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    It's the last day to do your taxes. Odds are some of you took care of this dreaded annual task the minute you had your paperwork lined up. But for some of us (yes, that's right, me too), today will be a long day (and night) of sorting through receipts, glaring with despair at our calculators, and shaking our fists at the heavens.

    It's true. Doing taxes? That's no fun. Doing them at the last possible moment before midnight? That's even less fun. We can't turn back the hands of time for you, but we can help. We've compiled a list of 5 stress-reducing tips for the last-minute tax filers among us. So take a breath, eat a cookie, and keep reading.

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    I always thought this Real Housewives of Miami star's assets were fully loaded and secure. But apparently not! Joanna Krupa is facing foreclosure on her home because she owes nearly $725,000 in mortgage backpayments. Oof! And it gets worse, because this house was sold in 2004 for $670,000 -- so she may be one of those unfortunate people who owes more for her house than it's actually worth. Celebs: They're just like us! They also face foreclosure, womp womp

    But hey, I'm not here to engage in gross schadenfreude -- really, I swear it. I'm genuinely sorry for Krupa. This must suck for her, especially since it's all over the tabloids. I'm wondering what her options are, since it also looks like she's out of a job, too.

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    Quick, check your credit card statement. Do you see a charge for $9.84? The warning sounds like a scam itself, but check anyway. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a credit and debit card scam that's been sucking $9.84 -- exactly that amount -- from thousands of accounts all over the nation. The idea is that it's such a small sum, people are less likely to notice it. But 10 bucks times thousands is adding up to quite a bundle for someone.

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    Whoa. How much would you say your average weekly grocery bill is? Mine is at least $100 to $200, which is why I'm absolutely blown away by a mom who supports her family of five on $150 per month -- all because she's so skilled at using coupons.

    Michelle Reis is so savvy at extreme couponing that she spends two hours a day on clipping them in addition to her full-time job. Yep. Instead of zoning out, taking a snooze, or reading a book on her train commute to and from work, she clips and clips and clips in an effort to make sure she can spend as much time with her three kids as possible.

    And she's so good at couponing, Michelle even recalls a time where she went to Walmart -- and the store owed her $215 at the end of her transaction. And over the past few years, she's saved over $45,000.

    (Wow. Really? That's pretty cool.)

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    Snort. You gotta love it when people come up with insane excuses to avoid getting into trouble. Like the dude who cited grief over the death of his goldfish as a reason for paying his taxes late.

    Supposedly the guy didn't want to pay a $165 penalty for filing his tax return late, so he came up with the brilliant idea of pleading depression over a dead fish.

    Check out this video clip to hear more.

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    The following is from our sponsor, Honda.

    It’s that time of year: We’re all thinking about resolutions and ways we want to make our lives better in 2014. You might not think the car you drive could help you reach those goals, but thanks to some ingenious new features, the Honda Odyssey will keep you on the right path to a more organized, less stressful, and even a more budget-friendly year ahead.

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    Even though my son is only 7 years old, my husband and I realize that before we know it, he'll be graduating from high school and going off to college. And that's why lately we've been talking about how we need to get our butts in gear as far as saving money for his future education. The last thing we want to do is get to that point and not be able to send him to the school of his choice (within reason, of course).

    Unless there's some sort of extenuating circumstances that make us 100 percent unable to pay for his tuition -- we're planning to take on the full financial responsibility of his college education. We believe that's what parents do.

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, Fidelity Investments, manager of the MEFA® U.Fund® College Investing Plan.

    Whether you’ve got toddlers, teenagers, or even grandchildren, one thing is certain—paying for college seems to get more expensive every year. In fact, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, and room and board) for a four-year, in-state public college is already $17,860 for the 2012–2013 tuition year, and $39,518 per year for a fouryear private college.1 It’s no surprise that college expenses can be overwhelming. There may be no better way to start saving than by opening and contributing to a 529 college savings plan account.

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    Planning your end-of-summer getaway? A road trip is likely in order.

    In fact, AAA reports 34.1 million Americans are expected to take Labor Day trips at least 50 miles away from home during the upcoming holiday. That’s up 4.2 percent over last year.

    But before you gas up, you should know that not all fueling stations are created equal -- especially when it comes to pricing. Find out who has the cheapest gas by plugging in your zip code at GasPriceWatch.com. And, as you make your itineraries, be sure to check out AAA’s handy Fuel Cost Calculator to estimate how much you’ll need to budget for gas.

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    I can't believe it's back to school time already! Ahhhhhhhhhh! OK, sorry -- had to get that out of the way. One of the things that's so overwhelming is all the shopping we need to get done: My daughter is starting a new school with a new dress code, so we need even more clothing than usual! That's why I am totally stoked that there are some really great ways to save a bundle of money through online clothing swaps and consignment stores. And -- yay for moms -- some of these sites offer great deals for us too!

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