Plus:
    27 Sweet and Simple Christmas Cookies Your Family Will Love »

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Dip 18 truffles in melted light cocoa candy melts; allow excess to drip off. Transfer to baking sheet. Spoon remaining melted light cocoa candy melts into a ziplock bag; seal bag
    2. Dip remaining 6 truffles in melted pink candy melts; allow excess to drip off. Transfer to baking sheet. Refrigerate until set,

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  • 5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

    5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season So long, hangovers, tummy troubles and other holiday-season woes. Use ALL YOU's 5 tips to feel fabulous after all the fun .

    You want to raise a glass (or two) at cocktail parties:

    • Before you hit the bar, eat a filling meal that's rich in fiber, carbohydrates and healthy fats, like those in avocados and nuts, to help slow the body's absorption of alcohol. Continue to nibble as you drink. Stick to clear or light-colored beverages rather than dark ones because they container smaller amounts on congeners, chemicals that can leave you with a raging headache. Stick to one cocktail per hour to give your body time to break down the alcohol; alternate each drink with a glass of water to combat alcohol's dehydrating effect.

    Plus: 10 Ways to Keep the Pounds off During the Holidays »

    You want to go the distance to see friends and relatives:

    • Avoid general crankiness and travel stress by getting a good night's sleep beforehand. You're bound to come in contact with germy

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  • Tomorrow is Free Shipping Day! Plus, 7 Ways to Save on Holiday Shipping

    Beware: Shipping fees can really add up! Beware: Shipping fees can really add up!

    Do you refuse to buy anything online without first finding a free shipping coupon code? Then tomorrow-Free Shipping Day-is your day! During the one-day online event, shoppers can get free shipping from 713+ participating retailers-including JCPenney, PetSmart, Eddie Bauer, Lord & Taylor, and Modell's-on the last possible day gifts can be ordered in time for Christmas.

    And when we say "last possible day," we mean it: December 14 is the latest that packages can be mailed using standard USPS post rates, and today--December 17--is the cutoff to take advantage of UPS and FedEx standard shipping rates.

    Bonus: Unlike previous years, all participating stores will be waiving their minimum order requirements.

    Plus: How to Stick to Your Holiday Budget »

    7 More Tips for Saving on Holiday Shipping:

    • Don't pay for shipping: Before you purchase something online, take a few extra minutes and do a quick search to look for a free shipping code or coupon. Visit freeshipping.org, which

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  • Merriest Cookies of Them All: Coconut Christmas Wreaths

    Coconut Christmas WreathsCoconut Christmas Wreaths

    At about 10¢ per serving, holiday cookies do not get cheaper than this. And not only do they look festive and beautiful, they taste incredible!

    Plus: 13 Homemade Christmas Desserts and Treats »

    Ingredients
    • 2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 5 cups unsweetened dried coconut
    • 5 large egg whites
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Green food coloring
    • Red M&M's Minis, red candy décors or Red Hots candies

    Preparation

    1. Place oven rack in middle of oven and preheat to 375ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.

    2. Combine confectioners' sugar, coconut, egg whites, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl and mix with a rubber spatula. Add green food coloring and stir in completely until the dough is desired color. Dough will be sticky.

    3. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets. Moisten your fingers with water. Using your index finger, make a 1/2-inch hole in center of each cookie. Carefully flatten dough with your fingers into a 3-inch wreath

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  • Delight Guests with Delicious Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

    Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake PieCranberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

    Sweet seasonal desserts are best when shared with family and friends. Serve up this classic dessert with a seasonal twist of cranberries for a festive finale no one will forget!

    Ingredients:

    CRUST:
    • 9 whole graham crackers (1 1/3 cups ground)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

    FILLING:
    • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk, at room temperature
    • 6 tablespoons sour cream, at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce, pureed and strained (about 5 Tbsp. after straining)

    Plus: 11 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes »

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF; line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Make crust: Place graham crackers in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add 1 Tbsp. sugar and butter and process until crumbs are moistened. Press mixture evenly across bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate, packing Read More »from Delight Guests with Delicious Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie
  • Irresistible and Inexpensive Triple Chocolate Christmas Cookies

    Triple Chocolate Cookies Triple Chocolate Cookies Make someone's day with delicious Triple Chocolate Cookies. Watch the smiles as you serve up a plate of these simple sweets-glass of milk is optional!

    Ingredients:
    10 tablespoon (1 stick plus 2 Tbsp.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
    • 2 cups white chocolate chips
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening

    Plus: 10 DIY Edible Holiday Gifts »

    Preparation:
    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. In a heavy medium saucepan over low heat, melt 2 Tbsp. butter with semisweet chocolate, stirring until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly.

    2. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt onto a sheet of parchment. Using an electric mixer on

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  • The Most Perfect 4th of July Dessert Ever: Star Berry Cobblers

    Is there a more patriotic dessert than these star berry cobblers? We don't think so!Want a memorable 4th of July dessert that will stand out from the pack? These festive star berry cobblers are delicious and have American spirit to boot. Whip them up for a patriotic treat.

    Related: Easy Dessert Recipes You Can Whip Up in No Time

    Ingredients:
    Biscuits:
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
    1/2 cup milk

    Related: 20 Ground Beef Recipes Your Family Will Love

    Filling:
    8 cups (2 lb.) mixed berries
    3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

    Related: 11 Low-Calorie Desserts You Have to Try to Believe!

    Directions:
    1. Make biscuits: pulse dry ingredients in a food processor. Pulse in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk; process for 30 seconds until dough forms a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1

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  • My Social Dieting Experiment: Make Money by Losing Weight

    Can you really make money by losing weight?

    By Ashleigh Schmitz

    Last week one of my girlfriends e-mailed me about joining DietBet, a social dieting platform where each person in a group puts $20 in the "pot" with the same goal: to lose 4 percent of your body weight in 4 weeks. At the end of the 4 weeks, winners (those who meet their goal) split the pot. So at the very least, if I make my goal, I'll come out even.

    Related: 12 Healthy Reasons to Lose Weight

    We talked it over and thought at the very least we'd help keep each other accountable (since that's the whole idea behind social dieting). The next few times we grab lunch during the week we'll be good and eat salads, and when it comes to our weekly Bachelorette viewing parties we'll nix the wine in favor of water and fruit. It sounds manageable.

    Related: Delicious Low-Calorie Desserts (Perfect for Social Dieting!)

    After registering online, I had to take some photos of myself and the scale (yikes!), but luckily the site doesn't share them with anyone, and no

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