Category Archives: Shopping

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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10 Common Ways the Average Family Wastes Food

One of the best ways to save money is to reduce the amount of waste within your family. If you are wasting things that still could be used, it’s the same as throwing away money. One area where most families … Continue reading

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How Will You Get Rid of It?

When making a big (or even small) purchase, many people fail to think about the end game. What happens when you no longer want the item, it’s old and broken down, or you have to sell it to help with … Continue reading

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How to Get the Best Deals at Thrift Stores

I have to admit that I really enjoy looking for treasure in what other people consider junk. I love to rummage around places looking for weird and unusual items, whether it be at flea markets, garage sales or thrift stores. … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Shopping Zombie

I don’t know if it was a full moon, the holiday weekend, or whether I was just engaging in more people watching than usual, but I had an odd experience in Target this week. I ran in to pick up … Continue reading

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10 Father’s Day Gadgets Dad Will Love and Save Money

Father’s day is just around the corner, and if there is anything that dad’s love, it’s gadgets. if a gadget is on the list of gifts you are planning to buy your father for this special day, why not opt … Continue reading

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10 Daily Actions Keeping You in Debt

It’s hard to get out of debt. Sometimes it’s easy to feel that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to pay off all your debt and expenses. While you might have reassessed your finances and figured … Continue reading

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Justification or the Truth?

I went out to lunch with a sometime friend/mostly acquaintance (it’s a complicated relationship) the other day and she spent the better part of the meal checking her cell phone, texting, and LOL’ing to Facebook posts. At one point she … Continue reading

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The Target Red Card Decision

Lately I’ve been thinking about getting the Target Red debit card. (Note that this post is strictly about the debit card. Target also offers a credit card which offers similar benefits to the debit card, but also acts like a … Continue reading

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Your To Do List May Be Longer Than You Think

I read a lot of books and articles on things like brain science, psychology, productivity, and memory. One thing that tends to come up often as I read is that the brain sees any incomplete task or goal as part … Continue reading

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Don’t Believe the Salesmen

We enjoy camping in our RV. As a result, I spend a lot of time on RV-related message boards. This week I saw a sad story. A family wanted to get into the camping lifestyle, so they went to the … Continue reading

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15 Ways to Deal With Emotions Without Retail Therapy

“I’m so messed up. I’m going out for a little retail therapy. Wanna come?” So began a recent conversation with my neighbor. I’ll admit that she’s got every reason to be upset: Her kids are in trouble, there are financial … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Save Money on Wine

There seems to be quite a few people who think it takes a lot of time and knowledge to understand wine, but the truth is that you simply need to learn which wines you enjoy the most. You don’t have … Continue reading

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You’re Responsible for Knowing Your Bank Balance

Lately I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to get a Target Red debit card. As much as I shop at Target, the five percent discount would be nice, but there are some drawbacks. I’m still looking into it … Continue reading

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