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Must Have Black Friday Shopping Tips!

We are officially one week away from my favorite and most dreaded shopping day of the year. That’s right folks, Black Friday is here! The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has released an excellent Black Friday shopping tip sheet that I urge all of you to read. So here. Read it… “It’s time to start planning your Black Friday, that special ... Read More »

You Are Cordially Invited To The FTC’s Road Ahead Roundtable

Today, the Federal Trade Commission will host the third in a series of roundtables around the country to gather information on consumers’ experiences in the leasing of motor vehicles at dealerships. The roundtable also will address what has been learned about auto sales, financing and leasing at all of the roundtables; what consumer and business education initiatives would be useful; ... Read More »

Online Shopping Tips For The Holiday Shopping On The Horizon

I feel it’s safe to assume that since Halloween is now over we can officially label this time of the year as the Holiday Season! Which I am super excited about! I love Thanksgiving and December’s holidays – mostly for the food – but often find the obligation and burden of buying gifts a heavy strain on my wallet, as ... Read More »

Second Annual Small Business Saturday Could Mean Deal For American Express Cardholders

November hosts Small Business Saturday! Never heard of it? Me either. But apparently in honor of the day which is dedicated to small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to support the day and attempting to spread awareness. “For the second year in a row, American Express OPEN has ... Read More »

Penny Auctions: If You’re Not Winning, You’re Losing

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A week ago the BBB posted an article in the blog section of their website entitled “Penny Auctions: Unless You Win, You’re Probably Wasting Time and Money.” Personally, I found it hard to believe that penny auction sites were at all accredited by the BBB – this new blog post of theirs makes me feel a little bit better. In ... Read More »

Are Penny Auctions Sites Worth It? RIP-OFF Alert!

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Penny auction sites are skyrocketing into the peripheral sites of digital users left and right. Steve recently wrote an article giving an inside look into one penny auction site: QuiBids.com. If you’ve never used or seen a penny auction site, let me break it down for you: there are various items, some big ticket and some small ticket, that are ... Read More »

American Express Targets Whippersnappers With FourSquare Credit Deals

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It was only a matter of time before credit card companies entered the location-based, social media scene. It was announced today that American Express and Foursquare have officially teamed up. I remember when Foursquare hit the scene back in 2009. “This is stupid” I said. “Why would I want anyone to know where I am? This won’t last” Wrong. A ... Read More »

Digital Bank Robber Steals $500,000 In Bitcoins. Who Didn’t See This One Coming?

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There are many things in the world that engage my well-known automatic body response of a slight cocking of my head, a furrowed brow and a whisper of the word “really?”. But today, I fear that minor automatic response stepped aside as I threw my head into my hands, dropped my elbows down onto my desk and exclaimed, rather loudly ... Read More »

Is Couponing Really Worth It?

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Today Pam and I set out at 6:30 am to our local Harris Teeter to double team Harris Teeter’s Triple Coupon week. We spent yesterday getting coupons ready and a list together for our early morning trip today. You see, Harris Teeter, like many other grocery stores will double coupons up to $0.99 on a daily basis and routinely they ... Read More »

Financial Literacy Not a Band-Aid to Change All Factors for Smart Money Management

Figure 1: Financial Literacy and Financial Product Ownership - Difference between the lowest 20% of financial literacy scores and the top 20% of financial literacy scores

photo © 2010 Alan Cleaver | more info (via: Wylio)The Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation in conjunction with The University of Melbourne released a Research Report in March 2011 about Financial Literacy and “What Causes Suboptimal Financial Behaviour? An Exploration of Financial, Social Influences and Behavioural Economics”. This following article will showcase their report and findings. All quotes ... Read More »

Saving Money with Groupon and Living Social Daily Deal Sites

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Another fun and thrifty money saving tip from us here at GetOutOfDebt.org: daily deals! If you’re looking for a great way to find fun things to do and still save money you may want to check out daily deal sites such as Groupon and Living Social. I have become addicted to these websites – always excited for the next day’s ... Read More »

The Importance of Reading the Fine Print of Credit Agreements

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Last week a concerned mother wrote to us here at GetOutOfDebt.org with a predicament with her son’s BillMeLater Account. Her concerns are as follows: “This debt is just outrageous and needs to stop with the deferred payment that they are going to sock onto this debt and will never be paid off. There is no reasoning with them at all ... Read More »

“What’s In Your Virtual Wallet?” – The Future of Mobile Commerce

SXSW 2011 hosted a phenomenal conference this year with interactive, film and music media seminars. As part of the interactive section there were a handful of financal seminars about the future of shopping, lending and banking. One particular session that caught my interest was one entitled “What’s In Your Virtual Wallet?” featuring representatives from PayPal and eBay/RedLaser. This session focused ... Read More »

Shop-o-nomics: “Which Grocery Store Has The Lowest Prices?”

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Two years ago today Steve put together and published a comparison shop of major wholesale food clubs, local grocery stores and convenient marts to find the lowest prices for staple items needed in kitchens and households. Today, 730 days later, we bring to you our 2010 Grocery Store Price Comparison Video. Last week Steve and I set out on a ... Read More »

Shop-O-Nomics: How the Missing Dollar Sign Makes You Spend More

I’m giving your reading muscles a break today and instead of writing you an article here’s a video based on a study put out by Cornell University in 2009 about the “Effects of Menu-price Formats on Restaurant Checks“. The study suggested that people were more inclined to purchase and spend more if the dollar sign ($) was dropped in front ... Read More »

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