This week in deals: Save $45 on your hotel reservation over $300 at Travelocity

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 12:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

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Summer break is almost here! So it's time to break-out the water toys, swimsuits and get the grill cleaned to kick off the summer season.

In preparation, I have to go shopping for a lot of things. Both my girls have outgrown their swimsuits, we don't have any water toys and a grill? Sounds like a perfect Father's Day gift!

If you missed out on all the awesome Memorial Day sales, you still have time to catch some of the action. Here are this week's top 5 deals: 

Deal #1:
 If you've taken some time off for the summer, you're probably thinking about taking a vacation to the various destinations across the world. Use this coupon from Travelocity to save $45 on your hotel reservation over $300. Expires 6/30/2013.

Deal #2: Are you thinking about taking a fishing trip or maybe even a camping trip with the family? If you need some goods to make it happen, use this coupon from Sports Authority to save 20% off your entire purchase. Expires Today!

Deal #3: It's officially swimsuit season, especially in my neck of the woods. If you need a new swimsuit, take advantage of this coupon from to save 35% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping. It beats out last week's offer. Expires Today!

Deal #4: You can never have too many clothes. Right now, use this coupon from LOFT to save an extra 50% off your sale purchase. Expires 5/30/2013.

Deal #5: Whether you're going to go on a golf outing or a ski trip, use this coupon from Bogner to save 30% off your entire purchase. They also have a winter sale going on right now with items up to 50% off. Expires 7/01/2013.

Let's get ready to play! See you next week when I bring your 5 more incredible offers!


Five things to know: Are you at risk for a cyber attack?

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

If you’re online, you’re at risk, experts say.

“The fact of the matter is we as a society do more and more and more stuff online — that’s individuals, that’s governments, that’s businesses — and when you do that … what we call the threat surface has grown exponentially,” said David Salisbury, a University of Dayton professor of information systems.

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Although cyberwarfare gets a lot of attention, said Jeff A. Hughes, president of Tenet3 in Riverside, “there’s a lot of everyday threats I think people should be equally as focused on.”

Experts have these tips on the ways you personally may be at risk online and on the job.

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Here are five ways you can protect yourself:

  • Spear phishing or phishing: Clicking on an email attachment may unleash malware that infects your computer. Experts say be wary of what you click on if you don’t know its origin or the sender.
  • Ransomware: A hacker demands money to remove malware from your computer,which may have neen infilitrated by clicking on a phishing email. The malware would restrict or shutdown your ability to use the system. “There is one way to avoid being wiped out by ransomware and that is to back everything up you don’t want to lose … and then physically disconnect it from your computer,” Salisbury said.
  • Credit card skimming: A noted concern at gas station fuel pumps, running your credit card through a skimming device could let a thief walk off with credit card data. “These are vulnerable to quick hacks,” Hughes said.
  • Social media: The information you share online could be crafted by criminals to develop a specific spear phishing intrusion to target you, Hughes said. Experts recommend setting privacy settings to keep out those you don’t want snooping in your social media accounts
  • Don’t answer requests for personal information online.


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10 things you can do this week to drastically improve your finances

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

The more money you save now, the richer you'll be later. So how do you actually make that happen?

It can be a lot easier than you may think.

Changing your spending and saving routine doesn't have to be a life-altering process. By making a few small changes and establishing good habits, you can improve your financial life without even changing your lifestyle. 

To help you get started, we've rounded up a list of things you can do over the next week that will drastically improve your finances both now and down the road. 

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Follow this simple chart to become a millionaire

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 2:34 PM

If you've always aspired to become a millionaire, or just thought about it from time to time, there’s a helpful chart that can turn your dream into a reality.

Financial blogger Lyn Alden published the following chart on her website that reveals how much you need to save every month, plus the annual rate of return, in order to reach millionaire status in 25 years. 

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The best uses for your old cellphone

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 2:25 PM

I was at a local dealership yesterday -- shopping around for a used car of course -- and one of the employees asked what I do for a living. I wrote "writer" down on my information sheet, which piqued his interest.

I proudly explained that I was a staff writer for Clark Howard. His eyes lit up. He went on for several minutes explaining how Clark's messages have helped him throughout the years -- he even told me he attempts to share some knowledge with customers. Pretty neat! Hopefully you guys are out there spreading some money-saving and scam-avoiding tips. 

After his praise for Clark ended, we began discussing some of our own "life hacks" or quick tips. His main area of interest: usage for old cellphones. I shared some of the tips we have on (see below) and some additional ones, which got me thinking -- this is great info everyone should know about! 

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