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I wish I had a dollar for every stupid purchase I’ve made in my life. I’d have quite a stash. Regrettably, my financial faux pas have been remarkable in both quantity and quality. I’ve made some real doozies.

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Here’s one: Purchasing on credit an above-ground, 7,000-gallon inflatable swimming pool. On a whim. At a Home and Garden Show. For the kids, of course.

Its à la carte price was bad enough. Adding everything required but not included took it from barely reasonable to absolutely ridiculous.

First, there was a heater and filter. Then, a cover, chemicals, and test kit. We needed search and rescue equipment (this was one monstrosity of a pool) and a few necessary pool toys. Oh, and let’s not forget the cost of eventually getting rid of the albatross.

Let me put it this way: There is not a lively secondary market for this kind of thing. If I’d had the courage to consider the consequences of such a major purchase before making the decision to buy, we could have avoided a five-year industrial-strength headache and saved one huge pile of dough.

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Extreme bargain hunters have something in common—timing. They’ve got it down to a science and I’m talking about specific days and even the exact time of day to get great bargains.

They wait patiently and then swoop down to pick up bargains unknown to the novice shopper. Thankfully, they’re willing to talk and share their secrets.

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The best time to snag a great deal on a room is at 4 p.m., local time on Sunday, says CBS Travel Editor, Peter Greenberg. This is when you will have the best shot at speaking with an employee whose job depends on keeping rooms filled, who can also negotiate room rates.

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“I don’t do math—numbers give me a rash.” That’s a line I’ve used a lot, mostly because it’s true, but also because it gets me a laugh. Truth be told, most of us stink when it comes to doing math on the fly. That’s a problem, because being hopeless with math makes us putty in the hands of retailers.

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Why is it socially acceptable to say that we’re bad at math, but not socially acceptable to say we’re bad at reading?

The truth is that it’s not okay to be hopeless with numbers. Here are three ways that our aversion to math costs us money:  Read more