more about: money

Is Her Parking Ticket My Responsibility?

When are you obligated to chip in to help a friend? “Recently, a friend drove me and two other pals to an event. Afterwards we returned to find a parking ticket on the car’s windshield,” wrote a reader named Cynthia. “One person said that she would help pay for the parking ticket. I, too, said I would chip in,” Cynthia […]

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Save Money (and Water) This Summer

Think twice before installing an automatic sprinkler system (or turning on the one you already have), according to the EPA those systems can use up to 50 percent more water unnecessarily. To save money and water, try using a soaker hose instead. It will gently water your lawn or your flower beds and you can move it throughout the yard as […]

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One Thing to Know Before You Mow

You might be able to skip the lawnmower tuneup and save a little money this year by following this one tip. If you still have gas left in the tank, empty it out (and dispose of it according to your city ordinances) and fill up the mower with fresh gas. This is frequently the cause of sputtering and problems during […]

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A Nice Problem to Have: Both Families Want to Pay for the Wedding

This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named Mike66, who is getting married – congratulations! – and already finds himself in the middle of a skirmish between the in laws over cash. But it’s not the usual fight over who has to pay… In this case, the bride’s family was planning to foot the bill for the wedding and reception. […]

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What If One Friend Has Less Money Than the Others?

Say you plan – and pre-pay – a friends’ weekend getaway only to learn at the last minute that one person can’t afford to go. “Save me from being unduly rude!” wrote reader SJaneParker, who hopes she won’t be left footing the bill. Here’s the setup: “I and another close friend took on the task (happily) of organizing a college […]

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Some Tips to Make Tipping a Little Easier

If you’re a frequent business traveler, like a reader named Agowen, you may often experience a sinking feeling when it’s time to tip the bell hop. You reach into your pocket or handbag only to find…the smallest bill you have is a twenty. Now what? “I travel every week for work and encounter a lot of people that I think […]

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How To: Save at the Salon

If you have a flexible schedule you can end up saving big at the salon. Ask if your stylist has off-peak pricing, which means you’ll save by booking an weekday afternoon appointment versus as Saturday morning appointment. Just remember that if you see your stylist consistently, you should tip on the full amount of the service. Get more money saving […]

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The Best Deals on the Restaurant Menu

The next time you’re out to eat remember these tips to keep your bill low: – The most well-priced items will be in the middle of the menu. Anything that’s advertised in a box or a different color likely has a high markup. – Chicken and pasta might be inexpensive to make at home, but the are going to have […]

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How to Save at the Movies

If you’re trying to see all of the contenders before the Oscars air on February 26th, (see the full list of nominees here), you’ll end up spending a lot at the local theater. To save some money, check to see if you can redeem your credit card reward points for movie tickets. Several cards have deals with theater chains or […]

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Call Me ‘Mrs. Rockefeller’ (My Husband Does)

My husband is a reasonable man. After all, he generally can be counted on to agree with me when it comes to the big issues in life. For instance, we both believe that babies should be able to sleep through the night by the time they weigh 12 pounds; that Labrador retriever puppies are the most irresistible creatures on earth, […]

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