Squawkback: Is frugal living just a fad?

I’ve been asked this question a lot lately. While promoting my book the media have consistently asked if I think we’ll return to our spend-thrift ways after the recession. I’m always stumped with this line of questioning because I’ve never been good with predicting the future. So I want to know what you guys think. […]

Squawkback: What Are Your Tips for Buying Used Cars?

Buying Used Cars

It has been a while since I’ve posted a Squawkback reader question. I’d love to hear your tips, gotchas, and tricks when shopping for and buying used cars. Ever since my “better half’s” 2005 Subaru Impreza was in a crazy accident and declared a total write-off by the insurance company, we’ve been in the market […]

Squawkback: Are you spending less this holiday season?

I’m a pinch of Grinch with a dash of Scrooge when it comes to holiday spending. I’ve never seen the point of breaking the piggy bank for a chubby guy in a red suit. I love the festivities, but I do not love the bills. Question: Given the current economic climate, are you spending less […]

Squawkback: Are you being overcharged at the grocery register?

Grocery price scanners. They’re supposed to make buying food at the register fast, easy, and accurate. But it never fails. I guesstimate every 12th or so grocery item in my cart is scanned incorrectly, overcharging me. Since I watch closely, I can’t help but notice how many scans are inaccurate and ding me extra dollars. […]

Squawkback: Are you shopping the Black Friday sales? How much will you spend?

It’s the time of year when we stuff ourselves with turkey and then reach for the Black Friday ads. Yes, this Friday marks the day when shoppers line up for hours before stores open, hoping for big discounts and deep pre-Christmas sales. I’m always amazed to watch media footage of shoppers crowding shoulder-to-shoulder waiting for […]

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