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Karin wrote the weekly “How to not suck” column for Consumerist.com. It offers essential information on how to avoid being foolish with your finances.

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2014

How Long Will All That Stuff In Your Pantry Last? (July 20, 2014): Take a few minutes to check the items in your pantry before they go bad. Click here.

What To Do With Your Pet’s Poop (June 21, 2014): Tips for cleaning up after your four-legged friend. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Holding Onto Old Documents (June 15, 2014): Here’s what to keep and what to toss. Click here.

10 Tips For Getting Rid Of The Junk In Your Life (June 8, 2014): Here’s how to get rid of all the stuff in your house you don’t need any more. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Picking A Father’s Day Gift (June 1, 2014): Find the perfect present based on your dad’s personality and preferences. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Booking A Vacation Rental (May 23, 2014): Save yourself from making a major vacation mistake with these pointers. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Transitioning to the Real World (May 18, 2014): Tips on how to manage your money when you get your first real job. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Spring Cleaning (May 11, 2014): After a long winter, it’s time to give the house a thorough cleaning. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Making Mother’s Day Special (May 5, 2014): A few personal and original gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Click here. 

How To Not Suck… At Spending Your Tax Refund (April 21, 2014): Tips for how to spend and where to invest those extra dollars. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Buying Insurance: This five-part series discusses everything you need to know about buying auto, homeowner’s, life, long-term care, and disability insurance. To read all the articles in the series, click here.

How To Not Suck… At Going To Small Claims Court (March 11, 2014): What to expect during your day in court. Click here.

How To Not Suck…At Buying In Bulk (March 5, 2014): Tips on how to make sure you’re getting the most for your money when buying in bulk. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Planning Your Wedding (February 24-28, 2014): This five-part series details how to deal with all the things you need to buy, sell and plan before the big day. To read all the articles in the series, click here.

How To Not Suck… At Teaching Your Kids About Money (February 19, 2014): Strategies for teaching your children how to manage money. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Valentine’s Day Gifts (February 11, 2014): Last-minute gifts for that special someone on the most romantic day of the year. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Merging Your Money When You Marry (February 4, 2014): Money can be a major issue for many couples. Make sure you lay a foundation for financial success before you tie the knot. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Borrowing For College (January 28, 2014): Part of a two part series on paying for an education. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Saving For College (January 21, 2014): Part one of a two part series on paying for an education. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Pre-Paying For Your Funeral (January 14, 2014): Pre-paying for your funeral can save your relatives a lot of stress when the time comes — but make sure you do it right. Click here.

2013

How To Not Suck… At Making Financial New Year’s Resolutions (December 31, 2013): Get ready for 2014 with these tips for meeting your financial goals. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Last-Minute Christmas Gifting (December 20, 2013): There’s still time left to get gifts for everyone on your list. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Saving For The Holidays (December 17, 2013): Make the holidays a little brighter this year with these money saving tips. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Charitable Giving (December 10, 2013): Give, and get a little something back, when you donate to charity this holiday season. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Disputing Credit Report Errors (December 3, 2013): Credit scores have a lot of power. Here’s how to make sure yours is correct. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Lowering Your Utility Bills (November 27, 2013): Tips for saving money on your utility bills and still staying warm. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Home Inspections (November 19, 2013): What to expect during a home inspection and how to find the right person to do the job. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Understanding Credit Card Rewards (November 13, 2013): Credit card reward programs can be confusing. Here’s what to look for in the fine print. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Getting Ready For Tax Season (November 6, 2013): Tips on how to save money on your tax bill. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Picking A Retirement Plan (October 29, 2013): Advice on whether a traditional 401(k) or a Roth 401(k) is the right plan for you. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Deciding When To DIY (October 23, 2013): DIY isn’t always the less-expensive option when you figure in the costs for all the things that could possibly go wrong. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At Getting Out Of Debt (October 15, 2013): Advice and tips on what to do about credit card debt. Click here.

How To Not Suck… At First Year College Budgets (October 8, 2013):  Money related topics every fiscally responsible college student should think about. Click here.

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