4 Steps to Help You Splurge on a Treat

This article was written by Graham from Moneystepper. Moneystepper provides advice on taking small steps every day, which have a much bigger impact over the long-term. Daily posts cover every aspect of money, investing, saving, real estate, taxes & the economy: everything you need to increase your net wealth in the short, medium and long term.

We all need treats in life. We need to enjoy experiences that will create lasting

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Priceline Users Be Careful: Name the Wrong Price and You May Go To Jail

I bet you didn’t know Priceline had a jail.

I didn’t either until I got tossed into their web-based hoosegow for 24 hours. Heh.

What was my “crime” you ask?

This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I recently made an offer on a rental car for our upcoming family vacation to the East Coast that was apparently a bit too low for Priceline and their affiliates’ liking.

I still don’t understand

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10 Money Saving Tips to Get the Most From Coupons

Coupons can save you hundreds of dollars each year, if not more. So why is it that so many people choose not to use them? Maybe it’s that they don’t consider them worth the trouble, or have had bad experiences with using coupons in the past. It could be that people just don’t know where to look to find good coupons, or they don’t understand how to get the most out

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100 Words On: Why Extended Warranties Sometimes Do Make Sense

The conventional wisdom out there is that it’s rarely advantageous to consider an extended warranty unless it’s for an automobile.

Don’t believe it.   The truth is, when it comes to extended warranties, things aren’t always quite so black and white.   For example, it often makes sense to buy extended warranties for irreplaceable or low-reliability products.   Likewise, they’re often a good idea for items that you know may be

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Money Mirages: 6 Money-Saving Ideas That Are Anything But

Yesterday I was at the gas station and I observed a soccer mom topping off the tank of her bright yellow Hummer.

And when I say “topping off,” I mean really topping it off. She must have squeezed that hose handle a dozen times — and each time she did, the gas pump reacted with one of those obnoxious attention-getting retorts warning her that the tank was full. You know

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The Top 5 Daily Deal Sites on the Internet

The ease and convenience of using the Internet, combined with the need for people to save money as a result of the struggling economy, have revived couponing from its significant lull (almost into extinction) during the economic boom of the ’90s. Beyond coupons are Internet deals sites, where subscribers can get deals on everything from groceries to automobiles.

With that said, here are the top five sites to check into for

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When It Doesn't Pay to Buy Big-Ticket Items on Sale

Not too long ago a twentysomething friend of mine was telling me all about the brand new big-screen television he bought. According to him, it was a great deal.

“How much was it?” I asked.

“I paid $2000 after I got the guy to knock $400 off the price tag. I couldn’t pass it up!”

“Awesome! You paid cash, right?”

“No way!” he said. “I put it on my credit card.”

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Why Doing Lines on Black Friday Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Despite the conventional wisdom, Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year. Most procrastinators know that honor belongs to the Saturday before Christmas.

Black Friday has changed over the past decade or two, and the Internet has a lot to do with that.

Remember when stores used to give away special gifts for the first 100 customers through the doors on Black Friday? I rarely see that

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9 Great Gift Ideas for People Who Have Everything

When it comes to great gift ideas, I always struggle — especially for people who have everything.

My family draws names every year as part of our annual Christmas gift exchange. It’s typically done a year in advance, on Christmas Day, long after all the presents have been opened, and everybody has stuffed themselves on our traditional cavatelli dinner.

I remember one year when I had the misfortune of pulling Uncle

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18 Facts You Probably Wish You Never Knew About Black Friday

What’s not to love about Friday?

I mean, really … if Saturday didn’t exist, Friday would be the best day of the week, bar none. (Although I’m sure there are a lot of Sunday lovers out there who vehemently disagree.)

Let’s face it, on any given Friday, it’s hard to find anyone in a bad mood; especially after noontime.

My only complaint with Friday is that it comes just once per

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