You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But April brings a whole lot more to the table than just rainy days. We're talking major deals! After all, April is the month that spring cleaning starts, the school year begins to wind down, and wedding season starts up.
Credit card companies are always looking for fresh ways to get new customers. Often, this means putting out lucrative signup bonuses that reward you with cash back. These are great, but sometimes, the best deals are less flashy. A long period of 0% APR and/or the promise of fee-free balance transfers might not seem like a great reason to sign up for a credit card, but looks can be deceiving! These offers are actually some of the best on the market, and here's why.
Chicago is my kind of vacation town. It has a huge lakefront with beaches and parks, and it’s home to one of the most prestigious art museums in the country. Despite all this, it doesn't have to cost a fortune to visit, and maybe that's why it draws more than 40 million tourists ever year. I’ve written before about how I cut the cost of my vacation to Los Angeles in half, but you can cover even more of your trip if you know how to book it. Here’s how to visit Chicago for almost nothing.
You could say I'm a seasoned traveler. Every year, I fly more than 150,000 miles around the world, often riding business class and staying in luxury hotels. You might assume I'm rich, but you'd be wrong. I just know how to earn and redeem the points and miles offered by airlines, hotels, and credit card issuers. The truth is that collecting and spending these points and miles is not that hard – anyone can do it. Yes, even you!
Shopping online is convenient, easy and fun. But as with all good things, there's dark side to the world of online commerce. Whether you know it or not, your favorite sites are probably using pricing algorithms that change the cost of an item based on things like your browser history and your location.
Tax day: a time that strikes both fear and hope in the hearts of so many. Most people pray for a refund, but is that actually something you should want? While it can feel nice to get a big chunk of change in the mail, consistently getting a refund year after year can actually hurt your finances.
According to the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten, and ends up rotting away in landfills across the country. While much of this is food waste is due to poor farming and grocery story practices, consumer waste is still a major issue.
Marriott is one of the oldest and most expansive travel brands in the world, with 5,700 properties around the globe. Their loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, can be used to redeem free nights at any of these hotels, and because of the recent Starwood-Marriott merger, Marriott Rewards now extend to Starwood hotels as well!
Following at the heels of fellow retailers like Macy's, Walmart and Sears, which all recently closed hundreds of brick-and-mortar locations across the country, JCPenney announced it will be closing 138 stores this summer.