Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Free or Affordable Father's Day Activities

Posted on 06/06/2011

Dear old dad gets his day in the spotlight once a year. A recent survey found that the gift one out of five dads prefer is more time with their family. Thankfully that can be done without spending much money (or any at all) with these free or affordable Father’s Day activities.

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Free Kids Summer Reading Programs

Posted on 06/03/2011

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Get your kids involved in one of these free summer reading programs and they’ll be soaking in knowledge along with the sun.

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What to Do With Graduation Money

Posted on 06/02/2011

Years of exams, pop quizzes and study halls are about to finally pay off for millions of graduates who will walk across the stage, retrieve their diploma and bask in a few seconds of glory. For those who receive gifts of cash from family and friends, here are ways to make sure that newfound fortune isn’t quite as fleeting.

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Low Cost Ways to Help Joplin Tornado Victims

Posted on 06/01/2011

A massive tornado barreled through Joplin, Missouri on May 22. CNN reports that the twister killed at least 125 people and damaged one out of four of the city’s homes and businesses. It’s the single deadliest tornado on record since the US began tracking this data more than 60 years ago. Help this city and its residents repair and rebuild.

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The Best Cars for Gas Mileage

Posted on 05/27/2011

Here’s the good news: gas prices are slowly dropping. But the bad news is a gallon of gas is still super expensive. The national average is currently sitting at about $3.81 a gallon. If you’re shopping for a new car this summer you may want to test drive a model considered to be best for gas mileage.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's Been Your Best Score on Groupon or Living Social?

Posted on 05/26/2011

Group buying sites like Groupon and Living Social have become extremely popular. Their daily deals offer great buys for a variety of products and services. And judging by our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, you’re a fan too. Here are the deals that got you most excited.

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How to Get Your Home Heat-Wave-Ready

Posted on 05/25/2011

Ah, summer. On one hand, there are the pool parties, barbecues, and long weekends. But on the other hand, there’s sweaty skin, sunburn and stifling heat. Use these tips to try to wipe away some of the negatives by getting your home heat-wave-ready.

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The Best Affordable Beach Accessories

Posted on 05/24/2011

Millions of us will hit the beach this summer for some sun, sand and surf. Make sure you’re prepared for your getaway with the best of the best in affordable beach accessories.

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How to Save Money on Car Rentals for Your Summer Vacation

Posted on 05/23/2011

Pretty much everything about your summer vacation will cost more this year compared to 2010. You can point the finger at record-breaking gas prices which is having a widespread reach well-beyond the pump. Instead of focusing on what you can’t change, we’ve got some tips to help you focus on what you can change—including what you pay for car rental during your summer vacation.

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Swimsuit Sales in Time for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on 05/20/2011

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It’s a time for hot dogs and ice cream, baseball and beaches. The weather is about to get a whole lot hotter and as you search for a little relief from the heat do you really want to be caught in last year’s swimsuit? In case your answer is no (and we bet it is) we found some great swimsuit sales just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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Affordable Gear for Your Kids' Trip to Summer Camp

Posted on 05/19/2011

School’s out for summer—or it will be soon. That means it’s almost time for the kids to start packing up for a trip to summer camp. Keep the budget on this outdoor excursion from going wild by stocking up on affordable gear for your kids’ trip to summer camp.

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How to Find Extra Cash for Your Summer Trip

Posted on 05/18/2011

Looks like high gas prices aren’t keeping American families home this summer. A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll shows six in ten are still planning a getaway—no matter how much it costs to top off the tank. Consider these sources for extra cash for your summer trip.

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Using QR Codes to Save Money

Posted on 05/17/2011

Those funky, abstract images popping up everywhere can actually save you money. QR codes have been around for a few years, but they’re just now taking off in the US as more people become armed with smartphones. Use your phone to scan the 2D image and you may just unlock some secret savings.

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Five Secrets to Saving Cash at the Mall

Posted on 05/16/2011

You typically go to the mall to spend money, but with these five tips you can actually save money there, too. Whether you’re shopping for some new spring or summer pieces to infuse into your wardrobe, or just hoping to replace those worn out tennis shoes, there are several strategies for saving.

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Budget-Friendly Hair Trends

Posted on 05/13/2011

Hair can require a lot of costly upkeep. Between monthly trims and color touch-ups, weekly conditioning treatments and daily care, maintaining that hot head of yours can take a major slice of funds. You’ll love these looks because they’ll help you stay on budget while also staying on trend.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Are Gas Prices Impacting You?

Posted on 05/12/2011

It’s happened—a gallon of gas will now cost you more than a venti Starbucks latte. Gas prices are up 40 percent from last summer according to the US Energy Information Administration. On average a gallon of regular will run you $3.86. It’s not surprising that the EIA says the average American family will probably spend about $825 more at the pump in 2011 than it did in 2010. So we wanted to know how the increase in gas prices is impact you.

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How to Feel Rich When You're Not

Posted on 05/11/2011

Sir Richard Francis Burton once said, “Broke is a temporary condition, poor is a state of mind.” So while you may not be bathing in a solid gold tub or using ten dollar bills as campfire kindling, you don’t have to feel poor. Here are a few easy ways to feel rich, even when you’re not.

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Where to Look for Summer Work

Posted on 05/10/2011

Experts are predicting a competitive summer job market for those hunting down temporary employment, so if you haven’t started looking, you may want to get to work. According to, 55 percent of hiring managers will be adding workers this summer, paying an average of $11 an hour. Need to know where to start? Here are some places that could be hiring for the season.

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Free Ways to Advertise Your Charitable Event

Posted on 05/09/2011

Some charities are lucky enough to have the stars of Celebrity Apprentice raking in thousands of dollars in donations for them. But those that don’t have people like Meatloaf, Star Jones or John Rich behind them need other ways to raise money. A great way to help out a charity or cause is by holding a fundraiser. But to be a success fundraisers usually need people to support them and since your advertising budget may be limited, check out these free ways to promote your charitable event.

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Where to Look for Golf Course Deals

Posted on 05/06/2011

The golf course is such a great place to enjoy beautiful weather, take in the fresh air and send your worries flying down the fairway. But before you spend all your green getting on the green, check out these sources for golf course deals.

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Money Saving Apps that Will Offset the Cost of Your iPhone or iPad

Posted on 05/05/2011

Gadgets are great, except for the fact that they can cost a pretty penny. The good news is there are lots of apps that can help you save money, which may justify the purchase of some new technology. Check out these money saving apps if you’re looking for ways to offset the cost of your new iPhone or iPad.

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Mother's Day Freebies and Deals

Posted on 05/04/2011

Mom may deserve diamonds this Mother’s Day, but don’t let your limited budget stop you from telling her how much she means. Celebrate mom and save money at the same time with these Mother’s Day freebies and deals.

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Low Cost Cinco de Mayo Staples

Posted on 05/03/2011

Planning a Cinco de Mayo bash? It’s a fun holiday and a great opportunity to infuse some Mexican culture into your party planning. While you may spend a pretty penny on tequila to keep the margaritas flowing, you can pick up other Cinco de Mayo staples for less.

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How to Honeymoon Like Royalty on a Budget

Posted on 05/02/2011

The Royal Wedding may have cost millions, but no expense will be spared for the royal honeymoon either. The newlyweds are trying to keep the mid-May trip top secret, but some news outlets report that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be heading to a villa on an exclusive island in the Seychelles. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to honeymoon for ten days in the Indian Ocean, spending roughly $6600 a night. You may not have that kind of a budget for your honeymoon, but don’t worry—you can still feel like royalty.

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Affordable Ways to Get Swimsuit-Ready

Posted on 04/29/2011

The countdown is on. Swimsuit season is making its final approach. Ready or not, if you want to take a dip in the pool or hit the beach, you’ll have to pull on something skimpy. The good news is gearing up for summer doesn’t require hiring a posh trainer or signing up for an expensive diet plan. There are plenty of affordable ways to get swimsuit-read.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: What Would You Never Pay Full Price For?

Posted on 04/28/2011

Full price? What’s that? It seems that this is a completely foreign term to many of you who refuse to pay it. We asked you through Facebook and Twitter what you would never pay full price for. And as you can see by the responses we received—you’re not a fan of paying full price for much of anything. (Of course, clearly, neither are WE! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest deals & coupons!)

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Five Great Financial Books to Add to Your Library

Posted on 04/27/2011

Books are a great way to get information and inspiration—especially when it comes to personal finances. Need some ideas for new reads? Here are five great financial books to add to your home or digital library.

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Ways to Boost Retirement Savings

Posted on 04/26/2011

Retirement may seem like a faraway land full of golf games and early bird specials, but the fact is the earlier you start saving for it the better it will be. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 68% of us do save for retirement; the problem is nearly half have socked away less than $10,000 which won’t fund more than a few months worth of our golden years. The problem for most of us is that more urgent needs seem to get in the way—like pesky car payments and health insurance. But with these tips you can boost retirement savings without severely impacting your current lifestyle.

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The Cost of Prince William and Kate's Big Wedding Day

Posted on 04/25/2011

London may be the site for the upcoming Royal Wedding, but the whole world seems to be eagerly awaiting the April 29 nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Hard to believe, but Prince Charles’s marriage to Diana Spencer is said to have cost about $48 million. Wondering how much it’s going to cost to pull of this fantasy wedding? Here is a financial break down of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big wedding day.

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Deals on Sporting Goods and Sports Equipment

Posted on 04/22/2011

Have a case of spring fever? A good way to beat it is by spending more time outside enjoying the warmer weather. Take up a new sport or revive your interest in an activity from the past. You can save money on sporting goods or sports equipment with deals like these.

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