09
Dec 18

33 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money

They say idle hands are the devil’s playground. Or is it an idle mind? When our twitching fingers tap from “add to bag” to “checkout” before we know what happened, it certainly feels like our good intentions of not spending money uselessly have been thwarted by a devilish boredom that whispers, pitchfork held aside, to go on ahead and just check to see if there are any good sales.

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23
Nov 18

5 Ways Financial Experts Stick to Their Gift-Buying Budgets

Staying financially afloat during the holidays is no easy feat. That’s why it pays to set a budget and decide exactly how much you want to spend before you go gift shopping. And once you have a budget, you have to do everything you can to stick to it.

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19
Nov 18

This Common Bite-Sized Grocery Habit Could be Costing You Big Money

Fact: The convenience of having a pre-portioned, pre-packed snacks in your fridge or pantry to grab and go anytime, whether you’re packing up for work or school, is undeniable. And so I remain eternally grateful to the companies that make the little hummus-and-pretzel packs and sacks of olives. (They’re much better alternatives to picking up a bag of chips at the convenience store!)

And yet. As you already know, with convenience comes a price. Yeah, we’ve all known for a while that the price for pre-portioned snacks is going to be higher than if you were to buy the individual items and pack them up yourself. But I wanted to know how much more money we were talking about. Turns out, the convenience prices are nearly double—or more. To figure that out, I perused the aisles of my local Harris Teeter.

Here’s how three of the items broke down.

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12
Nov 18

Is It Bad That My Phone Charger Is Always Plugged In?

We’ve all heard that “overcharging” your phone (aka leaving it plugged in after sufficiently charging the battery) can reduce your phone battery’s effectiveness over time. But have you ever wondered about the charger itself? With your cord plugged into the wall (behind the bed, next to the sofa) around the clock, could your charging setup be costing you money or posing a safety hazard?

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10
Nov 18

Here's One Way to Get Free Money From Amazon

If you want to ditch the credit card, Amazon has a way you can still shop online—and get free cash while you’re at it.

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09
Oct 18

Join Apartment Therapy’s Holiday Jumpstart and Get Ahead on the Holidays!

When you look back on the holidays, you want to remember things like the raucous Christmas party or the morning you spent laughing with your family over latkes—not the times when you spent all day hunting for a parking spot or waited an hour in line at the department store checkout.

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18
Jul 18

If You See This Mark on Your Favorite Costco Item, Stock Up

Costco is like a magical fantasyland full of oversized surprises. A lot of the time, you don’t know what you will find there. Sure, there are some classics. Kirkland-brand olive oil and apple pies are beloved standards that you can count on seeing virtually every time you walk through those warehouse doors.

Not everything at Costco sticks around, however, and a great deal found one day might be gone the next. So if you see an asterisk in the top right-hand corner of the price tag on something you love, you should stock up right away, because that asterisk means it won’t be coming back.

Yeah, that’s right. Let that sink in.

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11
Jun 18

9 Things Smart Shoppers Ask Themselves Before They Buy Furniture

We’ve all been there. It’s payday and you’re itching to buy a fun new piece of furniture—a stylish sofa or armchair, anyone?—for your apartment. But don’t pull out your wallet just yet. Before you make any sudden splurges, remember that there are a few questions any intelligent shopper should ask themselves before buying a pricey piece of furniture. Read ahead for nine things you should ask yourself before dropping your hard-earned dough on furniture.

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16
May 18

IKEA's New Credit Card Is Now Available

If you fly a lot, it makes sense to get a credit card with airline rewards. Now, if moderately priced Swedish furnishings are your thing, IKEA just released a card for you.

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29
Apr 18

The 5 Best Products from Costco, According to Employees

On the face of it, shopping at Costco seems like it should be a very straightforward experience. With any luck, you avoid impulse-buying a handful of diamonds on the way in (yes, Costco sells diamonds), and then you check out and stop for a $4.99 rotisserie chicken and a $1.50 hot dog at the food court on the way out.

But some of Costco’s deals are better than others, and nobody knows that as well as Costco’s own employees.

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