November 1, 2019

It's been a while since I've posted on my blog but I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming holidays and how they put many people over the edge financially. We all want to go all out for our families and friends! But you don’t have to throw your budget out the windo...

July 15, 2019

Amazon Prime Day is here! If you're diving in, here are a few money-saving tools and tips to help you make sure you're getting the best deals:

  1. Download cash-back browser apps such as eBates, TopCashBack, and Retailmenot. They can save you even more money during Prim...

January 21, 2019

What can be a better deal than free? In one of the latest Hot Shopping Tips podcasts, my partner Mandy Walker and I rave about our favorite stuff you can get for nothing, nada, zippo! Here’s how to get the best freebies in four steps:

1. First, make a list. Jot down all...

December 28, 2018

Did you get gifts that you wish you didn't this Christmas? Sure you did! This year, make a resolution to declutter those unwanted gift cards and ugly sweaters. Here is a game plan:

  1. Return ASAP! You probably have less time than you think. So check the websites of ret...

November 21, 2018

Although I've been covering Black Friday weekend sales for more than a decade as a shopping expert, it still whips me into a buying frenzy. The deals are just too hard to resist! I just snapped up an iPad for my husband ($80 off at Walmart!) and I'm now on the hunt for...

October 5, 2018

To be honest, Halloween isn't my favorite day. Strangers walking around in strange costumes—even little ones!—gives me the creeps. That's the point! But I do love to shop for Halloween goodies, especially the decorations (yay gourds!) and the treats (I say forget the c...

September 18, 2018

If you love bargain hunting and the outdoors, what could be better than going to a bunch of yard sales?! Autumn is a great time to find amazing deals on all kinds of garage-sale goodies.

The trick is to know when and where to go—and how to negotiate! Here are four...

August 29, 2018

This is my absolute favorite time of year for yard sales. People get in the mood to declutter and toss their stuff across lawns and driveways ahead of the winter hibernation season. Some haul them to flea markets—my absolute favorite bargain-shopping destination for go...

August 6, 2018

Although I don’t have kids, I subject myself to the back-to-school shopping madness anyway—for a good cause! This year, it started with my husband Bill coming home and declaring that we have “Jayla” and “Jerry.” Bill signs up at work to donate backpacks full of supplie...

July 15, 2018

Get ready for Prime Day—it’s going to be bigger than Black Friday for Amazon shoppers! In its fourth year, the company is adding 6 hours and tons of deals. So what are the best deals? Here's my list:

  1. Amazon devices. These will be the absolute best deals you’ll find...

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