Nicole Dieker
nicoledieker
Nicole Dieker has been writing about personal finance for over six years. She's also the author of The Biographies of Ordinary People, a Millennial-era Little Women.
11/14/19
5:46 PM
3

Not sure how this works (like, truck-wise), but you can return Amazon items at Kohl’s. Get your RMA on the website, then bring the item to Kohl’s customer service. People are worried about the carbon footprint of returning items; perhaps taking advantage of the shipping infrastructure already in use can help.

11/14/19
4:37 PM
2

I’m a larger person and when I visit many retail stores they often do not carry my size in the store to try on so I have resorted to trying things on in the privacy of my home and returning things that don’t fit or that I don’t like. It is more convenient than having the sales associate order it to the store which Read more

11/12/19
3:55 PM
1

It depends on what you are buying from duty free. Alcohol and tobacco are delivered to the plane, however if you purchase hand cream, or chocolates, you walk out with those in your hand. I was at Heathrow a few weeks ago, and bought $200+ worth of Biotherm Homme products. I handed my voarding pass as is required, Read more

11/12/19
3:50 PM
2

In the United States they changed the rules on duty free. Duty Free shops are now open for anyone traveling to/from/through that airport even if it’s only a domestic itinerary. You’re still bound by the US Customs limits for duty free purchases, but I can go over to the DFW duty Free shop every time I return and buy Read more

11/8/19
1:48 PM
5

When I tried this, the only thing that came to mind, was if someone else was doing it.

11/7/19
2:38 PM
1

My branch no longer offers deposit/withdrawal slips. And I do not trust the smartphone apps, although I know that is an option. If you actually have checks, you can still make a withdrawal via writing a check to cash, but quite frankly, I ran out of checks years ago, and every year when I have the ONE thing to renew Read more

11/7/19
1:57 PM
1

One of my favorite updates recently was most (if not all by now) Chase ATMs allow me to access them through my mobile wallet. This has had it’s own set of issues and growing pains, but it’s nice to not have to bring my debit card to use the ATM. Read more

11/7/19
1:07 PM
3

Unfortunately, these days you need your debit card to withdraw $ inside the bank, as well as at an ATM, at least at Wells Fargo. And they do not offer the option of an ATM card that is not also a debit card. I wrote on the back (in the signature space) “DO NOT ACCEPT FOR DEBIT,” but I doubt that does anything except Read more

10/28/19
1:57 PM
12

*cough* I used to plug the lights in my cube and my computer into a timer to make me look like I’m in the office on time every day. *cough*

10/28/19
12:45 PM
32

You forgot, when working from home, open NotePad and put something heavy on the spacebar. You’ll appear active in Lync/Skype but can go about your day away from the computer.

10/28/19
12:44 PM
8

Some organizations disable your ability to change settings. I’ve heard of tools like the Mouse Jiggler that moves the mouse just enough to stay logged in.

10/22/19
4:32 PM
2

I’m an estate planning attorney and many times clients meet with me to update their estate plan only to find out that what they thought was a legal will that they created online was insufficient due to the formalities required in execution (usually lack of witnesses). While many of these online services have made Read more

10/22/19
3:44 PM
3

Tip: If you have life insurance, check your policy and see if they have a will writing service. I know that mine includes a service where I can meet with a lawyer to write my will and there is no extra charge to me. Read more

10/22/19
3:22 PM
2

Off topic: Don’t use Legal Zoom for shit, especially if you think about starting and LLC or corporation. I worked for the state of Delaware in the Corporations division. We have the largest number of LLC’s and Corps in the world, and we had more people who filed with Legal Zoom and were not notified when taxes where Read more

10/22/19
3:16 PM
4

Generally, your bank will provide you with free notary services, and often will just grab nearby employees to witness a document. So if you don’t personally know a notary, you can call your bank to see if they offer this perq.

10/21/19
1:45 PM
2

There was another famous politician with a ‘lurker’ account on Instagram, anyone remember Anthony Weiner, aka ‘Carlos Danger’?

10/17/19
1:05 PM
7

In other words—and I cannot believe I’m typing this—shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Read more