My Mom’s 3 Biggest Money Management Secrets Revealed

May 10, 2015

I love my mom. And despite the chores, the time-outs, and the “Because I said so!” moments, pretty much everything I ever needed to know to succeed in life, I learned from her. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, her maternal management even taught me how to make the most of my money. Here are the three best tricks she ever showed me. 1. Fill Up the Penny…

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Bad Deal: Groupon Called Out for ‘Discount’ Nexus 7 Offer

May 7, 2015

Groupon is catching some flak this week after posting a deal on Google’s Nexus 7 tablet that used some questionable math and didn’t offer much of a discount. On Tuesday, a poster to Reddit’s Android forum accused the company of misleading customers with the deal, which offered a refurbished version of the 16 GB tablet for $189. The problem, noted the poster, is that Groupon (GRPN) presented the deal as…

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J.C. Penney’s Makeover Do-Over: What the Latest Backpedal Means

May 4, 2015

All you shoppers out there: J.C. Penney (JCP) is admitting that its five-month-old radical pricing strategy — which ditched most sale events and all coupons in favor of 40% lower prices every day, “month-long” discounts on select items and “best” price bargains twice a month — has confused you. And it simply hasn’t worked. The chain’s decision Thursday to revive clearance sales, which it had previously reviled, and drop its…

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Extreme Shoppers Score $8,000 of Stuff for $1,300

April 28, 2015

Prev1 of 5Next NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — How’s this for holiday savings: a shopping haul of remote control cars, tablets, warm coats and boots worth $8,000 for just $1,300. That was how well extreme couponer Joni Crothers and her “coupon-tourage” of 14 friends and family members did after 15 hours of shopping at 10 stores in Toledo, Ohio, on Black Friday. It works out to about $450 an hour in…

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4 Tips to Beat the Back-to-School Shopping Blues

April 25, 2015

Whether you want to believe it or not — and I certainly don’t — we’re already entering back-to-school season. This retail bonanza, like the Christmas season, seems to begin earlier every year, and you have to play the game if you want to catch the sales. Or do you? The best strategy may be to wait it out, something I’m planning to do with my kids this year. One is…

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Penney’s Sales Keep Sliding as Customers Shun New Pricing Plan

April 16, 2015

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO NEW YORK — Six months after J.C. Penney Co. launched a bold new pricing plan, customers still aren’t buying it. The midprice department store chain reported a bigger-than-expected loss and plummeting sales during the second quarter, as its customers remain confused by the new pricing strategy that ditched hundreds of sales in favor of everyday lower prices. The bleak performance marks the second straight quarter of steep…

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Daylight Savings Doughnuts: The Best Deals This Weekend

April 7, 2015

Every Friday, DailyFinance scours deal sites, social media and retailer emails to find the best deals that are available the coming weekend. Here are a few of the best we found. Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday morning, when your clock jumps from 1:59 a.m. to 3 a.m. and the days “suddenly” get longer. To celebrate, Krispy Kreme is offering a free original glazed doughnut in a promotion entitled “lose an…

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J.C. Penney’s Real Problem Isn’t ‘No Coupons or Sales’ After All

April 1, 2015

Mannequins display the store’s new spring fashions at a J.C. Penney store in Queens, New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)J.C. Penney’s disastrous sales plunge under CEO Ron Johnson has been widely attributed to his “fair and square” pricing strategy, which did away with the vast majority of its sales and coupons. But many shoppers say they’ve ditched the the retailer for an entirely different reason: They just don’t…

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Save Some Green for St. Patrick’s Day: This Weekend’s Best Deals

March 26, 2015

Every Friday, DailyFinance scours deal sites, social media and retailer emails to find the best deals that are available the coming weekend. Here are a few of the best we found, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Whether you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City or Savannah, Ga., Priceline has got your back with some insane green deals that are valid through March 20….

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