Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Best Buys at the World's Longest Yard Sale or One in Your Neighborhood

Posted on 08/08/2012

The World’s Longest Yard Sale is celebrating its 25th year. From August 2-5 thousands of people will hunt for bargains along a 690-mile stretch of the 127 corridor from Michigan to Alabama. If you’re attending this endless yard sale, or just happen to be hitting up the ones in your own community, here are some of the best bargains these secondhand sales have to offer.

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Back-to-School Deals to Score Even if You Don't Have Kids

Posted on 08/07/2012

This can be an expensive time of year for parents, who spend an average of $688 on back-to-school supplies, according to the National Retail Federation. If you’re not a parent—don’t completely tune out those advertisements for sales geared towards this crowd. There are plenty of back-to-school deals to score even if you don’t have kids.

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Free Clutter-Clearing Apps to Help You Get Organized

Posted on 08/06/2012

It’s National Simplify Your Life Week and with all of the organizational products available today, your Smartphone may be the most useful. Here are the best free clutter-clearing apps available to help you get organized.

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Freebies at Your Local Hospital Even if You're Not a Patient

Posted on 07/27/2012

There’s no denying that healthcare costs a lot of money. Racking up a huge hospital bill is not that difficult these days, but for people looking for preventative care or support many hospitals do offer free services for community members.

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Taking Advantage of 2012 Summer Sales Tax Holidays

Posted on 07/26/2012

States from Alabama to Virginia have sales tax holidays coming up, just in time for back-to-school shopping. According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, 17 states are giving shoppers tax breaks during weekends in August or September. ( Take full advantage of this savings with these simple tips.

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Expecting? How to Score Valuable Baby Coupons

Posted on 07/25/2012

Newborns may be tiny, but they can cost quite a bit. According to’s survey of more than 1,000 new moms, baby’s first year costs an average of $10,158. Looking to do better for your budget? Check out these ways to score valuable baby coupons.

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How to Get Free (Or Low Cost) Tools to Complete Your Summer DIY Project

Posted on 07/25/2012

Whether you want to build a deck, remodel a bathroom or repair damaged drywall, home maintenance projects can get expensive. DIY doesn’t always spell C-H-E-A-P, especially when you factor in the costs of having to buy the right tools for the job. There’s good news for all the do-it-yourselfers out there. Just check out these ways to get free or low cost tools to complete your summer DIY project.

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Beware: Top Summer Scams According to the Better Business Bureau

Posted on 07/24/2012

Peaches aren’t the only things in season during summer. It seems to be a particular hot time of year for scammers looking to make a quick buck off of unsuspecting consumers. The Better Business Bureau wants you to know about several summer scams.

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Free Places To Visit This Summer

Posted on 07/23/2012

These days it seems like everyone is pinching pennies and looking for ways to save. Usually, that leaves vacation time as just a wish on a list. But not this year! Here we've discovered a few things to do with the family this summer that will keep your wallet right where you want it...In your back pocket! Because visiting these extraordinary places won't cost you a dime, they're all free. Hope to see you there!

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Five Quick Ways to Shave $100 Off Your Monthly Grocery Bill

Posted on 07/20/2012

The drought is doing a number on American crops. The Department of Agriculture designated around 1,300 counties as disaster zones because of drought and excessive heat, according to the LA Times. (,0,3098599.story) That damage could translate into higher prices at the grocery store. Bite back by taking a significant chunk out of your grocery store spending with these five tips for shaving $100 off your monthly food bill.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Are You Willing to Spend for Summer Vacation?

Posted on 07/19/2012

Taking the kids to Mount Rushmore or jetting off to Cabo for a week? The average American family spends $4,000 on summer vacation, according to a poll from American Express. Another online poll quizzed our neighbors to the north and found that the average Canadian plans to spend $1,700. We asked you to share your summer plans on Facebook and Twitter to find out what you’re willing to spend on a summer getaway.

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Under $20: Products to Help You Keep Cool Outdoors

Posted on 07/18/2012

The blazing summer sun can be ruthless—especially if you have no choice but to be outside. Hopefully you’re already lathering up with sunscreen, but UV protection does little to actually provide relief from the heat. These affordable products can help keep you cool outdoors.

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Summer's Most Frugal Foods

Posted on 07/17/2012

Trying to save money on food? As the temperature heats up, prices on some hot summer staples falls down. So if you’re trying to do more with your money at the grocery store, stick these frugal summer foods in your shopping cart.

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How to Help Your Air Conditioner during a Heat Wave

Posted on 07/16/2012

After one of the hottest Junes on record since the 1930s, much of the US is bracing for another heat wave. The greatest demand for electricity is expected to be in the Midwest and Northeast. These soaring temperatures can put a strain on your air conditioner. To avoid overworking what is probably one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home, consider these tips for helping your air conditioner during a heat wave.

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The Financial Life of an Olympic Athlete

Posted on 07/13/2012

It’s every little kid’s dream—being an Olympic athlete. But what does it cost to make that dream a reality? A lot of time and money according to experts. While the payoff is huge for a few athlete superstars, it’s a long road of hard work and financial commitment for most elite Olympians.

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The Priciest Seats at the 2012 Olympic Games

Posted on 07/11/2012

Grabbing a seat at the Olympic games in London can cost as little as $35. But tickets to the most popular events cost hundreds—even thousands—of dollars. Here’s a look at the priciest seats at the 2012 Olympic games.

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A Cost Comparison of Cord Blood Banks

Posted on 07/10/2012

The umbilical cord that connects mother and baby could also be the path to future medical developments. Stem cells have been used to treat nearly 80 diseases including like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Because July is Cord Blood Awareness Month now is the time to research the option of banking your baby’s cord blood should a need develop in the future.

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Summer Freebies: Free Books, Movies and Entertainment for Kids

Posted on 07/10/2012

Summer should be a time of excitement, learning and growing for kids. While trips to theme parks and adventures at summer camp can be great, they can also be expensive. Thankfully for parents and caregivers there are loads of summer freebies including free books, free movies and free entertainment just for little ones.

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Getting to the Games: The Cost of Travel, Tickets and Souvenirs for the 2012 Olympics

Posted on 07/09/2012

Spectators and scalpers are snatching up nearly 11 million tickets to the London 2012 games. Once touted as the most expensive games in Olympic history, some bargains are now starting to surface. But if you’re still thinking about how you can get to the games, here’s what you can expect to fork over for some Olympic action.

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Ice Cream Coupons and Deals for National Ice Cream Month

Posted on 07/06/2012

Let’s all stop to thank Ronald Reagan. No matter what your political affiliation, chances are you like ice cream and it was Reagan that designated July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984. Celebrate by indulging in a cool treat on a warm day with one of these hot ice cream coupons and deals.

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Facebook Poll: Are you Concerned About Healthcare Costs?

Posted on 07/05/2012

Health care reform’s individual mandate received approval from the Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s concerns over healthcare costs are disappearing. A recent poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation found that nearly four in five Massachusetts residents who have had a serious illness worry about the cost of health care. But what about Bargainist readers—are you concerned with healthcare costs? Here’s what you told us on Facebook.

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How to Help Colorado Wildfire Victims and Responders

Posted on 07/03/2012

Wildfires are ravaging the state of Colorado, destroying hundreds of homes and killing several people. Officials estimate the cost of battling just one of the fires to be closing in on $9 million with more than 1,500 firefighters working to contain the 28-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire. But there are many other fires burning in Colorado and New Mexico. Want to do more than simply watch the devastation on the news? Here are six ways to help wildfire victims and responders.

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The Expense of Fireworks: What Communities Spend for July 4th

Posted on 07/02/2012

Ever wonder how much money gets shot up into the sky during Fourth of July celebrations? According to experts the average city spends around $3,000 while larger communities blow about $25,000 on fireworks displays. But the biggest bang happens in the largest US metropolitan areas where a Fourth of July pyrotechnics show can cost millions.

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Bargainist Gift Guide: Great American Picnic Day

Posted on 06/29/2012

Life may not always be a picnic, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying one this summer with family and friends. Ten days after the official start of summer the US celebrates Great American Picnic Day. Use June 30 to gather outdoors with loved ones for a fresh meal and the perfect picnic party gift.

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Saving Money at the Biggest and Best Theme Parks

Posted on 06/29/2012

If you haven’t been to a theme park lately you might be in for sticker shock. A single ticket at some of the most popular parks in the country can set you back $100 or more. That makes a family trip to the theme park an expensive excursion. But here are some unique ways to try to cut costs on admission at some of the biggest and best theme parks.

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How to Save Money and Have a Safer Fourth of July

Posted on 06/28/2012

How will you celebrate our country’s 236th birthday? For most people, the Fourth of July involves three things: food, fireworks and fun. Here are some tips to save money and have a safer Fourth of July.

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How to Jazz Up Your Fourth of July Picnic on a Budget

Posted on 06/27/2012

Burgers, potato salad, sparklers, repeat. If you can’t tell one Fourth of July picnic from the next then check out these budget-friendly ways to jazz up your celebration, adding style without adding cost.

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Backyard DIY: Free Deck Building Help

Posted on 06/27/2012

Outdoor space shines this time of year. Decks offer homeowners a retreat without having to leave the comfort of home. But creating this outdoor oasis can cost thousands of dollars. According to the pros installing a deck can cost an average of $33 a square foot. That’s more than $10,000 for a 16’x20’ deck. If you’re thinking about installing, enlarging or reconstructing a deck on your piece of property, check out these free deck building resources to save some money.

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Budget Friendly Ice Cream Recipes

Posted on 06/25/2012

There’s nothing better than a smooth, creamy helping of ice cream on a hot summer day. While some argue that ice cream is kind of like pizza—even the cheap stuff is pretty good—homemade ice cream can be heaven. These recipes and tips prove it doesn’t have to be costly to make either.

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Ten Things You Need to Know About Your Grocery Store to Save More Money

Posted on 06/22/2012

Ever feel like the grocery store is taking a big bite out of your paycheck? Food is a necessity, but paying top dollar for it doesn’t have to be. Finding out these facts about your grocery store can help you save more money.

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