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What to Buy/What Not to Buy in December

December 2, 2014 |

With Christmas just around the corner, shopping is on everyone’s mind. With so many sales and special deals, you’re likely to believe that now’s the best time to buy just about anything. While the holiday spirit may be encouraging you to spend a little more, it’s actually a good time to take a few moments to review your shopping habits. While stores are offering excellent buys on a variety of items, it’s a good idea to wait until after the first of the year for some items. Read on for a handy guide on what to buy and what not to buy in December.

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Picking the Perfect Gifts for Everyone

November 28, 2014 |

Picture this – everyone is gathered around the Christmas tree, and a gift is handed to a loved one who opens it and forces a smile once they’ve seen what’s inside. They don’t necessarily hate the gift; it’s just not for them.

This is a common scenario for a lot of people who’ve dealt with this at least once in their gift-giving experience. Gift shopping can be difficult and a bit of a gamble, especially if you don’t know if your family or friends will genuinely love what you give. It’s the thought that counts, but if they love it, that’s certainly better.

The below gift guide will assist you with picking out gifts that will impress your family and friends.
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Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Black Friday Dilemma

November 26, 2014 |

The most wonderful day of the year is almost here. Get ready all you shoppers, as Black Friday is right around the corner!

Do you plan to hang out in your jammies and shop from the comfort of your own couch? Or are you going to brave the crowds and see where the deals lead you? There are pluses and minuses to both strategies, so let’s take a look at the options to see what might be the best choice for your shopping needs.

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Gift Cards as Gifts - How to Get the Best Deal

November 25, 2014 |

Gift cards might not be the most sentimental choice for the thoughtful gift-givers out there, but I find that they are a great way to say “Thank You” and “Happy Holidays” to everyone from the mail carrier to my child’s ... Read More

6 Fabulous Fall Deals to Snatch Up

September 26, 2014 |

Unless you are living under a rock, you are aware that many retailers hold great sales on Labor Day weekend. But if you missed them because you were out of town, too lazy to get out of bed or for any other reason, do not despair. Many consumers think that the time between Labor Day and Black Friday is relatively quiet on the sales front, but the truth is that there are many great sales to take advantage of. Most of them are not heavily advertised, though, so you need to know what types of items to put on your October shopping list. Here are some savings to look for.

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What to Buy/What Not to Buy in August

August 1, 2014 |

For the most part, August heralds the end of the summer. People are taking one last vacation before putting away the swimsuits. Kids are getting ready to hit the books and prepare for another school year. Those who have some free time to spare might think about hitting the malls or doing some online shopping. However, in order to score the best deals, you need to time your shopping right. That means there are some things you should hold off on buying in August and some things you should definitely purchase during this month.

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Shop the Best Back-to-School Deals, No Kids Required

July 29, 2014 |

It's Back-to-School time! Wedged between Fourth of July and Labor Day, this fifth season is the time when most of the biggest retail stores roll out huge deals on essentials for the upcoming school year. No kids? No problem! Just because a sale is labeled “Back-to-School” doesn't mean it's not for you. There are savings to be found on everything from backpacks to bedding. Read More

Three Thrifty Tips From a Confessed Nordstrom Addict

July 17, 2014 |

Nordstrom. What a wonderful place. They have a café, a piano player providing calming entertainment while you shop and the Ladies’ Lounge – seriously, the Ladies’ Lounge is nicer than my master bathroom. I could spend some serious time (and money!) at Nordstrom.

While I love to spend my afternoon strolling through Nordstrom, what I do not love is to overpay there. That’s why I try to keep these three easy tips in mind so that I can maximize my dollar when I head to my fashion paradise. Read More

Finding the Best Summer Gym Deals

June 12, 2014 |

Maybe you kinda, sorta slacked on your New Year's resolution to join a gym this year. Now summertime is here and that adorable bikini is looking awfully...teeny. No need to panic! If you think you cannot get a great deal on a gym membership once the weather gets warmer, think again. January is not the only time of year when membership prices drop. So ditch those oversize tees and shape up with summer deals. Read More

3 Reasons to Abandon Your Online Shopping Cart

May 22, 2014 |

There's something in your cart. Would you like to go back and complete your purchase?

Not every item we click on to add to a shopping bag or shopping cart when online shopping actually ends up being ordered. Far from it! And, retailers have noticed. So much so, that "abandoned cart recovery" is a very real industry term for using email marketing to try and recover the sale. Read More

Decoding Grocery Store Prices: 3 Tips to Spot a Good Deal

May 2, 2014 |

Grocery shopping – either you love it or you hate it. Personally, I love it because I enjoy the challenge of finding the best deal. With these tips in your cart, you will be on your way to shopping smarter at the grocery store! Read More