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Financial Advice That Needs to Die

Recently, one of my friends was curtain shopping when she received some pretty crazy advice from a friendly store employee. “You should expect to spend around 5% of your home’s value on curtains and draperies,” the saleswoman explained as she sauntered around the sales floor. Of course, my friend balked at the idea. Not only …

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 value of the global e-commerce economy is expected to grow to $1.5 trillion in 2015 as online shopping becomes more commonplace and businesses adapt their marketing efforts to capture more …

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 questions have been so spread out, a few people recently have asked me if there is a single place where they can go to find all of the “buy it …

Categories: Shopping

The Simple Dollar Coupon Finder

How It Works Bookmark this page so you can browse through hundreds of coupons daily! Find what you like and just click, print, and save. Coupons powered by Coupons.com

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Finding Your Financial Blind Spots – and Eliminating Them

About a year ago, I spent a rainy afternoon going through my credit card and bank statements and categorizing the expenses. Most of the time, I have a pretty good mental picture of what I’ll discover when I do this – it’s when my mental picture doesn’t match the expenses that I start to worry. …

Categories: Getting Started

Financial Responsibility, Joy, and Pleasure

Kelly wrote in with an interesting message via Facebook: I’ve been reading your articles and trying to follow your advice. My problem is that I just don’t find being “frugal” very pleasurable. Whenever I try to think of something to do, I always end up thinking “nope, not that” over and over again because the …

Categories: Getting Started

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 a tray of baked beans to a neighborhood cookout, and something straight off the registry to a wedding, it’s often difficult to decide what to get a newly-minted high school …

Categories: Education, Family, Shopping

Millionaires as Middle Class?

Recently, I came across a great article at CNBC entitled “Most millionaires say they’re middle class.” The article describes a recent survey that paints an interesting picture of people who have accumulated a lot of wealth: A majority of millionaires polled describe themselves as middle class or upper middle class despite being among the wealthiest …

Categories: Getting Started

Can Alternative Credit Scoring Help You Get a Mortgage?

By Peter Miller Lenders have an ongoing problem: No matter how many loans they create, they want to make even more. And that brings us to the 67 million people who lack the credit needed to borrow in today’s tough lending environment. What if we changed credit standards so that more people could qualify for …

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 the best time when deals keep changing? When it comes to shopping at Kohl’s, getting a bargain is almost guaranteed — you should rarely, if ever, have to pay full …

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