Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Hollywood at Home: Freebies for Your 2014 Oscar Party

Posted on 02/27/2014

This weekend the celebrities take the red carpet for the 86th annual Academy Awards. Whether Captain Phillips sales away with the Best Picture or Gravity star Sandra Bullock celebrates an out of this world win, you can soak it all in with a 2014 Oscar party. Bring Hollywood to your home with these freebies.

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Spring Fashion 2014: Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Look

Posted on 02/26/2014

Spring fashion is great-- except for the price tag hanging on those pretty clothes. Thankfully there is a way to be fashion forward and frugal. We found five budget-friendly ways to update your look for spring 2014.

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Five Reasons to Use PayPal for Online Shopping

Posted on 02/25/2014

When you're shopping online you have several payment options at checkout. Often sites allow you to use PayPal to complete your transaction. PayPal is a service that allows you to pay online (and even in some checkout lanes these days) using money in your PayPal account, bank account or a linked credit card. If you've never selected this payment option here are five reasons to consider using PayPal for online shopping.

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What's Most Important? How to Prioritize Your Savings Goals

Posted on 02/24/2014

There are cars to replace, college educations to fund and retirements to plan for. How in the heck can you prepare for it all? Consider these tips for prioritizing your savings goals and it might not feel so daunting.

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Email Signup: 10 Companies Offering Instant Discounts for Newsletter Subscribers

Posted on 02/20/2014

An inbox full of junk mail and advertisements isn't fun, but sometimes signing up for those e-newsletters comes with a reward. New members receive an instant discount that can be applied to your next purchase. Often these coupon codes for newbies can be combined with other sales or free shipping offers so it's a great way to save money. Here are ten companies offering instant discounts on everything from shoes to steaks.

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5 Sneaky Sales That Don't Offer Much Savings

Posted on 02/19/2014

Marketers and advertisers can be very tricky. They can make you think you're getting a bargain when in fact you're not saving that much money at all. Be a savvy shopper and keep an eye out for these five sneaky sales that don't offer much savings.

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Working Nights: The Best Jobs for Earning Extra Cash in the Evenings

Posted on 02/18/2014

Getting off the couch a couple of nights a week to take on a second job is a great way to earn extra cash. But not every field lends itself to nighttime employment. If you decide working nights is the avenue you want to take to meet your financial goals check out these jobs for earning extra cash in the evenings.

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Financial Aid: Five Tips for Getting Cash for College

Posted on 02/18/2014

Prepare for sticker shock. Paying for four years at a top college or university will now cost you more than $200,000. For many families it's an impossible dream without the help of financial aid. It's time to tackle the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, if you want the best chance at getting cash for college.

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President's Day: Who Were the Wealthiest Leaders of America?

Posted on 02/17/2014

Politicians often bill themselves as average Joes, guys who know what it's like to put in a hard day's work, get their hands dirty and struggle to make ends meet. But the truth is many of America's leaders could be considered elite for their wealth. In fact here are some of the wealthiest Presidents throughout history.

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Free Last Minute Printable Valentine's Gifts and Cards

Posted on 02/14/2014

Procrastinators can be romantic. It may be Valentine's Day and while the stash at your local Hallmark or grocery store card aisle is probably pretty picked over there's a good selection of freebies online. Prove your love by printing out one of these free Valentine's gifts or cards.

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How to Win Big with a Savings Account Lottery

Posted on 02/13/2014

Need an extra incentive to sock money away in your savings account? A savings account lottery may help. Prize-linked savings accounts are becoming more popular, where making a deposit into your savings account enters you into a lottery. Instead of blowing a buck on the Powerball, consider trying your luck with the savings account lottery.

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Cheap Date: Six Ways to Create Romance at the Mall for Under $20

Posted on 02/12/2014

When you think of 'date night' you probably think of taking in a movie, enjoying a romantic meal or seeing a show. While you may have not taken a date to the mall since you were in middle school, it can actually be a great place to conger up some romance without spending much cash.

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Six Grand (But Inexpensive) Ways to Say 'I Love You'

Posted on 02/11/2014

Money can't buy you love, which is a good thing for us frugal types. But being frugal doesn't mean you can't be romantic. This Valentine's Day get creative without spending much money by saying 'I love you' in a grand way.

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Wear Red Day: Affordable Ways to Support the American Heart Association

Posted on 02/07/2014

Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. The American Heart Association is using that shocking statistic to encourage women to go red on National Wear Red Day, February 7, 2014. For the tenth year in a row women everywhere will be wearing red and supporting the American Heart Association through ways like these.

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National Wedding Month: Free and Cheap Apps for Brides-to-Be

Posted on 02/06/2014

It may be chilly, but love is warming things up in February. It's National Wedding Month making this the perfect time for brides-to-be to buckle down and start planning the wedding of their dreams. These free and low-cost apps may put a few wedding planners out of a job.

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5 Reasons to Consider Wearing a Used Wedding Dress

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Posted on 02/04/2014

You may have considered buying a used car, used coffee table or a used treadmill, but the thought of buying a wedding dress that's been previously worn may seem a bit extreme. If you're planning on saying 'I do' any time soon here are five reasons to consider walking down the aisle wearing a dress that's taken the trip before.

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Burn Awareness Week: Free and Low-Cost Resources to Keep Kids Safe

Posted on 02/03/2014

Every year more than half a million people receive medical treatment for burn injuries in the US and Canada. About half of those injuries are scalds and it's children that are among the most vulnerable. Celebrate Burn Awareness Week, which runs the first week in February, by utilizing these free and low-cost resources for keeping kids safe.

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Winter Olympics Party: Celebrating the Opening Ceremonies on a Budget

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Posted on 01/30/2014

Even if you had enough money for a plane ticket to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic games, security concerns have been enough to keep some people home. Instead, go for the gold and celebrate the opening ceremonies in style and on budget with these fun ideas for a winter Olympics party.

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Smartphone Super Bowl: Free Apps You'll Want for the Big Game

Posted on 01/29/2014

In addition to prepping the hot wings and nacho platter before Super Bowl Sunday you may also want to get your Smartphone ready. Since most people watch TV with their phones in hand you'll want to download these free apps before the big game.

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TV Time: Finding the Best Big Screen Deals for the Big Game

Posted on 01/28/2014

Did you sleep in on Black Friday instead of buying a new TV? Let go of the regret because many experts say now is actually the best time to invest in a TV. Just before the Seahawks and Broncos go head to head in the biggest sporting event of the year, many retailers will be slashing the prices of big screens in order to win your business. If you want to score big consider these TV buying tips.

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Super Bowl Gear: Affordable Team Style

Posted on 01/27/2014

The Super Bowl is usually the most expensive sporting event ticket around and 2014 is no different. According to the, the average seat is selling for $2,600. If you're looking for something a little more budget friendly to show your Super Bowl spirit, check out these more affordable options. Since they're all under $30 you'll have plenty of money left over for game day pizza and wings.

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Feeling the Love: Free Wedding Planning Resources

Posted on 01/24/2014

Weddings are a big investment of time and money. So why not take advantage of free resources when you can? Thankfully there are lots of incredible free tools that will help you plan your perfect dream wedding.

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Save or Sell? Five Questions to Help you Decide

Posted on 01/23/2014

Are your drawers getting hard to close? Are you running out of room to stash belongings? It may be time to sift through your stuff and figure out what you should save and what you should sell. Determining whether something is worth holding on to can be a difficult decision. Here are five questions that will help you make the call.

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Radiant Orchid: How to Add Pantone's Color of the Year to Your Wardrobe for Less

Posted on 01/22/2014

Did you know that 2014 is the year of the orchid? The Radiant Orchid that is. Pantone, the worldwide authority on color, chose this shade of vibrant purple to serve as the 2014 color of the year, taking over Emerald's job for 2013. It's already popping up on runways and red carpets, but here are some very affordable ways to add Radiant Orchid to your wardrobe.

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Ski Getaway: Where to Hit the Slopes for Less

Posted on 01/21/2014

Another large winter storm is expected to dump nine inches of snow in the Washington DC area. While this means schools and Federal offices are forced to shut down, it can be good news for skiers eager for fresh powder. If you're looking to hit the slopes for less this winter, check out these affordable ski deals.

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8 Amazing Free Apps for Traveling Abroad

Posted on 01/17/2014

Planning to travel abroad in 2014? Just because you can't use your Smartphone to call home while you're exploring new territory doesn't mean it won't be a useful travel companion. Here are some helpful, free apps you'll want to pack onto your phone before you go.

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Tardy Tax Season: How to Make Up for IRS' Late Start

Posted on 01/16/2014

The 16-day government shut down came during the peak prep period for the 2014 tax filing system, according to Since about 90 percent of IRS operations were closed during the shutdown the IRS got behind which forced them to delay the start of the filing season to January 31. That's ten days later than expected. Here are some tips for handling the IRS delay.

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Declutter Your Devices: What To Do With Outdated Gadgets

Posted on 01/15/2014

A couple of weeks ago you made a promise to yourself. You committed to clearing out the clutter in 2014, streamlining your stuff and organizing your life. Now is the time to declutter and let go of outdated devices that are simply collecting dust. If you've ever wondered what do with antiquated gadgets here is your guide.

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Girl Scout Cookie Month: Affordable Recipes that Incorporate Cookies

Posted on 01/14/2014

Be on the lookout-- Girl Scouts will be canvassing neighborhoods nationwide as they sell their delectable boxes of cookies. Thin Mints, Caramel deLites and Peanut Butter Patties are among the most popular flavors. Buying Girl Scout cookies helps support a wonderful program so it can be easy to get carried away with an order form. Before you devour them all on your own try whipping up one of these tasty (and affordable) recipes that can be shared with family, friends and co-workers.

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Resolution to Save: Tricks to Help Save More Money in 2014

Posted on 01/13/2014

When it comes to financial goals in 2014, saving money is at the top of the list with nearly two in five Americans calling it a priority in the New Year. That's according to a new survey from that lists paying down debt as the second most common goal. Saving money doesn't have to be difficult, especially with these handy tricks.

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