Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

No Sew Halloween: Cool Costumes You Can Make Easily Now

Posted on 09/30/2013

The US Census Bureau says there are 41.1 million potential trick-or-treaters across the country. For parents who are trying to save money or who just want to exercise their craft muscle, these no sew costumes can easily be made with just a few supplies and a few minutes.

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Winter Wise: How to Prep for a Snowy Season Without Overspending

Posted on 09/27/2013

Fall may have just begun, but Farmers' Almanac is predicting a piercing and bitterly cold winter. The nearly 200-year-old publication says that it will be a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the US. The Midwest, Great Lakes and New England should expect lots of heavy snow, but no matter where you live now is the time to get prepared for a snowy season without overspending.

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Insta-Savings: Frugal Folks to Follow on Instagram

Posted on 09/27/2013

More than 130 million people actively use Instagram and while most utilize the social media site as a way to capture their morning latte or catalog their afternoon sandwich there are some financially savvy Instagramers to follow. Here are ten accounts worth checking out.

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Broke But Happy: The Best Low-Paying Jobs

Posted on 09/26/2013

Someone once said if you love what you'll do you'll never work a day in your life. It's true, money isn't everything. Some low-paying jobs aren't worth the stress, but others are extremely gratifying-- even if the pay stinks. These careers don't offer great paychecks, however other perks may be enough to make you broke, but happy.

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Fashion for a Cause: Clothing Lines that Give Back

Posted on 09/25/2013

Fashion is fun, but sometimes it’s more than that. Certain brands answer to a higher calling than simply making shoppers look fabulous and consumers seem willing to pay extra for it. According to Nielsen’s Global Corporate Citizenship Survey, 46 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that give back to society. Here are five fashion brands with a greater mission than simply helping you look good.

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National Women's Health Day: Free At-Home Workouts

Posted on 09/25/2013

Around 100,000 women of all ages will take part in health and fitness events around the country on Wednesday, September 25. It's all part of the 12th annual National Women's Health and Fitness Day, a holiday created to encourage women to take control of their health. Scheduling opportunities to get active into your daily routine doesn't have to cost money. In fact with these free workouts you don't even have to leave the house.

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Budget Family Photos: How to Hire a Low-Cost Photographer

Posted on 09/23/2013

Cell phone cameras have come a long way. Add in some fancy filters and your novice shots look pretty darn good. But capturing weddings, babies and important life milestones with the help of a professional photographer is the way to go. Having someone else worry about getting the best shots can take the pressure off family members who don't have the photography skills and quality equipment to do your special moments justice. A great photographer can cost big bucks, but here are some tips for hiring a low-cost pro.

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Easy Ideas for Bringing Your Lunch to Work

Posted on 09/17/2013

Is eating lunch costing you a bunch? According to data from Quicken Loans the average woman spends $26 a week on lunch and the average man $46. Switching to a pack lunch will cost you just $15 a week for an annual average savings of $1,144. But if it seems like a hassle check out these easy ideas for bringing your lunch to work.

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Get Ready Day: Free Resources to Prepare for the Worst

Posted on 09/16/2013

We may not be experiencing the active hurricane season that weather experts predicted, but that doesn't mean a disaster won't strike again soon. To help you prepare for a pandemic flu, infectious disease or a natural disaster the American Public Health Association created Get Ready Day. This year it falls on September 17 and here are free resources to help you prepare for the worst.

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Five Reusable Products You Should be Using to Save Money

Posted on 09/13/2013

We can all be more earth-friendly. And most of us are also looking for ways to save money. With these five products you can accomplish both goals.

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Paying at the Pump: Should You Switch to E85?

Posted on 09/12/2013

The popularity of E85 seems to be growing-- at least in one state. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says that E85 sales increased by 43 percent during the second quarter of 2013, totaling more than 2.62 million gallons of the alternative fuel. E85 is made up of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, a mix that can cost significantly less at the pump. But is the value there?

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Five Free Fall Crafts

Posted on 09/11/2013

Crisp weather and the arrival of colorful leaves can spark the imagination. Add a flash of fall to your home without spending money at the craft store. Turn to nature for supplies and use this list of five free fall crafts for inspiration.

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Free and Low Cost Ideas to Help Kids Get Fit

Posted on 09/10/2013

One in three children in the US is overweight, putting them at risk for Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Use these free and affordable ideas to help your kids get moving and get fit.

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The Craziest Ways People Save Money

Posted on 09/09/2013

How crazy are you willing to get in order to save money? Would you eat food out of a trash bin? Commit to giving up your daily latte? Check out these crazy things people are willing to do in order to save a buck.

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Quick Cash: How to Prepare Items for a Consignment Sale Event

Posted on 09/06/2013

Consignment sale events are a great way to unload unwanted clothing, toys and baby gear while making quick cash. Setting aside a little time to properly prepare for these consignment events can help boost your sales and put more money in your pocket.

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The Best After School Jobs for Students

Posted on 09/05/2013

Finding the perfect after school job is serious business. Let's face it-- kids require quite a bit of cash. Filling up their gas tank, updating their wardrobe with the latest trends, and saving for college is a whole lot easier with a part-time job. Wondering where to apply? Check out these best sources for after school jobs.

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Fall Fashion: The Hottest Trends at the Lowest Prices

Posted on 09/04/2013

Adding the hottest fall fashion trends to your wardrobe shouldn't be something you're still paying for next spring. Add some serious style to your closet without blasting your budget with these great deals on five smoking trends.

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Ten Tasks to Help You Live Like a Rich Person

Posted on 09/03/2013

Are you living like a wealthy person or like a broke person? Regardless of what's in your bank account, bestselling author Tom Corley says there are things you can do to live like a millionaire. Corley's family went from being multi-millionaires to being poor overnight and although he was just nine at the time the experience had a profound impact on him. He spent five years studying the daily activities of hundreds of wealthy people and hundreds of those in poverty to discover the major differences in daily habits between the two groups. These are ten of the 149 activities highlighted in his book "Rich Habits: Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals." He says these are the daily tasks that separate the "haves" from the "have nots."

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Mo Money Mo Problems: Celebs With Major Financial Issues

Posted on 08/28/2013

Plenty of people dream of being rich and famous because when you've got money in the bank your only responsibility is being awesome. But that's not always how it shakes out. As these celebrities have proven, more money really can mean more problems.

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Labor Day Weekend 2013: How to Have Fun on a Budget

Posted on 08/27/2013

First there was Memorial Day weekend, then came the 4th of July. And now it's time for summer's last hurrah: Labor Day weekend. For most Americans it's an extra day to pack in some of the most fun festivals, foods and fun summer has to offer. If you're trying to get through those three days without harming your budget check out these ideas for having affordable fun.

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End of Summer Bash: Planning a Party on a Budget

Posted on 08/26/2013

Want to celebrate the unofficial end of summer with friends and family this year? In case you have already tapped out your fun money for the summer we've compiled a great list of freebies and cheap ideas for planning a Labor Day party on a budget.

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Ten Ways YouTube Can Save You Money

Posted on 08/23/2013

Over six billion hours of video are watched on YouTube each month, nearly an hour for every person on Earth. One hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute and more than one billion people visit the website every month. YouTube is way more than a collection of cute cat videos-- it can save you money. Here are ten ways YouTube could actually help you cut costs.

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Back-to-School Bargain Hunting: Where to Shop for Kids' Clothes

Posted on 08/22/2013

From clothing to supplies to tennis shoes, back-to-school spending adds up to about $635 for the average family according to the National Retail Federation. Taking advantage of sales and discounts on clothing is a great way to cut that expense. Before the first school bell rings check out these retailers for affordable kids' clothes.

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Labor Day Weekend To-Do List: Transitioning Your Home From Summer to Fall

Posted on 08/21/2013

Some people spend Labor Day weekend squeezing in end-of-summer swimsuit time. But homeowners may decide to use the extra day off of work tackling the Labor Day Weekend to-do list. Get help transitioning your home from summer to fall with these money-saving tasks.

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Living Off-Campus: How to Negotiate a Lower Rent

Posted on 08/20/2013

Saying so long to tiny refrigerators and rickety lofts? There is definitely an allure to living off-campus, but making the switch for the first time can be daunting. According to The College Board room and board at a public four-year school costs about $9,205. Add another thousand for a private college. Students can definitely find cheaper alternatives off school property, but getting the best deal may require some negotiations.

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National Radio Day: The Best Financial Programs

Posted on 08/19/2013

Some people say radio is dying, but according to the Federal Communications Commission there are 15,256 AM and FM radio stations in the US. Radio is a great way to receive financial information and budget advice. In honor of National Radio Day, which falls on August 20, here are five programs to tune into with your radio dial.

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The Ten Best Deals at Thrift Stores

Posted on 08/16/2013

Have you been thrifting lately? August 17 is Thrift Shop Day, a great time to support your local resale shops. There are currently more than 25,000 resale, consignment and Not For Profit resale shops in the United States, according to NARTS, the association of resale professionals. Many of these benefit important causes, but they also offer great bargains. Keep your eyes peeled for the ten best deals at thrift stores.

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Bargain Backpacks: Where to Shop for School Gear

Posted on 08/15/2013

Backpacks take quite the beating so start the school year off with a new bag. Right now is a great time to buy with so much school gear on sale. Check out these retailers for awesome backpack bargains.

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Free Tools to Help You Be On Time

Posted on 08/14/2013

A recent study found that 17 percent of people are chronically late, according to Researchers uncovered that learning to be on time takes work, and often involves breaking lifelong habits, but these free tools can help.

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How to Outfit a Dorm for Less Than $500

Posted on 08/13/2013

The cost of college is skyrocketing and so is the expense of outfitting a dorm room. This year parents can expect to pay about $907 on average to stock a student's dorm. For parents hoping to do this on a budget check out these ideas for outfitting a dorm for less than $500.

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