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NEW YORK Amazon is expanding its lineup of Dash buttons, its 'Jetsons'-style devices that let you reorder a particular product with a single touch. The online retailer says the buttons offer 'quick and easy' convenience but they won't necessarily help you save money.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:01

Make your groceries last longer

I mentioned in a prior article in November that Americans waste 96 billion pounds of food each year. According to the USDA Economic Research Service, an average household of four throws away over $1.000 per year in food broken down, about 17 percent of dairy, 20 percent of vegetables, 15 percent of fruit, 18 percent of the grains, 25 percent of seafood, and 33 percent of the meat you buy goes to waste.

As I cleaned up the kitchen this past weekend, I found myself throwing away some stale bread, a very black banana, and leftovers that began the reproduction process through some furry babies. I couldn't help but think about the waste both in terms of food and my wallet and how I could avoid it.

Published in The Frugal Edge
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 16:21

Fa La La Land

As we all rush into this holiday season, it settles me to know that to my children, there's nothing essentially different about Christmas. You didn't expect me to say that, did you? The pat response to the yuletide is something like this: 'It's a magical season of joy and giving.' Yeah, yeah, yeah. There is joy. There is giving. We all know they're excited about the presents. My kids love singing a good 'Jingle Bells, Batman Smells' just as much as the next kids do. But, kids, they live in 'fa la la' land all year long.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 23:59

Til you drop

I'm not a shopper in the conventional feminine sense. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy buying things and I have fun playing with my new toys or flaunting nice new clothes. But I can't stand the process of shopping. The simple idea of waiting in long lines to do such a thing makes my blood pressure rise. But this time of year pretty much ensures some type of shopping has to happen. And now I have the kids to take into consideration when it comes to planning for the holidays.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:53

Tis the season to spend it at home!

Here we are again heading into the peak holiday retail season. Many retailers small and large are depending on these next few weeks to end the year on a positive note. For some, these next weeks will mean the difference between staying in business in the new year or hanging out the 'closed for business' sign.

As you make your shopping list, please do your part to support our small businesses and wherever possible keep it local. Small Business Saturday will be celebrated nationwide this weekend. It's essential to the fabric of our communities to support our small businesses any time of year but this time of year especially.

Published in Local Business
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 23:33

What we girls want!

'Tis the season for retailers to pay attention to what we girls want and when I speak of 'girls,' I'm talking about women who are just hitting their prime in their 40s and 50s and beyond! These are the women who are going to be out and about shopping for their children, grandchildren, parents, nieces/nephews, siblings, co-workers, friends and neighbors for the holidays. Many of these women are accomplished, successful and confident - with enough life experience to know what they want and what they don't!

Published in Local Business

It would have hard to guess 10 years ago that we would be using cell phones to help us save money on goods and services today. Such shopping techniques using smart phones and tablet computers are becoming increasingly popular, and thanks to numerous applications ('apps' in mobile phone vernacular) you can use your mobile devices to not only find what you need but also to save quite a bit of money.

Whether you want to save money on gas or reduce your travel expenses, there's probably an app that enables you to do it. In fact, no matter where you are, you can consult your smart phone or tablet to reduce the price of just about anything, including items you shop for on a daily basis.

Many of these shopping apps scan barcodes and subsequently find detailed information about specific products, redeemable coupons, and also search the best price for a product in your area, either at a local store or online. Once you've found the product you're looking for, you can download another app to keep track of your finances.

Published in The Frugal Edge

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