Kelli B. Grant is a writer covering personal finance and consumer spending for CNBC.com.
Prior to joining CNBC.com, Grant was the senior consumer reporter for MarketWatch.com and SmartMoney.com. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, SmartMoney, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple and Family Circle, among other publications.
Grant holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and anthropology from Ithaca College.
As the saying goes, timing is everything. CNBC.com personal finance reporter Kelli B. Grant reports on the best time to make major purchases in 2015, from houses to cars to big screen TVs.
If a dud gift isn't bad enough, some stores make it difficult to return an unwanted present—especially if you don't have a gift receipt.
There's no need to spend $100 or more for a bottle of Champagne. Even a $9 bargain pick can offer value—if you don't make common serving mistakes.
More companies may be handing out year-end bonuses, but don't count on a generous one.
So you missed the holiday deadline for free standard shipping. Oops. Try these last-minute gifting strategies.