Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Incredible Summer Clearance Deals

Posted on 09/01/2014

Want to end your summer by scoring the biggest bargain of the season? Labor Day seems to be a great time for finding clearance deals at a long list of retailers. Saying goodbye to summer is tough, but saving some major money may help soften the blow.

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Seven Reasons to Ignore Expiration Dates and Shop at a Bargain Grocer

Posted on 08/28/2014

There may not be freshly brewed coffee samples readily available and classical music relaxing you into a lull, but bargain grocery stores are definitely chock-full of deals. If you're looking for ways to slash big money off your food bill here are ten reasons to ignore expiration dates and shop at a bargain grocer.

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Toddler Freebies: Free Food and Entertainment for Kids Under 2

Posted on 08/27/2014

Toddlers may not be old enough to earn their keep, but they're young enough to enjoy some freebies. From free cupcakes to free tickets to the circus, these toddler freebies will help you save big money on your little tyke.

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Stocking Your Freezer for Fall: An Easy Once-a-Month-Cooking Plan

Posted on 08/26/2014

Having a stockpile of meals in your freezer seems like a great way to save money and time. During those hectic week nights when you're tempted to take the family to a fast food joint you can simply open the freezer for a ready-to-go meal. If you've ever been hesitant to try once-a-month cooking consider these tips to help stock your freezer for fall.

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Best Deals at Sit-Down Restaurant Chains

Posted on 08/25/2014

They're positioned at nearly every major intersection or at every mall in America. Fast casual dining has been around for a while, but according to research industry-wide sales at restaurants fell by 2% last year. Many of these chains are trying hard to stay competitive by offering great deals. It's good news for diners who can fill their stomachs for less.

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How to Find Out About App Sales, Discounts and Freebies

Posted on 08/22/2014

Apps are usually pretty affordable, but just like everything else you like to buy, they do go on sale. And sometimes they are even free! Wondering how to stay in the loop about app sales, discounts and freebies? Here are five ways.

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Should You Get a Store-Brand Debit Card?

Posted on 08/21/2014

Exclusive discounts, extra savings and cardholder-only events are just some of the perks that can accompany having a store credit card. And the incentives must be appealing because according to Equifax around 175 million of these accounts exist. But what if you don't like the idea of racking up extra debt just to enjoy those benefits? A growing number of retailers are offering store-branded debit cards where the cash to cover purchases comes right out of your bank account. But should you put one in your wallet?

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Stores Offering Post-Purchase Price Matching

Posted on 08/20/2014

Price matching is a great tool for ensuring you're getting the best deal possible on just about anything you buy. But did you know that some stores will price match even after you've made the purchase? So even if you've lugged your new stuff home, don't give up the hunt for scoring an even better deal when you shop at these retailers.

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Freebies For Your Labor Day Party

Posted on 08/19/2014

Planning to end summer with a bang, but want to do it without squeezing your bank account dry? Thankfully the internet is a giving place, full of freebies that will make your Labor Day party one to remember. So don't simply let the calendar slip into fall without giving summer a proper send off.

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Small Space, Small Budget: Locker Decor on a Dime

Posted on 08/18/2014

It may be small but a locker is a great place for your tween or teen to show off their personality. And since they visit it several times a day, why not make it a special spot that lifts their mood? The space you're decorating isn't the only thing that's tiny - your budget can be, too.

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Putting Baby to Work: Making Easy Cash for College

Posted on 08/15/2014

Wondering how you'll manage to pay for your baby's college? Right now private college costs more than $30,000 a year, according to the College Board. And if that number scares you, imagine how much more it will be in 2032 when your little one hits 18. Instead of taking on a second job consider putting baby to work to make easy cash for college.

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Easy Ways to Improve your Water Quality

Posted on 08/14/2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says 40% of our nation's waterways have quality issues. Since we all need water to live it's important to pay attention to ways we can reduce pollution and keep our water safe. August is Water Quality Month, a great time to show our appreciation to this life-sustaining source by improving water quality at home and in our communities.

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DIY Back-to-School Gifts for Teachers

Posted on 08/13/2014

Start the school year at the head of the class by giving your child's new teacher a back-to-school gift. These adorable DIY gifts for teachers prove you don't have to spend extra cash to earn a little extra credit.

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How to Organize a Grocery Stockpile

Posted on 08/12/2014

If you've been couponing more than a month you probably have at least the beginnings of a stockpile. But keeping your pantry from becoming chaos takes a little work. Before you spend half your paycheck at an expensive organization store consider these cheap and free ways to manage a grocery stockpile.

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Peaches for Pennies: Best Recipes for this Frugal Summer Fruit

Posted on 08/11/2014

The average American eats nearly nine pounds of peaches each year. This is the heart of peach season, which is probably why August is designated as Peach Month. Letting this season slip away without utilizing this economical fruit would be the pits. So check out our collection of the best peach recipes.

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Paleo Diets for People on a Budget

Posted on 08/08/2014

Hunter-gatherer diet, caveman diet, Stone Age diet - the Paleolithic diet has a lot of names. But the basic idea is we should eat what our ancestors ate. That means no grains, dairy or processed foods. For some money-conscious eaters, that raises a red flag. Won't "going paleo" be expensive? Experts say it doesn't have to be.

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Insta-Deals: How to Use Instagram to Save Money

Posted on 08/07/2014

Two hundred million people use Instagram, sharing 60 million images and tapping like 1.6 billion times a day. The social image sharing site isn't just for cataloging meals, manicures and messy kids. Instagram can also be a money-saving tool.

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Live It Up: A Frugal Bucket List for the Final Weeks of Summer

Posted on 08/06/2014

The patio chairs and lawn equipment have been marked down and moved to the clearance aisle, replaced by displays full of shiny new folders and crisp notebooks. Yes, back-to-school shopping season has arrived. Whether you only have a few more days or a few weeks until the unofficial end of summer, here are some frugal items to put on your bucket list.

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Tips for Saving On Your Child's Back-to-School Physical

Posted on 08/05/2014

Your kid may seem like the picture of health, but an annual physical is still a good idea. According to health professionals this yearly checkup can pick up on things like scoliosis, heart murmurs or other silent diseases that even the most attentive parent won't notice. But if your insurance doesn't cover the cost of this well visit here are ways to save on your child's back-to-school health exam.

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Affordable Apps to Help You Track Business Travel Expenses

Posted on 08/04/2014

Business travel sounds glamorous, but those who do it on a regular basis know it comes with its own set of hassles. One of those annoyances happens to be tracking expenses. The last thing you want to do is not get reimbursed, but holding on to all of those receipts and making sure you don't exceed your allotted per diem can be tedious. These affordable and free apps will help take the pain out of business travel by helping track travel expenses.

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Using Back-to-School Shopping to Teach Kids About Money

Posted on 08/01/2014

Parents will spend more than $500 on their school-aged children for back-to-school supplies. According to a new Deloitte survey, spending on backpacks, notebooks and tennis shoes adds up to $543, which is about 13% less than last year. Instead of only letting your little ones choose between the red folder and the yellow one, use back-to-school shopping as an opportunity to teach kids important money lessons.

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How to Have a Peaceful Family Budget Meeting

Posted on 07/28/2014

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)

Posted on 07/25/2014

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

Posted on 07/24/2014

Women spend more than $426 billion a year on beauty products, according to 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

Posted on 07/23/2014

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

Posted on 07/22/2014

Outlet malls have been getting a bit of bad press lately. According to, 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

Posted on 07/21/2014

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

Posted on 07/17/2014

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

Posted on 07/16/2014

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)

Posted on 07/15/2014

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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