The Case for Shopping on Black Friday in 2020

Like most things in 2020, Black Friday won’t be the same this year. But at least in the case of holiday shopping, change might not necessarily be a bad thing. If you’re thinking about shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, here’s why you should — and at least one reason you shouldn’t. The day still holds meaning … Continued

Upgrade Your Old Car With New-Car Tech

Time has marched on since you last bought a car. You may love the reliable, low-mileage car parked in the garage but still long to make a hands-free phone call or summon up a song off Pandora. But you don’t need to spend $35,000 on a new car just to get a rear backup camera … Continued

Holiday Money-Saving Strategies That Can Backfire

Holiday marketers have your number, and they know how to entice you to spend. You try to rein it in. But two favorite strategies can lead to spending more, according to a 2018 survey by the Center for the New Middle Class, a research organization funded by Elevate, which lends to credit-challenged borrowers. Consumers who … Continued

Hunger on Campus: How College Students Can Get Help

When college students paying their own way have a financial hiccup, they have to make hard choices about how to spend their limited funds — and some turn to their food budget to close a gap. Gina Higgins, a mechanical engineering student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, has paid for school with a … Continued

Drink Up Savings at Starbucks

One Starbucks grande Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam, please. Even if your order sounds fancy, enjoying your coffee shouldn’t have to put you over budget. Whatever your drink of choice, following these tips could help keep you from overspending at your favorite coffee spot — without giving up your habit. Write a money … Continued

Why Streaming Services Are the New Credit Card Rewards Binge

When it comes to credit card rewards, it’s not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and streaming subscriptions.   The trend toward streaming rewards, in particular, is hard to miss, with cards from American Express, Chase and Wells Fargo now featuring streaming … Continued

Back-to-School Shopping: Kids Influenced by Social Media Push Parents to Overspend

Kids pushing their parents for the coolest in back-to-school gear is a late-summer tradition, and today, youngsters have some backup: social media influencers. Peer and social media influences on children are not news unto themselves, but it turns out these factors are affecting how parents spend their back-to-school dollars, according to a new NerdWallet survey … Continued

These Types of Apps Could Prompt Impromptu Spending

While some apps help you save money, others have a way of encouraging you to spend more. Changing how you connect with these types of apps by deleting them, not downloading them in the first place or limiting your interaction with them can help you rein in your spending. Subscription-based apps Many subscription services and boxes … Continued

5 Good Times to Shop for Almost Anything

There’s a best time to buy just about anything, but knowing which product will go on sale at what time isn’t always easy. So here’s a list of general shopping rules that can apply to most things you’ll buy. With these tips, you can figure out the best time — or at least a good time … Continued

What to Buy (and Skip) in July

If you’re looking for a large helping of summertime savings, July comes just in time. This month will serve up plenty of promotions, including Fourth of July deals, Black Friday in July sales and ice cream freebies. To make the most of July’s discounts, here’s a category-by-category guide for what to buy (and a few things to … Continued