Smart Spending


Should you go for elite loyalty rewards?

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Are you a rewards program elite? It’s not as easy to figure out as you might think. One-third of consumers aren’t sure where they stand in retailers’ reward programs, according to a new survey from Colloquy. Blame increasingly complicated tiered programs that offer different perks based on how often you visit and how much you […]

Home design help–free!

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Confession time: I love home improvement shows, but when it comes to my own space, I’m a little indecisive. What if that bold paint color is an eye-sore? Will the different patterns on the rug, comforter and curtains look cool–or clash? There’s some good news for design-phobes like me. Several retailers, including West Elm, Pottery […]

Making home improvements pay off

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Sad but true: Home improvement projects don’t necessarily improve home…value. At least, not enough to offset the cost of the project. On average, you’ll get about two-thirds back, according to Remodeling Magazine. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to renovate regardless of whether it’ll get you a better price when it’s time to […]