The Best Price Trackers to Beat Black Friday

Every year, throngs of shoppers flood the nation’s leading retailers on the day after Thanksgiving, eager to seize their deeply discounted Black Friday haul. And

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10 Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Saving Money on Food

If you have them in your area, check out ethnic grocery stores for better bulk bargains on cultural staples such as rice or beans. Photo:

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Five Better Ways to Spend Your Halloween Dollars

Instead of wasting $70 on a ‘sexy Donald Trump’ costume (which unbelievably, doesn’t even include the wig or hat!), save that money so you can

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Finding Affordable Wedding Rings

Wedding bands are symbolic of your lasting love and commitment to your partner, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to

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Some Thoughts on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares and How to Maximize Their Value

Photo: At the start of this year, Sarah and I decided to sign up for a community supported agriculture (CSA) group in our area.

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Guide to Consignment Shops

Photo: Don Gunn It’s a classic quandary: You have way too much stuff, but your wallet is empty. Selling your items on consignment can help

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Tips for Finding Affordable Engagement Rings

You shouldn’t have to go into debt to show the world you love each other. Photo: Tela Chhe Choosing an engagement ring should be simple

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EMV Credit Cards Are Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

Photo: Ben Watts Using a credit card is one of the safest and most convenient ways to pay for products and services. Not only do

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How to Find Affordable Wedding Invitations

The invitation is such an important part of every wedding. It sets the tone for your whole ceremony and reception weeks in advance — so

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Six Habits That Can Land You Deep in Debt

Making impulse buys when you’re bored, sad, or excited is an easy way to dig yourself into debt. If you’ve ever been in debt, you


10 Tricks Online Marketers (and Other Scammers) Use to Extract Your Money

It’s pretty hard to spend much time online without seeing some pitch or another for some product that you just can’t live without. Maybe it’s


11 Strategies to Minimize Shopping or Avoid It Altogether

Want to avoid spending more than you meant to at the store? Take enough money to cover your planned purchases, and then leave your wallet — and

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How to Save Money on College Textbooks

Photo: Santa Monica College Bookstore Over the last few days, I’ve heard from a handful of college students that are facing the start of their

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Anchor Prices and You

When making a minor purchase such as earbuds, most of us go in unprepared — making it easier to fall prey to retail sales tactics


How to Coupon at $50 an Hour

Photo: J. Ridgeway Photography In the past, I’ve shared a ton of details on how we collect and use coupons. With that in mind, I

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Is Financing Furniture With a Store Credit Card Ever a Good Idea?

It’ll look great in your new living room, but is it worth risking the high interest rates of a store credit card to buy it? Photo:

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How to Avoid Getting Cut by the Cutting Edge

Photo: Faris Algosaibi When I graduated from college in 2002, smartphones were just beginning to become popular. There were several different types floating around out

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Why We’ve Given Up on Coupons

Even after using a coupon, name-brand groceries still tend to cost more than generic items. Photo: Selena N.B.H. About a week ago, my parents came to