Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

How to Have a Peaceful Family Budget Meeting

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Posted 3 days, 13 hours ago

Family budget meetings can be about as enjoyable as hanging out in a hospital waiting room. After all, there's a good chance most of those in attendance would rather be just about anywhere else. But it is possible to make these necessary meetings peaceful and even enjoyable if you follow these tips.

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Back-to-School Fashion Trends (And Where to Find them Cheap)

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Posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

From the runway to the hallway, these fashions are on-trend for back-to-school 2014. And for budget conscious parents who want to be smart about spending, we found the best looks for less.

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Beauty Products Under $10 that Will Make You Look Like a Million

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Posted 1 week ago

Women spend more than $426 billion a year on beauty products, according to HuffingtonPost.com. That's a whole lot of creams, powders and gadgets meant to make us look thinner, prettier and younger. But what if you could spend a whole lot less and achieve the same beautiful results? Check out these beauty products under $10 that will make you look like a million bucks.

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Phone Scams: 5 Reasons to Not Answer That Call or Text

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Posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Your phone rings. It's a number you don't recognize. Do you automatically answer? Or do you let it go to voicemail? How you respond could determine whether you end up getting scammed or not. Here are five reasons why you may not want to pick up.

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Outlet Stores that Aren't a Scam

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Posted 1 week, 2 days ago

Outlet malls have been getting a bit of bad press lately. According to Dailyfinance.com, more than eight in ten products sold in outlet stores are made to sell there. And just half of the shops at an outlet mall are required to be actual outlets. While you may think it's last season's style, left over on a retail rack, it's actually delivered to the outlet store directly from the manufacturer. The price is lower because the quality isn't as great. So how do you know you're getting a truly great deal? Check out these genuine outlet stores.

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Strategic Shopping: Planning for the 2014 Sales Tax Holidays

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Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

It may seem like the smoke has barely cleared from those 4th of July fireworks, but believe it or not, it's time to start talking about back to school shopping. Back to school is a $72 billion shopping season according to the National Retail Federation. And besides clipping coupons or watching for sales, with a little strategic shopping you can also save with tax-free holidays.

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The Best Sites for Used Car Shopping

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Posted 2 weeks ago

As soon as you drive a new car off the lot you'll likely lose thousands of dollars in value almost instantly. But Consumer Reports say two and three-year-old vehicles often give you the best bang for your buck because taxes and insurance are lower and they've already taken the biggest depreciation hit. But how do you know if a used car is reliable, safe and a good deal? These six sites can help you find exactly what you're looking for in a used car.

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Summer Doldrums? Six Free Ways to Snap Out of the Slump

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Posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Battling a case of the summer doldrums? Someone once said, only boring people get bored. No one wants to be called boring so in honor of National Anti-Boredom Month, which falls in July, here are six free ways to snap out of a summer slump.

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Ten Cool Ways to Use Pallets (And Where to Find Them For Free)

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Posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Entire industries rely on pallets for shipping goods. In fact, there are more than 1.8 billion wood pallets in circulation each day in the US. There's no shortage of these cheap, wooden workhorses. Find them for free at furniture stores, hardware stores or even on Craigslist. Turns out they can be used for way more than holding heavy loads. Check out these ten cool ways to use wooden pallets.

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Grocery Store Chains that Offer Digital Coupons for Extra Savings

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Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago

More and more grocery stores are offering their customers digital coupons. Without ever having to pick up a pair of scissors you can load coupons onto your customer loyalty account for extra grocery savings. When you buy the correct items and scan your card the savings is applied to your total. Wondering if your favorite grocery store provides digital coupons? Here are seven that do.

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Cheap Ways to Clean Your Jewelry

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Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Your jewelry may be the most expensive thing you own so why not keep it looking great? Plenty of pricey gadgets claim to keep your diamonds sparkling or your gold from tarnishing, but there are even cheaper ways to get those rings, necklaces and earrings to shine like the day you bought them.

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Six Awesome Apps to Help Small Business Owners

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Small business owners are the backbone of our economy. Since July is Independent Retailer Month it's a great time to think about supporting small business owners with our money and our resources. There's no denying that small business owners work hard, but hopefully these awesome apps can help make their job a little easier.

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Budget Beauty: DIY Tips for Keeping Your Manicure Looking Good

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Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

A manicure can easily cost $20 or more. But an entire bottle of nail polish is about $5. Going DIY on your nails is a great way to save a significant amount of money. But getting your at-home manicure to look like a pro did it can be tricky, unless you follow these budget beauty tips.

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Cheap or Free Photography Apps to Help Capture Summer Memories

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Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Remember the days of 35 mm film, limiting our photos to just 24 exposures? Well now we can easily snap 24 photos in a matter of seconds with our Smartphones. Not all of them are keepers, but thankfully there are cheap and free photography apps that can help us all capture our summer memories like pros.

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Turning a Budget-Friendly Bike Into a Custom Ride

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Posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Looking for a new set of wheels, but not ready to part with a large chunk of money? There are plenty of easy ways to make small tweaks to a budget-friendly bicycle so that it looks and feels more like a custom ride.

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How to Finish the Second Half of 2014 Financially Strong

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Posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Believe it or not 2014 is officially halfway over. The first six months are in the books and now we only have six more to meet our financial goals for the year. Want to finish 2014 strong? Here are five steps to take to stay on track (or get back on it!) so that you end the year by meeting your money goals.

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The Inside Scoop on Making Homemade Ice Cream

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Posted 4 weeks ago

Thank you Ronald Reagan. He's the one responsible for designating July as National Ice Cream Month. Many brands lower prices or distribute coupons in honor of this special time of year, but have you ever thought about making your own? Since most of us are experiencing the warmest weather of the year, it's a great time to get the entire family involved in making some homemade ice cream. With these affordable tips you'll end up with some pretty sweet ice cream - and memories - in the end.

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What to Shop for on 4th of July Weekend

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Posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

In addition to eating hot dogs and lighting things on fire, shopping seems to be a very patriotic pastime for 4th of July weekend. Retailers are competing for your attention during the long holiday weekend by lowering prices on key items. In between cookouts and fireworks displays you may want to shop for these items on 4th of July weekend.

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Safer (And Cheaper!) Alternatives to Shooting Off Fireworks for the 4th

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Posted on 06/27/2014

Fourth of July spending is exploding according to experts. In Visa's annual Independence Day spending survey Americans spent close to $300 on the holiday last year, setting aside part of that for fireworks. Those little sticks of colorful explosives may be fun, but they're expensive and potentially dangerous. Here are five safer (and cheaper!) alternatives to shooting off fireworks for the 4th.

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Cashing in on the Summer Sun: Affordable Solar Powered Products

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Posted on 06/26/2014

Summer is here and while you may be paying a pretty penny to keep yourself cool from the blazing sun, you could also be capturing that free resource for energy. Installing solar panels on your home is expensive, but there are other solar-powered products on the market that may help you cash in on the summer sun without melting your budget.

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The Best Affordable Red, White and Blue Recipes for a Patriotic Party

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Posted on 06/25/2014

Want to add some patriotic flare to your 4th of July food table? Red, white and blue aren't just reserved for Old Glory. You can infuse your menu with those three colors too and it won't cost you a whole lot of green.

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Five Ways to Boost Loyalty Card Savings at Your Favorite Stores

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Posted on 06/24/2014

Americans have more than 170 million supermarket loyalty program memberships. According to a report from Time Magazine, every American household has about ten active loyalty programs. These programs give consumers exclusive discounts and retailers piles of data, but there are ways to boost your loyalty card savings even more at your favorite stores.

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Be on HGTV: How to Get Your Home Remodeled

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Posted on 06/23/2014

Homeowners featured on HGTV score incredible kitchen renovations, backyard transformations and master bedroom makeovers, often at no cost to them. So if you don't mind having your scary "before" pictures broadcasted for the world to see, these six HGTV programs are holding casting calls and you could be their next star!

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How to Buy Coupon Inserts From Clipping Services

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Posted on 06/20/2014

Do you find yourself only buying the Sunday newspaper so you can get your hands on the coupon inserts tucked inside? We're about to let you in on a little secret used by extreme couponers. They don't mess with the Sunday paper. They buy SmartSource, Red Plum and P&G inserts by the stack. Even if you're just someone who likes to cash in on really good deals now and then, buying coupon inserts from a clipping service could make sense.

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When a Cheap Price Does Not Mean Good Value

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Posted on 06/19/2014

A low price tag is not a surefire indication of a great deal. But at the same time low price does not always equal low quality. How do you know if that product you're about to buy is a really great deal or just a piece of junk? As bargain hunters and couponers we're always looking to save money, but here are five times when a cheap price does not mean good value.

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Hitting the Junk Jackpot: The Most Valuable Vintage Toys

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Posted on 06/18/2014

Before you brush off your mom's request to finally remove your childhood toys from her basement, listen up. All of those action figures that offered priceless enjoyment in your younger years could return for a big payday now. If you've got any of these valuable vintage toys, congratulations-- you hit the junk jackpot.

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Downtown Living: The Most Affordable Urban Areas

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Posted on 06/17/2014

More Americans are choosing city living over strip malls and lengthy commutes. A new study found that 40% of American homeowners live in suburbs, but just 7% want to stay there. While urban yards may be smaller than they are in the suburbs, many homeowners are thankful for shorter commutes and greater access to public transportation and amenities. This higher demand for urban living is driving up the cost of properties within downtown districts. So where can you still find a deal close to downtown? Here are five urban areas to consider.

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How to Score Free Books by Offering Reviews

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Posted on 06/16/2014

Book reviews make a difference. According to a study by The Nielson Company seven in ten online consumers trust recommendations from opinions posted online. Book publishers know that getting reviews are an important part of their marketing strategy. They want people to review their books so badly they're willing to give them away for free. Become an official book reviewer and score free reading material by offering up your opinions.

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Fun and Affordable Father's Day Activities

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Posted on 06/13/2014

Before you rush out and buy dad another set of grilling tools or a silk tie, consider what he may want more than anything-- quality time with you. Don't worry. There are plenty of fun and affordable Father's Day activities that will spread the love without thinning out your budget.

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Free Printables to Keep Kids Learning During Summer Break

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Posted on 06/12/2014

Looking for an easy way to make sure your kids' minds don't turn to mush over the summer? Fire up your printer and check out these free resources to help keep kids learning during summer break.

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