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Funny Money: 5 Things You Can Say To Customer Service Reps To Get Your Way

There's an art to dealing with customer service reps, especially ornery, rogue reps who seem like they're out to get you. But let me fill you in on a little secret. No rep, no matter how angry-sounding, is out to ruin your life. All they really … [Read more...]

A Travel Hacker’s Secrets Revealed: How You Can Travel The World In Style For Next To Nothing

Over at my blog Noob Traveler, I educate my readers on how they can travel like rock stars with rewards miles and points. My wife and I have been traveling like this for years now, and there's nothing special about us. Trust me. I just know a few … [Read more...]

Money Manners: Should You Pick Up The Tab For Unemployed Friends And Family?

This month, a reader wrote: My older sister has been out of a job for two years. She’s trying hard to find work but hasn’t had any luck. I feel for her, but I’m also starting to feel like she’s taking advantage of me. Whenever there’s a family birthd … [Read more...]

Quick Look: Amazon Prime Pantry Costs A Pretty Penny

Irked by Amazon’s bump in the cost of Prime membership? The e-commerce giant hopes you might find solace in their latest offering of premium services: Prime Pantry. In addition to free two-day shipping and a growing list of streaming media, Amazon … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Don’t Cut The Cord; Why You Should Just Submit To Your Evil Cable Company

Admitting you pay a monthly cable bill these days is like handing out the number to a land line or offering to lend someone a VHS tape. Ever since video streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video became ubiquitous, the … [Read more...]

The Best Travel Rewards Programs For Average Joes; Earn Free Flights Even If You’re Not A Road Warrior

Think travel reward programs only work for bigwigs who fly regularly for their jobs? Not so, says Pam Keystone, the CEO of the Art of Vacationing, an agency that specializes in booking vacations using travel points. A few weeks ago, we offered a … [Read more...]

Seven Easy Green Habits That Save Green, Too; Plus: Earth Day Freebies

Earth Day turns 45 on April 22, and the event started by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 continues to grow in popularity and impact. In fact, the event has gained such widespread acceptance that it’s become much more than a fringe celebration. In … [Read more...]

Are You Paying Too Much For Your Phone? The Genius Savings Strategies The Carriers Don’t Want You To Know

It’s official, oh lovers of mobile: Choosing the cheapest cell phone plan is a headache. That was the headline of a piece CNN Money ran in February, and in it writer Adrian Covert sums up the complexities brilliantly: “Finding the wireless plan tha … [Read more...]

The Top 20 Ways Americans Love to Waste Money; Are You Guilty?

Coffee. Coffee shop coffee at $5 a pop for venti with all the trimmings. How many times have we been told by financial mavens that this is the one thing you need to trim from your budget that’s wasteful? My guess is you’ve been told that a lot. And … [Read more...]

Dress to Impress: Insiders Share 4 Frugal Fashion Strategies

Even if you’re dead set on saving money, you’re going to want to splurge on some new threads sometimes. Don’t feel too guilty about it. You should spend some money on nice clothing. Why do clothes deserve their own line in your monthly budget? One … [Read more...]