I visited the vet's office this week to pick up the flea & heart worm medication my dog takes on a monthly basis. As always, I was given the option of getting a 6 or 12-month supply. This particular brand, which comes in the form of a pill, is both effective and expensive. It's the only … Continue reading Spending More to Save More
How to Get a Discount at the Auto Dealership
When purchasing a used car, most consumers will assume that there is some room for negotiation in price. This is also the case when buying a new car from an auto dealer. Whether it's including extra accessories or getting a better deal on in-house financing, asking for discounts can pay off in many cases. However, … Continue reading How to Get a Discount at the Auto Dealership
Shock and Awe as Dubai Looks to Take Shop Until You Drop to Another Level
With reports of international trade beginning to rebound as the world shakes off its isolationist tendency following the financial downturn of half-a-decade ago, reports that shopping in the Middle East is about to enter a new expansive phase is another indicator of good times ahead. There's no country better equipped to lead the nascent recovery … Continue reading Shock and Awe as Dubai Looks to Take Shop Until You Drop to Another Level
My Biggest Expenses of 2012
In a world where it's so easy to lose yourself in the minutiae of personal finance, one very useful exercise is to see where most of your money is going. I've decided to share this publicly for 2012 and show you where our family spends the big bucks. There are three big areas for us: … Continue reading My Biggest Expenses of 2012
Smart Strategies for Handling Reimbursable Expenses
Reimbursable expenses (expenses for which you expect to be paid back by someone else) are a double-edged sword. In theory, expenses that are reimbursable should cost you nothing--a check deposited into the bank equal to whatever burden you took on in the first place. In practice, these expenses can get tricky, cumbersome and downright frustrating to … Continue reading Smart Strategies for Handling Reimbursable Expenses
How to Fight to Get Your Invoice Corrected
I had an experience last week that rattled me a bit. I was getting major repair work done on our beloved rental car for the first time since we bought it two years ago, and a dealer error almost cost me $106 in erroneous charges. I’ll walk you through what happened and share some tips … Continue reading How to Fight to Get Your Invoice Corrected
The Complete Guide to Warehouse Club Shopping
Shopping at warehouse clubs is something that comes up a lot in the personal finance community. Readers pose questions like these often: Are the items actually cheaper? Is the membership cost worth it? What do I buy and what do I avoid? Which is better--Sam’s, Costco, BJ’s or (insert yours here)? I’d like to share … Continue reading The Complete Guide to Warehouse Club Shopping
10 Tips for Financially Separate Couples
Alyssa wonders how to effectively keep money separate for couples who live together but don't share finances. I share my top 10 tips for making it work.
Buy One Step Down
It's natural to only want the best for your money, but unless we address these unrealistic expectations, we'll soon find ourselves in a deep hole with no way to climb out.
Trouble? Try Tracking Your Money Weekly
A few weeks ago, Heath, a frequent comment and social media contributor to the site, mentioned that he was tracking his money week-to-week. I was curious so I decided to try it myself.