But you can find great deals on magazines, computers, jeans and travel to Mexico.
Visit your e-mail inbox this time of year, and it’s easy to think you’re being stalked by every retailer in the mall. Depending on how you handle the influx, those e-mails can be your best bargain or your worst budget-buster.
Looking back over the past week, I’ve received roughly 50 e-mails a day in my personal account touting sales and deals, including a few travel and shopping newsletters. Yet I pulled out my credit card for just one: a $300 Calphalon pan set. They’re on sale for $80 through Dec. 13, and I wanted to replace the warped hand-me-downs I’ve been using since college. Minus a $42 leftover gift certificate balance from last Christmas, I got them for $38 -- an 87% discount.
He used to drink up to 8 cans of Diet Coke a day.
Any fool knows that you can save money by not drinking soda. But what if you’re a soft drink freak?
Steve quit in 2005. He might drink a regular soda from time to time, but diet no longer passes his lips.
How did he quit? Among his tips:
Venues are hoping you'll want to buy tickets as holiday gifts.
You’re probably not thinking about baseball games and theme parks right now.
But TravelZoo has just published news about a huge nationwide sale on Broadway shows, Las Vegas shows, sporting events, theme park passes and more, in the hope that you might want to buy some of these tickets as holiday gifts. I know I’d rather have tickets to a concert or play than a bat-shaped candy dish or yet another scented candle.
The retailer's environmental consciousness has grown, but it still has a way to go.
The store has lately been trying to attract more affluent customers, who in this economy are looking for lower prices along with everyone else. But those customers aren’t willing to abandon their ideals to save a few dollars, says CBS MoneyWatch.
Seriously underwater homeowners are passing up the option to walk away.
Last week The Consumerist had a post telling readers to “Go ahead, strategically default on your underwater mortgage.” This was based, more or less, on a paper (.pdf file) from a law professor at the University of Arizona which addressed the legitimate conundrum of why strategic defaults are not more common.
- Bing: Home values by state
A strategic default on a mortgage is when a borrower can make the payments but chooses not to. In other words, the borrower hands the keys over to the lender and walks away. It is important to remember that, despite much play in the media and academia, this is still a rather exotic maneuver. In order for a borrower to even begin considering such a move two things need to be true.
A former salad hater has found ways to incorporate them inexpensively and deliciously into his meal plans.
Lately, my wife and I have been studying ways to reduce our weekly grocery bill. We’ve been using several tactics to do this, which I will discuss one at a time over a series of articles.
Salads before dinner are a common staple at our house. For a long time, we would buy lots of different dressings and other items to complement the salad. While planning for a grocery trip a few weeks ago, we realized that we were about to spend $15 or so on salad accompaniments (because several of our items were depleted). We decided to try some different tactics to drastically reduce our spending on salad.
When a huge storm moved in and the lights went out, she knew she wasn't ready.
Quite a little storm blew through two nights ago. Apparently it started about 11:30 -- that’s when my power went out -- and carried on into the wee hours. Cassie woke me at 1 in the morning, barking at the distant thunder and fretting to go out. The wind was blowing so hard it made a weird, symphonic noise -- like an orchestra of kazoos.
- Bing: Worst natural disasters
Almost 300,000 utility customers lost power. Mine came back on about 8:30 the next morning. By then, the refrigerator’s interior appeared to be about room temperature: 62 degrees. I haven’t dared to open the freezer, but I expect it will be OK, even though, being a cheapie, it’s not well-insulated.
This minor episode brought one issue sharply to my attention: I am not prepared for a serious emergency lasting any length of time.
Before bailing out offspring, ask yourself whether you're really helping.
A new poll by CreditCards.com found that 42% of people with adult children have paid a debt for their children at some point. But should they?
The debts most commonly paid off were auto loans (40%) and medical debt (37%). But the survey also found that parents had paid utility debt (31%), credit cards (30%), student loans (29%) and mortgages (11%).
"It used to be that kids would be embarrassed to ask for help. Not anymore," Michael McAuliffe, president of Family Credit Management, a Chicago nonprofit credit counseling agency, told CreditCards.com’s Connie Prater.
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