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Smart Shopping: 8 Tips for Savvier Black Friday Shopping

Editor's note: We have a love/hate relationship with the madness of holiday shopping. On the one hand, shopping sales can net you more stuff for less cash. On the other, submitting to grating ads, ever-earlier store openings, and panic-inducing … [Read more...]

Whole Foods on a Budget: 5 Tips for Getting the Freshest Foods for Less

Imagine somebody just handed you $100 to spend on anything you want. With the crisp C-note in your pocket, you put the key in the ignition and back out of the driveway. Where will you go? Target? The mall? Your favorite restaurant? For me, the … [Read more...]

The Doorbuster Fallacy: Why Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Other Sales Are Bad for Your Wallet

I awoke Friday, mildly hung-over on turkey and wine, to a TV news clip of early-morning shoppers stampeding through a local Target, elbowing one another for the best "Black Friday" deals. This clip was no different than others played every year on … [Read more...]

How Do You Budget For—And Pay For—Your Holiday Spending?

I admit that when it comes to holiday shopping, I’m a procrastinator. I have been witnessed scurrying to the mall or Target on Christmas Eve. That said, I do begin to put some money aside around this time of year so my Christmas shopping doesn’t tot … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Prices at Retail Stores

You don’t have to be at a yard sale to do a littler haggling. Did you know you can actually negotiate prices at retail stores? Use this thrifty trick to save on your next purchase---no matter where you make it! … [Read more...]