Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Twitter and Facebook Poll: How are you Spending Your Tax Refund?

Posted on 04/12/2010

The tax deadline is approaching. Whether you’ve already received your tax refund or one is on the way, chances are you know how you’re going to spend it. And judging by our Twitter and Facebook poll, some of you already have. Here’s how you told us you plan to spend your tax refund. (PS - Don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter for regular savings updates!)

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Low Cost Ways to Thank Your Administrative Professional

Posted on 04/09/2010

Since 1952 American workplaces have observed Administrative Professional’s Day. Once called Secretaries Day, this year it’s on Wednesday, April 21. According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the US. Nearly half a million administrative professionals are working in Canada and millions more in offices around the world. Looking for a low cost way to thank your administrative professional? Take note of these tips.

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Will Tweet for Cash: How to Make Money on Twitter

Posted on 04/08/2010

You’re telling the world your play-by-play of the latest Lost episode and filling in followers when you arrive @Starbucks. But what if you could actually do something really useful with those tweets—like earning money? Turn your tweets into cash with these tips, and don't forget to follow @Bargainist!

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Five People to Call Today if You Want to Save Big Money

Posted on 04/07/2010

Saving money could only be a phone call away. So come on, what are you waiting for? These five people have the potential to save you big money. All you have to do is call.

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Discounts and Deals on Spring Cleaning Products

Posted on 04/06/2010

Ready to dust, scrub and polish your home? Many of us are undertaking spring cleaning projects now that the weather is warmer, but before you get started make sure you’re stocked up on spring cleaning supplies to help you get the job done. Check out these great discounts and deals on the spring cleaning products you need.

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How to Get Motivated to Finish Your Taxes

Posted on 04/05/2010

Doing your taxes is about as much fun as cleaning toilets or standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Maybe you’ve started or maybe all you’ve done is procrastinate—either way, the job needs to get done because the April 15 deadline is looming. Here are some ways to get motivated to finish your taxes, but don't forget that there's also some great deals on tax software & services over at the UltimateCoupons' Tax Coupons page!.

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Green Home: Earth-Friendly and Wallet-Friendly Products

Posted on 04/02/2010

How green is your home? Being earth-friendly can start right in your own backyard—and kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. We’re sharing earth-friendly and wallet-friendly products for every room in your home.

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Spring Cleaning the Affordable Way

Posted on 04/01/2010

It’s officially spring cleaning season. There’s nothing quite like a freshly organized, scrubbed and sanitized home. But getting there can be a serious chore. Not only is it hard work, but stocking up on all of those cleaning supplies is expensive. Thankfully, spring cleaning can be done affordably. As for the hard work—sorry, but we can’t help you with that.

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The Pressure to Spend: How to Avoid Feeling Forced to Spend Money

Posted on 03/31/2010

Are you feeling pressure to spend? Baby showers, wedding gifts and office parties are just a few of the life events that require us to spend money. But if you’re on a tight budget finding enough cash to fund all those celebrations and gifts can be a challenge. You shouldn’t be forced to spend money. Avoid that feeling with these tips.

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Product Testing: How to Get Free Stuff and Samples

Posted on 03/30/2010

Love trying new products, but hate gambling hard earned money on whether you’ll like them or not? Thankfully for you there are plenty of ways to get your hands on free stuff and samples. It’s all in the name of product testing.

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Sprucing Up Your Yard without Hiring a Gardener

Posted on 03/25/2010

Lou Erickson once said, “Gardening requires lots of water-- most of it in the form of perspiration.” Maybe that’s why so many homeowners consider hiring a gardener to work on their landscaping. But if a gardener isn’t in your budget, here are some easy ways to spruce up your yard.

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Bargains for Easter Brunch

Posted on 03/24/2010

Easter brunch can be a wonderful time to bring together friends and family members for a festive feast. Even if you’re feeling like your wallet has been squeezed to the limit, don’t let the idea of a springtime gathering hop away. These simple ideas will help you focus on the fun without spending lots of cash, but don't forget to check out the deals on everything from Easter dresses for the kids to chocolate bunnies over at the UltimateCoupons' Easter Coupons page!

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From Food to Fashion: How to Welcome Spring on a Budget

Posted on 03/23/2010

It’s officially spring. That means it’s time to send the sweaters packing and put the space heater back in the attic. The weather’s warming up so soon we’ll be dressing lighter and eating lighter. From food to fashion, here are some ways to welcome spring on a budget.

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How to Have a Creative and Cheap Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on 03/18/2010

One of the most exciting Easter traditions for both kids and adults is the Easter egg hunt. There’s just something thrilling about searching for those colorful plastic eggs. We’ve got great ideas for having a creative and cheap Easter egg hunt. Now all you have to do is find good hiding places.

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Pet Deals: Save Money on Care for your Cat or Dog

Posted on 03/17/2010

Your four-legged family members provide companionship, entertainment and endless love. But all of those perks come with a price. If you’re looking for ways to save money on care for your cat and dog, check out these pet deals.

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How to Find Stuff You Want and Need on Clearance

Posted on 03/16/2010

Shopping the clearance section can seem like a game of Bingo—sometimes you don’t walk away with anything good and other times you win big. But believe it or not there is some skill and strategy involved in getting the best mark downs. Use these tips for finding stuff you want and need on clearance.

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Ten Tax Deductions to Consider

Posted on 03/12/2010

You work hard for your money, so you'd better take advantage of as many tax deductions as possible. There are lots of deductions that taxpayers forget about or aren’t aware of which means they could be missing out on money they deserve. Here are ten tax deductions you may want to consider, but don't forget to check the UltimateCoupons' Tax Coupons page for deals on doing your taxes!

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Backyard Bounty: Tips for Starting a Garden at Home

Posted on 03/10/2010

A secret for saving money on your grocery budget and stocking your kitchen with fresh veggies may be as close as your backyard. If you’ve never grown a garden before, give it a shot this spring. Set aside a small plot of dirt, and watch seeds become a backyard bounty with these tips for starting a garden at home. Plus, don't forget to check out the deals on everything from plant stakes to garden rakes over at the UltimateCoupons' Gardening Coupons page!

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Online Tax Prep Cost Comparison

Posted on 03/08/2010

Despite a complicated tax code that is close to 14,000 pages long, 40 percent of Americans choose to complete their own tax returns. So while six out of ten would rather hire a tax preparer, those who opt for the do-it-yourself route may end up getting a little help from online tax prep software. Here is the cost comparison of top online tax prep services - but don't forget, you can save even more by checking out the deals at the UltimateCoupons Tax Coupons page!

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Easter Travel Tips and Deals

Posted on 03/05/2010

Easter is on Sunday, April 4 this year. That means now is the time to start organizing your activities and travel plans. We’re here to help you hunt down some eggs-tra special deals for your springtime getaway. If you need more inspiration, check out the deals at UltimateCoupons' Easter page!

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Did Your Parents Teach You About Money?

Posted on 03/04/2010

Did mom and dad teach you right when it comes to money? Or did you have to learn the hard way? For our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, we wanted to know what your parents taught you about money. Looks like some parents were great teachers while others were great examples of what not to do.

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Using Your Freezer to Save Money

Posted on 03/03/2010

It’s not just for frozen pizza and ice cubes. Another tool for cutting down your budget is already sitting in your kitchen. Here are ways to use your freezer to save money.

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From Overdrafts to ATM Withdrawals: Comparing Fees of the US Top Banks

Posted on 03/02/2010

Fees are not fun. Especially when they can be avoided, which seems to be the case for most fees banks charge. We’re taking a look at some of the pesky fees charged by top banks including Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, US Bank and Wells Fargo. Wondering who charges the biggest fees? Here’s what we discovered.

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Scoring a Spring Break Wardrobe for Less

Posted on 03/01/2010

Spring break is about relaxing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it in style. Think you don’t have the funds for new threads after spending money on travel plans? Think again! Here are hot spring trends that will help you score a spring break wardrobe for less, but don't forget to check out the great sales & coupons on everything from hotel rooms to beach balls at the UltimateCoupons' Spring Break Deals page!.

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Ten Things to Stop Wasting Money On at the Grocery Store

Posted on 02/25/2010

Groceries are likely a huge part of your budget. Sure, food is a necessity but getting ripped off at the super market is not. Here are ten things at the grocery store to stop wasting your money on.

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How to Throw a Star-Studded Oscar Party on a Budget

Posted on 02/24/2010

Celebrities get to walk the red carpet draped in diamonds and designer duds. Just because you may not have the funds for red carpet style doesn’t mean you can’t go glam for the Academy Awards. Here are some ideas for throwing a star-studded Oscar party on a budget.

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How to Do Spring Break on a Budget

Posted on 02/23/2010

Winter is winding down, but summer vacation still seems so far away. Spring break is the perfect solution for kicking back, relaxing and enjoying some time off. But before you start stressing about whether you should head to Puerto Rico or Puerto Vallarta, make sure you can do spring break without going broke. Here are some tips for staying on a budget - but don't forget to check out the great deals at the UltimateCoupons' Spring Break Coupons page!

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What are You Saving Up to Buy?

Posted on 02/19/2010

In a credit card world the concept of saving up for something may seem a little strange, but plenty of you out there have a plan for your money. In our latest Facebook and Twitter poll, we asked: What are you saving up to buy? Let’s just say you’ve got some big goals you’re working towards.

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The Cheapest Ways to Watch or Buy Oscar Nominated Films

Posted on 02/17/2010

Roll out the red carpet, because the Oscars are about to begin! It’s one of the biggest nights of the year for actresses, actors, producers, filmmakers and all of those in Hollywood. Be a part of the quest for the little gold statue by watching this year’s nominees. Here are the cheapest ways to watch or buy Oscar nominated films, but be sure to check out the UltimateCoupons' DVD Sales page for deals on all your favorite flicks!

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Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Posted on 02/16/2010

Before you hit the town with the family, find out where you can get the most food for your buck. Lots of restaurants are ready and willing to feed your youngsters for free, as long as you buy a meal. Check out this list of restaurants where kids eat free.

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