How to Save on Your Summer BBQ

Happy 4th! Chances are good part of your celebration this weekend will involve hosting or attending a BBQ. After all, it’s an American pastime. But don’t be surprised if you experience a little sticker shop as you roam the aisles of your local grocery store. Due to a number of different factors (droughts, avian flu, cattle shortages, and so forth), food prices have climbed. Take beef,...

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Posted in: Food and Grocery, Money

How to Negotiate Like a Pro

I recently relocated to a large city. One of the first things I learned while touring apartments, high rises, mid-rises, condos, and everything in between was this: Everything is negotiable. I never considered myself a savvy negotiator until I was signing my lease papers. As stated in my lease, I was paying $100 less each month than the advertised price, waiving $150 in “application” fees,...

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Posted in: Business, Career and Work, Saving Money

Get Smart About Retirement Planning

Part of smart financial planning includes preparing for retirement. When you’re already contributing to your retirement accounts, how else can you prepare for a comfortable retirement? Here are a few things to think about as you focus on retirement preparation. Make a plan. The first thing you should do is develop a plan. When do you want to retire? How much can you comfortably live on? How much...

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Posted in: Career and Work, Retirement, Saving Money

Why You Should Be Using a Car Share

Car shares are gaining popularity all over the world, and for good reason. Here’s what you need to know about car share programs and why they’re so great. What is car sharing? Car sharing is a type of car rental. Unlike traditional rental cars, however, you rent the car for shorter periods of time and pay by the mile or length of time you use the car. Car share services have cars parked...

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Posted in: Auto, Saving Money, Travel
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