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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January’s best shopping deals & discounts

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

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Beauty gifts under $100

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  Happy Holidays!! For the beauty junkies on your list – or for yourself as a special treat – there are so many fabulous gift sets …

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These Christmas gift deals won’t last much longer

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Happy December! Hopefully, you scored some great deals over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the discounts don’t end there! The holiday shopping season continues with …

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Great gifts for under $100

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Happy holidays! If you’re looking for something special for that special someone, I’ve found a broad range of gifts under $100 to suit every taste. From …

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals you won’t want to miss

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It’s that time again, where retailers big and small toss their sales into the Holiday shopping ring. My favorite categories over this big sale weekend are …

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The best & worst things to buy in October

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

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Great Mother’s Day gifts that won’t leave you broke

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Mother’s Day is May 9th this year and as usual, you’re probably racking your brain for unique gifts for the moms in your life. Moms do …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 …