Alex Valdes

I'm passionate about connecting people to information, decision-making and great content via the WWW.

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The 15 Most Affordable Cities to Live in the U.S.

on February 26, 2024

You’ll get more bang for your bucks in these places.

Pink Porsche Cayenne
10 New Cars With the Steepest Price Markups in 2024

and on February 14, 2024

MSRP doesn’t mean much when it comes to buying these vehicles. Dealers are listing them with much higher prices.

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10 Things You Should Know Before Shopping at Trader Joe’s

on February 9, 2024

There’s a lot that sets TJ’s apart from other grocery store chains, and they like it that way.

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5 Monthly Bills You Can Easily Negotiate Down

on January 16, 2024

Here’s how to bring down recurring expenses and save hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars each year.

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20 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees

on January 13, 2024

Retirees can dial back the intensity of work while continuing to bring in a paycheck.

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9 States That Don’t Tax Residents’ Income

on January 12, 2024

You can’t avoid all taxes, but these states don’t go after your paycheck.

Man shopping for laundry detergent
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2024

on December 21, 2023

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

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8 Things You Can Get for Free at Pharmacies

on December 20, 2023

In this age of higher-priced drugs and complex health care systems, a trip to the pharmacy can spark worry. Freebies sure do help.

Columbia Sportwear Company
7 Retailers Offering Gift Card Deals in December 2023

on December 14, 2023

Buy a gift card to give and get your own piece of the holiday action.

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The World’s 10 Most Expensive Cities To Live In

on December 12, 2023

Unfortunately, 30% of these places are in the United States.

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The 15 Deadliest Cars on the Road

on December 8, 2023

These car models have the highest driver death rates, according to experts.

Seniors shopping at Costco
11 Things Retirees Should Always Buy at Costco

on November 13, 2023

This leader in bulk shopping is a great place to find discounts in the fixed-income years.

Port Vila, Vanuatu
10 Countries With the World’s Shortest Workweeks

on October 10, 2023

Everybody has a different idea of work, but the people of these countries happen to have the smallest idea.

Smiling man taking car keys from used car seller after purchasing a used vehicle
5 Cities Where Used Cars Are Cheapest — and Where They Are Most Expensive

on September 30, 2023

Used cars are getting more expensive everywhere, but how much depends greatly on where you live.

Lido Key in Florida
The 10 Best U.S. Counties for Retirees in 2023

on September 25, 2023

These areas get high grades for what they offer to those in their golden years.

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Homeowners Rate These 6 Insurers Best for Customer Service

on September 23, 2023

These companies are best at developing and maintaining relationships with their customers — according to the customers themselves.

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10 Colleges Where Tuition Is Free

on September 19, 2023

College costs can cripple many budgets, but these institutions enable most if not all of their students to graduate debt-free.

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10 Cities With the Most Expensive Commute

on September 15, 2023

In one city, daily commutes equal nearly $13,000 in lost wages each year.

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The 5 Most Satisfying Car Brands — and the Most Disappointing Ones

on September 12, 2023

When it comes to which vehicles make their owners happiest, these are the winners — and losers.

Boston, Massachusetts
10 States With the Best Health Care Systems in America

on September 8, 2023

A recent report highlights the country’s best when it comes to access, affordability, treatment and more.

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