Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Easy Chores that will Save You Big

Posted on 05/27/2010

Need a reason to love doing your chores? How about focusing on the money you’ll save by doing them? We’ve compiled a list of easy chores that will save you big. Now knocking them off your to-do list will feel even better.

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Twitter/Facebook Poll: How do you Save Money on Summer Vacation?

Posted on 05/26/2010

Hitting the beach this summer? Or maybe you’re taking the family on a road trip? Even though summer vacations are often priceless, they can still be pricey. So we wanted to know how you save money on summer vacation. These were the answers you gave us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Affordable Ways to Kick off Summer

Posted on 05/25/2010

It’s the magical season of beach trips, lightning bugs and watermelon. Schools out, the air conditioning is on and life is good. Celebrate the start of summer by doing something fun. And thankfully, kicking off summer can also be done affordably!

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Save Money at Your Memorial Day Barbecue

Posted on 05/24/2010

Mark the unofficial beginning of summer by inviting over friends and firing up the grill. Fill this three-day weekend with food and fun. With these helpful tips you’ll be able to kick off summer with a Memorial Day barbeque that won’t cut into your summer vacation budget.

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Sex and the City Style on a Budget

Posted on 05/21/2010

Not enough dollars for Dior, but still want to dress like Carrie Bradshaw? With Sex and the City 2 hitting theaters soon, you may be inspired to ramp up your wardrobe. Even if you haven’t got the funds for big designers you can still have Sex and the City style on a budget.

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Airline Fee Comparison: What to Know Before you Depart

Posted on 05/20/2010

Lots of airlines are upping their fees and charging for things you never used to pay for. Just in time for summer vacation, here’s a look at airline fees. Now you can budget for those extra expenses.

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Save Money Protecting Your Skin from Summer Sun

Posted on 05/19/2010

This summer, you'll probably spend lots of time outside. But while you are enjoying the summer sun make sure your skin is protected. Stock up on sunscreen and other products that keep skin safe with these money-saving deals.

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Summer Eats: How to Get Affordable Meat for Grilling

Posted on 05/18/2010

Break out the barbeque. Shine up your skewers. And prepare your patties. Grilling season has arrived. Even if you’ve got filet mignon taste buds on a hot dog budget, you can still find affordable meat for grilling. So go ahead, buy some bags of charcoal or prep the propane tank because with these meat deals your grill will be getting a lot of use this summer.

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Where to Find Free eBooks

Posted on 05/17/2010

The Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, Barnes and Noble Nook: there are lots of eBook formats available. And as this evolving technology picks up the pace, lots of people are looking for low cost reading material. Here are some tips for where to find free eBooks.

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Twitter/Facebook Poll: What's Your Best Money Advice for Graduates?

Posted on 05/14/2010

Young people are notorious for making money mistakes. So we asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share your wisdom with today’s high school and college grads. Here’s your best money advice for graduates.

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Cheap Memorial Day Activities

Posted on 05/13/2010

Marking Memorial Day with a fun activity doesn’t have to mean starting summer off with a spend-fest. Cities across the US will be holding special events and offering free festivities. Make sure this long weekend is jam packed with friends, family and food with these cheap Memorial Day activities.

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The Best Places to Ask for Freebies

Posted on 05/12/2010

You may not realize it, but you are probably passing up hundreds of dollars worth of freebies all because you failed to do one thing: ask. There are places you likely frequent on a regular basis that are handing out freebies every single day, but only to those who request them. Here are some of the best places to ask for freebies.

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Affordable Gifts for Graduates

Posted on 05/11/2010

It’s time for tossing those tassel-topped graduation caps into the air and celebrating the start of something new. Whether you’re looking for a graduation gift for someone who’s wrapping up high school or for a college student now entering the real world, you’re probably looking for something that’s just as affordable as it is meaningful. Here are some ideas for affordable gifts for graduates.

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Swimsuit Season: Low Cost Ways to Get a Beach Body

Posted on 05/10/2010

There’s no more hiding under bulky sweaters and scarves. Warmer weather is here which means swimsuit season is about to arrive...! Lots of us put on a few pounds over the winter months. But now is the time to get a beach body and with these tips you can do it without spending much money.

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Mother's Day Crafts: Creative Ideas for Homemade Gifts

Posted on 05/06/2010

Now you’ve done it. Mother’s Day is approaching faster than Larry King’s next divorce and you’ve got nothing. Thankfully you do have us and our creative ideas for homemade gifts. Now get cracking on these Mother’s Day crafts.

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Tips for Landing a Summer Job

Posted on 05/03/2010

For some people, summer is about getting the best tan, but for others, it’s about getting the best job. If making the most out of your summer means making the most money, we’ve got some helpful tips for landing a summer job.

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Five Hotel Alternatives that Will Cut Summer Vacation Costs

Posted on 04/30/2010

Summer vacations are one of life’s greatest pleasures. But when you add on airfare, food, and accommodations, summer vacations can also become one of life’s greatest expenses. Before you cancel your trip due to budget constraints, consider some hotel alternatives that will cut summer vacation costs significantly.

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Math Whiz: Six Online Calculators to Help You Crunch Important Numbers

Posted on 04/29/2010

Whether you failed math or aced it, online calculators can be a big help for solving some of life’s biggest money equations. Not only will some of your biggest personal finance questions be answered (like how much you need to be setting aside every month for retirement) but you won’t have to spend any money figuring it out. Here are six online calculators that will help you crunch important numbers.

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Ten Fab and Frugal Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Posted on 04/28/2010

She was there for you during your cute phase...and your dorky phase. She loved you when you were sweet, and even when you were a brat. Your mom has been there through all of life’s stages and she deserves something nice for sticking in there. Here are ten fab and frugal Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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Throw a Cinco de Mayo Party for Less than $20

Posted on 04/27/2010

Cinco de Mayo, which translates into 5th of May, is a Mexican celebration that marks the victory of the Mexican militia at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. And it’s also a great reason to plan a fiesta! Here are some tips for throwing a Cinco de Mayo party for less than the cost of two tickets to the movies.

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Ten Freebies Your City Probably Offers

Posted on 04/26/2010

Are you taking advantage of all that your city has to offer? Chances are you pay property tax or local sales tax which goes towards things like road projects, schools and the police force. But there are probably lots of other freebies your city provides. Check into whether your city has these perks.

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Mom Knows Best: Money Advice from Moms

Posted on 04/23/2010

Mom knows best when it comes to a lot of things: stain removal, dinner preparation, and money management, to name a few. In honor of the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday, we’re saluting moms for their stellar financial advice. Even if they don’t have accounting degrees, moms have a lot of wisdom when it comes to our wallets.

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Time is Money: The Biggest Time-Wasters and How to Avoid Them

Posted on 04/22/2010

They say time is money. If that’s true, have you ever thought about how much that Facebook addiction is costing you? Or how much money is going down the drain when you tune in to the Saved By the Bell marathon? Here are some of the biggest time wasters and how to avoid them.

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More for Less: When Buying Bulk Makes Sense

Posted on 04/21/2010

Discount warehouses feature towering shelves stocked full of everything from lima beans to laundry detergent. You can pick up 52 rolls of toilet paper and 20 tubes of toothpaste in the same aisle. But are you really saving money? Here are some times when buying in bulk makes sense.

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Earth Day Everyday: Ten Low Cost Organic Products

Posted on 04/20/2010

For some people, organic is synonymous with expensive. Using products made without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or hormones is good for your health, but buying them shouldn’t be bad for your wallet. According to the Organic Trade Association Americans spent nearly $28 billion on organic food in 2008, a huge increased compared to the $1 billion spent in 1990. In honor of Earth Week, here are ten low cost organic products to add to your shopping list.

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From Bachelorettes to Birthdays: How to Save Money Throwing a Party

Posted on 04/19/2010

Whether it’s your kid’s birthday party or your best friend’s bachelorette bash, throwing parties is one of life’s joys. But sometimes that joy can become a burden if it doesn’t fit into the budget. Here are some money-saving tips for throwing parties.

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Ten Steps to Make Next Year's Tax Season Less Stressful

Posted on 04/16/2010

April 15 has come and gone, but just like the Terminator, it’ll be back. If you’re breathing a sigh of relief that Tax Day is over, you may need some help to ensure that next year’s tax season isn’t as stressful. Here are ten steps that will make filing your taxes, easier, quicker and a whole lot less painful.

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How to Bank Online Safely

Posted on 04/15/2010

Identity theft is on the rise according to recent studies. The Javelin Strategy and Research Center found that there were nearly 10 million victims of identity theft in 2008, a 22 percent increase from the year before. Bank fraud accounts for 17 percent of identity theft cases. Here are steps to take to make sure you’re banking online safely.

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Five Free Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted on 04/14/2010

Earth Day is April 22. It’s the 40th anniversary of this holiday that was established to promote green living. There are lots of ways to celebrate—including these five free ways!

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Cheap Ways to Relax After Tax Day

Posted on 04/13/2010

Tax time is stressful for millions of Americans. And why wouldn’t it be—strict deadlines, hefty payments, and seemingly endless math equations. But come April 15 you can breathe a sigh of relief and relax because for at least 11 months you don’t have to worry about it. And if you need some cheap ways to do that, we’ve got you covered.

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