Spending More to Save More

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 […]

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, […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]