more about: money

Ask and You Shall Receive

This past weekend, I did a bit of shopping. We needed a bunch of groceries and a couple of dutiful clothing basics from a department store, too. At the supermarket, there were plentiful sales on produce, so I tried to mainly fill my cart with items that were discounted. So imagine my chagrin in the checkout line when I realized […]

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Still Holding Onto Unwanted Christmas Gifts? Donate Them With This Site

If you have Christmas gifts you never got around to returning—or that you’ve belatedly decided you don’t actually need—don’t let them collect dust in the closet. Instead, see if you can donate them via the website, thegivingeffect.com, an organization that partners with charities across the nation that need material goods—from books and toys to kitchen gadgets to gift cards. (Thanks […]

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In 2013, Target Will Match Amazon’s Prices

Earlier this week Target announced that they have extended and expanded their price-matching program to include online retailers like Amazon. Likely an attempt to combat Amazon’s Price Check app which enables consumers to scan an item in a store and find out if they can get it cheaper on Amazon. Target is hoping that if consumers can get the lowest […]

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Save Money on Your Work Commute

You’ve probably read that enrolling in a transportation reimbursement account (TRA) is one of the easiest—and pain-free—ways to save money on your daily commute since it allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for train tickets, bus tickets, and parking. Now, with the passing of last week’s fiscal cliff bill, mass transit-riders can now save even more. The American […]

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Buy Forever Stamps Now, Price Increases on January 27th

If you’re a frequent letter-writer or thank-you-note-sender, as I hope to be in 2013, you might want to get yourself to the post office in the next week or so. Prices of the Forever stamp and post card stamps are scheduled to go up on January 27th. Granted this year isn’t a big jump—just 1 cent for both kinds of […]

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Should You Sell a Gift Card?

Didn’t know what to get your kid’s teacher? Your coworker? Your Secret Santa? Chances are, you bought someone a gift card. And while you probably thought you couldn’t go wrong with such an easy, crowd-pleasing gift, according to Yahoo! data, searches for “sell gift cards” are off the charts this week. So, does it make financial sense to sell unused gift […]

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Are You Making a Financial New Year’s Resolution?

While pledging to learn how to cook, to sleep more, or to hit the gym at least four times a week are all noble resolutions, I’m going to focus my efforts on my finances in 2013. Namely, these couple of things: Reallocating both my 401(k) and my IRA. I’ve been needing to do this for years, but just keep putting […]

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Do You Make Resolutions?

It’s here, the last day of 2012. And after the dust settles from tonight’s festivities, we’ll be looking toward new things in 2013. So I want to know: what resolutions are you making for 2013? If you make resolutions, that is. I’ll share mine in the comments as well—after I come up with them. While you’re brainstorming, here are 4 […]

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Beware of Return Fees

If you’re heading to the mall today to return some of the gifts you received that weren’t quite right, keep in mind that you might get slapped with a couple of fees if you opened your gift completely. Some stores will charge up to 25 percent of the refund price as a restocking fee or a fe for opened merchandise. […]

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Use Your Flexible Spending Account Funds Before It’s Too Late

The frenzy of the holidays is over, so now is the time to make sure that you haven’t overlooked using all the money in your flexible spending account (FSA). FSAs let you set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for medical expenses that your health insurance doesn’t cover (like bandages, prescription drugs, and meeting your deductible).While these accounts are great for […]

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