I did the research, and here’s why Amazon Subscribe and Save is my go-to for monthly purchases

Anna Weaver  |  November 12, 2019

Soon after our first child was born, as I sat rocking his sleepy newborn self and browsing on my phone, I “discovered” Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program. I’m sure I’d heard of it before, but as a sleep-deprived mom who no longer wanted to drive places but who still needed baby, household and personal items, …

Black Friday Bargain Hunters Hit The Streets

What to buy and what to skip on Black Friday

Kate Streit  |  November 7, 2019

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and, after you’ve stuffed yourself full of turkey, it’s time to turn your attention toward another set of holidays: Black Friday and Cyber Monday, aka the holidays where prices are slashed on all kinds of consumer items. If you want to make the most of one of the biggest …

Merchandise is Offered for Sale at Walgreens

Where to find the cheapest Halloween candy

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 4, 2019

When you think about the most expensive holiday to celebrate, the one that comes to mind is probably Christmas. But the costs for Halloween can add up quickly, too. From decorations to costumes and, of course, candy, you might spend a lot more than you realize. While you can find decorations on the cheap at …

Walmart Limits Ammunition Sales In Wake Of Mass Shootings

You can get free United Airlines miles with Walmart grocery pickups

Kathleen St. John  |  September 17, 2019

Here’s a great tip for the mileage mavens: Grabbing groceries at Walmart can net you United Airlines MileagePlus miles — just for completing an order! The Money Saving Mom shared the sweet deal: You can use United’s MileagePlus X app to earn 450 miles off your Walmart grocery pickups. Yep, you read that right: 450 …

You’ll need to answer an email from Equifax to get your $125 settlement from the data breach

Marie Rossiter  |  September 11, 2019

Time is running out for consumers to claim their portion of a settlement made by the Equifax credit monitoring company. And now, Equifax is asking those who have made claims to complete one more task before they can get a cash settlement up to $125. Back in 2017, hackers broke into the Equifax database and …

Fall blouses you can buy on Amazon for less than $30

Augusta Statz  |  August 30, 2019

Fall is here and it’s time to transition your wardrobe. While you may not have to ditch the skirts just yet, you will have to trade in the tank tops and short sleeves for longer, warmer options that are perfect for layering. That way, when winter arrives, you’ll be prepared. Finding some new blouses on …

The hidden downsides of winning a home

John Matarese  |  August 27, 2019

Wouldn’t it be great to win a house? It’s a lot like winning the lottery, but in most cases, you have much better odds, such as 10,000 to one instead of 10 million to one. Unfortunately, if you don’t know what you are in for, that dream home could turn out to be a financial …

Why you should never wait to open a TV or appliance

John Matarese  |  August 23, 2019

Valerie Merritt was looking forward to putting up a big new 4K TV in her living room, until her handyman tried to hang it up. “He was putting up the bracket,” she said, “and then he opened the box.” The two of them couldn’t believe what was inside. “I said that thing is all smashed …

Best Autobiography Movie

Read this before you send your old family movies to a conversion company

John Matarese  |  August 21, 2019

Do you have a bunch of VHS tapes of family memories? A baby’s first steps, graduations or one of grandma’s big birthdays? Then you need to know what happened to one woman when she mailed in some of her priceless tapes to have them converted. Debi Fields wants to remember her grandmother. “She lived to …

Here’s why airport food is so expensive

Mediafeed  |  July 19, 2019

Hunger can be especially costly at airports. Travelers often seen their carefully crafted vacation budget punctured by a case of the munchies. Even familiar favorites from your local food court can come with a steep markup. Here’s why the food prices are so high at airports and how to avoid the markup on your trip. …

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You Can Buy A 6-Quart Instant Pot At Macy’s For $50 (Regularly $125)

Augusta Statz  |  July 8, 2019

Amazon’s Prime Day has really changed the landscape for shoppers. Sure, Prime members have access to great deals during Amazon’s biggest sale of the year, but due to the popularity of the sale, other retailers have been forced to offer discounts during this time of the year, too, just to keep up with Amazon. So, …

18 travel essentials you need before your next vacation

Bridget Sharkey  |  June 25, 2019

Who’s ready for vacation!? Statistics show that 100 million Americans are planning to enjoy a family vacation this summer. And over half of these families say that they are planning to road-trip it. Whether you are taking planes, trains or automobiles, if you are one of the millions who have a vacation planned in the …

Online Retailer Amazon Launches In Australia

What Is Prime Day?

Augusta Statz  |  June 5, 2019

If you haven’t ever taken advantage of Prime Day through Amazon, this could be the year to do it. Prime Day is a major savings event — comparable to Black Friday or Cyber Monday — but it’s only available to Amazon Prime members. You may still be on the fence about paying for Prime. But …

Here’s the value of $1 in each state, according to recent data

Brittany Anas  |  June 3, 2019

A dollar, as it turns out, is not always worth a dollar. Rather, it varies — and by quite a lot — depending on where you’re at in the United States, according to a new analysis from 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and commentary website. You might move to a new state for the …

Online Retailer Amazon Launches In Australia

If You Shop Online, This Web Browser Extension Could Save You A Lot Of Money

Augusta Statz  |  May 29, 2019

If you’re doing a great deal of your shopping online, you need to know about Wikibuy. This is a Chrome web extension that can be added to your Chrome toolbar for free — and when you add it, you could wind up saving yourself quite a bit of time and money. Wikibuy scours the internet …

The 3 best laundry detergents

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall Why We Like It: Using this detergent in our tests, clothes seemed softer and towels fluffier than with all other detergents. Although it isn’t as lightly scented as other detergents, we found the smell to be pleasant and not overwhelming at all. If you’re looking for an all-around great detergent, you can’t …

Best Oral Irrigator

The 3 best oral irrigators

Kate Streit  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall Photo by Kate Streit Why We Like It: This model came out on top because it left my mouth feeling totally clean and refreshed. It’s also the first in its category to receive the ADA Seal of Approval, and it comes packed with useful extras, like LED indicators, a hydro-pulse massage mode, …

The Best Travel Deals on Groupon Right Now

Chelsea Davis  |  May 23, 2019

Kids are about to be out of school and the weather is just heating up — so why not plan the ultimate summer vacation for you and the family? We’ve scoured Groupon.com for the best and coolest trip ideas that just happen to also be wallet-friendly. From waterparks and beach fronts to bustling cities and …

8 Travel Accessories You Can Get On Amazon for $15 Or Less

Augusta Statz  |  May 16, 2019

With summer right around the corner, now’s the time to book a vacation for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Whether you’re loading up the car for a road trip or headed to the airport, these travel accessories are bound to come in handy. And since you’ll need your money for things like flights and places …

5 Clever Ways to Use a Mandoline Slicer

Brittany Anas  |  May 14, 2019

My slowcooker, Instant Pot and skillet are the workhorses in my kitchen, helping me meal prep and cook most meals. But my mandoline slicer? It’s a show-off, and admittedly one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. With grace and precision, it slices cheese for Pinterest-perfect charcuterie boards and turns zucchini into super-slim ribbons I use to …

TCBY is giving away free yogurt on Mother’s Day

Brittany Anas  |  May 8, 2019

Moms, TCBY has a sweet treat for you this Mother’s Day: Free fro-yo! The frozen yogurt company made the announcement on Facebook, telling fans to “swirl by your local TCBY this Mother’s Day” and treat your mom (or yourself, if you’re a mom!) to a 6-ounce frozen yogurt for free. The deal is good on …

Parents Are Going Into Debt Because Of Their Kids’ Extracurricular Activities

Haley Velasco  |  April 30, 2019

Signing kids up for extracurriculars — from soccer to music lessons to ballet — is costing parents big time. In fact, according to a new survey, almost two-thirds of moms and dads (62%) have gone into debt to pay for those activities. And for some, it’s not a small amount of debt. Almost one in …

An Amazon Fulfilment Centre Prepares For Black Friday

People Say They Are Accidentally Joining Amazon Prime Without Realizing It

John Matarese  |  April 25, 2019

A growing number of people do not want to be Amazon Prime members these days, because they feel they don’t order enough items to justify the $119 annual cost. But some people are saying they were signed up for Prime without their permission, simply because they bought something on Amazon, and asked for free shipping. …

Chrysler Reports 16 Percent Sales Jump In November

These cars hold their value the best over a five-year span

John Matarese  |  April 23, 2019

When buying a car, everyone wants a good deal. But there’s one part of the decision-making process many skip, and it can turn out to be very costly in the end. When looking for a new ride, most are concerned about the interior space — the touchscreen and cameras, handling, and of course how soft …

California Begins Furloughs For State Jobs

These DMV lookalike websites trick drivers into paying a fee

John Matarese  |  April 17, 2019

Drivers who apply for new license plate tags should be careful how they do it, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB has received dozens of complaints about lookalike BMV and DMV websites, and one driver says he fell for a phony site. Brian Morgan recently received a letter explaining it was time …

6 Tips For Designing The Ultimate Home Theater Your Family Will Love

Augusta Statz  |  April 15, 2019

You can’t beat the theater as far as movie-viewing quality is concerned, but going out in traffic, paying for tickets and snacks and finding the optimal seat can put a damper on the fun. So if you could recreate theater-style big-screen viewing at home — you’d choose to do that instead, right? Umm, you bet! …

15 Ways To Treat Yourself With Your Tax Refund

Jennifer Nied  |  April 12, 2019

‘Tis the season for tax refunds and, while there are many practical ways you can use yours, you can’t spell refund without fun! Which is why many experts suggest devoting around 10% of your refund to something purely fun and the rest to practical things like savings, paying off debt and charitable gifts. And keep …

New Turkish Law Allows Government Control Of Media Outlets And Internet Content

The Price Of YouTube TV Is Going Up—Here’s What You Need To Know

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 12, 2019

If you recently cut the cord and ditched cable for a streaming service that you can watch on your TV or home theater projector, chances are you’re saving quite a bit of cash. However, the price you’re paying for your streaming services now isn’t going to last forever, so odds are you’ll be paying a …

You may be eligible for a free audiobook from the Audible class action settlement

Kathleen St. John  |  April 10, 2019

Hey you, with the headphones: Are you an Audible customer? If you signed up for Amazon’s audiobook service — or received it as a gift — before August 2018, you could get a free book from a recent lawsuit settlement. Several lawsuits have alleged that Audible and its parent company, Amazon, didn’t properly inform customers …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Movie Tickets Are Selling for Almost $10,000 on eBay

Augusta Statz  |  April 5, 2019

It’s safe to say the “Avengers: Endgame” premiere is going to be a must-see movie event. The movie is set to hit theaters on April 26, and fans of the Marvel franchise are willing to pay a lot of money to be among the first people who get to see the film. No spoilers for …

The ultimate guide to saving for college

Jessica Sillers  |  April 5, 2019

As a parent of a 3-year-old, I’m just trying to get through my daughter’s current tantrum phase — figuring out the best way to save for college feels all but impossible. Even though I started saving before she was a year old, it’s tough to shake the anxiety over whether I’m saving enough. So I …

Tax Consultants Prepare For New Tax Guidelines

This Map Shows Where You’re Most Likely to Be Audited by the IRS

Kate Streit  |  April 4, 2019

The prospect of being audited by the IRS makes most people feel pretty nervous. Even if you feel you properly pay all your taxes and have nothing to hide, the process can be intimidating. In the midst of tax season, you may be wondering about the likelihood that you could get audited. As it turns …

These Cute Napkin Drawings Make Complicated Financial Concepts Easy To Understand

Kate Streit  |  April 3, 2019

If you’re anything like me, the mere mention of complicated-sounding financial terms like “liquidity” or “internal rate of return,” and even more simple ones like “budget” or “mortgage,” make you feel intimidated. If you haven’t studied economics or feel like you’re the type of person who doesn’t have a head for numbers, it doesn’t have …

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What You Need To Know About The ‘No Buy Challenge’ To Save Money

Marie Rossiter  |  April 2, 2019

Are you looking to save some money and simplify your life? You’re not alone: There’s a reason that the TV show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” which teaches viewers how to declutter and downsize our lives, is hugely popular on Netflix. Thanks to Kondo, a Japanese organization expert, people are embracing “less is more” in …

Tax Consultants Prepare For New Tax Guidelines

Here’s what happens if you don’t file your taxes

Kara Perez  |  April 1, 2019

Financial confession time: I didn’t file my taxes in 2012. I know that’s particularly horrendous for a personal finance writer to admit, but it’s the truth. It happened two full years before I had my come-to-Jesus moment about money. At the time, I was waiting tables and working an unpaid internship. I made all my money …

How long does bankruptcy really stay on your credit report?

Constance Brinkley-Badgett  |  March 29, 2019

If your debt has you feeling overwhelmed and you’re considering filing for bankruptcy, it’s important to consider all of your options before making a final decision. Bankruptcy can have a lengthy adverse impact on your credit, making it almost impossible to open new lines of credit until well after your bankruptcy is discharged. So how …

Why someone earning $90K still may not feel rich

Jim Wang  |  March 15, 2019

Every few months, someone will publish an article about how folks making $xx,xxx per year don’t feel rich. The latest I’ve seen is a MarketWatch piece where that number was $90,000. It referred to a YouGov survey in which 87 percent of 1,163 respondents said that if you made $90,000 a year, you weren’t rich or …

These 5 Podcasts Will Help You Pay Off Your Debt

Brittany Anas  |  March 11, 2019

About eight out of 10 people in the United States have debt, whether it’s in the form of student loans, credit cards, a mortgage or unpaid bills. So while debt itself is fairly universal, varying strategies exist for how to tackle it. Take for instance the debt snowball method lauded by radio show host Dave …

The best legit work-from-home jobs for 2019

John Matarese  |  March 5, 2019

Tired of the rat race? Hate that morning drive? Toni Price doesn’t worry about it anymore. Price is a customer service agent for an insurance company, but not in a downtown office. She is one of 8 million Americans who now work from home, according to the US Census Bureau. “This is Toni, how can …

Why a car key costs $200 to copy, and new cheaper options

John Matarese  |  March 2, 2019

Ever lose a car key, or have one go bad after a few years? You probably dreaded asking the dealer for a new one, worried about the cost, with some keys and fobs costing $300 or more. But you now have some cheaper options. Ron Sparer needed a duplicate key for his 2003 Toyota. He …

Our Favorite Fidget Spinners

Abby Stassen  |  March 1, 2019

Why we like it:  The premium ball bearing on this spinner twirls at high speeds without catching or dragging. It’s available in multiple design and color combos, and it’s a great value for the price. Why we like it: This fidget spinner creates a rainbow of hues as it twirls, adding a fun visual kick …

How to stream thousands of movies — free

John Matarese  |  March 1, 2019

Streaming TV is getting more expensive in 2019. Both Hulu and Netflix are raising prices for many users, and on-demand movie prices are up too, with fewer and fewer $3.99 rentals. Start with that $50 internet package, add Netflix, HBO Go and other services, and suddenly you’re paying almost $100 again, without the convenience of …

DNA ancestry test kits: How accurate are they?

John Matarese  |  March 1, 2019

It seems everyone is checking their ancestry these days at sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe.com. Everyday, long lost relatives are reunited at airports, after an ancestry test brought them together. Kelly Ralston is one of many people who found brothers or sisters she never knew she had, thanks to a DNA test by Ancestry.com. She …

Yankee Candle: Buy 1, Get 2 Free

Augusta Statz  |  February 27, 2019

Just in time to usher in the spring season, Yankee Candle is offering up ways to save on fresh scents! When you order one medium jar candle online now, you’ll get two more for free. All you have to do is enter the code 3MED19 at checkout. The offer is only valid through Feb. 27, so …

9 Christmas Gifts Most People Don’t Want

John Matarese  |  December 21, 2018

We’re getting to the final days before Christmas, when many of us are rushing out to find last-minute gifts. Before you do, you may want to know about the most unwanted holiday gifts, that could soon end up in the return line. So many items look like great gifts when you are strolling mall stores …

Here’s What You Need To Know About Walmart Holiday Layaway For 2018

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 31, 2018

While it’s technically not even fall yet, it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays — especially when it comes to saving up to buy gifts for your loved ones. Walmart’s layaway plans are available starting today, Aug. 31, through Dec. 10, so you can start your shopping early, but slowly pay for …

This Startup Service Sends Someone To Fill Up Your Car With Gas

Emily Hanford-Ostmann  |  August 13, 2018

A startup company out of Silicon Valley claims to be saving drivers time and money by bringing the gas pump to its customers! Yoshi is a membership service currently offered in 17 regions of the country. For $20 per month, subscribers get discounts on gas and a short list of common car services. But the best …

Here’s How Much Americans Would Pay To Relive 40 Historic Events

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 2, 2018

If you could relive any event, historical or personal, what would you choose? Something personal like your wedding day, or a moment in history like the moon landing, or even something entertaining like Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant? Although the saying goes that, “you can’t put a price on priceless,” it turns out that …

Why people are frustrated by Wow Air’s customer service

John Matarese  |  July 24, 2018

Thousands of travelers in cities across the country are purchasing cheap plane tickets on Wow Air, which offers flights to Iceland or mainland Europe for just a few hundred dollars. Among them: Jerry Gibbs. He and his wife purchased two tickets to visit Iceland in January to see the northern lights. But just a few days before …

How To Claim Your Refund From The Zicam Class-action Lawsuit

Brittany Anas  |  July 23, 2018

What’s worse than going to the grocery store hungry? Going to the drugstore when you’ve got a cold. With sniffles, a sore throat and popping ears, you bring home a haul of pricey cold medicines — and it adds insult to injury (err, cold) when those pills and syrups don’t actually deliver on their promises …