01.06.17
comparing laptops - best place to buy a laptop cheap laptops for sale

How to Save Money on Your Next Laptop

Even though I’m happy with my six-year-old computer, I can’t help but take interest when new laptops come onto the market. It’s like how you don’t

12.17.16
company holiday party

A Ton of Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for $20 or Less

As many of you know, I write a weekly column for US News and World Report, and you can find the archives of this column

12.16.16
woman shopping for clothing

Eight Little Things to Always Remember When You’re Shopping

I have a little note that I continuously update and save (using Evernote) that’s full of little tips and strategies that I learn about or

12.14.16
paribus app price drop savings price matching refund rebates

Price-Drop Protection: This App Will Shake Down Retailers for the Money You’re Owed

Many of America’s biggest retailers have generous price-matching policies to make consumers feel better about making a purchase without hesitation. If you buy an item at Home

12.14.16
coffee crate

Some Thoughts on Subscription ‘Crates’ and Monthly Delivery Clubs

Connie writes in: What are your thoughts on things like “coffee of the month” clubs or crates? Are they good gifts or do they just

best price matching policies - best buy price match

The Best and Worst Price-Matching Policies for Holiday Shopping

Just about every major retailer offers some sort of price-matching policy that can help you avoid overpaying — not only for holiday gifts, but everyday

12.11.16
wrapping christmas gift

Why I’m Not Buying My Husband a Christmas Present This Year

Now that the holiday shopping season is wrapping up, I’m happy to report I’m finally done. Done trying to come with up practical gifts my

woman and holiday lights

There’s a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Take on Holiday Debt

You probably know that taking on extra debt during the holidays isn’t the best idea. Newly incurred debt can be bad for both your wallet

11.25.16
woman working on computer - small business loans for women with bad credit

Flexible Holiday Gift Ideas for a Frugal Person

Around this time of the year, I get messages and emails from folks who are struggling to figure out gifts for the frugal person in

11.25.16
hatchimals via YouTube

Hatchimals, ‘Unicorns,’ and Other Scarcity Marketing Tactics to Avoid

Just last week, I had a conversation about leggings that blew my mind. After receiving an invite to an online LuLaRoe party, I asked the

black friday shopping

The Black Friday ‘Shopping List’ Trick

For those readers outside of America, Black Friday refers to the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a national holiday, held on the fourth Thursday of

11.13.16
layaway counter at kmart

Thoughts on Layaway and Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

As a child growing up in the 80s, I still remember the layaway counter at our local Walmart. Tucked in the back of the store,

remote control

How Popular Television Shows Subtly Encourage Bad Spending Habits

Like it or not, we’re all influenced by the things we see and do and hear. Sometimes, we’re conscious of and aware of those influences,

woman clothes shopping

Best Store Credit Cards

If you’ve been shopping lately, then you know that it’s difficult to visit a chain store without being offered an application for a store credit

10.19.16
grocery store shopping cart - save money at the grocery store

High Protein, Low Budget

Daniel writes in with one of those reader mailbag questions that had an answer that kept growing and growing and growing until it became clear

woman clothes shopping

Four Ways Holiday Shopping Can Crush Your Credit

The tradition of holiday overspending is as American as apple pie. Tradition or not, bad holiday spending habits can undoubtedly take a toll on your

10.16.16
shopping for clothes

Addicted to Spending? Here’s How to Become a ‘Recovering Spender’

Imagine waking up every day with an insatiable urge to shop. The second you get a chance, you check the racks and sales, desperate for

10.15.16
pouring glass of wine at a winery - how to ship wine

How to Ship Wine (Legally) Through the Mail

With the holidays fast approaching, many people aged 21 and older are getting ready to put down their kale smoothies and pick up the bottle of vino.

Simple Share Buttons
Simple Share Buttons