market basketIf you live in the New England area and haven’t been living under a rock, you know that the region’s favorite discount grocery store, Market Basket, is undergoing some serious change. After the firing of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO, employees have boycotted and refused to stock shelves. Sales have come to a screeching halt as thousands of employees and customers picketed and demonstrated their support for the beloved CEO.

But what does that mean for those of us who need to shop on a budget? Market Basket is known for significantly cheaper groceries, and here are a few tips for New England grocery shoppers who still want to avoid credit card debt. [click to continue…]

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tuesday tipEver wonder where all your money is going? Ever wish you had more cash to spend on things you need or want? It can be tough to keep track of all of your spending for any given month. However, tracking is the best way to find ways to save. It’s easy to forget about some expenses that you may have forgotten about, like an unused club membership or magazine subscription. Or maybe an unnecessary expense has become a routine, like drive-thru coffee or take-out lunch.

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Extreme Cheapskates: Freezing Assets, and Enter to Win $250

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The Extreme Cheapskates that we’ve featured in Talking Cents are, as the name suggests, extreme. They take savings and penny pinching to a point of sideshow attraction, but their hearts are in the right place (for the most part). There are lessons to be learned from their choices, even if they take it to the [...]

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Managing Your Cell Phone Data Plans: Avoid Going Over Your Limit

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Phone bills are a vital part of our utility bills, and data usage can cost quite a bit more on top of the cost of the phone. If you are trying to manage credit card debt, every cent counts — switching to a cheaper data plan might be the right choice for you. There are a [...]

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Ask Talking Cents Guy: How Much Should I Spend on My Friends’ Weddings?

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DEAR TALKING CENTS GUY: I’m in my late 20s, and it’s that time of year when I’m invited to a bunch of weddings. This summer alone, I have seven (yes, SEVEN) weddings, most of which require air travel and hotels. I am currently working, but I am very much underemployed and do not make enough [...]

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Eat Your Way to Debt Relief: Healthy Nachos

July 16, 2014
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Summer is halfway through, and your kids are as hungry as ever. But with so many afternoon snacks and lunches to plan, now that they’re home, you may have started repeating meals. Kids love variety, so we have a few suggestions to make snacktime interesting while also staying healthy and affordable. This month, Eat Your [...]

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Tuesday Tip: Boost Your Credit Score with a Secured Credit Card

July 15, 2014
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You can’t get a credit card or loan without a decent credit score. You can raise your credit score without building a strong credit history. You can’t build a history without getting a credit card or a loan. It’s a vicious cycle that many consumers find themselves in. If you find yourself in such a scenario, [...]

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Understanding Car Insurance Terms and Choosing a Deductible

July 14, 2014
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There are several ways to minimize the costs of car ownership. Do your own repairs, drive an older car, haggle the sale price, gas-saving tips… the list goes on and on. One thing you can’t do without is automotive insurance. While it may be required (and rightfully so), that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways [...]

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Free Online Courses and Education Resources

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If you are just starting out in your career and beginning a job search or maybe looking to switch fields, you are probably looking for ways to enhance your resume and to improve upon your professional experience and education to make yourself a more attractive job candidate. However, if you are trying to get out [...]

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The Cost of a Babysitter and What You Should Pay

July 10, 2014
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We all know that raising a child is very expensive, but do you just how costly it is? The average cost to raise a child born in 2012 is $241,080 (excluding the cost of college) compared to just $192,497 (adjusted for inflation) in 1960. As costs have increased, more than 8 million Americans are working [...]

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