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Why Do You Shop?

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

A few years ago, I was living paycheck to paycheck and was seriously trying to get my finances under control. I read all the tips and tricks to curb spending, yet I was failing month after month. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I never entered the grocery store without a list; I never [...]

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Published on July 23rd, 2014
Modified on July 25th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer
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Are You A Prius Lover or Hater?

Written by William Cowie - 11 Comments

When is the last time you got into a heated argument about cars? Cars in general are not controversial. Yes, there is the odd low-key Chevy vs. Ford thing from days gone by and that sort of thing, but most people generally don’t get worked up about cars, arguing about them after dinner in mixed [...]

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Published on May 28th, 2014 - 11 Comments
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Insurance
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How to save money on airline fees

Written by Suba Iyer - 4 Comments

The summer travel season is almost upon us. In the past, finding good airfare deals used to take the most time, while booking the tickets only took a couple of minutes. Now, it goes like this:

You spend hours trying to find a good airfare deal and get excited when you find an awesome deal!
When you [...]

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Published on May 19th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Frugality, Travel
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Why cutting the cord might not work

Written by William Cowie - 3 Comments

Time was when you had a home phone and you watched TV with a rabbit-ear antenna. Life was cheap then. Well, almost: I remember paying $3.95 a minute to make a phone call from Orange County to New York. Life may have been cheaper then, but not easier: When you and your significant other got [...]

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Published on May 14th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality
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Frequent Flier Miles Will Soon Favor the Rich

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This post comes from Libby Kane at our partner site LearnVest.com.
We don’t need to tell you that air travel is expensive.
That’s even with airline loyalty programs, which generally grant frequent-flier miles to travelers based on the distance traveled. These are later redeemed for a free trip (or part of a trip).
But rewarding customers [...]

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Published on April 25th, 2014
Modified on April 4th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Travel
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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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