A mother of five swears that she’s able to save a ton of time and money by cooking an entire month’s worth of dinners with only one day in the kitchen. She swears she can teach you to do it too. How? For one thing, a freezer is involved—ideally, a really big freezer.
Saving & Spending
Layaway purchases have returned in a big way. More and more retailers are offering layaway, and it’s often being heralded as a way to get more value for your money. Really? I don’t get it.
If you’re a Citibank customer, you may be getting hit with a new $7.50 monthly checking fee.
In honor of America’s service men and women, entrance fees at all national parks and monuments are being waived on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11. More details here.
One way banks and credit card issuers are trying to make money—or at least stop losing it—is by getting rid of customers who are bad for business. The number of credit card accounts decreased by 72 million last year.
Is the recession over? It doesn’t really matter. Retailers and manufacturers realize that frugality will be the rule at least for the near future, and they’re trying to figure out how to reach the newly cautious, newly vigilant consumer.
A new website allows you to rent dresses for a few days from designers like Diane Von Furstenburg for one-tenth of what it would cost to buy them.
The supermarket is designed to get you to spend more than you need. Product location, packaging, quantities, and promotions are all part of the game. And if you aren’t aware that supermarket marketers are even playing a game, then you’re the easiest mark.
Whether you’ve got one credit card in your wallet or 13, whether you carry a balance or always pay your full bill on time, big changes happening to the way banks and credit card companies do business will affect you. What can you do? At the very least, you really ought to take a few seconds to read notifications from your credit card …
Researchers have found that—get this—if you’re unlucky enought to carry a certain gene in your DNA, you’re a lot more likely to have credit card debt. The study prompts the question: Is buying $300 jeans in your genes?
Online shoppers really like free shipping—and apparently, stores are willing to oblige. The percentage of online purchases that include free shipping is way up.