Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

How to Prepare for Increases at the Pump

Posted on 01/19/2011

According to the US Energy Information Administration, there is a slight chance that gas prices could jump to over $4 a gallon later this year and an even better shot at $3.50 per gallon prices this summer. Keep your gas tank from destroying your budget by preparing for increases at the pump.

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How to Gear up for Tax Season

Posted on 01/18/2011

April 15th may seem like it’s in the distant future, but tax season is around the corner. Instead of putting it off, start preparing soon. You’ll make this year less painful by gearing up for tax season now.

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Financial Lessons Learned from Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark

Posted on 01/17/2011

The Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has been plagued with problems. Organizers just announced that they will be delaying the show’s official opening for the fifth time, bringing the musical’s price tag to about $65 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sometimes financial lessons can come from unlikely places—including a troubled Broadway musical.

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Free Health and Fitness Resources for 2011

Posted on 01/14/2011

Have you resolved to get fit and stay healthy in 2011? It’s a popular New Year’s resolution and totally doable when you have the right tools. Whether you’re hoping to drop a few pounds, eat better or just stay germ-free, there are some great free fitness resources that will help you reach your goals.

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Low Cost Ways to Be Like Miss America

Posted on 01/13/2011

The 90th edition of the Miss America pageant airs Saturday, January 15. Winning the crown requires years of dedication and hard work. Don’t have time for that? Here are some low cost ways to be like Miss America right now.

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How to Negotiate a Better Membership Rate at Your Gym

Posted on 01/12/2011

When money’s tight you might be tempted to forgo your gym membership. But you may want to try another option—negotiating a lower rate. Experts agree that now is the best time to improve your bill. Here are some steps to take to save money and stay fit.

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How to Donate Your Time in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on 01/11/2011

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and quickly became one of the most well-known icons for peaceful social change in the world. This year Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on January 17, 2011. Follow in the footsteps of this great figure in American history by doing something that Dr. King advocated and demonstrated—giving your time. Here are easy ways you can donate one of your most valuable resources in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Financial Changes Do you Want to Make in 2011?

Posted on 01/07/2011

The beginning of a new year is a great time to make a fresh start. And according to our latest Facebook and Twitter poll, plenty of you are ready to make some changes when it comes to your finances. Here’s what you said when we asked: What financial changes do you want to make in 2011?

P.S. Don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter for the latest great deals, tips, and coupons!

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How to Clear Up Past Financial Mistakes and Make a Clean Start in 2011

Posted on 01/06/2011

We all make mistakes. But the arrival of 2011 means the start of a new year and a new decade. Why not use this opportunity to make a clean start? Resolve to clear up past financial mistakes and head down a new path.

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Fresh and Free Financial Tools for Your 2011 Money Resolutions

Posted on 01/05/2011

Ready to make 2011 your year for financial success? Whether your New Year’s Resolution is getting out of debt or saving more for retirement, here are some fresh and free financial tools that may help you reach your goals.

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Habits to Kick in 2011 and the Money You'll Save

Posted on 01/04/2011

A bad habit is more than a guilty pleasure. It can be a huge drain on your finances. Whether it’s smoking, overeating or racking up credit card debt you may be surprised to learn how these bad habits are impacting your financial freedom. Kick these habits in 2011 and you’ll save lots of money.

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Low Cost Ways to Say Thank You for Holiday Gifts

Posted on 01/03/2011

You don’t have to be Emily Post to have good manners. Whether it was a $5 Starbucks gift card or a new iPad, saying thank you for gifts is important. And (thankfully) it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are low cost ways to say thank you for holiday gifts.

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New Year New You: Low Cost Ways to Achieve Popular Resolutions

Posted on 12/28/2010

Ready to make 2011 your year? Whether your goal is to shed some weight or gain some wealth, there are low cost ways to achieve almost every popular resolution. Here’s to a new year and a new you.

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How to Recover Financially from Holiday Spending

Posted on 12/27/2010

Perhaps you blew your holiday 2010 budget. Or maybe you didn’t have a budget at all. Now that you made it through the Christmas season, it’s time to start focusing on recuperating from holiday spending. Here are some tips for recovering financially.

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Free and Cheap New Year's Eve Party Decorations

Posted on 12/24/2010

It’s quite possible that between Christmas gifts, holiday outfits and festive food you have very little left in your party budget for 2010. But you’ve still got New Year’s Eve to celebrate so thankfully we’ve uncovered some free and cheap New Year’s Eve party decorations that will make this night super special.

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Return Policies: The Best and Worst Retailers

Posted on 12/23/2010

According to US News and World Report, nearly $50 billion worth of products is returned to retailers during the holiday season. Some stores will take your item back without any issues, while others have become increasingly strict. Wondering who the best (and worst) retailers are for returns? We’ve got the answers.

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Christmas Clearance: The Best Things to Buy After the Holidays

Posted on 12/22/2010

If the weeks leading up to Christmas are all about shopping for others, then the post-holiday sales are all about scoring deals for yourself. It’s a great time to take advantage of huge bargains and deep discounts during Christmas clearance sales. But not everything is marked down. Here are the best things to buy after the holidays.

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How to Survive a Last Minute Shopping Trip to the Mall

Posted on 12/21/2010

A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of consumers hadn’t finished their holiday shopping. Some don’t have the money, some lack the time and some shoppers simply love the thrill of racing against the clock. Unless you are one of those people who enjoys the rush of last minute shopping, you probably aren’t thrilled with the idea of hitting the mall. Here are some tips for surviving a last minute shopping trip to the mall.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Shopping Do You Have Left?

Posted on 12/20/2010

Christmas is quickly approaching, but that doesn’t seem to bother many of you out there. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, we asked you how much shopping you have left and it looks like many of you will be hitting the malls this week. (And, of course, don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter and keep up with us on Facebook for great last-minute deal updates!)

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Deals on Kwanzaa Gifts

Posted on 12/16/2010

Kwanzaa runs from December 26th through January 1st, with the goal of celebrating family, community and African heritage. Gifts are a welcome part of the Kwanzaa tradition and of course, saving money is great year ‘round. So we’ve compiled this list of deals on Kwanzaa gifts.

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One Week Before Christmas: Last Minute Online e-Gifts

Posted on 12/15/2010

Nothing can replace face-to-face Christmas celebrations, but when you can’t be together with your loved ones, e-gifts are a great way to spread some holiday cheer. They’re also a good option for those who procrastinate with presents and no longer have the time to shop for and ship a gift. No matter which category you find yourself in, here are some last minute online e-gift options for the week before Christmas.

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Free Shipping Day: Where to Shop

Posted on 12/14/2010

For frazzled shoppers and hungry retailers, Free Shipping Day could be one of the greatest days of the year. Created in 2008, Free Shipping Day now has hundreds of participating merchants. In 2009, more than 750 merchants signed up generating more than 35,000 sales and organizers are hoping this year is even bigger. So if you deplore paying for shipping, here are some retailers to check out on Friday, December 17 for Free Shipping Day.

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How to Get Your Spouse Excited About Holiday Shopping

Posted on 12/10/2010

Every mall has them—benches full of old men waiting for their wives to finish shopping. Instead of dragging your spouse to the mall, it would be a whole lot nicer if they were willing participants in gift selections. Want your significant other to get excited about the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Here are some tips.

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Ship It Out: Postal Deadlines for Holiday Packages

Posted on 12/10/2010

Procrastinators beware—shipping deadlines for holiday packages are quickly approaching. Wondering how much longer you can put off shopping for Christmas gifts that need to be shipped? We’ve assembled a list of postal deadlines for holiday packages.

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The Best Deals on Photo Gifts

Posted on 12/09/2010

Grandparents, siblings, friends—just about everyone loves a good photo gift. You don’t have to know a person’s shirt size or dietary needs. Photo gifts are a good fit for just about everyone on your list, even the ones that are most difficult to shop for. We’ve compiled the best deals available right now on photo gifts.

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Handmade and Homemade: Super Easy DIY Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas Gifts

Posted on 12/07/2010

Feeling a little crazed from all the holiday consumerism? Rather than hitting mega stores and strip malls why not head to the local craft store for gifts? Friends and family members will likely appreciate the uniqueness of your handmade and homemade gift. So whether you’re shopping for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, here are some super easy DIY ideas—no special skills required.

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How to Get What You Really Want this Holiday

Posted on 12/03/2010

When you were little you had no problem telling your mom, the mailman and anyone who would listen what you wanted Santa to leave under the Christmas tree. Now that you’re older subtly seems to be more appreciated. Worried your loved ones won’t know what to get you? Give them some hints and you’ll end up getting what you really want this holiday.

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Ten Hanukkah Treats Under $20

Posted on 12/01/2010

Hanukkah lasts eight days, and while traditionally it wasn’t a gift-giving holiday, more and more people are exchanging gifts during Hanukkah. Still looking for a great Hanukkah gift? We found ten Hanukkah treats under $20.

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How to Hide Gifts and Keep Purchases a Secret

Posted on 11/26/2010

I don’t think I was more stealthy than other kids my age, but somehow by the time Christmas rolled around I always managed to figure out everything that was under the tree. I made it my December mission to hunt for clues, massage wrapped packages and even delicately peel back tape so I could take a peek. Coming from someone who has ruined countless surprises, here are tips for hiding gifts and keeping holiday purchases a secret.

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The Hottest Holiday Toys at the Best Prices

Posted on 11/25/2010

Good news for parents—most of this year’s hot holiday toys are less than $30. So unless your kid is begging for the latest video game system you may be able to put plenty under the tree without racking up debt. If you’re looking to buy this season’s hottest holiday toys at the best prices, here’s where to shop.

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