Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

July 4th Fun: How to Turn Your Backyard into a Water Park

Posted on 06/26/2013

By the time you pay for admission, locker rental and a five dollar snow cone, a family trip to the water park is enough to wash out your stash of spending money. Instead, invest in a few DIY projects and you can turn your backyard into a water park in time for the July 4th holiday.

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Finding the Most Affordable Airline Tickets for 2013 Summer Travel

Posted on 06/24/2013

Hoping to take to the skies this summer? Airline travel is almost always pricey, no matter where your destination. But these tips will help you find the most affordable airlines tickets for your 2013 summer travel.

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Keeping Your Cool: Eight Appliances Heating Up Your Home This Summer

Posted on 06/24/2013

Did you know that more than one-fifth of America's total energy consumption comes from residential use? From a popcorn machine to a water heater, using those appliances adds extra heat to your home and increases energy costs. These eight appliances are especially good at heating up your home during the summer months.

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The Best Summer Beauty Products Under $10

Posted on 06/20/2013

As wonderful as summer is, the sun, sand and water can do some damage on your body. Protect yourself with this affordable collection of summer beauty products, all under $10.

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Dr. Oz's Top Money-Saving Health Tips

Posted on 06/19/2013

He's one of America's most famous doctors. Dr. Oz helps millions of people get healthy by handing out advice on a daily basis through his TV show. But even Dr. Oz knows you don't have to spend big bucks to enjoy a healthy life. Here are some of his top money-saving health tips.

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Dog Days of Summer: Affordable Ways to Board Your Pooch During Vacation

Posted on 06/18/2013

Planning to hit the beach, enjoy the amusement park or just skip town for a while this summer? Don't forget to factor boarding expenses for your pooch into your vacation budget. Pet care costs can vary significantly depending on where you live, but there are always ways to save money on boarding your four-legged family members.

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How to Make Money on YouTube

Posted on 06/17/2013

You may think of YouTube as a great way to share your family videos with the world or to laugh away an hour looking at funny cat videos. But have you ever thought of YouTube as an opportunity to earn extra spending money? YouTube recently launched a new revenue sharing program, making it possible for your viral video to equal quick cash. According to reports last year video advertising generated $3.4 billion and is on tap to reach over $5 billion in 2013. Check out these ways to get a piece of the action with YouTube.

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Free Apps to Make Your Summer Road Trip Rock

Posted on 06/14/2013

Along with filling your suitcase with the appropriate vacation gear, you may also want to take time to fill up your Smartphone with apps that will help make your summer road trip rock. Your Smartphone can steer you through speed traps, guide you to healthy food options and keep everyone entertained during your upcoming adventure.

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Easy Father's Day Meals to Impress Dad on a Dime

Posted on 06/13/2013

Make dad a manly meal this Father's Day. That means meat with a side of meat and for dessert, more meat! But of course all that meat can get expensive which is why we compiled these easy Father's Day dishes to impress dad on a dime.

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Sewing Machine Day: Simple DIY Summer Projects to Save Money

Posted on 06/12/2013

The sewing machine isn't a modern invention. In fact the first one was patented in 1790. So it's no wonder that this household appliance has its own day. Sewing Machine Day falls on June 13 and in honor of the holiday here is a list of simple DIY summer projects that will save you money.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad: Luxury Knock-Off Gifts for Father's Day

Posted on 06/11/2013

Father's Day is around the corner and if you forgot to budget for dad's gift don't worry. These Father's Day gifts have all the feel of luxury without the designer price tag. But dad may begin to wonder where your sudden influx of cash came from.

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A Summer 2013 Guide to Free Fun

Posted on 06/10/2013

School's out for summer! But for parents that means trying to fill the next three months with educational and fun activities that won't put a crimp in the budget. Thankfully there are lots of options that will keep kids entertained and informed.

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Freebies for National Doughnut Day

Posted on 06/06/2013

As if you needed another reason to love Friday, June 7 is National Doughnut Day. If you want to celebrate by eating doughnuts all day long you can pretty much do that for free thanks to these companies who are inviting customers in for treats on the house. Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, these deals are pretty sweet.

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Summer of Learning: Cheap Online Classes for Adults

Posted on 06/05/2013

If you feel like working on more than your tan this summer, check out these cheap, and in some cases free, online classes for adults. You can spend the next three months working out your brain, learning a new skill or taking an interest to the next level. And you'll actually have a cool response when someone asks you how you spent your summer.

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National Safety Month: Free and Cheap Apps to Make Your Life Safer

Posted on 06/04/2013

June is National Safety Month, an annual observance dedicated to educating people about preventable injuries and deaths. Your odds of being struck by lightning are one in 126,158 according to the National Safety Council, while one in 108 will die in an auto accident. We can't promise that your Smartphone will keep you completely out of danger, however these apps may help keep you a little safer.

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Free Books: 2013 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Posted on 06/03/2013

School may be out for three months but learning can still be in session thanks to a wide variety of free reading programs. According to research, summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being the most impacted. Stop summer brain drain and get your youngsters excited about books with these free 2013 summer reading programs for kids.

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Five Products that Rarely Go On Sale (And How to Save Money Buying Them)

Posted on 05/30/2013

People often say there are never coupons for the products they actually want to buy. But coupons aren't the only way to save money. Even though these five products rarely go on sale, you still don't have to pay top dollar.

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Summer Produce: Money-Saving Secrets of Your Local Farmers Market

Posted on 05/28/2013

Business is booming for farmers markets. As of August 2012 there were 7,864 farmers markets listed in the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 9.6 percent increase from 2011. Not only can you get incredibly fresh and healthy food at your local farmers market, you can do it on a budget with these money-saving secrets for stocking up on summer produce.

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Saving Money on Travel During Hurricane Season

Posted on 05/27/2013

It's time once again to start thinking about hurricanes. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and June 1 marks the official start to another hurricane season. For many people this means keeping an eye on the Weather Channel, but for bargain hunters, this can signal the start of travel discounts.

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Wedding Guest: How to Budget for the Big Day

Posted on 05/23/2013

We all dread it when bills show up in the mailbox, and we may start hoping that wedding invitations don't arrive either. Wedding spending is on the rise for guests. According to, spending is up $200 for wedding guests this year compared to last, reaching $539. While weddings are happy occasions they can cause an upset in your finances if you don't budget properly for the big day.

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Budget-Friendly Tips to Prepare Your Outdoor Space for Memorial Day Weekend

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Posted on 05/22/2013

Roughly one-third of Americans are planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, according to TripAdvisor. That means two out of three are staying close to home. If you've got a few bucks and some time you can quickly and affordably prepare your outdoor space for the holiday weekend.

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Nap Time Cash: How to Earn Money While Your Child Sleeps

Posted on 05/21/2013

There are dishes to wash and laundry to fold, but many parents decide to set the chores aside and focus on earning an income while their babies nap. According to baby sleep experts when little ones are just a few months old they take as many as five naps a day. Up until they turn one, babies usually take at least two naps a day. Resourceful moms and dads may want to use that stretch of quiet time to earn extra cash with money-making opportunities like these.

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Restaurant Meals at Home: Low Cost Ways to Make Knock Off Recipes

Posted on 05/20/2013

In 2012, Americans spent about 48 percent of their food dollar at nearly 1 million restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association. According to Americans spend $1 billion a day dining out. The idea of giving up regular visits to The Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden or Texas Roadhouse may be good for your budget, but if your taste buds say "no" try making your favorite dishes at home with these low cost knock-off recipes.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Low-Cost Essentials for Kicking Off Summer

Posted on 05/17/2013

Stock up on new essentials for the start of summer. And don't worry about blowing your entire budget before Memorial Day weekend is over. We found low-cost must-haves that will still leave plenty of money to put steaks on the grill, margaritas in your tumbler and gas in the tank.

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Pre-Wedding Festivities: Saving Money on the Bachelorette Party

Posted on 05/15/2013

Nearly three in four women say they'll spend more than $100 planning their friend's bachelorette party and nine out of ten women will spend an additional $50 or more during the bachelorette party. That's according to a new poll from That may seem like a lot of cash to fork over-- especially considering that's in advance of any expenses for the actual wedding. Before you skip the bon voyage bash to the single life for budgetary reasons, try these cost-cutting measures.

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How to Get Free Stuff by Signing Up for a TV Show

Posted on 05/14/2013

Fame and notoriety aside, you can win boatloads of cash and prizes for appearing on a TV show. If you're looking for a way to make some quick cash or take home free stuff, signing up for a TV show is one way to do it.

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DIY Dog Food: How to Save Money Making Fido's Food

Posted on 05/14/2013

It's been six years since tainted dog food killed thousands of beloved dogs, but many people are still skittish about feeding their dog's bargain basement kibble. While pet food is closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the only way to be completely sure that your pooch is eating healthy, safe food is to make it yourself. And with these budget-friendly tips and recipes, making Fido's food at home is affordable, too.

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Companies Offering the Best Maternity and Paternity Leave Benefits

Posted on 05/09/2013

Sorry moms and dads-- employers that offer generous maternity and paternity aren't all that common. According to research from the Families and Work Institute, only 30 percent of U.S. employers offer paid or unpaid maternity leave greater than 12 weeks. The Census Bureau says that about half of working women received some sort of paid leave, up ten percent from a decade ago. For parents looking for those types of perks, these companies seem to offer the best maternity and paternity leave benefits.

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Summer Jobs: Companies Hiring Right Now

Posted on 05/08/2013

Teens looking for summer employment may not have to work very hard to land a job. Fortune reports that the number of companies hiring summer staffers has increased significantly in 2013. The average pay for these jobs is $11.50 an hour, that's up from $10.90 last summer, and is the highest summer wage in six years. Snagajob, a website posting hourly positions, polled hiring managers and found that one in three say it will be "easy" for a teen to find a job this summer-- as long as they know where to look.

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Mail Order Mother's Day: Last Minute Deals for Mom

Posted on 05/07/2013

Mom may have raised you to be a giving, thoughtful person, but she may not have emphasized the need to plan ahead quite enough. Mother's Day is around the corner and so far all you have is your traditional "roses are red" poem and a drug store greeting card. Check out these mail order deals for mom and she'll never know you waited until the last minute.

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