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Is Pinterest the Enemy of Your Finances?

Earlier this year, my husband and I ordered a wooden shed for our yard. This decision took more than a year to make, mostly because

04.03.17
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9 Tactics for Figuring Out If You Really Need a Tempting Purchase

It’s a pretty familiar feeling for everyone at some time or another in their life. You’re doing some household chore and you realize that having

03.02.17
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How to Turn a Cupboard Cleaning Into a Great Meal Plan

Once every six months or so, I get really frustrated with the organization of our pantry and cupboards. Over the course of those months, Sarah

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Five Strategies for Avoiding (or Talking Yourself Out of) Hasty Purchases

The biggest personal finance mistake I make on any sort of a regular basis is to visit a store of any kind where I know

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The ‘Buy It For Life’ Compendium, Volume 2

About two years ago, I published a lengthy compendium of “buy it for life” product suggestions, because I’m regularly asked such in the reader mailbag.

01.31.17
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Is Shopping at Walmart Worth the Savings?

I’ll never forget the day my daughter and I spent 53 minutes in line at Walmart. It started innocently enough. My seven-year-old needed a new

01.04.17
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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

12.27.16
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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

12.15.16
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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
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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

12.13.16
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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

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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

12.08.16
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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

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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

11.23.16
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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

11.28.16
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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

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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

11.10.16
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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,