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 any more.
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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 Paul’s
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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 week.
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According to CNN Money, the average wedding in 2012 cost $28,400. That’s some serious dough.
I know getting married is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but is one night really worth that much? Where I live in central Iowa, $28,400 is enough money to put a down payment on a decent house!
Obviously, how much you spend on a wedding should depend on the financial situation of those who are paying
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The other day the light bulb on my porch finally gave up the ghost, so I ran down to my favorite hardware store to pick up a new one. When I got there I was presented with a choice that many people struggle with: Is it better to stick with the regular old incandescent bulb or spend significantly more money for the energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) instead?
Continue reading Is the Payback Period on Energy Efficient CFL Bulbs Too Long?
As I mentioned in Part 1, this story is not about everyday money leaks or niggling oversights we all make from time to time, like leaving the lights on or buying a burger at a fast food joint and forgetting to use the 2-for-1 coupon in your wallet.
Instead, it’s about the type of money blunders that wake me up in the middle of the night and leave me covered in
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Money mistakes. We’ve all made them during our lives at one time or another.
Today I’m not going to talk about everyday money leaks or niggling oversights we all make from time to time, like leaving the lights on or buying a burger at a fast food joint and then forgetting to use the 2-for-1 coupon in your wallet.
Instead, I want to address the type of money mistakes that continue to
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I think grocery store self-check stands are both a blessing and a curse.
When multiple shoppers, loaded up with enough groceries to, say, sustain a family of four through a nuclear winter are queued up in front of a human cashier, self-check kiosks are a godsend.
On the other hand, self-check stands aren’t so hot when the guy in front of you has 57 varieties of fresh fruits & vegetables in his
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The price of lunch at my kids’ school is going up. Again. This year, a school lunch will cost $2.75 per meal — that’s 20% more than last year. I know.
Unfortunately, many busy parents struggling to make ends meet may think that’s still a bargain for lunch. It’s not.
At those prices, a parent with two kids will shell out $990 over the course of a 180-day school year.
In fact, with
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No, that's not my closet.
The other day I was reluctantly helping the Honeybee clean out her our closets — and having a thoroughly miserable time doing it, I might add — when I came across a couple of old Discover magazines.
I canceled my subscription to Discover years ago, but I really used to love reading those magazines because the articles were always very interesting. Sometimes they were very inspiring
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