Saving Money Blog

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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Monday, November 28, 2011 5:34 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

Bankrate released the November 2011 Financial Security Index today, and we found some interesting trends for the holiday season. We found that 42 percent of Americans plan to spend less this holiday season (including 49 percent of parents), and only 10 percent plan to spend more. We also found that merely 13 percent of Americans feel better about their job

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 5:01 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Have you sworn off shopping on Black Friday but still secretly feel like you’re missing out? This year, shoppers are twice as likely to shop online as opposed to braving the crowds in stores and malls on Black Friday, according to a survey by Ebates. Cyber Monday, here you come. In talking with experts on saving

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:59 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Ever left your shopping cart on the side of the proverbial road while online shopping because of ridiculously high shipping charges? You’ll be happy to know 72 percent of all online shoppers abandon their carts, too, according to a Customer Experience Management survey. While December is historically the most strategic month to save big on big

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:40 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

Retailers are scrambling to attract you earlier (10 p.m. at Toys R Us and midnight at Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target and Best Buy) with more deals than ever, so it begs the question: How do you tell a good deal from a bad one in a shopping frenzy? I called up Andrea Woroch, savings specialist from

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