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Sales Tax Holidays in 2020
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Sales Tax Holidays in 2020

Sixteen states are having sales tax holidays this year. If you plan your shopping around these tax-free periods, you can save big on back-to-school cl…
July 1, 2020
Shopping Deals and Discounts to Take Advantage of This Summer
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Shopping Deals and Discounts to Take Advantage of This Summer

Our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey share deals and discounts for new grads, Father's Day and newlyweds that you don't want to miss out on. The pair …
June 8, 2020
52 Super Deals and Discounts for 2020
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52 Super Deals and Discounts for 2020

With a special nod to those of you spending more time at home, we found dozens of deals and discounts, plus ways to save (or make) money.
June 6, 2020
9 Costly Mistakes Savvy Costco Shoppers Don't Make
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9 Costly Mistakes Savvy Costco Shoppers Don't Make

The warehouse club offers plenty of perks, but next time you shop at Costco beware these tactics designed to get you to spend more.
June 5, 2020
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20 Retailers That Have Amended Their Return Policies Due to COVID-19
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20 Retailers That Have Amended Their Return Policies Due to COVID-19

Before you initiate a return, make sure your retailer of choice is currently accepting product returns and exchanges.
May 8, 2020

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13 Reasons to Shop at Walmart (Even If You Hate Walmart)
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13 Reasons to Shop at Walmart (Even If You Hate Walmart)

Let’s be honest: Many shoppers have a love-hate relationship with Walmart.
May 1, 2020
31 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2020
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31 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2020

At $119 for Amazon Prime, get your money's worth by taking full advantage of your membership. Here's a list of the best Prime perks.
April 17, 2020
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Before You Sign That Privacy Statement, Know What It's Really Saying
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Before You Sign That Privacy Statement, Know What It's Really Saying

What's happening with privacy statements these days? Why should consumers be on the alert?
April 16, 2020
9 Great Deals You'll Find Only on Costco.com
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9 Great Deals You'll Find Only on Costco.com

Costco is well-known for its rock-bottom prices on bulk volumes of groceries and household items -- a great way to stock up to reduce the frequency of…
April 3, 2020
Online Grocery Shopping in the Coronavirus Era: 8 Things You Must Know
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Online Grocery Shopping in the Coronavirus Era: 8 Things You Must Know

The coronavirus outbreak has forced many consumers to rethink how they'll carry out everyday household errands without putting themselves in harm's wa…
March 26, 2020
21 Secrets to Shopping at Costco
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21 Secrets to Shopping at Costco

A Costco membership opens doors, quite literally, to a vast selection of bulk-size groceries and household goods selling at discounted prices.
March 13, 2020
16 Things You Can't Return to Amazon
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16 Things You Can't Return to Amazon

Don't add these items to your Amazon.com shopping cart unless you're absolutely sure you want them.
March 12, 2020
Trim the Cost of Pet Care
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Trim the Cost of Pet Care

Your furry friends can run up a big tab over their lifetime, but we'll show you how to keep expenses in check.
February 21, 2020
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19 Worst Things to Buy at Warehouse Clubs
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19 Worst Things to Buy at Warehouse Clubs

When time is short and your shopping list is long, it can be tempting to make a single stop at the warehouse club.
February 17, 2020
14 Best Things to Buy at Aldi for the Holidays
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14 Best Things to Buy at Aldi for the Holidays

Even if Aldi isn’t your supermarket of choice for weekly shopping, you may want to put it on your “nice list” when seeking holiday bargains.
December 11, 2019
14 Best Things to Buy at Dollar Stores for the Holidays
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14 Best Things to Buy at Dollar Stores for the Holidays

If you want to save a few bucks getting festive preparing for the holidays this year, learn to cut corners at the dollar store.
December 10, 2019
33 Best Things to Buy on Black Friday
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33 Best Things to Buy on Black Friday

'Tis the season for retailers to slash prices on coveted items in a variety of product categories for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend including Black…
November 26, 2019
Where to Find the Best Black Friday Deals
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Where to Find the Best Black Friday Deals

DealNews consumer analyst Julie Ramhold joins our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block to discuss how to find the best Black Friday deals. The pair also b…
November 26, 2019
Best Target Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals, 2019
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Best Target Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals, 2019

Super low prices on a wide variety of products plus free shipping with no strings attached make Target a can’t-miss retailer on Black Friday.
November 25, 2019
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Best Walmart Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals, 2019
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Best Walmart Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals, 2019

Holiday shoppers can expect deep discounts on electronics, small appliances, on-trend toys plus more over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
November 25, 2019
Best Costco Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2019
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Best Costco Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2019

From flannel shirts to MacBook laptops, Costco rolls out the discounts for members online and in its warehouse clubs.
November 24, 2019
Best Amazon Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals, 2019
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Best Amazon Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals, 2019

The e-commerce giant drops its holiday deals early and shoppers can score up to 50% off everything from robot vacuums to DNA test kits.
November 24, 2019
17 Best Costco Kirkland Products for the Holidays
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17 Best Costco Kirkland Products for the Holidays

If you're feeling the holiday spirit and your Costco membership is up to speed, you'll find plenty of opportunities to score holiday goods, from gifts…
November 23, 2019
Carbon Offsets Will Only Carry You So Far
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Carbon Offsets Will Only Carry You So Far

To effectively reduce your carbon footprint, you’ll need to be a smart shopper and navigate terms like “radiative forcing” and “leakage.”
November 22, 2019
How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership?
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How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership?

The annual cost of a Prime membership is $119 for both new and renewing members, as of June 16, up from $99. The cost varies for monthly, student and …
November 22, 2019