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Top Summer Travel Scams

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | TravelAs you look forward to a summer getaway, watch out for these common scams: Tricky tickets: Received a letter promising free or steeply discounted airline or cruise tickets? Read the small print — and between the lines — for words such as “eligible” and “guaranteed to win.” These mailers are often sent by vacation clubs as a lure to attend a high-pressure sales presentation where you’re promised huge travel discounts. The hook: You join by paying upfront fees that could approach five figures …

Black Friday Trends and Tips

Posted on 11/25/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsBlack Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, seems to be starting earlier every year. First we saw stores opening to hordes of shoppers at 4 a.m. Friday, then at 3 a.m., a few years back. Now some big-box retailers aren’t even waiting that long. They’re opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year, hoping families will eat and run to the nearest mall. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter So what …

5 Tips to Curb Holiday Travel Costs

Posted on 11/18/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsHoliday travel these days is a Santa-sized hassle and it can be a real budget buster as well. To curb your travel expenses, consider these tips: Leave your wheels parked at home. Since most rental cars nowadays come with competitive rates and unlimited free miles, it may pay to rent a car — and prolong the life expectancy of your own wheels. You might also be able to save on gas costs by renting a more fuel efficient car than …

Tax Day Freebies, Deals Near You

Posted on 04/16/2012 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you hate Tax Day, here’s something to make it a little easier to swallow: free food.  A variety of retailers and chains are easing the pain on Tuesday, April 17 — this year’s Tax Day — by offering freebies and discounts at shops around the nation. Some of the deals you can find on April 17 include: Free curly fries with a coupon at Arby’s. A free scoop of yogurt from 4-7 p.m. at Maggie Moo’s.   A free coffee sample (enough to brew a …

Garage Sale Tips and Yard Sale Finds: Take Our Week 2 Challenge

Posted on 04/9/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsBest time for Finds Out of all the seasons, Spring time is prime time for shopping at thrift stores, along with garage and yard sales.  With spring cleaning on everybody’s to-do list, this is the time of year when people sort through their unwanted items and either donate them to thrift stores or try to make a few extra bucks by selling them at a yard or garage sale. Fun Factor with Surprise Element Not only can you save a …

5 Bargains to Avoid

Posted on 02/27/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith everybody interested in saving a buck (or 20) these days, “bargains,” “sales,” and “special money saving offers” are popping up everywhere. Check your newspaper, smartphone, computer screen, or even the advertisements for cut-rate car insurance plastered on the toll booths on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I just saw those for the first time this past weekend. Sure, there are a lot of true bargains out there. But the consumer landscape during these tough times is also rife with “deals” that …