Category Archives: Shopping

Why I Have Never Bought My Nieces a Christmas Present

Some people think I’m the worst uncle in the world (fortunately, there are others that disagree). My nieces are six and eight this year and I have never purchased a Christmas present for them. A lot of people think I’m … Continue reading

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After Christmas Sale Arbitrage: How to Make Money Starting December 26

There are a lot of people who know that there’s a good opportunity to save money at after Christmas sales on things they’ll use during the year. Along with savings for yourself, these sales are also a great opportunity to … Continue reading

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The Best Items to Buy After Christmas to Save Money

After Christmas sales can be a great opportunity to save money on products (they can also be a good was to make some extra money), but the key to making it true savings is that you buy items that you … Continue reading

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Target Credit Card Information Stolen: Steps You Should Take to Protect Yourself

Target is a great place to save money, but it’s being reported that up to 40 million credit and debit cards have been compromised (including the Target Red Cards). The theft took place from November 27 though December 15, 2013. … Continue reading

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Financial Reasons to Quit Your Daily Soda Habit

At this time of year, many of us begin to think about bad habits we have that we want to break. While some of these bad habits are obvious like smoking, others are less so like watching TV. Drinking soda … Continue reading

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Places Where You Can Score Free Coffee

When people talk about making small changes that can save a lot of money over time, the daily cup of coffee is often the example used. If you skip that $4 morning cup each day, you save $20 a week … Continue reading

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The Con That Grey Thursday and Black Friday Deals Save Money

Retailers are trying to con you and they are doing a good job at it. At least they are doing it well enough to be able to con enough people to make the whole Grey Thursday (the new name for … Continue reading

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Great Gifts That Don’t Cost Any Money

There is a misconception in our society that to give a really nice gift, you have to spend a lot of money. One of the worst assumptions that is made is that a gift has to be something that is … Continue reading

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10 Things Advertising Has Conned You into Actually Believing

There is a funny disconnect when it comes to advertising. Most people would agree that advertising works and that is why companies advertise. But if you ask individuals if advertising works specifically on them, they will tell you that it … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving

The key to saving this Thanksgiving is to think and plan ahead. It’s never too early to start considering the cost of the holidays, especially when giving yourself some extra time can allow for great discounts and finds. The first … Continue reading

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Credit Cards, Like Alcohol, Have Benefits when Used in Moderation

I was informed by a friend today that credit cards are the worst thing ever created and that nobody should have them. I hear this tirade more often than not from those who have gotten deeply in debt from misusing … Continue reading

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25 Things That Hold Your Money and Your Dreams Hostage

We all have things that we’d like to do in life. Have kids, travel, get married, buy a new home, start our own business, or simply retire well (and maybe early). You probably have your own dreams that aren’t on … Continue reading

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Gender Tax: 10 Things Women Pay More for than Men

Recently, there have been a number of stories in the news about how women pay more for certain items than men. If you’ve ever gone into a store, you might have noticed that similar products for men and women do … Continue reading

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How to Make Money with Box Tops for Education

I always find it interesting when I come across things that can be sold that the vast majority of people would never even consider selling. I discovered the other day that there is a robust market for selling Box Tops … Continue reading

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Start a Swap: Fun Money Friday

If you’ve got stuff you no longer want or love, one of the best ways to get new stuff is to swap with someone else. They probably have stuff they no longer want, too, so a swap works for both … Continue reading

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Buying Stuff Isn’t Saving Money

Ah, well. I knew it was too good to last. A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece about how Fidelity’s latest ad campaign about managing your personal economy impressed me with its common sense message. Well, here we … Continue reading

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Is This Going to Keep Me Alive?

Sometimes people over-complicate personal finance when they are in a crisis. They start trying to figure out what they can cut, yet still maintain a certain level of creature comforts. They start doing all kinds of mathematical gymnastics trying to … Continue reading

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10 Things We Do Too Fast That Cost Us Money

We live in a fast paced world. It sometimes seems that the only way to get everything done is to do it as quickly as possible so that we have time to do all the other things on our list. … Continue reading

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Blowing the Wealth Bell Curve

I’ve been doing online surveys and focus groups for years as a way to earn a little extra cash in my lazy moments. I get a lot of surveys about the economy, credit cards, and financial services. Most of them … Continue reading

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Thank You For Saving Me Money

I stopped by Chick-Fil-A this week for dinner, only to discover that they’ve discontinued my favorite side dish, carrot and raisin salad. I was disappointed because I don’t eat fries and it was always nice to have one place that … Continue reading

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