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3 Tips to Get the Most Value Out of Gift Cards

Gift cards are really popular this time of year. But when you buy one, I want to make sure you are protected. Is your gift card going to be emptied before you even use it? Gift cards sold off display racks at stores are becoming a hot target for scamsters ...

 

Incredible Lyft Promotion: Earn $1,000 for Signing Up

The ride-sharing industry is growing incredibly quickly. And the war for market share among the involved companies is great for potential riders and drivers. That war seems to have escalated with Lyft now offering new drivers $1,000 after you sign up to drive for them. Lyft will pay you $1,000 ...

Clark shows off what he calls the "frunk" of his all-electric Tesla -- a trunk where the engine would normally go.

Best Cars of 2015

Every April, Consumer Reports makes a special effort during car buying season to give advice for new and used buyers in their annual auto issue. This year, the overall most reliable brand for new cars is a repeat performer that's near and dear to my heart -- the Tesla S. ...

 

Cut Your Bill for Verizon Service by 75%!

You can save up to 60% or 75% on your monthly cellphone bill while still enjoying the same service from your current cellphone provider... Here's how! The Big 4 have secret discount brands AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have long had these secret sub-brands for price-sensitive customers. AT&T has Cricket Wireless, ...

7 Ways To Save Money on Groceries

Grocery costs are one of the most expensive line items in many family budgets. According to this infographic, the average family of four in America spends nearly $12,000 a year on food. When food alone is taking $1,000 out of the pockets of the average family of four each month, ...

 

Get Microsoft Office for Free!

Microsoft is having a tough time figuring out where it fits in the modern era. Don't get me wrong; the company still generates massive revenue. But they're not a "hot" company like Apple. In fact, unlike Apple, Microsoft announcements generally go unnoticed. But here's one I want you to know ...

Why You Need To Turn Paper Statements Back On

Another day, another report about major security breaches! I read recently about a ring of hackers figured out how to break into the big banks' back office system in the fall of 2013. To this point, at least $1 billion has been stolen. And that's the floor, not the ceiling, ...

The Best Mattress for Your Money

Looking for the best mattress for your money? To cut through the clutter of advertising you'll see out there, the November 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has a look at the best mattresses and mattress retailers. Here's a look at the best affordable mattresses The magazine broke out their findings ...

Sarah Reinertsen running in Iceland.

Prosthetics Can Be Made Affordable With 3-D Printers

If you end up losing a body part, prosthetics can be expensive. But the miracle of new technology has a cost-effective answer. Here's a look at the emerging field of cheap prosthetics One person can make a difference in ways that are so unexpected. I read a story in The ...

 

Is the Dollar Menu Really the Best Value at McDonalds?

On a recent family trip, I found myself having lunch at a McDonalds, even though I know it’s not very good for me. I ordered a hamburger off the dollar menu without thinking too much about it and sat down to enjoy my lunch. While eating I got to thinking ...

 

Target Lowers Free Shipping Threshold to $25

Target is still recovering from the brutal effects of how they've been treated in the marketplace after their Christmas 2013 security breach. In trying to put the pieces back together, they're spending a fortune to beef up Target.com. Targets up the ante in the shipping wars In the ongoing war ...

 

5 Ways To Maximize Your Savings on Amazon

Amazon.com is the largest online retailer in the United States. They’ve made it incredibly easy to purchase millions of items that ship straight to your door. It’s convenient, saves some hassle in running errands, and often provides a way to buy items online for less than they cost in physical ...

How To Save Money on Disney

With the news that Disney has raised admission prices to all of its parks, I want to tell you the best ways I know to save money when you want to visit the Mouse! Saving money on Disney is tough, but possible Well, now it's official. The cost of a ...

 

Is Your Lenovo Laptop Infected With Superfish?

Have a Lenovo laptop that you think is infected with the so-called "Superfish" software? Follow these steps to get rid of it. Is my Lenovo laptop infected? Here's the deal: Lenovo had embedded adware in its laptops to track everything you did and then serve you relevant ads. But the ...

Smartphone and Data Plan Guide for 2015

The cost of monthly cell phone service is dropping. The change for your wallet is the best since the last big wave of discounting began 15 years ago. Plans and services are morphing in many different directions at once. That makes saving money more complicated and requires you to decide ...

 

4 Ways To Spot Fake Online Reviews

The power of collective wisdom is an amazing thing. Thanks to technology, you can tap into endless online reviews to help you do everything from book sweet accommodations at an unknown hotel in an unfamiliar city, to discover a gluten-free soufflé joint right in your own backyard! How do you ...

Are Extended Car Warranties Worth It?

Auto repair service plans can be enticing in an era when people are keeping their cars longer. But I say they're a waste of your money. Why extended auto warranties should make you think twice... I saw a recent article in Real Simple magazine about these third-party extended warranties that ...

Solar Panel Installation Guide

Is your power bill getting too costly? Now may be the time to consider installing solar at your home. Residential solar installations are expected to be up 50% year over year. A small number of states where laws are favorable to solar account for a big chunk of that growth: ...

Organic Food Getting Cheaper at Whole Foods

More competition in the organic foods market means lower prices for you if you want to eat healthier. It's long been taken as an article of faith that in order to eat healthy, you had to blow the budget. That may have been true in the past, but no so ...

The average 401(k) fee — a modest-sounding 1 percent — can wipe $70,000 out of the typical retirement account compared with lower-cost plans that are widely available, according to a new study.

5 Costly Retirement Planning Mistakes

The majority of us are aware that the retirement statistics in America are alarming.  Studies tell us that half of all Americans say they can’t afford retirement, and one-third have next to no retirement savings. People are unprepared and don’t realize the impact that costly mistakes can make on their ...

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