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How Bartering Saves Me Money

How I Save Money By Bartering

Where I live in rural Michigan, bartering is very common. I make deals with neighbors and friends all the time to get what I need without parting with any cash. This helps me reduce my spending and save more money. The key to bartering is that the exchange has to be mutually beneficial. Both parties...

Is The Stock Market Closed On Memorial Day 2022?

Is The Stock Market Closed on Memorial Day 2022?

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that honors veterans who died serving their country. It’s celebrated on the last Monday of May every year. Because it’s a national holiday, many banks, businesses, and government offices shut down to observe it. If you’re an avid trader, you may be wondering, is the stock market closed on...

How to save money at restaurants

How to Save Money at Restaurants

We all know eating out is more expensive than making food at home. Restaurants mark up their food by a whopping 400% on average. So you can save a bundle by purchasing ingredients at the supermarket and cooking your favorite takeout meals yourself.  However, some of us aren’t gifted cooks and can’t make chef-worthy dishes...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Anniversary

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Net Worth 2022

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s anniversary is coming up on May 19th. They got married in 2018 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Now that they’ve been married for four years, you may be wondering what this power couple’s combined net worth is.  Prince Harry and his wife Meghan dominated headlines when they exited...

Fast Food Has Become So Expensive

Why Has Fast Food Become So Expensive

If you’ve visited the drive-thru recently, you may be wondering, why has fast food become so expensive? Fast food used to be a convenience most Americans could afford. Dollar menus made it possible to feed the whole family on a budget. However, because of rising food costs, many fast food chains moved away from value...

Why I Regret Buying a Big House

Why I Regret Buying a Big House

My partner and I moved from our 700 square foot apartment in Greater Boston to a farmhouse on ten acres of land in rural Michigan last year. Our home has 2,000 square feet of finished living space upstairs and downstairs. There’s also a partially finished basement that we turned into a rec room.  Compared to...

Why I Avoid Marketing Messages

Why I Try to Avoid Advertising

Ads are everywhere. It’s estimated that the average person sees between 4,000 and 10,000 ads every day. Because we view marketing messages so often, they’re bound to influence our behavior. According to a recent survey, about 90% of consumers say advertisements affect their purchasing decisions. In my experience, seeing ads and marketing emails can cause...

Is Target Open on Easter Sunday?

Is Target Open on Easter 2022?

Target has everything you need for your Easter celebration. From candy to Easter baskets to spiral ham, Target has it all. If you have to pick up some last-minute gifts for your kids or ingredients for your big family dinner, you may be wondering, is Target open on Easter Sunday? Here’s everything you need to...