Category: Spending

How Hire a Contractor for Less Without Sacrificing Quality

Posted in Spending by Smarter Spend

contractor paintSome people have the skills and knowledge to complete any job around their home – no matter how big or small. Are you one of these people? If not, you may find yourself in need of professional help from time to time.

Hiring a contractor is not as simple as it sounds. You may think that this is as easy as calling around, setting up a few appointments for quotes, and making a final decision. While these steps are all part of the process, you need to dig deeper to ensure that you are on the right track.

Top 5 Craigslist Scams to Avoid

Posted in Personal Finance, Spending by Smarter Spend

If you are looking to buy an item online, Craigslist is a great place to start your search. You can find a wide variety of items for sale at discounted prices, such as tools, small electronics, furniture, and large appliances. You can also find apartments for rent and automobiles for sale – maybe even a job!

However, the site is frequented by predators, folks who have developed rather ingenious scams to take your money. Unlike eBay and Amazon, you do not have the option to review seller feedback ratings. As it says on the home page of Craigslist: buyer beware.

4 Great Ways to Save Money on a Date (Without Looking Cheap)

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A list you can actually follow

Sociologists have proven time and time again that when the economy is in a recession, the number of marriages goes up. What might seem like an anomaly can be easily explained by the fact that repetitive dates with one person cost less than one date with numerous people. This list is aimed at couples (aspiring and well-entrenched) that want to keep the passion strong without leaving a hole in the wallet. Saving money should be everyone’s lifestyle, but you don’t want to overdo it to the extend that it might cause your partner to doubt your long term chances and labeling you as a “cheapo.”

5 Hottest Electronic Deals for Easter Week

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First of all, Happy Easter everyone! I hope you enjoy the weekend and have a great time with your families.

The iPad was released yesterday and there is a lot of hype surrounding it, so I decided that its a good time for a post on great electronic deals you can find during the Easter weekend. I am hoping people find this post resourceful so that I continue posting posts about money saving deals on Smarter Spend.

These are the 10 hottest deals I found for electronics during Easter.

1) Sylvania 19” 720p LCD From Amazon.com – Price: $151.68
Price at next lowest retailer: $169.99 from Target

Save Money at Home: Part 4 – Save Money on Clothes

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This is the fourth installment in our “Save Money at Home” series. Refer back to the other posts for more ways to save money at home.

This series consists of the 4 posts below:

Part I- Save Money on Electronic Bills
Part II – Save Money on General Utilities
Part III- Save Money on Groceries
Part IV- Save Money on Clothes

Save Money on Clothes

I have made a habit of beginning these articles with the amount the average household spends on the topic being discussed and this article will be no exception. The average family of four spends $187 a month on clothing – a significant investment for items that could last many years.

Save Money at Home: Part 3 – Save Money on Groceries

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This is the third installment in our “Save Money at Home” series. Refer back to the other posts for more ways to save money at home.

This series consists of the 4 posts below:

Part I- Save Money on Electronic Bills
Part II – Save Money on General Utilities
Part III- Save Money on Groceries
Part IV- Save Money on Clothes

Save Money On Groceries

The average family of four spends $244 a week on groceries. This translates to over $1,000 a month – a large expense for Americans that can become a very heavy burden if the times are tight. However, the good news is that wherever the spending is high, the saving potential is high too.

Save Money at Home: Part 2 – Save Money on General Utilities

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This is the second installment in our “Save Money at Home” Series. Please refer back to the other posts for more ways to save money at home:

Part I- Save Money on Electronic Bills
Part II – Save Money on General Utilities
Part III- Save Money on Groceries
Part IV- Save Money on Clothes

Save Money on General Utilities

In our previous post, we highlighted 5 ways you could save on your electronic bills and came up with an average savings of almost $150 a month. In this article, I will show you how to save money on your general utility bills.

Save Money at Home: Part 1 – Save Money on Electronic Bills

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Save Money at Home Series: Introduction

After several investing topics, I have decided to return to writing about saving money with a series about “Saving Money at Home.” As many of you know, I have been writing about saving money for over a year now, and believe this would be a great way to give great tips on building smarter spending habits where the most money is spent- at home.

The series will consist of 4 posts:

Part I- Save Money on Electronic Bills
Part II – Save Money on General Utilities
Part III- Save Money on Groceries
Part IV- Save Money on Clothes

El Pollo Loco Promotion – Only for SmarterSpend readers!

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SmarterSpend.com has received a limited time special promotional coupon from El Pollo Loco for a free Steak Taco! Check it out below:

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El Pollo Loco is moooving from the coop to the field with its newest menu items. While we’ll still offer our famous citrus-marinated flame-grilled chicken, Sirloin steak is making its debut in a big way. Our new Sirloin steak menu items include:

Two Steak Tacos: citrus-marinated, flame-grilled Sirloin steak, with cilantro and onion in authentic corn tortillas

Grillmaster Steak Taco: citrus-marinated, flame-grilled Sirloin steak layered with melted Jack and Cheddar cheeses and topped with fresh Pico de Gallo and guacamole in an authentic grilled flour tortilla

Cut Cell Phone Costs and Save Big!

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Many people do not know that the base plans cell phone companies offer are just enough to cover their costs.  The multibillion dollar conglomerates such as Verizon and Sprint make their money by selling you the add-ons. Those extras each month can easily double your bill and over the course of a year cost you hundreds of dollars. That is why it makes sense to pay attention to this as a cost cutting exercise. Here are some cell phone bill charges that you can and should look at in order to see if you can cut and save money.

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