Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Dressing Up Your Kids For Easter on a Budget

Posted on 04/11/2014

Fight the urge to pay full price on your kid's cute Easter outfit. There are plenty of great deals this time of year on frilly dresses and adorable little suits. Check out these sources for budget-friendly Easter clothes.

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Bargainist Gift Guide: National Sibling Day

Posted on 04/10/2014

According to US News 80% of us have at least one brother or sister. While they can be a pain at times few people know us better than our siblings. Celebrate these family members on April 10, Siblings Day, with a gift for your brother or sister.

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Crazy Things You Probably Shouldn't Try to Deduct Off Your Tax Bill

Posted on 04/10/2014

Scuba trips, hermit crab food and an iPhone are all among the unusual expenses people have taken as deductions according to CNN. While some of these work and some don't, you probably shouldn't try to deduct these crazy things off your tax bill.

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Ten Fun Easter Freebies

Posted on 04/08/2014

Last year American spent an average of $145 on Easter candy, decor, apparel and food. The National Retail Federation estimated that total spending reached $17.2 billion. Tap into the Easter bunny's frugal side with these ten fun Easter freebies.

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Garden Week: Free Resources For a Successful Backyard Garden

Posted on 04/07/2014

Do you have anything growing in your backyard besides weeds? The second week in April is Garden Week and while starting a garden from scratch can seem like an awfully large task, these free resources for a successful backyard garden may help.

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Tips for Enjoying Golf on a Budget

Posted on 04/04/2014

Soon one of the most famous golf courses in the world will welcome the biggest names in the sport. Augusta National is the host of the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament. The least expensive ticket to Sunday's event is $899, proof that golf can be a game devoted to the wealthy. It is possible to score luxury for less when you use these tips for enjoying golf on a budget.

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How to Get Your Taxes Done Tonight

Posted on 04/03/2014

Tax time procrastination is an American tradition for about one out of five taxpayers, according to NPR. But if your goal is to get this annual chore out of the way, follow these five tips for getting your taxes off your to-do list tonight.

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Free Printables to Add Spring to Your Home

Posted on 04/02/2014

Spring is in the air and for many parts of the country it's about time! Pack up those sweaters, pull out your sandals and add some spring to your home with these free printables.

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Office-Friendly, Last Minute April Fools' Day Pranks

Posted on 04/01/2014

Playing pranks on your co-workers may be frowned upon most days, but on April 1st it's fair game. Need some ideas for last minute April Fools' day gags that don't require planning or purchasing anything? Check out this list of office-friendly easy pranks, gags and jokes.

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Where to Find Prom Accessories for Less

Posted on 03/28/2014

Last year prom spending rose to $1,139 per person according to, and this year that could be even higher. There are dresses to buy, spray tans to get and limos to book. But when it comes to accessories, check out these destinations to help save a few bucks.

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The Worst Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Posted on 03/27/2014

So far the IRS has returned more than $48 million in taxes, giving the average American a refund worth more than $3,000. According to CNN that's up 3% from last year's average tax refund. For most taxpayers, $3,000 is no small chunk of change. Hopefully you have great plans for that money, plans that don't involve one of these horrible ways to spend your tax refund.

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Fast Food Breakfast: Where to Score the Best Deal

Posted on 03/26/2014

Do you have breakfast plans yet? You do now! Taco Bell is rolling out its brand new breakfast menu nationwide, the company's largest menu addition since its opening in 1962. It could be because the restaurant industry saw a 3% rise in breakfast visits last year, according to Mashable. And although the ideal way to save money is to eat the most important meal of the day at home, here are some of the best fast food breakfast deals.

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The Best Stores for Finding Cheap Spring Fashion Trends

Posted on 03/25/2014

Is your wardrobe still feeling wintery? Warm it up with some hot trends for spring. And if you're worried about spending too much check out one of these online retailers to find cheap spring fashion trends.

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Getting Bikini Ready: Weight Watchers vs. Jenny Craig

Posted on 03/24/2014

Swimsuit season will be here before you know it. If you're considering joining a weight loss program to get your behind in gear you probably want to know more about two of the most popular options: Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. While both companies have similar health philosophies they will have a very different impact on your pocketbook.

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World Water Day: Affordable Ways to Tackle the Water Crisis

Posted on 03/21/2014

In 2011, 768 million people did not use an improved source of drinking-water, according to the United Nations. Giving people access to clean water can cost as little as a few bucks. In honor of World Water Day 2014, here are some affordable ways you can help tackle the water crisis.

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Affordable Alternatives to Expensive Beauty Treatments

Posted on 03/20/2014

Studies show women spend about $426 billion a year on beauty products. That's a crazy amount of cash. Why not try some more affordable alternatives to those expensive beauty treatments?

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Small Decisions that Can Lead to Financial Ruin

Posted on 03/19/2014

Financial ruin doesn't always happen overnight. It can take months or years to end up in a place where foreclosure is imminent and bankruptcy seems like the only way out. It's often the small, sometimes daily decisions we make that can put us in a bad financial position.

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Micro Loans: How to Make a Small Donation Go Further

Posted on 03/18/2014

When you donate money to a charity, you want to know that your hard earned cash is going to good use. By making a micro loan you are investing in someone's future by helping them start a business, plant crops or fix up property. Here are seven non-profits that help you make a small donation go even further.

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Low Cost Ways to Prevent Poisoning

Posted on 03/17/2014

Last year more than three million calls came in to poison centers nationwide, many involving children. Poison Prevention Week runs from March 16-22 and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention poisoning is a leading cause of accidental death in the US. In fact, an estimated 90,000 children a year are treated for poison-related incidents in emergency rooms and about 30 die, but most are preventable. Consider using these low cost ways to prevent poisoning in your home.

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Affordable Recipes for National Pi Day

Posted on 03/14/2014

It's National Pi Day! No we didn't forget the "e" because this day is dedicated to the number 3.14, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. You don't have to be a math nerd to celebrate with a yummy slice of pie using one of these affordable recipes.

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How to Know if Your Hospital is Charging Too Much

Posted on 03/13/2014

As anyone who has spent time in a hospital can tell you, it's not run like your local Target store. Pick up a bottle of shampoo at one Target location and you can expect to pay pretty much the same for that bottle of shampoo at any other Target store. And the price is clearly marked. But as the Huffington Post reported, a patient receiving treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Bayonne Hospital Center in New Jersey will walk out with a bill totaling nearly $100,000. That same treatment is just $7,044 at a hospital 30 miles away in New York. If you want to make sure you're not getting stuck with an inflated healthcare bill, these tips may help you know if your hospital is charging too much.

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The Worst Ways to Save Money

Posted on 03/12/2014

Plenty of us are constantly looking for ways to save a buck or two. We're continually set on money-saving mode. But sometimes what we think will help us save some money actually can end up costing us in the long run. Here are five of the worst ways to save money.

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Free Printables for Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day

Posted on 03/11/2014

According to the US Census, there are 34.5 million Americans who claim Irish heritage. That's seven times larger than the population of Ireland. But even if you don't have Irish blood running through your veins, we're all Irish one day a year: March 17. If you're looking to spread some Irish cheer, make sure your printer is full of green ink and check out these free St. Patrick's Day printables.

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Five Free Ways to Work Out Your Brain

Posted on 03/10/2014

The brain is pretty amazing and while you may have been to the gym recently, when was the last time you gave your brain a workout? The average brain represents just 2 percent of your body weight, but uses one-fifth of your body's total oxygen and blood, according to the National Academy of Sciences of the US. In honor of Brain Awareness Week which runs from March 10-16, here are five free ways to keep your brain fit.

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Tax Prep Freebies for the 2014 Tax Season

Posted on 03/07/2014

If you typically pay a pro to help you with your W-2s and 1099s you may have to pay more this year. According to tax prep fees are up about six percent compared to last year. A simple return can cost as much as $152 which is a good reason to take advantage of these 2014 tax prep freebies.

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Frugal Ideas for Your March Madness Party

Posted on 03/06/2014

College basketball is about to take over televisions and commandeer office chatter across the country. March Madness tournaments begin next week. If you're turning this into an excuse for a party (and why not?!) here are some slam dunk frugal ideas for your March Madness party.

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Easy, Affordable & Healthy: Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

Posted on 03/05/2014

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when it comes to kids breakfast could impact the rest of their lives. That's because when kids eat a great breakfast studies show they'll perform better in class and on tests, having a lasting impact on their educational success. In honor or National School Breakfast Week which runs from March 2-9, here are some easy, affordable and healthy breakfast ideas.

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Cancelling Spring Break: How to Have Fun at Home

Posted on 03/04/2014

Snow days are great until they start to invade spring break. In Philadelphia the school district shortened spring break, announcing students would have to attend class April 15, 16 and 17 to make up for snow days. School officials in Charlotte, North Carolina are considering a similar move. And in New Jersey spring break became a casualty of winter storms. For families having to shift their spring break plans here are some ideas for having fun at home.

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Sleep Week: Low Cost Fixes to Make Your Bedroom More Relaxing

Posted on 03/03/2014

Need an excuse to pull the covers back up and get more quality time with your pillow? The first week in March is National Sleep Awareness Week. We all know that ideally we should be getting seven to nine hours of shut eye a night. Not happening? Maybe these low cost fixes will help make your bedroom more conducive to rest.

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5 Affordable Ways to Make Mardi Gras Fun For Kids

Posted on 02/28/2014

Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be very adult-oriented. After all, we know what ladies have to do to get a string of beads. But that doesn't mean kids should be excluded from this traditional celebration. Here are five affordable ways to make Mardi Gras fun for kids.

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