Shopping

What I’m Buying This Black Friday

It’s still dark out, there’s eggs frying in the kitchen, and we’re about ready to head out for some Black Friday shopping. Here’s what I’m getting for a few people on my list. At Target, I’m picking up a KitchenAid Classic Plus White Stand Mixer, normally $199.99, but only $159.99 today. This one is going …

Categories: Saving Money, Shopping

Facing My Financial Fears: Buying A Car

This week, The Simple Dollar is doing a five part series on financial topics that scare me just a bit. Researching and then writing about them will (hopefully) alleviate some of that fear. Purchasing a car is a significant financial move for many of us. It’s almost traditional to visit several dealerships, select one, and …

Categories: Automobile, Shopping

Using Blogs (and Other Internet Resources) to Buy Cool Christmas Gifts and Save Money

Now that the Christmas shopping season is upon us, many of us are wondering what on earth we should get for people in our family. “What do I buy for my ultra-trendy teenage niece?” you might be wondering, or “How can I get something that will wow Uncle Ron without breaking the bank?” Interestingly enough, …

10 Firefox Plugins That Save You Money

For those of you out there who are still using Internet Explorer, there is another option that won’t open your computer to all sorts of security holes. Better yet, it will automatically kill most pop-up windows and, when you switch to it, it will incorporate all of your bookmarks from Internet Explorer. I switched years …

Bought A Flawed Product? Here’s The Best Way To Handle It

Once every few months, I will purchase an item at the store, take it home, and discover a serious problem with it. The bread has a very odd taste, or the tortilla chips are very stale, or the salsa is very very watery, or the Glade plug-in doesn’t work. Most people I know react to …

Categories: Groceries, Shopping

14 Ways Your Computer Can Put Money In Your Pocket

If you’re reading this, you likely have ready access to a computer with an internet connection. Most people are aware of a few ways that a personal computer can save them money, but there really are a plethora of simple, ethical ways that anyone can use a computer to make a few dollars. Here is …

CFLs Can Save $100 A Year?

It seems like a surprising claim, but simply switching your regular lightbulbs for CFLs, even though they have a higher initial cost per bulb, can easily save you $100 a year. Let’s look at them in detail. I took the information off of GE Soft White A19 bulbs in both their regular and CFL form …