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Avoid These Holiday Shopping Traps

As we move into the retail industry’s most important season of the year, Consumer Reports is out with some helpful guidance on what to watch out for. The biggest trap, according to the magazine, is purchasing an extended warranty.  These are significant profit generators for the stores that sell them, but are rarely a good […]

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Superstar Savers Share Their Secrets

Do you find it tough to save money?  Money Magazine and CNN recently profiled some super savers, and they offer great lessons for all of us. Ed Haskell and Debbie Chasteen save a whopping 50 percent of their after-tax income.  How do they do it?  They have a clear, compelling goal of retiring before age […]

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The Complaint Department is Open

Got a complaint about something you bought?  Or are you thinking about buying something but wondering how well the product worked for previous buyers?  There are numerous complaint Web sites.  However, as with the items criticized on the sites, some of the sites are better than others.  According to a report by the Consumer Federation […]

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The 80/20 Closet

You’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule – that 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes.  There are all sorts of places where this rule is at work.  For example, at many companies 80 percent of their sales come from 20 percent of their customers.  Recently, popular personal finance blogger […]

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The Great Cyberspace Marketplace

Looking to buy or sell something online?  There are more sites to consider than just eBay or Craigslist.  Mainstreet.com recently highlighted 14 niche marketplace sites.  Bonanzle is for buyers and sellers of “Everything but the ordinary,” including vintage toys, artwork, and more.  To buy or sell homemade jewelry, handbags, or other crafts, try Etsy.  Glyde […]

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The Good That Credit Cards Can Do

Some say that no one should have a credit card.  They argue that charging purchases puts people on the path to financial ruin.  To be sure, there are people who would be better off without credit cards.  However, just because some people get into car accidents doesn’t mean no one should own a car. Used […]

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Sites That Save

Everyone loves a bargain, and there are plenty to be had if you know where to look.  A recent Mainstreet article highlighted some of its favorite money saving web sites, including Groupon (offers a new deal every day in about 50 cities), where I recently got a coupon for a great deal at the restaurant […]

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