buying http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8792/all en-US How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/negative_business_chart_with_a_businessman.jpg" alt="Negative business chart with a businessman" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While I am generally a big fan of buy and hold investing, I'm well aware that sometimes it makes sense to unload a bad investment. Similarly, there are times when it&rsquo;s smart to take some profits from an investment that has done well.</p> <p>But how do you know when to sell? Trying to find the right timing for the sale of a stock, mutual fund, or other investment is hard, but it helps if you have mapped out an exit strategy &mdash; a set of guidelines to give you a sense of when to sell.</p> <p>The right exit strategy can help you maximize profits from good investments and reduce losses on bad ones. If you are pondering whether to be a seller, ask yourself if any of these things apply to you or your investment.</p> <h2>It&rsquo;s in a bad industry</h2> <p>If you own shares of a company that&rsquo;s struggling, it&rsquo;s fine to wait and see if management can turn things around. But often, the company is in an industry that is in a downward spiral with no signs of recovery. It&rsquo;s hard to admit, but there are some business sectors that are simply dying as a result of changes to technology, consumer habits, or other reasons.</p> <p>Would you invest in a print newspaper chain, or a brick-and-mortar retailer? How about a coal mining operation? If you own shares of a company that&rsquo;s part of a shrinking industry with no signs of renewal, it&rsquo;s probably time to get out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-i-bought-a-stock-dud-what-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Help, I Bought a Stock Dud! &mdash; What Now?</a>)</p> <h2>It&rsquo;s priced unreasonably high</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s important to know when to sell a stock when it&rsquo;s a loser, but there are times when you should consider unloading a stock when it&rsquo;s performed exceptionally well. The point of owning a stock is to profit, so once a healthy profit has been reached, it&rsquo;s smart to at least consider taking your profits and investing them elsewhere. This is especially true when a stock is overpriced and potentially due for a fall.</p> <p>One way to determine if a stock is too hot is its price-to-earnings ratio. An average price-to-earnings ratio is between 20 and 25, though it can vary depending on industry. Ratios can go higher if investors are betting on future growth. But if the ratio is high and you&rsquo;re not confident of the growth path of the company, consider taking your profits and moving on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-smarter-investments-by-mastering-this-simple-ratio?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Make Smarter Investments by Mastering This Simple Ratio</a>)</p> <h2>You wouldn&rsquo;t consider buying the stock now</h2> <p>If you own a struggling stock, it&rsquo;s often important to ask yourself whether you would buy the stock today. It often makes sense to buy stock when it&rsquo;s priced very low if you believe it will rise and make you a profit over time. But if you reflect on a stock you own and realize that you&rsquo;d probably pass on buying if it was presented to you now, that&rsquo;s a sign that it may be time to unload. When crafting an exit strategy, note the lowest price at which you&rsquo;d be willing to buy a stock. Once shares dip to that point, consider selling.</p> <h2>Selling at a loss can help you save on taxes</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been thinking about selling a losing stock but have felt uncertain about when to pull the trigger, consider using the sale to offset your gains and save on taxes. For example, let&rsquo;s say you sold some shares of one company and made $1,000 in profits. That $1,000 is subject to capital gains taxes. But if you sell a different set of shares at a loss, your tax liability will be reduced or even eliminated. This is called tax loss harvesting, and it&rsquo;s one way to feel less bad about the duds in your portfolio.</p> <h2>You&rsquo;re breaking the 10 percent rule</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s not so much a &ldquo;rule&rdquo; but a guideline that many financial planners use to prevent big losses. If you have an investment that has lost 10 percent of its value in a short amount of time, it may be wise to sell before it goes down further. You can even put in place a &ldquo;stop&rdquo; order that automatically sells a security once it hits a certain price.</p> <p>For example, if you buy Facebook stock at $180, consider setting up a stop order to automatically sell it at $162. By using a stop order, you have the peace of mind to know that the investment will sell even if you are not paying close attention. It&rsquo;s also possible to put in a sell order when a stock reaches a predetermined high point, so you can take profits without worry.</p> <h2>You&rsquo;re breaking the 1 percent rule</h2> <p>Under this rule, the idea is that you never want a single investment to cost you more than 1 percent of your total portfolio. So for example, if you have $100,000 saved in a 401(k), you don&rsquo;t want to lose more than $1,000 from a single stock or mutual fund. Having this approach will prevent one dud investment from ruining your overall retirement nest egg.</p> <h2>You&rsquo;re nearing the &ldquo;support&rdquo; and &ldquo;resistance&rdquo; levels</h2> <p>Technical analysts use the term &ldquo;support&rdquo; to refer to the low price that an investment has historically never dropped below. At the &ldquo;support&rdquo; price, investors have generally decided to buy in and have prevented the price from moving lower. However, if a security moves below the historic &ldquo;support&rdquo; level, it&rsquo;s a sign that there is more downward pressure and that things could get even worse for the investment. It&rsquo;s a good idea to sell at this point to avoid further losses.</p> <p>Similarly, the &ldquo;resistance&rdquo; level is the price at which a security has been historically unable to break through. If an investment keeps approaching the resistance line but isn&rsquo;t breaking through, it may be time to take your profits.</p> <h2>There are other good investments available</h2> <p>There are some instances when it&rsquo;s OK to stick with a subpar investment because there are few other good places to put your money. If interest rates are low and the market is performing badly, it might make sense to wait and see if an investment rebounds. But if you find yourself wishing you could put your money in other, better-performing investments, maybe it&rsquo;s time to sell. There is a cost to selling, but if you free up cash to purchase something that is more likely to net you a profit, you may end up doing better in the long run.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520an%2520Exit%2520Strategy%2520Can%2520Make%2520You%2520a%2520Better%2520Investor.jpg&amp;description=How%20an%20Exit%20Strategy%20Can%20Make%20You%20a%20Better%20Investor"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20an%20Exit%20Strategy%20Can%20Make%20You%20a%20Better%20Investor.jpg" alt="How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor" width="250" height="374" /></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/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor">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/make-smarter-investments-by-mastering-this-simple-ratio">Make Smarter Investments by Mastering This Simple Ratio</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/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments">4 Portfolio &quot;Blind Spots&quot; That Are Ruining Your Investments</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/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-sell-a-stock-or-a-fund">10 Questions to Ask Before You Sell a Stock or a Fund</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/how-the-risk-averse-can-get-into-the-stock-market">How the Risk Averse Can Get Into the Stock Market</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/7-reasons-youre-never-too-old-to-buy-stocks">7 Reasons You&#039;re Never Too Old to Buy Stocks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment bad stocks buying duds exit strategy price to earnings ratio profits selling stock market stocks Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:30:11 +0000 Tim Lemke 2074014 at http://www.wisebread.com How Being Uninformed Costs You Money http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/please_sign_the_contract.jpg" alt="Please sign the contract" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever negotiated what you thought was a good deal, only to find out later that you didn&rsquo;t have all of the information? You probably could have gotten a <em>better</em> deal (or wouldn&rsquo;t have made the purchase at all) if you had all the facts. That&rsquo;s an awful feeling, because you feel like you let yourself down.</p> <p>In fact, there&rsquo;s a name for this kind of interaction, and there are things you can do to keep it from hurting you again.</p> <h2>Information asymmetry</h2> <p>When one party in any sort of transaction knows more than another, it&rsquo;s called information asymmetry. This mismatch of knowledge means that one person &mdash; the one with more knowledge &mdash; has more power in the transaction.</p> <p>That power differential is why you often feel terrible when you find out you got a bad deal because you didn&rsquo;t know enough. You may feel like you didn&rsquo;t hold the cards you thought you held &mdash; like you were manipulated, cheated, or lied to.</p> <h2>Information asymmetry and your money</h2> <p>When you don&rsquo;t have all the information, you end up losing money. My family experienced this when we bought our first used car. We did all of the right things: drove it around, took it to a mechanic, and asked good questions. However, the previous owners didn&rsquo;t disclose that they had used the wrong kind of chemical in the radiator, clogging the entire system. They cleaned it up just enough so it would pass the typical mechanic&rsquo;s inspection, and they sold it to us.</p> <p>We found out soon enough what had happened, and we had to replace almost every component of the car&rsquo;s cooling system. It was incredibly expensive. A mechanic let us know what he found inside, and we were furious. Had we known about the previous owners&rsquo; mistake, we would have never bought the car.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve found yourself in a similar situation, you know the pain of paying for someone else&rsquo;s transgressions. Information asymmetry causes many of our most frustrating money moments, because you almost always lose when you don&rsquo;t know as much as the person you&rsquo;re negotiating with. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-negotiation-mistakes-that-will-destroy-your-deal?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Negotiation Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Deal</a>)</p> <h2>Mitigating the effects of information asymmetry</h2> <p>While you can never get inside another person&rsquo;s head, there are ways to get as much information as possible before you make a financial decision. Research shows that a balance of information creates the best deals possible &mdash; the kind where everyone ends up happy. Therefore, both parties should be interested in disclosing as much information as necessary. Here are some steps you can take to help that happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-negotiating-skills-everyone-should-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Negotiating Skills Everyone Should Master</a>)</p> <h3>1. Educate yourself</h3> <p>Before you enter into any sort of financial transaction, make sure you understand how it works. If you&rsquo;re getting a mortgage, understand the interest rate, whether your loan is fixed or adjustable, and the loan&rsquo;s terms. If you&rsquo;re entering into a business deal, understand the details of what the other person or company does, so you can make sure they are doing as much as possible for you. This takes time, but it will help you get the best deal.</p> <h3>2. Read the fine print</h3> <p>People end up uninformed when they don&rsquo;t read every detail that is available to them. Sometimes, the fine print is literally so fine that it&rsquo;s hard to read. When you take the time to read and understand it, though, it will often give you additional information that you need to understand the deal you&rsquo;re getting &mdash; and to negotiate a better one if you need to.</p> <h3>3. Ask an expert</h3> <p>If you don&rsquo;t understand some aspect of a deal, ask someone who knows the subject at hand to help you out. People sometimes balk at this step because experts often charge money for their assistance (think auto mechanics, home inspectors, and lawyers). However, if you want to be sure you&rsquo;re getting a good deal, it&rsquo;s worth the investment.</p> <h3>4. Ask specific questions</h3> <p>People can always choose to lie, but many will not if you ask them a specific question. Even if they&rsquo;re willing to hide something or omit a detail, they often aren&rsquo;t willing to outright lie about it to your face. For instance, if you ask, &ldquo;Have you ever had problems with this home&rsquo;s foundation?&rdquo; you are more likely to get an honest answer than if you just ask, &ldquo;Any serious issues with the house?&rdquo;</p> <h3>5. Bring out the big guns</h3> <p>This isn&rsquo;t always possible, but sometimes it&rsquo;s appropriate to get someone with authority on your side, especially if you feel powerless. When it comes to information asymmetry, this often means paying a lawyer to represent or advise you. This can be expensive, but if you&rsquo;re in a major negotiation or you feel like something is wrong but you don&rsquo;t know what, it can save you a bundle in the end.</p> <p>You can lose a lot of money because of information asymmetry, but you don&rsquo;t have to. Train yourself to carefully gather as much information as possible before you enter into any sort of negotiation, and try to level the playing field as much as you can. Use your intuition during the transaction to gauge whether something is wrong. If you feel that way, investigate some more. In the end, you will get a deal you feel good about.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-being-uninformed-costs-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Being%2520Uninformed%2520Costs%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=How%20Being%20Uninformed%20Costs%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20Being%20Uninformed%20Costs%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="How Being Uninformed Costs You Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money">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/sometimes-i-wish-i-had-beautiful-long-blonde-hair-and-ample-cleavage">Sometimes I wish I had beautiful long blonde hair and ample cleavage.</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-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The stuff I try never to buy new</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/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople">6 Ways to Trick Salespeople</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-7-best-objects-to-pawn">The 7 Best Objects to Pawn</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-refill-an-ink-cartridge-with-a-small-piece-of-tape">How to refill an ink cartridge with a small piece of tape</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs bargaining buying deals information asymmetry negotiation power imbalance research salespeople selling Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:01:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2074043 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending http://www.wisebread.com/5-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/out_of_cash_lost money_being_broke_concept.jpg" alt="Out of cash, lost money, being broke concept" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being able to rationalize something that we know we shouldn't do is one of the things that humans are best at. Specifically, we do a fantastic job of coming up with reasons to explain away or excuse our overspending. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-types-of-overspenders-which-one-are-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Types of Overspenders &mdash; Which One Are You?</a>)</p> <p>But no matter how clever you are in coming up with a great reason for maxing out your credit card, emptying your savings account, or otherwise living large on money you don't have, your overspending will catch up with you. That's why it's time to stop relying on these excuses for spending more than you can afford. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-biggest-lies-we-tell-ourselves-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Biggest Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. &quot;I deserve it&quot;</h2> <p>After a long day at the office, you decide to swing by your favorite store, telling yourself you deserve a retail pick-me-up after all your hard work &mdash; even though you can't afford it. Or after finishing a major project, you go on a lavish vacation, courtesy of your credit card, because you deserve some time to unwind. Or when your old clunker finally gives out on you, you decide to lease a much more expensive car that will turn heads as you zoom past, because you deserve to have a ride that matches how fabulous you are.</p> <p>Buying something you can't afford may provide a temporary thrill that feels like a reward in the moment. But the debt associated with your splurge will soon begin to feel like a burden. Where's the reward in that?</p> <h3>End the excuse</h3> <p>If you think that you deserve things that you can't afford to buy, you've got it all backward. What you deserve is feeling less stress and more happiness. There are plenty of ways to reward yourself for hard work that don't involve spending money. Take time out from your routine to go for a walk with a friend, indulge in a favorite TV show, or simply count your blessings.</p> <p>Anytime you are struggling with the sense that you deserve something you don't have, take a moment to write a list of things you are grateful that you <em>do </em>have. This can help put the &quot;I deserve it&quot; excuse in context.</p> <h2>2. &quot;It's on sale&quot;</h2> <p>The fact that an item is cheaper than it could be is often an excellent excuse for buying it &mdash; at least according to our irrational brains. Unfortunately, retailers are onto this quirk of our thinking, and so they play any number of shenanigans with prices to make products seem like a good deal. This includes everything from artificially jacking up prices in order to be able to offer the items &quot;on sale,&quot; to offering unbeatable discounts that are delivered directly to your email inbox. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a>)</p> <h3>End the excuse</h3> <p>There are two ways to deal with this excuse. The first is to simply avoid sales situations that will tempt you to overspend because of the low prices. According to a 2013 study in the <em>Journal of Personality</em>, the key to saying no to temptations is to avoid them. Maia Szalavitz reported on this study for <em>TIME</em>, writing &quot;[the highly self-disciplined] tended to avoid creating situations in which their goals would conflict, and reported fewer instances of having to choose between short-term pleasure and long-term pain.&quot;</p> <p>For those individuals who still struggle to avoid sales, there is another way to let go of this excuse for overspending. Ask yourself the following three questions about any sale item that tempts you to spend:</p> <ol> <li> <p>Do I need this item?</p> </li> <li> <p>Would I buy this item if it weren't on sale?</p> </li> <li> <p>Can I afford to buy this item?</p> </li> </ol> <p>Unless the answer to all three questions is an unqualified yes, put the item down and walk away.</p> <h2>3. &quot;I was going to buy it anyway&quot;</h2> <p>What if you do answer that you need an item on sale, even though you simply don't have the money for it right now? At that point, you can often rationalize purchasing the item because you're going to have to buy it anyway, so you might as well do so now.</p> <p>Unfortunately, we are very good at lying to ourselves about whether or not we truly did plan to buy something at some point in the future. I can recall a pair of adorable rain boots that I bought on a bright sunny day because I convinced myself that I was going to need them at some point soon anyway. But I had no immediate need for the boots, and I could have gone quite some time without them. I told myself I <em>needed</em> the boots simply because I <em>wanted </em>to buy them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-mental-biases-that-are-keeping-you-poor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor</a>)</p> <h3>End the excuse</h3> <p>This excuse is a way of pretending that something you want is something you need. To help you navigate the difference between wants and needs, institute a waiting period for any unplanned purchases. When you see something that you are convinced you will buy anyway, commit to waiting at least 24 hours before you make the purchase. This will help you to separate the &quot;Wow, I want this now&quot; chaff from the &quot;OK, I'll need to come back for this later&quot; wheat.</p> <h2>4. &quot;I was good last month, so I can afford to splurge now&quot;</h2> <p>You've been depriving yourself by taking the bus instead of Ubering, choking down the office coffee instead of getting your morning latte, and even saying no to a pub crawl with friends &mdash; so now it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. You reason that you're allowed to go a little nuts, since you've already been so good for so long.</p> <p>The problem is that this mentality is similar to the excuses that dieters and exercisers use when they fall off the wagon. This excuse makes it clear that you see your underspending month (or month of dieting or jogging) as a kind of deprivation. If you think of underspending as good behavior that you can perform in order to get back to your usual program of overspending, you'll never be able to get ahead financially. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-resist-a-splurge?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways to Resist a Splurge</a>)</p> <h3>End the excuse</h3> <p>It's important for everyone to find a budget or spending plan that they can live with for the long term &mdash; one that does not feel like deprivation, but does allow you to live within your means. You can completely foil this excuse for overspending if you create a budget that still allows you to spend money on the things you care about most, while cutting the items that don't matter as much to you.</p> <p>When you have a financial life that you feel good about committing to long term, you will be able to end the thought process that encourages you to overspend after doing a great job of living within your means.</p> <h2>5. &quot;It's the holidays&quot;</h2> <p>It feels great to spend money to celebrate the holidays and give gifts to family and friends. And our brains can keep that great feeling going by convincing us that spending money on these things is a selfless act. After all, we just want to provide our loved ones with a memorable and happy holiday, which means we can put it all on a credit card and worry about the bill later. We're spreading holiday cheer, for heaven's sake!</p> <p>But there are real consequences to overspending for the holidays. Your loved ones would hate to see you feel overwhelmed by credit card debt or unable to save for the future because of the money you spent on showering them with gifts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealing-with-post-holiday-credit-card-debt?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Dealing With Post-Holiday Credit Card Debt</a>)</p> <h3>End the excuse</h3> <p>The best way to end this excuse is to recognize just what you are getting out of spending money on gifts, decorations, food, or other traditions. While you do want to create a lovely holiday memory for your family, you probably also love being known as the Christmas hostess with the extravagant brunch menu or the uncle who always has the best presents.</p> <p>Once you admit that you get something out of overspending on gifts or the holiday, you can start coming up with ways to get that same feeling without overspending. When you recognize that your spending isn't entirely selfless, it's much easier to come up with creative ways to evoke the magic of the season without giving your credit card a daily workout.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Excuses%2520We%2520Need%2520to%2520Stop%2520Making%2520About%2520Overspending.jpg&amp;description=5%20Excuses%20We%20Need%20to%20Stop%20Making%20About%20Overspending"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Excuses%20We%20Need%20to%20Stop%20Making%20About%20Overspending.jpg" alt="5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending">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/10-money-goals-you-should-set-for-the-holidays">10 Money Goals You Should Set for the Holidays</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/7-ways-being-single-is-better-for-your-bank-account">7 Ways Being Single is Better for Your Bank Account</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/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">Avoid These 5 Common Holiday Budget Pitfalls</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-fastest-ways-to-recover-from-holiday-overspending">7 Fastest Ways to Recover From Holiday Overspending</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/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Shopping buying excuses gifts Holidays overspending sales saving money Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2051157 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Portfolio "Blind Spots" That Are Ruining Your Investments http://www.wisebread.com/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confused_executive_man_looking_at_documents.jpg" alt="Confused executive man looking at documents" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ignorance definitely isn't bliss when it comes to your investments, and yet we all seem to be hard-wired with blind spots, or as psychologists call them, <em>behavioral biases</em>. Here are some of the more common ways we tend to make irrational and unprofitable investment decisions. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-mental-bias-is-harming-your-investments?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This One Mental Bias Is Harming Your Investments</a>)</p> <h2>1. Assigning too much value to the most recent news</h2> <p>Try to remember what you had for dinner on each of the past seven nights. Assuming there was nothing unusual about any of the meals, which one do you think you'll remember most easily? Last night's dinner, right?</p> <p>That makes sense. It's only natural that we would remember most clearly what happened in the most recent past.</p> <p>But here's the problem when it comes to investing: It isn't just that we most easily remember what happened in the recent past; we tend to assign greater significance to the most recent events as well, viewing them as indicators of what's likely to happen in the future. That's called <em>recency bias</em>.</p> <p>For example, let's say you're thinking about buying a particular stock. Before placing a buy order, you check its performance today and are pleased to see that it's up. Without consciously thinking about it, your built-in recency bias sees this as added confirmation that the stock is worth buying. It might be a good stock to buy, and it might not. One day's performance means very little.</p> <p>What to do? Make sure you're basing your investment decisions on something more than just the most recent news. What are analysts saying about the company's long-term prospects? Where will the company's future growth come from? How much competition does it have?</p> <h2>2. Reacting too strongly to bad news</h2> <p>Recency bias can be magnified if the recent news is bad. That's because of <em>loss aversion</em> &mdash; the tendency to feel the pain of loss on a much greater magnitude than the pleasure of an equal gain. According to some studies, losses can feel twice as bad as the good feelings that accompany comparable gains.</p> <p>This can lead to many forms of bad investor behavior. During a steep market decline, some investors can't stomach the pain and decide to sell. But that often makes matters worse because selling locks in their loss. When the market eventually cycles back up, fear keeps them on the sidelines and they miss the rebound.</p> <p>How to combat loss aversion? Don't monitor your portfolio so closely. People who check their holdings frequently have been found to trade more (because of fear-based selling) and generate lower returns than those who monitor their portfolios less often. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-loss-aversion-is-costing-you-more-than-your-fomo?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Your Loss Aversion Is Costing You More Than Your FOMO</a>)</p> <h2>3. Seeing only what you want to see</h2> <p>As the old saying goes, if you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. By the same token, if you have a hunch about a stock, and especially if you've become emotionally attached to the idea of owning it, you may tend to notice only news that supports your point of view.</p> <p>When <em>confirmation bias</em> gets its claws in you, it becomes very difficult to see things differently. You will ignore contradictory information, selectively remember conversations or articles about the investment you are considering, and even read ambiguous commentary as favoring your point of view.</p> <p>Confirmation bias goes a long way toward explaining the existence of &quot;perma-bears&quot; and &quot;perma-bulls&quot; &mdash; market analysts who <em>always </em>see a bear or bull market on the horizon and can point to evidence supporting their opinions.</p> <p>To avoid confirmation bias, proactively seek opposing points of view. Feeling strongly attached to the idea of investing in XYZ Corp? Look for reasons <em>not </em>to invest in it.</p> <h2>4. Using the wrong benchmarks</h2> <p>When you walk into a car dealer's showroom and see one of its most expensive vehicles on display, the model you had in mind probably looks like a bargain. That's a type of bias called<em> anchoring </em>in action, with the expensive car serving as a very influential point of reference.</p> <p>When it comes to investing, it's common for people to anchor their portfolio's performance to &quot;the market.&quot; Even if they have 40 percent of their money invested in bonds, the fact that the market generated a 30 percent gain makes them feel bad about their paltry 18 percent. It might even prompt them to change their portfolio and take on more risk than they should.</p> <p>What's the solution? Create a written investment plan tailored to your age and risk tolerance, including a realistic assumed average annual rate of return, such as 7 percent. Using <em>that </em>as your anchor, an 18 percent return wouldn't be a disappointment; it would be amazing.</p> <h2>Other ways to combat behavioral biases</h2> <p>The ideal emotional state for an investor is <em>unemotional. </em>However, we're not robots. So, awareness of our many biases is a good starting point for preventing them from steering us in the wrong direction.</p> <p>Perhaps the most helpful step of all is to press the pause button. Since it's impossible to time the market, waiting a couple of days before executing a buy or sell order isn't going to make much difference in that investment's performance. However, using that time to question your assumptions may make a <em>big</em> difference in helping you more rationally decide whether the investment should be bought or sold in the first place. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-mental-biases-that-are-keeping-you-poor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Portfolio%2520Blind%2520Spots%2520That%2520Are%2520Ruining%2520Your%2520Investments.jpg&amp;description=4%20Portfolio%20Blind%20Spots%20That%20Are%20Ruining%20Your%20Investments"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Portfolio%20Blind%20Spots%20That%20Are%20Ruining%20Your%20Investments.jpg" alt="4 Portfolio &quot;Blind Spots&quot; That Are Ruining Your Investments" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/matt-bell">Matt Bell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments">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/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor">How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor</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/how-the-risk-averse-can-get-into-the-stock-market">How the Risk Averse Can Get Into the Stock Market</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-3-rules-every-mediocre-investor-must-know">The 3 Rules Every Mediocre Investor Must Know</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/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway">What Is Cryptocurrency, Anyway?</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/your-loss-aversion-is-costing-you-more-than-your-fomo">Your Loss Aversion Is Costing You More Than Your FOMO</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment anchoring blind spots buying cognitive biases confirmation bias loss aversion mental biases portfolio recency bias selling stock market Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Matt Bell 2035896 at http://www.wisebread.com What Is Cryptocurrency, Anyway? http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bitcoin_coin_on_white_keyboard.jpg" alt="Bitcoin coin on white keyboard" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Investors are always looking for the next &quot;big thing.&quot; Throughout 2017, cryptocurrencies have been experiencing a surge in market valuations with Bitcoin and Ethereum trading above $4,000 and $300, respectively, as of August.</p> <p>With the price of one Bitcoin (BTC) trading well above the price of one ounce of gold, more and more people are jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon: On August 8, 2011, there were only <a href="https://blockchain.info/charts/n-transactions?timespan=1year&amp;daysAverageString=1&amp;scale=0" target="_blank">8,638 BTC transactions</a>. Fast forward six years, and the daily number of BTC transactions has surged to 260,955! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-everything-you-need-to-get-started-with-bitcoin?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's Everything You Need to Get Started With Bitcoin</a>)</p> <p>So what exactly are cryptocurrencies, and should you invest?</p> <h2>What is cryptocurrency?</h2> <p>Basically, cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual asset that uses cryptography as a security measure. Designed by somebody under the pseudonym &quot;Satoshi Nakamoto&quot; back in 2009, Bitcoin was the very first cryptocurrency. Today, there are over 1,050 cryptocurrencies (often referred to as &quot;coins&quot;) with funny names, including Dogecoin, Veritaseum, Factom, and Counterparty. However, their valuations are no joke: The total market capitalization of all coins stood at $151 billion as of August 23, 2017.</p> <p>Unlike currencies issued by nations, cryptocurrencies can be issued by anybody with access to the right technology. Capitalizing on this fact, tech entrepreneurs all around the world are launching coins every day with the promise that once products or services are available, the coins will be redeemable for those products and services. For example, the developers behind Siacoin provide a decentralized storage marketplace in which hosts compete for your business, and those behind Monero deliver a private and untraceable cryptocurrency. Research firm Smith &amp; Crown reports that so far in 2017, 65 projects have raised over $520 million in coins.</p> <h2>Should you invest in cryptocurrency?</h2> <p>The upside potential of a coin is huge, but this doesn't mean that cryptos are for everybody. There are a few important details you should know before you dive in.</p> <h3>There is high volatility</h3> <p>Take for example Neo (formerly AntShares) which was trading at $1.50 per coin on June 10, 2017 and peaked at $51.94 per coin on August 13, 2017. There are very few places that you can get a 3,362 percent return in just two months. But what goes up eventually comes down and Neo traded at $31.76 on August 18, 2017. Could you stomach over a 38 percent drop in value of your investment in just four days? With big price swings on a daily basis, coins aren't for investors with low tolerance to risk.</p> <h3>Investing requires some tech know-how</h3> <p>Buying and trading cryptocurrency requires you to be comfortable using some desktop or smartphone applications. Attention to detail is critical to avoid losing your hard-earned coins. Here are some important things to note:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Typing one wrong character in your 33- to 34-character long Bitcoin address when doing transactions could mean that your money ends up in somebody else's account.</p> </li> <li> <p>Sending cryptocurrency into the wrong address (say, for example, sending Ethereum Classic coins into an Ethereum wallet address) will make your cryptocurrency disappear. Most exchanges won't even help you try to recover the misplaced coins for small amounts (Bittrex sets a $5,000 minimum) and will charge you a hefty fee for the recovery.</p> </li> <li> <p>All exchanges recommend doing a small test amount before doing a large deposit or withdrawal.</p> </li> </ul> <h3>The rules are always changing</h3> <p>With more and more people buying and selling cryptocurrencies, more government agencies at different levels are creating laws that affect consumers in different ways. For example, here are a few regulations that have been placed in recent years:</p> <ul> <li> <p>In 2014, The IRS deemed a cryptocurrency as property. This means that the same general tax principles used for reporting the sale of a piece of land would apply to the sale of 10 BTC (around $42,330 at the time this article was written).</p> </li> <li> <p>In 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) passed the BitLicense regulatory framework, requiring Bitcoin companies serving New York residents to keep detailed records of all users in that state. Claiming concerns for user privacy, Kraken and Bitfinex decided not to serve users residing in this state.</p> </li> <li> <p>In mid 2017, the Hawaii Division of Financial Institutions (DFI) created regulatory policies that required exchanges to hold cash reserves equivalent to the value of cryptocurrencies held by Hawaii residents. This requirement prompted all exchanges, including Coinbase, to stop operating in Hawaii or postpone their plans to open in that state.</p> </li> </ul> <h3>Transaction wait times can vary</h3> <p>Despite the claims that cryptos are the way of the future, it surely can feel that you're back in the stone age waiting for a Bitcoin transaction to clear. In order to verify transactions, exchanges rely on a number of confirmations from the network. Depending on the volume of transactions and other factors, the wait time can vary from a few minutes to several hours. Waiting for a purchase of $5,000 worth of Litecoin could be a nerve racking experience for a new (and even experienced) investor.</p> <p>This delay in transaction time also means that you won't necessarily get the price you wanted when buying or selling your coins. On Saturday August 19, 2017, Bitcoin Cash was trading as high as $996.92. By Tuesday August 22, 2017, one coin was now trading around $582. If you had been trying to dump your coins on Tuesday, you would probably have done so at a price much different from the one you originally wanted.</p> <h3>There are liquidity issues</h3> <p>With over 1,000 cryptocurrencies to choose from, you may end up with a &quot;winner&quot; that performs well for some time. But as government laws or exchange rules evolve, your coin of choice may be dropped from several exchanges.</p> <p>IOTA is a great example. U.S. residents could buy IOTA from Bitfinex, but on August 11, 2017 the exchange announced that it would stop accepting new U.S. customers and will discontinue services to all current ones over the next 90 days. If you held IOTA, you're now forced to seek a new exchange to trade and/or wallet to store your coins. In the very worst case scenario, you may have to liquidate your position to avoid losing your money. Just ask owners of SpaceBIT, Quebecoin, and DAO.</p> <h2>The bottom line: Trade cautiously</h2> <p>There are several individuals who are making money trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If you had purchased $100 BTC on January 1, 2011, you would have acquired 333.33 coins at $0.30 each. By August 24, 2017, that original investment would be worth over $1.4 million!</p> <p>However, make sure that you understand all the potential risks involved with these virtual currencies. Given their inherent volatility, don't bet the house on cryptocurrencies. Additionally, to have a true picture of how much money you're making with cryptocurrencies, include all applicable fees. Remember that every cryptocurrency transaction, whether it's a purchase, sale, deposit, or withdrawal has a fee from an exchange, financial institution, or both. Happy trading!</p> <p><em>[Disclaimer: The author owns some Bitcoin and Siacoin. He received no payment from any of the cryptocurrencies or exchanges mentioned in this article.]</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhat-is-cryptocurrency-anyway&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%2520Is%2520Cryptocurrency%252C%2520Anyway-.jpg&amp;description=What%20Is%20Cryptocurrency%2C%20Anyway%3F"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/What%20Is%20Cryptocurrency%2C%20Anyway-.jpg" alt="What Is Cryptocurrency, Anyway?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway">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-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor">How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor</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/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments">4 Portfolio &quot;Blind Spots&quot; That Are Ruining Your Investments</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/7-ways-to-compare-stock-market-investments">7 Ways to Compare Stock Market Investments</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/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money">How Being Uninformed Costs You Money</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/beginners-guide-to-reading-a-stock-table">Beginner&#039;s Guide to Reading a Stock Table</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment bitcoin buying coins cryptocurrency digital currency marketplaces selling technology trading volatility Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Damian Davila 2034469 at http://www.wisebread.com When Does Your Credit Card Start Charging Interest on a Purchase? http://www.wisebread.com/when-does-your-credit-card-start-charging-interest-on-a-purchase <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/when-does-your-credit-card-start-charging-interest-on-a-purchase" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_girl_is_paying_using_her_credit_card.jpg" alt="Young girl is paying using her credit card" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Credit card interest can be a mystery. It's all explained somewhere in the fine print, and any experienced attorney should be able to figure it all out. But for the rest of us, the most important thing to know is when our credit card will start charging us interest. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-didn-t-understand-about-credit-card-interest-grace-periods-and-penalty-aprs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Everything You Didn&rsquo;t Understand About Credit Card Interest, Grace Periods, and Penalty APRs</a>)</p> <h2>The basics of credit card interest</h2> <p>Credit cards calculate your interest based on your average daily balance. At the end of each day, your account's balance is added up, including any new charges, fees, payments, or credits. And at the end of your statement period, the average daily balance is determined by adding up each day's balance, and dividing it by the number of days in the billing period.</p> <p>This means that you will be incurring interest charges on your purchases from the date of the transaction. Just keep in mind that many transactions initially begin as &quot;pending&quot; and can take a few days to change to &quot;posted.&quot; Nevertheless, your average daily balance, and your interest charges will be based on the date the transaction occurs, not when it actually becomes &quot;posted.&quot;</p> <p>For example, let's assume that your credit card statement period begins on the 15th of June and ends on the 14th of July. If you were to make a $1,000 charge on the 15th of June, it might be pending for a few days before it posts. Nevertheless, the charge will appear on your account as of the 15th of June. And if you don't make any further charges that month, your average daily balance will be $1,000. But if you make that charge at a later time, your average daily balance will be less, as will your interest charges. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate</a>)</p> <h2>The exception to the rule</h2> <p>Now that you see how credit card interest begins the day you make a purchase, it's important to understand a key exception to this rule. Nearly all credit cards allow you to avoid interest charges by paying your monthly statement balance in full. Technically, interest is still being accrued, but those charges get waived when you pay your entire statement balances by the due date.</p> <p>The period of time between your statement closing date and your payment due date is called a grace period. Almost all credit cards offer grace periods, with the typical length being 25 days. If a credit card offers a grace period, by law it must mail your bill at least 21 days before your payment is due.</p> <p>If you fail to pay your entire statement balance in full before the due date, then you lose your grace period and will accrue interest on your average daily balance. Those charges will appear on your next statement. And once you've lost your grace period, then you will have to pay interest charges on your current and future transactions until you've paid off your entire statement balance in full again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-low-interest-rate-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Low Interest Rate Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Getting a bit of extra free interest</h2> <p>Paying your balance in full each month is the best way to manage your credit card accounts, as you'll pay no interest charges on your purchases. This gives you essentially a free loan from the date of your purchase until the next statement's due date.</p> <p>In fact, you can get as much free interest as possible with a simple trick. If you can delay a major purchase until after just your statement has closed, then you will get an additional month of free interest compared to a purchase made just before your statement closes. By waiting until after the statement closes, the purchase will appear on the following statement, which will have a due date a month later than the previous statement.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhen-does-your-credit-card-start-charging-interest-on-a-purchase&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhen%2520Does%2520Your%2520Credit%2520Card%2520Start%2520Charging%2520Interest%2520on%2520a%2520Purchase-.jpg&amp;description=When%20Does%20Your%20Credit%20Card%20Start%20Charging%20Interest%20on%20a%20Purchase%3F"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/When%20Does%20Your%20Credit%20Card%20Start%20Charging%20Interest%20on%20a%20Purchase-.jpg" alt="When Does Your Credit Card Start Charging Interest on a Purchase?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-does-your-credit-card-start-charging-interest-on-a-purchase">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/6-smart-reasons-to-pay-your-credit-card-bill-before-its-due">6 Smart Reasons to Pay Your Credit Card Bill Before It&#039;s Due</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/never-use-cash-for-these-11-things">Never Use Cash for These 11 Things</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/are-debit-cards-as-safe-as-credit-cards">Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards: Fees and Fraud Protection</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-best-credit-cards-for-travel-purchases">Best Credit Cards for Travel Purchases</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/why-new-purchases-on-a-balance-transfer-card-can-cost-you">Why New Purchases On a Balance Transfer Card Can Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards billing period buying due dates interest payments shopping Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Jason Steele 2009179 at http://www.wisebread.com Pay with a Selfie: How Safe Are the New Ways to Pay? http://www.wisebread.com/bots-chips-and-selfies-how-safe-are-the-new-ways-to-pay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bots-chips-and-selfies-how-safe-are-the-new-ways-to-pay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-512291874.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2016, more than half of all <a href="https://consumerist.com/2016/06/08/ups-survey-online-shopping-has-surpassed-in-store-buying-for-the-first-time/" target="_blank">purchases in the U.S.</a> were made online instead of at a brick-and-mortar store. From selfie-payments to Facebook Messenger bots, there is now a long list of unusual ways that you can pay the water bill or complete your grocery run for the week.</p> <p>But how safe are these new ways to pay? Let's take a closer look at how some of these new payment methods work, and what you can do to make them even safer.</p> <h2>1. Facebook Messenger Bots</h2> <p>Colorado-based <em>fintech </em>company BillHero was the first to leverage a Facebook Messenger chat bot to pay bills via chat commands. Later on in September 2016, Facebook enabled all of the 34,000 plus developers on the platform to support payments. The social media giant is working with several players in the credit card industry and fintech, including Visa and Braintree, to process all types of payment options.</p> <p>By opening the gates, Facebook allowed U.S. customers to complete a wide range of other transactions and purchases on Facebook Messenger. In a nutshell: The chat bot lets you know about a product that you might be interested in, and provides a &quot;buy now&quot; button. When you click it, it takes you to a checkout screen with your shipping information and payment method for you to review. Boom! Just like that, you're ready to pay.</p> <h3>But Is It Safe?<strong> </strong></h3> <p>Well, Facebook Messenger payment bots are covered by the same level of security as all other Facebook products. All transactions using a Facebook chat bot are encrypted or processed through a trusted third-party payment processor, such as PayPal or Stripe, to protect your payment information, such as your card number or CVV. Also, transaction confirmations from a bot will restrict your information, such as only showing the last four digits of your credit card number.</p> <h3>How to Make It Safer</h3> <p>Your first line of defense starts with your Facebook password. Facebook recommends building a password that has at least six characters and is a complex combination of numbers, letters, and punctuation marks. When a password isn't strong enough, the app will let you know. Also, make your Facebook password different from those you use for your online banking, investing, or retirement savings accounts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-sneaky-ways-identity-thieves-can-access-your-data?ref=seealso" target="_blank">3 Sneaky Ways Identity Thieves Can Access Your Data</a>)</p> <p>A second tactic is to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/help/162968940433354?helpref=faq_content" target="_blank">turn on login alerts</a> so that you receive an automated alert when someone tries logging in to your Facebook account from an unrecognized device or browser. A third is to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/help/610199629080802?helpref=faq_content" target="_blank">require a password or PIN</a> whenever sending money or making payments in Facebook Messenger.</p> <h2>2. MasterCard Selfie Payments</h2> <p>Speaking of passwords, MasterCard believes that they cause too much hassle and presents the option to pay with a selfie. The &quot;selfie pay&quot; technology was first tested in the Netherlands, the U.S., and Canada and will be rolled out gradually across the world throughout 2017.</p> <p>Through a smartphone app, shoppers can confirm a purchase by taking a selfie and letting the facial recognition software verify their identity. According to MasterCard, 71% of users rated &quot;selfie pay&quot; highly during trials.</p> <h3>But Is It Safe?<strong> </strong></h3> <p>To prevent somebody from just holding up a picture of you and getting away with a $1,000 shopping spree, the app requires you to snap the picture after you blink or shake your head. Then, the app compares the selfie with stored algorithms of your face to identify you. During the trials, 73% of users believed that &quot;selfie pay&quot; will reduce fraud and 90% of them would use it in the future.</p> <h3>How to Make It Safer</h3> <p>Since &quot;selfie pay&quot; is still in the process of being rolled out, there's little that we can do as of right now. If taking selfies isn't your cup of tea, MasterCard also plans to provide a fingerprint confirmation option with the app and is currently testing voice and cardiac rhythm recognition.</p> <h2>3. Amazon Dash Buttons</h2> <p>Connected to your home's Wi-Fi, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2iTpixh" target="_blank">Amazon Dash Button</a> allows you to reorder many of your favorite products with a simple click. To set up each Amazon Dash Button, you'll need to download the Amazon app on your Android or Apple device, connect the Dash Button to Bluetooth, and also enter your Wi-Fi information. Some Dash Buttons don't support Bluetooth connection, and use your smartphone's Wi-Fi connection or speakers instead.</p> <p>Currently, the button is only available for Amazon Prime members, costs $4.99, and provides you with a $4.99 credit after your first order. There are hundreds of products to choose from including Charmin, Doritos, Greenies Dog Treats, and Red Bull! Once you click the button, an indicator light will turn green when your order is successfully placed, or red if there was a problem.</p> <h3>But Is It Safe?<strong> </strong></h3> <p>A device that connects seamlessly to your Wi-Fi, smartphone, and Amazon account &mdash; what could go wrong? While there are plenty of folks that have hacked their own button to do anything from <a href="https://medium.com/@ecaron/why-i-stopped-hacking-the-amazon-dash-button-and-learned-to-solder-84386a38bbd1#.wmcfdj5do" target="_blank">turning on lamps remotely</a> to <a href="https://medium.com/@brody_berson/hacking-amazon-s-5-dash-button-to-order-domino-s-pizza-9d19c9d04646#.j6d2iycep" target="_blank">ordering pizza</a> with one click, there are currently no reports of malicious hackers tapping into another person's Amazon Dash Buttons.</p> <h3>How to Make It Safer</h3> <p>Turn on the &quot;order protection&quot; feature on your Dash Button to prevent a new order from being placed until your prior order is delivered. This way you can prevent your spouse or son from tripling an order of detergent on the same day.</p> <p>Consider turning on the email notifications of your Amazon orders so that you can cancel any orders that you don't recognize.</p> <p>And it should go without saying, but set a strong password for your Wi-Fi and update that password at least once a year.</p> <h2>4. Chip Cards</h2> <p>No other new form of payment has generated more discontent from American consumers. From the confusion about swiping or inserting, to the awkward conversation with cashiers while waiting for your card to be processed, there is a list of reasons these metallic chips are considered an annoyance by many.</p> <p>However, the reality is that chip cards are far from being a new way to pay. They have been reducing fraud in over 130 nations around the world for several years. So, the U.S. is just playing catch-up. As of April 2016, Visa had issued <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/04/19/some-major-merchants-see-dip-counterfeit-fraud-thanks-chip-cards-visa-says/83194722/" target="_blank">roughly 265 million</a> U.S. chip-enabled credit and debit cards, and MasterCard had upgraded about 70% of its U.S. debit and credit cards to the chip format.</p> <h3>But Is It Safe?<strong> </strong></h3> <p>The evidence clearly indicates that chip-enabled cards reduce fraud. Visa has reported that among the U.S. merchants who were suffering the most instances of card fraud at the end of 2014, those that began accepting chip debit and credit cards saw instances of card fraud fall 18.3% as of the fourth quarter of 2015. On the other hand, some of the U.S. merchants who opted not to upgrade payment terminals to process chip cards experienced an increase in instances of card fraud of 11.4% for the same period. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-chip-credit-cards-make-life-easier?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Ways Chip Credit Cards Make Life Easier</a>)</p> <h3>How to Make It Safer</h3> <p>Simple: Opt to use your chip-enabled cards over those without a chip, and choose merchants with chip-enabled payment terminals over those who are still holding out. As with everything else, strength comes in numbers. Only when chip cards have become the norm across the nation can we all reap the enhanced security benefits of chip technology.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bots-chips-and-selfies-how-safe-are-the-new-ways-to-pay">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/7-apps-that-monitor-your-credit-for-you">7 Apps That Monitor Your Credit for You</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/everyones-using-spare-change-apps-are-they-really-worth-it">Everyone&#039;s Using Spare Change Apps — Are They Really Worth 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/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</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/these-apps-turn-saving-money-into-a-game-are-they-worth-it">These Apps Turn Saving Money Into a Game — Are They Worth It?</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-surprising-ways-your-smartphone-can-keep-you-and-your-family-safe">6 Surprising Ways Your Smartphone Can Keep You and Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Technology Amazon apps bots buying chip cards Facebook fraud payment methods safety selfie Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:31:16 +0000 Damian Davila 1890386 at http://www.wisebread.com This Creative Shopping Strategy Could Save You Tons http://www.wisebread.com/this-creative-shopping-strategy-could-save-you-tons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-creative-shopping-strategy-could-save-you-tons" 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_happy_96929491.jpg" alt="Woman using creative shopping strategy to save her tons" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We see something we really like. We buy it. We use it (or don't). We move on.</p> <p>For most of us, this is how shopping works. But what if there was a step that could change the way we all shop? What if you see something you like, but put it back and keep a running total of your &quot;non-purchases?&quot; Could this technique be the path to saving money, and feeling happy?</p> <p>Let's examine it more closely.</p> <h2>Keep a Running List of Things You Wanted to Buy, But Didn't</h2> <p>It's a technique developed by <a href="http://www.swiss-miss.com/2016/08/things-i-didnt-buy.html">Tina Roth Eisenberg</a> over at <em>Swiss Miss</em>, although it's an idea many people may have had over the years. Instead of just keeping track of your purchases, you also keep track of the things you almost bought, but didn't.</p> <p>It's been described as something of a cathartic technique. We all succumb to impulse purchases, or see deals that we just <em>have</em> to have at that moment. But instead of giving in to those quick decisions, this approach makes you take a step back, think, and reconsider. And most of the time, it ends up being a purchase you decide you don't actually need.</p> <h2>How to Avoid Buying Those Items</h2> <p>First and foremost, you have to approach every purchase with the &quot;want vs. need&quot; mindset. Clearly, as you make a shopping list, you know exactly what you need, from bread and milk, to cleaning products and kitchen utensils. But when you hit the store, you can get sucked in by clearance signs, special offers, and BOGO deals that can really add up.</p> <p>So, before buying anything, look at it and ask &quot;Do I need it, or want it?&quot; Most of the time, you'll know instantly if it's something you really need, or just want because it's on sale, or it's cool, or it's an impulse decision.</p> <p>Get into the habit of taking things out of your basket or cart before reaching the checkout. Look through it, and ask the same question &mdash; &quot;Is this a want, or a need?&quot; Sometimes, the act of putting the item into the cart is enough to satiate your desire for it. Taking it back out again is easier than never putting it in the cart in the first place.</p> <p>When shopping online, go through the same process. Examine your shopping cart, and look at the prices. Is it worth it? Do you need it? Can you easily live without it? Why are you even considering this purchase? Is it retail therapy? If you're buying something just to feel good, think about how that money could be used on something better.</p> <p>Some online retailers, including Amazon, have made it very easy to buy something with just one click. You may find it helpful to remove that Buy It Now option from your account, and instead go through the extra steps to purchasing. This additional time is often all you need to re-evaluate the purchase, and turn it into a &quot;didn't buy.&quot;</p> <h2>How to Track Your Non-Spending</h2> <p>The easiest way to do this is in a spreadsheet, where you can pop in the name of the item, the price, and see a running total that can give you weekly, monthly, and annual totals.</p> <p>Of course, we don't all carry around tablets or laptops that we can whip out in the grocery store, so find simple ways to jot down your non-purchases, including:</p> <ul> <li>A note taking app on your smartphone</li> <li>A small pocketbook/pen that you carry whenever you shop</li> <li>A notepad besides your computer or tablet</li> <li>A voice recorder, or voice recording app</li> </ul> <p>Get into the habit of doing this every time you are about to pull the trigger on an item, but put it back on the shelf, or remove it from your online shopping cart.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-saving-more-with-this-one-simple-tool?ref=seealso">Start Saving More With This One Simple Tool</a></p> <p>If you want to go the extra mile, put a chart on the wall, perhaps near the garage door or entrance, showing how much you didn't spend on stuff over the weeks and months. That running total can give you an incredible feeling of satisfaction, knowing you saved over $200 in one month by not buying stuff you really didn't need.</p> <h2>Why Does This Work?</h2> <p>Well, there is plenty of evidence online that explains the psychology behind impulse purchases, wanting expensive new things, and believing that stuff equals happiness. However, there is very little out there to suggest why this new technique works. But, after explaining it to a focus group including working moms, stay-at-home parents, Millennials, and people with a lot of disposable income, there seem to be some common threads explaining why this works so well.</p> <h3>1. Instant Gratification</h3> <p>There is something very empowering about seeing money go back into your pocket, instantly. Even though you haven't actually spent that money yet, when you remove it from the cart and add that money to your &quot;didn't buy&quot; running total, you have immediately saved money. You're paying yourself, without actually doing anything with the money.</p> <h3>2. A Sense of Accomplishment</h3> <p>By examining your purchases, and then making a determined effort to remove unnecessary items from the cart, you have exercised willpower. That, in itself, can give anyone a feeling of accomplishment. When you add to that the actual monetary amounts saved by avoiding the purchase, it further compounds the feeling.</p> <h3>3. Visual Stimulation and Encouragement</h3> <p>By charting the purchases you didn't make, and the money saved, you can see at a glance how much extra money you have in your pocket at the end of each week. This kind of visual graphing works well for paying down debt, or adding money into a savings account, and is just as powerful here. Although it's money that was not actually put into savings, or earned, it is still a great way to show your progress.</p> <h3>4. It Exorcises the Shopping Demons</h3> <p>This one came up a lot. By putting the item into your cart, and then removing it, you are doing something close to buying the item. You have considered it. You have, in many cases, touched it and tried it out. You have almost owned it, and felt that ownership. That can be enough to satiate the desire for the product, and putting it back actually gives you a sense of relief. You had it, but you didn't pay for it.</p> <p>So, what are you waiting for? Give this technique a try, and let us know how you get on. What did you save over the week, or month? Did you realize why this specific technique works, or doesn't, for you?</p> <p><em>Can you think of any other similar strategies that will save money?</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/this-creative-shopping-strategy-could-save-you-tons">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-times-spending-more-will-save-you-money">21 Times Spending More Will Save You 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/how-to-find-the-savings-strategy-that-works-for-you">How to Find the Savings Strategy That Works For You</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-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending">5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying instant gratification lists psychology saving money spending strategy techniques Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 1788932 at http://www.wisebread.com 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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-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/this-creative-shopping-strategy-could-save-you-tons">This Creative Shopping Strategy Could Save You Tons</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-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending">5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending</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-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/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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-everyday-money-tasks-youve-been-doing-wrong">12 Everyday Money Tasks You&#039;ve Been Doing Wrong</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/this-creative-shopping-strategy-could-save-you-tons">This Creative Shopping Strategy Could Save You Tons</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-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/8-signs-youre-paying-too-much-for-your-mortgage">8 Signs You&#039;re Paying Too Much for Your Mortgage</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-surprises-when-downsizing-to-a-condo">5 Surprises When Downsizing to a Condo</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/7-worst-reasons-not-to-buy-a-house">7 Worst Reasons NOT to Buy a House</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/how-to-negotiate-your-rent">How to Negotiate Your Rent</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/self-employed-heres-how-to-get-your-apartment-application-approved">Self-Employed? Here&#039;s How to Get Your Apartment Application Approved</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-12"> <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/11-easy-ways-to-earn-more-on-ebay">11 Easy Ways to Earn More on eBay</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/how-to-make-money-as-a-superfan">How to Make Money as a Superfan</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fheres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHeres%2520How%2520to%2520Get%2520a%2520Sale%2520Price%2520Match%2520at%252016%2520Popular%2520Stores.jpg&amp;description=Heres%20How%20to%20Get%20a%20Sale%20Price%20Match%20at%2016%20Popular%20Stores"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Heres%20How%20to%20Get%20a%20Sale%20Price%20Match%20at%2016%20Popular%20Stores.jpg" alt="Here's How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular Stores" width="250" height="374" /></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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending">5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending</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/this-creative-shopping-strategy-could-save-you-tons">This Creative Shopping Strategy Could Save You Tons</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/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> 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-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/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Cheap</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-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</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-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-buy-or-rent-textbooks">20 Places to Buy or Rent Textbooks</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-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> </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