Spending

Why I Stopped Couponing

Why I Stopped Couponing

There's no doubt about it — few can resist the lure of a good coupon. But is the coupon culture all it’s cracked up to be?
When Does Self-Care Turn Into Splurging?

When Does Self-Care Turn Into Splurging?

In the past few years, “self-care” has popped up everywhere. Women are told that we don’t do enough of it, so we’re encouraged to buy another massage, get a manicure, or treat ourselves to something nice. The problem is that all that self-care spending can have a big impact on our bank accounts.
Nontraditional thoughtful gift ideas

Nontraditional thoughtful gift ideas

The holidays are right around the corner, and if you’ve yet to cross some people off your list, don’t panic. Last-minute gift giving doesn’t always have to mean scrambling to the shopping mall…

4 Surprising Ways to Save Money Online

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…

Be a Smart Phone Shopper

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…

The Hidden Cost of Free Stuff

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…

Sites That Sniff Out Low Prices

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…

When Data Leaks

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…

Could Your Phone Become Your Wallet?

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…

Free, Must-Try Shopping Smartphone Apps

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…

Pawning Goes 2.0

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…