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There isn't just one day of deals anymore. Where to shop, when.

By Karen Datko Nov 22, 2010 3:05PM

This Deal of the Day comes from Kelli B. Grant at partner site SmartMoney.

 

Black Friday has traditionally been shoppers' big holiday shopping sprint. But Black Friday now lasts seven days -- and takes almost as much strategy and planning as the Thursday feast.

But as retailers prepare a full week of sales and stampedes, dedicated bargain hunters can be certain some days will yield better bargains than others. 

Fellow merchants keep store open while owner is treated for cancer: 'She would do it for anyone else.'

By Teresa Mears Nov 22, 2010 2:47PM

The drama "It's a Wonderful Life" played last week at the Kimball Street Theatre in Elgin, Ill.

 

A few blocks away, the merchants of Elgin, a suburb of Chicago, have been living their own version of the story about a small-town banker who learns the value of community. While Patricia Keeney undergoes cancer treatment, her fellow merchants are keeping Keeney's Sporting Goods and PK's Antiques open.

 

"Pat could use the help, and she would do it for anyone else," Karin Jones, one of the volunteers, told the Chicago Tribune.

 

My splurges are less than my income and I'm still meeting my financial goals -- but it troubles me that I don't know how much I'm spending.

By Karen Datko Nov 22, 2010 2:00PM

This post comes from J.D. Roth at partner blog Get Rich Slowly.

 

"You know, you've been spending a lot of money lately," Kris told me the other day. I'd just returned from yet another shopping trip to REI.

"I have?" I asked.

 

"Yes," she said. "Can't you tell?"

 

Actually, I guess I can.

 

A thick old-fashioned book is a surprise best-seller. Author discussed his money problems, among other issues, in the 738-page tome.

By Teresa Mears Nov 22, 2010 12:40PM

What holiday gift is so hot this year you might not be able to find one?

 

Hint: It's not electronic.

 

One of the top-selling items this holiday season is decidedly low-tech: a 738-page, $34.95 book, the "Autobiography of Mark Twain," The New York Times reports.

 

The Kardashian sisters may know their way around reality TV, but they apparently don't know the first thing about prepaid cards.

By Stacy Johnson Nov 22, 2010 11:52AM

This post comes from Michael Koretsky at partner site Money Talks News.

 

First, they were huge reality TV stars. Then the Kardashian sisters -- Kim, Kourtney and Khloé -- launched their own line of jewelry, several perfumes, a clothing boutique, and a workout DVD. And that was fine, because their fans (mostly young women) knew what they were buying, and at what price.

But their latest venture, the Kardashian Kard, is the worst idea since Kim's 2007 sex tape. While the Kardashians usually don't mind letting it all hang out on camera, their new prepaid debit card is downright shy when it comes to disclosing the myriad fees it contains. 

 

DealPros talked money-saving tactics at a recent conference. Got any to add to our list?

By Donna_Freedman Nov 22, 2010 10:22AM
I recently spent a few days in Chicago at the Save Up 2010 conference, sponsored by Savings.com. All of us DealPros shared tips on holiday shopping and celebrations.

I took notes.

 

Swamp gravy? Yum. And did sloppy joes, mac and cheese, and 'tuna bread salad' keep you fed during lean times?

By Karen Datko Nov 19, 2010 3:14PM

This guest post comes from Len Penzo at Len Penzo dot Com.

 

When I was in college, I had cheap cooking down to a science. I had to: I was on an extremely tight budget and the money had to be intelligently allocated. Back then, dinner was No. 4 on my list of priorities, right after tuition, beer and rent. In that order.

 

Many people on limited incomes pride themselves on their ability to create some truly delicious and cheap dinner ideas.

I remember my grandmother, who was born in Italy, always being on an extremely tight budget. I also remember a dish Grandma used to serve that was nothing more than white rice mixed with her leftover homemade spaghetti sauce. Some people call that dish "red rice," but Grandma just called it "rice with sauce." Clever, huh? My grandma, God rest her soul, really had a way with words.

 

I recently polled a few co-workers and personal-finance blogger friends for some additional cheap cooking ideas that they use today or that their family served to them back when they were kids. Some were apparently more delicious than others. Here's a summary of the results:

 

Upcoming deals include 50% off at two stores via Groupon, plus a Thanksgiving cookbook, gourmet food sampling and free theme park admission for veterans.

By Teresa Mears Nov 19, 2010 1:35PM

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and oodles of leaked Black Friday ads, you may be starting to think about holiday shopping.

To help keep you in the mood, Starbucks is offering a deal on its holiday drinks through Nov. 21: Buy one and get one free from 2 to 5 p.m. Also, text 12DAYS to 29943, and you'll get text message alerts for deals during Starbucks' "12 Days of Sharing," which begin Dec. 1.

 

If your family, like mine, has decided at the last minute that you're bringing the Thanksgiving turkey, you might want to download Martha Stewart's free Thanksgiving Hotline Recipes cookbook. Famous chefs will answer questions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22-24 as part of the Sirius Satellite Radio promotion. Call (866) 675-6675.

 

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