Decide.com take the guess work out of when to buy goods

Are you ready to make a big ticket purchase? When it comes to electronics and appliances, there is a ton of research that needs to go down before clicking ‘buy’. But one of the toughest things (especially with electronics) is predicting when a new release is coming – and avoiding the buyers’ remorse of picking up the final run of an item before a similarly priced improvement hits the web/stores. Thanks to Decide.com, you can get some high power algorithmic support in your corner to know (with a %-based certainty rating) when you should decide to buy. How do I use the site? Simply search an item, or scroll through their suggested purchases and look for the green BUY tag, or the red WAIT notification – it’s about as simple as that. What data do they use? They go on industry trends, prior release schedules and any tips they can put together. It’s obviously not an exact science, but they’ve got some great e-commerce experts helping set those trends and numbers. Can I get an example? Sure! I recently searched out a Macbook Air on Decide and it told me (based on Apple’s previous release schedule)

Savvy shopping for Canadians in New York City

Mogo blogger Jill Duke is about to outline some great shopping tips for The Big Apple. See how she spends and shops (and maybe saves?) her way through New York City as a Canadian on the move. Ahhh. Yes, Mogoers, ahhh. That’s the sound of your intrepid blogger on vacation. For the last few weeks, I’ve been hanging with friends, sipping wines, seeing Broadway shows, and spending money—somewhat wisely—in the best city on earth, New York. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying some much needed time off, but as I’ve been gallivanting around the city I’ve come to realize something. If I’m not careful, I could end up spending every penny to my name shopping. I’m not even a super shopper, nor am I buying expensive stuff. It’s just that the city has so much to offer that I find myself shopping more than I normally would on a daily basis. So, in an effort not to break my piggy bank in half, I’ve come up with a “shopping system” to get the best value for my money while hanging out in this city I love so much. On careful consideration,

A Canadian in NYC: A Spending Primer for US Shopping

Hey Canada, guess what? I’m not in you right now! It’s true, I’m on the road. For the next month or so, I’m hanging out with friends and spending my time—and my money, oh man, my money—in one of my favourite cities in the world, New York. Next week, I’ll give you a full account of my NYC shopping style, but this week I’d like to touch on some basic stuff I think about while traveling anywhere. It’s very easy to get swept up in the excitement of traveling and to forget the obligations that go with it, so use this handy guide to get started. The Exchange Rate Matters If, like me, you do a lot of your travel shopping on plastic, it’s easy to forget the difference in price between home and away. Here’s where having a smart phone is helpful (to a point…see below), because with the right exchange app you can keep spending in check. If you’re too busy having fun to think about it, just keep an estimate in mind whenever you pull out that credit card (ie: when I was in

Vancouver’s Best Holiday Markets

Like most people, I find it next to impossible to go to just one place and find everything on my Christmas list. My friends and family are all so different from one another that it can be super stressful to shop for them in a time-saving way. I’m also allergic to big box stores and shopping malls, which certainly doesn’t make the process easier. Or at least, that’s what I thought, until a friend dragged me to a Christmas Craft Fair. I admit that I was totally biased and unschooled, because in my mind I was picturing weird fluorescent lighting, crappy coffee served in Styrofoam cups, and dozens of grannies selling handmade tea cozies and those crocheted weird dolls that hold toilet paper…you know the ones. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (toilet paper dolls are people too…or something) but I wasn’t about to buy my then 21-year-old sister a hand-knitted sweater vest with pom-poms on it, if you catch my drift. Anyway, I was totally wrong (I’m sorry, crafters everywhere) because the Christmas Craft Fair was A-MAZING. There was everything from handmade jam to amazing recycled jewelry to beautiful party

Save $100 in 10 Minutes: Add An Extra Stop To Your Grocery Shopping Trip

So we all know that the warehouse chains (Costco, Superstore, etc) can be great ways to add some value to your grocery shopping experience – buying in bulk and stocking up on items you use frequently. However, most of us believe that getting the bulk items at warehouse chains ALWAYS saves money – some quick research from the good people at Forbes magazine suggests otherwise. Here are some great tips to keep in mind the next time you need to hit the grocery stores and warehouse options. Spend an extra 10 minutes on your shopping excursion and find a way to save over $100 over the next few months in grocery shopping. Forbes did some great checking around and found that even though it feels like you’re getting a great deal on bulk items, you can often just be filling your trunk, cupboards and garage with MORE stuff, rather than less expensive items. Some items that you should avoid at Costco, and get on sale at grocery stores include: • Pop (cans and bottles) • Toilet Paper (this one was a big surprise for me) • Snack foods (chips, individually packaged items) • Office supplies (copy paper, pens) They attributed the lower prices to timely