Saving Money Blog

Friday, March 2, 2012 1:01 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Can you remember a time in your life when you lived paycheck to paycheck without a budget? Could you afford to spend more to stock up on canned tomatoes at $1 per can instead of buying just the one can you need at $1.79? Could you afford the warehouse club’s megapack of diapers, or did

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:36 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

It’s almost that time of year again: spring break. But while young adults head out to soak up the sun and fun, they tend to travel with little or no supervision over their financial accounts and identities — and that can spell bad news. A recent Javelin Research release, the 2011 Identity Fraud Survey Report, found that adults between ages 18 and 24

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Friday, February 24, 2012 12:04 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

So, in honor of America Saves Week this Feb. 19-26,  I decided to attack another explosive part of my household budget:  Fast food. Three teenagers would rather have fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner than anything else, am I right? “Mom, it’s cheap. It’s $1 chicken nugget day,” whines my 14-year-old son. It seems

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:04 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

On Monday, I unsubscribed from about 18 daily deal emails … and lived. What started out as a small sampling of apparel and accessory daily deals on Gilt Groupe, Rue La La and many other fashion deal sites has exploded  into multiple daily emails including men’s, children’s, home, travel and even local deals. And Groupon

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Friday, February 17, 2012 3:30 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Saving is easier said than done, especially when we’re rewarded for spending. According to the annual Savings Survey released again this February by America Saves, a national group of banks, businesses and organizations devoted to helping Americans save money,  the number of Americans who have sufficient savings to weather emergencies has declined again to just

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Friday, February 17, 2012 9:30 am
By Dan Miranda · Bankrate.com

Back when I was a college student (a whopping nine months ago), my roommate’s rice cooker was my ultimate survival tool. With a mere 1/2 cup of dry rice, I was able to stretch any bit of food — be it chicken, veggies or restaurant leftovers — into a quick, filling, cheap meal; this technique

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 10:09 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

The invasion of the pods is upon us. While single-use dishwasher detergents – nicknamed “pods,” “paks” and “tabs” — have been around more than a year, trial sizes of single-dose laundry detergent Tide Pods and All Mighty Paks are appearing in some Wal-Mart stores. And you can expect Arm & Hammer Toss N’ Done Power Paks and Purex Power

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 4:46 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Were you wooed by that mischievous cat on the commercial for designer Jason Wu’s new collaboration with Target? Did you drop everything to stand in line at H&M for the Versace last fall? Are you a Simply Vera by Vera Wang devotee at Kohl’s? You are not alone.  A new Facebook group called “Jason Wu for Target: Swap, Sell

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Friday, February 3, 2012 6:16 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

If you have a nice house and a nice car (or two),  you and your spouse both work, the fam has all the latest “stuff” and you even contribute to a 401(k), you’re doing OK, right?  If you have no easily accessible cash savings, that assumption may be wrong. None of these “things” easily or quickly convert to

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Thursday, February 2, 2012 4:22 pm
By Dan Miranda · Bankrate.com

Pull those jerseys out of the closet, football fans; the Super Bowl is almost here! Admittedly, I’m not much of a sports man. I only just found out this week that the game would involve the talents of the New York (not San Francisco) Giants and the New England Patriots (which does not nor has

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