Sales and discounts seem to be everywhere as the holiday season approaches. But are these offers really all they’re cracked up to be? The truth is retailers use all kinds of sneaky tricks to get you to spend. Here’s what smart shoppers need to know to avoid being taken in.
Bait and Switch
A top brand laptop is advertised on sale at an amazingly low price. But when you get to the store, it’s sold out. Of course they have a more expensive model they’d be happy to sell you. ... [More]
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another holiday, it’d be best to regard the advice from popular holiday carols and “make your list and check it twice” to avoid a “bah-humbug” state of mind. Holidays incite conflicting reactions for many people; positive experiences gathering with family and friends and post-holiday stress of credit card bills for those gifts for family and friends. It's important to plan your spending so that you can dream abo... [More]
The holidays can put a strain on even the most careful budget. But with good food, good company and good times to be had, you’ll want to push the money worries to the back of your mind. One simple way to do this is to find great savings on one of the largest spending pitfalls of the holidays – gift buying. To help you manage the costs of the toys, clothes and jewelry you need to buy, we’ve compiled a “quick hits” list of sneaky ways to save on gifts this holiday sea... [More]