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4 Surprising Ways to Save Money Online

One big difference between shopping in a store and doing it online is that prices are customizable on the Web. Retailers use special technology to decide when, and whom, to charge more. The good news: Adopting a few simple habits can help you...

Be a Smart Phone Shopper

You don’t know for sure whether your smartphone will give you cancer or cause your kid to have more accidents.  But if you’re using it to shop, it can impair your ability to make smart spending decisions. That’s because phones are so convenient,...

The Hidden Cost of Free Stuff

You spot a $79 sweater online that your sister will LOVE. But wait. The shipping charge is $10—whereas if you spent just $20 more, you’d qualify for free shipping.  Obviously if you spend $20 more, the shipping isn’t “free.” But if you pick...

Sites That Sniff Out Low Prices

Being good with money doesn’t mean you never shop—it means you shop like a fox. Here, two sites that can help you look fine without paying full price. Lyst is the future of online shopping. Search clothes, shoes, and accessories from all over the...

When Data Leaks

You know you should protect yourself when you shop online, but this week’s hack of Zappos.com puts a fresh twist on how to do that. The hackers only accessed data like names, emails, and addresses—no credit card numbers. But that’s enough...

Could Your Phone Become Your Wallet?

You can do a lot with your money on a smartphone, from checking balances to calculating tips. Soon you’ll be able to go shopping. In theory. Thus far, the so-called mobile wallet is making more headlines than transactions. A recent study found...

Free, Must-Try Shopping Smartphone Apps

Everyone wants to streamline their holiday gift hunt, but downloading (and decoding) a bunch of mobile shopping apps can seem like more effort than it’s worth. So I took a few to the mall to test-drive them. Here are three free ones that work...

Pawning Goes 2.0

If the phrase “pawn shop” conjures up images of grimy storefronts and people desperately hawking heirlooms, please click and drag yourself into the 21st century. These days, along with everything else, pawning has been reinvented online as a...

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