Melissa Hurst

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Melissa Hurst is a mom of 3, freelance writer, entrepreneur, and Arizona native. After a layoff in 2007, Melissa pursued a 2nd master’s degree in order to teach college courses. She also started exclusively using coupons to cut their family grocery bill in half. Armed with the knowledge to find savings, Melissa started Saving Cents With Sense, a site dedicated to help families find quality products, deals, and money-saving tips. Her tips have also been featured on 12 News, and she is a regular columnist for Lifetime Moms and Times Publications.

5 Tips to Help Your Family Save in the New Year

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Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net We are officially in the 4th week of 2013, so how are those New Year’s resolutions working out? Have you stuck to your diet, exercise routine, or stopped those...

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Gift: Handmade Hard Lotion Bars

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DIY Holiday Gift If you are looking for a fun, last-minute holiday gift that you can make (and enjoy yourself), I highly recommend making hard lotion bars. I recently tried these with my mom and...

Why I Won’t Be Heading Out to the Stores This Black Friday

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Image courtesy of renjith krishnan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net I know that sounds contrary to the deal-hunting bargainista in me, but the truth is that I prefer to shop online rather than deal with all the crowds on...

3 Tips to Save Your Budget This Halloween

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures, the brisk mornings, the smell of pumpkin, and (should I admit?) even holiday music! But as a self-proclaimed “frugalista”, I also know...

3 Reasons to Attend Phoenix Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo

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We have been going to Boo at the Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo every year for the past 7 years - ever since we became parents really. Of course, I love the zoo and...