How to shop smart. Part 5 of 5

Ditch the Overdraft Protection It sounds nice, but it’s actually a way for banks to tempt you to overspend, and then charge a fee for the privilege. Find out more about overdraft protection overdraft protection and other banking mistakes to aviod.

How to shop smart. Part 3 of 5

Shop Solo Ever have a friend declare, “That’s so cute on you! You have to get it!” for everything you try on? Save your socializing for a walk in the park, instead of a stroll through the mall, and treat shopping with serious attention.

How to shop smart. Part 1 of 5

Evaluate Purchases by Cost Per Use It may seem more financially responsible to buy a trendy $5 shirt than a basic $30 shirt—but only if you ignore the quality factor! When deciding if the latest tech toy, kitchen gadget, or apparel item is worth it, factor in how many...