Category: Purchases

How to Get the Best Deals on the Best Appliances

What to do you do when your appliances are old? I bought my house 12 years ago this May and had to purchase appliances that didn’t come with the house. I’ve been fortunate to have none of my home appliances completely fail and need to be replaced. However, I know the day is coming, and …

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5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Refinance (Advice From a Pro)

Several years ago my wife and I decided to refinance our home (and then a year later, our rental house). One of the main reasons for the refinance was to lower our monthly payment as well as take advantage of the lower interest rates. Another factor was that we didn’t have any short or long-term …

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When Buying More Makes Sense

The other day I had to make a run to Home Depot to get some bulbs and batteries. When I got to the battery aisle, I was immediately struck with all the different quantity options available for purchase. One package had 4 batteries for almost $4 – while another had 16 batteries for $11. But …

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A Comparison of MVNO Cell Phone Providers

For those looking to lower their cell phone bills or for other cell phone options – I thought it might be helpful to get a list / comparison chart of some of the cheaper options out there for users. Most of the least expensive plans are offered by MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). These guys piggy-back off …

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The Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store (and Not Buy)

In checking out the latest issue of Kiplinger, I found a fun quiz they published online about dollar store deals: Is it a deal or not a deal? The quiz lists several items and asks the reader if they think it is a good idea to purchase this item at the dollar store or not. I …

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Where to Find the Best Price on Printer Ink

A few weeks back, my wife alerted me to the fact that our printer was out of ink and she needed it to be refilled as soon as possible. Realizing this would be a great opportunity to write a post about my experience researching the least expensive ink refill options – I asked her if …

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Brand Name vs. No-name Brand: A Price Comparison

I like Yoplait yogurt. I really like Yoplait yogurt, actually. In fact, no other yogurt will do. Dannon? Sorry, not for me. Generic brands? Not a chance. As I was scarfing down a Yoplait Strawberry Kiwi yogurt (easily the best flavor), I wondered how much my commitment to Yoplait is costing me. After examining my …

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How to Tell If You Need to Upgrade Your Home Router

I’m one cheap dude! Aaron use to say I was one of the most frugal guys he knows, but I always argue that he is more so than me! As I table that argument, I have to admit that I’m one cheap guy when it comes to my electronics. To give you an example, I …

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9 Products I Prefer to Buy Online vs In Store

Over the last 20 years that the internet has been around (thanks Al Gore) everyones’ purchasing methods have changed. Little did we know the invention of the internet would be such a UBER disruptive moment for so many industries. One of those platonic shifts is in how people purchase products. In my own life, I’ve used …

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