Bustling city sidewalk in front of retail store on Black Friday

Black Friday Savings and Shopping Tips

Do you know why the Friday after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday?” It’s dubbed that because many retailers record their highest profits of the year on that one day alone. In fact, some retailers operate in the red (losing money) most of the year, and Black Friday is the day that turns it all around for them. While it’s true that you...


What We Can Learn from TLC’s “Extreme Cheapskates”

There are spenders. There are savers. And then, there are cheapskates. Extreme Cheapskates is a new show on the TLC network that showcases the incredible — and often questionable — measures some people will take to save money. Ranging from the mildly inconvenient (only showering at the gym) to the potentially illegal (taking expired food fro...


Woman discussing whether to lease a vehicle

Does it Make Sense to Lease a Vehicle?

I am frequently asked if leasing is ever a good idea. The answer is no. Before you get all excited about tax credits and buying a depreciating asset and all that stuff, let me qualify my statement. If you are a CPA or have an MBA and earn at least $100,000 a year you can make your own financial decisions without consulting with anyone. If you ar...