What do The New York Times, the Washington Post, Brains Report, and just about every other online publication and blog have in common? Yes, they’re all on the internet. That’s obvious. But, we were referring to the fact that a big chunk of their revenue comes from affiliate marketing. What is affiliate marketing? How can […]

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The Federal Trade Commission, the organization that thinks it’s perfectly okay for companies like Equifax to control people’s lives with impunity, recently put out their mostly helpful tips for shopping during the holiday season. Below, we enlist our heaviest dose of snark to look at the holiday shopping tips from the FTC. 1. Put Gifts […]

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You wouldn’t read the reviews for a paper towel holder when you want to buy a rolling pin, would you? This is exactly what can happen if you aren’t careful reading the Amazon customer reviews. Fortunately, there are some tricks you can use to get the most out of buyer reviews on Amazon. In my […]

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“Hey, Kid. Kid. Come here. Look inside of my trench coat here. Do you like what you see? That’s right: I have high-end facial products at a fraction of the price you’d pay at an authorized dealership.” Unfortunately, dealers of counterfeit wares these days do not approach you the same way they did before the […]

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write reviews

We’ve covered why you should write reviews of products and businesses. But, we can’t all be Consumer Reports or Cook’s Illustrated. How can the average non-writerman possibly craft a review worth reading? I gotta be honest: the best reviews out there are from ordinary folks just sharing their honest opinions. You see, ordinary folks like […]

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write reviews

For the longest time, it boggled my mind that people would spend significant chunks of their time writing reviews of products and businesses. Are these unemployed losers who just want the world to know about their opinions? Or, are they wealthy heirs with nothing better to do with their time? But, as I used these […]

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Equifax

58%. That is Brains Report’s calculation of what percentage of adults in the United States were affected by the Equifax data breach. You should assume you were impacted. This means that ne’er-do-wells are likely out there somewhere having their way with your home address, name, credit card numbers, driver’s license info, birth date, and *gulp* […]

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junk mail

According to the United States Postal Service, 48% of all mail is “junk mail.” What a waste! What can you do about all of this junk mail? Here are a few options: Send It Back Whenever I get a piece of junk mail with a postage-paid envelope inside, I put all of the materials that […]

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bulk buying

The conventional wisdom is that bulk buying – purchasing goods packaged in larger quantities – is a great way to save money. However, this is not always the case. After all, unless you live in some Groundhog Day-like scenario that takes place on Thanksgiving, are you really going to use that five-pound package of sage […]

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credit card rewards

I try to be understanding of most phenomena and not take a strong black-and-white stance for or against anything. But, when it comes to credit cards, it’s clear that there are no redeeming qualities. Not even the rewards are worth the risks. Why Are There Rewards? When doing research for this post, I noticed it […]

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