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Expert Media Resource


Trae serves as a smart shopping resource for numerous publications, from Consumer Reports to the Washington Post. Find a sampling of her contributions below.


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8 Ways to Save on Home Improvement   Poon Watchara-Amphaiwan

Plan the Perfect All-Day Shopping Trip  Laura Petrecca


Consumer Reports

How to Prevent Gift-Card Problems  Jeff Blyskal

Smart Ways to Prevent Gift-Card Hassles   Jeff Blyskal

Last-Minute Gifts from the Supermarket    Tobie Stanger

Giving Gift Card for the Holidays: Pros and Cons  Aimee Picchi

How to Spend the Last 50 Cents on Your Gift Card   Beth Braverman



The Best Deals at Sam’s Club, Costco and BJ’s for Parents  Morgan Quinn

Creative Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ Without Spending a Dime  Cameron Huddleston

Are You Really Ready for Black Friday?  Sabah Karimi

10 Items You Should Never Get at the Dollar Store  Lia Sestric

8 Beauty Products That Are Worth the Splurge  Laura Woods

8 Benefits of Walking That Will Save You Money  Holly Hammersmith

16 Holiday Shopping Tips From Top Couponing Experts  Cameron Huddleston

21 Best Mother’s Day Freebies, Discounts and Deals  Elyssa Kirkham

42 Can’t-Miss Senior Discounts for Senior Citizen’s Day  Elyssa Kirkham

Majority of Americans Will Blow at Least One Paycheck on the Holidays  Cameron Huddleston

18 Bad Spending Habits That Will Bust Your 2018 Budget   Cameron Huddleston

These 16 Insider Secrets Will Make You a Smarter Holiday Shopper  Cameron Huddleston

15 Best Things to Buy on Boxing Day (The Day After Christmas)  Andrew Lisa

9 Money-Saving Hacks for Amazon Shoppers   Andrea Browne Taylor

How to Save Big Bucks at Starbucks  Rebecca Dolan

What You Need to Know Before Shopping at Costco  Andrea Browne Taylor

How to Save Money at Startbucks   Rebecca Dolan

Affordable Grad Gifts   Cameron Huddleston

The Worst Things to Buy in Bulk   Andrea Browne Taylor

The Best Things to Buy On   Andrea Browne Taylor

The Best Doorbuster Deals on Thanksgiving Day   Andrea Browne Taylor

The Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon   Andrea Browne Taylor

6 Ways to Save on Flowers for Valentine’s Day   Andrea Browne Taylor

Memorial Day Sales 2018: What to Buy (and What to Skip)   Andrea Browne Taylor

16 Secrets to Shopping at Costco   Andrea Browne Taylor

13 Expensive Products Worth Every Penny  Andrea Brown Taylor

12 Smart Moves to Save More at IKEA   Bob Niedt 

10 Ways to Spend Less at Target   Andrea Browne Taylor

10 Worst Things to Buy in Bulk at Costco    Bob Niedt

10 Ways Black Friday Retailers Trick you    Andrea Brown Taylor

Best Costco Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2018   Bob Niedt

Best Home Depot Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2018   Bob Niedt

Best Walmart Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2018   Andrea Brown Taylor

14 Best Costco Kirkland Products for the Holidays   Bob Niedt

Best Things to Buy at Dollar Stores for the Holidays 2018   Bob Niedt

The Best Piece of Advice You’ve Never Heard  Catey Hill

5 Things Not to Buy at Drugstores (including drugs)   Catey Hill

What Not to Buy Over Labor Day Weekend   Catey Hill

What NOT to Buy at Office-Supply Retailers   Catey Hill

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Mom Flowers on Mother’s Day  Quentin Fottrell

33% of Mothers Spend 60 Hours a Week on Mom-Related Tasks  Quentin Fottrell

4 Things NOT to Buy in Duty-Free Shops  Catey Hill

11 Money-Saving Habits That Can Cost You  Natasha Burton, Daily Worth

5 of the Best Apps for the Holidays  Quentin Fottrell

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Do at the Mall  Catey Hill

UPS warns shoppers about delivery delays — here’s what to do   Alessandra Malito

5 things NOT to buy before Christmas   Alessandra Malito

Do you overspend? Here’s the best piece of money advice you’ve never heard   Catey Hill

Amazon expands same-day and one-day delivery to 8,000 cities   Alessandra Malito

3 post-holiday deals worth buying   Alessandra Malito

These states don’t charge sales tax on back-to-school shopping   Alessandra Malito

4 Mistakes You’re Probably Making When You Shop on Amazon    Catey Hill 

How to Buy Gift Cards for Friends and Family That Won’t Go to Waste    Jacob Passy

What NOT to buy during post-Christmas and end-of-year sales  Jacob Passy



5 secrets for scoring incredible deals on TVs, toys and more on Amazon Prime Day  Catey Hill

4 mistakes you’re probably making when you shop on Amazon  Catey Hill

What Deal Hunters Should Buy From’s New Private Label, Uniquely J  Catey Hill

5 insanely good Amazon Prime benefits you probably don’t know about   Catey Hill /

32 Amazing Old-School Tips From Beauty Experts’ Moms and Grandmas   Aly Walansky

11 Things a Makeup Salesperson Wishes You Knew   Anna De Souza

Retailers Are Making It Easier For You To Return Gifts – And Buy More   Nicole Spector

How to safely sell those unwanted gift cards   Herb Weisbaum



16 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store   Kaitlyn Chamberlin

40 Smart Ways to 
Save at the Supermarket    Jody L. Rohlena

How to Get a Refund on Almost Anything    Felissa Benjamin Allard

10 Cyber Monday Sales That are a Waste of Money    Sheryl Nance-Nash

10 Things You Think Are Cheaper at Walmart—but Aren’t

How to Save Money on Prom  Bethany Ramos

Amazon Prime Day: A Savvy Shopper’s Guide   Becky Bracken

How to Teach Kids the Importance of Saving Money   Madison Medeiros

Why Consumers Won’t See Their Wallets Busted Because Walgreens Is Purchasing Rite Aid Stores  Ellen Chang

Five Ways to Avoid Overspending on Back to School Shopping  Kathryn Tuggle

Why We Give Dads So Little on Valentine’s Day  Brian O’Connell

Road Trips Break Budgets, Consumers Say  Scott Gamm

5 Holiday Shopping Budgeting Tips  Scott Gamm

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Financial Tips  Juliette Fairly

What to Do With Gifts You Can’t Return or Exchange   Andrea Woroch

When Spending More Benefits Your Budget    Andrea Woroch

10 Grocery Store Traps That Cause You to Spend More   Andrea Woroch

9 Amazon Prime Day Shopping Strategies    Andrea Woroch

Wait to Buy These 5 Back-to-School Items    Andrea Woroch

10 Black Friday Shopping Secrets From Pros   Andrea Woroch


Washington Post

Sequined sneakers and ‘millennial pink’: 5 back-to-school trends to watch  Abha Bhattarai

Holiday retail sales predicted to inch higher  Abha Bhattarai

Holiday shopping 2012: Big-box retailers take on online competitors  Abha Bhattarai

Black Friday cheat sheet: 5 things to look for as you shop    Abha Bhattarai

Cyber Monday guide: 5 things to look for as you shop    Abha Bhattarai