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Is Sam's Club or Costco Better

Comparison of Sam’s Club and Costco

Both Sam’s Club and Costco warehouse stores look quite similar from the inside with similar layouts, pricing, and product selection. They were both founded in 1983 and operate by selling memberships to their stores where customers can buy bulk items.

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Customer Loyalty Programs

7 Customer Loyalty Programs to Earn Rewards

We’ve written before about using customer loyalty to your advantage to score savings on services like Netflix and DIRECTV. Service companies like these will frequently give long-term customers a discount to retain their business. Many retailers and restaurants also offer

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drip price

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

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secret shopping

How Much I Earned From My Secret Shopping Excursion

I’ve always dreamed of being a secret shopper. It’s the closest I’ll ever come to seeing my fantasy of being an undercover spy like Jason Bourne come to fruition. Going undercover to infiltrate foreign governments…going to Runza and checking restroom

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generic vs name brand

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

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no upgrade needed

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

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frugality fatigue

Are You Suffering From ‘Frugality Fatigue’?

I had to laugh a little when I read the headline on our public radio’s website this morning: “Frugality Fatigue May Fuel Increased Holiday Spending This Year“. The article goes on to cite a University of Minnesota professor’s claims that

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dollar bill

Does Money Make You Mean?

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. – 1 Timothy 6:10 In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of

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