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Outsmart Old Man Winter with Home Improvements

  Did you hear the dismal forecast? The vaunted Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a torturous mix of above-normal precipitation and below-normal temps this winter. Is your home ready for the frigid onslaught? It’s estimated 30 percent of your heat and, in turn, energy-related dollars go out the window and doors. And that stat says nothing […]


Have you saved enough for retirement?

A number of online savings calculators demonstrate how much your savings will be worth in the future. Just plug in your current savings, how many years you plan to save, and average annual gains and — thanks to compounding interest — you see how your savings grows with time. But these calculators don’t give you the full […]


How to outfox the grocery store, and save

Our efforts to save $$$ on groceries — from racking up points on our loyalty cards to clipping coupons — may be futile, unless we know the tactics employed by retailers to get us to part with our hard-earned dollars.   When we’re aware of these tactics, we respond accordingly and employ our own “tricks” […]


To clip or not to clip? Coupon values slide, as consumer goods climb

You don’t have to take couponing to the extreme like the shoppers featured on several reality television shows may, in order to save money. In 2010, the average savings per coupon was valued at $1.44, so you can easily see how even a few coupons per week could add up. It’s estimated that the average […]