buying http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8792/all en-US 6 Smart Shopping Reminders That Will Save You Big http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-shopping-reminders-that-will-save-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-smart-shopping-reminders-that-will-save-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smiling_shopping_96557647.jpg" alt="Woman becoming smartest shopper ever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you're tempted to splurge on something you don't need, what's your decision-making process? Do you let emotion determine whether you head to the check-out counter, or do you rationally consider the financial pros and cons? Do you even have a strategy? If the answer is no, don't panic. Lucky for you we've compiled a comprehensive list of questions to ask before pulling the trigger on any splurge-y&nbsp;purchase. Read on and smarten up!</p> <h2>1. Shopping Can Be More Satisfying Than the Purchase Itself</h2> <p>Buyer's remorse is the slyest devil of them all. At first you're beaming about your new pair of designer jeans. But will you feel the same way a month out when the high of the buy wears off? Research shows that the flood of happiness we feel when we make a purchase peaks at the check-out counter and then slowly starts to dwindle. Indeed, it's the experience of shopping that satisfies us &mdash; not the purchase itself.</p> <p>&quot;Thinking about acquisition provides <a href="http://jcr.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/1">momentary happiness boosts</a> to materialistic people, and because they tend to think about acquisition a lot, such thoughts have the potential to provide frequent mood boosts,&quot; said Marsha L. Richins, author of the research paper, <em>When Wanting Is Better Than Having</em>. &quot;But the positive emotions associated with acquisition are short-lived. Although materialists still experience positive emotions after making a purchase, these emotions are less intense than before they actually acquire a product.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Shopping to Cure Sadness Only Makes Us Sadder</h2> <p>Retail therapy is a term used so flippantly that it can be difficult to take seriously. Yet studies show that when we're feeling sad or grieving, we tend to compensate with compulsive shopping. As it turns out, shopping can seem to fill an emotional void while really only serving to dig it deeper. In truth, shopping to curb that feeling of loneliness actually <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/100962304">makes us feel lonelier</a>. Take this sage advice: If you're going through a breakup, battling depression, grieving the death of a loved one, or otherwise feeling alone and blue, take a pause from recreational shopping until you've addressed your emotional state.</p> <h2>3. Just Because It's a Good Deal Doesn't Mean It's a Good Deal for You</h2> <p>The price tag on that gorgeous wicker chair very well may be a steal &mdash; but is it truly a good deal for <em>you</em>? For instance, maybe you already have a perfectly fine chair in the living room, and this one, though newer and nicer, would nonetheless qualify as an unnecessary purchase. If you weren't planning on buying a wicker chair until the good deal came along, then you're running the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-budgeting-skills-everyone-should-master" target="_blank">risk of throwing your money away</a> on something you simply don't need. And that's not a good deal at all.</p> <h2>4. Don't Buy It If You Can't Afford It</h2> <p>It's simple advice. It's also crucial. If you can't afford to take the financial hit, put away that wallet. And if it's a stretch but you think you can swing it, take a moment to consider all the possible future unknowns. If you lose your job, or your spouse does, or some other unforeseen circumstance dramatically shifts your financial situation, will you look back on this purchase with regret?</p> <h2>5. Don't Buy It if It Will Derail Your Financial Goals</h2> <p>Maybe you're saving for college. Or a down payment on a new car. How will this purchase influence the savings goals that you've set for yourself? If buying that new sofa is going to derail your plans to save up enough money for a down payment on the house where you want to put the sofa, consider pumping the breaks. Take it one financial goal at a time. And remember: Your financial habits today determine your future financial health.</p> <h2>6. Consider the Hidden Costs</h2> <p>As with boats, in-ground pools, and motorcycles, there are purchases that require future funding not specified on the price tag. Boats, for example, need fuel, winter storage, and almost constant maintenance. And you can't operate a backyard swimming oasis without investing in at least the basic accessories, such as a pool cover and cleaning tools and treatments. Whatever the purchase you're considering, does it have any financial strings attached &mdash; and if so, can you afford them?</p> <p><em>What do you quietly tell yourself to help you curb the urge to spend?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-shopping-reminders-that-will-save-you-big">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores">Here&#039;s How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/retail-therapy-the-benefits-of-shopping">Retail Therapy: The Benefits of Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-millennials-can-learn-about-saving-money-from-gen-x">5 Things Millennials Can Learn About Saving Money From Gen-X</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-every-college-student-should-try">8 Money-Saving Hacks Every College Student Should Try</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying emotional spending happiness materialism reminders retail therapy saving money smart buys Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1757848 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_bag_83996573.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to convince store clerk to give her a deal" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The time and effort required to &quot;extreme coupon&quot; is something that many of us&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extreme-couponing-5-reasons-why-i-ll-pass">would rather pass on</a>. Instead, learn the right questions to ask store employees to score the best deal possible. Sometimes they'll pass along an exclusive coupon, and sometimes they'll drop clues on the best day of the week to shop, or the products they can mark down for you. By knowing the right questions to ask, you can easily maximize your savings on your next shopping trip. Here's what you need to know.</p> <h2>1. Ask About Markdown Days</h2> <p>Most retailers, both small and large, have specific days of the week when they do their internal store markdowns. Whether it's adding new items to the clearance section, or reducing the price on already reduced clearance products, if you know the &quot;markdown&quot; day, you can shop when the selection is the greatest and actually save some money. Alternatively, if you shop on the day before they do their markdowns, you'll find the clearance section picked over and will offer little of value. Avoid that day if you can by asking when the store does their markdowns.</p> <p>For example, a Macy's employee told me to shop on a Tuesday as they have all their markdowns done by then. Also, if you're a Kohl's shopper, I was told to shop on the 2nd and 4th Saturday every month. The bottom-line is to have the conversation at your favorite store as the information can really help you shop when the clearance section is stacked with fresh deals. I have found that most employees are very open to share this information if you have a friendly chat with them.</p> <h2>2. Ask About Floor Models and Imperfect Items</h2> <p>When I worked at The Home Depot, floor employees were given the authority to markdown imperfect items, scratch and dents, and floor models in order to clear them out of the store quickly. This included marking down damaged packaging that did not affect the quality of the actual product.</p> <p>I can remember having regular customers who would ask me specifically if we had any such items that they could get a deal on. I'd then happily point to them the products I could mark down for them and they often got stuff for 25%&ndash;30% off the original retail price. Start asking employees at stores like The Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy, and Walmart about deals on floor items and imperfect stuff. If you can't find any specific items to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">ask for a discount</a>, then just ask an employee, &quot;Do you have any screaming deals on floor models or scratch and dents?&quot; Then just follow them to the real deals in the store.</p> <h2>3. Ask for a Coupon</h2> <p>Many retailers arm their employees with special coupons and discounts to freely hand out to customers in an effort to build store loyalty and goodwill. So if you're shopping in-store, and you can't find a coupon via your smartphone, start a polite conversation with an employee and ask if they might have a coupon to use. You have absolutely nothing to lose and significant savings to gain. JCPenney, Macy's, Old Navy, Bed Bath &amp; Beyond, and Cost Plus are a few of the stores where this has been known to work effectively.</p> <h2>4. Expired Coupon? Use It Anyway</h2> <p>Have you ever been on a shopping trip and pulled a coupon out of your purse or wallet only to realize it expired last week? For a frugal shopper, it can be a sickening feeling. Next time this happens, still try to use the expired coupon as often the cashier will say, &quot;Oh sorry, this one is expired. But I have one here by the register that you can use.&quot; They'll then scan it for you and you'll save some cash. Stores where I have used this strategy successfully include Bed Bath &amp; Beyond, Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Harbor Freight Tools.</p> <h2>5. Find Out Which Items You Can Negotiate</h2> <p>It's no secret that retailers have certain products that offer a larger profit margin than others. I recently had a Best Buy employee tell me that products with a bigger profit margin are the items they can negotiate a lower price on. He went on to say that high-end TVs often have more wiggle room in price than those in the $250&ndash;$500 range.</p> <p>Use this information to your advantage and try to politely negotiate a lower price on higher end electronics. If you're worried about looking cheap, try the &quot;bundling&quot; technique. This is when you bundle a TV with a Blu-ray player and ask for a 15% discount if you buy both on the spot. This will also often work at big-box home improvement stores. Think things like a lawn mower purchased with a weed eater, or chain saw with a carrying case and new chain.</p> <h2>6. Ask About Upcoming Sales</h2> <p>When I worked retail, I always had some insider knowledge on upcoming sales events or exclusive coupons and rebates. Most floor employees at big-box retailers have an idea of when prices will probably get better. So ask them when they recommend you should buy to maximize your savings. They'll often tell you to come back on a specific day or weekend as everything will be on sale or when there will be a great coupon available. In either case, just by asking, you can easily get some insider knowledge that'll save you some money.</p> <p><em>What outside-the-box tricks do you use to score a great deal?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-coupon-rules-that-stores-let-you-break">4 Coupon Rules That Stores Let You Break</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-shopping-mistakes-keeping-you-from-a-great-deal">The 6 Shopping Mistakes Keeping You From a Great Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-genius-ways-to-save-on-cyber-monday">6 Genius Ways to Save on Cyber Monday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bargains buying coupons discounts negotiating retail saving money strategy Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:30:20 +0000 Kyle James 1732053 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's Why Your Parents Could Buy a Home While You Still Rent http://www.wisebread.com/heres-why-your-parents-could-buy-a-home-while-you-still-rent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-why-your-parents-could-buy-a-home-while-you-still-rent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/older_married_couple_000014305685.jpg" alt="Learning why our parents can buy a home and we still rent" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You pinch your pennies. You look for extra income. You're disciplined. And yet you can't get close to saving enough for a decent down payment on a house. It's especially frustrating because you know your parents somehow managed to buy their first home with very little trouble. Were the Baby Boomers just better than you? Or are there reasons why they could save up and you can't?</p> <p>It turns out there are some valid reasons why your folks could buy a home while you're still renting. Here's a look.</p> <h2>1. Houses Just Cost More</h2> <p>Even when you adjust for inflation, houses are more expensive than they used to be. The House-Price Index maintained by the Federal Housing Finance Agency is a tool that measures affordability, mortgage defaults, and mortgage prepayments, and it has more than tripled since 1980. The average home price, when adjusted for inflation, was $157,000 in 1980. Today, it's $180,000. (It peaked at nearly $230,000 in 2006.) Affordability is a truly, truly serious problem in many metropolitan areas, including San Francisco and New York.</p> <h2>2. There Are No New &quot;Levittowns&quot;</h2> <p>One key reason that homes cost more is because there hasn't been as much development of affordable and middle class housing. After World War II, there were many new housing developments with acres of simple, affordable homes designed for veterans and their families. Developments in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York were named &quot;Levittown&quot; after developer William Levitt, and sold quickly. Many of today's Baby Boomers grew up in these homes or purchased them in the 1950s and 60s. These days, affordable housing is more scarce and new developments of simple homes aren't as plentiful.</p> <h2>3. You Have More &quot;Necessities&quot;</h2> <p>Think of all the things that you pay for that did not even exist 40 years ago, or that might have been viewed as luxuries. A computer. Internet access. A cell phone with monthly plan. Cable TV and/or a streaming service. You <em>could</em> live without these things, but they are increasingly seen as necessities that could add up to hundreds of dollars in expenses each month.</p> <h2>4. Student Loan Debt</h2> <p>Rest assured, your Baby Boomer parents did not come out of college with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. But that's the reality for many young people today. College costs have been rising above the rate of inflation for years, and the Wall Street Journal reported that the average member of the Class of 2015 will have to pay back $35,000. That's money that you might still be paying back when you probably would prefer to be saving for a good down payment on a home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-refinance-your-student-loan?ref=seealso">Should You Refinance Your Student Loan?</a>)</p> <h2>5. Young People Can't Find Good Jobs</h2> <p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 12% of people between age 16 and 24 are unemployed. Among African-Americans, it's even worse, with one out of every five young people seeking work. If you can't find steady work at a young age, you can't begin saving. Combine that with student loan debt, and it's no wonder so many young people are behind the financial eight ball.</p> <h2>6. You Have to Save for Retirement</h2> <p>There's a good chance that your parents never put money into a 401K or Individual Retirement Account. That's because their employers were far more likely to offer a pension, or defined benefit retirement plan. The Social Security Administration reports that participation in pensions by workers in the private sector fell from 38% to 20% between 1980 and 2008. Baby Boomers are also more likely than Millennials to believe that Social Security payments will be around when they retire. If you feel like you need to set aside money for your own retirement, that's money that can't go toward saving for a home.</p> <h2>7. Incomes Haven't Been Growing</h2> <p>One of the more troubling signs in the economy in recent years is that people aren't being paid more as years go by. The Economic Policy Institute reports that the economy should be producing wage growth of between 3.5% and 4%, but that growth has been stuck at about 2.3% for almost a decade. Fortunately, inflation has been quite low, but there's no question that people aren't getting the type of salary and wage increases Baby Boomers became accustomed to.</p> <p><em>Sound familiar? What's keeping you from purchasing a home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-why-your-parents-could-buy-a-home-while-you-still-rent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-into-a-good-school-district-for-less">How to Get Into a Good School District for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-way-to-decide-how-much-rent-you-can-really-afford">The Simple Way to Decide How Much Rent You Can Really Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-11-best-websites-for-renting-your-extra-space">The 11 Best Websites for Renting Your Extra Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-you-definitely-need-renters-insurance">5 Reasons You Definitely Need Renters&#039; Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tips-for-getting-your-security-deposit-back">20 Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Real Estate and Housing baby boomers buying renting saving Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:00:03 +0000 Tim Lemke 1626818 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shoe_collection_000039290234.jpg" alt="Woman discovering what should buy and sell on eBay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no doubt that eBay has become a go-to place for anyone looking for a deal. But whether using traditional auctions, or the more popular Buy It Now option, what should you be going to eBay for first? And, what should you be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">selling on eBay</a> to ensure you get the most money for your items?</p> <h2>What to Buy on eBay</h2> <p>For all this stuff, eBay is the place to shop.</p> <h3>1. Personalized Items</h3> <p>Back in the day, a personalized item (whether for yourself, or as a gift for a friend or loved one) was something that cost quite a bit of money. Nowadays, thanks to eBay and international sellers, you can get some truly awesome items for a fraction of what you would expect. I recently used eBay to find a Ghostbusters nametag for my Halloween outfit this year, finding someone willing to custom embroider my last name, in the exact font and colors used in the movie, for $10 including shipping. I was astonished &mdash; it was great quality, too. I've ordered nameplates, shirts, hats, monogrammed pens, and so many other items for almost the same cost as it would be without the personalization.</p> <h3>2. Anything Vintage, Rare, or Hard to Find</h3> <p>If you can think of it, you'll probably find it on eBay. If you're into Star Trek comics from the '80s, or souvenirs from Alcatraz, there will be someone out there on eBay selling it &mdash; it's why I always go to eBay first when I'm looking for something nostalgic. I've found old TV shows that regular stores won't carry, original Xbox games, action figures from my childhood, and crazy shirts and suits from the 1960s. The best thing about eBay is that you can shop for all of these items in one place, add them to your cart, and do one checkout. Your payment will be sent to the multiple sellers separately.</p> <h3>3. Used and Refurbished Tools</h3> <p>Great tools can be very expensive. Of course, cheap tools may save you money in the short term, but they will break, or worse, cause an injury. But, you don't have to go to the hardware stores and pay top dollar for top tools. The selection you'll find on eBay will stagger you, and will always come in cheaper than those you'll find in stores near you. From power drills and sanders, to wrenches and garden tools, eBay has everything you want &mdash; most of the time with free shipping. Just don't wait until the last minute to order something.</p> <h3>4. Jewelry</h3> <p>Provided you know your size (and many places online will let you <a href="http://images.zales.com/images/popups/zales_ringsizer.pdf">download a sizing chart</a> for free anyway), you can get some insane deals on all kinds of jewelry, from high-end valuables, to $10 rings and necklaces. The selection available on eBay will dwarf anything at a brick-and-mortar jeweler, and you can benefit from eBay's buyer guarantees. I have a bunch of very large, intricate skull rings that I found on eBay for between $10 and $20 apiece. They all came with free shipping, and are made of surgical steel. Would I have liked silver? Maybe, but they look exactly the same and cost 10 times less. I get comments on them all the time, and when people ask which store I got them from, I always say eBay. Most people seem surprised.</p> <h3>5. Automotive Parts</h3> <p>Make no mistake, if you are looking for parts to replace the broken ones in your car or truck, the last place you want to get them is the dealership or specialist supply store. In every case (unless someone would like to prove otherwise), you are going to be paying significant markups, as these places have to support a large staff, building costs, and all the other overhead. When you shop on eBay, you have access to hundreds and thousands of parts from both licensed sellers, hobbyists, and people who find parts at wrecking yards. As always, you'll be protected by a guarantee from eBay, so if the part is not exactly as described, you can get your money back. Just remember, if it's a used part, you want to inspect it very carefully before having it installed.</p> <h2>What to Sell on eBay</h2> <p>For the most part, if you want to be rid of it, someone else wants to buy it.</p> <h3>6. Your Good Quality Shoes and Clothing</h3> <p>When the time comes to clear out the closet in spring or fall, most of us take those clothes and shoes to the local thrift stores. Not so fast. Take a look through your pile and see what you have.</p> <p>Any high-end name brand clothing and footwear in good condition can earn you a significant amount of money on eBay. An old track jacket that you don't like, or have outgrown, can earn almost all of its money back. Sometimes, you can make more than you paid for it, if the item was a limited edition, or was worn by someone famous in a show or movie. A case in point&hellip;the Black Sabbath T-shirt that Tony Stark wore in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Marvels-Avengers-Two-Disc-Blu-ray-Packaging/dp/B0083SBJXS">The Avengers</a>. Before the movie came out, it was a $5 tee. After, people were paying big money for it, until the stores caught on and issued a reprint. So, next time you clean out the closet, make two piles &mdash; one for thrift, the other for eBay.</p> <h3>7. Fabrics, Curtains, and Sheets</h3> <p>Mark this one down as another category that most of us think is worthless. Or, at least not worth the hassle of selling. Actually, you'd be surprised. In particular, old curtains that may not suit your current décor could be highly prized by someone theming out their apartment or office, particularly if they have a very distinctive or &quot;dated&quot; pattern. What is out of style to some is very chic to others.</p> <p>The same goes for sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases, and all those fabric remnants that you have left over from craft projects. You can even sell fabric and upholstery scraps, and I mean the smallest off-cuts. Right now, a pound of leather scraps can sell for $20 including shipping; that's $20 you were about to throw in the trash.</p> <h3>8. Legos</h3> <p>It doesn't matter if you have a complete set, a set missing a few pieces, or a random bucket of assorted Lego bricks &mdash; they will all sell quickly on eBay. And, you may be surprised at how much money you can get. I recently found a Lego Star Wars Imperial Destroyer at my local thrift store for $10. It was still in the box, but was clearly not all there. After doing a count, over 30 pieces were missing. I figured I'd throw it on eBay to see what happened, and it sold for over $100. Some of the figures from these sets can sell for $5&ndash;$10 each!</p> <p>What you have to remember with Lego is that the pieces you have may complete sets other people desperately want to build, and they will pay for it. Lego is also expensive to buy new, and that will never change. So, grab your Lego pieces and bag them up. You can sell them by the pound.</p> <h3>9. Anything Collectible</h3> <p>Whether it's rare baseball cards, signed hockey jerseys, vintage vinyl, or a prototype of an Apple computer from Steve Wozniak's garage, these items will fare way better from the auction-style listings on eBay than a fixed priced listing on Craigslist, or even a garage sale. You also have the chance to reach a worldwide audience, which makes the bidding war international. Something you may have gotten $50&ndash;$100 for may get you ten times that amount on eBay, if you find the right buyer at the right time.</p> <p>A prime example of this is the vintage Denver Nuggets jersey I recently sold on eBay. I was planning to list it for $25 on Craigslist, but instead I started it at $15 on eBay. It was a risk, since I could have gotten $10 less than I wanted. In the end, I got $162 for that jersey. Even after eBay takes their percentage, it's still a much better deal.</p> <h3>10. Cell Phones, Tablets, and Other Tech</h3> <p>When you replace your cell phone, you may be tempted to do a trade-in deal. Don't do it. You will get a rock bottom price for it from the store, because they plan to sell it for a profit. Instead, gather all of the accessories, the charger, and hopefully the original box, and sell it on eBay. The thing that attracts people to used smartphones is that they are not tied to a contract. With a little digging, you may also be able to unlock your phone first, making it suitable for any carrier. A phone you may have gotten $50 for from a store could sell for over $200 on eBay, and it's as simple as taking a few photos and creating a listing.</p> <p>The same thing applies to tablets, smart watches, laptops, and other technology. Even old, broken, and irreparable technology will sell, as it can be dismantled for parts. Do not simply throw these things out until you have first searched eBay for current prices.</p> <p><em>What items have you bought or sold on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay">8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Shopping buying eBay online auctions selling Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:20 +0000 Paul Michael 1500624 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular Stores http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_000047775914.jpg" alt="Woman getting price adjustments on her purchases" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My family has been trying to save money these past few years by avoiding unnecessary purchases on everything from clothing to toys to electronics. There are times, though, when things break, clothes wear out, or we otherwise find ourselves heading to the store to fill a new need. Best case scenario in this event? Paying the lowest price possible. Over time, I've discovered a few tips and tricks that get us the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-pay-more-guide-to-price-matching-and-cheat-sheet">best price matching</a> and adjustments at a number of popular retailers.</p> <h2>1. Target</h2> <p>If you find a lower price on something you bought within seven days of purchase, you can take advantage of <a href="https://help.target.com/help/subcategoryarticle?childcat=Price+Match+Guarantee&amp;parentcat=Availability+%26+Pricing">Target's price-matching policy</a>. Just bring your receipt to guest services and proof of lower price (from places like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy) via website or printed ad. Price adjustments may also be made before you buy. Note: Any purchases made online are exempt from Target's price-matching policy.</p> <h2>2. Walmart</h2> <p>I've searched Walmart's website for pricing and headed to the store only to find the item more expensive on the shelf. In this event, you can <a href="http://help.walmart.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/31">request a price match</a> in most U.S. states at the register. For other adjustments, bring proof of price to customer service and make sure the item is identical and in stock at the competing store. Walmart also offers its <a href="https://savingscatcher.walmart.com/">Savings Catcher</a> to compare your receipt with local competitor pricing. If there's an opportunity for you to save, you'll get the difference back on an eGift Card.</p> <h2>3. Macy's</h2> <p>Price adjustment requests can be made within 14 days at <a href="https://customerservice.macys.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/266/~/how-can-i-get-a-price-adjustment%3F">Macy's stores</a> nationwide. Money is refunded to your original form of payment, whether cash, debit, or credit. Price changes are only made if the original purchase was made without a coupon, and you must take your item(s) back to the store for the adjustment.</p> <h2>4. Nordstrom</h2> <p>Good news! If you find an item you just bought for less at a competitor's store, Nordstrom will meet that price provided it's the same color and size. Alternatively, if the same item you bought <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/pricing-policy">goes on sale</a> at a Nordstrom store within 14 days of your purchase, you can easily get the extra taken off your order by bringing your receipt to customer service.</p> <h2>5. GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic</h2> <p>Keep your receipt to get a <a href="http://oldnavy.gapcanada.ca/customerService/info.do?cid=3317">one-time price adjustment</a> within 14 days of your purchase. Any items you bought using coupons, promotions, or other discounts (clearance, final sale, etc.) are not eligible for changes unless the promotion was free shipping. In addition, price adjustments for items sold online cannot be made in physical store locations.</p> <h2>6. J. Crew</h2> <p>Think fast, because J. Crew gives you just seven days from purchase to take advantage of its <a href="https://www.jcrew.com/help/returns_exchanges.jsp">one-time price adjustments</a>. Items must have been bought at their original prices (no clearance or final sale) and you'll need your receipt. The same policy stands with J. Crew's Factory outlets.</p> <h2>7. Lowe's</h2> <p>My husband and I recently bought a new refrigerator at Lowe's. I noticed it was $3 less at a local competitor, so I asked about the 10% <a href="http://www.lowes.com/cd_everyday+low+prices_787241445_">Price Match Guarantee</a>, and we ended up saving an additional $3 plus $120 on our purchase. The store gives customers a full 30 days to compare prices at local stores and websites &mdash; impressive. Just keep your receipt and bring proof of better pricing to customer service.</p> <h2>8. Home Depot</h2> <p>Not to be outdone, Home Depot offers similar 10% <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/c/SF_MS_In-Store_Low_Price_Guarantee">in-store price matching</a>. This policy, as it goes with many retailers, does not extend to &quot;discontinued, clearance, obsolete, seasonal, or distressed merchandise&quot; at competing stores. Online purchases earn the matching only, minus the additional percentage back.</p> <h2>9. Office Depot</h2> <p>For adjustments at Office Depot, just make sure the item you're requesting a change on is both new and identical at the store across town (or online). You can ask for <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/renderStaticPage.do?file=/customerservice/lowPrice.jsp">price matching</a> before purchase or within 14 days of receipt. The store will even match Amazon and Reliable, though third-party retailers are excluded from this policy.</p> <h2>10. Staples</h2> <p>Likewise, you can <a href="http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/help-center/pricing-and-promotions.html#10003_6">request price adjustments</a> at the time of sale or within 14 days of purchase at Staples stores. This policy excludes any local special events, like grand openings, anniversary sales, and liquidations. In the case of items with free versus paid shipping, Staples will match if both are on the same terms. However, if the store offers free shipping and the competitor's lower priced item does not, shipping charges will apply to the overall matching equation.</p> <h2>11. Toys &quot;R&quot; Us, Babies &quot;R&quot; Us</h2> <p>I bought my daughter a camera at Toys &quot;R&quot; Us earlier this year and was able to get it for the lower Amazon price by asking at customer service. The store's Price Match Guarantee is simple and straightforward. It's valid on in-store purchases only, limited to two items (if you're purchasing several identical toys), and the store's online prices are matched provided they aren't special &quot;online only&quot; promotions. Exclusions include Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals; clearance, closeouts, and flash sales; as well as any pricing that is low due to typographical errors.</p> <h2>12. Bed Bath &amp; Beyond</h2> <p>Any pricing that's lower at direct competitors or online retailers like Amazon will be honored at <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/static/pricematch">Bed Bath &amp; Beyond stores</a>. This excludes club stores like Sam's Club, BJ's, etc., in addition to pricing that's low due to clearance, closeouts, or limited time quantities. Better yet, a manufacturer's coupon can be used in combination with the price match for even more savings.</p> <h2>13. Kohl's</h2> <p>To get an adjustment, <a href="https://cs.kohls.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/88/~/what-are-price-adjustments%3F">keep your receipt</a> for two weeks after buying anything (original price or sale) from Kohl's to see if the price is lowered. Items bought on Buy One, Get One (BOGO) are excluded from this offer. Kohl's also <a href="https://cs.kohls.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/90/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNDI4ODU0NjUwL3NpZC9LNER2b0hqbQ%3D%3D">matches competitor pricing</a> provided you provide a dated ad &mdash; in-store only &mdash; with identical merchandise.</p> <h2>14. Best Buy</h2> <p>Electronics behemoth Best Buy &quot;<a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/help-topics/price-match-guarantee/pcmcat297300050000.c?id=pcmcat297300050000">won't be beat on price</a>&quot; &mdash; so you know you can get a good deal. At the time of sale, the store will match local store and online pricing in addition to online retailers like Amazon, B&amp;H Photo Video, Crutchfield, Dell, HP, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Preordered or backordered an item? If its price drops, you will automatically get the lower price. You can also request price adjustments within 15 days of purchase with receipt.</p> <h2>15. Dick's Sporting Goods</h2> <p>I actually live in the town where Dick's Sporting Goods first opened its doors in the late 1940s. Their <a href="http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=20675246">Winning Price Guarantee</a> applies to identical items sold at local retail stores. Simply bring in the print or online ad to get the match at the time of sale. Exclusions to this policy include rebates, coupons, clearance, closeouts, BOGOs, and out-of-stock items.</p> <h2>16. Amazon</h2> <p>I had no idea that Amazon <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201133150">offers price-matching</a>. But there's a catch; it's only on televisions and cell phones. All other items on this giant online store are exempt from the policy. Though there's no information about formal price adjustments on the site, I've found several personal accounts for <a href="http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/how-to-get-a-price-adjustment-from-amazon/">how to get a deal</a>. The process involves signing into your Amazon account, clicking the help button, and then chatting with a representative about the change in price you've seen to get your refund. The blogger in the above scenario has only tried this approach within a week of purchase.</p> <p>In the end, I've learned that no matter what or where you're buying, it never hurts to ask about a retailer's price matching or adjustment policy. The worst answer you can get is &quot;no,&quot; and usually you'll be pleasantly surprised by the extra dollars you'll have left in your pocket. Every little bit counts!</p> <p><em>Do you regularly take advantage of retailer price-matches? What's the most you've ever saved?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-shopping-reminders-that-will-save-you-big">6 Smart Shopping Reminders That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-price-match-policies-you-should-be-wary-of">8 Price Match Policies You Should Be Wary Of</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stupid-shopping-mistakes-even-smart-people-make">10 Stupid Shopping Mistakes Even Smart People Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-millennials-can-learn-about-saving-money-from-gen-x">5 Things Millennials Can Learn About Saving Money From Gen-X</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying price matching saving money Fri, 08 May 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1410184 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Big on Buying in Bulk http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-big-on-buying-in-bulk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-big-on-buying-in-bulk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/warehouse-shopping-459419001-small.jpg" alt="warehouse shopping" title="warehouse shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving big on buying in bulk, easy ways to save more money, and steps for a fresh financial start this fall.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/7-ways-to-save-big-by-buying-in-bulk/">7 Ways to Save Big on Buying in Bulk</a> &mdash; When buying in bulk, shopping based on per-unit pricing can help you save money. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/planning/5-easy-ways-to-save-more-money-082514/">5 Easy Ways to Save More Money</a> &mdash; Automating your savings and prepping your meals for the week can save you big bucks. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.morethanwheels.info/2014/08/13/6-steps-for-a-fresh-financial-start-this-fall/">6 Steps for a Fresh Financial Start This Fall</a> &mdash; This fall, updating your budget and writing down your goals can help you have a fresh financial start. [More Than Wheels]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/time-planning-retirement/">Are You Spending Enough Time Planning Your Retirement?</a> &mdash; Have you performed a retirement needs assessment recently? [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/5-ways-to-eat-healthier-and-save-money-on-food/">5 Ways to Eat Healthier and Save Money on Food</a> &mdash; Preserving your own food can help you eat healthier and save money. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/4-things-avoid-closing-house">4 Things to Avoid Before Closing on a House</a> &mdash; Before you close on a house, don't make any late payments. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Pool-Noodles-35666149">23 Surprising Uses for Pool Noodles</a> &mdash; Did you know pool noodles can be used for quilt storage? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/12-essential-dairyfree-meal-planning-resources">12 Essential Dairy-Free Meal Planning Resources</a> &mdash; The Fresh 20 and Milk Free Mom can help you plan out dairy-free meals. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/life-insurance-as-business-owner/">Life Insurance: What to Consider as a Self-Employed Business Owner</a> &mdash; When deciding whether or not to get life insurance, take into consideration your business structure. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-robin-williamss-classics-to-watch-with-your-kids">9 Robin Williams's Classics to Watch With Your Kids</a> &mdash; Take the time to watch Hook and Aladdin with your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-big-on-buying-in-bulk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make">The 7 Dumbest Big Purchases People Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-food-scales">The 5 Best Digital Food Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mountain-bikes">The 5 Best Mountain Bikes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips bulk buying shopping Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1207992 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Best Sites for Renting and Buying Textbooks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-best-sites-for-renting-and-buying-textbooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-best-sites-for-renting-and-buying-textbooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/student-books-tablet-466585709-small.jpg" alt="student tablet books" title="student tablet books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on the best sites for renting and buying textbooks, steps to financial prosperity, and things you should know about the U.S. economy.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/blog/buying-textbooks-online.html">The 11 Best Sites for Renting and Buying Textbooks Online</a> &mdash; Half.com and Student2Student are a couple great textbook rental and buying sites. [The Real Deal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.learnplaygive.com/2014/04/07/six-steps-to-financial-prosperity/">6 Steps to Financial Prosperity</a> &mdash; To be financially prosperous, choose a career and do it and marry your soulmate. [Learn Play Give]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/6-things-experts-are-saying-about-the-economy/">6 Things You Should Know About the U.S. Economy</a> &mdash; The housing market is continuing to improve but the job market is weaker than you think. [CBS Moneywatch]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Halloween-Group-Costumes-25300043">57 Creative Homemade Group Costume Ideas</a> &mdash; With Halloween right around the corner, save money and get a group of your friends together to go as Lego people. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://artofbeingcheap.com/heating-and-cooling/">The Heating and Cooling Myth That Is Costing You Money</a> &mdash; To save on heating and cooling, invest in a programmable thermostat. [The Art of Being Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://thecouponproject.com/15-recipes-and-crafts-you-can-make-with-jars/">15 Recipes and Crafts You Can Make With Jars</a> &mdash; What are your favorite jar-based recipes and crafts? Did they make this list? [The Coupon Project]</p> <p><a href="http://affordanything.com/2014/08/05/5-people-one-income-and-self-made-success/">Five People, One Income, and Self-Made Success</a> &mdash; Remember that savings happen in small increments and that you should invest/earn money instead of just saving.. [Afford Anything]</p> <p><a href="http://houseofroseblog.com/creating-art-for-your-walls-stencil-letters-onto-an-old-canvas/">Creating Art for Your Walls: Stenciling Letter onto an Old Canvas</a> &mdash; Are you in need of some new art for your walls? This simple DIY might be just what you were looking for! [House Of Rose]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/get-your-child-excited-about-math">7 Ways to Get Your Child Excited About Math</a> &mdash; Get your child excited about math by having them do puzzles or using math apps. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://beyondyourhammock.com/3-myths-about-buying-your-first-home/">3 Myths About Buying Your First Home</a> &mdash; It is a myth that buying a home is always a good investment. [Beyond Your Hammock]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-best-sites-for-renting-and-buying-textbooks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-freshman-shopping-tips-to-cut-college-costs">9 Freshman Shopping Tips to Cut College Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-every-college-student-should-try">8 Money-Saving Hacks Every College Student Should Try</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/school-bookstores-cant-afford-cheap-textbooks">School Bookstores Can&#039;t Afford Cheap Textbooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-things-you-still-cant-do-online-in-2016">6 Surprising Things You Still Can&#039;t Do Online in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores">Here&#039;s How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular Stores</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips buying college online renting textbooks Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:06:55 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1195558 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Dumbest Big Purchases People Make http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-tv-shopping-177435130-small.jpg" alt="couple tv shopping" title="couple tv shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Retail therapy is no myth. Psychologists have found that there's a real science behind the burst of joy we feel when we <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mar.20404/abstract">treat ourselves with a big, exciting purchase</a> &mdash; no matter how impractical it may be.</p> <p>Unfortunately, buyer's remorse also exists. Once the newness wears off, our prized purchase sometimes <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201201/why-regret-makes-buying-experiences-better-buying-stuff">becomes just another thing</a> in the pile of stuff that occupies so much of the space in our lives. We begin to compare it to other things like it that we don't have. A faster sports car. A bigger jacuzzi. The latest cell phone upgrade. And just like that our big buy loses its luster.</p> <p>Some items are prone to invoke buyer's remorse. Typically these items are just downright absurd, yet we've convinced ourselves that they're an important, practical, or smart purchase anyway. Thanks to the mistakes of thousands of consumers before us, we've been able to identify a few of them for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-financial-kryptonite-and-how-to-conquer-it?ref=seealso">What Is Your Financial Kryptonite and How to Conquer It</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our list of the top seven purchases that are sure to leave you wallowing in your own tears of regret.</p> <h2>1. 3D TVs</h2> <p>The majority of <a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/majority-3d-tv-owners-regret-their-purchase-1431326">3D television owners regret their purchase</a>. It's not that the technology isn't cool. The leading complaint is that there just isn't enough 3D content to make ownership of one of these futuristic devices worthwhile.</p> <p>More than half the 50 movie titles offered in 3D in 2011 were kids' flicks, while <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/3d-tv-autopsy-did-it-finally-die-or-was-it-never-alive-to-begin-with/#!beO9si">most blockbuster movie titles opted out</a> of the 3D format altogether. When you're coughing up between $2,000 and $12,000 for the TV plus another couple hundred bucks a pop for the glasses, that's sort of a deal breaker.</p> <p>That leads us to another popular complaint: It can be a major annoyance to wear the glasses that make the third dimension pop. Sort of like wearing your sun shades in the house.</p> <h2>2. Whirlpool Tub</h2> <p>It's a vision of romance: Flower petals, candle light, a bottle of wine &mdash; and then you turn the thing on. Who wants to canoodle with that grumbling sound? Yeah, it's a vision alright.</p> <p>Jacuzzi-style whirlpool tubs can be a real mood killer. Not only are they noisy, they're time consuming to fill with water and prone to completely draining the hot water tank. Plus they're expensive to operate, not to mention expensive to buy and install.</p> <p>Bottom line: Most people don't use them enough to outweigh the negatives.</p> <h2>3. A College Education (No, Really&hellip;.)</h2> <p>Okay, so most people would say a college degree is a smart investment &mdash; but it can certainly be regrettable. A third of millennials say they would have been <a href="https://www.wellsfargo.com/press/2013/20130522_MorethanhalfofMillennials">better off working than going to college</a>, according to a Wells Fargo study. The reason? They're drowning in debt.</p> <p>More than half the 1,414 college grads surveyed by Wells Fargo said they afforded their education by taking out hefty student loans that have become the crux of their financial distress. Many said they think they'd have been better off with a less expensive, public education than a much more costly degree from a top-tier school.</p> <p>If given $10,000, more than half of those surveyed said the first thing they would use the money for is to pay off student loans or credit card debt.</p> <h2>4. A Timeshare</h2> <p>The cost of owning a timeshare extends well beyond the mortgage. Annual maintenance fees, property taxes, and special assessments are piled on top &mdash; and they can be quite expensive.</p> <p>Another major gripe among timeshare owners is that it's not always easy to schedule their allotted time at the unit. In fact, it can be downright maddening. Some timeshare contracts have so <a href="http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/top-ten-reasons-think-twice-before-buying-timeshare.html">severely misstated the ease in scheduling</a> that several states have passed laws to punish these misrepresentations.</p> <p>Timeshares are also difficult to unload. Few people are interested in purchasing a timeshare in the aftermarket, meaning you're very likely to lose money even if you do find a buyer.</p> <h2>5. A Car They Didn't Research</h2> <p>Nearly a third of all <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280243/Millions-regret-buying-latest-car-Third-admit-purchasing-faulty-vehicle-say-didnt-research.html">motorists regret their most recent car purchase</a>, a consumer watchdog report found. Among the top triggers of dissatisfaction: The car is faulty, it costs more to run than they anticipated, or they simply didn't do enough research.</p> <p>A car is one of the most expensive purchases many of us will ever make. So before pulling the trigger on a flashy sport convertible or a clunker with the little engine that could, experts say it's important to weigh all your options and do your homework.</p> <p>Here are a couple good online resources to get you started: <a href="http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/first-time-new-car-buyer-guide.html">Edmund's Guide for First-Time New Car Buyers</a> and <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/repair/how-to-buy-a-used-car-without-getting-burned?click=pp">Popular Mechanic's How to Buy a Used Car Without Getting Burned</a>.</p> <h2>6. High-End Designer Bags, Clothes, and Shoes</h2> <p>Speaking of cars, a Gucci handbag can cost more than the down payment on your vehicle. Ditto that for many designer scarves, furs, and dresses. What you're really paying for is an air of luxury and exclusivity.</p> <p>Many of the clothes and accessories we find to be swoon-worthy at the store, high-end and otherwise, end up spending nearly their entire existence in storage. That's because the average person wears only about <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324240804578415002232186418">20% of the clothes in their closet</a>, according to retail specialists.</p> <p>Among the top reasons our garments go unworn? The items no longer seem as unique or important as when first purchased, or we realize it was an impulse buy rather than a smart, practical purchase.</p> <h2>7. A $5,000 Watch</h2> <p>So you got a big promotion at work. Why not reward yourself with a Rolex? You earned it. Plus, what's more practical than a classic timepiece?</p> <p>Ted Jenkins, who co-operates a financial advisory firm focused on generations X and Y, speaks from experience when he says: &quot;Don't do it!&quot;</p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/2014/07/08/a-5000-watch-doesnt-make-you-look-cool/">The dumbest purchase I ever made was spending $5,000 on a watch</a>,&quot; Jenkins wrote on his financial literacy blog. &quot;I wore two watches over the course of a year, one that cost $5,000 and one that cost $79. The $5,000 watch was a Panerai and the $79 was a Diesel&hellip; During that year, my compliment ratio was four to one in favor of the $79 Diesel watch. I never really cared that much about brand names and it taught me that nobody else really does as well. Now I don't even wear a watch because my phone can tell time.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you ever made a big dumb purchase? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unbearably-stupid-packaging">Dumbest packaging ever?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-improve-yourself-for-100-or-less">10 Ways to Improve Yourself for $100 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/replace-these-8-luxury-buys-with-their-cheaper-better-alternatives">Replace These 8 Luxury Buys With Their Cheaper, Better Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Lifestyle Shopping big purchases buying expensive luxuries shopping Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1165663 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save a Fortune When Buying a Car http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-a-fortune-when-buying-a-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-a-fortune-when-buying-a-car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/car-4430180-small.jpg" alt="car" title="car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving a fortune when buying a car, Black Friday sales to shop now, and sensible saving tips for a family.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/11/how-to-save-a-fortune-when-buying-a-car.html">How to Save a Fortune When Buying a Car</a> &mdash; Doing your research and getting the inside scoop can help you save a fortune when buying a car. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Early-Black-Friday-Deals-2013-32425125">Early Black Friday Sales to Shop NOW!</a> &mdash; Head to Walmart now to take advantage of &quot;Black November&quot; sales! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/sensible-saving-tips-for-a-family/">Sensible Saving Tips for a Family</a> &mdash; Save on your bills by evaluating your bills for items you can live without, then get rid of those items! [Narrow Bridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/4-ways-fight-claw-increasingly-elusive-american-dream.html">4 Ways to Fight and Claw Your Way to the Increasingly Elusive American Dream</a> &mdash; To achieve the American Dream, get a job and keep it, and save like your life depends on it. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-international-travel-costs-to-watch/">Traveling Abroad for the Holidays? 5 International Travel Costs to Watch</a> &mdash; If you are traveling abroad for the holidays, watch out for credit card fees. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/how-to-break-bad-habits-replace-with-good-one/">How to Break a Bad Habit in 21 Days (Reader Challenge)</a> &mdash; Automating your finances is one way to break a bad habit. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/11/12/the-5-best-ways-to-teach-kids-about-money/">The 6 Best Ways to Teach Kids About Money</a> &mdash; Using cash and providing an active allowance are two great ways to teach kids about money. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/slideshow/credit/T065-S001-your-guide-to-holiday-tipping/index.html">Service Providers You Should Tip for the Holidays</a> &mdash; Be sure to tip your mail carrier a gift and your trash collector up to $30 this holiday season. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://wifemomgeek.com/6-thanksgiving-traditions-start-family-year/">6 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start With Your Family This Year</a> &mdash; This Thanksgiving, start the tradition of displaying a Thankful Tree in your kitchen or dining room. [Wife Mom Geek]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-ways-to-show-your-kids-good-health-fitness-and-nutrition">8 Ways to Show Your Kids Good Health, Fitness, and Nutrition</a> &mdash; To show your kids good health, fitness, and nutrition, use words they understand. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-a-fortune-when-buying-a-car">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-drop-collision-coverage-on-your-car">When to drop collision coverage on your car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-groceries-into-gasoline">How to Turn Groceries Into Gasoline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-websites-you-must-visit-when-buying-a-new-car">7 Websites You Must Visit When Buying a New Car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-shopping-reminders-that-will-save-you-big">6 Smart Shopping Reminders That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping best money tips buying car fortune save Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1098581 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-questions-to-ask-when-buying-a-used-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-questions-to-ask-when-buying-a-used-car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/car-4960033-small.jpg" alt="car" title="car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on questions to ask when buying a used car, summer fun for frugalists, and resume tips and tricks.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Questions-Ask-Used-Car-Seller-31000145">8 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car</a> &mdash; When buying a used car, be sure to ask for an accident record and maintenance records. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/07/15/free-or-cheap-summer-fun-for-frugalists/">Free or cheap summer fun for frugalists</a> &mdash; To have fun, frugalists can take advantage of $1 and $5 movies or learn a skill with a free workshop. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/07/resume-tips-and-tricks.html">Resume Tips and Tricks</a> &mdash; An excellent resume needs to be searchable, easy to read, and quantitative. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/07/17/starting-the-school-year-the-frugal-way/">Starting the School Year the Frugal Way</a> &mdash; Before you head to the store to buy school supplies, search your home for the supplies your child will need. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenpandatreehouse.com/2013/07/how-far-would-you-go-to-pay-off-student-loans/">How Far Would You Go to Pay Off Student Loans?</a> &mdash; Pay off your student loans by working during the summer or applying for programs with work terms. [Green Panda Treehouse]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2013/07/18/10-things-they-dont-tell-you-about-your-first-internship">10 Things They Don't Tell You About Your First Internship</a> &mdash; When you start your first internship, no one really tells you that work casual and campus casual are not the same thing. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/be-a-full-time-blogger/">How to Be a Successful Full-Time Blogger in 6 Months</a> &mdash; If you want to be a full-time blogger, start by assessing your ability to work alone. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/three-tips-for-new-landlords-2/">3 Tips for New Landlords</a> &mdash; New landlords should make sure to have insurance and tenant agreements. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/07/16/is-there-morality-in-personal-finance/">Is there morality in personal finance?</a> &mdash; Personal finance can teach you the importance of taking responsibility for your actions. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/3-good-reasons-to-let-your-kids-be-bored">3 Good Reasons to Let Your Kids be Bored</a> &mdash; Allowing your kids to be bored promotes creativity. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-questions-to-ask-when-buying-a-used-car">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cities-for-going-car-free">5 Best Cities for Going Car-Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-you-swap-your-car-for-a-bike">9 Ways Life Is Wonderful When You Swap Your Car for a Bike</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-a-car-service-plan-is-worth-it">How to Tell If a Car Service Plan Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-car-payments-are-too-much-what-should-i-do">My car payments are too much! What should I do?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-car-parts-that-are-safe-to-buy-used">9 Car Parts That Are Safe to Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation best money tips buying car questions used Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980708 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Stop Buying so Many "Wants" http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-stop-buying-so-many-wants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-stop-buying-so-many-wants" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2780602446_7c116ca901_z.jpg" alt="How To Stop Buying So Many &quot;Wants&quot;" title="How To Stop Buying So Many &quot;Wants&quot;" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to stop buying so many &quot;wants,&quot; saving money and the planet, and correcting the wrong money lessons.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/how-to-stop-buying-wants/">You Don't Need It! How To Stop Buying So Many &quot;Wants&quot;</a> &mdash; To avoid buying wants, only use cash when making purchases. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/shift-your-habit-to-save-money-and-the-planet/">Shift Your Habit to Save Money and the Planet</a> &mdash; Did you know shutting off your computer every night can save you $55 per year? [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/01/01/correcting-the-wrong-money-lessons/">Correcting the Wrong Money Lessons</a> &mdash; If you notice your child has learned a money lesson incorrectly, immediately explain to them why what they've learned is incorrect. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/plan-for-the-payroll-tax-cut-expiring-in-2013/">Plan for the Payroll Tax Cut Expiring in 2013</a> &mdash; Be prepared for the payroll tax cut that expires this year by reducing your spending by $100 per month. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/01/02/9-surefire-ways-to-get-what-you-want/">9 Surefire Ways to Get What You Want</a> &mdash; Minding your thoughts and your words can help you get what you want. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5971473/how-to-tackle-three-of-the-toughest-interview-questions?tag=jobs">How to Tackle Three of the Toughest Interview Questions</a> &mdash; When asked about your work history, point out the things that stand out. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Essential-Tools-Cleaning-Supplies-Your-Home-26433953">9 Must-Have Household Items Every Savvy Woman Needs</a> &mdash; Every savvy woman should have baking soda in her home. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2013/01/making-music-for-less/">Making Music for Less</a> &mdash; When buying a new instrument, don't be afraid to bargain! [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/daydream-believer-7-tips-to-help-slow-things-down-in-2013">Daydream Believer: 7 Tips to Help Slow Things Down in 2013</a> &mdash; Slow things down in 2013 by planning to make no plans. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/01/2013-financial-resolutions.html">2013 Financial Resolutions</a> &mdash; Are any of these financial resolutions on your list of resolutions for 2013? [Free Money Finance]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-stop-buying-so-many-wants">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-products-you-think-you-need-but-really-don-t">25 Products You Think You Need, but Really Don’t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-shopping-reminders-that-will-save-you-big">6 Smart Shopping Reminders That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-creative-ways-to-avoid-spending-money">13 Creative Ways to Avoid Spending Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-purchases-with-financing-options-that-depreciate-fast">4 Purchases With Financing Options That Depreciate Fast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips buying spending wants Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 962931 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Buy a Used Rental Car http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-buy-a-used-rental-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-buy-a-used-rental-car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/241913139_e17414a884_z.jpg" alt="How to Buy a Used Rental Car" title="How to Buy a Used Rental Car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on buying a used rental car, learning to ski or snowboard for less, and saving on health insurance.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-buy-a-used-rental-car/">How to Buy a Used Rental Car</a> &mdash; Buying a used rental car will get you better prices than you would get at a car dealer. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/learn-to-ski-or-snowboard-for-less-in-january/">Learn to ski or snowboard for less in January</a> &mdash; Want to learn to ski or snowboard for less? Take advantage of discounted and free instruction during Learn to Ski &amp; Snowboard Month! [Living On The Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/save-money-on-health-insurance/">5 Ways to Save Money on Health Insurance</a> &mdash; Avoiding the emergency room is one way to save money on health insurance. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/tips-for-buying-and-selling-college-textbooks/">Tips for Buying and Selling College Textbooks</a> &mdash; When buying and selling textbooks, remember to take good care of your book so it gets the best value when you go to sell it. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/becoming-your-own-financial-expert/">The Secret to Becoming Your Own Financial Expert in 2013</a> &mdash; If you want to become your own financial expert in 2013, remember that expertise takes time and consistent action. [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2012/12/four-questions-to-ask-before-moving-out-on-your-own.html">Four Questions to Ask Before Moving Out on Your Own</a> &mdash; Before you move out on your own, take into consideration if you have steady, reliable employment. [Not Made of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/10/10jan04b.cfm#.UOHWbY57PIY">A Spending Plan for Frugal Living</a> &mdash; It's important to tailor your spending plan to your needs and to adjust it as your life changes. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/why-personal-savings-is-critical/">Why Personal Savings is Critical</a> &mdash; Personal savings is critical because if you get a hefty bill in the mail, you want to be able to pay it off. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financefox.ca/4-avoidable-money-mistakes/">4 Avoidable Money Mistakes</a> &mdash; Not having enough insurance is a money mistake everyone can avoid. [Finance Fox]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/New-Years-Resolutions-Research-12966264">6 Tips To Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick</a> &mdash; To make your new year's resolutions stick, remember to stay positive! [SavvySugar]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-buy-a-used-rental-car">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-drop-collision-coverage-on-your-car">When to drop collision coverage on your car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-your-next-car-rental-without-even-trying-hard">10 Ways to Save on Your Next Car Rental Without Even Trying Hard</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-car-payments-are-too-much-what-should-i-do">My car payments are too much! What should I do?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-up-your-car-may-be-easier-than-you-think">Giving Up Your Car May Be Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-a-car-service-plan-is-worth-it">How to Tell If a Car Service Plan Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation best money tips buying car rental car used Tue, 01 Jan 2013 10:48:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 961780 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Food Items You Should Stop Buying and Start Making http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-food-items-you-should-stop-buying-and-start-making <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-food-items-you-should-stop-buying-and-start-making" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3163299871_9b72b01eb1_z-1.jpg" alt="Food Items You Should Stop Buying and Start Making" title="Food Items You Should Stop Buying and Start Making" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on food items you should stop buying and start making, being a charismatic leader, and surviving unemployment.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Foods-Cheaper-Make-Rather-Than-Buy-25387569">10 Food Items You Should Stop Buying (And Make Instead!)</a> &mdash; Stop buying pesto and opt to make it instead! [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/17-things-you-need-to-know-if-you-want-to-be-a-charismatic-leader-2012-1?op=1">17 Tips On Becoming a Charismatic Leader</a> &mdash; Want to be a charismatic leader? Be sensitive to others. [Business Insider]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/10/08/how-to-survive-unemployment/">How to Survive Unemployment</a> &mdash; To survive unemployment, go on an unemployed budget. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/the-9-rules-of-haggling">The 9 Rules of Haggling</a> &mdash; When haggling, remember to get the small stuff thrown in. [American Express OPEN Forum]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=27063e75-359a-47f6-b098-0550a0b0dcf8&amp;ref=bfv">How much house do you really need?</a> &mdash; While big homes may be a sign of success, reasonably sized homes should be viewed as a sign of good sense. [MSN Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/10/how-to-quickly-manage-your-diversification.html">How to Quickly Manage Your Diversification</a> &mdash; To quickly manage your diversification, start by making a sector distribution list. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/sell-hair-cash.html">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a> &mdash; If you want to make extra money selling your hair, try selling it on Hairwork. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/what-retirees-need-to-know-reverse-mortgages-annuities-long-term-care-insurance.html?si=1">What Retirees Need to Know About High-Cost Financial Products</a> &mdash; If you are a retiree, be careful when it comes to reverse mortgages. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-juggle-a-military-career-while-being-a-parent">How to Juggle a Military Career While Being a Parent</a> &mdash; When juggling a military career with being a parent, set expectations with your kids before you leave. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-tricks-to-save-cash-on-realtor-commissions/">5 Tricks to Save Cash on Realtor Commissions</a> &mdash; Save money on realtor commissions, by holding out for a higher selling price. [Credit Sesame]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-food-items-you-should-stop-buying-and-start-making">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-without-crepe-pans-and-other-expensive-kitchen-tools">Cooking Without Crepe Pans and Other Expensive Kitchen Tools</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-affordable-ingredients-that-add-gourmet-flair-to-any-meal">12 Affordable Ingredients that Add Gourmet Flair to any Meal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips buying Cooking Food making Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:00:41 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955098 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Something http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-buy-something <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-buy-something" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/street_shopping.jpg" alt="Women shopping from a street vendor" title="Women shopping from a street vendor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on questions to ask yourself before you buy something, selling on Craigslist, and food and vacation.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/5-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-buy-something/">5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Something</a> &mdash; Before you buy something, ask yourself how often you will use it. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5915608/how-can-i-avoid-getting-screwed-when-selling-on-craigslist">How Can I Avoid Getting Screwed When Selling on Craigslist?</a> &mdash; To avoid getting screwed when selling on Craigslist, only accept cash and steer clear of scam emails. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2012/06/05/food-and-vacation/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Simple+Dollar%29">Food and Vacation</a> &mdash; Save money on food when on vacation by visiting a grocery store upon arrival at your destination. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneylicious.org/3-steps-women-should-take-toward-retirement/">3 Steps Women Should Take Towards Retirement</a> &mdash; Take a step towards retirement by being smart and paying yourself first! [Moneylicious]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/ways-to-uncover-local-job-openings/">3 Creative Ways to Uncover Local Job Openings</a> &mdash; To find local job openings, stay up to date on the local job market with WatchThatPage.com. [Chrisitan PF]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/06/the-52-best-money-saving-tips.html">The 52 Best Money Saving Tips</a> &mdash; Save money by canceling your subscriptions. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/simple-summer-baby-shower-ideas">Simple Summer Baby Shower Ideas</a> &mdash; When throwing a baby shower this summer, consider throwing a pool-themed shower. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://deliverawaydebt.com/how-to/how-to-set-up-a-car-maintenance-plan-and-budget/">How To Set Up a Car Maintenance Plan &amp; Budget</a> &mdash; Create a car maintenance plan and budget by identifying what services your car will need at certain mileage milestones, then guestimating how much each service will cost. [Deliver Away Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/stop-facebook-from-using-your-information-for-advertising/">Stop Facebook From Using Your Information For Advertising</a> &mdash; Did you know that if you &quot;like&quot; anything on Facebook that correlates with a Facebook advertiser, your picture may be seen in sponsored items from that advertiser? [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Old-Books-23418154">21 Uses For Old Books</a> &mdash; Use your old books to make notebook covers or table runners. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/05/get-rich-slowlys-moolah-tweetchat">Get Rich Slowly's #moolah Tweetchat</a> &mdash; Don't miss Get Rich Slowly's #moolah tweetchat at 4pm PST!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-buy-something">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make">The 7 Dumbest Big Purchases People Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-scales">The 5 Best Smart Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mountain-bikes">The 5 Best Mountain Bikes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips buying questions shopping Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 933908 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in November http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-november <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-november" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5203091601_9592428331_z.jpg" alt="thanksgiving parade turkey" title="thanksgiving parade turkey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We finally made it to November, one of the happiest months for budget-conscious shopping. Many categories hit their lowest points during this month, usually around Black Friday (not surprisingly). But let's not forget that the month is made up of 30 full days, not to mention the fact that daylight savings ends. (That gives us one more hour to shop!) That means there are deals to be had all month long, not just around the major shopping event. (See also: <a title="Shopping Calendar" href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <p>Contrary to popular belief, however, November isn't the best time to buy <em>everything</em>. That said, many product categories will see great deals &mdash; there are just a few caveats.</p> <h3>Home Furniture Surprises With Strong Deals</h3> <p>Many other media outlets will tell you that January is the best time to buy furniture, since manufacturers begin introducing new styles in February. Our archives reflect that January is indeed a good month for <a title="home furniture deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c199/Home-Garden/Home-Furniture/?eref=wisebread">bargains on home furniture</a>, but November may be even stronger. Two years of data show that November featured the greatest volume of Editors' Choice offerings, as well as the most furniture deals in general. In fact, last year, we saw 39% more home furniture deals in November than we did in January 2011. Expect to see discounted pieces from <a title="Walmart deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s321/Walmart/?eref=wisebread">Walmart</a>, <a title="Target deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s318/Target/?eref=wisebread">Target</a>, <a title="Kohl's deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s1009/Kohls/?eref=wisebread">Kohl's</a>, <a title="JCPenney deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s320/JCPenney/?eref=wisebread">JCPenney</a>, <a title="Sears deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s510/Sears/?eref=wisebread">Sears</a>, <a title="Amazon deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s313/Amazon/?eref=wisebread">Amazon</a>, <a title="Overstock deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s363/Overstock.com/?eref=wisebread">Overstock</a>, and more. One caveat: January did offer a few more general furniture sales of note (like from <a title="Pier 1 Imports deals" href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=pier+1">Pier 1 Imports</a>) than November.</p> <h3>Current Season Apparel, the Good and the Bad</h3> <p>Last month we noted that <a title="clothing deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c202/Clothing-Accessories/?eref=wisebread">winter season apparel</a> items will likely see their greatest sales beginning in January. However, last year, a number of apparel stores offered their best online coupons of the year in the weeks leading up to (and around) Black Friday, and most stacked with existing sales and markdowns. Expect to see an abundance of &quot;best of the year&quot; coupons that take 20% to 40% off, with some reaching even higher discounts. (In fact, 57% of last year's Editors' Choice apparel coupons available during the week of Black Friday took a full 30% off or more.)</p> <h3>Tis Not Yet the Season for Toys</h3> <p>With all the holiday shopping you'll likely be doing at the end of this month, you may start to get overly confident and think, &quot;<a title="toys deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c226/Gaming-Toys/Toys-Hobbies/?eref=wisebread">I can save on toys for the kids too</a>!&quot; As we reported a few weeks ago, however, the best time to get the greatest discounts on toys for the holidays is during the <a title="best time to buy toys" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Last-Years-Toys-R-Us-Fab-15-List-Demonstrates-the-Best-Time-to-Buy-Toys/508298.html?eref=wisebread">14 days leading up to Christmas</a>. Moreover, if you're considering buying a new game console for your kid, keep in mind that there are rumored new releases &mdash; finally! &mdash; from both Wii and Xbox next year, which should push down the retail prices of today's &quot;current&quot; systems (which are actually several years old).</p> <h3>Candy That's Guilt-Free (Price Wise)</h3> <p>Candy helps to keep your blood sugar up during the coming weeks of intense shopping, and luckily the best time buy Halloween items, including candy, starts November 1. While it may be hard to get excited about a discounted costume you can't (acceptably) wear again until next year, you can easily stock up on <a title="10 Things to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy" href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy">Halloween candy</a> for immediate consumption. Is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the shape of a pumpkin any less delicious? We think not!</p> <h3>Cookware Items See Strong Deals</h3> <p>Rarely do &quot;need&quot; and &quot;best time to buy&quot; so perfectly coalesce. As you prepare to knock the socks off the in-laws this Thanksgiving with an impressive feast, you may discover that there are some holes in your arsenal of cookware. Luckily we saw a sizeable increase in overall kitchen deals last November (about 25% more than the average), which continued into December, albeit with a slight drop off. Moreover, roughly a quarter of November's <a title="cookware deals" href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=Cookware">cookware deals</a> were of Editors' Choice caliber. In years past, you could get your mitts on cookware and cutlery sets, bakeware, turkey fryers &mdash; a favorite amongst the dealnews staff &mdash; and a &quot;best of the year&quot; sale from Oneida.</p> <h3>Pad Your Stash of Holiday Gifts With Cheap Blu-ray Movies</h3> <p>Even though we see select Blu-ray disc deals throughout the year, the titles you want can still cost you a pretty penny. But around Black Friday, the amount of discounts you'll see on <a title="Blu-ray deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c502/Movies-Music-Books/Movies-TVs-Videos/Blu-Ray-Disc-Movies/?eref=wisebread">Blu-ray movies</a> will make them easy gift additions and relegate them to stocking stuffer status for some. Last year, we saw a plethora of popular titles for as little as $5 shipped, and we expect to see these sales again this year.</p> <h3>It's Finally the Best Time to Buy HDTVs</h3> <p>At last, we can deliver positive buying advice with regard to TVs! As we noted in our <a title="Black Friday TVs" href="http://dealnews.com/black-friday/predictions/2.html?eref=wisebread">Black Friday predictions</a>, you'll see many TV sizes hit their lowest price point of the year later this month. On average, HDTV prices fall 15% to 20% below the previous lowest price we had seen. Also, in nearly every size category, prices dropped in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, so we should see notable <a title="TV deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs/?eref=wisebread">HDTV deals</a> before the holiday itself.</p> <p>When it comes to TVs around Black Friday, however, keep in mind that best-priced sets at rock-bottom prices are likely going to be off-brand models. But where off-brand goes, so too do the major manufacturers &mdash; eventually. We'll start seeing major discounts on top brand TVs in December. If your biggest concern is getting an all-time low for certain specifications, and you're not necessarily looking for a TV with all the bells and whistles, definitely keep your eyes peeled around Black Friday.</p> <h3>Several Buying Options for Laptops</h3> <p>If you're itching to replace a sluggish laptop, November is your month. Mainstream systems &mdash; or ones that contain the minimum specifications that an average consumer would need &mdash; will be available at startlingly low prices during the week of Black Friday. In our <a title="Black Friday laptops" href="http://dealnews.com/black-friday/predictions/3.html?eref=wisebread">Black Friday predictions</a>, we noted that <a title="laptop deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops/?eref=wisebread">15&quot; to 16&quot; laptops</a> with an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM will start at $325, the lowest price of the year. Moreover, basic configurations could dip as low as $189 while desktop replacements &mdash; with top-of-the-line processors, lots of RAM, and a sizeable hard drive &mdash; could cost as little as $720.</p> <h3>Android Tablets Offer an Opportunity for Bargains</h3> <p>We were surprised last year to see that Apple offered a discount on the iPad during Black Friday, though the savings were relatively slight. If a tablet is on your wishlist this year, consider opting for Android instead, where there will be greater potential to save. With a wealth of manufacturers to compete against, tablets with the Android OS are far more likely to see discounts throughout the year, and several top WiFi models, like the <a title="Samsung Galaxy Tab" href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=Samsung+Galaxy+Tab">Samsung Galaxy Tab</a> or <a title="Motorola XOOM" href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=Motorola+XOOM">Motorola XOOM</a>, could hit all-time low prices later this month. Additionally, we're predicting that generic <a title="tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet/?eref=wisebread">Android tablets</a> will start at just $75, making it a cheap novelty gift for the techie in your life.</p> <p><em>This post is by <a title="Dealnews" href="http://dealnews.com/">Dealnews</a>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> November is one of the happiest months for budget-conscious shopping. And there are deals to be had all month long — not just around Black Friday. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-november">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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