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5 Alternatives to Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime comes with plenty of perks. Free two-day shipping, unlimited digital photo storage, free music and video streaming, and access to audiobooks and digital magazines are among the many benefits of a...

3 Steps to Worry-Free Splurges for Retirees

"What's money if you can't spend it?" SEE ALSO: The Secret to Using Money to Buy Happiness Growing up, I remember this joke my father always made to my mother when he wanted to buy a new "toy," like a soft...

10 Ways to Spend Less at Target

It happens to all of us: A quick trip to Target to pick up a few essentials somehow turns into a full-blown shopping spree complete with a cart full of impulse buys. With your budget blown, you're left toting a...

Don't Let Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Derail Your...

Have you ever wanted something badly but didn't know how to make it happen? SEE ALSO: The Secret to Using Money to Buy Happiness Then you should find inspiration in this post. My husband, Bryan, our three...

Peer-to-Peer Payments Made Easier

Venmo, a peer-to-peer (or "P2P") payment app, recently unveiled a Mastercard-branded card that allows users to pay for items with money stashed in their accounts. The card is similar to a Visa-branded card...

Online Bargains That Are Too Good to Be True

Online shopping could be hazardous to your wealth--and your health. An investigation by the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency, found that many products sold by third-party sellers on...

Worst Things to Buy at a Yard Sale

You can find everything but the kitchen sink at a yard sale. Heck, you might even find a kitchen sink for sale. And prices are usually rock-bottom. Affordability is a key appeal of yard sales, after all, along...

Best Things to Buy at an Estate Sale

Estate sales can be a gold mine for shoppers in search of unique, high-quality goods at reasonable prices. These include everything from clothing and jewelry to furniture and home d├ęcor. Keep in mind that you...

Before You Buy That Jet: Considerations on Big...

Larger "lifestyle" purchases, be it a vacation property, a private plane or a thoroughbred horse, typically come with a series of decisions beyond determining, what should I be paying for this? Take a home...

Need New Contact Lenses? Warehouse Clubs Offer...

If you're buying contact lenses from anywhere except Costco or Sam's Club, you're probably paying too much. For example, we shopped for ClearSight 1 Day daily disposable soft contact lenses, by Cooper Vision, at...

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Basics of Money

Hillbilly Elegy

Author: J.D. Vance Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 288 pages Subtitled "A Memoir of a Family...

The Big Short

Author: Michael Lewis Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 320 pages Dive into the financial...

Nickel and Dimed

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich Publisher: Picador, 256 pages This is the account of a journalist who...

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