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Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Shopgirl: Take a break and just be social

Focus on what's happening right in front of you this holiday season -- without alerting Instagram.
By Gracie Shepherd

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Coupon Lady: Bulk stores or grocery stores?

Using coupons, I can usually beat the bulk store price on most items, and I can also beat store-brand prices when I'm stockpiling.
By Carol Gunter

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

The Coupon Lady: Stockpile coupons to get the best deals

If you are serious about saving money using coupons, you need to make sure you have enough.
By Carol Gunter

Shopgirl: Ads creeping onto Instagram

Have you noticed how ads are creeping onto your Instagram feed? I have, and so far I don't seem to mind all that much.
By Gracie Shepherd

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

HTC, Nokia offer giant phone choices

The Nokia Lumia 5120 and HTC One Max, or phablets, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.
By Anick Jesdanun

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

What to buy in December

You can find fall- or Thanksgiving-themed items and some wedding supplies on clearance starting this month. New sales will focus on Christmas items, including deals on Christmas décor, wrapping ...
By Carol Gunter

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

The Coupon Lady: Black Friday deals

I've decided not to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day, but if you choose to hit the stores, have a plan in mind before you go.
By Carol Gunter

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

New Kindle Fire poses challenge to iPad Air

On the heels of Apple's new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag.
By Anick Jesdanun

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Coupon Lady: Soap nuts get laundry clean

Soap nuts are actually berries that contain high concentrations of saponin, a natural surfactant, which is what actually lifts out the dirt in clothing when you wash your clothes.
By Carol Gunter

Shopgirl: App uses text-to-video to condense news

Wibbitz is a new app that gathers news articles from all over and uses text-to-video technology to condense it into short videos that give you the important points.
By Gracie Shepherd

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

Flylady tackles cleaning chores in steady bursts

This week was hectic. Now that Halloween is over, it's time to put up the spooky decorations and start decorating for fall and Thanksgiving. 
By Carol Gunter

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

With price cuts, MacBook Pro is tempting

With new laptop models and price cuts, Apple is making it tougher for customers to choose - in a good way.
By Anick Jesdanun

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Coffee shop joins with restaurant

Buona Caffe, that great neighborhood coffee shop on Central Avenue, recently announced it will be partnering with Edgar's Grille for its food items.
By Gracie Shepherd

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

The Coupon Lady: Get organized for holidays

If you are trying to save up for Christmas, this is a great time to start collecting coupons.
By Carol Gunter

JewelMint offers reasonably-priced accessories

Trendy statement jewelry is so much fun, but its a silly thing on which to spend a lot of money. You don't have to go Forever 21 or Charming Charlie cheap, though, if you join one of my new, ...
By Gracie Shepherd

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Surface great for work

New Surface tablets are great for work, but lack the fun and style of iPads and Android devices.
By Bree Fowler

Shopgirl: Another fun time-wasting app

BitStrips allows you to construct little one-panel comic strips starring you and your Facebook friends.
By Gracie Shepherd

The Coupon Lady: What's on sale in November?

Halloween costumes and decorations will soon go on sale. It's a great time to stock up for next year.
By Carol Gunter

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Shopgirl: Oyster Books offers extensive library

I'm a diehard fan of hardbound books, but Oyster Books has a new idea that might warm me up to the idea of reading from a screen.
By Gracie Shepherd

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

The Coupon Lady: Make gentle cleansers at home

My father's medical treatment leaves him with very fragile, sensitive skin that gets irritated easily. I have started making some household cleaners as a result.
By Carol Gunter

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