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Stop: Don’t Buy That

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How to Avoid Impulse Purchases at the Store Have you ever walked into a grocery store to pick up just one item and walked out with two bags worth of stuff? Yea, me too. Grrrr…it makes me so angry whenever I do things like this. Retailers are so adept at getting us to spend more […]

Haggling Like a Pro in No Time

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The view from our 10th floor hotel room overlooked the tip of a small peninsula in northern Cancun. The sea was beautiful. It was clear as glass and the brightest blue I had ever seen. The air was hot but the swift coastal wind cooled us off enough to be comfortable. I instantly fell in […]

Retail Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight

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There truly is no better way to hide things than in plain sight. Magicians do it all the time. They make you look at their waving hands or concentrate on a piece of paper while they stealthily trick you. Take a look at the FedEx logo. I’m sure you’ve seen it a gazillion times, but […]

Summer’s Sizzling with Great Deals…Find out How You Can Cash In

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July is typically not a great time to get a good deal on anything. While it may seem like a good idea to get a head start on school supplies, it actually pays to procrastinate. Back to school items will be cheaper in August. Same goes for sunglasses. Even though this is prime time for […]

How to Save Money Buying a Mattress (And Still Sleep at Night)

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Some products are cheaper depending on when you buy them. For example grills are cheaper in September than they are in April and May. Engagement rings are cheaper in the summer than they are at the end of the year. Refrigerators are cheaper in May than they are in August. This is usually because it’s […]

Financial Predictions for 2013

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Happy New Year everyone! With the New Year comes a sense of change. We all make resolutions to do things differently than last year while hoping it leads to better health, happiness and wealth in 2013. One thing that changes every year is prices. Every year it seems retailers and businesses usher in higher prices.  […]

Your Diamond Buying Guide

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If you read my letter three weeks ago, then you know what great money savings tip I’m going to tell you about today. In that post I told you about the five items not to buy on Black Friday. They were items that companies would advertise as insane deals, but in reality would get cheaper […]

How to Tell if that Deal Is a Good One

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My hubby and I had a little debate today. We went back and forth on whether driving an extra couple of miles to claim a deal was worth it. This all started when I asked him to pick up some things from the market for me today. Being the nice guy that he is, he […]

What’s on Sale in October

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I’m not losing my mind. I know there are still a few days left in the month of September.  But I want to talk to you about October. Knowing when to buy things has always been a topic that interests me. If you can save money by knowing when to buy this or that, why […]

Early Back to School Sales

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Back-to-school already? Didn’t we just celebrate the July 4th holiday?  How is it already time for retailers to roll out their back-to-school campaigns? In fact it’s not time to already be hearing this call to arms from retailers. Most kids still have about five weeks left of summer vacation before they head back to school. […]

What to Buy in June

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June is two days away. I don’t know about you, but the older I get the faster the years go by. I swear it was just Valentine’s Day last month! June represents the official start of summer. Grilling out, pool parties, summer vacations…retailers know there are a lot of activities keeping us out of their […]

Do You Really Need That?

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How to Avoid Impulse Purchases at the Store Have you ever walked into a grocery store to pick up just one item and walked out with two bags worth of stuff? Yea, me too. Grrrr…it makes me so angry whenever I do things like this. Retailers are so adept at getting us to spend more […]

This is How They Trick You

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The Marketing Trick Retailers Don’t Want You to Know We all know it yet we still fall for it. Companies frequently use marketing ploys and tricks to gain our business. This holiday season is no exception. Retailers are bringing back a marketing ploy originally introduced in the 1950’s. Layaway programs. Before there were credit cards […]

 
 
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