Category: Purchases

Beware of Drip Pricing When Shopping Online

The other day I helped my mother-in-law reserve a rental car for several days using Avis.com. As we moved through the check-out process of finding a suitable vehicle and then comparing pricing to others, I noticed an interesting phenomenon. The first prices were something I thought to be fairly reasonable and then – when we …

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How I Quickly Settled an Unresolved Consumer Complaint

A couple years ago, my wife went down to attend a family member’s wedding. She rented a vehicle from a company that we’ll affectionately refer to as “Not-Thrifty Rental” for the duration of this post (or NTR for short).   After the trip was over and I was going through some of the expenses, I …

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How Netflix Has Changed American’s Finances

I love Netflix, like the next guy. But, I think it’s helped change our personal finance habits – for the worse. But Netflix isn’t the only culprit. Many software companies have turned to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, where customers are required to pay a monthly subscription to “rent” their programs. In the …

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How We Spent 25% Less Through Group Buying

There are several benefits of being a part of a homeowner association. Some include: getting to meet a lot of different people, being a part of the governing board to determine the direction of the community and the ability to exercise collective buying power to save more money. Charlie has written about how “loving your neighbor” can help …

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10 Secrets to Shopping Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club

This article was written about 6 years ago, but still has a lot of relevant information for shopping these warehouse stores. We’ve updated some of the information to give you the best chance at saving more money. Shopping wholesale warehouses can be fun, but you can easily go overboard. Don’t walk out of Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s …

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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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6 Things You Don’t Need to Upgrade

It seems we’re in a time where everything is in constant change and improvement. It’s not “good” just to sit idle. We’re bombarded with the constant upgrade packages and the latest and newest this or that. If you’re in a job more than three to five years now, you’re viewed as a slug (who’s not …

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7 Common Missed Fees That You Need to Avoid

Thought we would republish this post from early 2013 as some of the information is still helpful and we’re always wanting to avoid those fees!  This past month, when I went to pay my mortgage, I noticed that they were charging me an extra $7.99 fee for paying my balance due. I thought this was …

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