9 Ways to Avoid Paying Surge Prices on Uber and Lyft

9 Ways to Avoid Paying Surge Prices on Uber and Lyft

Over the past few years, Uber and Lyft have exploded onto the scene, ticking off taxi drivers everywhere and making ride sharing a super cheap, super easy and relatively safe way to get from one place to another. We've talked before about why we like these apps so much, but frequent riders will know there's one major downside to using Uber and Lyft to get around: surge pricing. 

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When is the Best Time to Buy International Flights?

When is the Best Time to Buy International Flights?

I fly a lot. In 2015, I flew 130,000 miles, so I'm always on the lookout for the best airline prices, whether that means paying out of pocket or using my miles. While there's no definitive answer to the question of when to buy international plane tickets, I've gotten pretty good at finding deals on international flights. Here are my X best tips for when to buy when traveling across the pond.

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11 Places to Grab a Free or Cheap Cup on National Coffee Day (9/29)

11 Places to Grab a Free or Cheap Cup on National Coffee Day (9/29)

For me, coffee is up there with kittens and cookie dough as the best thing on earth. If you're a fellow fan of the bean, join me in celebration! Tomorrow is National Coffee Day, so we rounded up everywhere you can get a free (or cheap) cup o' Joe. You're welcome.

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How to Revamp Your Apartment for Less than $50 a Room

How to Revamp Your Apartment for Less than $50 a Room

What does your home decor say about your personal style? Perhaps you've borrowed from your relatives so much that your only hope is to wait for "Florida Retirement Home Chic" to become a thing. Or maybe there's life left in the brightly colored plastic accessories you bought for your first apartment and you're waiting for "Dorm Room Chic" to re-enter the scene.

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Black Friday Predictions: The 2016 Walmart Black Friday Ad

Black Friday Predictions: The 2016 Walmart Black Friday Ad

Walmart's Black Friday ad is the hottest of the hot. Every year, when Black Friday season starts to heat up, we get comment after comment, email after email, begging for information about Walmart's elusive Black Friday ad. While this frenzy can be fun, the truth is that you don't need the Black Friday circular to plan for your holiday shopping at Walmart. Why? Because the old ads tell us everything we need to know. 

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6 Steps to Saving Your First $1,000

6 Steps to Saving Your First $1,000

As we've said many times in the past, emergency funds are crucial. You probably already know this, but getting your emergency fund to the point where it can actually help you in a time of need is easier said than done.

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Yes, You Really Are Seeing the Same Black Friday Deals Every Year

Yes, You Really Are Seeing the Same Black Friday Deals Every Year

From one year to the next, the bulk of the Black Friday sales are more or less the same as they were the year before. And before you get upset, this is actually not a bad thing—if we know that certain items and categories will be marked down by the same amount every year, it makes it a lot easier to make up a holiday shopping list and realistic budget.

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4 Ways Peer-to-Peer Lending is Changing the Game

4 Ways Peer-to-Peer Lending is Changing the Game

Peer-to-peer lending isn't a new concept, but in the past decade, it's really taken off online. Peer-to-peer lending connects people with a little extra cash with those in need, a process which is infinitely better -- both for the consumer and the economy -- than other options, like taking out a payday loan.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Online Shopping Scams

5 Tips for Avoiding Online Shopping Scams

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, many consumers are opting out of the mall experience, and choosing to play Santa on their laptops, tablets and mobile devices. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly half of all holiday shopping in 2015 was done online, and that number is only expected to grow in 2016. But while shopping online is convenient, it can also make you an easy mark for scammers.

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom (for Under $100)

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom (for Under $100)

My husband and I just bought our first house together, and we're currently in the middle of some serious DIY renovations. Last month I wrote about our kitchen upgrades: we put in some new tile, painted our cabinets and installed some new hardware I scored at Overstock for just $40 total! Next up? The bathrooms.

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