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Put Your 5G Upgrade on Pause

By now, you've probably heard about the promise of fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, with speeds up to 100 times faster than current networks. But don't give up your 4G phone just yet. The transition to widely...

Considering a Timeshare? Don't You Ever!

Over the past several years I've written about the nightmares that timeshare owners lived through, both when first purchasing -- often under physical and mental duress -- and then when attempting to get...

Aldi vs. Whole Foods (After Amazon Cut Produce...

Whole Foods announced another round of price cuts on April 1, this time claiming to lower everyday prices on hundreds of produce items by an average of 20%. Since we just compared prices on 50 grocery staples...

9 Ways Costco Tricks Shoppers

Every year, Costco attracts droves of new members looking to score bargains on everything from personal care products and paper towels to fresh and frozen foods in bulk. Exclusive perks such as deeply discounted...

Understanding and Dealing With Misers

If it's the holiday season and I say "miser," what name comes to mind? (No, not your cheapskate Uncle Joe, we'll get to him later.)I'll bet it's Scrooge. SEE ALSO: Mom's Shocking Diary Secret Triggers Estate...

The Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi

Aldi is rapidly expanding in the U.S. Already, the no-frills German supermarket chain has nearly 1,800 stores in 35 states offering super-low prices on brand-name knockoffs. Indeed, 90% of Aldi's products are...

How to Get Cash for Unwanted Gift Cards

Gift card transactions in the U.S. totaled an estimated $160 billion in 2018, according to projections from technology company CEB. Of that amount, there's approximately $1 billion worth of sold-but-unredeemed...

27 Best Amazon Prime Benefits of 2019

If the frugal you is busy comparing household budgets from 2018 to 2019, one prime thing may jump out at you. Yes, you're paying $20 more a year for your Amazon Prime subscription than you did at the start of...

15 Secrets to Shopping at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's is well-known to its fans for low prices on unique food items, ranging from cookie butter to turkey corn dogs. The chain is also known for its quirky culture. Employees, easy to spot in their...

Frugal Habits of the British Royal Family

With an estimated net worth of $88 billion, the British royal family is one of the wealthiest monarchies in Europe. However, just because money is no object for them doesn't mean they're frivolous spenders....

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