Amazon http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9/all en-US The 5 Best Winter Tires http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-winter-tires" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter_driving_000014996881.jpg" alt="Woman driving safely in winter with new winter tires" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are certain kinds of weather that can really throw any vehicle for a spin, both metaphorically and physically, and one of them is snow. Those winter months can be a dangerous time for anyone who requires a car or truck to go about their daily lives and the kind of tires on your vehicle shouldn&rsquo;t cause you any more stress than this time of year already brings. Instead of worrying about whether or not your tires are going to keep you safe this winter, make an investment in a spectacular set of winter tires to keep yourself sane and safe whenever snow threatens to fall.</p> <h2>What are Winter Tires?</h2> <p>Unlike their general counterparts, winter tires (also known as snow tires) are better and safer for the snowy months since they have more sipes (the thin slits in the rubber) which are perfect for traversing the rougher terrain. These tires give much better traction on the snow and ice, but not so much on the dry or wet roads. Though it is possible to use these tires all year round, it&rsquo;s not recommended since the dryer, warmer roads will cause the tires to wear out faster, and don&rsquo;t provide the same kind of handling that summer tires do in the summer months. Though changing them each time the season changes might be a pain, the extra safety and convenience you get from getting a great set of snow tires is worth the elbow grease. Since tires are specific to cars, the prices listed in this article will be the lowest prices from which the tires are available. This does not mean this will automatically be the price of the tires for your specific model of car, so make sure you are looking at the right size to see the correct price for your needs. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h2>Top 5 Winter Tires</h2> <h3>Michelin X-Ice Xi3</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009B7WIGC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009B7WIGC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FVPBBWV47YAY7HWB"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Michelin%20X-Ice%20Xi3.jpg" width="155" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009B7WIGC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009B7WIGC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FVPBBWV47YAY7HWB">Michelin X-Ice Xi3</a> is a top pick on Consumer Search and for good reason. It is one of the best tires that performs overall, during harcore snowy conditions and slightly snowy conditions. Though there is some room for improvement on the wet/dry condition performance of these tires, they are an excellent option for anyone who has to deal with severe winter weather for most of the season. Milder winter conditions are probably better handled by other kinds of snow tires, but if you need something heavy-duty, these are the tires for you. These tires have some serious grip on snow and ice, giving you excellent handling on what can be very nerve-wracking terrains.</p> <p>Though most snow tires don&rsquo;t come with a warranty, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 comes with a 40,000 mile tread wear warranty that can be collected when the tires get down to 2/32 inches. This, however, is not recommended, as tires should be replaced when they get to 5/32 inches of tread are left on these tires.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009B7WIGC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009B7WIGC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FVPBBWV47YAY7HWB">Currently as low as $124.98 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Bridgestone Blizzak WS80</h3> <p><a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Blizzak-Ws80-215-60R17/43075211"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Bridgestone%20Blizzak%20WS80.jpg" width="178" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Bridgestone Blizzak</a> tires are renowned for their ability in wet surface traction and spectacular performance in snowy or icy conditions. The Blizzak WS80 model takes a step up from its predecessor the WS70 by increasing the stability in handling when driving in dryer conditions. It comes with a Tube MultiCell Compound built into it which really helps during the wet conditions as it dispels water away to help with the handling on wet conditions. Still, some consumers have reported stopping on wet surfaces takes longer than they would like.</p> <p>The zigzag pattern on the tire isn&rsquo;t just for show; it increases the effectiveness of the tread by adding many biting edges to create the best traction it can on snow and ice conditions. With the amount of trust behind this brand of winter tire, you can be sure you&rsquo;re in for a great purchase.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Blizzak-Ws80-215-60R17/43075211">Currently as low as $133 at Walmart</a></em></p> <h3>Continental ExtremeWinterContact</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Continental%20ExtremeWinterContact.jpg" width="209" height="250" align="right" alt="" />The <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Continental-ExtremeWinterContact-Tire-215-70R15SL-98T-BW/19889404">Continental ExtremeWinterContact</a> tires are great for any size car, from compact to SUV to light-duty truck. These tires show magnificent results in traction tests on ice and snow, comparable with even the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. One the tread is 50% worn, an indicator on the tire will let the owner know so that you can keep track of the tires&rsquo; level of safety. The breaking for these tires is great on all surfaces except wet ones, but even then it still performs well. This is a studless tire with plenty of void and grip edges in the center to intensify its traction on snow and ice. If you&rsquo;re looking for a great tire to perform for just about any kind of car, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires are worth your consideration.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Continental-ExtremeWinterContact-Tire-215-70R15SL-98T-BW/19889404">Currently as low as $80 at Walmart</a></em></p> <h3>Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Yokohama%20iceGUARD%20iG52c.jpg" width="166" height="250" align="right" alt="" />The <a href="http://www.yokohamatire.com/tires/detail/iceguard_ig52c">Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c</a> tire is known for being able to fit a variety of car types from compact to van. It is made of a special compound from a combination of silica, multi-layer carbon, and micro bubbles that are coated in resin to give it excellent handling for winter tires in all kinds of cold weather. This is especially true with the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c&rsquo;s ability to push away sludge and slush to keep it from being a concern as you drive in melting snow conditions. Since it is a high traction/soft compound combination, some consumers report these tires being pretty noisy, but that they still do a great job of handling on snowy, icy, and even wet surfaces.</p> <p>The best thing about these tires besides their impeccable performance is that they are eco-friendly, meaning you can help the environment while helping yourself to some amazing tires.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.yokohamatire.com/tires/detail/iceguard_ig52c">Currently priced around $70, but since it depends on the dealer, please go to the below website and enter your zipcode to find the best price</a></em></p> <h3>General AltiMAX Arctic Winter Tire</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/General%20AltiMAX%20Arctic%20Winter%20Tire.jpg" width="169" height="250" align="right" alt="" />The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QL5Z0Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004QL5Z0Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=W5CNDN34AN5HIT6B">General AltiMAX Arctic Winter</a> tire can fit a variety of car sizes. If you&rsquo;re looking for studded tires this winter, these tires can become studded with the purchase of additional studs to be installed. This tire has a Center Stability Rib to help with direction on dry roads and multiple sipes to help water evacuation from the tires to avoid hydroplaning. The radials on this tire have 270 degree siping that make for great grabbing action on snow and ice to increase traction.</p> <p>This tire also comes with Reactive Contour Technology that helps it adapt to roads that are wet, dry, and anything inbetween to consistently provide excellent handling experience for the driver. They are the least expensive tires on this list, but the General AltiMAX Arctic Winter Tire provides the same quality safety precautions and driving experience as many more expensive winter tire options.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QL5Z0Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004QL5Z0Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=W5CNDN34AN5HIT6B"><em>Currently as low as $66.04 on Amazon</em></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">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/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</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-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs">Are your new tires really 6-year old ticking time-bombs?</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-swiss-army-knives">The 5 Best Swiss Army Knives</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/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping Amazon product reviews tires winter tires Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:00:04 +0000 Janae Spinato 1370801 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things You Shouldn't Order on Amazon http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/online_shopping_000043524592.jpg" alt="Woman shopping on Amazon and not finding good deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I'm in the market to purchase, well, anything, I usually first check Amazon to find the best price. Over the years, however, I've noticed that I can't just use the site as a one-stop shop for everything on my list. Some things are simply cheaper elsewhere. (I've even started using the <a href="http://www.savings.com/pricejump">PriceJump</a> tool from Savings.com to compare Amazon prices against those at other retailers.) Here are five items that usually <em>aren't </em>cheapest on Amazon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should?ref=seealso">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <h2>1. Groceries</h2> <p>Yes, you can order virtually anything on Amazon, including food. But examine those price tags first. I checked out a few staple items, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZWLCZC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003ZWLCZC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DE2XY356OYUJQOTV">Skippy Natural Peanut Butter</a>, which costs over $8 per container on the site. One commenter noted he could buy three jars of the same stuff at his local store for this price. I agree. Then my eyes bugged out of my head at the sight of a $7.99 box of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kix-dinirao-Cereal-12-oz/dp/B000VDSRV0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1426444426&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=kix+cereal">Kix Cereal</a> (12 ounces) that I recently purchased for under $3 in our breakfast aisle. Sure, it's convenient to get groceries delivered to your door step, but not at such a premium.</p> <h2>2. Personal Care Items</h2> <p>I was shocked when I went looking for my favorite container of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HK1ON0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000HK1ON0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KIVLRR2TJ3T2FZKE">Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap</a> only to find it costs several dollars more online than it does at my grocery store, even with free shipping. Some further investigation uncovered that the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LI6CDQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004LI6CDQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6L4KM5YFPDCLZG5I">Neutrogena mascara</a> I use costs $11 on Amazon compared to the $9 I spend at the corner drug store. And today as I write this article, there's a buy one, get one 50% off sale with my Rite-Aid Wellness Card. The same <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016OCTLM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0016OCTLM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EJZKNDCACZDCWSTH">henna dye</a> I use to color my hair is an insane $50 on Amazon, versus the $25.95 I pay on Lush.com. (One area where Amazon wins? Sun care! Most sunscreens I use &mdash; organic and conventional &mdash; are several dollars less on the site.)</p> <h2>3. Cleaning Products</h2> <p>I find much better prices on cleaning supplies at discount clubs and big box stores. For example, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LUTVYA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000LUTVYA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I2XOO3OHXDXGWUKG">Pledge Furniture Polish</a> costs over $5 (with $7.41 shipping) on Amazon, versus the $3.93 at our Walmart store. A four-count box of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001339ZMW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001339ZMW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=D2SUMBIXTEU5QBWF">Mr. Clean Magic Erasers</a> costs nearly $10 on Amazon, compared to just $3.47 at Walmart. The list goes on. Plus, you can save a ton on cleaning products by making your own at home, which is what we've done for all-purpose cleaner, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes">laundry detergent</a>, dish soap, dishwashing detergent, and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With Just 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <h2>4. Fitness Gear</h2> <p>I love my FitBit fitness tracker, but I snagged it at a low price with a coupon at Kohl's. On Amazon, this wristband is a competitive $88, but you can still save some cash by shopping elsewhere and taking advantage of sales or store incentives.</p> <h2>5. Clothing and More</h2> <p>When it comes to clothing, shoes, and other apparel, you'll need to go on a case-by-case basis and shop around. Online retailers, like 6pm.com, offer great deals on all the top designers and often have codes for extra savings. Using coupons and taking advantage of seasonal sales can yield better prices on everyday wear at your local store. Sometimes Amazon has some incredible deals, like 70% off this cute <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FQK4LCC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FQK4LCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LEQBRYIKUHXJBKBD">Kenneth Cole Skylar dress</a> &mdash; just $30. Other times, not so much. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SAUXDE2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SAUXDE2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4OMDJ3B4UCJKLIR5">Calvin Klein baseball jacket</a> is $168 on Amazon, and $130 <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-baseball-jacket?ID=1991108&amp;pla_country=US&amp;CAGPSPN=pla&amp;CAWELAID=120156340001568481&amp;catargetid=120156340001636759&amp;cadevice=c&amp;cm_mmc=Google_Mens_PLA-_-Men%27s+Apparel+-+Men%27s+Outerwear+-+GS_Calvin+Klein-_-70559928185_-_-_mkwid_btDxCFUh%7Cdc_70559928185%7C-%7CbtDxCFUh">on sale at Macy's</a>.</p> <p><em>This list isn't exhaustive by any means. We'd love to hear what items you've stopped buying on Amazon, or others that you won't buy anywhere else. Please leave your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">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/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</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-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">10 Outlet Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Big</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon bargains discounts sales Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1359516 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think http://www.wisebread.com/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000049981378_Large.jpg" alt="girls shopping store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you think you're getting a great bargain by shopping at big box stores that market themselves as purveyors of incredibly low prices, you may want to think again. Consider the alluring &quot;loss leader&quot; pricing strategy, for example. America's discount retailers draw you in by selling certain items at or below cost. But, they make up for lost profits on those dramatic mark-downs by selling you other, higher-priced products during that same visit. By the time you reach the register, the amazing savings you reaped from that doorbuster special is reduced by all the other higher-priced items you purchased. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-retailers-manipulate-you-into-spending?ref=seealso">How Retailers Manipulate You Into Spending More</a>)</p> <p>Stores use a variety of such techniques to make themselves only <em>seem</em> cheaper than they really are. Read on for our roundup of some of the big name stores that are more expensive than you think.</p> <h2>1. Walmart</h2> <p>&quot;Always the Lowest Price. Always.&quot; That's the original Walmart slogan. But the world's biggest retailer was forced to stop using it when the National Advertising Review Board ruled that Walmart's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/03/07/97586/-Wake-Up-People-Wal-Mart-s-Prices-Aren-t-That-Low#">lowest price claim </a>simply wasn't true. Perhaps a more accurate tagline would have instead utilized the word &quot;sometimes.&quot;</p> <p>Indeed, some of Walmart's items are priced lower than anywhere else. Those key products are strategically chosen commodities that customers like you tend to know the going price of. Therefore, you know a steal when you see one, such as 25 cent cans of Progresso soup or a Dyson upright vacuum for $369. Eventually, you see enough good deals and assume everything Walmart sells is cheap. Alas, it is not. If you pile up your shopping cart with a mix of good deals, bad ones, and regularly priced items, you've merely neutralized your big savings, while helping Walmart achieve its bottom line.</p> <h2>2. Target</h2> <p>Though it caters to the fashion-forward shopper rather than the self-identified thrifty one, Target sells many of the same products as Walmart. In fact, 80% of Target's and Walmart's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/2012/10/23/66b97b8e-17d0-11e2-9855-71f2b202721b_story.html">merchandise is identical</a>, according to Charles Fishman, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143038788/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0143038788&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2VZCDYFUMQHVVWZW">The Wal-Mart Effect</a>. The two stores also offer the same discounts. A recent comparison by Bloomberg Businessweek found only a 46 cent difference between the two retailers per $100 of purchases. You'll save those 46 cents at Target, the analysis found, although Walmart usually wins independent price comparisons. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target?ref=seealso">How to Find the Secret Deals and Biggest Markdowns at Target</a>)</p> <h2>3. Dollar General</h2> <p>Despite the name, not everything here is a dollar or less. And even when it is, you're not necessarily getting bang for your buck. Case in point: The price tag on bulk goods at Dollar General is often lower due to smaller unit counts, but they can be higher per piece. For instance, an analysis by the Wall Street Journal found a 28-pack of Pampers diapers sells for $10, or 35 cents per diaper, on Dollar General's website. But the same diapers on Walmart's website sells in a 180-pack box for $45.97, or 25 cents per diaper. So, yes, you can get diapers for less money at Dollar General. But they'll cost you 40% more per diaper than if you were to buy a bigger bulk package at Walmart.</p> <h2>4. Amazon Prime</h2> <p>The $99 annual fee you must pay to gain membership to Amazon Prime gets you free two-day shipping on selected products. If you're a fairly frequent Amazon Prime shopper, a membership should work out in your favor. But beware: As a Prime customer, you may not always be presented with <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon-boosts-prime-membership-99-cites-fuel-transportation-costs/">the cheapest item</a>.</p> <p>A GeekWire analysis found that a search for a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker turns up a <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon-shoppers-question-whether-prime-membership-scam/">Prime-eligible product</a> that costs $49.95 for free two-day shipping. But if you were to click on more options, the same slow cooker is available from a different seller for $38.01 plus $11.99 for shipping, for a grand total of $50. In this case, as a Prime customer, your $99 membership fee would save you a mere 15 cents.</p> <p>In another scenario, the analysis found a vacuum cleaner filter from Dirt Devil was actually cheaper if you didn't use your Prime account. The Prime item cost $13.49, but another vendor was charging $12.74, plus free shipping. Now, this isn't always the case. Often the Prime-eligible item is the cheapest one. But if you are a sporadic Prime shopper rather than a loyal one, or if you don't want to have to dig to ensure you're getting the best deal, a Prime membership might not be worthwhile for you.</p> <h2>5. Kohl's</h2> <p>At Kohl's, <a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/02/22/consumerwatch-investigation-finds-kohls-sale-prices-arent-always-a-deal/">sales prices</a>&nbsp;aren't always what they seem. A CBS hidden-camera investigation conducted between November 2011 and January 2012 found that the discount retailer was in the habit of marking up items as much as $100 from earlier levels before putting them on sale. For Pattie Woody, the result is that the $202.99 sheet set she purchased at a 50% discount had actually been priced at $169.99 before the sale, the investigation found. The pre-sale markup meant that Woody really only saved 40% rather than the advertised 50%. In another example, a twin sheet set was listed at half off the original price of $89.99. But inside the plastic zipper, the earlier price tag read $49.99, indicating the sale was only a $5 savings from the original tag.</p> <p><em>What other tricks do big-name retailers use to make you spend more?</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/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think">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/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">The 5 Best Winter Tires</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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/party-like-its-1999-the-psychology-of-pricing">Party Like It&#039;s 19.99: The Psychology of Pricing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon discounters pricing retail WalMart Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1302020 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Amazon http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-amazon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-amazon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-laptop-boxes-459045441-small.jpg" alt="man laptop boxes" title="man laptop boxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on Amazon, how much money you can make as an Uber or Lyft driver, and tips to help you choose a financial advisor!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/ways-to-save-money-shopping-on-amazon/">14 Ways to Save Even More Money Shopping on Amazon</a> &mdash; Get cashback on certain categories of purchases via Ebates, FatWallet, BeFrugal, TopCashBack, and Mr. Rebates. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-much-money-can-you-really-make-driving-for-uber-or-lyft">How Much Money Can You Really Make Driving for Uber or Lyft?</a> &mdash; Money for gas, tolls, maintenance, self employment taxes and other hidden costs will cut into your profits. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/financial-advisor/">How to Choose a Financial Advisor</a> &mdash; Your financial advisor should be more interested in your bottom line than theirs. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Biggest-Waste-Money-30959451">28 of the Biggest Money Wasters, According to Real People</a> &mdash; Buying food and drinks at gas stations may be convenient, but you can be sure the prices are inflated much higher than what you might pay at a grocery store. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/money-habits-20s/">The Money Habits You Develop in Your 20s Will Help OR Hurt You for the Rest of Your Life</a> &mdash; Many young people want the good life, and they want it now. This kind of lifestyle is expensive and a surefire way to get into deep debt. [Money Smart Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/holiday-decor-without-denting-your-budget/">Deck the Halls Without Letting Holiday Décor Dent Your Budget</a> &mdash; Fill clear flower vases with candy canes, pinecones, and other festive baubles for cheap and easy holiday décor. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-tips-on-volunteering-over-the-holidays">7 Tips on Volunteering Over the Holidays</a> &mdash; Charity organizations aren't the only ones that need volunteers. Local schools, town halls, and recreational and senior centers could also use the help! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/retirement/3-unusual-ways-to-stretch-your-retirement-budget-a-little-further/">3 Unusual Ways to Stretch Your Retirement Budget a Little Further</a> &mdash; You can save on living costs by moving to a college town, where you'll likely have access to quality public transportation and health care services, as well as rich cultural experiences. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.equifax.com/tax/filing-taxes-early-six-ways-to-prepare-right-now/">Filing Taxes Early? Six Ways to Prepare Right Now</a> &mdash; Your 1099s can help you calculate your income, but you don't actually need to submit them with your tax return. [Equifax]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/be-careful-justifying-your-spending-as-an-investment/">Be Careful Justifying Your Spending as an Investment</a> &mdash; If you call something an investment, you're assuming that it'll provide a return sometime in the future &mdash; but that's not always the case. [Financial Samurai]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-amazon">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/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">The 5 Best Winter Tires</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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/is-it-worth-paying-more-for-faster-shipping">Is it worth paying more for faster shipping?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon best money tips Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1263267 at http://www.wisebread.com Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-465517439.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> is set to raise its annual fee from $79 to $99. To be fair, this is the first rate hike since it launched nine years ago. Still, customers and fans are letting their feelings about this be heard loud and clear on Amazon Prime forums and the feedback isn't pretty. Rather than grumbling about this change, let's examine the benefits that come with Amazon Prime and the discounts available. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">Amazon Deal Hacks You Don't Know About</a>)</p> <h2>Benefits of Amazon Prime</h2> <p>There are quite a few benefits included in Prime Membership &mdash; not just the 2-day shipping which is its most popular perk.</p> <h3>1. Two-Day Shipping</h3> <p>This is the central benefit of Amazon Prime that is well-known by everyone who uses it. For the entire year, members receive free and unlimited two-day shipping on almost everything sold by Amazon with no minimum purchase required. (There are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=short_url?nodeId=13819201">exclusions</a> to this.) Given the ugly prices of shipping on many sites, this is a significant savings for frequent shoppers, even with the annual fee hike. If Amazon delivers after the two day mark, Amazon Prime Members<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201117450"> may be eligible for a free one month extension</a>.</p> <h3>2. Streaming Television and Movies</h3> <p>Amazon Prime members have free access to unlimited streaming of over 40,000 movies and television episodes through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Video/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2858778011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Instant Video</a>. Granted, the selection doesn't include the newest properties, but it provides plenty of options.</p> <h3>3. Kindle Owners' Lending Library and Kindle First</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=154606011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">The Kindle Store</a> boasts 500,000 Kindle titles. Amazon Prime members can borrow one book a month for free to read on a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HCCNJU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007HCCNJU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Kindle</a> or Kindle mobile app. Think of it as a personal mini-library with all of the latest and greatest titles at your fingertips. Additionally, Amazon Prime members receive a free <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/kindle/botm/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Kindle First</a> book every month. Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select four new books each month that will be released the following month. Kindle First subscribers can choose one of these four titles for $1.99 to read a month before it's released to the general public. Amazon Prime members get their Kindle First choice book for free.</p> <h3>4. Share the Shipping</h3> <p>Amazon Prime Members can <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200444180">share their shipping benefits</a> with up to four additional household members. Small business owners who subscribe to Amazon Prime can invite up to four co-workers to shop with the corporate account. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a>)</p> <h3>5. Amazon Prime Music Streaming</h3> <p>Amazon is considering the possibility of getting in on the <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/amazon-prime-music-streaming-news/#!APPql">streaming music</a> act. The company is rumored to be in negotiations with a number of record labels though the details are fuzzy at best, and the agreement, if there is one, may take quite a while to unfold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ways-to-listen-to-music-for-free-or-cheap?ref=seealso">Free or Cheap Ways to Listen to Music</a>)</p> <h2>Discounts on Amazon Prime</h2> <p>Here are a few ways to get Amazon Prime free or at a discount.</p> <h3>1. Amazon Student</h3> <p>It pays to be a student. With a .edu email address or<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000896051&amp;ref=sm_st_join_no_edu"> proof of student status</a>, you can sign up for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Student</a>, which offers Prime Membership at a reduced price of $49. Amazon Student provides all of the benefits of Amazon Prime plus special deals and promotions and a $10 refer a friend credit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-student-discounts?ref=seealso">Student Discounts</a>)</p> <h3>2. Amazon Mom</h3> <p>Moms, Amazon Prime has you covered with<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> Amazon Mom</a>. For three months, moms have a free trial of that includes 20% off diapers, wipes, and family essentials that are ordered through the Subscribe &amp; Save Program, free two-day shipping, and 30 days of instant-streaming video. After the trial, Amazon Mom costs $99 and includes the discounts listed above, all Amazon Prime benefits, and a 15% baby registry completion discount.</p> <h3>3. Try It for Free</h3> <p>Everyone loves a free sample. Amazon Prime provides a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">free 30-day trial</a>. Amazon automatically registers people who take advantage of a free trial after the 30-day mark. To cancel, you must<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201118030"> take action and contact Amazon</a> prior to the trial's end.</p> <h3>Other Ways to Save on Amazon Shipping</h3> <p>Amazon Prime isn't the only way to save on Amazon shipping costs. Shipping is free for all orders that total $35 or more. (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/help/id=sss">Some restrictions apply</a>.) Amazon also has a<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> Subscribe &amp; Save Program</a>: pick eligible items that are subscription eligible and then choose the quantity and delivery frequency of each item. The Subscribe &amp; Save Program doesn't require any upfront fee and can be cancelled at any time without penalty. If you choose to have 5 or more Subscribe &amp; Ship items delivered on the same day, there is a 15% discount on the entire order.</p> <p>All these benefits and discounts make <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> a great value for those who are frequent shoppers. Also remember that many items on Amazon cost less than those found in brick-and-mortar stores and they're delivered right to the door, no lugging required. If Amazon Prime still feels like less than a bargain, some viable competitors such as <a href="https://www.shoprunner.com/non_member/home/">ShopRunner</a> are on the rise and eager for disgruntled Amazon Prime members. (And if you're a current Prime member who hasn't renewed at the higher rate yet, get one year FREE membership!) After all, where there's a will to save, there's always a way!</p> <p><em>Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber?&nbsp;Will you maintain your subscription even after the price hike? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</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/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program">Save on Books, Diapers, and Much More With an Amazon Membership Program</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/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry">10 Awesome Sites to Shop for Affordable, Cool Jewelry</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-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon amazon prime free shipping online retail Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:03:51 +0000 Christa Avampato 1132981 at http://www.wisebread.com Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $35 http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-raises-free-shipping-minimum-to-35 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazon-raises-free-shipping-minimum-to-35" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/credit-card-5389268-small.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you heard? Amazon&#39;s Free Super Saver Shipping for $25 orders is a thing of the past. You now <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1001427161">need to spend $35 to qualify for free shipping</a>. This marks the first time in a decade that Amazon has changed the order minimum for free shipping in the US.</p> <p>Note that this policy change doesn&#39;t affect <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a>, which gets you free 2-day shipping (no order minimum!), plus a slew of other perks, for $79 a year. If you&#39;re a frequent online shopper, you&#39;ll easily recoup the membership cost in shipping savings. And with the holiday season just around the corner, this would be great time to check out Prime &mdash; especially the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">30-day free trial</a>.&nbsp;Did you almost forget to send Great Aunt Marcy a garlic press? She never has to know.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-raises-free-shipping-minimum-to-35">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/filler-strategies-for-amazon-s-free-super-saver-shipping">Filler Strategies for Amazon’s Free Super Saver Shipping</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-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It&#039;s Cheap.</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already 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/dealista-tip-how-to-shop-online-safely">How to Shop Online Safely</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-save-10-20-on-online-purchases-every-day">How to Save 10-20% on Online Purchases, Every Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Amazon free shipping online shopping Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:36:03 +0000 Amy Lu 1044968 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-3331486-small.jpg" alt="man shopping online" title="man shopping online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping on Amazon is already a money and time saver. Check the Sunday ads for brick-and-mortar electronics stores such as Best Buy, or browse a bookstore, and chances are you can find the same items on Amazon for less. But there are so many methods for finding deals on Amazon that most of us don't know all of them. These simple tricks can take your Amazon savings to a whole new level. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-new-parents">Amazon Rewards Visa, a Top Credit Card for New Parents</a>)</p> <h2>1. Subscribe &amp; Save</h2> <p>Many food items and household supplies belong to the &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Subscribe &amp; Save</a>&quot; program, which means that if you order regular deliveries of this product, Amazon will ship it free and give you a 5% discount. If an item qualifies for Subscribe &amp; Save, you'll see that option in the blue box in the right-hand margin of the order page, right below the regular order option.</p> <p>But that 5% off is just for starters. Mir Kamin of <a href="http://wantnot.net/">Wantnot.net</a> pointed out that if you schedule five or more subscriptions in one month, you'll get 15% off on all of them. You can also get a larger discount for subscriptions if you join one of Amazon's special groups &mdash; more on that in Tip #3, below.</p> <p>What if you only want one delivery? No problem! You can cancel future deliveries right after you order and still claim the discount. To cancel, select &quot;My Account&quot; on Amazon, then &quot;Your Subscription,&quot; and you'll find the option.</p> <h2>2. Free Prime Trials</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime is a $79-a-year service</a> that gives members free two-day shipping on orders of any size (instead of free shipping on orders of $25 or more like regular customers get), plus some free content such as free streaming videos and the right to borrow e-books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.</p> <p>Whether Prime is a money-saver at $79 a year depends on your habits, but using Prime for free is definitely a saver. Right now, you can sign up for a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200444170&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">30-day free Prime trial</a> that confers all the benefits of a paid membership. At the end of 30 days, Amazon will charge you $79 for a one-year membership, unless you turn off auto-renewal.</p> <p>One more money-saving tip for Prime members: You can <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200444180&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">share your Prime free shipping benefits</a> with up to four other people.</p> <h2>3. Amazon Mom and Amazon Student</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/laptop-baby-3997348-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>Amazon offers extra discounts to members of these two membership programs. Right now is an especially good time to sign up for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Mom</a> because Amazon is offering new sign-ups (who meet certain conditions) a free three-month trial of Amazon Prime. During this trial you can enjoy Prime's shipping benefits, but you don't get the free streaming video content or e-book borrowing. Amazon Mom members with Prime, whether paid or free-trial, also get 20% off diapers and wipes purchased through Subscribe &amp; Save, and 20% off five or more subscriptions per month. That's an extra 15% discount compared to what common citizens get. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program">Save With an Amazon Membership Program</a>)</p> <p>You don't have to be a mom to join Amazon Mom &mdash; Amazon says it's offered to all caregivers, one per household, and no proof is required.</p> <p>If you join <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Student</a> right now, you'll get six months of free two-day shipping and some other discounts (but again, no streaming content or e-book borrowing), and then if you want to pay for Prime, you'll get 50% off the first year, bringing the cost down to $39.</p> <p>To qualify for Amazon Student, you need a .edu email address or other proof of student status.</p> <h2>4. More Buying Choices</h2> <p>An oft-overlooked way to find lower prices on Amazon lies in the &quot;More Buying Choices&quot; box, which you may see in the right-hand margin of an item page just below the regular ordering box. This is an opportunity to order the same item through sellers other than Amazon, sometimes at a lower price. Make sure to check the shipping cost &mdash; even if you qualify for free shipping on Amazon, you may have to pay for shipping from these sellers, which might lead to a final cost that's higher than the Amazon price. Fortunately, you can sort the other buying choices by &quot;Price + Shipping&quot; to make sure you find the overall best deal.</p> <h2>5. Amazon Warehouse Deals</h2> <p>This is where <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;me=A2L77EE7U53NWQ&amp;node=1267877011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">you can save on open-box</a>, used, refurbished, or warehouse-damaged items, often at big discounts.</p> <h2>6. Free Apps and Kindle Books</h2> <p>The Amazon <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/mobile-apps/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2350149011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Appstore for Android offers a free app</a> of the day.</p> <p>There are usually a number of Kindle books offered for free on any given day. Start in the Kindle Store <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-eBooks/zgbs/digital-text/154606011/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">category called &quot;Top 100 Free&quot;</a>. Or, type &quot;Kindle freebies&quot; into the product search box on Amazon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-things-to-do-with-your-kindle">Free Things to Do With Your Kindle</a>)</p> <p>I don't have time to browse through tons of free books every day on Amazon, so I rely on some favorite bloggers, like <a href="http://www.mashupmom.com/">Mashup Mom</a>, to highlight free books I might like. There are also blogs that focus on free and cheap Kindle books, like <a href="http://www.pixelofink.com/">Pixel of Ink</a>.</p> <h2>7. The Kindle Daily Deals Page</h2> <p>The Kindle <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;docId=1000677541&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Daily Deals page</a> features Kindle books for $4 or less. You can subscribe to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/gss/detail/9791850/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;pf_rd_i=154606011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1600377842&amp;pf_rd_r=04049GRP8KBFMYY5MQZA&amp;pf_rd_s=left-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">the Kindle Daily Deals email list</a> to stay abreast of the offers.</p> <h2>8. Today's Deals</h2> <p>One of the places to start when cruising Amazon for deals is the &quot;Today's Deals&quot; tab at the top of the page, to the right of the Amazon logo. This is where you find the Gold Box these days, but instead of just one &quot;Gold Box Deal,&quot; you'll find a lot of deals on this page now. A single &quot;Deal of the Day,&quot; a number of &quot;Lightning Deals&quot; all good for limited times throughout the day, links to the Outlet, any special sales going on, and other savings opportunities can all be found on this page.</p> <h2>9. 7-Day Price Guarantee</h2> <p>Amazon used to guarantee its prices for 30 days. This year, it changed to a seven-day policy. So, if the price of an item drops within a week after your purchase ships, contact Amazon and they will refund you the difference. This policy is not posted on the Amazon site, but a customer service agent confirmed it to me. <a href="http://www.groovypost.com/howto/request-amazon-price-change-refund/">GroovyPost offers step-by-step instructions</a> on getting the refund.</p> <h2>10. Amazon Deal Sites</h2> <p>Jungle Deals and Steals is <a href="http://jungledealsandsteals.com/">a blog that highlights nothing but Amazon deals</a>, every day. There used to be a number of search sites that turned up deep discounts on Amazon, but most of them have either disappeared or didn't produce impressive results for me.</p> <h2>11. TV and Cell Phone Price Matching</h2> <p>Amazon does not match competitor prices in most product areas, but it does for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=201133150&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">cellular phones and televisions</a>. For cell phones with service plans, if you find a better price within two weeks of purchase from select retailers, Amazon will refund the difference.</p> <p>The same goes for TVs, with a much longer list of qualifying retailers. Instructions for claiming a partial refund if you find the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200726210&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">TV cheaper elsewhere are here</a>.</p> <h2>12. Special Offers</h2> <p>When you click on a product page, before you add it to your cart, look for text that says the item is eligible for special offers. It might be a &quot;Buy three, get the fourth free&quot; promotion, for example.</p> <h2>13. Coupon Codes and Clippable Coupons</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/coupon-3936985-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>You don't generally find a coupon code for a straight discount off anything at Amazon, but there are a lot of codes out there for specific item categories. The <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/view/amazon.com?c=5025143">Amazon section of RetailMeNot</a> lists a code for 20% of a $100 boots purchase (NEWFALL2), for example. And Amazon itself sometimes shares codes for free MP3s or streaming movies.</p> <p>On <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2231352011&amp;pf_rd_i=20&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1578335542&amp;pf_rd_r=10C6TTB4FT92RJA128KS&amp;pf_rd_s=center-5&amp;pf_rd_t=701&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon's coupon page</a>, you can click to &quot;clip&quot; coupons for various products. These coupons may be similar to the ones you're used to clipping from the Sunday paper, like $1 off toilet paper, or they may be for a 15% discount off a book or electronics item.</p> <h2>14. Timing</h2> <p>During certain times of year, you'll see sudden price drops on seasonal items. For instance, unadvertised price drops on toys make the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas the best time of the year to stock up on toys. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <p>Deal blogs are a good place to find out about these price drops. You also might find them on the &quot;Bestsellers&quot; list for the target category. Chances are, a toy that suddenly got cheap will pop up here. You can find &quot;Bestsellers&quot; at the top of a category page, just to the left of the category name, and below the search box.</p> <h2>15. Add-On Items</h2> <p>Amazon recently started selling <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200876660&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Add-On Items</a>, which are small things at low prices that you can only get if you're buying $25 worth of products from Amazon. If you come across an Add-On Item you'd like to buy (they're marked &quot;Add-On Item&quot; with a blue label), you can put it in your cart and wait until you have $25 worth of products to qualify for it. Or, you can make up a $25 order completely of Add-On Items.</p> <p>Are Add-Ons really a bargain? Amazon says that Add-On Items are new, low-priced items that they wouldn't sell otherwise, but customers have noticed that some items that were sold previously for the same price are <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/forum/amazon%20discussions%20feedback/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;cdForum=FxLCMW9UN2N6QR&amp;cdThread=Tx3Z33B3PZ96BF&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">now listed as Add-On Items</a>. This annoys folks who are paying for Prime to get free shipping on any size order, but now have to order at least $25 worth of stuff if these items are included.</p> <h2>16. The Outlet</h2> <p>Type <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=517808&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon.com/outlet</a> to get to this page, which offers categories to browse by percent markdown. Amazon says the Outlet is for &quot;clearance deals, overstocks and more,&quot; but I've found the savings to be hit or miss, since when I start out browsing there I often end up on items that don't appear to have major markdowns.</p> <p><em>Any Amazon deal hacks I've missed? Please share them in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</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-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</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/it-pays-to-be-late-7-awesome-things-you-can-get-cheaper-at-the-last-minute">It Pays to Be Late: 7 Awesome Things You Can Get Cheaper at the Last Minute</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-only-5-grocery-shopping-techniques-you-need">The Only 5 Grocery Shopping Techniques You Need</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon deals discounts online shopping Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:36:04 +0000 Carrie Kirby 987953 at http://www.wisebread.com Hard Copy or Ebook? Amazon's New Service Allows You to Buy Ebook Versions of Hard Copies You Own for Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/hard-copy-or-ebook-amazons-new-service-allows-you-to-buy-ebook-versions-of-hard-copies-you-own-for-c <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/hard-copy-or-ebook-amazons-new-service-allows-you-to-buy-ebook-versions-of-hard-copies-you-own-for-c" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tablet-5268717-small.jpg" alt="women reading book and ebook" title="women reading book and ebook" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Starting in October, Amazon will be offering a new feature called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;docId=1001373341&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=topamazon0b-20">Matchbook</a> that will allow you to buy ebook versions of hard copies you've purchased from them for $2,99, $1.99, $0.99, or even free! This applies to any book purchase you've ever made from them...since 1995! Over 10,000 books will be available when Matchbook launches in October, and hopefully more publishers will be signing up.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Amazon announced a new service called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=5946775011&amp;tag=topamazon0b-20">AutoRip</a>, which automatically offers a free MP3 album of any CD you buy from them, as well as any album you've purchased in the <em>last 15 years</em>. Just open the Cloud Player and it will automatically search for eligible albums and download it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hard-copy-or-ebook-amazons-new-service-allows-you-to-buy-ebook-versions-of-hard-copies-you-own-for-c">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">The 5 Best Winter Tires</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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/is-it-worth-paying-more-for-faster-shipping">Is it worth paying more for faster shipping?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon books eBooks Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:29:04 +0000 Lynn Truong 981704 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Secrets to Saving Money at Amazon.com http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-secrets-to-saving-money-at-amazoncom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-secrets-to-saving-money-at-amazoncom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3259609570_409750c010_z.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></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 money at Amazon.com, the best items to buy now, and how to get the best hotel deals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2013/03/05/secrets-to-saving-money-at-amazon-com/">13 Secrets to Saving Money At Amazon.com</a> &mdash; To save money at Amazon.com, buy used items and discounted gift cards. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/march-family-shopping-roundup-best-items-to-buy-now">March Family Shopping Roundup: Best Items to Buy Now</a> &mdash; Now is a good time to buy winter sports gear and garden supplies. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/03/06/how-to-get-the-best-hotel-deals/?ss=personalfinance">How To Get The Best Hotel Deals</a> &mdash; Get the best hotel deals by budgeting for amenities. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/starter-home-vs-forever-home">Should You Buy a 'Starter Home&quot; or Wait?</a> &mdash; If the price difference between your 'starter home' and your 'forever home' can be saved up in a year, you should wait on buying a home. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/03/75-reasons-youre-unhappy-and-75.html">75 Reasons You're Unhappy (And 75 Solutions)</a> &mdash; You may be unhappy if you are lazy or have no excitement in your life. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/01/pf/college/graduate.moneymag/index.html?section=money_pf&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_pf+%28Personal+Finance%29">Get your kid to graduate in 4 years</a> &mdash; Get your kid to graduate in four years by having them pick a supportive school. [CNNMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Small-Bedroom-Decorating-Ideas-28397520">Cozy, Not Cluttered: Maximize Bedroom Space in 7 Simple Steps</a> &mdash; To maximize bedroom space, invest in multifunctional pieces. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/2013/03/06/handling-a-relationship-with-a-co-worker/">Handling a Relationship with a Coworker</a> &mdash; Before you start a relationship with a coworker, check your company's policy on dating. [20's Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/03/06/8-things-you-should-fight-for-every-day/">8 Things You Should Fight For Every Day</a> &mdash; Make it a point to fight for positive change every day. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/03/10-ways-youre-wasting-other-peoples-time/">10 Ways You're Wasting Other People's Time</a> &mdash; If you are late or you don't answer messages, you are probably wasting other people's time. [Time Management Ninja]</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-secrets-to-saving-money-at-amazoncom">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-9"> <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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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-amazon-url-hack-generator-save-big">The AMAZON URL hack generator. Save big $$$.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/filler-strategies-for-amazon-s-free-super-saver-shipping">Filler Strategies for Amazon’s Free Super Saver Shipping</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-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon Amazon.com best money tips online shopping saving shopping Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 969766 at http://www.wisebread.com Save on Books, Diapers, and Much More With an Amazon Membership Program http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2507355507_e0a8cff9d6_z.jpg" alt="Amazon box" title="Amazon box" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since its inception, <a href="http://amazon.com">Amazon</a> has dominated cyberspace in terms of print book sales and nowadays, e-book sales. It is a frugal source of literature for millions of bookworms looking to stock their shelves (or Kindles) with books. For the rest of us, it's a good source for everything else, from tools to toiletries. Recent programs &mdash; such as Amazon Prime, Mom, Student, and Local &mdash; have made Amazon&rsquo;s wares even more affordable to customers who fit within these demographics. Thinking of becoming a member or subscribing to one of these services? Check out the following to determine whether one of Amazon&rsquo;s membership programs is right for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/filler-strategies-for-amazon-s-free-super-saver-shipping">Filler Strategies for Amazon's Free&nbsp;Super Saver&nbsp;Shipping</a>)</p> <h2>Amazon Prime</h2> <p>The biggest program that Amazon offers is <a href="https://www.amazon.comprime" target="_blank">Amazon Prime</a>. For $79 per year, Prime members have access to a vast array of deals and freebies. For instance, why pay extra for shipping if you can get free two day shipping on most items on the website? This is the most-raved about benefit offered to its members, and this alone makes it worth the monthly or annual cost if you purchase enough physical goods in the span of a year. And instead of paying for a video streaming service such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">Netflix or Hulu</a>, Prime offers unlimited streaming of over 25,000 television episodes and movies. Both Hulu and Netflix charge $7.99 per month for streaming, but can they claim the same added benefits as the Amazon Prime program? Clearly Amazon Prime is the winner when you factor in everything else.</p> <p>Let's not forget that you can save money with the Kindle lending program, which offers Prime members one free book per month through the Kindle Owner&rsquo;s Lending Library. With over 180,000 books to lend out, you&rsquo;re guaranteed a steady supply of exciting digital literature at no additional cost.</p> <p>Unsure if you want to take the leap with Amazon Prime? Check out the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/prime">free trial offer</a> listed on their website.</p> <h2>Amazon Mom</h2> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/mom" target="_blank">Amazon Mom</a> started as a simple concept &mdash; give mothers more discounts for products mothers buy a lot of, such as diapers and baby wipes, as well as the benefits of Amazon&nbsp;Prime. It offers 20% discounts on &ldquo;diapers and wipes subscriptions,&rdquo; as well as exclusive, family-oriented deals sent via email. Although it sounds like a great deal, it's probably not too cost-effective for mothers of kids older than 10 or 11, as the discounts are mostly targeted at younger families. </p> <h2>Amazon Student</h2> <p>Though many companies offer small student discounts, few can compare to the Amazon Student program. Amazon is very college student-friendly in terms of discounts on school supplies and textbook offerings (they even offer a textbook buyback program). Through <a href="https://www.amazon.com/student" target="_blank">Amazon Student</a>, members get partial access to Prime benefits (e-book lending and free, two-day shipping) at a lowered cost of $39 per year for four years (assuming you graduate upon the fourth year, after which the rate rises to Prime&rsquo;s regular $79 per year). Only those currently enrolled in college with a valid .edu email address are eligible for Amazon Student.</p> <p>Note that Amazon's textbook buyback program isn't always the best option. Sometimes you could get a better deal through <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-saving-on-college-textbooks">other buyback programs</a>, such as through Chegg.com or BookScouter.com.&nbsp;</p> <h2>AmazonLocal</h2> <p>Created to compete with daily deal giants such as LivingSocial and Groupon, <a href="http://local.amazon.com" target="_blank">AmazonLocal</a> lists a variety of restaurant, entertainment, and product deals as well as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">getaways</a>. By entering your zipcode, you may browse deals based in your region (or on a national level, if your state isn&rsquo;t listed). Discounts generally range between 20-75% off the retail or actual value of the item, vacation package, or event. It&rsquo;s as easy as subscribing to AmazonLocal, browsing through the updated selections, and purchasing vouchers when you find something you like. They even offer a 24/7 customer service hotline for those who are new to AmazonLocal or have questions. The only downside is that, due to its newness, AmazonLocal does not operate on as great a scale as its competitors, and it's advised that you always compare deals through other outlets before finalizing your decision to purchase a deal. Getting AmazonLocal's deals does not require paying a fee.</p> <p><em>What about you? What&rsquo;s your favorite Amazon money-saving tip? Tell us in comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-kehoe">Kelly Kehoe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program">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-10"> <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/new-isnt-always-better-12-used-things-to-love">New Isn&#039;t Always Better: 12 Used Things to Love</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-amazon-url-hack-generator-save-big">The AMAZON URL hack generator. Save big $$$.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike">Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike</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/does-amazoncoms-frustration-free-packaging-live-up-to-its-name">Does Amazon.com&#039;s &quot;Frustration-Free Packaging&quot; live up to its name?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment Shopping Amazon Amazon deals amazon local amazon membership amazon mom amazon prime amazon student Amazon.com Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:48:35 +0000 Kelly Kehoe 955768 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on Amazon http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-amazon <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-money-on-amazon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7658209104_7e79e7223c_z-1.jpg" alt="Best Money Tips: Save Money On Amazon" title="Best Money Tips: Save Money On Amazon" 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 fantastic articles on saving money on Amazon, cashing in on creativity, and saving money today.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Amazon-24910582">9 Ways To Save Money On Amazon</a> &mdash; Save money on Amazon by shopping the sales. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/10/05/6-ways-to-cash-in-on-creativity/">6 Ways to Cash in on Creativity</a> &mdash; If you love photography, consider selling your photographs to make extra money. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2012/10/03/twenty-ways-that-you-can-save-money-today/">Twenty ways that you can save money today</a> &mdash; Save money today by canceling your cable TV and using coupons. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/10/teaching-kids-financial-self-discipline.html">Teaching Kids Financial Self-Discipline</a> &mdash; To teach kids financial self-discipline, play games with them that reward waiting. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=392735c7-3640-4d0d-b2ca-5a525a5414cf&amp;ref=bfv">On the road? 13 ways to eat cheaply</a> &mdash; Eat cheaply on the road by buying the Entertainment Book or splitting your dinner with someone. [MSN Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/save-20-a-day-in-4-easy-steps/">Save $20 a Day in 4 Easy Steps</a> &mdash; Want to save $20 a day? Live on a cash budget. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/freeze-vegetables-eat-local-year-long-save-money.html">How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables for Off-Season Enjoyment</a> &mdash; Blueberries and strawberries can be frozen without blanching. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/columns/practical-economics/archives/3-signs-the-housing-recovery-has-arrived.html?si=1">3 Signs the Housing Recover Has Arrived</a> &mdash; The fact that sales of new and existing homes are climbing shows the housing recovery has arrived. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-tips-to-navigate-technology-for-toddlers">7 Tips to Navigate Technology for Toddlers</a> &mdash; Find educational apps for your toddlers to help navigate technology for them. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/subscription-gifts-for-kids/">8 Subscription Gifts for Kids That Keep Giving</a> &mdash; Give the kid in your life a subscription to Little Passports, USA Edition. [Money Crashers]</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-money-on-amazon">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-11"> <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/what-was-your-best-purchase-in-the-past-year">What was your best purchase in the past year?</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-case-for-amazon">The Case for Amazon</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/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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/new-isnt-always-better-12-used-things-to-love">New Isn&#039;t Always Better: 12 Used Things to Love</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/10-tricks-you-should-learn-from-great-hagglers">10 Tricks You Should Learn From Great Hagglers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon best money tips shopping Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954955 at http://www.wisebread.com Amazon Will Give You 5% Off for Price Checking Saturday: But Is It Fair? http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-will-give-you-5-off-for-price-checking-saturday-but-is-it-fair <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazon-will-give-you-5-off-for-price-checking-saturday-but-is-it-fair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/barcodescanner.jpg" alt="woman scanning bar code" title="To Scan or Not to Scan?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000749751">offering shoppers 5% off on purchases</a> this Saturday &mdash; December 10 &mdash; if they use the retailer's Price Check app on the same product in a brick and mortar store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-mobile-shopping-apps-for-your-phone">16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps for Your Phone</a>)</p> <p>This effectively means that Amazon is trying to get customers who walk into a store intending to buy, say, a Barbie Cruise Ship, to leave the store and buy on Amazon instead. The program also encourages shoppers to inform Amazon of the prices that other retailers are charging for the items they look up. Shoppers can get a 5% discount on up to three items Saturday, with a maximum discount of $5 per item.</p> <p>Some small business owners are outraged.</p> <p>&quot;The Amazon promotion encourages consumers to take the resources of their local businesses in order to save themselves money and allow Amazon to profit,&rdquo; said Katherine O. McHenry, shopkeeper at <a href="http://www.buildingblockstoys.com/">Building Blocks Toy Store in Chicago</a>.</p> <p>As McHenry sees it, Amazon is encouraging customers to use local stores as a showroom only.</p> <p>&quot;I think consumers have a responsibility to 'buy it where they try it,'&rdquo; McHenry said.</p> <p>McHenry is not alone &mdash; <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/retail-group-lashes-out-after-amazon-announces-price-check-app-promotion.html">retailer associations nationwide have decried Amazon's move</a>.</p> <p>Then there is the fact that Amazon asks &mdash; but doesn't require &mdash; customers to tell them what other stores are charging.</p> <p>&quot;With every in-store price you share, you help insure our prices remain competitive for our customers,&rdquo; Amazon says.</p> <p>Is it nice to ask your customers to spy on the competition? Then again, Amazon's prices are always right out there for everyone to see, so maybe they feel that turnabout is fair play.</p> <p>What do you think of this promotion? It's surely a boon to shoppers to be able to get up to $15 off holiday shopping this weekend. And despite McHenry's understandable frustration, it's not as if comparison shopping is a new thing. Apps like Amazon's Price Check just make it a lot easier.</p> <p>Do you feel any responsibility to the store where you physically checked out an item? What if the staff spends time demonstrating the item or helping you figure out what you need? Is it different if you visit the showroom of a national chain versus a local shop? Is there something inherently evil or crass about using a price check app?&nbsp;</p> <p>Personally, I feel like it's tacky to go to a local store to see or play with a specific item, knowing that I intend to buy it elsewhere. I wouldn't waste the staff's time with questions if that was my intention. But my goodwill towards local business only goes so far &mdash; if I browse in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choosing-local-businesses">local shop</a> and happen to see something I like, I'm not going to say I won't buy it online months later. And if I'm browsing at a national chain, all bets are off.</p> <p>I have used price check apps in stores, but only large chain stores. I recently pulled out my Droid and used the ShopSavvy app at Kohl's to check the price of that Barbie Cruise Ship I mentioned. At the time, Kohl's sale price beat Amazon's &mdash; and I had a 20% off coupon besides, so using the app helped me buy in confidence.</p> <p>But I don't know if I would use that same app in a local toy store. I would probably be embarrassed that the owner would see me.</p> <h3>Price-Checking Apps</h3> <p>If you aren't afraid to price compare at will, here are the smartphone apps that make it possible:</p> <p><strong>Amazon Price Check </strong></p> <p>For <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-com-Price-Check/dp/B005QTZSRA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;s=mobile-apps&amp;qid=1323404991&amp;sr=1-2">Android</a> and <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/price-check-by-amazon/id398434750?mt=8">iPhone</a>, free. Scan a barcode, snap a photo, or say the item's name, and the app will tell you what Amazon charges for it.</p> <p><strong>ShopSavvy Bar Code Scanner </strong></p> <p>For <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.biggu.shopsavvy&amp;feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5iaWdndS5zaG9wc2F2dnkiXQ..">Android</a> and <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shopsavvy-barcode-scanner/id338828953?mt=8">iPhone</a>, free. Scan the barcode, and the app will attempt to tell you what the item sells for online and in nearby physical locations. I say &quot;attempt,&quot; because I have not successfully had ShopSavvy find me an item in a nearby store. It found the item at the store I was in, but the price was wrong.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Google Shopper</strong></p> <p>For <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopper&amp;feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5nb29nbGUuYW5kcm9pZC5hcHBzLnNob3BwZXIiXQ..">Android</a> and <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-shopper/id416091721?mt=8">iPhone</a>, free. Point your phone at a barcode, or the cover of a book or DVD, and Google will search for price comparisons from online merchants.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-will-give-you-5-off-for-price-checking-saturday-but-is-it-fair">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/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">The 5 Best Winter Tires</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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/is-it-worth-paying-more-for-faster-shipping">Is it worth paying more for faster shipping?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon shop locally shopping apps smartphone apps Fri, 09 Dec 2011 11:35:01 +0000 Carrie Kirby 820006 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clutter_1.jpg" alt="Stuff at a yard sale" title="Stuff at a yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to sell your crap? Although it may seem daunting at first, it&rsquo;s cathartic and well worth the effort. Four years ago, I sold everything I owned to capture my dream of <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/">traveling the world</a> with an open itinerary and no return date in sight. Today, I couldn&rsquo;t be happier about that decision and how it all came to pass.</p> <p>But one of the hardest steps in the process was actually getting rid of everything I owned. In reality, I didn&rsquo;t purge absolutely everything: I have four boxes sitting in a friend&rsquo;s garage (in addition to <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2010/06/what-to-pack-for-full-time-travel/">what I travel with</a>, which all fits into a bag). These boxes now feel like time capsules, filled with items that I once deemed priceless or irreplaceable. After four years on the road I know I can easily live without these things, and to be honest I can&rsquo;t even fully recall what&rsquo;s in my precious boxes anymore. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-space-survival-strategies">Small Space Survival Strategies</a>)</p> <p>Life without stuff is so much simpler.</p> <p>Not everybody has such ambitious dreams of purging everything and taking off for greener pastures. Sometimes all that&rsquo;s needed is a good spring cleaning, especially if you&rsquo;re up to your eyeballs and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-did-your-ipod-come-from-the-story-of-stuff-0">drowning in &quot;stuff</a>.&quot; The popularity of reality TV shows helping people get rid of their crap is evidence that many of us get caught up in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/impulse-shopping-a-controllable-handicap">impulse shopping</a> and accumulation rampant in our society.</p> <p>So are you drowning in crap? Do you need a little space in your life? And would you like to make some money from selling the crap you no longer need?</p> <p>When I sold my crap, I didn&rsquo;t have any help or guidance in so doing. Heck &mdash; I figured I was the only person in the world crazy enough to sell everything and travel the world full-time in the first place.</p> <p>Interestingly though, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">my process of getting rid of everything I owned</a> wasn&rsquo;t far off from what Adam Baker recently did &mdash; and wrote about.</p> <p>Adam&rsquo;s recent e-book &quot;<a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=809495&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=80780">Sell Your Crap</a>&quot; applies a science to getting rid of the excess baggage in your life and even helps you to profit from the venture. For the one purchase price, you get four separate modules, each serving its own purpose:</p> <h2>The Main Guide</h2> <p>This 67-page guide is your starting place, and it helps you differentiate between &quot;stuff&quot; and &quot;crap.&quot; The guide makes a good case for why too much crap is bad, why we ultimately don&rsquo;t need it, and the benefits of getting rid of it.</p> <h3>Figuring Out Perceived Needs vs. Real Needs</h3> <p>What do you <em>need</em> in life? I&rsquo;ll bet if you look around you right now, you&rsquo;ll see many items that you need &mdash; or at least think you need. Perceived needs and real needs can be quite different. But again, we&rsquo;re conditioned to think we need more than we actually do. This is part of the reason selling everything can be so cathartic.</p> <p>Through the main guide, you get tips on how to see your place with fresh eyes &mdash; and ultimately with an eye for decluttering it.</p> <p>One of the tricks is to decide what you&rsquo;re keeping, not what you&rsquo;re getting rid of. Inadvertently, that&rsquo;s exactly what I did; I knew I could only keep enough to fit into the corner of a garage, so I made all decisions accordingly.</p> <h3>Removing Obstacles to Decluttering</h3> <p>Although there&rsquo;s some necessary tough love in &quot;Sell Your Crap&quot;, Adam also understands how tough this process can be, emotionally and intellectually. Some of the obstacles he observes can include emotional attachment, the idea that we might need it later, or having an inflated sense of value (and inability to get what you want for the item because of it).</p> <h3>Getting Down to Business</h3> <p>The main guide is your starting point for selling your crap, and in getting down to business you learn how to separate everything into categories, then further break down each pile. By doing everything in organized batches, it&rsquo;s much easier to accomplish what (at the outset) appears to be an overwhelming task.</p> <p>Adam also provides practical tips for not slipping back into &ldquo;binge&rdquo; mode and retracing your steps by accumulating more &ldquo;crap&rdquo; later on.&nbsp;</p> <p>I found the main guide to be quite motivational (heck, it even made me consider what&rsquo;s in my bag and wonder if I could further downsize). And because Adam intersperses the practical lessons with personal stories, it&rsquo;s an easy read.</p> <h2>Specific Modules</h2> <p>The other three modules in &quot;Sell Your Crap&quot; are very specific to selling your belongings using various methods. They are written from personal experience and outline (with screenshots) exactly how to use each marketplace to its full potential.</p> <h3>eBay Guide</h3> <p>This massive 171-page module is a truly comprehensive guide to navigating <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secrets-of-top-ebay-sellers">eBay</a> from start to finish. I&rsquo;d even go so far as to suggest that it&rsquo;s also a great tool for anybody wanting to start a business that involves using eBay as a merchant tool.</p> <p>In baby steps, you learn about:</p> <ul> <li>How to properly set up your eBay and PayPal accounts</li> <li>How to do effective searches</li> <li>Research techniques</li> <li>Calculating shipping costs</li> <li>When and how to list items</li> <li>Options for fees (and how to minimize them)</li> <li>Creating effective and searchable titles</li> <li>Photo and description strategies (with a 10-step formula for creating valuable descriptions)</li> <li>Various types of auctions</li> <li>Troubleshooting</li> <li>Dealing with delinquent bidders</li> <li>Canceling auctions</li> <li>Tips for buying postage and tracking shipments</li> </ul> <p>Like I said, it&rsquo;s comprehensive.</p> <p>I must admit, after somebody hacked into my eBay account and bought $8,000 in Halloween costumes, I lost my lust for eBay in an almost-impossible attempt to prove who I was and reinstate my account. But I also know that I&rsquo;m in the minority in my dislike for eBay, and that many of my challenges arose from being out of the country and rurally situated at the time.</p> <p>I must also note that most of the advice in the book around shipping options is very U.S.-centric, so international readers won&rsquo;t get as much value from this portion of the module. Then again, most eBay users are located in the U.S., so I&rsquo;m in the minority.</p> <h3>Craigslist Guide</h3> <p>When I sold everything, I heavily used <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-shopping-101">Craigslist</a> given its user-friendliness and local appeal. I liked not having to deal with shipping; instead Craigslist buyers usually pick up the items. This makes Craigslist a great forum for selling larger things like furniture.</p> <p>The challenges of Craigslist (as outlined in this 49-page module) include lack of seller information, no PayPal links, limited geographic reach, and the need for more competitive pricing. Adam gives you the upper hand by showing you how to get noticed on Craigslist (hint: It&rsquo;s all in your title).</p> <h3>Amazon Guide</h3> <p>Amazon is for the &ldquo;big dogs,&quot; and unless you&rsquo;re a &ldquo;big dog,&rdquo; you might get lost in the shuffle for the sheer number of sellers &mdash; and professionals at that, who can price you right out of the market.</p> <p>But this 41-page module gives you a step up in the world of Amazon, suggesting that you&rsquo;ll get the most success using it to sell media (books, CDs, DVDs, video games), and highlighting the benefits of not having to contend with online bidding processes and interact with buyers as much.</p> <p>Priced at $37 for the &ldquo;Barebones&rdquo; edition and $47 for the &ldquo;Clutter Crusher&rdquo; edition (both coming with a guarantee that you&rsquo;ll make at least $100 converting your clutter into cash, but the Barebones edition only includes the main guide and eBay module), &quot;<a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=809495&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=80780">Sell Your Crap</a>&quot; is a great step-by-step guide to embracing the process of decluttering your life and even making a little money in the process. With the entertaining anecdotes and illustrative screenshots, it truly gives you everything you need to get the job done.</p> <p>All you have to do is do it.</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: The author received a complimentary copy of &quot;Sell Your Crap&quot;, and there are affiliate links in this post. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">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-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</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-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</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/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</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/who-moved-my-stuff-0">Who Moved My Stuff?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Lifestyle Organization Amazon craigslist decluttering eBay Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:48:12 +0000 Nora Dunn 488733 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleeping_baby.jpg" alt="Sleeping baby" title="Sleeping baby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am a mom of five, and diapers have been a big part of my monthly budget for years now. Regardless of whether I&rsquo;m diapering one or two at a time, I hate to spend more than I have to. Here are the various places I&rsquo;ve shopped to get the best deal on diapers &mdash; the lowest price at the time gets my business!</p> <h2>Amazon</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/">Amazon</a> hasn&rsquo;t traditionally had the best regular price on brand-name diapers, but the free shipping has been attractive (especially when purchasing the large, bulky boxes). With the introduction of their <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fmom%2Fsignup%2Fwelcome&amp;tag=mymomtime-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">Amazon Mom program</a>*, I can save about 15% on the cost of a box of diapers over the regular MSRP, plus get an additional 15% off when I use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/index.html">Subscribe &amp; Save</a>. (I&rsquo;m certain to either really space my shipments out to avoid overbuying or cancel immediately after my first shipment.) Amazon Mom also gives their members free membership to their Amazon Prime program, which offers free two-day shipping on ALL of your orders (which is a great bonus if you shop there often).</p> <h2>Walgreens</h2> <p>Forget buying their diapers at everyday prices; this retailer is only worth shopping at when they have a great sale. As part of their Register Rewards program, however, you can often snag coupons for $2-5 off a future purchase or get a good buy one, get one sale. The key is to come prepared with your own manufacturer&rsquo;s coupons for brands like Huggies or Pampers and combine them with Walgreens sales and the Register Rewards. This is also a great way to snag cheap wipes!</p> <p><em>Note: I stocked up on diapers for my latest baby by paying attention to deal blogs like <a href="http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/">Common Sense with Money</a>. She tipped me off to the fact that many Walgreens stores were clearing their shelves of the Walgreens brand diapers in all sizes. I went in to my local store and asked the manager. She came out with a cart full of diapers marked down to $2 a pack! Even if you don&rsquo;t like store-brand diapers, you can use these for charity or baby shower gifts!</em></p> <h2>CVS</h2> <p>While I don&rsquo;t have a CVS in my area, this scenario plays out in the same way as the Walgreens savings plan. Check deal bloggers like <a href="http://www.dealseekingmom.com/">Deal Seeking Mom</a> for details on their diaper-grabbing techniques.</p> <h2>The Manufacturer</h2> <p>While they won&rsquo;t hand out packages of diapers, the company who makes your favorite brand is a great avenue for scoring samples (which are perfect for tucking into a glove compartment or diaper bag) and high-value coupons. You can check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">Wise Bread&rsquo;s Daily Deals</a> for the free offers as they come available, and use your Sunday coupon inserts and Coupons.com to get $1-2 off packages of <a href="http://www.luvsdiapers.com/home.do">Luvs</a>, <a href="http://www.huggies.com/en-US">Huggies</a>, and <a href="http://www.pampers.com/en_US/home/">Pampers</a>. If you desire brands like <a href="http://www.seventhgeneration.com/coupons">Seventh Generation</a>, you can sign up at their website for savings offers, and you should get a coupon or two in the mail. Also, don&rsquo;t forget to check your favorite brands&rsquo; Facebook pages! They will often give special savings offers just to their fans!</p> <p><em>Note: Don&rsquo;t dismiss the value of points programs, especially if you have twins or run a daycare. <a href="http://www.huggies.com/en-US/rewards">Huggies</a> and <a href="http://en.giftstogrow.pampers.com/index.html">Pampers</a> both have points programs that allow you to bank codes found inside specially marked packages of diapers and wipes and redeem them for rewards, including coupons for free diapers!</em></p> <h2>Baby Cheapskate</h2> <p>This blog is more of an aggregate of all the good diaper deals, but <a href="http://www.babycheapskate.com/">Baby Cheapskate</a> is perfect for those moms and dads who don&rsquo;t have time to scour the deal sites or check every location every week for the best price. In addition to listing where the deals are, the blog has some helpful tools for helping parents get every last penny out of their diapering, including the <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/15792914/How-Many-Diapers-Per-Pack">How Many Diapers Per Pack chart</a> and <a href="http://www.babycheapskate.com/2007/02/26/using-growth-charts-to-predict-diaper-needs/">Growth Charts to Predict Diaper Needs.</a></p> <p>The worst places to buy diapers have included gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, and yes, even big box stores at times. Be aware of the price you are paying PER DIAPER to get the best price for your dollar. If you&rsquo;re not brand loyal, are open to buying sizes ahead of time, and have a bit of wiggle room in your budget to stock up when the opportunity arises, you&rsquo;ll never have to pay full price for diapers again. Trust me, I&rsquo;ve done it!</p> <p><em>*Affliate link </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">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-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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/15-time-saving-tools-everyone-should-own">15 Time-Saving Tools Everyone Should Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">The 5 Best Winter Tires</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping Amazon baby diapers Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:00:14 +0000 Linsey Knerl 429260 at http://www.wisebread.com What Does the Word "Recession" Mean to You? (Answer for a Chance to Win $10!) http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-the-word-recession-mean-to-you-answer-for-a-chance-to-win-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-does-the-word-recession-mean-to-you-answer-for-a-chance-to-win-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recession special.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Winners update!! -- Congrats to the following winning submissions:</strong></em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-the-word-recession-mean-to-you-answer-for-a-chance-to-win-10#comment-319297"><strong>What Recessions means to me</strong></a><strong>... Submitted by Kristin (comment #16): &nbsp;</strong><strong>&quot;Well, I was laid off, and many, many of my friends have been too, or had their hours/salaries reduced. Sounds like a recession to me.&quot;</strong></li> <li><strong><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; "><a href="http://www.twitter.com/karen604">@</a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.twitter.com/karen604">Karen604</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;</strong><span class="entry-content" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; ">Recession means things take longer cooking at home, line drying clothes, combining shopping trips. But it's good in end&quot;</span></strong></li> </ul> <p><span class="entry-content" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; ">Economists have it defined. &nbsp; News anchors provide ample commentary on what it is and how it affects us. &nbsp;But what about the &quot;real&quot; people living in today's economy? &nbsp;Do they &quot;feel&quot; the recession? &nbsp;What do they think a recession really is? &nbsp;Tell us for a chance to score some quick Amazon cash!&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><b>This one is easy. &nbsp;Just share your comments on what you think the word &quot;recession&quot; means.&nbsp;&nbsp;It can be your own personal experience, what you learned about it in college, or what you wish the media was really telling us about how it works (or in this case, doesn't work.) &nbsp;Do you have extra commentary on when it will end? Or are you just completely fed up with the use of the word altogether? &nbsp;We'd love to hear your thoughts for a chance to win!</b></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;">Those of you who aren&rsquo;t familiar with the &ldquo;drill,&rdquo; read below for full details:</p> <h2 style="border-style: none; border-bottom: 1px none rgb(217, 217, 217); margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px 0px 5px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS',sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 1.8em; font-weight: normal;">Win a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate</h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;">We're doing two giveaways -- one for random comments, and another one for a random&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 156, 204);" href="http://www.twitter.com/">tweet</a>s.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px 0px 5px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS',sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 1.4em; font-weight: normal;">How to Enter:</h3> <ol type="1" start="1" style="margin: 1em; padding: 0px; list-style-type: decimal; list-style-position: inside;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Post your answer in the comments below, or</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 156, 204);" href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a>&nbsp;your answer.&nbsp; Include both &quot;<a title=" @wisebread #moneytippers" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 156, 204);" href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread</a>&quot; and &quot;#WBTrivia&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.</li> </ol> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;">If you're inspired to write a whole blog post, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;">At the end of the drawing, we'll update this post to include (and link to) all of your helpful responses.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px 0px 5px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS',sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 1.4em; font-weight: normal;">Giveaway Rules:</h3> <ul type="disc" style="margin: 1em; padding: 0px; list-style-type: square; list-style-position: inside;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Contest ends Thursday, July 16th at 11:59am CST. Winners will be announced after July 16th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">You can enter both drawings -- once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Only tweets that contain both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBTrivia&quot; will be entered. (Otherwise, we won't see it.)</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;Good luck!</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><b>For additional &quot;recession&quot; related reading, try these articles:</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preparing-for-a-recession">Preparing for a Recession</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/how-your-small-business-can-survive-the-recession">How Your Small Business Can Survive the Recession</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-entertainment-a-recipe-for-the-recession">DIY&nbsp;Entertainment - A Recipe for Recession</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-the-word-recession-mean-to-you-answer-for-a-chance-to-win-10">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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