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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8 of the Best e-Gift Cards to Use in Los Angeles

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As dreamlike as it may appear on the big screen, Los Angeles is as real as the stars in the sky. It may seem like a …

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8 Dinner Date Gift Card Ideas Perfect for Anyone from Your Partner to Your Parent

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Sharing a meal with a significant other or anyone else you deeply care for, such as a parent, sibling, or close friend, is always a great …

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7 Gift Cards You Should Actually Buy For Yourself

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Gift cards are something a lot of us fall back on when it’s time to give presents to those we care about, from close friends and …

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21 Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys That Are Perfect Earth Day Splurges

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April is Earth Month, so what better time to stock up on your sustainable favorites and discover some new green beauty buys? I found some real …

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Which Gift Cards Charge Activation Fees?

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You should not pay tax when you purchase a gift card. Gift cards are not considered a taxable good. If you buy taxable goods with a …

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10 No-Stress, Last-Minute Gifts for Picky People

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We all have that one person in our lives, the one who says, “hey let’s watch a movie!” And then they sit there for close to …

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10 Great Gifts for Departing Coworkers

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Our coworkers can be such an important part of our life. Not only are they often our friends, but the fact that we spend 40 hours …

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10 Gift Cards to Make Life Easier for Grieving Families & Widows

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A mourning widow is always in need of assistance, no matter how much you are able to provide. A gift card is an excellent way to …

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Going to New York City? These 10 Gift Cards Are Must-Haves

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New York City is a bustling urban metropolis filled with tons of people, skyscrapers, and good food. For the eager tourist hoping to tick off a …

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32 Eco-Friendly Home & Travel Essentials You’ll Want to Buy for Yourself This Earth Day

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It’s Earth Month, an ideal time to think about the ways you can live a more sustainable life. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think to improve …

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10 Gift Cards for the Mother Who Has It All

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Mothers do a lot for their children. From feeding, sheltering, nurturing, and generally going out of their way to ensure their child grows up in an …

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10 Gift Cards Perfect for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and is an amazing day for fun, festivities, and a reason (though you don’t need one!) to celebrate mothers …

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12 Charlotte Brunch Spots You’ll Be Drooling Over

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We’ve all been there. It’s late morning on a weekend, and you haven’t felt any real pressure to roll out of bed yet, so you’ve been …

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8 Gift Cards Perfect For the Book Lover in Your Life

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for a reader? Books are a classic, but depending on the reader, it may not be the right time. …

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8 Gifts Cards That Are Way Better Gifts Than Cash

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When it comes to giving someone you know a gift, whether it be out of the colossal kindness inside of your heart or because of a …

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8 Gift Cards Pizza Fanatics Need in Their Lives ASAP

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Gift cards for restaurants and fast food chains make for some of the best gifts you can give to others. Takeout is something many of us …

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5 Ways to Make Giving Money Feel More Personal & Fun

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Money is one of the best gifts you can give to someone. It lets them have options. They can choose to do something serious with it …

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17 Charleston Breakfast Stops That’ll Brighten Up Your Morning

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They say that there’s no better way to start the day than by eating a deliciously nutritious breakfast! Breakfast is the best way to start any …

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10 Great Gifts to Add to Your Wedding Registry, ASAP

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Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. You’ve got to pick a date, send save the dates, invitations. Deal with guests requesting to bring 20 plus ones? There’s buying …

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20 Easter Brunch Spots In Pittsburgh Every-Bunny Will Love

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If you aren’t sure you’re a “brunch” person, there are special occasions all throughout the year meant to be shared around brunch, and one of those …

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Easter Gift Ideas For Couples Old And Young (Because Why Not)?

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When you first picture Easter you think of children Easter egg hunting, egg decorating- (dipping those eggs into the colored dye water and creating some truly magnificent decorated …

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Gift Ideas For A Pastor For This Upcoming Easter Celebration

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Easter is on its way and it’s a big time for pastors and church members alike. Lots to prepare for and get excited about as the …

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Easter Gift Ideas For Grandkids They’ll Love In Their Basket

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The Easter Bunny is on their way! Hopping through tall grass with colorful eggs leaving a trail behind from his own Easter basket, the time for …

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13 Spring Break Travel Essentials That Are Worth the Splurge

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If you have school-aged kids, you might be in the process of planning a family trip for their upcoming Spring Break. Since travel is incredibly unpredictable …

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15 Spring Break Travel Essentials Under $50

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Planning a trip during your kids’ Spring Break? My husband and I plan our work schedules around our daughter’s break and we collaborate as a family …

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18 Odd But Necessary Things Under $50 You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Let’s face it, life is already complicated enough without little inconveniences like a car that reeks of stinky kids, period cramps, or wasting product at the …

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21 Luxe & Lovely Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $150

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, you are probably searching far and wide to find your sweetheart or Galentine the perfect gift that won’t bust your budget.  …

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19 Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $50

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Valentine’s Day is approaching, but if you’re on a budget, never fear! Something special for that special someone doesn’t have to cost a fortune – I’ve …

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10 Luxurious ‘thing-a-ma-jigs’ You Need To Have In Your Life This Year

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If we’re going to treat ourselves, that splurge should be super innovative and functional (and stylish doesn’t hurt!). I tried and tested a ton of items …

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15 last-minute gifts perfect for the travelers in your life

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It’s getting down to the wire and you still have people to shop for! No need to “panic buy.” I found 15 affordable options for the …