Plan your 2018 purchases now, while you still can. Here’s how.

Behold, the buying calendar.

It’s the ultimate consumer tool. If you’re planning to spend money in 2018, you need to get organized. Why? Because businesses are.

They know when you’re likely to buy and are constantly trying to manipulate you with a barrage of ads and armies of highly trained sales associates who don’t take “no” for an answer. Read more “Plan your 2018 purchases now, while you still can. Here’s how.”

A successful Amazon gift card case. How did he do it?

Nick Gill succeeded at something our advocates haven’t had any luck with: getting his missing balance restored to his Amazon.com gift cards. Read more “A successful Amazon gift card case. How did he do it?”

Leave this at home when you go shopping (or you’ll regret it)

What should you leave at home when you go shopping this summer? Jennifer Boaro prefers this strategy: Put your credit cards into a cup of water. Then store it in the freezer. Read more “Leave this at home when you go shopping (or you’ll regret it)”

Take this shopping: Proven strategies for spending less during sale season

Cindy Mesaros has the perfect antidote to compulsive shopping. Read more “Take this shopping: Proven strategies for spending less during sale season”

One thing the sharing economy won’t share: Transparent pricing

If you thought comparison shopping was hard with traditional travel companies, just try the sharing economy.
Read more “One thing the sharing economy won’t share: Transparent pricing”