Tag Archives: Shopping

Stores: Machines Designed to Separate Me from My Money

I’m pretty frugal and don’t get my entertainment from hanging out in stores. Actually, I generally hate shopping except on the rare occasions when there is something I really want that I’m excited about. I can shop online for most … Continue reading

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How I Save Up to 75%: Online Shopping Strategies

Before the days of the Internet, I never really enjoyed shopping for the sake of shopping, especially after the open air “shopping centers” of my youth gave way to the enclosed, artificially lit “shopping malls” of my teenage and early … Continue reading

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Frugal People Will Suffer Least

I recently finished reading Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Empower America. It’s a very good book if you’re interested in the environment, but it’s also a good read if … Continue reading

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Why Now is the Best Time to Shop

Conventional wisdom has long held that the best deals come close to the holidays. Another bit of conventional wisdom is that the best time to buy is when the economy is in recession and retailers need the money. These age … Continue reading

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Cash or Debit Card?

How does using cash or a debit card influence our spending? About a month ago, I watched a video on Yahoo about an ordinary couple who were challenged to use cash for everything they bought for one week. The idea … Continue reading

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Four Reasons to Shop the Perimeter of the Grocery Store Last

I went grocery shopping today. I went to Publix, where I do all of my shopping. The store was well stocked. The produce was fresh. The employees were helpful and friendly. As I walked the aisles, I thought to myself, … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts: The Art of Giving Intelligently

Christmas and Chanukah and Kwanzaa are coming! That means that if you are a prudent shopper, you have been doing your holiday shopping for many months now. I am sure that all are doing a fine job of controlling their … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Help Your Kids to Spend Wisely

Kids often view cash and gift cards as things that need to be used immediately. I recall how my now grown son spent all of his birthday money within two days after he had received it, often wasting it on … Continue reading

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Do You Really Save Money on Tax Free Weekends?

Now that back to school season is upon us, my state and many others are promoting their upcoming tax free weekends. These are the weekends where you can buy items from certain categories and escape the state and/or local sales … Continue reading

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Price Matching: How to Save Even More

It seems that many businesses and stores these days are willing to fight hard for your patronage. I’ve noticed a lot more stores lately that now offer price matching on equal items from a different store. You simply show the … Continue reading

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What Tricks Help You to Keep from Spending Money?

The question to get your morning rolling today is, What tricks help you from spending money? I was talking with a friend who is super frugal except when it comes to traveling. It seems that he spends virtually all his … Continue reading

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Is More a Better Deal?

The question to get your morning rolling today is, Is more a better deal? This is one of the questions that I truly struggle with on a daily basis. I will give a classic example. I was at a fast … Continue reading

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When Trying to Save Money Can Cost You

The other day my husband and I went to a specific grocery store that we don’t normally shop at to pick up some ice-cream that was on sale. Normally this particular kind of ice-cream (my husband’s absolute favorite) is at … Continue reading

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5 Rules for Taking Advantage of a 0% Interest Rate Offer

“No interest and no payments for an entire year!” This statement can stop people in their tracks when shopping and often times is the deciding factor on a particular purchase. But this statement can be a dangerous one if you … Continue reading

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Coupons Are Taxable – Why Do We Have To Pay Sales Tax on Them?

It seems everything is taxable — even coupons! I never questioned the small print on the coupons I use, at least not the part about the customer paying sales tax. (I don’t understand why a manufacturer can say a coupon … Continue reading

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Grocery Bags Should Be Free!

The boxes were gone. My three-year-old was crestfallen. He had looked forward to his regular job of returning the plastic bags from last week’s grocery shopping trip to the recycling boxes just inside the store. But the boxes are no … Continue reading

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Short-List Grocery Shopping Tips

I went to the grocery store this morning. My list included four items. I returned with ten. It would seem I had a problem with the impulse buy. That’s not, however, the case. Four of the things I returned with … Continue reading

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Leaving the Sale Behind

I am a sucker for sales. I’m the kind of person that will buy something that is deeply discounted even though I don’t really need it. I’ve come to realize that no matter how good of a deal it is, … Continue reading

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Taking Extreme Measures to Avoid Overwhelming Temptation To Spend

Every saver knows the internal struggle with the “gimmie monster.” By sticking to our chosen saving strategies, most of us can win most of our bouts with him. But sometimes, the monster wins out too often. For some of us, … Continue reading

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I stopped, I looked, I wanted – Fighting the Impulse to Blindly Consume

I’m usually very good at shopping with a list, knowing exactly what I’m going to a store to get, and coming out with only those items. But every now and then, like this weekend, I’m assaulted by the “I want … Continue reading

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