A new retiree was so focused on living on next to nothing that she overlooked ways to increase income. No more.
A fresh experience led me to realize that I spend way too much time on penny-pinching and way too little on focusing on the big picture that is my life -- or, more to the point, my earning potential.
Recently one of my former students sent me a LinkedIn invite. This caused me to return to that much-neglected site, where I was reminded that an old friend, a graphic artist with whom I worked at a magazine and later through a talent agency I ran, had made himself one of my “contacts.” When I dropped him an e-mail to ask how things were going and mentioned that I’m now free of the Great Desert University, he invited me to join him for breakfast with a business networking group he frequents.
So, as dawn first colored the sky, I was shooting across the city to a Good Egg restaurant in one of Scottsdale’s toniest strip malls.
Online booksellers are buying. You won't earn a fortune, but at least you won't have to pay for postage.
Could I really find a buyer for titles as specialized as "Creating G.I. Jane: Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II," "Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace" or "Female Spectacle: The Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism"?
You can use coupons for bagels, subs and new Hasbro games. Time for a game night?
This isn’t a big week for new food deals and coupons, so we are throwing in some discounts and freebies that you can’t eat, with some help from our friends at Cities on the Cheap.
Alas, we are not coming up on National Chocolate Week or National Ice Cream Day, so we have no coupons for those essential items.
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It can be done, although it's not the best route for everyone.
It's a commonly accepted rule of personal finance that one should save three to six months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund. Conventional wisdom dictates that you stash your cash in a high-interest savings account or maybe a short-term high-yield CD. The key is to have ready access to the cash in a true emergency.
Confession time: I've never kept three to six months’ worth of cash sitting in a bank account and don't plan to. In an emergency, I can tap investment accounts, a home-equity line of credit, or yes, even the dreaded credit card. The question for today is whether it's a smart money move to rely on credit cards as your financial backstop.
Fashion Week trends can be had on clearance -- if you know where to go.
Want to hear a secret fashion retailers won’t share with you? The trendy fall and winter items they are pushing out the door now will be just as of-the-moment come autumn.
In other words: Shoppers who know what to look for can get hot items for next fall at substantial discounts.
First, don't buy more house than you need. Then, when it's time to remodel, use these simple tips to save 20% to 50%.
Writing new laws to change the way things work is much more challenging than it seems.
This is the third installment in what has turned out to be a series of posts about the CARD Act of 2009 (.pdf file) and the Federal Reserve’s new regulations to implement same. First, I discussed how new rules requiring lenders to consider ability to pay were a non-event. Next, I explained that there were not, after all, meaningful restrictions against giving credit cards to those under 21.
Today I will round up some other don’t-know-if-I-should-laugh-or-cry oddities that I came across in my few hours of research. As good a place to start as any is the other prong in the attack on underage plastic -- new draconian restrictions against marketing these evil things to college students.
Survey measured variation in prices, plus how many shops changed their estimates when presented with the industry standard price.
If you want to get a fair and accurate estimate of the cost of fixing your car, you’re better off in Memphis than in Chicago.
The site sent mystery shoppers to more than 600 repairs shops in the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas to get price quotes on a front brake replacement for a Ford Focus. The shoppers called back two weeks later, armed with the industry standard price for that repair.
Are you surprised to hear that more than two-thirds of the shops changed their price quote when presented with the usual price for that job?
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