A while back, I mentioned the second-cheapest wine carries the worst value at a restaurant.
That tip got me thinking—what other menu items are especially bad deals? I mean, I know I’m not getting a great value on food by eating at restaurants in the first place. But I love the whole experience of dining out; it’s my budgetary splurge. Still, I’d like to know–what are the worst food deals at restaurants?
As much as I love cheeseburgers, I don’t eat them everyday.
They’re delicious, but they’re also pretty damn unhealthy. And I’d like to avoid a slew of cheeseburger-related health problems. I love my cats, so I do the same for them. I don’t buy them junk food. I buy them healthy food, and that usually means it’s a little more expensive.
I don’t mind paying a few extra bucks to keep them healthy, but some pet food brands are overpriced and sneaky. To avoid overspending on pet food, watch out for these five words. Continue reading
Like most thrifty people, it pains me to throw away food. Seriously. I’m not above taking garnish home in a doggy bag.
If you want to save money on groceries, avoid food waste. You can avoid a large amount of food waste by questioning expiration dates. I’ve written about the folly of printed expiration dates in greater detail here.
Basically, most of them are pretty inaccurate. And, according to a Harvard study, this causes hundreds of billions of pounds of food waste annually. So how do you find more accurate expiration dates? Continue reading
A busy, uninformed shopper is a retailer’s dream customer.
When you don’t have time to think about your shopping habits, you simply head into the store and go with the flow, not giving your experience too much thought. You’re in and out; you’re not going out of your way to save money, and you’re probably spending way more than you should.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, your shopping experience is designed to get you to spend as much as possible. Learn these five sneaky retail tricks to save money during your next trip. Continue reading
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working with the kind folks at Lifehacker to help launch a personal finance sub-blog for their site. I’m super excited to say that Lifehacker Two Cents has officially launched! As of today, you can head over to the site and see my posts.
Check out Lifehacker’s announcement
Two Cents will be filled with the same type of stuff you’re used to reading at Lifehacker: productivity tips, practical advice, interesting studies, etc. But at Two Cents, all of the content will be money-related. For example, check out this post I wrote on paying off your student loan debt by volunteering. Continue reading