Category: Money Wise

Posted on: May 23, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

What Makes a Successful Online Store?

Reading Time: 4 mins The share of online retail in the developed countries of the world is 10-15%, and this market continues to develop rapidly. The buying process has changed a lot due to mobile devices. Nowadays, you can buy almost everything online: from a regular ballpoint pen to a car. There are online supermarkets where you can order food, online stores selling clothes and shoes, personal computers, home appliances,…

Posted on: May 16, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

Should We Invest or Spend More Money on Vacations?

Dear Penny, After much personal sacrifice, we just paid off our last car loan, leaving us with only the mortgage and utilities as our monthly bills. My fiancé and I want to utilize our money to its fullest.  I’m torn between paying down our mortgage and investing. After our recent refinance, our mortgage interest rate is only 2.3%. We could get a higher return from stocks or real estate. My…

Posted on: May 15, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

Get Married for Less by Eloping

Just a few generations ago, elopements had a whiff of scandal. They were associated more with Romeo and Juliet types and shotgun weddings than with prudent couples trying to save money. Even the definition of “elope” has changed. It traditionally meant that the only people in attendance were the couple, officiant and required witnesses, and the wedding was carried out in secret, maybe on the courthouse steps. Today, it is…

Posted on: May 14, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

Cash in on These 7 Everyday Items

Why toss things in the trash when you can recycle them — and make a little money in return? By diverting certain items from the waste stream and keeping them out of landfills, you can also make extra money or help out worthy causes. From scrap metal to ink cartridges, bullets to construction materials, you can recycle a huge variety of items in exchange for cash or goodwill. Ready to…

Posted on: May 13, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

16 Repurposing Ideas to Help You Waste Less and Save More

You can repurpose a wine bottle as a vase to make your home more inviting. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder As we’ve adjusted to economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic and developed new consumption habits, the “waste-not, want-not” mentality has come back into play. But actually, “waste-not, want-not” — known today as “upcycling” or “repurposing” — is simply common sense, such as using plastic grocery bags to line the bathroom…

Posted on: May 12, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

Find the Frequent Flyer Programs Right for You

Air travel is expected to soar this summer and beyond as more people get vaccinated and receive the greenlight from the CDC to travel. It’s not likely there will be many deals as the airlines make up for lost revenue — so this is a good time to take advantage of frequent flyer programs. Here’s everything you need to know about frequent flyer miles and loyalty programs. Choosing a Frequent…

Posted on: May 11, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

Get 15% Cash Back on Online Purchases this Week with Rakuten

If you do any of your shopping online, this is the week to do it. You can get 15% cash back on your online purchases. We’re not kidding. Fifteen percent. A free browser extension called Rakuten has the hookup with just about every website you shop on, which means it gives you a kickback every time you buy. From May 10-17, it’s running a promotion called Big Give Week, where…

Posted on: May 10, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

How to Maximize Social Security Benefits for a Married Couple

Here is the scenario: You and your spouse are approximately the same age, and are asking yourselves and your financial guru about social security benefits. Chief in your minds is how to maximize social security benefits for a married couple. You are approaching the age when you need to make decisions about taking Social Security payments. Neither of you are required to take such payments at any age, but you…

Posted on: May 9, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

Make Money Collecting Vintage Computers and Gadgets

Reading Time: 9 mins Collecting vintage computers and technology is now one of the fastest-growing niches for collectible enthusiasts. Many older models are now considered collectable and are worth a considerable amount of money. And, as technology evolves and new models replace existing ones, more and more items become retro and later vintage. Collectors are fascinated by older tech and will pay a hefty price for rare times. This includes gadgets…

Posted on: May 8, 2021 Posted by: ABC7 Comments: 0

Nextdoor Reviews Can Save You Money

Ken Lyons had a sneaking suspicion he was paying too much for his weekly lawn service. At first, Lyons, who is The Penny Hoarder’s visuals director, was more than pleased with the lawn work. The person he hired was just starting his lawn business and had a few good reviews on Nextdoor, the hyperlocal social networking site that connects users with goods and services. So Lyons thought the $200 a…