Tip Inflation: We’ve Got Nobody to Blame But Ourselves

One of my articles that continues to get a steady stream of comments is a post I wrote imploring people to not feel guilty for tipping their servers 15 percent for average service.

In that piece I noted that the standard tipping guideline for expected service was 15 percent for as long as I could remember.

I also pointed out that nowadays a lot of people are pushing 20 percent or

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19 Tips for Saving a Bundle of Money on Home Appliances

We’re in the middle of a kitchen and bathroom remodel that includes replacing our 14-year-old refrigerator. After replacing a couple of parts over the years, I figured it was finally time to bite the bullet and buy a new one.

Although I was hoping to get 20 years out of that old appliance, the ice maker died a couple months ago, and the door stops were broken long ago by my

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Are Our Spending Habits a Product of Biology or Environment?

What exactly is it that shapes our attitudes about money?

When it comes to living within our means, why is it that some folks have no trouble exercising self-control and sticking to budgets while others fall victim to emotion and take advantage of every last dollar of credit available to them with no regard to the long-term financial impacts or how they will ever pay it back?

Last week I wrote

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My 2nd Annual Brown Bag Survey: The 10 Most Economical Sandwiches

Yes, school is right around the corner and the Honeybee is once again gearing up for another season of endless sandwich-making for the kids’ brown bag lunches. She won’t be alone.

Every day millions of people pack a sandwich or two to eat for lunch at their school or place of employment, and who can argue with that strategy?

While I realize that packing a homemade lunch is more economical

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18 Things You (Supposedly) Should Never Pay For. Ever.

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

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A Clever Consumer Trick for Ensuring Smart Spending Decisions

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

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15 Organic Fruits & Veggies That Aren’t Worth Paying More For

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

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A Frugal Fact: The 6 Most Valuable Grocery Store Products Known to Man

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

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My Store-Brand vs. Name-Brand Blind Taste-Test Experiment #3

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

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The Great Paper Towel Test: What Brand Is Your Best Value?

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.

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