From the monthly archives:

March 2011

What is your relationship with saving money? And I don’t mean how many dollars and cents you save (or don’t save) every month. It’s more- How do you feel about savings? What doesn’t feel good about saving? What about saving is the “hard stuff” for you?

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After a long hard winter, at least up here in the Northeast, the sun is coming out more often and several feet of snow has turned into a few inches of grey yuckiness. It’s time to think spring – and when I think of spring – I think green! Growing things, and saving money while [...]

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In my last post, I attacked the convenience store for selling me less coffee for the same price, and paying for the privilege by buying their travel mug. Today, It’s about chewing gum.. and something I did not know, but you should! No, no, It’s not about the gum itself, its about retail franchise policies.

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I’ve always loved to bargain shop, but shopping on a budget is tough.  So I found many ways to save and re-think how to still enjoy this pastime. How many times have you purchased something just to get home to see you already have something very similar in your closet? How many times have you looked [...]

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Tragedy can bring out both the best and worst in people.  The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week have evoked an outpouring of support and aid from around the world, which is truly inspirational.  However, just as quickly as people jump in to help, others jump at the chance to steal.  Just days [...]

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How much would you pay for a cup of coffee? The cost of habits and indulgences has been discussed before, and the “Latte Factor” is practically legendary in personal finance circles, but even when being cost conscious, there are traps to avoid.  Bottomless pits filled with quicksand… I mean coffee….

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There’s a big trend going around the internet lately.  Let’s call them “deal sites.”  Deal sites like Woot, Groupon, Livingsocial, and Dealnews offer discounts everyday on just about everything… electronics, vacations, restaurants, clothing, and more.  Deal sites claim to save you money, but aren’t they actually just luring you into spending?  These sites can make [...]

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Are You Protected?

by Kathleen B on March 3, 2011

National Consumer Protection Week (March 6 – 12) is approaching and now is the time to be sure you are protected  – not only yourself but also your assets. For those who don’t know, NCPW is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. [...]

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