Saving Money Blog

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:22 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Maybe you’ve ignored the “latte factor” method of finding savings or the “snowball method” of debt reduction to pay off debt because you still refuse to admit how much extra money you’re spending. A recent Worknomix study by Braun Research on behalf of Accounting Principals asked 1,000 employed Americans about the amount of money they

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Friday, January 27, 2012 5:36 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Retailers are pulling out all the stops to differentiate themselves in today’s hyper-promotional, super-competitive shopping atmosphere. But which do you prefer when it comes to department store shopping? Do you like the game of collecting and using store coupons and store cash on specific sale days to lower that full ticket price, or would you

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 3:55 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

Our January 2012 Financial Security Index came out today, and I spent some time discussing it with Tony Conley of WILS-AM in Lansing, Mich. Below is a transcript of the interview. Tony: Americans’ financial security rises again, this is according to some information at Bankrate.com. That’s good news – tell us about it. Greg: Yes, it is.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:00 am
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Have you ever seen those people at the grocery store talking on their cellphones the entire time they are shopping and even during checkout? They are not only rude but also may be overspending on their purchase. A recent study found that texting and talking on a cellphone while simply walking results in walking errors and may

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:38 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Was using a budget one of your 2012 New Year’s resolutions?  About 40 percent of Americans do not maintain a budget or track their expenses, according to Bankrate’s July 2011 Financial Security Index. But if you want to get a better handle on your spending and saving, evaluating your budgeting method and making changes will

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 5:20 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Every month, I clean out my pile of expired coupons. This was made even more annoying recently when I realized I was removing unused printed online coupons — a lot of them.  That’s the same day my $15 black ink cartridge went empty, which prompted me to wonder: How much was I spending to save

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Monday, January 9, 2012 10:00 am
By Janet Reusch · Bankrate.com

If you’re trying to save money or land a job, you can still have a fun, exciting hobby that doesn’t cost anything but time. Sandra Grauschopf, the Contests and Sweepstakes Guide for About.com, started entering sweepstakes as a hobby. Unlike gambling and playing the lotto, it doesn’t cost any money to enter. “It’s pure profit

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Friday, January 6, 2012 3:40 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

You can imagine that because I am a personal finance reporter, I read stacks and stacks of personal finance books. But only two get taken out repeatedly and are dog-eared with coffee stains because they give me that proverbial kick in the butt to do something about my finances and they tell me what and

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Friday, January 6, 2012 9:32 am
By Janet Reusch · Bankrate.com

According to a very unofficial and unscientific poll on Bankrate’s Facebook page, some of our fans have a New Year’s resolution to launch a side business or freelance to earn extra cash in 2012. Whether your want to win over corporate clients or sell some refurbished furniture on Etsy, you’ll need a marketing strategy so

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 1:42 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Are you like millions of Americans who swore to tell their bank to take a hike? Well, I’m one who actually did it. My 2012  resolutions have to do with fighting back for bad service and overzealous fees. I’m not alone in my frustration over these issues. About 30 percent of U.S. consumers said they’d leave

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