Alpha Consumer

December 2010


7 Ways to Make Extra Money in 2011

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Job security might be out, but freelance, contract, and temporary work is in, which makes it easier than ever to moonlight as a graphic designer while you spend your days as a public relations rep. Slimmer staffs mean companies often need the extra help, and new websites offer free tools match ...

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How to Double Your Savings Rate in 2011

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At the website MyLifeList.org, where people share their goals, some of the most popular, life-changing goals include becoming financially independent, buying a first home, and starting a business. All of those dreams take money, which is why we rounded up the best advice from financial experts on ...

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5 Tips for Hassle-Free Gift Returns

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As hard as we try to pick out the best gifts for family and friends, we’re going to fail some of the time. The National Retail Federation estimates that about one-third of consumers will end up returning gifts this year. That’s not necessary a bad thing, since returning gifts gives recipients a ...

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Gen Y’s Frugal Holiday Shopping Plans

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If you put 20-somethings on your holiday shopping list, be warned: You might not be getting much in return. One in three members of Gen Y plan to spend less on each person to stay within their budgets, according to the Western Union Payments Money Mindset Index. That younger generation reports ...

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Holiday Shopping Tips from an Expert

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Kit Yarrow, consumer psychology professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and coauthor of Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail, knows how to shop. After all, she’s a professional: Her job involves studying how other people make their purchasing ...

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5 Money Lessons Every Woman Should Learn

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Manisha Thakor, co-author of On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl's Guide to Personal Finance, wants you to be financially secure. Specifically, she wants all women, and not just the high net-worth ones catered to by the financial services industry, to have access to the same personal finance lessons ...

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personal finance