The Ultimate Guide to Online Shopping

Over 190 million people in the United States use online shopping sites, and that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. The total


The ‘Buy It for Life’ Compendium

Over the last several months, I’ve answered a big handful of “buy it for life” questions in the reader mailbag. Because the answers to those

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10 Smart Graduation Gifts for College-Bound Seniors

Summer is almost upon us, and with it a barrage of social events, from backyard barbecues to weddings to, of course, graduation parties. And while you can bring

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The Best Kohls Coupons and Deals

Finding high-quality items for affordable prices is a never-ending pursuit that can often fuel frustration. How do you know you’re getting the best price at

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Throwing Away the ‘Retail Therapy’ Crutch

Mary wrote in with a brilliant question that I feel deserves a much longer answer than what fits into the weekly mailbag. Here’s Mary’s problem:

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ALDI, Fareway, and the Value of Discount Grocery Stores

Recently, I came across a great article about ALDI in Forbes Magazine. For those unfamiliar, ALDI is a discount retailer in the eastern half of

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Guide to the Gift Card Economy

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gift cards continue to be one of the most popular presents to give and receive. According to a study by

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Five Reasons to Love a Clothing Swap (and How to Host Your Own)

I’ve always loved to shop. And I’ve always really loved to shop for anything wearable. Cowboy boots and maxi dresses. Cozy sweaters and dangly earrings.

The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Coupons and Discounts

Well, “ultimate” might be a bit of hyperbole, but I thought it would be useful to collect together all of the things I’ve learned about


15 Buying Recommendations for Everyday Things

Over the last several months, a number of questions for the reader mailbag have revolved around what exactly I buy for various common household purchases.


Expensive Items and Buying for Life

One common question I get in the reader mailbags concerns buying items for life. Given the prevalence of these questions – and many of the


12 Money-Saving Food Strategies My Family Uses

Over the years, our family has steadily built up a number of little “food hacks” that we use to save money and time when buying


Seven Strategies for Haggling at Stores (Even Large Chain Stores)

One of my big goals over the last few years was to improve my haggling skills. In the past, I always felt as though it

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Meal Planning

When the alarm sounds each morning, it’s time to hit the ground running. It doesn’t matter if you’re well rested or are in desperate need

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My Five Worst Money Traps – and How I Handle Them

As proud as I am of our positive financial progress over the last several years, there are still big areas of my life where I

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The 21st Century Wallet: Will Mobile Payments Go Mainstream?

When I set out to write about the pros and cons of mobile payment or electronic wallet technologies, I assumed it would be a simple

Debt-Free Payment Methods: Alternatives to Cash

Whether it’s Target, Home Depot, or Sony, it seems like every couple of months another huge corporation is hacked, exposing vast amounts of customer information. So it’s no wonder

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Can You Save Money by Becoming Vegetarian?

Beef prices hit record highs last summer and prices for beef, pork, and eggs are expected to climb throughout 2015. Meanwhile, a growing body of research indicates that

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