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Six Simple Changes to Your Grocery Routine That Can Save You a Lot of Money

Try cutting back on ‘big’ shopping trips and just replenishing fresh items in between, like produce and milk. Photo: Fareway via Facebook As I’ve alluded to a

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Paper or Plastic? Two Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Photo: Alan Light The average American family of four with two kids under 11 spends somewhere between $647.80 and $1,290.60 per month on food, according

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10 Things You Should Never Buy Used

It’s tempting to accept a secondhand crib from relatives or friends, but beware: Many of them have been recalled or discontinued because of major safety

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The Best Used Cars for Simply Getting Around

At under $10,000, a used 2012 Nissan Leaf is a reliable and cheap option for daily commuting or running errands. Photo: Elias Motors via Facebook It’s

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Rewards: Smart Summer Buys in Discover it® Cashback Match™ and Chase Freedom Categories

July is a great time to pick up tools on sale — and Discover it® card users can get an extra 5% cash back to

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12 Items That Pay for Themselves Tenfold or More

Ditching paper towels for cloth napkins and dish towels can save hundreds of dollars over a few years. Photo: Liz West When you’re trying to live a frugal

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Finding Happiness for Free

For a couple of weeks, jot down what you’re doing every half hour or so, and how you feel at the time. Then look for

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Money Management 101: Why You Should Track Your Spending

Are you literally eating through your income? Nearly half of Americans who live paycheck-to-paycheck cite dining and entertainment as the root of their financial problems. Track your spending

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Our Favorite Best Buy Deals

Here’s how to find the best deals at electronics giant Best Buy. Photo: Mike Mozart Shopping for electronics and appliances is quite an undertaking. For

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Financial Advice That Needs to Die

Should you spend a whopping two months’ salary on an engagement ring? That depends on whether you listen to your own instincts, or a global jewelry company’s marketing department.


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

Need a graduation gift for a high-school senior who’s headed to college? You can’t go wrong with school-branded gear like hats and sweatshirts for their freshman year. Photo: John

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The Best Kohls Coupons and Deals

Photo: Mike Mozart 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

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Throwing Away the ‘Retail Therapy’ Crutch

Whether it’s to celebrate a success or stave off the blues, shopping makes for an expensive emotional outlet. Photo: Cristiano Betta Mary wrote in with a

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ALDI, Fareway, and the Value of Discount Grocery Stores

Discount grocer ALDI offers few frills or services and mostly store-brand products, which makes for an efficient, if spartan, shopping experience. Photo: Mike Mozart Recently,

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Guide to the Gift Card Economy

Got a gift card you’ll never use? You can resell it online — and buy ones you will use at a discount. Photo: 401kcalculator.org Love

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

Your cat may find it annoying, but inviting some friends over for a clothing swap can help all of you score dozens of new outfits for free. Photo: