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Archived Since:March 8, 2011

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Some surprising help turned my long search for new windows into a low-cost (or lower-cost) reality

Darci Swisher I was clicking around the Groupon app one evening on my iPad when I ventured beyond the food and drink deals I normally scout to ones for home services. I expected to find discounted housecleaning, not a significant savings on windows and installation. But two months later, five new vinyl replacement windows graced our condo [...]Show More Summary

Stop worrying…You probably didn’t pay too much for your new car

Russ Heaps Most of us like to tell “fish stories,” and they often include tales about the great deal we negotiated on our new car or truck. But behind closed doors, many of us obsess that we really paid too much. At least that’s the conclusion of the first annual TrueCar Buyer Study, which polled more than [...]Show More Summary

Online coupons and discount codes can save lots of money, at lots of stores, on lots of stuff

Jen A. Miller Although I’m a frugal person, I’ve never been a couponer. Cutting out and organizing paper coupons takes a lot of time. I saw my mom do this when I was a kid and it looked like an exhausting way to save a couple bucks. So beyond checking out the ValPak that comes in the mail [...]Show More Summary

Go to the movies? At these prices it’s got to be a great flick to get me off the couch

Alissa Fleck If you decide to spend a night out at the movies, you better be certain you’re going to love that film. In my opinion, movie-going has become too expensive to be a casual pastime anymore. The theater industry says the average ticket costs right around $8, but that has to include discounted prices for kids [...]Show More Summary

Kick start your savings with goal-based accounts

Susan Ladika Saving money is always one of the top New Year’s resolutions, but halfway through the year, you’ve usually kicked that goal to the curb. Hard to believe, but some banks and credit unions actually want to help you make those resolutions stick, paying higher interest rates or bonuses if you stash money in your savings [...]Show More Summary

Be ready for insurers to ask your car what really happened in an accident

Russ Heaps The next time you file an accident claim don’t be surprised if your insurance company wants to download data from your car or truck to make sure you’re telling the truth. No one knows exactly how much auto-insurance fraud goes on, but experts peg the losses at up to $30 billion. That covers a wide [...]Show More Summary

Mobile finance apps have changed my spending…And I don’t even use them

Alissa Fleck Do you want to change your spending, saving and budgeting habits, but keep putting off downloading a financial app because that would make it all just too real? Well, I have found a solution to this problem — or at the very least, a step in the right direction. This solution is relatively stress-free and [...]Show More Summary

Whether you’re a novice saver or seasoned investor here’s how to make up to 3% on CDs this summer

Amy Fontinelle Interest rates are at record lows, but you’ve got to put your money somewhere. With most savings accounts paying a pathetic 0.10% APY CDs remain a better paying alternative. Believe it or not, you can earn as much as 3% on some local deals and up to 2.30% on nationally available certificates of deposit. There [...]Show More Summary

Are hamsters the cheapest, yet cutest, pets ever?

Jen A. Miller We shall now pause to consider one of the Internet’s most hotly debated financial topics: The relative worth of hamsters. Well, to be honest, we aren’t going to waste so much as a pixel on the curmudgeonly views of hamster haters. (What is wrong with some people?) But we will take a realistic, dollars-and-cents look [...]Show More Summary

Where to find the highest pay, lowest cost of living

Mitch Strohm We often hear people say things like, “I’d be able to save more, if I lived in a cheaper city.” But a lower cost of living usually means lower paying jobs, too. So here’s the question you should be asking yourself: Which cities have the best balance of high pay and low cost of living? [...]Show More Summary

Stop guessing about how much you’ll spend on gas

Mitch Strohm If you’re planning a summer road trip here’s a quick and easy way to see how much the gas will cost. FuelEconomy.gov, the official government source for fuel economy information, recently released My Trip Calculator. It’s a nifty tool that provides the best route and estimates your fuel costs based on whatever you’ll be driving, [...]Show More Summary

How I earn credit card rewards responsibly

Kristin Wong The topic of maximizing credit-card rewards seems to be a popular one lately, especially in the world of personal finance blogging. Many of us use our credit cards to pay our bills and monthly expenses. We earn cash back and rake in the rewards. Some of us have even mastered the envious ability to churn [...]Show More Summary

Traveling abroad requires planning at home to avoid unexpected fees on credit card and cell phone bills

Jen A. Miller My big trip this year is a 10-day Italian vacation. I’m excited, but I’m also doing a lot of planning beyond where to get the best pizza and what shoes to bring. I’m making sure that I spend as little as possible on foreign transaction fees, current exchanges, and smartphone use so I’m not hit [...]Show More Summary

Manage your life like a CFO

Mitch Strohm If you want to save money, you’ve got to manage your life much like the chief financial officer runs the company where you work. J.D. Roth of the personal finance blog “Get Rich Slowly” just launched a course that can help you do just that. The course aims to help you eliminate debt, master your [...]Show More Summary

Turn tantalizing foreign cuisine into budget meals

Cliff O'Neill “Well, if I’m going to cook an authentic Argentinian meal, I’m going to have to buy grass-fed beef,” I said to myself. “But the spousal unit is totally going to kill me when he sees how much this meal cost.” It’s thoughts like that that almost derailed the personal challenge I had taken to to [...]Show More Summary

Can CDs be a good place for your emergency fund?

Darci Swisher If your emergency fund is sitting in a savings account that pays virtually nothing you might consider investing those dollars in a certificate of deposit. CDs are just as safe and you’ll earn a little more interest. The only caveat is that you’ll have to make sure you don’t get hit with stiff early withdrawal [...]Show More Summary

Do loyal customers really get treated better?

Kristin Wong Whether it’s through rewards programs or special invites, companies often tout an appreciation for customer loyalty. Yet, every few months, I find myself challenging my Internet service provider over a “promotional offer” that has expired, which means I’m paying more than new customers. It’s become a pretty standard call, and with a little negotiating, I [...]Show More Summary

Blindly chasing any and every job isn’t a smart way to launch your career…Here’s how to do better

Alissa Fleck I think we can all agree that time = money. But, when it comes to job hunting, that may not be the only equation worth considering. I’m in my mid-twenties, and since graduating college, I have always been told to apply for jobs, as many as I can, even those that seem far out of [...]Show More Summary

Boss ripping you off? Here’s what to do about it

Kristin Wong Earlier this year, beloved celebrity chef Mario Batali agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by his employees for $5.25 million. Their claim? Batali’s restaurants were allegedly confiscating tips from workers to increase profits. Maybe it comes as a surprise to you; maybe it doesn’t. But wage theft is a pretty common occurrence in the United [...]Show More Summary

Student raises $1,000 to take burrito skydiving

Kristin Wong A design student from Chicago recently launched a fairly ridiculous Kickstarter campaign: He wanted to buy a burrito and graph its “deliciousness.” With an original funding goal of $8, Noboru Bitoy has blown that target out of the water. As of this post, he’s raised a whopping $1,050, all based on this simple promise: “Just [...]Show More Summary

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