Who doesn’t love a free lunch? I know I’ve never turned one down.
If you believe everything you read on the Internet (as well you should), then there are a lot of products and services out there you should never pay for.
I know because I read about it here. And here. Oh, and here too.
The problem is “never” is such a strong word, isn’t it?
Compounding the matter, “free” is also a
Continue reading 18 Things You (Supposedly) Should Never Pay For. Ever.
By Timothy Ng
We all have our own ways of justifying purchases, whether we are trying to convince ourselves that a new DVD is an essential, or that new boots are just a requirement with winter around the corner. However, what if there was a way you could look at your purchases, to see their true value, so that you could tell right away whether you were making a smart purchasing
Continue reading A Clever Consumer Trick for Ensuring Smart Spending Decisions
I love tomatoes. I don’t think many people will argue with me when I say there is nothing better than a fresh-picked home-grown ‘mater.
I love them so much I usually grow tomatoes in the backyard every summer. However, for some stupid reason, this year I just never got around to it.
Anyway, the other day I was picking up a bunch of fruits and vegetables at my local grocery store
Continue reading 15 Organic Fruits & Veggies That Aren’t Worth Paying More For
When it comes to utility, not all products are created equal. In fact, some products have so many uses beyond their advertised purpose it is truly amazing.
So if value can be defined by versatility then, clearly, not all products provide you with the same bang for your buck.
Sure, everybody knows about the incredible versatility of duct tape; it is absolutely legendary in terms of the number of ways it
Continue reading A Frugal Fact: The 6 Most Valuable Grocery Store Products Known to Man
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 what
Continue reading Priceline Users Be Careful: Name the Wrong Price and You May Go To Jail
Okay. If you are a regular reader here you know the drill by now, so feel free to skip to the juicy parts!
Are name-brand groceries really worth the extra cost when alternative cheaper store-brand groceries are available? More specifically, when it comes to edible products, does the quality and taste of name-brand products always justify the price premium which can often be as high as 50 percent or more?
Continue reading My Store-Brand vs. Name-Brand Blind Taste-Test Experiment #3
If you ask me, the paper towel is one of the greatest inventions ever and I think too many of us take them for granted.
They are absolutely invaluable for cleaning up spills and other messes, and I even use them for tough jobs like cleaning my kitchen stove.
According to Wikipedia, paper towels were first made by Arthur Scott from a cartload of rejected toilet paper. (I know. Go ahead and
Continue reading The Great Paper Towel Test: What Brand Is Your Best Value?
Dear Len Penzo and Readers,
This article is sent with two main goals:
To ease your fears of buying glasses online; and possibly more importantly,
To reassure you that guest authors who write about online eyeglasses are not deceptive.
Here’s hoping I can restore some faith in both buying online and in guest authors.
New = Scary?
If you’re like most people, buying eyeglasses online is a new concept that you may be hesitant to try
Continue reading Buying Prescription Glasses Online: Debunking The Four Biggest Fears
When it comes to breakfast, kids can be real cereal killers. Unfortunately, for those of us trying to keep our grocery costs reasonable, name-brand cereals can be a very expensive proposition.
When I was growing up, I remember my sister pounding down multiple bowls of Froot Loops and Lucky Charms every morning.
I enjoyed kid cereal too – Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes are still favorites of mine – but I never
Continue reading Taste-Test Experiment: An All-Kid Panel Evaluates Name-Brand vs. Store-Brand Cereals
In this tough economy, businesses of all types are trying to nickel and dime us to death with add-on charges.
Those charging the fees want you to believe that the fees are necessary to cover the additional costs of doing business, like pizza delivery fees.
In reality, all these fees do more often than not is mislead the consumer by adding a hidden mark-up to the advertised price. Sometimes the fees are
Continue reading 8 Stupid Fees Consumers Hate to Pay (But Often Do Anyway)