Are You Wasting Your Money?

In this day and age, perhaps more than ever, spending your money wisely is essential to keeping you and your family financially healthy. If you’re like me, you probably plan a budget and think about your big purchases long and hard before you spend any hard-earned money. You probably don’t think you waste your money, but sometimes our everyday habits leak money without our even realizing it.

Are You Wasting Your Money?

Are you wasting money? Take a look at this list to figure out what ways your money may be disappearing right out of your pocket.Continue reading“Are You Wasting Your Money?”

The Simple Truth About Retailers’ Integrity

After 40+ years of working in the retail world, and even more years as an astute shopper, I think I know that the intention of almost every retail establishment is very clear. Their goals are very simple. They want to make a profit (yes, it’s not a dirty word!) and to make you a happy, satisfied customer so that you will return again and tell your friends to do the same. There are “rules” to be followed in many cases (they’re also known as consumer protection laws), but mostly it’s a common sense approach to resolving issues and shopping mistakes.

The Simple Truth About Retailers' Integrity

As upfront as that sounds, things do occur that can prevent such simple goals from being achieved. What happens in reality often leaves a bad taste in the shopper’s mouth and prevents the goal of mutual satisfaction from occurring. Why? Well again, it’s not complicated. Sometimes an honest mistake is made by a store and its employees. Other times, it’s the chain of command and the retail staff feels the need to protect the store from being taken advantage of by customers (and that does happen sometimes), which can lead to tension and customers leaving unhappy. Here are some real life situations I’ve experienced and what I did to resolve them from both sides of the shopping transaction.Continue reading“The Simple Truth About Retailers’ Integrity”

Save on Energy Costs and Save Our Planet Too

Now that summer is upon us, and the days are getting warmer and warmer, the air conditioning is already starting to crank up. That’s why it’s that time again to look at ways to save money off your monthly utility bills.

Save on Energy Costs and Save Our Planet Too

I know saving on energy costs isn’t the sexiest money saving technique, but it can never be a bad idea to remind us all that we spend an ever-increasing amount on our utilities and appliances that “burn” our dollars almost constantly. In addition, saving energy will help in saving our planet by using less, polluting less, and keeping our own personal carbon footprint on the smaller side. That’s important to me and my personal philosophy to do so for the benefit of future generations.Continue reading“Save on Energy Costs and Save Our Planet Too”

Negotiate Your Way to Shopping Bargains

I have spent most of my adult life working in and around the retail world. Over the years I have seen many changes such as the consolidation of many of the department store names of the 1970’s through the 2000’s, and all of the technology that helps to control inventory, track sales, and speed services, among many other changes. But one thing hasn’t ever changed in all my years in this business, and that’s the desire that all shoppers have to get a great deal on whatever they buy!

Negotiate Your Way to Shopping Bargains

You can often scour the ads and find “sales”, special values, price breaks, etc.  But do you always feel like you got the best deal?Continue reading“Negotiate Your Way to Shopping Bargains”

How to Save on a Gym Membership

Working out…some of us love it, some of us hate it, but almost all of us need to do it in order to stay fit despite our increasingly sedentary lives. Not only does it affect our weight and our health, but those in turn can affect our self-image, confidence, and possibilities for success in our lives.

How to Save on a Gym Membership

When I was a teenager, I spent almost every day biking, playing baseball, and generally running around and playing a variety of sports. Continue reading“How to Save on a Gym Membership”

4 Valuable Reasons to Delay Spending

Most of the time, when people want to save more and spend less, they try to reduce or eliminate their extra spending. And this is a really important part of living below your means, saving money, and reaching your financial goals. But sometimes, just delaying your spending is enough to make an important difference.

4 Valuable Reasons to Delay Spending

However, delaying your spending can also be a bad idea. In fact, sometimes it’s a really, really bad idea. If you have a medical issue, or if your car or home needs a repair, waiting can be a huge mistake. Your problem can escalate from a small, manageable issue into a large, expensive one. Plus those issues can multiply and affect your income (missing work due to an unreliable car or an illness) and now putting that spending off will cost you big time.

But if you’re thinking of spending on a purchase, whether it’s something big (like a home or a car), medium (like a laptop or smartphone) or even something small, there are several useful reasons to delay your spending.Continue reading“4 Valuable Reasons to Delay Spending”

7 Undeniable Ways to Save at the Supermarket

In this blog I have written about many ways to save at the supermarket. You should be consistently diligent and anything but lazy to make sure you’re getting the best deals every time you shop. The truth is no matter where you do your grocery shopping, the fundamentals never change and the things you need to do to save are the same everywhere you may go.

7 Undeniable Ways to Save at the Supermarket

Some supermarkets have the reputation of having lower prices while some are proudly “upscale” and “quality” focused, but in the end they all use the same tactics to increase their sales and you should always pay attention to those details. Here are the best ways to defend your grocery budget against the supermarket strategies of the 21st century.Continue reading“7 Undeniable Ways to Save at the Supermarket”

Rent versus Buy: The Age-Old Housing Debate

It’s a popular time of year for home sales, with many people looking for a new place to live, and open house signs dotting the neighborhood each weekend. Once you’ve narrowed down the area you want to live, the next big question is whether you should rent or buy. Many people point to home ownership as the American dream where you can build equity rather than renting which is considered “throwing your money away”. But financially, it doesn’t always make sense to buy over renting, and there’s often more than just financial considerations to take into account.

Rent versus Buy: The Age-Old Housing Debate

So, rent versus buy? The answer is: it depends.Continue reading“Rent versus Buy: The Age-Old Housing Debate”