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How to Stay Safe When Shopping for Christmas Gifts Online

Posted by NerdWallet on Nov 22, 2016 9:11:04 AM

Want to avoid long lines and large crowds this Christmas season? Shopping online lets you zip through your list with just a few clicks.

Before whipping out your plastic, however, you'll want to make sure you're shopping on a secure site. Use these tips to keep your data safe.

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Topics: Christmas, Shopping, Security

Baby Shopping on a Budget

Posted by Chelsea Grueber, Administrative Assistant on Jul 20, 2016 3:27:43 PM

As soon as you become pregnant, you start to notice it—the blitzkrieg of marketing trying to sell you x, y and z “must-have” baby products. The reality, though, is that you can provide quality care for your newborn without buying every designer onesie, toy, and pacifier.

Here’s a quick guide to sensible purchases, ensuring that you’ll be ready when your baby comes.

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Topics: budget, Shopping, Baby, family

Fresh Produce All Year Long

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Assistant on Jul 15, 2016 12:58:43 PM

You know the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, but fresh produce can be expensive. Here’s how you can add fruit and vegetables to your menu without breaking the budget.

Produce is cheapest when it is in season; right now we are lucky to be able to enjoy locally grown cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, onions and many other delicious summer fruits and veggies.

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Topics: budget, Shopping, Local, health, Produce

Christmas Spending Is Getting Smarter

Posted by Melissa Egeler, Marketing Assistant on Dec 8, 2015 4:04:18 PM

The average American will spend nearly $900 on Christmas presents this year. If you have two adults in your household, that's almost $1,800.  The odds are good that you've already spent a good chunk of that on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday specials.  In looking at the sales numbers from the weekend, Americans are getting smarter about how they spend that money.  Brick and mortar stores suffered about a billion-dollar decrease in sales from 2014, largely avoiding many of the big-ticket items that lure customers into waiting overnight in cold parking lot lines.  Instead, consumers pushed online purchases to a record high of $4.45 billion, roughly 20 percent more than last year. At the time of this writing, Cyber Monday sales had not yet been released, so we can't compare those.  

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Topics: Saving, Christmas, Shopping, Spending

Gift Card Holiday Shopping Guide

Posted by Melissa Egeler, Marketing Assistant on Nov 13, 2015 12:01:05 PM

With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, Christmas shopping is on the minds of many.  You might have gotten off to a solid start but have a few people left on your list that have you stumped when it comes to deciding what to get them. One of the simplest ways to check them off as complete is to pick up a few gift cards.  Clearly, they have become a go-to gift given that Americans spent nearly $32 billion on gift cards last year.  So it should come as no surprise that you'll hear a lot more about gift cards as November rolls on. This is particularly true of your Facebook friends and family, who are probably choosing sides with one camp believing gift cards to be far superior to traditional gifts and the others finding them incredibly impersonal.  This guide will go over the case for and against gift cards and give yousome tips on how to save money when shopping forthem.

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Topics: Christmas, Shopping

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