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How to Haggle on Prices During the Holidays: Electronics, Cars, More

ICYMI: We talk negotiating prices for holiday shopping savings this morning on Megyn Kelly TODAY. The electronics store and car lot can be a particularly good places to haggle. Exhibit A: When consumers tried to negotiate electronics prices in person, a survey found 59% were successful (for an average $84 in savings). Try questions like: “Could you do any better?” or “How could we arrive at a better price for this?”

 

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Where (and When) to Find the Biggest Black Friday Bargains

Jill Martin and I join Megyn Kelly TODAY with shopping advice. Hint: If video games or computers are on your list, Thanksgiving Day could be your best bet.

 

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“V-Commerce”: How Direct-to-Consumer Products Cut Out the Middleman

On TODAY this morning, I talked with Savannah Guthrie about “v-commerce” — new online shopping companies called digitally native vertical brands – and how they aim to cut costs by eliminating the middleman.

 

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How to Plan and Pay for Your Kids’ College (and Beyond)

This year’s average college graduate left with more than $37,000 in debt, up 6 percent from last year. On TODAY this morning, I talked how to plan for kid’s college expenses.

 

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How to Talk to your Middle School and High School Kids About Money

On TODAY this morning, I went over how to talk to your middle- and high-schoolers about money. One money management key for kids? Provide an allowance that corresponds with exactly what you expect them to pay for — like entertainment, gas or clothes.

 

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How to Teach Your Kids the Value of Money From an Early Age

On TODAY this morning, I talked tips for raising a money-savvy kid with JJ Ramberg. Hint: Kids need to see cold, hard cash. Help them set up three jars for saving, spending and giving.

 

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Save Money and Calories With Lightened-Up Fried Chicken and Mac and Cheese

The first step towards making low-calorie, budget-friendly meals is just that — make your meals vs. ordering in or dining out. Restaurants not only hike up the price, but they also often overdo it on the butter, oil, salt, starch and fatty toppings. On TODAY, Joy Bauer and I have three make-at-home dinners that clock in at less than 500 calories — and less than $5 per person to cook.

 

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7 Tips to Make Weeknight Meals Faster and Easier

On TODAY this morning, Joy Bauer and I go through tips to make weeknight meals faster, easier and cheaper! If you really want to get more bang for your buck, double the recipe so you’ll have plenty for leftovers — and also freeze to eat at a much later date.

 

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8 Ways to Cut Calories and Costs at the Grocery Store

Do you feel like you spend your entire paycheck at the grocery store? You’re not alone. On TODAY this morning, Joy Bauer and I talk tips for cutting costs AND calories when you shop.

 

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New Cars vs. Used Cars: Why Pre-Owned Vehicles May Be Your Best Bet

Last year, new cars sold for a record average of $34,077. That’s up 13% over the last 6 years. Used cars, on the other hand, sold for around $19,000. With 3.5 million cars expected to come “off lease” soon, the time is ripe for used car buyers to strike. On TODAY this morning, we talked about how to know you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

 

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