Many of us love to shop online. It’s quick, convenient and you don’t have to leave your couch or get out of your pajamas. What’s not to love? Now imagine if you could save big bucks shopping online without having to comparison shop or search for coupons or coupon codes, which can often be time-intensive. If... Read More
Selling a home can be a long process. But it doesn’t have to be. According to Money, real estate experts at Realtor.com recently analyzed its home listings, tracking the data for the number of days each house was on the market and how many page views each house received. Realtor.com then compared that data with the houses’ features — like... Read More
If you feel like you’re getting nickel-and-dimed these days, you’re not alone. But you may be paying for products or services that are available for free – no wallet necessary. Here are six things you can get for free. 1. Wi-Fi (outside your home) If you’re like most people, you pay for Internet service at... Read More
Countless Americans ring in the new year determined to shed those few extra pounds around their midsection. But the new year is also a good time to sit down and take a good, hard look at your finances. Maybe you could add shedding debt to your list of New Year’s resolutions? If reducing your debt load... Read More
What better way to ring in the New Year than with savings at the checkout counter, especially when those potential savings are expected to continue throughout the year? According to price predictions for this year, there are a handful of essential household items that will cost less in 2016 than they did in 2015. “As the dollar... Read More
The higher your degree, the higher your pay? Not necessarily. According to the USA Today College partner network, the ticket to a number of lucrative and stable jobs – especially in the high-demand health care and technology sectors – is an associate degree, not a bachelor’s degree. If you’re looking for a high paying job... Read More
On the surface, it may seem that frugality is the best way to live your life if you’re looking to save yourself some green. But penny-pinching doesn’t always play out how you intended, and it can actually end up hurting you financially and otherwise, according to U.S. News & World Report. Here are five times when you may... Read More
Imagine if a lid on a coffee pod was preventing you from getting your much-needed morning cup of joe. It’s an unfortunate reality for many java lovers trying to use the Keurig 2.0 with an unlicensed K-cup. But a piece of tape and a pair of scissors can fix that. According to CNN Money, Keurig... Read More
The most recent IRS phone scam is raking in some big numbers: 90,000 complaints to the Treasury Inspector General’s Office and more than $5 million bilked from 1,100 victims. Consumers were first warned of the IRS scam in October, CNN Money said. Unfortunately, the con artists have continued to be wildly successful in cheating taxpayers out... Read More
Are you in the market for a new car? If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s easy on the wallet, especially when it comes to fuel economy, then you’re in luck. Consumer Reports tested a number of cars and ranked them according to the best and worst gas mileage. Here are some of CR’s top-ranked vehicles... Read More
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