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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

Amazon Prime: Is it Worth it?

October 22, 2014 |

There is a lot of talk about Amazon Prime. Is it worth the membership costs? What are the perks? At our house, I do a fair amount of online shopping and sometimes wish I was getting the free two-day shipping option. I also have Netflix and love to binge-watch shows in order to catch up. I decided it was time to embark on my free trial to find out if it was actually worth it for my family. Here are my findings. (Please note that your findings may be different than mine, but you can always start your own free trial to find out for yourself!)

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Don't You Dare Shop at These 5 Stores Without a Coupon

August 13, 2014 |

I love a great sale, but I must admit there's something particularly satisfying about using a coupon to get a deal, especially online. You know that little thrill you get when you punch in the code and watch the discount pop up on your bill right before your very eyes? (I can't be the only one, right?!) There are hundreds of stores with great coupons – just check out ultimatecoupons.com – but the following five are coupon superstars; my go-to stores for savings when it's time for a shopping spree. Read More

Saving Money (and Time) With Google Shopping Express

August 12, 2014 |

One of my favorite ways to kill some time is wandering the aisles of Target and Costco. But when I’m trying to cut back on my spending, that activity can be pretty dangerous because it often leads to unneeded purchases (like that clearance fondue pot that ended up in my cart because it was such a great deal). My solution: Google Shopping Express (GSX). Read More

More Box for Your Bucks: Subscription Boxes With the Best Value

March 25, 2014 |

Does it seem like the only things that show up in your mailbox these days are bills and catalogs? Make your mail more fun and ship the world to your door with a monthly subscription box. It's a great way to discover products, taste new foods and even educate your kids. Plus they can be a great value. Plenty of companies give their products to subscription boxes as a way to market their business to new audiences. That allows the subscription box companies to stuff each box with products that are worth far more than the cost of the monthly subscription. Check out these five subscription boxes with the best value. Read More

How to Make Sure Your Online Diaper Deal Isn't Crappy

February 14, 2014 |

Tell me this hasn’t happened to you: You think you’ve just gotten a steal of a deal on diapers until you get home and notice that the box you bought is actually smaller than the one you usually buy. Suddenly, the diapers you thought were 20 cents each were actually 27 cents (and you shouldn’t have bought four boxes). This is a ridiculously easy mistake to make, considering that diaper packages have names like “Huge Box”, “Super Pack”, “Jumbo Pack”, “Giant Pack” and “Economy Pack.” Not to mention that in each of these categories there are six different sizes of diapers and the quantity of diapers in the box is different for every size.

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The Top 5 Sites for Scoring Clearance Deals

January 15, 2014 |

When it comes to replenishing your wardrobe, it doesn’t get any better than clearance shopping. You exponentially increase the bang you get for your buck, and all but eliminate that pesky buyer’s guilt. After all, what’s to feel bad about when you know you’re getting the best possible value for your money? The web abounds with online storefronts, and when it comes to mark downs, not all sites are created equal. Here are a few of our favorites for their stellar clearance pages. Check them out and relish the savings.

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Top 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Thrifty People

January 8, 2014 |

It’s that time of year when people start thinking of new goals, fresh starts and maybe even a resolution or two. The thing about resolutions is they don’t often last long. You never hear of someone patting themselves on the back on December 31 for sticking to their resolution all year long.

But, thrifty people are a committed bunch and if anyone can stick to a resolution it’s them. Looking for the perfect financial goal for 2014? Here are eight resolutions perfect for thrifty people.

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Special Delivery: Four Fresh Ways to Ship Your Package

December 18, 2013 |

It usually goes something like this: you buy something awesome online and finally the day comes when you open your mailbox and the package is there or your doorbell rings and a friendly delivery person hands you your package. But, with IBM Digital Analytics reporting that online sales are up 17.5% over last year, how are delivery providers managing to deliver all those packages? Turns out they have their thinking caps on and have some smart, innovative ideas.

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Extreme Savings: Sites that Allow Shoppers to Stack Coupon Codes

November 13, 2013 |

We all know coupon codes are a great way to save money on online purchases. But did you know that some online retailers allow you to stack coupon codes? That means you can enter several coupon codes in the same transaction to increase your savings significantly. The codes may give you a dollar off discount, a percentage savings and even free shipping. Check out these websites that allow shoppers to use multiple coupon codes at a time.

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