Why You Should NOT Just Walk into the Apple Store to Buy Your Mac

Why You Should NOT Just Walk into the Apple Store to Buy Your Mac

There’s nothing special about a Mac purchased from the Apple Store. The ghost of Steve Jobs doesn't sprinkle magic iDust on it, and the Geniuses haven’t loaded it up with bonus software.

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This Credit Card Rewards Hack Helps You Save on Everything From Taxes to Gas

This Credit Card Rewards Hack Helps You Save on Everything From Taxes to Gas

We've written about the benefits of Bank of America's credit cards in the past, but if you really want to maximize your relationship with Bank of America, see if you qualify for Preferred Rewards. The coveted rewards program can earn you up to 2.62% cash back, and even give the opportunity to pay less on your taxes.

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Are Gift Card Exchange Sites a Scam? No. Here's Why.

Are Gift Card Exchange Sites a Scam? No. Here's Why.

We post a lot of discounted gift cards here on Brad's Deals. Makes sense, right? We are a deal site, after all. Inevitably, after we post a popular gift card deal, we'll get a flood of reader comments calling these deals “scams," often from people who've had bad experiences in the past. 

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5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Rent

5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Rent

I want to present you with two quick facts about renting. Maybe you already know them.

1. The global rental industry is worth about $26 billion, according to The Economist.

2. You can rent a puppy, according to several Google searches.

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Don't Get Duped: 4 Ways to Spot a Fake Department Store Sale

Don't Get Duped: 4 Ways to Spot a Fake Department Store Sale

It's hard not to get taken in by a good department store sale. When the tag shows a 50 percent drop in price, it's only natural to feel like you need to snatch it up, but what if the tag is lying to you?

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AAA Discounts: 74 Stores & Services Offering Discounts for AAA Members

AAA Discounts: 74 Stores & Services Offering Discounts for AAA Members

We've said it before and we'll say it again. You should almost never pay full price for anything. AAA (American Automobile Association) is one of the most common associations that snags you great discounts on travel, retail, dining, and more.

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8 Items You Should NEVER Buy Used

8 Items You Should NEVER Buy Used

"Buy used" is probably the most popular advice given to someone looking to save money, and it's not bad advice—most of the time.

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How I Turned My Chase Sapphire Reserve 100k Bonus into a Trip Around the World

How I Turned My Chase Sapphire Reserve 100k Bonus into a Trip Around the World

When the Chase Sapphire Reserve card premiered in August 2016, it made quite a splash. It's not everyday we see cards offering bonuses of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points just for meeting the minimum spend requirements, so of course I signed up right away. When those 100,000 points hit my account, I was eager to use them. How? I took my fiancée on a nine-day, around-the-world adventure to the Maldives for her birthday. It was a whirlwind trip, but one of the best we've ever taken.

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Got a 100k Avios Bonus With Your British Airways Card? Here's How to Spend It

Got a 100k Avios Bonus With Your British Airways Card? Here's How to Spend It

The Chase British Airways Visa Signature Card is currently offering up to 100,000 Avios for new cardholders. Here are the best ways for you to use those Avios around the world.

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How I Took a $20,000 Luxury Vacation for (Nearly) Free!

How I Took a $20,000 Luxury Vacation for (Nearly) Free!

As the personal finance and travel editor here at Brad's Deals, I make it a point to maximize my savings when I travel. When my fiancée wanted to visit the Australian Open in Melbourne to celebrate her graduation from an MBA program, I set out to find a way to get us halfway around the world for less, without having to sacrifice on comfort. As flights from Los Angeles to Australia run more than 13 hours each way, finding ways to redeem points and miles for premium seating was a must.

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