Friday, May 10 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-05-10 21:45:06 GMT
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value. There's a lot of competition in world of canned tuna. I found three name brands - BumbleMore >>
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value.More >>
Friday, May 3 2013 5:27 PM EDT2013-05-03 21:27:16 GMT
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans. I bought six different brands of green beans. Del Monte and Green Giant are nameMore >>
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans.More >>
Thursday, May 2 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-02 21:39:15 GMT
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet. 1.More >>
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet.More >>
Friday, April 26 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-04-26 21:20:06 GMT
NBC12 goes the distance to find the real difference between name brand and generic products. Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with theMore >>
Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with the generic.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-04-18 21:52:41 GMT
Kevin Cutlip grows anything he wants to eat. Last month he showed you how to grow a seed in dryer lint. A month later, they have sprouted. He showed us the replanted celery base: "It's actually startingMore >>
Last month NBC12's Diva of Discounts dug up how to start a cheap garden indoors. Now it's time for outdoor planting. She's back with more tricks of the trade that will hardly cost you a thing.More >>
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We start in the grocery store with precut fruit and vegetables. According to walletpop.com, the markup runs around 40%. You can save almost half buying fresh produce and slicing it yourself.
Greeting cards send a personal message of care, but at what cost? There's a 200% markup at most stationary stores. For pennies you can make one yourself or print one from the internet, instead of paying 3 or 4 bucks.
Sipping that chardonnay over a nice meal will cost you 300% more in a restaurant. You're paying for the possibility that the whole bottle won't be used and some will be thrown away.
That caffeinated treat at your local coffeehouse sure does taste good, but touts a 300% markup. Most concoctions can be made at home for 25 cents.
Prescription drugs have seen their biggest price spike in eight years, according to AARP. Their cost can see markups up to 3000%. And while brand name drugs went up, generic drug prices fell almost 10% last year.
If you can't watch a flick without the buttery movie theater popcorn, then you'll eat the cost of a 1,275% markup. Theaters make almost half of their money on concessions and strive to keep ticket prices as low as possible. If the ticket is too much, you won't go see the movie-and come in to buy high priced popcorn.
Bottled water sports a hefty 4000% markup. You pay more for bottled water than you do for gasoline.
And the worst markup offender - text messages. That quick little message might cost a mere 20 cents, but it only cost the provider 3/10ths of cent to process. That's a 6000% markup and nothing to lol about.
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