Archive for July, 2008

Easy-Bake Oven sheds light on savings

I’m constantly looking for better ways to explain Spending Smart strategies, whether in print or during television and radio interviews. One struck me recently as I watched a TV rerun of “Friends.” Monica mentioned something about cooking with a light bulb in an Easy-Bake Oven. That illuminated a light bulb for me.

The child’s toy Easy-Bake […]

Chase Freedom Card

In a recent Spending Smart newspaper column about rewards credit cards, I mentioned in passing that the Chase Freedom Visa Signature card was a decent rewards card. I got several reader e-mails about that brief mention; some critical of the card, some supportive.

In the column, I said a good card for big spenders is the […]

Bubbles and abundance

On a beach vacation recently, I had a revelation about soap bubbles.

My 3-year-old nephew had a plastic toy gun that dispensed rapid-fire bubbles. One quiet evening on a patio facing the Atlantic Ocean as the sun set, he pulled the trigger and 100 or so bubbles streamed out in frantic exodus.

Of course, it took only […]

Bucking inflation

There’s very little good news about inflation in consumer prices. We’ve all seen it – at the gas pump, at the supermarket and everywhere else, it seems.

If you’re looking for a silver lining, look at fixed-price items. As prices rise, items whose price stays the same become relatively cheaper.

Two examples are the dollar menus at […]