Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Grocery Store Chains that Offer Digital Coupons for Extra Savings

Posted on 07/14/2014

More and more grocery stores are offering their customers digital coupons. Without ever having to pick up a pair of scissors you can load coupons onto your customer loyalty account for extra grocery savings. When you buy the correct items and scan your card the savings is applied to your total. Wondering if your favorite grocery store provides digital coupons? Here are seven that do.

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Cheap Ways to Clean Your Jewelry

Posted on 07/11/2014

Your jewelry may be the most expensive thing you own so why not keep it looking great? Plenty of pricey gadgets claim to keep your diamonds sparkling or your gold from tarnishing, but there are even cheaper ways to get those rings, necklaces and earrings to shine like the day you bought them.

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Six Awesome Apps to Help Small Business Owners

Posted on 07/10/2014

Small business owners are the backbone of our economy. Since July is Independent Retailer Month it's a great time to think about supporting small business owners with our money and our resources. There's no denying that small business owners work hard, but hopefully these awesome apps can help make their job a little easier.

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Budget Beauty: DIY Tips for Keeping Your Manicure Looking Good

Posted on 07/09/2014

A manicure can easily cost $20 or more. But an entire bottle of nail polish is about $5. Going DIY on your nails is a great way to save a significant amount of money. But getting your at-home manicure to look like a pro did it can be tricky, unless you follow these budget beauty tips.

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Cheap or Free Photography Apps to Help Capture Summer Memories

Posted on 07/08/2014

Remember the days of 35 mm film, limiting our photos to just 24 exposures? Well now we can easily snap 24 photos in a matter of seconds with our Smartphones. Not all of them are keepers, but thankfully there are cheap and free photography apps that can help us all capture our summer memories like pros.

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Turning a Budget-Friendly Bike Into a Custom Ride

Posted on 07/07/2014

Looking for a new set of wheels, but not ready to part with a large chunk of money? There are plenty of easy ways to make small tweaks to a budget-friendly bicycle so that it looks and feels more like a custom ride.

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How to Finish the Second Half of 2014 Financially Strong

Posted on 07/04/2014

Believe it or not 2014 is officially halfway over. The first six months are in the books and now we only have six more to meet our financial goals for the year. Want to finish 2014 strong? Here are five steps to take to stay on track (or get back on it!) so that you end the year by meeting your money goals.

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The Inside Scoop on Making Homemade Ice Cream

Posted on 07/03/2014

Thank you Ronald Reagan. He's the one responsible for designating July as National Ice Cream Month. Many brands lower prices or distribute coupons in honor of this special time of year, but have you ever thought about making your own? Since most of us are experiencing the warmest weather of the year, it's a great time to get the entire family involved in making some homemade ice cream. With these affordable tips you'll end up with some pretty sweet ice cream - and memories - in the end.

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What to Shop for on 4th of July Weekend

Posted on 07/02/2014

In addition to eating hot dogs and lighting things on fire, shopping seems to be a very patriotic pastime for 4th of July weekend. Retailers are competing for your attention during the long holiday weekend by lowering prices on key items. In between cookouts and fireworks displays you may want to shop for these items on 4th of July weekend.

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Safer (And Cheaper!) Alternatives to Shooting Off Fireworks for the 4th

Posted on 06/27/2014

Fourth of July spending is exploding according to experts. In Visa's annual Independence Day spending survey Americans spent close to $300 on the holiday last year, setting aside part of that for fireworks. Those little sticks of colorful explosives may be fun, but they're expensive and potentially dangerous. Here are five safer (and cheaper!) alternatives to shooting off fireworks for the 4th.

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Cashing in on the Summer Sun: Affordable Solar Powered Products

Posted on 06/26/2014

Summer is here and while you may be paying a pretty penny to keep yourself cool from the blazing sun, you could also be capturing that free resource for energy. Installing solar panels on your home is expensive, but there are other solar-powered products on the market that may help you cash in on the summer sun without melting your budget.

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The Best Affordable Red, White and Blue Recipes for a Patriotic Party

Posted on 06/25/2014

Want to add some patriotic flare to your 4th of July food table? Red, white and blue aren't just reserved for Old Glory. You can infuse your menu with those three colors too and it won't cost you a whole lot of green.

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Five Ways to Boost Loyalty Card Savings at Your Favorite Stores

Posted on 06/24/2014

Americans have more than 170 million supermarket loyalty program memberships. According to a report from Time Magazine, every American household has about ten active loyalty programs. These programs give consumers exclusive discounts and retailers piles of data, but there are ways to boost your loyalty card savings even more at your favorite stores.

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Be on HGTV: How to Get Your Home Remodeled

Posted on 06/23/2014

Homeowners featured on HGTV score incredible kitchen renovations, backyard transformations and master bedroom makeovers, often at no cost to them. So if you don't mind having your scary "before" pictures broadcasted for the world to see, these six HGTV programs are holding casting calls and you could be their next star!

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How to Buy Coupon Inserts From Clipping Services

Posted on 06/20/2014

Do you find yourself only buying the Sunday newspaper so you can get your hands on the coupon inserts tucked inside? We're about to let you in on a little secret used by extreme couponers. They don't mess with the Sunday paper. They buy SmartSource, Red Plum and P&G inserts by the stack. Even if you're just someone who likes to cash in on really good deals now and then, buying coupon inserts from a clipping service could make sense.

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When a Cheap Price Does Not Mean Good Value

Posted on 06/19/2014

A low price tag is not a surefire indication of a great deal. But at the same time low price does not always equal low quality. How do you know if that product you're about to buy is a really great deal or just a piece of junk? As bargain hunters and couponers we're always looking to save money, but here are five times when a cheap price does not mean good value.

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Hitting the Junk Jackpot: The Most Valuable Vintage Toys

Posted on 06/18/2014

Before you brush off your mom's request to finally remove your childhood toys from her basement, listen up. All of those action figures that offered priceless enjoyment in your younger years could return for a big payday now. If you've got any of these valuable vintage toys, congratulations-- you hit the junk jackpot.

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Downtown Living: The Most Affordable Urban Areas

Posted on 06/17/2014

More Americans are choosing city living over strip malls and lengthy commutes. A new study found that 40% of American homeowners live in suburbs, but just 7% want to stay there. While urban yards may be smaller than they are in the suburbs, many homeowners are thankful for shorter commutes and greater access to public transportation and amenities. This higher demand for urban living is driving up the cost of properties within downtown districts. So where can you still find a deal close to downtown? Here are five urban areas to consider.

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How to Score Free Books by Offering Reviews

Posted on 06/16/2014

Book reviews make a difference. According to a study by The Nielson Company seven in ten online consumers trust recommendations from opinions posted online. Book publishers know that getting reviews are an important part of their marketing strategy. They want people to review their books so badly they're willing to give them away for free. Become an official book reviewer and score free reading material by offering up your opinions.

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Fun and Affordable Father's Day Activities

Posted on 06/13/2014

Before you rush out and buy dad another set of grilling tools or a silk tie, consider what he may want more than anything-- quality time with you. Don't worry. There are plenty of fun and affordable Father's Day activities that will spread the love without thinning out your budget.

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Free Printables to Keep Kids Learning During Summer Break

Posted on 06/12/2014

Looking for an easy way to make sure your kids' minds don't turn to mush over the summer? Fire up your printer and check out these free resources to help keep kids learning during summer break.

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Summer Blockbusters for Less: The Best Movie Rewards Programs

Posted on 06/11/2014

This summer Tom Cruise fights aliens, cancer patients fall in love and the planet of the apes returns. Yep, your local movie theater has a huge lineup of blockbusters ready to help you beat the heat. Want to see the season's biggest movies for less? Check out these movie theater rewards programs.

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Summer Rental: Tips for Finding a Great Vacation Home on a Budget

Posted on 06/10/2014

Summer vacation is all about enjoying some "r and r", but that's hard to do when you're stressing out about your budget. One way to keep spending in check this summer is by opting for a vacation rental. Renting a vacation home instead of sinking big bucks into a hotel stay can be a great way to save money.

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Men's Health Week: Free Online Workouts Geared Towards Guys

Posted on 06/09/2014

June is a big month for guys. Not only do we celebrate Father's Day, but for 20 years June has also marked Men's Health Week. Has your man forgotten what his toes look like? Direct him to these free online workouts geared towards guys.

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Hot Weather Home Prep: Keeping Utility Costs Down During Summer

Posted on 06/06/2014

It was a long winter for many of us, but that doesn't mean we should expect any sort of relief from the summer heat. In fact keeping our homes cool may cost more this year thanks to a tighter regulation on coal, according to Fox Business. Compensate for those higher rates with these simple steps for prepping your home for the summer heat.

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Ten for $10: Father's Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

Posted on 06/05/2014

Father's Day spending typically tops $13 billion according to the National Retail Federation. The average person forks over $169 on dear 'ole dad. Too rich for your blood? Us too. That's why we compiled this list of ten Father's Day gift ideas for $10 or less.

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How to Keep Kids From Blowing Your Budget This Summer

Posted on 06/04/2014

Get ready to pull those purse strings parents. According to the New York Times entertaining the average kid over the summer costs an average of $601. That money is used to fund camp fees, day trips and baby-sitting. Every parent wants to give their kid the best summer possible, but it's also important not to go broke before the kids go back to school.

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Registry Mistakes: 10 Wedding Gifts You'll Never Use

Posted on 06/03/2014

Whether you've dreamed of or dreaded the day when you'd be compiling your wedding registry, chances are you'll make some mistakes. Over on our sister site we recently shared ten wedding gifts you'll still use in 20 years. But what about the biggest blunders brides and grooms make? Here are ten weddings gifts you absolutely should not put on your wedding registry.

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Summer Freebies for Kids: Books, Food, Movies and More

Posted on 06/02/2014

Summer is stocked full of kid-friendly freebies. Make it your job to live it up on someone else's dime this summer. Don't let boredom set in because even if you're on a budget (and who isn't?) there are plenty of freebies to take advantage of.

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Free Printables for Planning Family Summer Fun

Posted on 05/28/2014

Summer has a way of slipping through our fingers like sand on a beach. Don't let the next three months pass without having some serious family fun. The best way to ensure summer 2014 is filled with sweet family memories? Start planning now using these free printables.

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