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So You Missed Black Friday And Cyber Monday? Here’s How You Can Still Score Deals On Holiday Gifts

Did you sleep in late during Black Friday? Did you actually work instead of shop on Cyber Monday? Don’t worry – you didn’t miss any great price cuts those days. Research shows Black Friday deals aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. In fact, shopper … [Read more...]

Preparing For Baby Means The Birth Of A New Family Budget

When my son was born — the first of my two children — I watched everything turn upside down. Any young couple with a baby learns that it’s the shortest of hops from a self-centered to a baby-centered life. “A first baby is such an exciting thing,” … [Read more...]

I Tracked How Much I Spent On Coffee Over Two Years. Ouch, Just Ouch.

Recently, I noticed how much the habit of buying coffee and lunch each day was costing me. What I didn’t realize, though, was how it was impacting other aspects of my life. A while back, my fiancé and I took hard look at our monthly expenses; we we … [Read more...]

Why That Black Friday Sale Might Not Be Such A Deal

As shoppers rev up their search engines and get their roller derby pads ready for the madness known as Black Friday, all the preparation in the world might not help them get around this fact: Dad is the least favorite person for people to shop for, … [Read more...]

Game On: Pitting Video Game Subscription Services Against Each Other

Media companies love dreaming up ways of getting you to pay over and over for the same stuff. Following in the footsteps of Netflix and Hulu Plus, gaming giants have launched their own set of subscription services, coaxing gamers to cough up periodic … [Read more...]

How You Can Be A Smarter Shopper And Resist Impulse Buying

How many times has this happened to you? You walk into Target planning on buying just the essentials. But somehow, you leave with a full cart of items you don’t really need (they always get me with their lamps and tabloid magazines) and $150 p … [Read more...]

How To Convince Your Cable Company To Lower Your Monthly Bill

Over the years, I’ve seriously considered cancelling cable and watching TV exclusively through Amazon, Hulu Plus and Netflix. It's undeniably cheaper. Gizmodo found that streaming shows through these services costs about $22.50 per month. The a … [Read more...]

How To Get Divorced For $450 Or Less

“Wedding” is one of the most commonly searched terms on Money Under 30. That makes sense, given that the average age of a man’s first marriage is 29, and a woman’s first marriage is 27. Unfortunately, plenty of people often get divorced in their 20 … [Read more...]

Blue Apron vs. Plated vs. Hello Fresh: Which Subscription Food Service Is Worth The Cost?

I've always loved to cook. But then I had a baby, went back to working full time after an amazingly long maternity leave, and kicked my freelancing career up a notch. Suddenly, I didn’t have a lot of time for cooking. It wasn't actually cooking … [Read more...]

How To Buy An Engagement Ring Online

Recently I was reflecting on my experience shopping for Lauren's diamond engagement ring. (I proposed at Christmas, as many guys do, so I was shopping for the ring about this time of year.) As a result, I decided to revive this important post on … [Read more...]