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Smartphone apps to help you avoid traffic

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This article comes from Nate Segall from the Quicken Loans Zing! blog.
Traffic – we despise it, we can’t stand it and we’ll do anything to avoid it. You can catch the morning news before you head out to work, tune in to the traffic updates on the radio – or you can download a traffic application [...]

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Published on April 4th, 2014
Modified on March 11th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Miscellany, Productivity
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How to save money on road trips

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

It is time to plan summer vacations. If you are planning to fly to your destination, now is the best time to start setting up price alerts for the plane tickets and signing up for credit cards if you want to use the miles and perks that come with carrying a particular airline card. With an [...]

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Published on March 10th, 2014
Modified on March 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning, Travel
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How Expensive Is Your Ego?

Written by William Cowie - 6 Comments

Social media has changed our lives in many ways, but here’s one nobody probably foresaw: criminals brazenly boasting about their deeds on Facebook. Some misdeeds are probably more humorous than deadly, like Michael Baker, who siphoned gas from a Jenkins, KY police cruiser, and then posted a video on the site with many eyes, complete with [...]

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Published on March 5th, 2014 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Frugality, Saving & Investing
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How Something You Might Not Know Costs You Thousands…

Written by William Cowie - 6 Comments

…And What You Can Do About It
We live in a complex world where many things happen around us that we’re at a loss to understand or explain. High CEO compensation, soaring health care costs, a biased media and politicians being bribed are but a few of the things we see wrong with the world. Those [...]

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Published on February 5th, 2014 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Mortgages
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How to complain effectively and get results

Written by Suba Iyer - 2 Comments

As soon as we signed the contract to buy our first home, I started dreaming about furnishing it. After years of drooling over pretty furniture catalogs, I finally had a place to decorate. I have also been saving money specifically to furnish our house and, as a part of that fund, I have been collecting furniture store gift [...]

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Published on January 28th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Consumer
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How to get the best deal on an engagement ring

Written by Suba Iyer - 4 Comments

We are right in the middle of the engagement season. According to the wedding planning website theknot.com, 39 percent of weddings begin with a proposal between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Everyone wants to buy the perfect ring. Being one of the most expensive purchases we make in our life, it is important to plan ahead and [...]

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Published on January 13th, 2014
Modified on January 10th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Consumer
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Money-saving tips for the holidays

Written by Suba Iyer - 5 Comments

All of us, I’m sure, are busy shopping and planning for gifts for all the people we care about. In the process, we don’t want to end up in a situation where we are happy for just one month and but are left paying December’s credit card bill throughout the next year. So here is [...]

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Published on December 2nd, 2013
Modified on November 27th, 2013 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Miscellany
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Psychology of Black Friday: Motivation behind the pursuit of deals

Written by Suba Iyer - 6 Comments

Planning done, lists itemized, tasks assigned, routes all mapped out and the game plan is ready to go. I am not talking about a military operation; I am talking about one of the most popular retail holidays in the US - Black Friday, a day when seemingly rational people go mad in the pursuit of deals.
Last [...]

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Published on November 8th, 2013 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Consumer
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The true cost of owning a car

Written by Linda Vergon - 2 Comments

This post comes from Cathy at our partner site Quizzle.com.
If you’re a driver, you’ve undoubtedly thought about how much it costs to buy a car. Maybe you’ve lusted after a $500,000 Lamborghini, while knowing you can only afford a $20,000 Honda Civic. And you’ve probably considered the cost of purchasing a car when you’ve created [...]

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Published on September 27th, 2013 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Frugality
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Are your friends keeping you poor?

Written by Suba Iyer - 5 Comments

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer.

Do you spend more when you go out with friends than when you shop alone?
Did you go to a particular restaurant with a group of friends just because you didn’t want to be labeled a tightwad by bringing up how expensive it is?
Welcome to the world of peer [...]

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Published on July 1st, 2013
Modified on July 4th, 2013 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality
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