Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:16 pm
By Kemberley Washington · Bankrate.com

Here are a few frugal holiday gift ideas for those on your shopping list.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:02 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Savvy consumers can use credit card rewards for discounts and to pay for holiday costs.

Monday, December 09, 2013 4:08 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Are you still on budget? Take a few minutes to take stock of your holiday spending so far.

Monday, December 02, 2013 5:30 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Sales over Thanksgiving weekend declined from last year, even though many stores opened on Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:53 am
By Kemberley Washington · Bankrate.com

It is that time of the year again, where many of us peruse the Internet,  research a sale or two, and stand in long lines to save money this Black Friday. But are you really saving money? Don’t let this Black Friday put you in a black hole! Last year, I shopped for a pair

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Consumer confidence has dropped again. But how will that affect Black Friday spending and sales?

Friday, November 02, 2012 3:51 pm
By Janet Reusch · Bankrate.com

Black Friday is almost here. Get expert tips on everything from layaway and credit cards to debt and door busters.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 3:53 pm
By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com

I never pay full price for anything, so I collected store coupons and tracked prices and deals for weeks to save money on my holiday shopping.  Here are all the different ways I found savings and what my shopping list looked like. Holiday coupons and deals Item Coupon/savings Source Slippers $10 off $20 purchase Old Navy

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

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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