Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Be a Smart Shopper: Price Comparison of the Top Tablets

Posted 3 hours, 37 minutes ago

In the second quarter of 2014 nearly 50 million tablets were shipped around the world, according to IDC. Tablet sales grew 11 percent compared to last year. And while large-screen Smartphones are expected to slow sales slightly, tablets are still a hot item. The price of a tablet can vary significantly which is why it's so important to be a smart shopper.

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The Boys Club: How Shopping in the Kids Department Can Save Money

Posted 4 days, 1 hour ago

There are some pretty crazy ways to save money, but this one may have you saying, "you've got to be kidding." Turns out, sizes in the kids' department aren't the only things running smaller. The price tag can be way more favorable for the frugal-minded. Here's how shopping in the kids department can save money.

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How to Make Monitoring Price Drops Mindless

Posted 5 days, 10 hours ago

Technology is taking the hassle out of tracking prices. You no longer have to stalk a sale thanks to these free apps and websites. See something you like, but want to wait until it goes on sale? These six tools make monitoring price drops mindless.

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The Art of the Humble Brag: How to Publicly Celebrate Your Saving Success Stories

Posted 6 days, 2 hours ago

Among the new words added to the Oxford dictionary this year is humblebrag. Along with Yolo and adorbs, the word is derived from social media. Humblebrag, a term originally coined by author Harris Wittels, refers to someone's post boasting about an achievement in a way that is disguised as a self-deprecating comment. And when it comes to the humblebrag, frugal shoppers know how to do it well. Need some help publicly celebrating your saving success stories without overtly bragging? Consider these tips for perfecting the art of the humblebrag.

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BYOB: Stores that Reward Shoppers for Bringing Bags

Posted 1 week ago

Paper or plastic? How about neither? Bringing your own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store or big box retailer means you're keeping trash out of the landfill. In fact if just one person switches to reusable bags, it would save more than 22,000 single-use bags in a lifetime. But if being green isn't enough of an incentive for you to remember those bags, how about saving some green? Plenty of stores are willing to reward shoppers who BYOB-- bring your own bags.

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100 Days Until Christmas: Tricks to Start Saving Now

Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Christmas is a mere 100 days away. Think it's too early to start planning for the holidays? Well according to the National Retail Federation last year almost 40 percent of Americans started Christmas shopping before Halloween. That may seem like a while, but if you want to make it through the holidays without giving your budget a beating check out these tricks to start saving now.

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Tools to Help You Sell Your Home Without an Agent

Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

Think you can sell your home yourself and avoid the steep commission fee real estate agents charge? Partnering with a pro has its benefits, but if you decide to go the for-sale-by-owner route, check out these marketing tools to help you sell property without an agent.

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5 Cheaper Alternatives to Starbucks' $5 Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

Orange is the new black as the pumpkin craze hits new levels in America. U.S. pumpkin-flavored sales jumped 14 percent to about $308 million in 2013, according to Nielsen. If you don't want to spend a small fortune on Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes, check out these five alternatives to that liquid gold.

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Fall Fashion 2014 Under $50

Posted 1 week, 6 days ago

As New York Fashion Week winds down you may be in the mood to spruce up your fall wardrobe. And while designer labels are probably out of reach for those on a budget, keeping your closet on trend doesn't have to force you into bankruptcy. Check out these five fall fashion must-haves for 2014 that are all under $50.

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How to Trade in Your iPhone Before the Next One Hits

Posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

September 9 is an exciting day, better than Christmas for the biggest Apple fans. That's when Apple will unveil two new iPhones and, according to Time, the long-awaited rumored smartwatch. The new iPhone models will offer bigger screens, a one-handed typing feature and a mobile payment system. With the release of these new phones, current models will likely take a plunge in value, which is why you may want to trade yours in now.

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Five Affordable Ways to Help Kids with Cancer

Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Nearly 16,000 kids under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year and about one-fourth of them will not survive. In honor of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, consider these five affordable and inspiring ways to help kids with cancer.

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Spotting a Fake: How to Know if Memorabilia is Real

Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Some scammers are using comedian Robin Williams' death as an opportunity to prey on unsuspecting victims. They're using a tactic called click baiting. When people click on links or try to purchase commemorative souvenirs about Robin Williams they'll end up downloading malware or accidentally sharing personal information. The best way to avoid a scam is to make sure memorabilia is real.

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Strike a Pose: Enjoying Free Yoga Month

Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Yoga may seem like a great way to increase strength and flexibility, but according to Web MD twisting and contorting into all of those poses offers more benefits than just being able to touch your toes. Yoga can help improve posture, reduce stress and even lower cholesterol. Don't want to fork over the cash for a yoga class? September is National Yoga Month and a great time to try it out for free.

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Save Big on Books: Scoring Free and Cheap College Text Books

Posted 3 weeks ago

Back in the day college students had few options when it came to textbooks. They walked into their campus bookstore, found the materials they needed, walking out with a heavy load of books and a big dent in their checking account. Now there are many ways to save big on books, including scoring some for free.

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Incredible Summer Clearance Deals

Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Want to end your summer by scoring the biggest bargain of the season? Labor Day seems to be a great time for finding clearance deals at a long list of retailers. Saying goodbye to summer is tough, but saving some major money may help soften the blow.

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Seven Reasons to Ignore Expiration Dates and Shop at a Bargain Grocer

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

There may not be freshly brewed coffee samples readily available and classical music relaxing you into a lull, but bargain grocery stores are definitely chock-full of deals. If you're looking for ways to slash big money off your food bill here are ten reasons to ignore expiration dates and shop at a bargain grocer.

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Toddler Freebies: Free Food and Entertainment for Kids Under 2

Posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Toddlers may not be old enough to earn their keep, but they're young enough to enjoy some freebies. From free cupcakes to free tickets to the circus, these toddler freebies will help you save big money on your little tyke.

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Stocking Your Freezer for Fall: An Easy Once-a-Month-Cooking Plan

Posted 4 weeks ago

Having a stockpile of meals in your freezer seems like a great way to save money and time. During those hectic week nights when you're tempted to take the family to a fast food joint you can simply open the freezer for a ready-to-go meal. If you've ever been hesitant to try once-a-month cooking consider these tips to help stock your freezer for fall.

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Best Deals at Sit-Down Restaurant Chains

Posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

They're positioned at nearly every major intersection or at every mall in America. Fast casual dining has been around for a while, but according to research industry-wide sales at restaurants fell by 2% last year. Many of these chains are trying hard to stay competitive by offering great deals. It's good news for diners who can fill their stomachs for less.

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How to Find Out About App Sales, Discounts and Freebies

Posted on 08/22/2014

Apps are usually pretty affordable, but just like everything else you like to buy, they do go on sale. And sometimes they are even free! Wondering how to stay in the loop about app sales, discounts and freebies? Here are five ways.

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Should You Get a Store-Brand Debit Card?

Posted on 08/21/2014

Exclusive discounts, extra savings and cardholder-only events are just some of the perks that can accompany having a store credit card. And the incentives must be appealing because according to Equifax around 175 million of these accounts exist. But what if you don't like the idea of racking up extra debt just to enjoy those benefits? A growing number of retailers are offering store-branded debit cards where the cash to cover purchases comes right out of your bank account. But should you put one in your wallet?

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Stores Offering Post-Purchase Price Matching

Posted on 08/20/2014

Price matching is a great tool for ensuring you're getting the best deal possible on just about anything you buy. But did you know that some stores will price match even after you've made the purchase? So even if you've lugged your new stuff home, don't give up the hunt for scoring an even better deal when you shop at these retailers.

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Freebies For Your Labor Day Party

Posted on 08/19/2014

Planning to end summer with a bang, but want to do it without squeezing your bank account dry? Thankfully the internet is a giving place, full of freebies that will make your Labor Day party one to remember. So don't simply let the calendar slip into fall without giving summer a proper send off.

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Small Space, Small Budget: Locker Decor on a Dime

Posted on 08/18/2014

It may be small but a locker is a great place for your tween or teen to show off their personality. And since they visit it several times a day, why not make it a special spot that lifts their mood? The space you're decorating isn't the only thing that's tiny - your budget can be, too.

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Putting Baby to Work: Making Easy Cash for College

Posted on 08/15/2014

Wondering how you'll manage to pay for your baby's college? Right now private college costs more than $30,000 a year, according to the College Board. And if that number scares you, imagine how much more it will be in 2032 when your little one hits 18. Instead of taking on a second job consider putting baby to work to make easy cash for college.

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Easy Ways to Improve your Water Quality

Posted on 08/14/2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says 40% of our nation's waterways have quality issues. Since we all need water to live it's important to pay attention to ways we can reduce pollution and keep our water safe. August is Water Quality Month, a great time to show our appreciation to this life-sustaining source by improving water quality at home and in our communities.

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DIY Back-to-School Gifts for Teachers

Posted on 08/13/2014

Start the school year at the head of the class by giving your child's new teacher a back-to-school gift. These adorable DIY gifts for teachers prove you don't have to spend extra cash to earn a little extra credit.

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How to Organize a Grocery Stockpile

Posted on 08/12/2014

If you've been couponing more than a month you probably have at least the beginnings of a stockpile. But keeping your pantry from becoming chaos takes a little work. Before you spend half your paycheck at an expensive organization store consider these cheap and free ways to manage a grocery stockpile.

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Peaches for Pennies: Best Recipes for this Frugal Summer Fruit

Posted on 08/11/2014

The average American eats nearly nine pounds of peaches each year. This is the heart of peach season, which is probably why August is designated as Peach Month. Letting this season slip away without utilizing this economical fruit would be the pits. So check out our collection of the best peach recipes.

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Paleo Diets for People on a Budget

Posted on 08/08/2014

Hunter-gatherer diet, caveman diet, Stone Age diet - the Paleolithic diet has a lot of names. But the basic idea is we should eat what our ancestors ate. That means no grains, dairy or processed foods. For some money-conscious eaters, that raises a red flag. Won't "going paleo" be expensive? Experts say it doesn't have to be.

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