Posts Tagged ‘frugal’

What to Buy in October

Posted on October 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

When it comes to shopping, October is an odd month sitting smack in the middle of the back-to-school frenzy and the holiday extravaganza. But there are plenty of October deals to be had. The best buys range from leftover items from previous months to goods discounted in advance of the big shopping days to come. Halloween Stuff – Unless you bought a costume and decorations last November, when prices were at their lowest, be on the lookout for bargains this month. The closer the holiday, the bigger the deals, as retailers try to clear the shelves by Halloween. However you won’t find many…

What to Buy in June

Posted on June 02, 2017 by Laura Lam

Warm weather, wedding season, and hurricane season all bring discounts in June. Consumers will also find continuing sales on some items that were good deals in May. Here’s a look at the best things to buy this month from Tropical Vacation – June signals the onset of hurricane season and sweltering temperatures in the Caribbean. For travelers willing to take their chances with the weather, this is the perfect time to scoop up deals on cruises and tropical vacation packages, especially for last-minute bookings. Alaskan Cruise – Mid-June marks the end of the off-season for travel to Alaska, a popular summer…

What to Buy in April

Posted on April 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

It’s officially spring, and retailers are preparing for warm weather and hotter sales. In April consumers will find deals on everything from travel to jewelry, as well as a few winter leftovers.  Although the selection of last season’s goods will be even slimmer than it was in March, prices may be deeply discounted.  Don’t be tempted by shiny new grills or bright new summer styles as better prices will be offered after the start of the season.  Here are this month’s steals and deals, from Car Accessories/Parts – April is National Car Care Month, so auto parts stores and service…

What to Buy in March

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

The weather in March may be variable, but retailers stick to a seasonal schedule no matter what – and that means savings for smart consumers. March is the time to hit end-of-season sales, fill the larder, and prep for warmer weather. Many February deals may still be in effect – but with much smaller selections.  Also, don’t expect to find deals on many big-ticket items.  Here are this month’s steals and deals from Cheapism. Buy: Valentine’s Day Chocolate – While the last half of February saw a decent selection of discounted chocolate after Valentine’s Day, the treats still on the shelves in March will…

Mindful Money: Keep Your Holiday Spending in Check

Posted on December 09, 2016 by Laura Lam

The overflowing expectations around the holidays can entice us to spend more than we can afford. Not only do we have bills to face once the decorations are put away, but 43% 0f respondents to an Experian survey say extra expenses also make the holidays hard to enjoy.  Now’s the time to plan so your December spirit doesn’t lead to January bills. Five finance experts on frugality what they do to avoid holiday overspending. Recognize your triggers Donna Freedman, author of “Your Playbook for Tough Times,” says you need to recognize your spending triggers. Are you trying to make the holidays…

Consumers Buying Less Expensive Gifts This Year

Posted on December 23, 2015 by Saldutti

Cheap is the new chic for holiday gifts.  More holiday shoppers are expected to change their attitude about gift giving this holiday season – in the latest twist in a theme that has played out since the recession. For nearly a decade, shoppers have been more cautious and practical about their spending, doing more bargain shopping and hunting for deals. But recently, shoppers have taken that practice a step further. They’re becoming more open to buying gifts that in the past might have been considered downright cheap. So, they’re not just looking for big discounts on extravagant, expensive designer and…

Save $1,000 by the End of the Year

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Saldutti

Saving is about discipline – and the best way to save is to start small and be consistent. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can save $1,000 by the end of the year by reducing or eliminating some expenses for three months and stashing that money away. These 10 savings steps from CNBC will hardly inhibit your current lifestyle and, if practiced, will provide you with some extra money as you head into 2015. Save your loose change – Putting aside fifty cents a day over the course of a year will allow you to save nearly 40% of a…

Summer Fun Could Cost You $1 Million

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Saldutti

Ah, summertime! That glorious season when school’s out and the living is easy. Days consist of sprinklers, swimming pools and sand between your toes. Evenings are filled with fireflies, s’mores and friendly porch swing chats. Of course, all this easy living doesn’t come cheap. Research shows that between vacation and keeping the kids busy with camps and other activities, summer fun can cost the average family of four more than $6,000. Add home improvement projects to the seasonal mix, and that total jumps to nearly $10,000! There’s nothing wrong with living footloose and fancy free a few months out of…

What to Buy in April

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Saldutti

It’s officially spring and retailers are preparing for warm weather and hotter sales. In April you’ll find deals on everything from laptops to travel, as well as some left-over March deals on winter items. Although the selection will be even slimmer on last season’s goods, prices may be deeply discounted. compiles this list of April’s steals and deals. Used Cars and Car Accessories/Parts – April is National Car Care Month, so auto parts stores and service centers will be running promotions to sell car accessories. If your vehicle needs a tune-up, this is a service to buy in April….

Toast to 2013: Bubbly Within Your Budget

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Saldutti

Beginning tomorrow, many of us will begin our New Year’s resolutions of eating healthy, frequenting the gym more often, breaking our bad habits and tightening our purse strings to achieve our financial goals.  But for tonight, savor those last hours of 2013 and let loose.  Pop the cork on a bottle of champagne and let the celebration begin. Champagne and New Year’s go hand-in-hand, but the sparkling stuff can get pricey. But there’s no need to flatten your wallet to mark this special occasion. found 10 champagnes costing $20 or less that garner comparable reviews to their more costly…