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The Least Awkward Ways to Ask for a Discount

February 28, 2014 |

There are plenty of sophisticated money-saving methods. These are not those. Turns out saving money doesn't always require pulling out your Fiskars, memorizing coupon policies and working the system. Sometimes all it takes is asking. Here are five ways to do that in the least awkward way possible. Read More

Surprising Opportunities to Ask for Your Money Back

January 16, 2014 |

There are many reasons to ask for your money back-- the service stunk, the product broke or you were just unsatisfied with whatever you were promised. But there are also many reasons to skip the process of asking for your money back-- you don't want to get anyone in trouble, you lost your receipt, or it's just not worth the hassle. But surprisingly, getting a refund can be a painless process. After all, it's in a company's best interest to make sure their customers are satisfied. Here are four surprising opportunities where you should definitely ask for your money back if you're not happy.

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Glitch Deals: Insider Tips for Taking Advantage of Shopping Mistakes

December 25, 2013 |

We all mess up and sometimes those slip-ups are pretty big. But when a retailer makes a mistake the blunder can mean incredible deals for shoppers. It's called a "glitch" and we're revealing insider tips from the coupon world for taking advantage of these shopping mistakes.

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Naughty or Nice? Four Gift-Giving Conundrums to Consider

November 29, 2013 |

In order to avoid the holiday credit card hangover, you’ll want to be at your coupon savvy best this holiday season. While you’re saving up a storm, you may have some gift giving etiquette questions you never thought possible, but can be a real reality for those who coupon. Is couponing for Christmas gifts bad form? Does regifting make me a bad person? And what happens with those free gifts with purchase? We asked an etiquette expert for help determining what's naughty and what's nice.

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7 Quick Tips: How to Rock at Printing Coupons

November 6, 2013 |

Have you been there? Sunday night rolls around. You're in your pajamas, settled in on the couch with a big bowl of ice cream, ready for the latest episode of Revenge and it hits you. You forgot to buy a newspaper and now you have no fresh coupons! Rather than run out to the closest convenience store in your PJs, take a deep breath. Because most of those coupons you usually clip for your Sunday newspaper inserts are accessible to you with a few clicks. If you want to improve your online coupon printing skills follow these seven steps.Read More

The Cashier Who Ate Beef Jerky and Other Crazy Stories

March 7, 2013 |

Sometimes it's the customer that gets noticed for being particularly crazy or nasty. (You probably remember the St. Louis pastor who notoriously wrote on her receipt 'I give God 10%, why do you get 18?') The Applebees waitress that posted it online ended up losing her job, but sometimes far worse offenses made by cashiers or servers go unpunished. We asked for your crazy stories about absurd staff members and here are some of the most interesting responses.

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4 Haggling Tips for the World’s Longest Yard Sale (Or the One Next Door)

July 3, 2012 |

The World Longest Yard Sale is 690 miles long and runs from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. Known as The 127 Corridor Sale, this mammoth  gathering of bargain hunters and sellers is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer. It runs from August 2-5. Whether you're trying to get a great deal at this epic yard sale-- or the one around the corner-- here are some tips for haggling like a pro at your summer yard sale.

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Checkout Line Anxiety: How to Handle Coupon Haters

April 5, 2012 |

Your palms may get sweaty, your heart may race, or your throat could get dry. No, you're not boarding a roller coaster or walking onto a stage, you're about to use a huge pile of coupons, and you're worried about irritating those impatient people who don't care how much money you're saving. Here are some tips to prevent yourself from feeling hated while you're taking a long time at the register.

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How to Deal with Gift Return Nightmares

December 27, 2011 |

Return fraud is a serious problem for retailers who will lose an estimated $3.48 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. That is actually a bit lower from last year's $3.73 billion lost to return fraud during the holiday season. Annually for 2011, return fraud will cost retailers a whopping $14.37 billion. In response, some retailers are tightening their return policies in an effort to reduce theft. Last year Consumer Reports estimated that one in five Americans planned to return a gift after Christmas. For honest shoppers, strict return policies can create major holiday headaches.

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Why Your Social Media Profiles Could Cost You a Job

December 3, 2011 |

Job references are so 20th century. These days employers can gain much more social intelligence using Google. By perusing your social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and more they'll find out important details about your personality, professionalism and history. If you're hunting for a job you may want to think about what a potential employer has the ability to see through a basic online search. Take some simple steps to ensure your social media profile doesn't cost you the job.

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How Not to Strike Out During the World Series

October 18, 2011 |

"The pitcher is throwing aspirins!" To the baseball novice that may sound like an odd thing to say, but according to Major League Baseball infielder Greg Pryor, saying that during the next big game can make you sound like a pro. Pryor knows what he's talking about when it comes to baseball. He played in the majors for ten seasons and was a member of the World Series-winning Kansas City Royals in 1985. Now he's working in two businesses: Sports-Aholic, Inc. and LifePriority.com. But he doesn't mind helping even casual fans learn the basics of baseball.

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