shopping

Retirees, Do You Shop Differently?

Posted on 08/20/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’ve been asking a lot of retirees recently, “Now that you’re retired, have your shopping habits changed and, if so, how?” My mom says that she and my dad have been shopping together more. “I always did all of the shopping, but now we almost always do it together,” she said. “It’s definitely been a change for both of us, but overall it’s worked out pretty well and we probably spend less because of it. It helps to have an extra pair of …

Score Great Fourth of July Deals

Posted on 06/25/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI love the July 4th holiday– picnics, parades, fireworks, and a chance to spend time with family and friends celebrating our nation’s independence. And it’s also a chance to do a little shopping and score some terrific deals, if you know where to look. Although summer isn’t known for being the best “bargain season” of the year, with consumer spending still sputtering along like a sparkler that turns out to be a dud, it looks like this year many retailers …

Last Minute Christmas: Big Music, No Wires

Posted on 12/19/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyThe following is a guest blog from Steve Morgenstern, who frequently contributes technology content to AARP. You can read more from Steve here, and catch all his guest blogs here. For more and more of us, our phones hold all of our favorite music. But what about listening out loud, and sharing your tunes with others when you’re back home? A new wave of Bluetooth-equipped speaker systems from Bose, Aliph and Logitech makes it easy to fill the room with your phone-based …

Shopping for the Cheapskate Chef

Posted on 12/19/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsEverybody in my family knows that I love to cook (cheapskate-style, of course).  So for holiday gifts, people often give me kitchen utensils or small cooking appliances.  Now, I love my family dearly and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind their gifts, but I like to keep things simple in my kitchen. I’m not big fan of novelty kitchen gadgets that just take up space. Do I really need a special tool to remove olive pits, AND another one to remove cherry pits? But …

Hey Cheapskates, What’s the Best Deal You’ve Scored?

Posted on 10/24/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you spend as much time hanging out with frugal folks as I do, you quickly realize a few things about them. First, they tend to be a pretty happy lot. I think that’s because they’re not all stressed out about money, like a lot of people these days. They usually live debt-free or close to it, and so they don’t have those worries like so many Americans.

Shopping Improves Health! (“Duh,” Say Women)

Posted on 05/14/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health Yes! Science has finally confirmed what women have known all  along: Older men and women who shop  frequently live longer  than those who don’t. Shopping provides companionship, exercise and the chance to  maintain a healthy diet, say researchers in Taiwan who studied  nearly 2,000 men and women aged 65 and over. The study was  published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The researchers found that those who shopped just once a week or less didn’t live as long …