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Smart Holiday Shopping Tips for 2018
The average family will spend over $1,000 this year on the holidays. These holiday shopping tips can help you avoid holiday ID theft and a debt hangover.
How Do Americans Plan To Spend This Holiday?
Consolidated Credit asked indebted Americans about their holiday spending plan for this year. The results reveal a “gift gap” that’s rivals the wage gap.
More Women Confess to Hiding Purchases

By Kelly Dilworth (CreditCards.com) Several times a month, my husband and I sit down at our computer, open up the personal finance software Quicken and audit our personal spending. The semi-weekly ritual has helped us spot problems with our spending early on (such as our frequent trips to the luxury grocer a few blocks from […]

What are the Best and Worst Things to Buy This January?

By Jessica Williams The holiday shopping season is finally over. But beware, retailers have started offering enticing deals this month on both winter apparel and early Valentine’s Day gifts. But before you pull out your cash or credit card to make a purchase, check out this list compiled by DealNews.com of the best and worst […]

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July

The dealnews staff published more than 6,000 deals last July. Their team has compiled a “What to Buy in July” guide to help consumers spend their money wisely. The following article is written by Linda Sakraida, dealsnews Feature Director, with contributions from Louis Ramirez. Shop Independence Day Sales for In-Season Items The Fourth of July […]

Is Your Frugality Costing You Time and Money?

  By April Lewis-Parks OK – you know that we want you to be frugal, but you still have to be smart about it! There isn’t a piece of sound financial advice that doesn’t include a rule about living within your means, saving money or taking a frugal approach toward spending. While being more cost-conscious and […]

Fun and Affordable Holiday Gifts for Your Significant Other

By April Lewis-Parks Shopping for the right gift for the one you love can be a tedious and stressful task if you have no idea what to purchase. As the gift giving deadline creeps up, you may feel a sense of dread that you might never find the right gift, which can be a drain […]

8 Life Lessons to Use on Cyber Monday

By Andrea Woroch When it comes to doorbuster deals and massive discounts, Cyber Monday is on the safer side of holiday shopping. Since you don’t have to leave the house, there’s little risk of a pepper-spray attack from crazies clamoring for the last Furby. Despite the relative safety, Cyber Monday is an event that requires […]

Let the (Budgeted) Fall Shopping Season Begin!

by April Lewis-Parks Temperatures are getting lower and soon the leaves will start changing, which can only mean one thing: Fall is nearly here! For most people, the fall season brings pumpkins, cozy sweaters and cool nights to mind. For others, it signals the time to put away their summer wardrobe and prepare for sweater […]

What to get dear ol’ dad? We have some suggestions!

By Sijun Li Father’s Day is coming up! On Sunday, June 17, be sure to show your dad the love and appreciation he deserves by getting something he really wants. After all, he IS the guy who taught you how to ride a bike, who took you out for ice cream and who bought you […]

Have You Fallen into these Three Common Spending Traps?

By April Lewis-Parks You vowed to only buy one book, but before you know it, you are walking out of the door with three. But it was buy two, get one free, right? Wrong. You have just fallen into a common spending trap that encourages you to spend more than you planned and break your […]

Shop Smart to Avoid Debt

 by April Lewis-Parks Overspending can happen no matter what capacity you’re shopping in. Spending too much on groceries can be just as damaging to your finances as splurging on a pricey pair of boots. When it comes to shopping wisely, the rules are universal and it doesn’t matter what types of purchases you’re making. The […]

Panic Sets in and People Spend on Impulse… The Countdown has Begun!

By April Lewis-Parks What do you have left on your shopping list?  A survey from the National Retail Federation found that most people still had half of their shopping to do, and 37% hadn’t even started. Less than 10% were finished, so it’s safe to say many of us are procrastinators. Debt problems can be […]

Top 3 Tips to Avoid Credit Card Debt During the Holidays

By April Lewis-Parks There are few things better during the holidays than finding the perfect gift for someone you care about, but sometimes the relief that comes with scouting out the right present for your new mother-in-law or a great accessory for a close friend can come with a heftier price tag that you planned. […]

Layaway your way through the back-to-school shopping season!

By Samantha Savory With several major retailers promoting layaway for back-to-school shopping, Miss Money Bee wants to be your go-to money blog keeping you informed on the benefits of layaway and what stores are offering it. Layaway offers zero percent financing over a 8 week period for school items like laptops, iPods, new clothes and school […]