Saving Money Blog

Friday, December 23, 2011 12:17 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

In an article from The Boston Globe titled, “Take that back! Returns are big for the holidays,” the reporter found that consumers are returning holiday purchases now, before Christmas, as a function of buyer’s remorse and families needing more money as December wears on. I decided to find out how big a trend that really

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Thursday, December 22, 2011 10:22 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

It’s no longer a theory.  Now studies have proven that being relaxed or happy in a store makes you spend more, as I found out firsthand when carrying around my glass of champagne in the boot department with a friend at a Nordstrom after-hours shopping party. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:24 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

In 2009, my then-unemployed husband spent money and left us vulnerable to identity theft because of a job scam. In response, I wrote an expose about job scams for the St. Petersburg Times titled “Frayed emotions make it easy to fall for job-hunting scams.” Since then, he has also fallen for the job-retraining scam where the “school”

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Friday, December 16, 2011 10:00 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

This year, saving money on travel has gotten even more complicated but still, AAA forecasts 91.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles away from home between Dec. 23, 2011 and Jan. 2, 2012, an increase over last year.  And, about 27 percent of the total U.S. population will hit the road by car,

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:04 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Consumers have been flexing their smart-spending muscles, using smartphone price-checking against the retailers to get the best price they can find. But are retailers secretly trying to thwart this shopping behavior? After all, it’s pitting them against each other based only on the lowest price. “An increasing number of consumers are coming into the stores

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Friday, December 9, 2011 5:20 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Do you have  your heart set on a pair of UGG boots for yourself or someone else this season? UGG is notorious for its full price items, never offering any promotions until after season, so it’s usually a holiday budget buster. But holiday markdown mania has finally hit UGG and you can snag a pair

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Friday, December 9, 2011 9:30 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

I don’t know about you, but I love to bake a lot during the holidays (and all year long), and that means I need lots of baking supplies. But since I don’t like to pay full price for anything, I take advantage of coupons, especially at a time like this when I can stock up

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 1:55 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

I came across a recent article in the personal finance section of Bloomberg touting the iPad as the most-wanted Christmas gift among children ages  6 to 12, according to The Nielsen Company. The article, titled “iPad-Crazed Toddlers Spur Holiday Sales,” describes children’s marketers lining up to create applications for young children, quoting parents with children as

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Monday, December 5, 2011 10:01 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Seasonal employment aside, I’ve always wondered if it’s a smart spending plan to keep up a long-term job hunt in December or if it’s better to save money on those expenses by putting the search on hold during the holidays. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics release, unemployment has finally dropped a

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:00 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

I’ve always wanted a set of Ginsu knives because of the way the guy slices that tomato after sawing through the lead pipe, so when I saw a set on a recent daily deals email, I thought I was automatically saving money on it and almost hit “buy” before I thought about it (and who

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