Trendy toys are often some of the hardest things to find discounts on during the holiday season. While Black Friday yields killer prices on everything from clothes and electronics to appliances and home goods, the most popular seasonal toys aren't usually priced more than a few bucks off, even during the hottest holiday sales. But if you have the Target Cartwheel app, you might just be able to score all your kids' favorite things at a 50 percent discount. Here's how.
Coupons are awesome. I'm a big fan of the little jolt I get when I paste coupon code into the "Have a promo code?" section of the shopping cart of any given online retailer. Paper coupons are awesome, too, although I use them less often.
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.
If you're a seasoned renter like myself, you've (perhaps literally) been around the block a few times when it comes to seemingly unfair rent prices. Maybe the end of your lease is approaching, and you've just been informed that your rent will go up if you decide to re-sign. Or maybe you're making a move to the other side of town, and the place you've got your heart set on is just a tad overpriced.
So, you've decided to start traveling on the cheap using points and miles! Good for you. They've served me well over the years, but I know firsthand that getting started can be overwhelming. Here are some tools to help get you organized and ready to maximize your miles!
Sure, it's only June, but we know it's never too early to start planning for how to save on holiday shopping. So we're going to let you in on a dirty little secret about Black Friday, five months in advance: Anyone can get almost anything at its Black Friday price well before Black Friday.
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Keeping a car in the city can be incredibly expensive. In Chicago, we pay for insurance (which is more expensive because it's the city), city stickers that allow residents to keep a car inside the city limits, and many of us also rent parking spaces, especially if street parking is particularly difficult, or there's no other way to have your car on campus, or having to move your car for street sweeping days is a little too much of a headache. Maybe it's time to try living a car-free lifestyle.
Update: We've cut $100 off the plan!
Below you'll find a blueprint for a family of four to go to Walt Disney World for
about $100 $1.10, including airfare, 5 nights at a hotel on Disney property and 4 days in the parks. This trip has a street value of $4,000-$5,000 and should take less time to put together than the average Disney-bound family needs to save for their vacation.
DIY can be a fun way to add a personal touch to your life and save money in the process, but before you drop everything to bust out a Pinterest-perfect project, take a moment to consider your options.