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April’s Best Buys: Rain Gear, Vacuum Cleaners, and Used Cars

What do raincoats, vacuum cleaners, and used cars have in common? They’re all on sale this month!   April showers bring a once-a-year flood of rain gear to the market, and retailers have to move it quickly. Wade into the store before the sun...

Rev Up Your Car Care

A badly-maintained car will cost you a little now—and a lot down the road. Lori Johnson, president of Ladies, Start Your Engines!, offers this advice for savvy car care that will save you money: Open the glove compartment. Your owner’s manual...

Book Review: Mean Moms Rule

No one is happier than this mom about the hot retro trend, back to the old-fashioned, “sit up straight and eat your peas” style of parenting.   I rejoice with every new sign that so-called helicopter parenting is dying—to wit, the arrival of...

Does College Still Pay Off?

You’ve heard the horror stories: parents shelling out $30,000 only to watch their kid drop out of school, college grads with debt in the six figures and no job prospects. Is college still worth it? The average student now leaves college with...

Save Big on Your Big Day: Buy Used

Can you think of a better way to spend $25,630 (the price of the average wedding)? We can—and apparently, so can many other engaged couples, who are saving a bundle by buying used. Take care of your “something old” by shopping here: Stuff:...

Rewards for Good Behavior

You save money, you spend money (wisely, natch). Now it’s time to level up—and collect some easy rewards for your smart habits. After all, we’re building wealth here.   Boost savings. SaveUp gives you credits for making smart money moves (e.g.,...

How Dollar Stores Drain You Dry

Sometimes I go to the dollar store. After all, sometimes you need a mop bucket. But suddenly things start jumping into my cart. Books, an apple corer, a bag of gingersnaps. Yes, there are some deals. I’ve even bought underwear: Hanes “slightly...

Must-Have V-Day Gifts for Under $50

A dozen roses might mean romance, but the best gift is more time together—not necessarily more money, right? Here, a list of gifts under $50 that will help you have fun with your honey. Grow Your Own Marinara Kit ($29, Uncommon Goods) This nifty...

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