Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Then Guess the Price of This.

Last week while we were shopping for groceries in a Hawaii supermarket, I was reminded of why folks should always be vigilant when it comes to finding the best deals.

The supermarket was offering two sizes of All Stainlifter laundry detergent as you can see here:

No, we didn’t buy both of them. One of the bottles was in our condo when we arrived  — and it was empty.

Anyway, the bottle on

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Sneaky Price Tricks Your Grocer Doesn’t Want You to Know

While it didn't make this list, always beware of grocers who insist on using price tags written in Japanese.

When I was teenager I worked in a grocery store, initially as a box boy. Within six months of being hired, however, I was promoted to checker.

Over time I eventually got to work almost all of the jobs in the store including working the deli counter, and helping the overnight stock

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100 Words On: Why the Customer Is (Almost) Always Right

Almost everyone has asked a restaurant, bank, or other business to redress a particular grievance. It’s debatable whether the titular idiom of this post should be credited to Marshall Field or Harry Gordon Selfridge, but it’s true nevertheless. Indeed, businesses that depend on returning customers typically bend over backwards to keep them satisfied. However, they also understandably draw the line when it comes to unreasonable, abusive and/or unethical patrons. After

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The 10 Worst Things I Ever Bought

Last year I looked back with fond memories at the ten best things I ever bought.

At the time, I had intended to immediately publish a follow-up article up on the ten worst things I ever bought, but as you can see I got a bit side-tracked.

Anyway, after a lot of thought, I’m happy to say I finally finished.

Interestingly, this list was a lot more difficult to compile; unlike my ten

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Surefire Tips for Keeping Pet Medical Costs Low

Awhile back, we took my Rhodesian Ridgeback, to the veterinarian for what I call a pet “lube, oil and filter.” To put it another way, we had Major placed under a general anesthetic so the vet could clean his teeth and work on repairing a couple of malfunctioning anal glands. I know.

Then, adding insult to injury, Major got neutered too.

Poor pup.

Of course, when my faithful pooch finally awoke in the

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Contrarian Shopping: 20 Things I'm Willing to Pay More For

There’s a lot to be said for contrarian investing. Guys like Warren Buffett and Jim Rogers are routinely lauded for going against the herd and purchasing unwanted stocks at bargain bin prices.

Interestingly enough, nobody ever gets credit for contrarian shopping; that is, purposely choosing to pay more for certain products and services.

Don’t believe me?

A recent Google search on the term “investing contrarians” turned up over 5 million results.

As for “shopping

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100 Words On: Why Buying in Bulk Is Not Always a Smart Idea

Although it requires extra storage and higher upfront costs, many consumers buy their groceries and other products in bulk to save money. But that strategy can quickly backfire for those who indiscriminately buy massive quantities of infrequently-used goods — no matter how good the deal. Consumer Reports found that larger packages were more expensive about 25 percent of the time. Bulk purchases will end up costing more too if you

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100 Words On: When High Car Insurance Deductibles Make Sense

While most people strive to keep their car insurance deductibles as low as possible, the downside is those deductibles result in higher premiums. But for folks who drive limited miles, safe motorists, and those who drive older vehicles that have lost most of their value, it usually makes sense to get the highest deductible one can reasonably afford. That’s because higher deductible policies offer lower premiums that, over time, can

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Are Gas Clothes Dryers Worth the Extra Money?

As I mentioned last week, we recently spent over $4000 replacing many of our aging home appliances, including the clothes dryer.

People looking to save money on appliances quickly learn that gas dryers typically cost between $50 to $100 more than their electric counterparts, primarily because the components are more expensive; for folks on tight budgets, that price premium can be a deal breaker. That’s one reason only one of every

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Sometimes It Pays Not to Look for the Best Deal

Although it’s hard for me to believe, my humble home recently turned 14-years-old. So, as you might expect, a lot of the original appliances we bought when we first moved in — or were included with the brand new house — have been acting up for awhile now.

We had already replaced our failing garbage disposal and old refrigerator a little over a year ago as part of a minor kitchen

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