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Top Tips for Holiday Returns

If you ended up receiving holiday gifts that weren’t quite right, you’re not alone. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans return or exchange more than $50-billion dollars’ worth of gifts every year. There’s no reason to feel guilty about returning or exchanging a gift. Remember that the person who gave it to you wanted ...


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5 DIY Skills to Help You Save Money

Every time you pay someone to do something you could do yourself, you’re taking a few steps back from reaching your savings goals. Of course, there are many things best left to the professionals, but there are also things you pay for every day you could easily do yourself. Here are five valuable DIY skills that can help you save money and reac...


5 Free Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Good news! The Energy Information Administration predicts that average household heating costs will be down by approximately $19 this winter – the first drop since 2001-2002. If you’d like to save even more on home heating costs, here are 5 free ideas you can do right now. They may seem small and simple, but they’ll help you save in the long ...


Know these 5 Supermarket Spending Traps

You did everything right. Planned a menu, made a list, organized your coupons, updated your shopping apps, and had a snack before you left for the store. Yet, you still ended up going over your grocery budget for the week, and you don’t know why. Chances are, you got caught in one or more of the following supermarket spending traps. Music Whil...


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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...