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10 Simple Tips to Master the Art of Haggling and Savvy Shopping

David Tu

If you’re a news junkie like me, you may have read about a recent finding produced by America’s Research Group, which found that in the past holiday season, approximately 72% of customers haggled with a retailer, compared with 56% the year before.  Upon hearing this news, the consumer advocate in me was delighted and I proceeded to do a little

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The Cost of Convenience: 10 Things We Overpay For

Jonathan Rivers

Each day consumers pay extra for convenience. Sometimes the associated fees seem minimal, or on lesser-priced items worth the price. However there are many ways that individuals could easily cut hundreds or thousands of dollars from their annual expenses by simply taking the time to analyze what they are actually spending their money on. With that said, when critically examined,

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Stop Wasting Your Money on These 25 Things

Jonathan Rivers

There are many ways that people overspend on a regular basis. They include costs that could easily be avoided, or reduced, by customers willing to do some market research, shop around, or plan ahead.

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Health Care Passes and Debate Turns to Violence, What’s Your Take?

Stan Reybern

As you’ve no doubt already heard, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress earlier this week, with much fanfare and antagonism on both side of the aisle. The health care reform bill makes numerous sweeping changes, and if you haven’t read up on them, there are many sites with good summary and breakdowns for you to

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The Guerrilla Guide to Cheap (and Sometimes Free) Eats

Samantha Eckles

There is no shortage of cost saving tips these days. They mostly focus on simple ways that consumers can reduce costs by cutting out the purchase of things that are not absolutely necessary. But for those who still like to eat out, those who have busy lives’ that dictate their eating on-the-go, or for those who are currently really feeling

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Dissecting The Mobile Phone Plan Markup

Erik Chang

Mobile phone companies provide the basic service of transferring information, whether that be in the form of phone calls, text messaging or internet data plans. However, the method in which they charge for these services is not so basic. By coupling various services into packages and failing to disclose specific details, these companies make it difficult to understand exactly what

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – Dream Homes or Foreclosure Risk?

Jonathan Rivers

For those of you that haven’t watch the show yet, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” finds worthy families that have faced some sort of recent or ongoing hardship and gives them a helping hand by remodeling their home (or replacing it entirely if its beyond repair).   The show is now in its 7th season, but a recent disturbing trend has been

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