more about: money

Do You Give Valentine’s Day Gifts? How Much Do You Spend?

Coming almost directly on the heels of paying off that holiday debt, Valentine’s Day has started to feel like a mini-Christmas. When I worked in an educational toy store during school, I was surprised by how many people bought rather pricey Valentine’s Day gifts for their kids. I can only imagine what they were spending on their significant others. So, […]

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Do You Double-Check Your Receipt?

Yesterday, I did all of my food-shopping for the week. And since my husband and I rarely eat out, it was a pretty large haul. (After all, groceries are typically always cheaper than a meal at a restaurant.) So it wasn’t until I had left the store that I ran my eyes over the receipt. Everything seemed to match up […]

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Save Money by Negotiating Your Bills

My dad has mad skills when it comes to negotiating. I’ve seen him name his price for cars and clothing, among other things. Aside from food, I’m not really sure if he’s ever paid the designated retail price for anything. (I exaggerate—but only a little bit.) I always have good intentions to haggle for a better deal, but often get […]

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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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