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Prepping for Cyber Monday’s Shop-a-Thon

Your legs may get a workout walking around the mall on Black Friday, but it’s unlikely that your wallet will. A recent survey by CouponCabin found that almost half of Cyber Monday shoppers plan to spend more money buying gifts online on November 26 than they will in-store the entire holiday season. Those online shoppers plan to drop a chunk of […]

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The Results Are In: How You Shop for the Holidays

Earlier this fall we asked you to take a survey about your holiday shopping habits, and now we’re pleased to share some of the results with you. Turns out, you buy more gifts than you would like, but you do get your shopping done early. How do you compare to other readers? Are you pretty much on par? Get more […]

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Check Out Your Charity: The #1 Thing to Look For

Before you write a check to a charity this fall, there’s one thing you should verify. Make sure that your organization of choice has 501(c)(3) tax status from the IRS. Having this status means that they donations are used for charitable purposes; your gifts are tax-deductible; that they make their financial information public; and that there are rules governing how […]

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Why You Should Keep Your Refrigerator Full

Even if you’re not much of a cook, keeping your refrigerator full will help you keep it cool while using less energy, thus saving you money on your electric bill. Because food items, or even just jugs of water, hold the temperature longer than empty space, your refrigerator won’t have to run as frequently just to stay cool. So keep […]

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Are You a Smart Shopper? Use Those Skills to Invest

Is there a cleaning product or a running shoe that you can’t stop raving about? Don’t just stock up on it. Consider buying stock in its parent company, too. A new feature on TD Ameritrade’s Mobile App (available for iPhone and Android) makes it easy. Scan an item’s bar code and the app pulls up the cost per share, plus […]

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Save Money When You Have to Travel During Peak Travel Season

What do you do if you’re locked in to travel dates by school vacations and can only travel during peak (read: really expensive) times of the year? There are a few ways you can make your vacation easier on your wallet: 1. Choose a budget destination: There are a few international trips that are always a steal—Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, […]

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Should You Splurge or Save When Stocking Your Bar?

Fun fact: Today is National Rum Day. (So get yourself a mojito, stat!) If you don’t happen to have any rum on had, use this handy guide on how to stock your bar before you head to the liquor store. And here’s whether or not to spend or save on each spirit: Splurge on these: Bourbon Rum Tequila Whiskey and […]

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Would You Buy Food at the Dollar Store?

Have you ever considered buying food at the dollar store? If not, you might want to give it a try. Our experts recommend looking for packaged food (like baking mixes) that have a long shelf life. Just check the expiration dates and make sure it’s something you’ll use before it goes bad. With birthday parties and bake sales on the […]

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How to Shop the Grocery Store When Hungry

Studies show that you spend more when you browse the grocery store aisles with a growling stomach. But sometimes a you can’t avoid doing your weekly shopping when hungry. To avoid blowing your entire paycheck on convenience foods you don’t really need, use this trick. Once you get to the store make a beeline to the free sample stations. Test […]

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Hitting Up People for Money? Bad Idea.

“My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,” a reader named Deanna wrote. “Their dream vacation is to go to Hawaii.  My sister, brother, and I would like to help, but don’t have all the funds necessary.” Deanna asked, “Would it be tacky to solicit contributions to such a trip from their friends? We don’t see how else they could […]

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