Jeffrey Trull is a freelance writer and blogger with a passion for helping others
pay down debt, save money, and spend on what they love. His work has
been featured on Money Talks News, MSN Money, and MainStreet.

Price Matching Policies Made Simple for Top Retailers

price matching policies

Price matching can be a big money-saver, but you need to be able to navigate the fine print. For example, I saved more than 50 percent recently on a camera memory card purchase when Target matched Amazon’s $16.56 price, knocking down Target’s original price of $34.99. Ever better: I didn’t have to wait for shipping. […]

Published or Updated: August 29, 2013

The 6 Secrets for Paying Off Student Loans Faster

Paying off student loans is easy with standard repayment or using other repayment plan options. But easy doesn’t mean better, and choosing to pay them with just minimum payments means you’ll pay more interest while dealing with payments for a longer period. On top of that, interest rates on some student loans set to double […]

Published or Updated: July 1, 2013

7 Little-Known Ways to Save on Airfare and Airline Fees

When it comes to airfare and airline fees, there are several myths that can cost you serious cash if you aren’t careful. Think booking as early as possible will guarantee the lowest fare? That’s just not true. Have you accepted checked bag fees as a part of flying? Actually, there are several ways around them. […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

A Guide to Collecting for Fun and Profit

Almost everyone has a collection of some sort. For me, it’s the baseball cards I’ve had since I was a kid. Many of us, myself included, like to dream that the collectibles we own will someday be worth a fortune. But they probably won’t be unless we take steps to make them a profitable investment. […]

Published or Updated: June 2, 2013

8 Tips for Saving a Down Payment for a Home

Down payments require some serious cash. Even a bare-minimum 5 percent down payment on a conventional loan means coming up with about $9,800 for the current median home sale price, listed on Zillow, of $196,100. And that’s before adding in closing costs. You probably don’t want to wait forever while you chip away at a down […]

Published or Updated: May 29, 2013

The Best Way to Get Your Credit Score

The undisputed best way to get your credit report comes from the only source that’s truly free: AnnualCreditReport.com. It’s easy and free because it’s guaranteed by law. Unfortunately for consumers, getting your credit score is not as easy as obtaining your free credit report. The world of credit scores is still a bit like the […]

Published or Updated: May 17, 2013

8 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

The decision to pay off your mortgage early is a controversial one. But for some who have tackled many of their big financial goals and erased other debt, putting their home mortgage in their crosshairs can make sense. If you’ve decided to pay off your mortgage early, here are several strategies for saving money and […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment

How many Americans would you guess are self-employed? One out of 10? One out of five? It’s actually about one out of three. According to the Freelancers Union, 42 million people identify as independent workers, which includes freelancers as well as consultants, traditional business owners and independent contractors. Many more Americans likely wonder if they should […]

Published or Updated: April 8, 2013

9 Ways Credit Cards Can Save You Money

Ask anyone why they use credit cards, and I bet no one would reply “to save money.” Most are likely to think of fees, interest and debt before suggesting credit cards as a money saver. But there are many ways credit cards can help you save. Some of them are little-known, but experts have been taking […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014