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 Read More

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. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

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. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

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. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

8 Grocery List Hacks That'll Save Time and Money

Grocery shopping isn’t always easy. Along with the crowds, screaming kids, and long lines, you have to successfully secure a week’s worth of foodstuff, most likely while on a budget. That’s why it pays to plan for your trip to the grocery store ahead of time, so you can avoid draining searches and high prices as much as possible. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Here's How Much the Average Renovation On Fixer Upper Costs

We often get asked why we’ve dedicated so much, ahem, real estate to coverage of Fixer Upper. The bottom line, cutting through the hype, is that the eponymous HGTV show is one of the most-watched cable TV shows in the country for the last five years running — transcending the interiors obsessed, the DIY addicts, and the home flipping voyeurs to draw in millions of Americans for each episode (and now, each rerun). READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

6 Super-Quick Ways to Curb Your Spending & Save More Money

Bad spending habits — we all (well, I’d like to think we all) have them. But whether it’s an Amazon addiction, that mid-afternoon coffee habit, or your tendency to swing by Target when you need a little pick-me-up (guilty), there are better ways to spend your time and your money – especially if you’re trying to save more or meet your budget. And because baby steps are always a good way to get started, here are six super simple, super quick ways to curb your spending and change those habits for good. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Clear Your Mind & Your Desk: The Paperwork You Absolutely DON'T Need to Keep

We all have one. A shoe box, drawer, or filing cabinet at home overflowing with old paperwork—receipts, bills, bank slips, etc.—we have haven’t touched in months. The problem: These abundant piles of paper keep growing, so it’s important to know what kinds of paperwork you actually need to hang on to before you stash it away from sight. So to help de-clutter your desk (and mind) as tax season comes to a close, we found out which types of paperwork you really don’t need to keep. From ATM receipts to phone bills, here’s the stuff that you should send straight Read More

You Have To See This Miniature Kitchen Get Remodeled

It’s no secret that we love a good before and after. A recent ad for financial startup SoFi walks us through a kitchen renovation—on a smaller scale than even we are normally used to. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

​How to Train Your Brain Not to Fall for These Retail Pricing Tricks

No matter how much we fancy ourselves to be seasoned savvy shoppers, we’re all prone to retailers’ pricing tricks. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and I say it often to myself): Sales and specials aren’t actually doing us any favors; they’re, without exception, in favor of the retailer. So how can we spot these psychological pricing strategies and see what’s behind them? And how do we disregard sales, specials, and “good prices,” or—even better—actually flip the game and use them to our advantage? READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico