If you love buying holiday gifts at deep discount but hate dealing with Black Friday crowds, you’re not alone. According to an eBay Holiday Shopping Survey, 72 percent of shoppers start buying gifts early in order to find a better selection. However, 76 percent would still rather give something up—such as social media for a week (38 percent), sugar or carbs for a month (35 percent), or caffeine for seven days (32 percent)—than stand in line on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. One in four (26 percent) would even rather have a root canal than line up in the hopes of scoring a holiday bargain.
Geocaching is Frugal Family-Friendly Fun
How much does the average American family spend on entertainment each year? According to data on consumer expenditures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the answer was $2,913 in 2016, an increase of 2.5 percent over the year prior. That’s a lot of cash in an economy in which wages are stagnant and the costs of essentials such as food, housing, and healthcare continue to grow.
Make the Most of Your Grocery Budget with BigOven
How much food do you throw away each year? If you live in an average American household, the answer is $640 according to a study by the American Chemistry Council. Other surveys have resulted in much bigger estimates, up to $2,200 in food waste per family annually. Either way, that’s a lot of wilted produce, expired dairy, and leftovers winding up in our nation’s landfills each year. And a whole lot of wasted money to boot.
Put Your Finances in a Good Place with Network for Good
With the end of the year approaching, people are starting to think about the holidays and how to spend their money wisely during the busy gift giving season. But this year, consider giving to not only your friends and loved ones, but charitable organizations and non-profits as well. A good portion of the funds that support their good work throughout the year are collected during the holiday season.
Save and Make Money with Wimdu
It’s a dream for many people to travel to amazing places without spending a ton of money – especially those who are on a budget. It’s even more of a dream to think that you could make money on the side while you’re exploring the world. With Wimdu, you can make those dreams come true as you beef up your bank account while you’re on the road. Wimdu is a home and apartment sharing site, offering accommodations around the world. Much like rivals Airbnb and HomeAway, Wimdu’s platform allows owners to rent out their homes. Meanwhile, travelers can book rooms at a low cost, making it a financially-winning proposition for both traveler and host.
Know the Ins and Outs of Taxes to Protect Your Financial Future
Many Americans and American businesses would love to save more money and pay less taxes. The issue is heightened even further, as the Trump Administration and Congress considers making significant changes to the US tax code. Plus, the end of the year is nearly upon us, so many taxpayers are making last minute plans to put themselves in the most financially-prudent position ahead of next year’s tax filing deadline.
Shopkick: A Rewards App That Helps People Save Money on Shopping
Whether you count shopping among your favorite hobbies or dread spending money in any form, the free Shopkick app can make all of your purchases more fun. Based in Redwood City, California, and founded in 2009, Shopkick is on a mission to reward consumers for the shopping they already do as well as drive sales for retailers without the use of coupons or discounts.
CommonBond: Affordable Student Loans and Education Loan Refinancing
Student loans are big business. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, more than 44 million borrowers now carry more than $1.4 trillion in education loan debt with the average debt per student borrower at $27,857. These are numbers that will continue to grow as the cost of tuition rises along with interest rates on federal and private student loans. In July, the interest rates on new federal loans increased to 4.45 percent. The average variable rate on private student loans grew to 7.81 percent, while the average fixed rate stood at 9.66 percent.
Slangit: Simple Definitions for Technology Newbies and Confused Parents
Do you know what CMOS, GPIO, Microkernel and Boot Sector to 411, Beast Mode, FTW and PHAT mean? The online world is full of technical terms, slang phrases, acronyms and abbreviations that sometimes only make sense to computer programmers, IT professionals and teens—until now.
Thanks to Sharpened Productions’ TechTerms and Slangit dictionaries, even those of us who are less than technologically savvy or long past our teenage years can now decipher the often-confusing jargon we may encounter in tech blogs and software manuals as well as on our children’s mobile devices.
Segmint: Marketing Technology Driven by Data
Segmint offers a technology platform that leverages actual consumer data to help marketers send relevant messages at the precise moment they’re considering a purchase.
“It’s like looking at your credit or bank statement, and making sense of all of that data,” according to Rob Heiser, co-founder, president and CEO of Segmint.
Digital Assets In a Digital World
The cryptocurrency ecosystem is changing, thanks to companies like ShapeShift that are giving individuals the power to digitally exchange assets quickly and without possessing an account. The company vows that a user will never have to create a password, submit an email address or sign up in a lengthy process. ShapeShift’s goal is to be the fastest, most private and most convenient way to swap digital currencies.
Boxcryptor: Cloud Security for Everyone
If you routinely store files somewhere other than your computer’s hard drive, you are probably saving them to the cloud—the network of servers that essentially make up the Internet. While some cloud servers host services—such as Adobe’s Creative Suite or Gmail—others store a variety of data and are becoming increasing popular with business and individual users alike. Dropbox has over 500 million users. Google Drive boasts more than a million paid customers, and millions more who subscribe to Microsoft’s Office 365 use OneDrive to store their documents, photos and videos remotely.
Protect Your Land and Your Pocketbook with The Conservation Fund
Wildfires, hurricanes, floods, new construction, deforestation, the damming of lakes and rivers: There are constant changes and challenges facing the millions of acres of land in the United States and the people who live and work on them. That’s where The Conservation Fund comes in. RewardExpert spoke with Jena Thompson Meredith, the Fund’s vice president of business partnerships about what makes the organization unique and how anyone can help protect the Earth.
Keeper Security: Stopping Hackers with Secure Passwords
If you’ve ever had an email account, you’ve likely received a message similar to this one:
Dear customer, our courier has attempted to deliver your parcel today, but you could not be contacted at the address or on the phone. Because nobody could sign for the parcel, we have deposited it at our local office, leaving you a notice in your mailbox. To claim your package, please visit our office with a printed copy of the delivery notice. A scanned copy of the UPS Missed Delivery Notice can also be found by clicking here.
Moovit: The Biggest Crowdsourced Public Transportation App That Will Help You Get Around
Wouldn’t it be nice to know your bus was going to be ten minutes late so you could wait inside instead of standing in the rain? With the Moovit app, you can keep tabs on your transportation. RewardExpert had the opportunity to speak with Steve Swasey, Moovit vice president and head of global communications, about how it works.
How Millennials Can Strike Financial Gold
Nowadays,millennials are often the brunt of jokes and sometimes even personal scorn. However, like any other generation, not all Millennials fit the stereotype. Some strive for financial success.
Swapalease: The Largest Automotive Lease Marketplace
Are you looking for a new car that has the latest technology? Need a vehicle with a little more pizazz but want a short-term commitment and not a lot of paperwork hassle or money down? Or do you have a lease that you would like to get out of? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then Swapalease may be the right option for you. RewardExpert spoke with Scot Hall, Swapalease’s executive vice president of operations, about why getting in or out of a lease through Swapalease can save time and money.
The Zebra: An Online Car Insurance Marketplace
Do you find it frustrating to find comparable car insurance rates? Are you tired of scouring through dozens of websites trying to find the best options? Do you feel like you’re paying too much for car insurance? If you’re seeking a clear cut, black and white option of viewing quotes in an efficient and cost-effective way, look no further than The Zebra.
Trade with Confidence with eToro
Social trading and investing platform eToro represents more than six million registered members from 140 countries, revolutionizing the way people access financial markets.
The company makes the trading experience more social, enjoyable and transparent by offering FX, commodities, indices, CFD stocks, ETFs and cryptocurrencies. David Berg, eToro’s UK regional manager, talked with RewardExpert about how traders are in more control than ever.
What You Do While on Vacation Could Cost You Your Job
If you’ve paid any attention to advertising in the last 15 years, you’re probably familiar with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority slogan “What Happens Here, Stays Here.” Not only did the phrase drive millions of fun-seekers to Sin City, it also inspired a movie trilogy. Too bad it’s often wrong. Depending on federal and state laws, as well as your employer’s policies, your conduct while on vacation—or even just after hours—could have a direct effect on your job.