Author: Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes, USNews.com, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, MSN.com, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.

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Some of the most innovative CBD products you can buy

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CBD is one of my favorite ingredients. It has been a popular topic of conversation these days largely due to the recent legalization of marijuana in …

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How to pamper your pets on the cheap

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Any pet owner will tell you that the best thing they ever did was to get a pet. We just got a new bunny named Willow …

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The best shopping deals & discounts for April

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April brings not just warm weather and bountiful showers, it brings an abundance of deals. As you think about shopping for the month, expect to save …

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March 2021’s best shopping deals & discounts

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March is here, and while the weather may be a bit unpredictable, we can grin and brave the storms because spring is coming! In terms of …

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February’s best shopping deals & discounts

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No matter what else is going on in the world, we can always rely on the fact that there will be deals on things we need. …

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18 great Valentine’s Day gifts under $100

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According to the National Retail Federation, Americans planned to spend just under $200 on their Valentines last year. After the year we’ve just had, I wouldn’t …

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20 ways to save money at Starbucks & Dunkin’

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If you follow me regularly, you know I urge folks on a budget to make their own coffee to save money. But I know that DIY …

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10 ways to save money at pharmacies

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You might think that because you’re paying for something that the doctor ordered, you have no other options. In some cases, the price is the price, …

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January’s 17 best shopping deals & discounts

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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to do a little shopping for yourself!  And just because the holidays are behind us, doesn’t mean the …

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12 hidden perks of shopping after Amazon Prime Day

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Don’t blame yourself! It’s usually in July, but due to the pandemic, it was moved to Oct. 13 and 14. How were we supposed to keep …

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Smart shopping tips for people who love Target

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There are affordable, stylish clothes, chic decor, and even food. It’s almost too easy to get carried away and do some serious damage. With that in …

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Money saving hacks for Walmart shoppers

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When it comes to saving money, few stores can hold a candle to Walmart. Their “Everyday Low Prices” are just the tip of the iceberg. After reading about …

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October deals & discounts you don’t want to miss

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October is a high point of the year for many of us, with its vibrant leaves, sweater-worthy days, and Halloween fun. And from a shopping perspective, …

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How to save money when shopping at IKEA

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There’s something thrilling about going to IKEA. The vibrant, complementary colors, the smell of Swedish meatballs and cinnamon buns in the air and the dizzying array …

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How to save money at Gap, Old Navy & Banana Republic

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Whether you’re a diehard fan of Old Navy jeans, can’t do without your buttery soft Gap Body underthings, or Banana Republic is your go-to when you …

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How to save money at your favorite craft stores

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Let’s face it – your kids are going to be more bored than usual for a while. And while boredom often begets creativity and innovation, hearing …

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How to save money at Sam’s, Costco & BJ’s

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If you’ve been to a wholesale club warehouse, you know the thrill of the cavernous interior with snacks, spices, and home office staples stacked to the …

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15 secret ways to save extra on Amazon Prime Day

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Over the last few years, Amazon Prime Day has become huge, even surpassing Cyber Monday sales figures a few years ago.  While the pandemic has left …

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July’s best shopping deals & discount codes

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July is here, and it’s officially summer. With the temperature heating up, escaping into the air conditioning to do some shopping might be just the ticket. …

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Summer fun & Father’s Day deals you should grab in June

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June is here, which means we are in the final sprint towards the start of summer. Typically, June is a month packed with weddings and graduations, …

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37 Valentine’s Day deals, sales & discount codes you’ll love

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day gift giving, we’re seeing strong savings on gifts for the whole family, including tasty treats, beauty gifts and personalized presents.  This is also one …

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Great holiday gifts under $100

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Weirdest year on record? Check. Holiday gifts? Whoa…we have to think about that now? I know. It’s almost too much. This whole crazy year and now …

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6 ways to shop smarter online

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More than 79% of Americans purchased goods and services online in 2018 and that number is expected to exceed 90% in 2023. Online shopping is becoming the norm, …

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138 of the best deals, sales & discount codes in November

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With Black Friday just a few weeks away, you may have instituted a shopping moratorium until then. After all, isn’t  Black Friday the kick-off of the …

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The best sales, deals & discount codes for October

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October is a popular month, especially if you live in an area where there are seasonal changes. The leaves are vibrant, we can take our sweaters and …

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55 of the best deals & discount codes for September

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You may be wondering if there will be a deal drought between now and the holidays. After all, what even happens in September?  The answer is …

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15 ways to shop like a pro on Amazon Prime Day

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Last year’s Amazon Prime Day was the biggest ever, with more than 100 million products being sold. Top sellers included their proprietary devices, like the FireTV Stick and …

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How to save money when you shop

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You don’t have to max out your credit cards or sacrifice your financial future to buy what you want and need. You can save some serious …

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How to get shipping for free on nearly everything you buy

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In the old days, those of us who were brave enough to try this new online shopping thing were willing to pay a shipping fee for …

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How to stay healthy this winter (and into the spring!)

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Dr. Redcross (yes, that’s his real name!) is a practicing internal medicine physician who specializes in “concierge medicine,” which allows him to take as much time …

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32 restaurants where you can get free food and drinks

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We all love free stuff and saving cash, right? If you’re willing to provide your email address to food purveyors to receive ongoing offers, there are …

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Last-minute Christmas shopping tips & ideas

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Christmas, if you celebrate, is right around the corner. Whether you have a tiny number of gifts yet to buy, or if you haven’t started yet, don’t …

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The dos & don’ts of buying at a wholesale club

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Because I write about smart shopping, you’d think that I’d be adept at shopping in all forms. Not always! As a new member of Costco, it …

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5 grocery shopping hacks every smart shopper should know

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Grocery shopping isn’t fun, like shopping for clothes or gifts. We tend to form habits around our weekly shopping outing – finding the closest store and walking …

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15 secret ways to save extra on Amazon Prime Day

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Last year’s Prime Day was the biggest Amazon sale day ever – even bigger than Cyber Monday!  The company sold their proprietary devices, like the Echo Dot and …

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10 patriotic must-haves for the Fourth of July

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The whole gang is coming and you want your July 4th fête to reflect the spirit of Independence Day! Nearly 90 percent of Americans spend more per month …

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15 game-changing beauty items that will make you feel stunning

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Let’s face it, we’ve become accustomed to being disappointed, or at least underwhelmed, by products and tools that are meant to enhance our beauty. The claims …

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12 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

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Mother’s Day is May 13, and as usual, you are wracking your brain for what to give the moms in your life. They do so much …