Don't feel like going to the mall? Who could blame you. Trolling for parking spaces, battling crowds and waiting in slow checkout lines isn't exactly the definition of bliss. With these five free apps you can skip the store and shop with ease on your Smartphone.
For avid shoppers, December is the Super Bowl. It's game time and whoever pays the least wins. Get the best prices on every gift you buy this holiday season with the help of these five apps and your trusty Smartphone.
Would you spend $2,500 on your Christmas tree? A gardening business in Ohio is hoping someone will. Fox 8 Cleveland reports that the 18-foot tall tree hand-picked from the North Carolina woods carries a very hefty price tag, especially in contrast to the $41.50 the average American spends on a live Christmas tree. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/most-expensive-christmas-tree-2012_n_2246675.html) The Christmas tree business brings in about $3.4 billion a year and if you've got one up in your home this holiday season here are some deals on ornaments and decorations.
Shatterproof Christmas Balls
If you're looking to add a lot of color without spending much money and you've got little ones in your home shatterproof ornaments are the way to go. A pack of 60 turquoise blue Christmas ball ornaments come in four finishes and sell for just $19.99 at walmart.com.
Beaded Dove Ornament Set
Add some culture to your tree with this set of Beaded Dove Ornaments, $15 for three. Made in India, they are constructed of hand-embellished fabric with decorative stitching and beadwork. Your purchase supports UNICEF's efforts to reduce child labor throughout the world.
Personalized Lenox Ornament
Personalize a beautiful white porcelain ornament from American company Lenox. Normally $66 this ornament depicting two snowmen is now just $10.95, more than 80 percent off the regular price. Plus shipping is free on all orders.
Buy Three Get One Free
Choose from more than 2,000 ornaments at christmasplace.com. Right now when you buy three regularly priced ornaments you'll get one free, no coupon code required. Many ornaments cost just $1.99.
Printable Photo Wreath
If "free" sounds like an even better way to decorate your Christmas tree head to handmadecharlotte.com. They're offering a free printable to create a photo wreath featuring your child's precious face. You'll need some ribbon, a glue stick and scissors to get the job done, but in the end you'll have a one of a kind ornament to treasure for many Christmases to come.
By Alison Storm
Holiday parties are one of the best things about this time of year. The food is yummy, the conversations are entertaining and it's a great excuse to buy a new outfit. But just because you're spending all of your money these days on gifts doesn't mean you need to recycle last year's holiday party outfit. Check out these affordable frocks.
Stamps now cost $.46 each. That means mailing your Christmas cards this year will cost you more than pocket change. Avoid the expense (and the time it takes to address those envelopes) and send digital cards this year.
Make your holiday family photos stand out from the rest with some fun and festive props. There's no need to search tirelessly for matching Santa sweaters for the entire family. Instead try one of these five affordable props to add creativity to your 2013 family Christmas card photo.
There are presents to buy, cookies to bake and parties to attend. Wondering how in the heck you're supposed to get all of that done while simultaneously caring for your children this holiday season? And childcare is not cheap. A new report from ChildCare Aware says that in the last year the cost of child care increased up to eight times the rate of increases in family income. There are still ways to have some grown-up fun while not forking over tons of cash for a babysitter. Check out these sources for affordable childcare during the holidays.
With fewer days than normal between Thanksgiving and Christmas being organized will be especially helpful this holiday season. These five free apps will help you get your list in order, check it twice and even buy gifts instantly.
As you've probably heard by now Black Friday seems to be starting early this year with many stores opening up on Thanksgiving Day. But let's say that you've decided to continue your tradition of avoiding stores on Thanksgiving and spend the day instead eating, socializing and making memories with loved ones. Here's a fool-proof plan to score plenty of deals on Black Friday, but we warn you-- it still requires shoppers to trade some sleep for savings.
Almost as important as the food you serve on Thanksgiving is the table at which it's eaten. Just like those who gathered for the first Thanksgiving feast, the table is the common ground that brings families and friends together for a meal that celebrates gratitude. Now let us stuff you full of some ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving table on a budget.
Americans will spend over $2.3 billion on Thanksgiving dinner. That includes 46 million turkeys, 40 million green bean casseroles and 50 million pumpkin pies according to thelistshow.tv. If you'd rather tune into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade than spend time prepping all that food take a look at these deals on pre-made Thanksgiving food.
Every year, almost 135 million shoppers brave the cold and chaos of Black Friday to snatch up the best deals. While it can be a fun tradition, Black Friday has its downfalls. If you're looking for a reason to sit this year out here are five of them.
Are you read for some football? The season is in full swing and if you're sick of being an armchair quarterback check out these tips for getting in on the action while sticking to your budget.
Last year the American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the cost of a good old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner for ten to ring up at $49.48. This year that turkey dinner is likely to break the $50 mark so if you're looking for ways to trim your holiday food budget while still stuffing yourself consider these five tips.
Wondering how you're going to pay for all of those Christmas presents this year? The answer could be within reach-- literally. Your Smartphone holds the key to extra cash for Christmas. Just check out one of these easy to use apps.
Plenty of people are hit by scammers, but it can also happen to businesses. According to the Better Business Bureau some crooks are hijacking a business's name as a way to convince customers to make purchases. Want to know how to avoid being a victim of this growing trend? Follow these five tips.
Besides your credit card and shopping list there are a few other things you should put in your Black Friday arsenal. These five Smartphone apps will ensure you're getting the best deal on the best product possible.
Have you noticed a lot more fuzzy faces walking around? It could be because of a craze caused by those Duck Dynasty guys. Or it could be because it's Movember, the month when men grow out their mustaches to raise money to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Globally, 3 million participants have raised more than $446 million since the movement started ten years ago. While the charity aspect of growing facial hair is great, having a beard can actually save-- and make-- you money.
When was the last time you walked into the branch of a bank? Or even talked to a teller at the drive-thru? People are becoming more and more comfortable with virtual banking. Research firm Novantas reports that online-only banks saw deposits increase to $364 billion in 2012, up 32 percent from 2010. That's an increase of more than 400 percent from 2004. Wondering if you should go virtual with your money? Here are some perks of online-only banking.
A new survey finds that whether or not you're doing well financially depends on your friends. According to the American Institute of CPAs and the Ad Council three-fourths of young adults use their friends' financial habits to determine their own. But what if you want to be richer than your friends? Besides getting new pals, here are some tips to help you zoom to the front of the pack.
As the Christmas season approaches opportunities to give seem to pop up everywhere. Sometimes the pull at your pocketbook (and your heartstrings) can be overwhelming. But for an easy, and low cost way to impact the life of a child in need check out Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993 more than 100 million shoe boxes full of gifts have been distributed to needy children around the world. Follow these simple steps to be a part of this worthwhile effort.
No matter how old your kids are, you've probably thought about the high cost of college. Despite the fact that the average college senior graduated with $26,600 of debt in 2011, a free education is possible. Check out these schools and states where earning a degree doesn't have to cost a thing.
Looking for the best neighborhood for candy collection this October 31? Not all neighborhoods are created equal. Consider these five factors for finding the most generous, festive and safe trick or treating destinations this Halloween.
Bad things can happen to good phones. They fall in toilets. Toddlers smash them against tile floors. They're left behind in taxi cabs. Experts say as many as 80 million phones are lost, stolen or damaged each year. And when you need a new one that phone you got such a great deal on suddenly becomes extremely expensive to fix or replace. But is paying for phone insurance a good idea? Or is it just a waste of your hard earned money?
The mission for Halloween night usually involves collecting as much free candy as possible. But this doesn't have to be done by going door-to-door, begging your neighbors for the sweet stuff. You can still score free candy with these trick or treating alternatives.
New data from Accenture finds that shoppers are opening their pocketbooks for luxury goods and small splurges. Of those polled more than half say they'll make a small luxury purchase in the next six months. But these small luxuries could be what's making you go broke.
Craigslist users post more than 100 million classified ads each month according to Craigslist.org. While the site is a great place to find cheap furniture or even a job there are also lots of freebies on Craigslist. Tucked under the "for sale" heading, in between "computer" and "furniture" you'll see the word "free." Here's a list of what you can likely get completely free in your community.
The National Retail Federation reports that we Americans will be spending a whopping $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes this year. Children's costumes get $1 billion of the cut, $1.2 billion is spent on adults and another $330 million is spent outfitting our pets. Still wondering what to dress up as this year? Be a celebrity for a night by going as one of these hot TV and movie characters.
For those who want to celebrate Halloween but are spooked by the idea of spending much money on a costume, never fear. We've got five Halloween costume ideas that will cost you less than a bag of candy corn.
Most of us look at celebrities and think they must have it all: fame, fortune and an endless supply of free beauty supplies. But being a celebrity is tough. Fame can be fickle so sometimes household names turn to other industries for an income just like these five former celebs working normal jobs.
Step up to fabulous savings during the Friends & Family Sale at Nine West. You, your friends and family members can all save 30% off everything in the store and get it all shipped free. No coupons are needed, just add the styles you can't live without to your cart and Nine West will take care of the rest. Sale ends 12/16/2013.
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