The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but they’re also the most expensive. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), in 2019, the average American expected to spend a total of $1,052 on gifts and other holiday-related items, such as decorations and food. And that doesn’t even include the cost of holiday travel and activities. If the ...

Some people are just impossible to shop for. Maybe they already have everything, or maybe they take minimalism to new heights and just don’t want any more “things.” I confess I fall into the latter camp, and it drives my family crazy come Christmas. Regardless of the reason, hard-to-shop-for people require some extra creativity on your part. Fortunately, it’s easier ...

It’s a strange new world amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and just about every aspect of life has changed in some way. Millions of Americans are telecommuting and learning from home, cloth face masks have become commonplace, and the travel industry has been crippled. The Transportation Security Administration reported up to a 96% decline in travel in April 2020 over the same time in 2019. Travel ...

Haggling, also known as bargaining, is a form of negotiation two parties engage in when trying to come to an equitable agreement for the price of goods or services. In most parts of the world, haggling is a way of life. It’s not as popular here in the United States as it is in other countries, but that’s quickly changing. ...

Health insurance is one of those things everyone needs but that nobody likes thinking about. Coverage can be expensive, and having to use your coverage often means that you’re sick or injured. There are many different types of health insurance, each with pros and cons. If you’re looking for a plan with a low monthly cost, a high-deductible health plan might be ...

If you’ve ever had to set up the Internet in a new home or apartment, you know it can be a bit of a confusing process. First, you have to choose a provider. Then, you have to determine how much Internet speed you need to support your lifestyle. You don’t want to pay for more than you’ll need, but you ...

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in American life — both big things, like the way we work and socialize, and small ones, like the timing of Amazon Prime Day. Amid the chaos of the pandemic, this massive sales event — rivaling Black Friday in scale and depth of price cuts – got pushed forward from its usual time in mid-July. ...

Did you know that the average person in the United States generates around 4.5 pounds of waste every single day? Multiply that by around 300 million, and you can see why garbage has become a serious problem in this country. This is just one reason why recycling is so important. Recycling not only saves valuable space in our landfills, but ...

What do sites like Zulily, Gilt, HauteLook, and Fab.com have in common? In addition to offering affordable deals, they’re all considered “flash sale” sites, which are often confused with group shopping sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. Flash sale sites offer steep discounts on in-demand merchandise but with a catch: The sales only last for a few hours. Contrary to popular belief, flash sale sites aren’t ...

If you could look at my food pantry right now, you wouldn’t recognize many of the brand names. Instead, you’d see lots of cans and boxes that bear the names of Shop-Rite, Trader Joe’s, and Market Pantry (one of the many house brands at the discount grocery store Aldi). Buying store-brand products is a great way to save money on ...

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