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Save Money on Holiday Shopping

By (view all posts by WiscoVixen)
at 9:57AM Wednesday December 15, 2010
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Now that we've got Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, a lot of us (ahem!) less organized folks still have some shopping to do (there ARE still twelve days left until Christmas, FYI...).

Granted, if you're reading this blog, we're preaching to the choir. You're clearly well versed in the world of using coupons and educating yourself before you take the plunge on any major purchases. But it's the holidays, so we're thinking of others here, people.

How do we reinforce our own exemplary shopping habits amongst friends and loved ones? HOW? Read More »

This Fourth of July Celebrate Your Financial Freedom

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 12:53PM Friday July 2, 2010
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As July 4th, 2010 approaches, it's time to commemorate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  But as the barbecues burn out and the fireworks fade, it's good time to contemplate the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis:  freedom of speech, assembly, religion, etc. 

But despite the many liberties that living in the U.S.A. affords us, financial freedom remains elusive to many.  No doubt our American "bigger is better" consumerism has contributed to that state.  If you're using Savings.com coupons and reading our personal finance blog, you're probably very interested in money management.  So when it comes to spending, saving, debt and investments, how far along are you in reaching the goal of financial independence? Read More »

What Do You Buy Online?: Ecommerce Trends vs. In Store

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 1:01PM Friday March 19, 2010
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A couple of weeks ago, Derek mentioned a Lifehacker story about what people buy online vs. in stores as a part of his weekly roundup of favorite finance news.  It was quite an illuminating post since I would have guessed online shopping accounted for a much higher percentage of total retail sales.

As it turns out, the numbers are a bit misleading since the data represents 2007.  Certainly in the last couple of years e-commerce has seen significant growth--in fact, in 2009 online sales were 6% of total retail vs. 3.2% in 2007.  And according to Techcrunch, e-commerce grew by 11% in 2009 vs. 2.5% increase for retail sales overall.

Obviously, we're spending more and more time shopping online... Read More »

Speaking of Savings...

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 2:00PM Friday March 12, 2010
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This Sunday everyone in the U.S. (with the exception of the lucky souls in Hawaii and most of Arizona...) will "Spring forward."  Yup, it's that time of year again when we set our clocks ahead one hour (before you go to sleep on Saturday night...) and wake up an hour earlier the next morning.

Ugh. Read More »

LOST and Found: What's Your Money Management Style?

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 1:42PM Friday January 29, 2010
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In our never-ending attempt to get to know our Savings.com Community better, we've offered up a variety of interesting polls and quizzes.  A couple of weeks ago readers had the chance to test their money etiquette skills.  We've explored saving strategies, saving styles and saving sins.

If you haven't had the chance to take these quizzes, take 'em now!  It's not just a way for us to get to know you better--but an opportunity for YOU to get to know you better as well.  And it's fun!

This week's quiz was inspired by the imminent return of one of my favorite shows, LOST.  A show where the fan base is so rabidly dedicated to watching, re-watching, dissecting and discussing its every moment that the President of the United States preempted his State of the Union address just so it wouldn't interfere with the LOST season premiere. Read More »

What's Your Financial Resolution?

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 11:22AM Friday January 22, 2010
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Recently Henry (aka "Dealman") posted a list of ten financial resolutions for 2010.  While health-related goals (lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier) usually top people's New Year's resolution lists, the current economic struggles have more people interested in resolving to better manage their finances this year according to a recent post over at Consumer Reports.

How about you?  Did money issues affect your 2010 New Year's resolutions? Read More »

How "Money" Are You?

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 1:46PM Friday January 15, 2010
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Over at Savvy Sugar they recently had a poll on awkward money issues.  It got me to thinking about how to handle those sticky situations that arise when finances are concerned. Read More »

It's Not Christmas Until...

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 2:41PM Friday November 20, 2009
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Although we're one week away from Black Friday and the "official" kick-off of the Holiday season, for many of us it's not really Christmas until we watch our favorite holiday movie or TV special.  Over at TVCrunch, they've got a pretty comprehensive schedule of Holiday specials, so you can make sure you don't miss out on a beloved Christmas story.

I've listed a few of my best-loved programs.  See if yours is among them: Read More »

HP Laptop Giveaway

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 11:18AM Monday November 16, 2009
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Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Ah, the holiday displays and "Silver Bells" playing over the sound system--not to mention parking hassles, crushing crowds and fist fights over the last Tickle-Me-Elmo...

Why not avoid the stresses of your local mall and shop at home? Not only are we helping you to save money when you shop online with our Black Friday coupons and Cyber Monday deals, but we're giving away a HP DV7T Quad Laptop so you can surf the web in style.

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Every Day is "Black Friday"

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 10:48AM Friday November 6, 2009
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Although the Christmas creep has been causing an ongoing battle between Jack Frost and Jack-o-Lanterns, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season has been the day after Thanksgiving, aka "Black Friday." But according to an article on Mainstreet, Black Friday has morphed into "Black November".

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Saving Strategies

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 2:07PM Friday October 9, 2009
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When it comes to saving money, there are a number of techniques one can employ. Some people claim less deductions than they are entitled to in order to get a windfall come tax season. Others collect spare change in penny jars. Others squirrel away their money in their mattress (and given the alarming rate of bank failures this year, one can hardly blame them!). Some strategies are more effective than others if you're truly serious about bolstering your bank account.

Here's a look at the pros and cons some techniques that are certainly a better bet than stashing your cash in a Posture-pedic:

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What's Your Saving Style?

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 3:55PM Friday September 25, 2009
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Annie recently posted about the happenings at Fashion Week and it occurred to me that no matter what length hemlines are, or if pink, navy or brown is the new "black," saving never goes out of style.

Many of us express our personalities through the clothes we wear, music we listen to or things we buy. But our shopping habits can also provide insight as to our saving style. I've narrowed it down to four categories. Which defines your style?

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