Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

How to Turn Your Opinions into Cash

Posted on 10/26/2011

We know you have a few opinions—and not just about whether or not Chaz Bono should have been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars. Instead of keeping those thoughts between you and your hairdresser why not share them and get paid for it? From the products you love to the stuff you don’t here are ways to turn your opinions into cash.

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Coupon Apps That Don't Require Printing

Posted on 10/25/2011

Save paper, ink and money by pulling up coupons on your Smartphone rather than printing them out. Plenty of retailers and manufacturers are offering mobile coupons as a way to help consumers save money. You just need to know how to access them quickly on your phone and that’s where these apps will come in handy.

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How to Do More than Carve Your Halloween Pumpkin

Posted on 10/24/2011

Those orange gourds are showing up on front porches all across the country. It doesn’t matter where you live, how old you are or what you’ll be doing on October 31, pumpkin are a seasonal staple just about everywhere. But don’t force your squash to go under the knife—here are ideas for doing more than simply carving your Halloween pumpkin.

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Five Things to Do Before Every Big Purchase

Posted on 10/21/2011

Most of us have spent money impulsively. But experts agree it’s best to put some thought behind those major financial decisions. Some people may define a “big purchase” as a $50 dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Others may see it as spending $3,000 to upgrade your flat screen. But that doesn’t really matter—what matters is that before locking yourself in to a big purchase you do these five things.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Charities Do you Love Supporting?

Posted on 10/20/2011

We always knew you were kind-hearted, but our latest Twitter and Facebook poll proves it. As we enter the season of giving we wanted to know what charities you love supporting. While your answers varied from organizations educating women in Africa to nonprofits helping orphans here in America they all seem like great causes working to make the world a better place.

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How to Get Over a Major Money Loss

Posted on 10/19/2011

It’s one thing to misplace your phone, iPod or car keys, but what about losing money? Over the last few years many Americans have taken a financial loss—whether in the housing market, stock market or through a layoff. Here are some tips for getting over that major money loss and moving on with life.

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Ten Ways You Can Start Creating Christmas Cash Now

Posted on 10/18/2011

Soon there will be presents to buy, trees to decorate and loved ones to visit. Just about everyone could use some extra money around the holidays. But why wait? Here are ten ways you can start creating Christmas cash now.

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Halloween Candy Coupons

Posted on 10/17/2011

Don’t get spooked by the cost of candy these days. Just use some coupons to stock up on sweets before Halloween. Keep the trick-or-treaters on your good side with an ample supply of sugar. Don’t forget that many of the coupons are in limited supply—so print yours before they vanish.

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The Most Popular (And Affordable) Kids Halloween Costumes

Posted on 10/17/2011

More Americans are celebrating Halloween this year than ever before. According to the National Retail Federation's 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, seven in 10 Americans are planning to pull on costumes and devour some candy this year. The average person is expected to spend $72.31 on Halloween products. That’s up from $66.28 last year. Some of the most popular kids Halloween costumes are also very affordable. So dress up your little one and save more money for candy.

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Companies Hiring the Most Seasonal Holiday Workers

Posted on 10/13/2011

We may still be awaiting the arrival of Halloween, but retailers are already planning for Christmas. Hoping to be hired on for a holiday job? You better start applying now, according to experts. Many retailers are already posting their open positions for seasonal work. The good news is there are hundreds of thousands of jobs available for people who don’t mind working during the holiday season.

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The Best Sites for Free Pumpkin Carving Designs

Posted on 10/12/2011

It doesn’t really matter whether you get your pumpkin fresh from the patch or out of a bin at the grocery store. What counts is what you do with it once you lug it home. Get some free design assistance from the best websites for pumpkin carving templates.

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Ten Simple (And Cheap) Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Posted on 10/11/2011

It’s time once again to think pink and do your part to conquer breast cancer. According to The National Cancer Institute, roughly one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. But if we all take simple steps like these we’ll get closer to a cure.

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Fire Prevention Freebies

Posted on 10/10/2011

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9-15 this year. According to the US Fire Administration, in 2009 there were 356,200 residential fires, killing 2,480 people and injuring more than 12,000. These fires destroyed $7 billion worth of property and in many cases, they could have been prevented. Take some time to review this list of fire prevention freebies because they could keep you, your home and your family safe.

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Affordable Recipes for Diabetics

Posted on 10/07/2011

Nearly 26 million children and adults are living with diabetes in the US, and another 79 million are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetics must control their blood sugar by eating a healthy diet and these affordable recipes designed especially for diabetics could help.

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Facebook Poll: Should Wealthy People Pay Higher Taxes?

Posted on 10/06/2011

This is a question that can spark some animated debate: Should wealthy people pay higher taxes? It’s something politicians are hashing out right now so we wanted to know what you thought. We asked for your response through Facebook and this is what you told us. As always, feel free to share your opinions in the comments and at the Bargainist Facebook page.

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Free Resources to Help You Find a Lost Pet

Posted on 10/05/2011

Realizing Fido or Fluffy has escaped from the sanctuary of home can be terrifying for a loving pet owner. The world is a scary place—especially for lost dogs and cats. If you find yourself in this situation you’ll want to check out these free resources to help you find your missing pet.

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Organization for Less: Ten Free Tools for Get Organized Week

Posted on 10/05/2011

This week is officially “Get Organized Week.” So in case you were waiting for some sign before cleaning out your closets, purging unnecessary paperwork or tending to that tower of Tupperware, this may be it. Getting organized doesn’t necessarily require stocking up on expensive storage units or hiring a professional with ten free organizational tools like these.

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Tips for Switching Out Your Wardrobe for the Seasons

Posted on 10/04/2011

It’s time to pack away the pastels and pull out the pullovers. Summer dresses need to make way for coats, long sleeves and boots. Transition smoothly from one season to the next with these tips for switching out your wardrobe.

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Handmade Holidays: Christmas Gifts and Decorations You Can Start Making Now

Posted on 09/29/2011

Handmade Christmas gifts and decorations are great in theory—they’re affordable, unique and heartfelt. But when the busyness of the holidays is upon us, who has time to devote to crafts? Fall may have just started, but now is a great time to start making Christmas gifts so you can enjoy handmade holidays in the coming months.

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Personal Finance iPhone Apps Worth a Few Bucks

Posted on 09/28/2011

Budgeting? Investing? Saving? Yes, there’s an app for all of that. Free apps are great, but sometimes it’s worth spending a couple of bucks to get extra features and function. These apps may not be free, but they make financial sense.

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Pawn Shop Guide: How to Turn Stuff into Cash

Posted on 09/27/2011

Hardcore Pawn, Pawn Stars and Pawn Queens are three popular reality shows entertaining viewers with the ins and outs of the pawn shop world. There are more than 12,000 pawn shops in the US, according to And believe it or not they didn’t originate in Vegas as a way for gamblers to score more cash for the casino. says the first pawn shops emerged in Ancient China more than 3,000 years ago. And still to this day it’s a good way to turn stuff into cash.

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How to Know Which Dog to Adopt at the Shelter

Posted on 09/26/2011

Millions of dogs are waiting for their forever homes at shelters around the country. October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog month so it’s a great time to bring one home. Here are tips for making sure you adopt the best pet for your family.

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Saving Money on Dog Care

Posted on 09/23/2011

It’s National Dog Week, seven days set aside every year in September to raise awareness of the needs of dogs. The founders’ goals included eliminating strays from the streets, finding good homes for every dog and increasing consideration for dogs. In an effort to help pet owners care for their furry family members, here are some tips for saving money on dog care.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What TV Premiere Are You Anticipating Most?

Posted on 09/22/2011

According to various news outlets, the premier of “Two and a Half Men” drew 27.7 million viewers, making it the show’s largest audience ever. Most people were curious as to how Charlie Sheen’s character would make his exit and how Ashton Kutcher’s character would make his entrance. While curiosity built buzz for this fall premiere, we wanted to know what shows you’re anticipating the most. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.

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Easy Money-Saving Sewing Projects

Posted on 09/21/2011

To some, sewing may seem scary, but learning how to navigate a needle and thread could be the key to saving your household some quick cash. You don’t even need to own a sewing machine to tackle most of these easy money-saving sewing projects.

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Saving Money with At-Home Hair Color

Posted on 09/20/2011

Hair has an uncanny ability to ruin or renew our attitude. According to USA Today, 44% of women say their mood has been affected by the type of hair day they’re having. And that could be why we spend so much money on it. A recent survey shows that women get their hair cut an average of five times a year costing about $195 annually. Half of women report coloring their hair an average of four times a year at $65 a pop. But two-thirds are trying to cut costs when it comes to hair care. One way to do that is to try at-home hair color. Here are some tips for taking that one without getting yourself in a hairy situation.

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Affordable Crock Pot Recipes for Fall

Posted on 09/20/2011

Fall is a great time to dust off the slow cooker, throw in some hearty ingredients and come home hours later to a home cooked meal. Wondering what recipes you can make without spending a crock pot full of cash? Here are a few of the best on the web

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How to Use Your Facebook and Twitter Accounts to Support Charities

Posted on 09/15/2011

Charities need your help. While they love receiving your cash donations, they could also use your social media support. Here are some ways to use your Facebook and Twitter accounts for a bigger purpose.

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Fighting Famine: How to Help in East Africa

Posted on 09/14/2011

According to reports, the drought in East Africa is the worst in 60 years. More than 13 million people are in need of humanitarian help including residents of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Kenya. Help the hungry through these hardworking organizations.

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Low Cost Remedies for Fall Allergies

Posted on 09/13/2011

There’s plenty to love about fall: colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and the arrival of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. But fall also marks the arrival of seasonal allergies, which strike millions of people. As many as one in five are allergic to ragweed, according to news reports. And if you’re one of the “lucky” ones here are some low cost remedies for fall allergies.

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