Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Job Opportunities for College Students

Posted on 08/27/2010

College is expensive—from books to beer there are plenty of things competing for your money. While studying is a job in itself, plenty of students opt to take on part-time jobs to earn extra income. But with so many students descending on college campuses, competition can be fierce. Here are some places to uncover job opportunities for college students.

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Affordable Labor Day Destinations

Posted on 08/26/2010

Summer’s on its way out. But before the rush of the holidays rolls in why not use your upcoming three-day weekend for a much-needed getaway? Here are some affordable Labor Day destinations.

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Pigskin Party: Kicking Off Football Season without Sacking Your Budget

Posted on 08/25/2010

Are you ready for some football? Celebrate your favorite team’s kickoff with a pigskin party. And don’t worry about sacking your budget-- these tips will help you kick off football season frugally.

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Credit Card Tips for College Students

Posted on 08/24/2010

The average college undergrad carries more than $3,000 in credit card debt, an increase of about a thousand dollars since 2004. While credit cards may help with buying a car or renting an apartment in the future, they can also create trouble. So as these young adults descend on college campuses, here are some credit card tips that they probably won’t hear in the classroom.

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Low Cost Pool Toys for Your Labor Day Pool Party

Posted on 08/23/2010

Labor Day weekend is often summer’s last hurrah. It’s the final chance to show off those swimsuits, fire up the grill and soak in some fleeting summer sun. If you’re planning to say so long to summer with a Labor Day pool party, here are some low cost pool toys that will make sure you squeeze as much fun as possible out of summer 2010.

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Gearing up for After School Sports on a Budget

Posted on 08/23/2010

If your kids tell you they want to play football, try out for the tennis team or give gymnastics a go and all you can think about is the money it will require—keep reading. There are lots of ways to gear up for after school sports on a budget. Score big at saving money with these tips.

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Wise Words: Ten of the Best Quotes About Money

Posted on 08/22/2010

There are plenty of great minds when it comes to money. Learning from them may help improve your own financial outlook. Soak in wisdom with the help of these ten quotes about money.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Money Advice Would You Give Those Heading Off to College

Posted on 08/19/2010

Millions of students are heading back to class. Many are moving out of their parents’ homes and onto college campuses where they’ll face new adventures and plenty of temptations. We had a hunch that you’d have some words of wisdom for these young adults. So in our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we asked you to share your money advice with those heading off to college.

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Six Back-to-School Shopping Traps to Avoid

Posted on 08/18/2010

The National Retail Federation predicts back-to-school shopping will grow by about ten percent this year. Want to try to avoid that increase in your household? If you’re trying to stick to a budget for your back-to-school shopping here are six traps to avoid.

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Less is More: How to Scale Your Wardrobe Down to Six Items

Posted on 08/17/2010

Think of your stuffed jean drawer and packed-out closet. If you’re like most Americans you probably have a large percentage of clothing items that are forgotten on hangers or crumpled in your dresser that never get worn. Now try to imaging wearing the same six items day after day. There’s a global experiment going on at They’re challenging consumers to scale down their wardrobes to just six items. Sound scary? Here are some tips for taking on the less is more mentality.

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Low-Cost Dorm Room Essentials for College Kids

Posted on 08/13/2010

Heading off to college is an adventure, but it can also be scary. One way to ease the concerns of any college freshman is to make sure their dorm room is more than a 100-square-foot cinder block chamber. You can do that with these low-cost dorm room essentials for college kids.

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Ten Free Things to Do This Weekend

Posted on 08/12/2010

Summer is winding down but the weekend is gearing up. This is your time to relax and let go of stress. If you’re looking for some fun activities that won’t cost you big money, here’s our list of ten free things to do this weekend.

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How to Lower Swimming Pool Maintenance Costs

Posted on 08/11/2010

Swimming pools are a great way to beat the summer heat. But nothing can suck the fun out of a dip in the pool quicker than huge repair bills and massive upkeep costs. Keep your head above water with these tips for lowering swimming pool maintenance costs.

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Computer Deals for Heading Back to School

Posted on 08/10/2010

A computer may not be on your child’s school supply list, but it’s nearly a necessity for students these days. There isn’t really a better time to buy a computer than during the back-to-school season. So check out these sales if you’re ready to invest in a technology upgrade.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's Been Your Biggest Waste of Money?

Posted on 08/09/2010

Just about everyone has paid stupid tax at some point in their lives. We’ve been sucked in by the latest gadget, persuaded by late-night infomercials, or rushed into a hasty purchase that turned out to be nothing but a waste of hard earned money. We wondered, what’s been your biggest waste of money? Here are the answers we received on Facebook and Twitter.

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School Savings: Low-Cost Products to Help Kids Enjoy Brown Bag Lunches

Posted on 08/07/2010

Lunchtime should be fun for your young ones. In between tests, projects and homework, it can be a great time to refuel and relax. Infuse some fun into the middle of their day with these low cost products that will help kids enjoy their brown bag lunches.

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How to Clean Out Your Purse and Organize Your Wallet

Posted on 08/05/2010

Some experts believe the state of your wallet or purse directly reflects the state of your overall financial situation. If your purse is full of crumpled receipts and gum wrappers, or you’ve got change floating around in fifteen different places, it may be time to give it a good cleaning. Here are some steps for cleaning out your purse and organizing your wallet.

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Old Fashioned Ways to Save Money

Posted on 08/04/2010

Your grandmother was right about a lot of things, including how to handle finances. Back before iPads, cell phones and even microwaves, people knew how to pinch pennies. Take a cue from days gone by, and consider these old fashioned ways to save money.

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How to Donate School Supplies

Posted on 08/03/2010

Getting kids stocked up on school supplies isn’t cheap—in fact many families can’t afford it. And often that burden can fall on the teacher. According to recent statistics, 3.5 million schoolteachers spend an average of $500 in out-of-pocket expenses on classroom supplies. Support children, teachers and classrooms in your area by donating school supplies. Here is some information about how you can help.

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Ten Cheap Ways to Make Someone's Birthday More Special

Posted on 08/02/2010

Statistics show that more people are born in August than any other month. So chances are you know some August babies celebrating big days. That’s why we’re sharing ten cheap ways to make someone’s birthday more special.

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Cash for College: Finding Private Loans

Posted on 07/31/2010

College students may earn that degree with lots of studying, but they’ll also have to pay out thousands of dollars to get it. Recent research shows that an average year at an in-state public school costs just over $7,000. Head to a private school and the average tuition jumps to more than $26,000. For those needing cash for college, private loans are one way to go.

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Using Foursquare, Yelp and to Score Freebies and Deals

Posted on 07/29/2010

Social media now comes with some extra perks. If you like a good deal or if scoring freebies is one of your passions in life, you’ll want to learn the ins and outs of social media outlets like Foursquare, Yelp and We’ve got some tips for using these websites in a new way.

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Ten School Supplies for Under a Buck

Posted on 07/28/2010

It may be a while before class is back in session, but deals on school supplies are already in full force! Stocking up on everything your child needs doesn’t have to be expensive—especially with these ten deals under a buck.

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Looking Cool for Back to School: The Best Prices on Clothing Essentials

Posted on 07/27/2010

It’s that time of year again—when kids everywhere start preparing for the first day of school and contemplating that all-important decision: what to wear. Of course, looking cool is always critical, but so is saving money. We uncovered the best prices on clothing essentials so that the first day of school is a happy time for everyone.

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The Best Ways to Get Deep Discounts at Restaurants

Posted on 07/26/2010

Enjoy hitting up local Thai restaurants or steakhouse chains? Don’t give up your restaurant routine just to save some money. Instead, try these great ways to get deep discounts at restaurants.

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Putting Frequent Flyer Miles and Credit Card Rewards to Good Use

Posted on 07/23/2010

If you’re like most people you’re racking up frequent flyer miles and credit card rewards, but you’re not doing much with them. Free airline tickets and hotel stays may seem so out of reach, but there are still ways you can put your frequent flyer miles and credit card rewards to good use.

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Free Online Resources to Help You Raise Money for Charity

Posted on 07/22/2010

We all have causes we’re passionate about. But helping others often requires money. And if you’ve ever tried to raise funds for charity, you know it can be a tough task. There are lots of free online resources available that will help you raise money for a cause you believe in.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's the Best Freebie You Ever Scored?

Posted on 07/21/2010

Whether it’s free dessert on your birthday, a free gift with purchase or a free trip to Vegas, there’s no denying that freebies rock. So we decided to poll you on Facebook and Twitter to find out about the best freebie you ever scored. Turns out some of you are pretty darn lucky!

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How to Organize a Clothing Swap

Posted on 07/20/2010

A clothing swap is a free, green way to refresh your wardrobe. If you’re developing a slow hatred for everything your closet holds, prevent a budget-busting shopping spree and organize a clothing swap instead. Here are a few simple steps for making it happen.

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Wet Summer Fun: Water Park Deals

Posted on 07/19/2010

With temperatures soaring, few places offer such a sweet release from the summer heat as a water park. But between ticket prices, parking fees and overpriced hot dogs, a day at the water park can be expensive. Here are some coupons and deals that will let you enjoy some wet summer fun without spending loads of cash.

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