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Some Amazon Shopping Tips

by Michael on Dec 19, 2013

With the holiday shopping season in high gear, I just wanted to share some Amazon shopping tips… The first is that, for those with Amazon Prime, you can get an extra month of Prime added to your account (a so-called “Prime Extension”) if they miss the promised delivery date. Policy […]

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Amazon Now Offering Sunday Delivery

by Michael on Nov 11, 2013 · 4 comments

This is just a quick note to let you know that Amazon will be offering Sunday delivery in select markets starting this week. They’ve teamed up with the USPS and will offer this as a free service to Amazon Prime customers. While Sunday delivery will only available in LA and […]

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Price Matching Amazon

by Michael on Oct 25, 2013 · 5 comments

With the recent changes in their shipping policy as well as the fact that they’re now collecting sales taxes in a lot more places than they used to, I just wanted to remind you that both Target and Best Buy match Amazon’s prices. And yes, this works. I’ve requested (and […]

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This is just a quick note to let you know that Amazon has decided to increase the threshold for their so-called “FREE Super Saver Shipping” from $25/order to $35/order. That’s a big bummer for those willing to wait for their stuff. In short, this makes Amazon Prime look even better. […]

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2013 State Sales Tax Holidays

by Michael on Jul 19, 2013 · 2 comments

It’s that time of year again… Time to think about back-to-school shopping. And you know what that means, don’t you? Time for a state sales tax holiday! While five states have no sales tax whatsoever, those of us who live elsewhere aren’t so lucky. But in 17 of the states […]

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Is Angie's List Worth the Money?

by Michael on May 9, 2013

This morning, we awoke to water in the cabinet under our kitchen sink. Not a huge amount, but anything more than none is too much. Normally, I deal with these sorts of things myself. But this time around, I didn’t. For starters, I couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong. […]

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Effect of the Internet Sales Tax

by Michael on May 3, 2013 · 2 comments

I mentioned the internet sales tax debate in passing about six weeks ago. At the time, the Senate was talking about giving states more power to collect sales taxes. Ultimately, they wound up voting on a non-binding measure in support of doing just that. And it passed easily, with bi-partisan […]

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Cheaper Isn't (Always) Better

by Michael on May 2, 2013

In response to yesterday’s money saving tip, a reader named James e-mailed to warn against making decisions based primarily on price: “Trust me, there are many things more important than a cheap price. Most people just can’t get this through their heads. I have seen countless people burned by the […]

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