I recently was forced to buy a new cell phone, after years of using a company phone for almost everything. I feel like I got a good deal on the phone (99 cents for an iPhone 4S with a 2-year Verizon contract), but have to admit I was a bit bewildered by the choices of plans. Continue reading
A new report on Valentine’s Day spending shows that young people tend to spend the most on the holiday than older Americans.
The National Retail Federation reports that people between 18 and 34 will spend between $20 and $30 more than the average for all Americans on their significant other or spouse.
The problem, though, is that young people are often the group with the least amount of disposable income to spend on such things. Continue reading
Generally speaking, companies will give out a deal or discount if they want to lure you into buying their product or service.
They are less likely to give you a deal once they have you as a customer.
Imagine a restaurant offering you 20 percent off the check after you’ve already ordered and eaten your food.
Imagine a cable company deciding to lower your bill by $10 a month just…because.
That never happens.
But if you ask, there will often be discounts available for existing customers. That’s they key…YOU HAVE TO ASK. Continue reading
We all love getting packages. It’s exciting to open your front door and see a box sitting there, and it’s even more exciting when we’re not sure what’s inside. (A gift! For me!)
This appears to be the motivation behind companies like Birchbox and other ‘curated commerce’ companies. For a monthly, quarterly or yearly fee, you get a box of stuff sent to you once a month. It could be cosmetics.It might be shoes. It might be a collection of random stuff.
It’s also a waste of your money.
Do you want a large holiday lights display but don’t want spend too much? Here are some tips on going big without hurting your wallet.