This morning on TODAY, expert appraiser Kate Waterhouse and I took another stab at finding a treasure amongst the keepsakes in your attic. And you know what? One of you submitted an item that despite a purchase price of $1, was worth $10,000! To see what that item is — and to see what it takes to derive some value from an old Pez dispenser — check out the video clip below. And if you have an item you would like us to appraise, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This morning on TODAY, we brought back appraisal expert Kate Waterhouse to help assess the value of some old items viewers unearthed from their homes. Are these items trash, or treasure? Find out in the video clip below.
Is the key to a better economy dads who do more diapers? According to a fascinating new piece by Catherine Rampell in the New York Times Magazine, the answer to that question might be yes. This morning, I went on Morning Joe to talk a little more about this issue. Check out our discussion in the video clip below.
Whether you want a raise or just help with the housework from your husband, there are certain things you can do to help make the negotiation go your way. This morning, Glamour editor Cindi Leive and I talked to Kathie Lee and Hoda about exactly what you can do to flip the odds in your favor. Take a look:
One-quarter of Americans over the age of 65 and half over the age of 85 have some sort of cognitive impairment, which can be a big problem when they have to make financial decisions. So how do you know when your own parents might need help? I went on the TODAY show to talk about how — and when — to take over your parents’ checkbook. Take a look:
According to new research from the Urban Institute, people in their 30′s and 40′s are falling behind when it comes to building wealth. The other morning, I went on Morning Joe to talk about this troubling trend as well as the specific things — like housing — that are tripping people up. To see our full discussion, check out the video clip below.
This week on Frugal Friday, we’re focusing on the furry members of the family: our pets. And in addition to linking to as many cute pictures of puppies as we can, we’ll also be talking about the major pet spending categories — and how you can save on each.
The American Pet Products Association recently released a survey that revealed we spent a whopping $53 billion on our pets last year. Of that figure, $20.6 billion was spent on pet food. Now, we love our pets as much as the next person, but the thing to remember is that as long as the food you buy them contains real meat ingredients, they’re not going notice incremental differences in quality beyond that.
“I don’t believe owners have to go to organic,” veterinarian Karen Halligan said. “It’s not documented that they live longer, like humans do.” She noted that owners should look at the first two ingredients in any pet food to make sure that they’re meat-based and not veggie-based. With a veggie-based food, there’s more filler, which Halligan said means “your pet has to go to the bathroom more because it’s pooping out all the filler.”
To save money on your chow of choice, check out Petco.com, which is running a 20% off promotion across its entire website – and sales prices are good through March 28. Also, if you have a favorite brand of pet food, don’t forget to check its website to see if they’re offering any coupons. Purina, for instance, is currently offering five different coupons for various cat and dog food products.
It’s important to protect your pet from fleas, ticks and other ailments, but doing so can be costly. Halligan recommends looking into generic versions of pet medication, just as you’d look for generic versions of the medicines you use for yourself. When it comes to flea and tick protection, her favorite generic — because it’s been tested extensively — is PetArmor, which retails for nearly half of what you’d pay for the “name brand,” Frontline Plus. Halligan noted that Frontline Plus is great for treating a flea infestation, but if you’re simply looking to prevent fleas, PetArmor is just as effective. And in addition to retailing for a lower price point, PetAmor is also currently offering a $5-off coupon on its website.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a large yard and electric fence, you’ll need a good leash that can withstand wind, rain, and your dog trying to nab the scraps of pizza that fall in the street. Vet Halligan advises avoiding the temptation of buying a leash because it’s pretty — instead, you want something that fits the dog you own. That means something thick and durable for your Rottweiler, while you can get something a little lighter for your 10-pound Yorkie. Kmart is currently running a 10% promotion on the latter type of leash, the Majestic Pet Lead Purple – and they’re throwing in free shipping, too!
To see more tips on saving money on your pets — as well as some adorable guests — check out Jean’s TODAY segment on the subject in the video clip below. Also, because we ran out of time to mention these on-air, a special thanks to PetSmart for providing our affordable cat food (Grreat Choice Shredded Ocean and Tuna, for $0.40 per can), Petco for providing the giant rope dog toy (which retails for $27.99), and Henri Bendel for the striped leather dog leash.
Do you have any treasures hidden in your attic? This morning on TODAY, I teamed up with an appraisal expert to talk about how to assess the value of antiques and other “priceless” items you may be holding onto. To see our tips — plus a surprise appearance from a very special guest (my husband!) — check out the video clip below.
According to a new survey from Fidelity, parents and adult children are having a hard time talking about their finances and setting expectations about caregiving. Among the most concerning statistics from the findings: 97% of parents and adult children disagree over whether the children will take care of their parents in the event of illness. I went on the TODAY show this morning and, along with psychiatrist Gail Saltz, talked about how to have these important conversations. To see our tips, check out the video clip below.
Welcome to Frugal Friday, a new weekly feature in which we highlight the best deals for the weekend — and beyond. You may know that Jean has a similar segment on the Today show — sometimes we’ll repurpose those deals, often we’ll feature new ones we find.
If you’re planning home improvements or need some new eyeglasses — widely different categories, I know — this is your week. Here’s what’s happening in each area:
- Ace Hardware is handing out FREE quarts of paint for the next two Saturdays — March 9 and March 16 — as part of their aptly-named “Free Paint Saturday” promotion. The brand on offer is Clark+Kensington paint+primer in one. The best part: There’s no obligation to buy anything else in store. You simply print out this coupon and head to the store while supplies last. It’s first come, first serve.
- As you may have noticed on Facebook — they’re heavily advertising this one, at least in my feed — Coastal.com, an online eyewear company — is running a “First Pair Free” program. Coupon-eligible frames — so not every pair of eyeglasses on the site, but many — are free to first-time customers. You pay shipping, which averages about $12. Not bad! Single vision lenses and coatings are included, but you may upgrade to other lenses at an added cost. Here’s a link to the frames that are included — you’ll want to enter the coupon code FIRSTPAIRFREE at checkout. Note that sunglasses are not a part of the promotion. This offer is for a limited time, though Coastal.com says an end date has not yet been decided.
On the segment this morning, we also featured viewer Amanda’s tip for saving money. I’d love to hear your tips as well — and they may be featured in an upcoming Today segment! Email them to me at email@example.com.
“We have 4 credit cards with different cash back bonuses (1-5%). Each month I put sticky notes on them so we know which card to use at which location. For instance, normally I would use Chase at a restaurant (3%), but when Discover gives 5%, we know to use that card instead. Everything that can go on a credit card, does. As long as you have the discipline to pay in full every month and pick cards with no annual fees, it works great! We are on a very limited budget and still make $500-$600 a year in bonuses.”
And, in case you missed it, here’s the full segment from this morning’s Today: