Smart Shopping: 8 Tips for Savvier Black Friday Shopping

Shopping on Black Friday

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 crowds is hardly a pleasant way to spend our precious time. Today and tomorrow we’ll explore […]

Whole Foods On A Budget: 5 Tips For Getting The Freshest Foods For Less

Whole Foods is a foodie's paradise, but their fresh high-quality groceries aren't cheap: here are some tips to shop at Whole Foods on a budget.

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 answer is most likely the grocery store! I don’t like to […]

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 the day after Thanksgiving. But at least nobody was trampled to death […]

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

Readers comment on how they budget for holiday shopping and keep Christmas gift spending in check.

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!