Holiday shopping? Don’t forget that extra cash back

Holiday shopping? Don’t forget that extra cash back

When you’re using your credit card to buy holiday gifts, it’s easy to forget those cash-back bonuses that some card issuers offer.

Extra cash on rotating categories. Some bank-issued credit cards offer extra cash back of five percent or so on merchant categories that change every three months. So your card may give you additional cash when you shop at electronics and drug stores during one quarter and at home improvement centers and discount stores the next.

For instance, from … (read more)

Back-to-school shopping guide

Back-to-school shopping guide

School-supply shopping on the cheap
Back-to-school shopping is the second-biggest spending spree of the year. The average parent with kids in grades K-12 will spend $ 688.62 on supplies, clothing, and electronics for the new school year, according to the National Retail Federation. But you don’t need to fork over nearly that much if you allow yourself enough time and keep to a budget. Use our money-saving strategies.

How to handle a college student’s money needs
Your child is heading … (read more)

Dyson DC39 canister vacuum with Ball Technology

Engineered to follow faithfully, DC39 is Dyson first canister vacuum cleaner with Ball Technology for stable maneuvering around the tightest corners. Canister cleaners are often awkward to steer and can topple. They lurch into furniture, veer off at tangents and may be difficult to pull. Like an errant shopping cart, their crude casters drift across hard floors and get buried in carpets, so more force is needed to keep them on track. And reliant on bags, they can lose suction, too.

Sitting on a ball, DC39 has a lower center of … (read more)

New Incandescent Lightbulbs – Now There’s a Bright Idea

Everybody seems to be talking about it – Californians can start saying goodbye to traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs now that the state has become the first in the country to require a new standard for the screw-base bulbs.

Experts say the new rules, which took effect New Year’s Day, will save residents money and energy. California is already the nation’s leader in energy-efficiency standards.

As of Saturday, what used to be a 100-watt light bulb manufactured and sold in California will have to use 72 watts or less. The 72-watt replacement bulb, also called … (read more)

Ten Money Saving Tips – Read This Before You Buy

Here are some handy tips to consider if you really want to save money on your next appliance purchase:

1. Buy Last Year’s Model
If you don’t mind owning last year’s model, you can shave hundreds of dollars off of your appliance purchase. Best time to shop: September and October when stores are under pressure to clear space for the new arrivals.

2. Shop the Scratch and Dents
A small scratch or dent could become your best friend if you’re on a tight budget. Ask the sales associate if they have any damaged … (read more)

Linux your kitchen with Electrolux Infinity I-Kitchen refrigerator

The Electrolux Infinity I-Kitchen refrigerator, launched in Brazil has a touch screen on the top door, which is getting attention from computer devotees all around the world. The main fascination is the fact that the touchscreen interface is equipped with GNU/Linux operating system. Already in 1999, Electrolux presented the Screenfridge, a refrigerator that helps the consumer with grocery shopping and dinner ideas, keeps track of what he or she has in the fridge, and functions as a message centre for the whole family. This was the start of a development towards smart appliances. … (read more)

2010 Kitchen Contraptions Holiday Gift Guide – Gift Ideas for Cooks – Kitchen Gadgets

Looking for the perfect gift for the kitchen lover on your gift list. We’ve got ideas in just about every area of the kitchen. Check below for links to our featured items in this year’s Kitchen Contraptions holiday shopping guide with our comments and thoughts on why this is a perfect gift. Also you will want to check out our 2009, 2008 and 2007 holiday shoppping guides which are filled with cool gift ideas as well.

Le Creuset Stoneware Large Utensil Crock – Who … (read more)

Paying for Your Next New Appliance

Household appliances are generally so reliable, having one break down takes us by surprise. The hassle of shopping for a new appliance is trouble enough without worrying about paying for it too. Plan ahead, because the dryer is not going to sound out announcements before it conks-out.

Repair or Replace?

The first decision to be made is if you really need a new appliance, or if repairs are in order. If the repair costs half the price of a new appliance, seriously consider buying new, says Mark Kotkin at Consumer Reports. According to the magazine’s … (read more)