Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Affordable Tools to Help You Get Organized for the Holidays

Posted on 10/03/2012

It happens to be Get Organized Week and the timing couldn’t be better. With the holidays coming up, clearing your clutter and getting things in order now will mean reduced stress later. These free and affordable tools will help you get the job done.

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Trendy Halloween Costumes on a Dime

Posted on 09/28/2012

From Hollywood blockbusters to headline making news, inspiration for Halloween 2012 is everywhere. But outfitting yourself in a fashion forward costume for October 31 does not have to set you back financially. Consider one of these trendy Halloween costumes on a dime.

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Five Tips for Scoring Free Advertising From Your Local Media Outlets

Posted on 09/27/2012

Have an event or business you’d like to promote? Advertising can be costly, but getting attention from your local TV station, newspaper or radio station is free. And it could be just what you need to boost sales or gain awareness in your community. Here are five tips for getting free exposure from local media outlets.

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How to Get More Miles Out of Your Old Used Car

Posted on 09/26/2012

The average age of cars and light trucks currently on US roads jumped to a record high of 10.8 years. That’s according to automotive market intelligence firm Polk. Your car is a major investment and keeping it running well is in your budget’s best interest. If a shiny new car isn’t currently on your roadmap, consider these tips for squeezing even more miles out of your old used car. Consider that ever-increasing odometer your badge of honor.

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The Riskiest Impulse Buys and How to Avoid Them

Posted on 09/25/2012

It’s one of the deadliest shopping sins: the impulse buy. For a little while at least your new purchase may make you feel great, but then reality sinks in. You realize you spent more than you needed to or should have and your bank account suffers because of it. Some impulse purchases are small, others are large, but neither will help you accomplish your financial goals.

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The Best Fall Foods to Buy Now

Posted on 09/24/2012

Since autumn is now officially here as of September 22, it’s time to turn our focus from summer foods to the fall menu. It’s a great time of year to harvest some fresh deals at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or even a nearby orchard. Put these great fall foods on your shopping list and eventually into your belly.

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How to Pay Less for Car Insurance

Posted on 09/21/2012

Michigan may be the hub of the US auto industry, but it’s also where car insurance costs are the highest, according to ( Michigan residents spend an average of 8 percent of their median household income on car insurance. The District of Columbia, Louisiana and Kentucky follow with the next highest rates. Car insurance costs the least in Hawaii, North Carolina and Massachusetts. But no matter where you live, paying less is always best.

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What to do with Unused Baby and Kid Stuff

Posted on 09/19/2012

Children make up 36 percent of the poor population in America. The National Poverty Center reports that in 2010, 16.4 million children, or 22 percent, were poor. But while some babies sit in dirty diapers and children don’t have a book to call their own, plenty of Americans have more than enough. In fact, lots of us have closets full of baby and kid stuff that we no longer need. Now is a great time to get rid of your unused children’s items and pass them on to a needy youngster.

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Low Cost Natural Ways to Beat Fall Allergies

Posted on 09/18/2012

Congestion, coughing, sneezing—it’s just a part of fall that millions of Americans deal with every year. According to WebMD, one in five Americans have either allergy or asthma symptoms. The annual cost of allergies to the health care system and businesses in the US is a whopping $7.9 billion. But if you want to save money—and hopefully some sick days—try these low cost natural remedies for beating fall allergies.

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The $200 Room Makeover: Where to Spend Your Cash

Posted on 09/17/2012

Your living space can influence your productivity, ability to relax and overall well-being. If your bedroom makes you feel stressed or your office puts you to sleep it may be time for a makeover. And if you’ve got $200 then you’ve got enough money to make an impact as long as you spend your cash wisely.

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Seeing Green: How to Spend Less on Eyeglasses

Posted on 09/13/2012

Need a new pair of specs? That can be a costly purchase, especially for those who don’t have vision insurance. According to CBS, Americans spend more than $15 billion each year on eyewear. If you want to see more green in your pocket consider these tips for saving money on eyeglasses.

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Cheap and Easy Frozen Meals that are Actually Good for You

Posted on 09/13/2012

Walk down the freezer aisle and you’ll see hundreds of pre-made frozen meals offering quick and convenient options for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. But many of these are loaded with fat, sodium and sugar. Instead, try making your own freezer meals using these cheap and easy (and good for you!) recipes.

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Five Great Ways to Support Children with Cancer

Posted on 09/11/2012

Almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the US. And sadly, about one-fourth don’t survive according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which spotlights the importance of raising funds for research and family support. Since kids can’t fight cancer alone, here are five great ways you can show your support.

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Where to Find Free Yoga Classes

Posted on 09/10/2012

Flexibility, strength, posture—yoga has lots of benefits that nearly 11 million Americans are already enjoying. There’s nothing new about it. In fact, yoga has been around for 5,000 years. Try it out during the month of September, National Yoga Awareness Month. There are plenty of free opportunities to strike a pose.

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Five Affordable Ways to Age Healthy

Posted on 09/07/2012

Like it or not, we’re all aging. None of us can stop the hands of time, but there are ways to age healthier. September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual reminder of the positive aspects of getting older. It’s a great time to focus on affordable ways to improve your physical, mental, social and financial well being as you advance in age.

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Grandparents' Best Money Advice

Posted on 09/06/2012

For more than three decades the US has celebrated Grandparents Day, the first Sunday after Labor Day. The founder started the holiday to educate younger generations about the important contributions senior citizens have made to society. One of those offerings would definitely be sound financial advice like this.

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Fall Fashion Trends that Don't Cost a Fortune

Posted on 09/05/2012

Want to look on-trend while staying on budget? Fall fashion 2012 has plenty of extravagant moments, but there are lots of wearable fall trends that won’t force you to give up food in order to afford fashion.

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How to Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Diet Without Spending More

Posted on 09/04/2012

Are you getting the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables in your diet? explains just how many servings you need. Getting enough fruits and veggies each day can protect you from heart disease, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and even some cancers! Every September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) promotes the health benefits of these food groups by celebrating Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month. If you’re not eating enough because of the cost, check out these tips for getting more fruits and veggies in your diet without spending more.

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Labor Day Patio Upgrades on a Budget

Posted on 08/28/2012

Not going anywhere for Labor Day weekend? How about upgrading your home’s outdoor space instead? It will give you a relaxing oasis without having to pay for a plane ticket. And like most home upgrades, it’s a gift that keeps giving. Long after Labor Day weekend is over you’ll still have a lovely patio to enjoy that you upgraded on a budget.

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Cutting College Debt: Freebies Offered by Many Universities

Posted on 08/27/2012

College students starting school will pay about $8,240 in tuition and fees at public schools this year. At private schools the price tag is more than three times that amount. Over the last decade, in-state tuition and fees at public, four-year colleges increased at an average rate of 5.6% each year, according to the College Board's 2011 report on higher education pricing. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get the most out of your money. So why not take advantage of these freebies offered by most universities?

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Affordable Activities for Labor Day Weekend 2012

Posted on 08/24/2012

Labor Day weekend is often seen as summer’s last-chance for fun. Most Americans enjoy an extended holiday weekend, but getting the time off is only half the battle. Finding affordable activities is another challenge. Here are some of the hot picks for Labor Day 2012.

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The Best Free Apps for New and Expecting Parents

Posted on 08/23/2012

A crib, baby clothes and mountains of diapers—new parents have lots of new expenses. But there are a few freebies for this expecting crowd. New and expecting parents with Smartphones will definitely want to check out these five free apps for before and after baby’s arrival.

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Ways to Stay Connected When Your Friends or Kids Leave for College

Posted on 08/22/2012

More than 20 million students are starting their freshman year at college this fall, according to the US Census. Plenty of these co-eds will head to school in another zip code, community or state, putting lots of distance between them and the people they love. Don’t let the miles create a wedge. Instead, consider these low cost ways to stay connected when your friends or kids leave for college.

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Low Cost Tools to Help Train Your Dog

Posted on 08/22/2012

There are 78.2 million owned dogs in the US with roughly two in five US households owning at least one dog, according to the most recent National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Products Association. The Huffington Post reported that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their pets in 2011. Some of that cash is likely going to train our four-legged family members, but these low cost tools may help improve Fido’s social skills without taking a bite out of your budget.

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Easy Ways to Save on School Lunches

Posted on 08/20/2012

You aren’t the only one noticing the increasing price of food. While you’re getting hit at the grocery store, schools are paying higher prices too, which they may be passing on to students in the form of higher lunch costs. If you opt to brown bag it, here are some easy ways to save on school lunches.

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Labor Day Getaway: Where to Go When Money is Tight

Posted on 08/17/2012

Even if you already blew your summer vacation travel budget, don’t feel like you have to stay home this Labor Day. Enjoy one last summertime hoorah over this final three-day weekend by choosing the perfect destination for when money is tight.

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What to do With Extra School Supplies

Posted on 08/14/2012

This time of year school supply sales are rampant. Retailers are pulling in shoppers with door buster deals promising pencils for a penny or notebooks for a nickel. Don’t pass up these bargains just because you don’t need them. The fact is, someone out there does. Here are some ideas for where to send those extra school supplies.

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Ten Free Ways to be a Better Friend

Posted on 08/13/2012

Charles Caleb Colton once said, "True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost." Friendship Week is the third week in August, a reminder of just how important our friends are. And treasuring them doesn’t have to cost any money at all. Here are ten free ways to be a better friend.

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Where to Shop for Dorm Room Deals

Posted on 08/10/2012

Cinder block walls and steel furniture may sound more like a prison cell than a dorm room, but that’s often what’s waiting for college students. Thankfully transforming that small space into something homier can be done on a budget, especially when you shop these dorm room deals.

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Five Tips to Save Money on Breastfeeding Supplies

Posted on 08/08/2012

A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the US could save $13 billion per year in healthcare and other costs if nine out of ten babies were exclusively breastfed for six months. But according to UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report 2011, 136.7 million babies are born worldwide and only about one-third of them are breastfed exclusively in the first six months. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, here are five tips to help new moms save money on breastfeeding supplies.

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