Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Give Your Porch a Spooky Halloween Makeover for Less

Posted on 10/17/2014

Often your porch is the only part of your home trick or treaters visit on Halloween night. Give a pleasant porch a menacing makeover in time for October 31. Make it extra spooky without spending an insane amount of money thanks to these creatively cheap ideas.

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Days to Save: Knowing When to Shop at Your Favorite Stores

Posted on 10/16/2014

Here's a way to save big at your favorite stores that doesn't involve clipping coupons or downloading apps. It just requires having really good timing. That's right-- knowing the best days to save can be key in spending less.

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IKEA Hacks: The Most Amazing Budget Furniture Makeovers

Posted on 10/15/2014

Love the price tags at IKEA, but wish you could collect furniture with a higher end feel? Thankfully there are some incredibly talented people who have done the hard work already, transforming budget-friendly IKEA pieces into luxury knock-offs.

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How to Make Millions on YouTube

Posted on 10/14/2014

YouTube isn't just for watching adorable cat videos or the latest viral video. If you do it right the social video site can be a major source of income. An unlikely cast of characters is raking in millions of dollars in advertising revenue. The good news is you don't need to have a Beyonce-sized bank account to get started.

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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

Posted on 10/13/2014

Bank fees seem to be skyrocketing. In fact a new study from Bankrate found that the average overdraft fee set a record high for the 16th consecutive year. Not only are these fees frustrating, they're a waste of your hard earned money. Thankfully avoiding them doesn't have to be difficult.

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Hot Freebies For Your Halloween Party

Posted on 10/10/2014

Planning to invite friends and family over for a Halloween party? Before you spend big bucks on invitations, decorations and spooky touches, check out these hot freebies for your Halloween party.

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10 Words to Use to Sound Wealthier

Posted on 10/09/2014

Can your vocabulary be an indicator of your financial status? It's possible. If you want to sound wealthier work these ten words into your daily communication patterns.

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Pumpkin Style: Knife-Free Ways to Decorate Your Jack-o-Lantern

Posted on 10/08/2014

Sick of scraping seeds and pulp out of your pumpkin each year? Skip the messy goop and celebrate the season without carving your pumpkin. Not only will it last a lot longer, but you'll probably have the most creative gourd on the block.

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Where to Find Used Halloween Costumes

Posted on 10/07/2014

This might freak you out. According to the National Retail Federation's 2014 Halloween Consumer Spending Survey the average person will fork over $77.52 this year on Halloween stuff. Two in three people will buy Halloween costumes this year, the most ever in the survey's history. Consumers will spend a whopping $1 billion on children's costumes. Before you get too spooked, consider checking out these sources for used Halloween costumes.

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How to Keep Fall Boots Looking Great

Posted on 10/06/2014

So long sandals! It's time to pull out the leather boots. Whether you've got UGGs, Fryes or any type of leather boot, they can end up looking quite beat up after a full season of wear. But with these five simple steps your fall boots can look like new once again.

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Cookies for Pennies: Cheap Recipes for Cookie Month

Posted on 10/03/2014

Pumpkins may get all the glory in October, but it's actually Cookie Month. Celebrate this amazing dessert by whipping up a few batches of cookies. Don't worry-- these recipes will leave plenty of cash in the cookie jar for other things.

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Frugal Fun Day: 10 Ways to Celebrate

Posted on 10/02/2014

With the holidays approaching it's a great time to crack down on your finances. But putting yourself on a tight budget doesn't mean eliminating fun from your life. In fact there's a whole holiday devoted to that concept. Frugal Fun Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in October, which falls on October 4 this year. Need some inspiration? Check out these ten ideas for celebrating Frugal Fun Day.

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Secrets for Winning at Thrift Store Shopping

Posted on 10/01/2014

Have a passion for fashion, but not the insane price tags that often accompany the latest trends? Being on a strict clothing allowance doesn't mean you can't put designer tags and up-to-the-minute trends in your closet. Just hit your local thrift store with these six secrets for winning at buying used.

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Free Halloween Costumes for Your Pet

Posted on 09/26/2014

Halloween is for the dogs. Last year shoppers spent $330 million on pet costumes according to a report by Want your pet to participate in Halloween festivities without taking a bite out of your bank account? Check out these free costume ideas for your pet.

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Join the Club: Can Subscription Services Save You Money?

Posted on 09/25/2014

Razors? video games? Vegan candy? There's a club for that. The subscription economy has become hugely popular in the last decade. But can these subscription services really save you money? Or are you just paying a price for convenience?

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Getting the Most Out of Museum Day Live!

Posted on 09/24/2014

Museum Day Live! happens every year. For just one day hundreds of museums across the country open their doors for free. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums which are always free, Museum Day Live! is hosted by Smithsonian magazine. But make sure you get the most out of this cool event with these tips.

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Be a Smart Shopper: Price Comparison of the Top Tablets

Posted on 09/23/2014

In the second quarter of 2014 nearly 50 million tablets were shipped around the world, according to IDC. Tablet sales grew 11 percent compared to last year. And while large-screen Smartphones are expected to slow sales slightly, tablets are still a hot item. The price of a tablet can vary significantly which is why it's so important to be a smart shopper.

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The Boys Club: How Shopping in the Kids Department Can Save Money

Posted on 09/19/2014

There are some pretty crazy ways to save money, but this one may have you saying, "you've got to be kidding." Turns out, sizes in the kids' department aren't the only things running smaller. The price tag can be way more favorable for the frugal-minded. Here's how shopping in the kids department can save money.

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How to Make Monitoring Price Drops Mindless

Posted on 09/18/2014

Technology is taking the hassle out of tracking prices. You no longer have to stalk a sale thanks to these free apps and websites. See something you like, but want to wait until it goes on sale? These six tools make monitoring price drops mindless.

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The Art of the Humble Brag: How to Publicly Celebrate Your Saving Success Stories

Posted on 09/17/2014

Among the new words added to the Oxford dictionary this year is humblebrag. Along with Yolo and adorbs, the word is derived from social media. Humblebrag, a term originally coined by author Harris Wittels, refers to someone's post boasting about an achievement in a way that is disguised as a self-deprecating comment. And when it comes to the humblebrag, frugal shoppers know how to do it well. Need some help publicly celebrating your saving success stories without overtly bragging? Consider these tips for perfecting the art of the humblebrag.

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BYOB: Stores that Reward Shoppers for Bringing Bags

Posted on 09/16/2014

Paper or plastic? How about neither? Bringing your own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store or big box retailer means you're keeping trash out of the landfill. In fact if just one person switches to reusable bags, it would save more than 22,000 single-use bags in a lifetime. But if being green isn't enough of an incentive for you to remember those bags, how about saving some green? Plenty of stores are willing to reward shoppers who BYOB-- bring your own bags.

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100 Days Until Christmas: Tricks to Start Saving Now

Posted on 09/15/2014

Christmas is a mere 100 days away. Think it's too early to start planning for the holidays? Well according to the National Retail Federation last year almost 40 percent of Americans started Christmas shopping before Halloween. That may seem like a while, but if you want to make it through the holidays without giving your budget a beating check out these tricks to start saving now.

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Tools to Help You Sell Your Home Without an Agent

Posted on 09/12/2014

Think you can sell your home yourself and avoid the steep commission fee real estate agents charge? Partnering with a pro has its benefits, but if you decide to go the for-sale-by-owner route, check out these marketing tools to help you sell property without an agent.

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5 Cheaper Alternatives to Starbucks' $5 Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted on 09/11/2014

Orange is the new black as the pumpkin craze hits new levels in America. U.S. pumpkin-flavored sales jumped 14 percent to about $308 million in 2013, according to Nielsen. If you don't want to spend a small fortune on Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes, check out these five alternatives to that liquid gold.

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Fall Fashion 2014 Under $50

Posted on 09/10/2014

As New York Fashion Week winds down you may be in the mood to spruce up your fall wardrobe. And while designer labels are probably out of reach for those on a budget, keeping your closet on trend doesn't have to force you into bankruptcy. Check out these five fall fashion must-haves for 2014 that are all under $50.

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How to Trade in Your iPhone Before the Next One Hits

Posted on 09/08/2014

September 9 is an exciting day, better than Christmas for the biggest Apple fans. That's when Apple will unveil two new iPhones and, according to Time, the long-awaited rumored smartwatch. The new iPhone models will offer bigger screens, a one-handed typing feature and a mobile payment system. With the release of these new phones, current models will likely take a plunge in value, which is why you may want to trade yours in now.

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Five Affordable Ways to Help Kids with Cancer

Posted on 09/05/2014

Nearly 16,000 kids under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year and about one-fourth of them will not survive. In honor of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, consider these five affordable and inspiring ways to help kids with cancer.

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Spotting a Fake: How to Know if Memorabilia is Real

Posted on 09/04/2014

Some scammers are using comedian Robin Williams' death as an opportunity to prey on unsuspecting victims. They're using a tactic called click baiting. When people click on links or try to purchase commemorative souvenirs about Robin Williams they'll end up downloading malware or accidentally sharing personal information. The best way to avoid a scam is to make sure memorabilia is real.

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Strike a Pose: Enjoying Free Yoga Month

Posted on 09/03/2014

Yoga may seem like a great way to increase strength and flexibility, but according to Web MD twisting and contorting into all of those poses offers more benefits than just being able to touch your toes. Yoga can help improve posture, reduce stress and even lower cholesterol. Don't want to fork over the cash for a yoga class? September is National Yoga Month and a great time to try it out for free.

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Save Big on Books: Scoring Free and Cheap College Text Books

Posted on 09/02/2014

Back in the day college students had few options when it came to textbooks. They walked into their campus bookstore, found the materials they needed, walking out with a heavy load of books and a big dent in their checking account. Now there are many ways to save big on books, including scoring some for free.

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Incredible Summer Clearance Deals

Posted on 09/01/2014

Want to end your summer by scoring the biggest bargain of the season? Labor Day seems to be a great time for finding clearance deals at a long list of retailers. Saying goodbye to summer is tough, but saving some major money may help soften the blow.

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Seven Reasons to Ignore Expiration Dates and Shop at a Bargain Grocer

Posted on 08/28/2014

There may not be freshly brewed coffee samples readily available and classical music relaxing you into a lull, but bargain grocery stores are definitely chock-full of deals. If you're looking for ways to slash big money off your food bill here are ten reasons to ignore expiration dates and shop at a bargain grocer.

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Toddler Freebies: Free Food and Entertainment for Kids Under 2

Posted on 08/27/2014

Toddlers may not be old enough to earn their keep, but they're young enough to enjoy some freebies. From free cupcakes to free tickets to the circus, these toddler freebies will help you save big money on your little tyke.

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Stocking Your Freezer for Fall: An Easy Once-a-Month-Cooking Plan

Posted on 08/26/2014

Having a stockpile of meals in your freezer seems like a great way to save money and time. During those hectic week nights when you're tempted to take the family to a fast food joint you can simply open the freezer for a ready-to-go meal. If you've ever been hesitant to try once-a-month cooking consider these tips to help stock your freezer for fall.

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Best Deals at Sit-Down Restaurant Chains

Posted on 08/25/2014

They're positioned at nearly every major intersection or at every mall in America. Fast casual dining has been around for a while, but according to research industry-wide sales at restaurants fell by 2% last year. Many of these chains are trying hard to stay competitive by offering great deals. It's good news for diners who can fill their stomachs for less.

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How to Find Out About App Sales, Discounts and Freebies

Posted on 08/22/2014

Apps are usually pretty affordable, but just like everything else you like to buy, they do go on sale. And sometimes they are even free! Wondering how to stay in the loop about app sales, discounts and freebies? Here are five ways.

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Should You Get a Store-Brand Debit Card?

Posted on 08/21/2014

Exclusive discounts, extra savings and cardholder-only events are just some of the perks that can accompany having a store credit card. And the incentives must be appealing because according to Equifax around 175 million of these accounts exist. But what if you don't like the idea of racking up extra debt just to enjoy those benefits? A growing number of retailers are offering store-branded debit cards where the cash to cover purchases comes right out of your bank account. But should you put one in your wallet?

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Stores Offering Post-Purchase Price Matching

Posted on 08/20/2014

Price matching is a great tool for ensuring you're getting the best deal possible on just about anything you buy. But did you know that some stores will price match even after you've made the purchase? So even if you've lugged your new stuff home, don't give up the hunt for scoring an even better deal when you shop at these retailers.

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Freebies For Your Labor Day Party

Posted on 08/19/2014

Planning to end summer with a bang, but want to do it without squeezing your bank account dry? Thankfully the internet is a giving place, full of freebies that will make your Labor Day party one to remember. So don't simply let the calendar slip into fall without giving summer a proper send off.

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Small Space, Small Budget: Locker Decor on a Dime

Posted on 08/18/2014

It may be small but a locker is a great place for your tween or teen to show off their personality. And since they visit it several times a day, why not make it a special spot that lifts their mood? The space you're decorating isn't the only thing that's tiny - your budget can be, too.

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Putting Baby to Work: Making Easy Cash for College

Posted on 08/15/2014

Wondering how you'll manage to pay for your baby's college? Right now private college costs more than $30,000 a year, according to the College Board. And if that number scares you, imagine how much more it will be in 2032 when your little one hits 18. Instead of taking on a second job consider putting baby to work to make easy cash for college.

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Easy Ways to Improve your Water Quality

Posted on 08/14/2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says 40% of our nation's waterways have quality issues. Since we all need water to live it's important to pay attention to ways we can reduce pollution and keep our water safe. August is Water Quality Month, a great time to show our appreciation to this life-sustaining source by improving water quality at home and in our communities.

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DIY Back-to-School Gifts for Teachers

Posted on 08/13/2014

Start the school year at the head of the class by giving your child's new teacher a back-to-school gift. These adorable DIY gifts for teachers prove you don't have to spend extra cash to earn a little extra credit.

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How to Organize a Grocery Stockpile

Posted on 08/12/2014

If you've been couponing more than a month you probably have at least the beginnings of a stockpile. But keeping your pantry from becoming chaos takes a little work. Before you spend half your paycheck at an expensive organization store consider these cheap and free ways to manage a grocery stockpile.

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Peaches for Pennies: Best Recipes for this Frugal Summer Fruit

Posted on 08/11/2014

The average American eats nearly nine pounds of peaches each year. This is the heart of peach season, which is probably why August is designated as Peach Month. Letting this season slip away without utilizing this economical fruit would be the pits. So check out our collection of the best peach recipes.

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Paleo Diets for People on a Budget

Posted on 08/08/2014

Hunter-gatherer diet, caveman diet, Stone Age diet - the Paleolithic diet has a lot of names. But the basic idea is we should eat what our ancestors ate. That means no grains, dairy or processed foods. For some money-conscious eaters, that raises a red flag. Won't "going paleo" be expensive? Experts say it doesn't have to be.

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Insta-Deals: How to Use Instagram to Save Money

Posted on 08/07/2014

Two hundred million people use Instagram, sharing 60 million images and tapping like 1.6 billion times a day. The social image sharing site isn't just for cataloging meals, manicures and messy kids. Instagram can also be a money-saving tool.

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Live It Up: A Frugal Bucket List for the Final Weeks of Summer

Posted on 08/06/2014

The patio chairs and lawn equipment have been marked down and moved to the clearance aisle, replaced by displays full of shiny new folders and crisp notebooks. Yes, back-to-school shopping season has arrived. Whether you only have a few more days or a few weeks until the unofficial end of summer, here are some frugal items to put on your bucket list.

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Tips for Saving On Your Child's Back-to-School Physical

Posted on 08/05/2014

Your kid may seem like the picture of health, but an annual physical is still a good idea. According to health professionals this yearly checkup can pick up on things like scoliosis, heart murmurs or other silent diseases that even the most attentive parent won't notice. But if your insurance doesn't cover the cost of this well visit here are ways to save on your child's back-to-school health exam.

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Affordable Apps to Help You Track Business Travel Expenses

Posted on 08/04/2014

Business travel sounds glamorous, but those who do it on a regular basis know it comes with its own set of hassles. One of those annoyances happens to be tracking expenses. The last thing you want to do is not get reimbursed, but holding on to all of those receipts and making sure you don't exceed your allotted per diem can be tedious. These affordable and free apps will help take the pain out of business travel by helping track travel expenses.

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Using Back-to-School Shopping to Teach Kids About Money

Posted on 08/01/2014

Parents will spend more than $500 on their school-aged children for back-to-school supplies. According to a new Deloitte survey, spending on backpacks, notebooks and tennis shoes adds up to $543, which is about 13% less than last year. Instead of only letting your little ones choose between the red folder and the yellow one, use back-to-school shopping as an opportunity to teach kids important money lessons.

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How to Have a Peaceful Family Budget Meeting

Posted on 07/28/2014

Family budget meetings can be about as enjoyable as hanging out in a hospital waiting room. After all, there's a good chance most of those in attendance would rather be just about anywhere else. But it is possible to make these necessary meetings peaceful and even enjoyable if you follow these tips.

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Back-to-School Fashion Trends (And Where to Find them Cheap)

Posted on 07/25/2014

From the runway to the hallway, these fashions are on-trend for back-to-school 2014. And for budget conscious parents who want to be smart about spending, we found the best looks for less.

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Beauty Products Under $10 that Will Make You Look Like a Million

Posted on 07/24/2014

Women spend more than $426 billion a year on beauty products, according to That's a whole lot of creams, powders and gadgets meant to make us look thinner, prettier and younger. But what if you could spend a whole lot less and achieve the same beautiful results? Check out these beauty products under $10 that will make you look like a million bucks.

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Phone Scams: 5 Reasons to Not Answer That Call or Text

Posted on 07/23/2014

Your phone rings. It's a number you don't recognize. Do you automatically answer? Or do you let it go to voicemail? How you respond could determine whether you end up getting scammed or not. Here are five reasons why you may not want to pick up.

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Outlet Stores that Aren't a Scam

Posted on 07/22/2014

Outlet malls have been getting a bit of bad press lately. According to, more than eight in ten products sold in outlet stores are made to sell there. And just half of the shops at an outlet mall are required to be actual outlets. While you may think it's last season's style, left over on a retail rack, it's actually delivered to the outlet store directly from the manufacturer. The price is lower because the quality isn't as great. So how do you know you're getting a truly great deal? Check out these genuine outlet stores.

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Strategic Shopping: Planning for the 2014 Sales Tax Holidays

Posted on 07/21/2014

It may seem like the smoke has barely cleared from those 4th of July fireworks, but believe it or not, it's time to start talking about back to school shopping. Back to school is a $72 billion shopping season according to the National Retail Federation. And besides clipping coupons or watching for sales, with a little strategic shopping you can also save with tax-free holidays.

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The Best Sites for Used Car Shopping

Posted on 07/17/2014

As soon as you drive a new car off the lot you'll likely lose thousands of dollars in value almost instantly. But Consumer Reports say two and three-year-old vehicles often give you the best bang for your buck because taxes and insurance are lower and they've already taken the biggest depreciation hit. But how do you know if a used car is reliable, safe and a good deal? These six sites can help you find exactly what you're looking for in a used car.

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Summer Doldrums? Six Free Ways to Snap Out of the Slump

Posted on 07/16/2014

Battling a case of the summer doldrums? Someone once said, only boring people get bored. No one wants to be called boring so in honor of National Anti-Boredom Month, which falls in July, here are six free ways to snap out of a summer slump.

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Ten Cool Ways to Use Pallets (And Where to Find Them For Free)

Posted on 07/15/2014

Entire industries rely on pallets for shipping goods. In fact, there are more than 1.8 billion wood pallets in circulation each day in the US. There's no shortage of these cheap, wooden workhorses. Find them for free at furniture stores, hardware stores or even on Craigslist. Turns out they can be used for way more than holding heavy loads. Check out these ten cool ways to use wooden pallets.

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Grocery Store Chains that Offer Digital Coupons for Extra Savings

Posted on 07/14/2014

More and more grocery stores are offering their customers digital coupons. Without ever having to pick up a pair of scissors you can load coupons onto your customer loyalty account for extra grocery savings. When you buy the correct items and scan your card the savings is applied to your total. Wondering if your favorite grocery store provides digital coupons? Here are seven that do.

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Cheap Ways to Clean Your Jewelry

Posted on 07/11/2014

Your jewelry may be the most expensive thing you own so why not keep it looking great? Plenty of pricey gadgets claim to keep your diamonds sparkling or your gold from tarnishing, but there are even cheaper ways to get those rings, necklaces and earrings to shine like the day you bought them.

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Six Awesome Apps to Help Small Business Owners

Posted on 07/10/2014

Small business owners are the backbone of our economy. Since July is Independent Retailer Month it's a great time to think about supporting small business owners with our money and our resources. There's no denying that small business owners work hard, but hopefully these awesome apps can help make their job a little easier.

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Budget Beauty: DIY Tips for Keeping Your Manicure Looking Good

Posted on 07/09/2014

A manicure can easily cost $20 or more. But an entire bottle of nail polish is about $5. Going DIY on your nails is a great way to save a significant amount of money. But getting your at-home manicure to look like a pro did it can be tricky, unless you follow these budget beauty tips.

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Cheap or Free Photography Apps to Help Capture Summer Memories

Posted on 07/08/2014

Remember the days of 35 mm film, limiting our photos to just 24 exposures? Well now we can easily snap 24 photos in a matter of seconds with our Smartphones. Not all of them are keepers, but thankfully there are cheap and free photography apps that can help us all capture our summer memories like pros.

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Turning a Budget-Friendly Bike Into a Custom Ride

Posted on 07/07/2014

Looking for a new set of wheels, but not ready to part with a large chunk of money? There are plenty of easy ways to make small tweaks to a budget-friendly bicycle so that it looks and feels more like a custom ride.

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How to Finish the Second Half of 2014 Financially Strong

Posted on 07/04/2014

Believe it or not 2014 is officially halfway over. The first six months are in the books and now we only have six more to meet our financial goals for the year. Want to finish 2014 strong? Here are five steps to take to stay on track (or get back on it!) so that you end the year by meeting your money goals.

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The Inside Scoop on Making Homemade Ice Cream

Posted on 07/03/2014

Thank you Ronald Reagan. He's the one responsible for designating July as National Ice Cream Month. Many brands lower prices or distribute coupons in honor of this special time of year, but have you ever thought about making your own? Since most of us are experiencing the warmest weather of the year, it's a great time to get the entire family involved in making some homemade ice cream. With these affordable tips you'll end up with some pretty sweet ice cream - and memories - in the end.

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What to Shop for on 4th of July Weekend

Posted on 07/02/2014

In addition to eating hot dogs and lighting things on fire, shopping seems to be a very patriotic pastime for 4th of July weekend. Retailers are competing for your attention during the long holiday weekend by lowering prices on key items. In between cookouts and fireworks displays you may want to shop for these items on 4th of July weekend.

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Safer (And Cheaper!) Alternatives to Shooting Off Fireworks for the 4th

Posted on 06/27/2014

Fourth of July spending is exploding according to experts. In Visa's annual Independence Day spending survey Americans spent close to $300 on the holiday last year, setting aside part of that for fireworks. Those little sticks of colorful explosives may be fun, but they're expensive and potentially dangerous. Here are five safer (and cheaper!) alternatives to shooting off fireworks for the 4th.

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Cashing in on the Summer Sun: Affordable Solar Powered Products

Posted on 06/26/2014

Summer is here and while you may be paying a pretty penny to keep yourself cool from the blazing sun, you could also be capturing that free resource for energy. Installing solar panels on your home is expensive, but there are other solar-powered products on the market that may help you cash in on the summer sun without melting your budget.

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The Best Affordable Red, White and Blue Recipes for a Patriotic Party

Posted on 06/25/2014

Want to add some patriotic flare to your 4th of July food table? Red, white and blue aren't just reserved for Old Glory. You can infuse your menu with those three colors too and it won't cost you a whole lot of green.

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Five Ways to Boost Loyalty Card Savings at Your Favorite Stores

Posted on 06/24/2014

Americans have more than 170 million supermarket loyalty program memberships. According to a report from Time Magazine, every American household has about ten active loyalty programs. These programs give consumers exclusive discounts and retailers piles of data, but there are ways to boost your loyalty card savings even more at your favorite stores.

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Be on HGTV: How to Get Your Home Remodeled

Posted on 06/23/2014

Homeowners featured on HGTV score incredible kitchen renovations, backyard transformations and master bedroom makeovers, often at no cost to them. So if you don't mind having your scary "before" pictures broadcasted for the world to see, these six HGTV programs are holding casting calls and you could be their next star!

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How to Buy Coupon Inserts From Clipping Services

Posted on 06/20/2014

Do you find yourself only buying the Sunday newspaper so you can get your hands on the coupon inserts tucked inside? We're about to let you in on a little secret used by extreme couponers. They don't mess with the Sunday paper. They buy SmartSource, Red Plum and P&G inserts by the stack. Even if you're just someone who likes to cash in on really good deals now and then, buying coupon inserts from a clipping service could make sense.

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When a Cheap Price Does Not Mean Good Value

Posted on 06/19/2014

A low price tag is not a surefire indication of a great deal. But at the same time low price does not always equal low quality. How do you know if that product you're about to buy is a really great deal or just a piece of junk? As bargain hunters and couponers we're always looking to save money, but here are five times when a cheap price does not mean good value.

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Hitting the Junk Jackpot: The Most Valuable Vintage Toys

Posted on 06/18/2014

Before you brush off your mom's request to finally remove your childhood toys from her basement, listen up. All of those action figures that offered priceless enjoyment in your younger years could return for a big payday now. If you've got any of these valuable vintage toys, congratulations-- you hit the junk jackpot.

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Downtown Living: The Most Affordable Urban Areas

Posted on 06/17/2014

More Americans are choosing city living over strip malls and lengthy commutes. A new study found that 40% of American homeowners live in suburbs, but just 7% want to stay there. While urban yards may be smaller than they are in the suburbs, many homeowners are thankful for shorter commutes and greater access to public transportation and amenities. This higher demand for urban living is driving up the cost of properties within downtown districts. So where can you still find a deal close to downtown? Here are five urban areas to consider.

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How to Score Free Books by Offering Reviews

Posted on 06/16/2014

Book reviews make a difference. According to a study by The Nielson Company seven in ten online consumers trust recommendations from opinions posted online. Book publishers know that getting reviews are an important part of their marketing strategy. They want people to review their books so badly they're willing to give them away for free. Become an official book reviewer and score free reading material by offering up your opinions.

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Fun and Affordable Father's Day Activities

Posted on 06/13/2014

Before you rush out and buy dad another set of grilling tools or a silk tie, consider what he may want more than anything-- quality time with you. Don't worry. There are plenty of fun and affordable Father's Day activities that will spread the love without thinning out your budget.

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Free Printables to Keep Kids Learning During Summer Break

Posted on 06/12/2014

Looking for an easy way to make sure your kids' minds don't turn to mush over the summer? Fire up your printer and check out these free resources to help keep kids learning during summer break.

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Summer Blockbusters for Less: The Best Movie Rewards Programs

Posted on 06/11/2014

This summer Tom Cruise fights aliens, cancer patients fall in love and the planet of the apes returns. Yep, your local movie theater has a huge lineup of blockbusters ready to help you beat the heat. Want to see the season's biggest movies for less? Check out these movie theater rewards programs.

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Summer Rental: Tips for Finding a Great Vacation Home on a Budget

Posted on 06/10/2014

Summer vacation is all about enjoying some "r and r", but that's hard to do when you're stressing out about your budget. One way to keep spending in check this summer is by opting for a vacation rental. Renting a vacation home instead of sinking big bucks into a hotel stay can be a great way to save money.

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Men's Health Week: Free Online Workouts Geared Towards Guys

Posted on 06/09/2014

June is a big month for guys. Not only do we celebrate Father's Day, but for 20 years June has also marked Men's Health Week. Has your man forgotten what his toes look like? Direct him to these free online workouts geared towards guys.

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Hot Weather Home Prep: Keeping Utility Costs Down During Summer

Posted on 06/06/2014

It was a long winter for many of us, but that doesn't mean we should expect any sort of relief from the summer heat. In fact keeping our homes cool may cost more this year thanks to a tighter regulation on coal, according to Fox Business. Compensate for those higher rates with these simple steps for prepping your home for the summer heat.

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Ten for $10: Father's Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

Posted on 06/05/2014

Father's Day spending typically tops $13 billion according to the National Retail Federation. The average person forks over $169 on dear 'ole dad. Too rich for your blood? Us too. That's why we compiled this list of ten Father's Day gift ideas for $10 or less.

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How to Keep Kids From Blowing Your Budget This Summer

Posted on 06/04/2014

Get ready to pull those purse strings parents. According to the New York Times entertaining the average kid over the summer costs an average of $601. That money is used to fund camp fees, day trips and baby-sitting. Every parent wants to give their kid the best summer possible, but it's also important not to go broke before the kids go back to school.

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Registry Mistakes: 10 Wedding Gifts You'll Never Use

Posted on 06/03/2014

Whether you've dreamed of or dreaded the day when you'd be compiling your wedding registry, chances are you'll make some mistakes. Over on our sister site we recently shared ten wedding gifts you'll still use in 20 years. But what about the biggest blunders brides and grooms make? Here are ten weddings gifts you absolutely should not put on your wedding registry.

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Summer Freebies for Kids: Books, Food, Movies and More

Posted on 06/02/2014

Summer is stocked full of kid-friendly freebies. Make it your job to live it up on someone else's dime this summer. Don't let boredom set in because even if you're on a budget (and who isn't?) there are plenty of freebies to take advantage of.

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Free Printables for Planning Family Summer Fun

Posted on 05/28/2014

Summer has a way of slipping through our fingers like sand on a beach. Don't let the next three months pass without having some serious family fun. The best way to ensure summer 2014 is filled with sweet family memories? Start planning now using these free printables.

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Affordable Summer Slow Cooker Meals

Posted on 05/27/2014

The grill may be the star of the summer, but your slow cooker can be a close second. Keep your kitchen cool and your evenings free by using your slow cooker to make these easy, affordable meals during the summer months.

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Hurricane Insurance: Is It Worth the Money?

Posted on 05/26/2014

Even though the National Weather Service is anticipating a "below normal" hurricane season this year, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take time to prepare. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 25-31 and while stocking up on bottled water and batteries is a no-brainer, should you invest in hurricane insurance?

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Saving Money at Summer Music Festivals

Posted on 05/23/2014

Summer and music go so well together. Music festivals are often once in a lifetime experiences that offer unforgettable memories and unmatched entertainment. Summer music festivals are a great way to get away from the daily grind and unwind. And thankfully they don't have to be expensive either.

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Water Park Discounts: Frugal Memorial Weekend Fun

Posted on 05/21/2014

It's the unofficial start of summer and what better way to kick off the season of flip flops and swimsuits than with some serious water fun? Unfortunately water parks can be like movie theaters with overpriced snack food and ever-rising ticket prices. But with these discounts you can save some money and have some frugal Memorial Day weekend fun.

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Online Swimsuit Shopping: Tips to Save You Time and Money

Posted on 05/20/2014

Does the thought of trying on swimsuits in a poorly-lit fitting room put you in a panic? Online swimsuit shopping has some benefits, but it can also be tricky. Find the perfect suit virtually while saving time and money.

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Solving Common Pool Problems

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Posted on 05/20/2014

Pools are fun, as they offer a means of escape from the hot weather. However, they’re not always easy to keep clean. Dirty water and algae can plague a pool, making swimming not so fun. Fortunately, PoolSupplyWorld has the supplies you need to get your pool in fabulous working order so you can spend more time swimming in it, not cleaning it. Here are some common pool problems and what you can do to combat them.

Nobody wants to swim in green water. Keep green, black and mustard-colored algae out of your pool with PoolSupplyWorld PSW-CHY100 Black Algaecide ZAPPER 1 qt. It also works hard to prevent algae from recurring.

Clogged filter:
A clogged filter can cause your pool’s water to become dirtier than usual. Invest in the Filter Flosser 60-1000 Pool and Spa Filter Cartridge Cleaning Tool to keep your pool spic and span. This tool acts as a water pick to remove debris from your filter’s pleats.

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How to Save Money on Gluten Free Products

Posted on 05/19/2014

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. An estimated one in 133 Americans has the disease and the only treatment is to maintain a gluten-free diet. Up to 6% of the American population lives with a gluten sensitivity. With so many people interested in going gluten free, check out these tips for saving money on gluten-free products.

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Free and Cheap Job Search Apps to Help Grads

Posted on 05/16/2014

You've got the diploma, now it's time to land the job. Forget old fashioned job search tools. These free and cheap apps ensure that job opportunities are never out of reach.

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The Best Ways to Track Recalls

Posted on 05/15/2014

When McDonald's sells cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses or toddlers choke on Fisher Price "Little People" recalls are issued. But with thousands of recalls happening each year, how can consumers possibly stay informed about it all? Keep you and your family safe by staying on top of recalls with these tracking tools.

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Five Free No-Sweat Workouts for Your Lunch Hour

Posted on 05/14/2014

In our busy, jam-packed lives it's often the daily workout that gets pushed to the back of the line. After all, who has time to drive to the gym, work out and get cleaned up all over again? In honor of National Women's Health Week, an observance led by the US Department of Health and Human Services, here are five free no-sweat workouts that fit into your lunch hour.

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Five Apps that are Killing Coupons

Posted on 05/13/2014

In 2013 fewer than 1% of coupons issued were actually redeemed, according to NCH Marketing. While nine out of ten consumers say they use coupons these five apps are changing the way shoppers save money on groceries and household items. And it may just lead to the death of the coupon.

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How to Prep for the Perfect Memorial Day Pool Party

Posted on 05/13/2014

Don’t let your Memorial Day pool party be a bust. Make it a memorable event with some proper planning. Not sure where to start? PoolSupplyWorld has tips to make sure your guests have fun. Be sure to check these items off your list.

Pool toys & décor:
Liven up the party with some fun pool toys. The Swimline 90804 108in. Habitat Maze Play System with Ware Park Slide offers tons of fun for children and adventurous adults alike.
The Swimline 9087 Two Headed Curly Serpent Inflatable also offers kid-friendly fun. Lounge out in the middle of the pool with the Swimline 9088 60in. Cube Habitat with Inflatable Bottom. The Luminous Envy LE001 Tanning Bed Swimming Pool Lounger also offers an opportunity to relax in the pool. It comes with its own air pump for added convenience.

Guest list:
How many people are coming to your party? Get an estimate in advance so you’re well-stocked with food and beverages.

Make sure to a variety of drinks to meet your guests’ specific tastes. Some like diet sodas, while some may prefer lemonade or just plain water. If you decide to serve alcohol, use caution. Tipsy guests falling into the pool can cause a liability nightmare.

It wouldn’t be a true pool party without some barbecued goodies. If you’re looking for something simple, hamburgers and hot dogs are classic mainstays. For something a little more adventurous, try shish kabobs or spicy sausage links. Be sure to have a lot of appetizers on hand as well, such as chips and dip.

Don’t forget to clean up the grill. Get off all the gristly residue from your last BBQ session and make sure you have all your supplies on hand. Whether you need charcoal, lighter fluid, propane or new utensils, you’ll want to get these before the party starts.

Swim suit/apparel:
Make sure you have a fashionable new swim suit to show off at the party. Don’t forget to stock up on beach towels and sunscreen as well.

Don't forget, you still have a chance to get into their #MyPool giveaway! Upload a picture of your swimming pool to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a GAME Underwater Light Show! Be sure to include the hashtag #MyPool and make your post public (so they can find it and tally your entries).

You may enter as many times as you like - so get out your cameras, log in to your favorite social media network, and show the world your swimming pool!

Winners will be selected on May 16th, and notified on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If a winner fails to respond with mailing address within three (3) days, PoolSupplyWorld reserves the right to pick a different winner in their place.

Expert Tips on Motivating Kids with Money

Posted on 05/09/2014

Rewarding children with extra TV time, ice cream or cold hard cash can backfire, say experts. But at the same time kids need to learn key lessons about the value of hard work and managing money. The National Foundation of Credit Counseling found that 64% of Americans couldn't pay for a $1,000 emergency with cash. Another study found that one in four Americans have nothing in savings. Teaching your children about finances at a young age will serve them well for years to come so consider these expert tips for motivating kids with money.

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Affordable Ideas for Overhauling Your Blog

Posted on 05/08/2014

There are more than 181 million blogs around the world. According to Nielsen data that's up from 36 million in 2006. The majority of bloggers are women, well-educated and parents. If you're one of the millions vying for attention online why not try freshening up your piece of the world wide web? Overhaul your blog without spending a fortune using these tips and tricks.

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Easy and Thoughtful Handmade Mother's Day Gifts

Posted on 05/07/2014

Money can't buy love, and that's especially true when it comes to mothers. Instead of spending a wad of cash, get busy showing mom how much you love and appreciate her with a handmade gift. Here are six easy and thoughtful gift ideas.

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How to Get Your Pool Ready for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on 05/06/2014

Memorial Day is quickly approaching – where does the time go? Celebrate by having friends, neighbors and family over for an awesome pool party. But if you kept your pool under wraps all winter long, you might need a good cleaning before hosting a poolside bash. Fortunately, PoolSupplyWorld has cleaning supplies and chemicals to get your water sparkling clean.

Plus, they're offering a chance for you to win big! Upload a picture of your swimming pool to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a GAME Underwater Light Show! Be sure to include the hashtag #MyPool and make your post public (so they can find it and tally your entries).

You may enter as many times as you like - so get out your cameras, log in to your favorite social media network, and show the world your swimming pool!

Winners will be selected on May 16th, and notified on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If a winner fails to respond with mailing address within three (3) days, PoolSupplyWorld reserves the right to pick a different winner in their place.

Cleaning Supplies:
Geared toward above-ground pools, the Splash 010072 Premium Pool Maintenance Kit includes all the essentials for a clean pool. It includes a skimmer, brush, 6 lb. flex vac, thermometer and test strips. Keep pool water healthy with the TFTestkits TF-100 TFTestkit FAS-DPD Test Kit. This comprehensive kit allows you to test chemical levels of cholrine, pH, calcium and alkaline, among others. If you want to skip the test strips and go high-tech, check out the Solaxx SafeDip Digital Chemistry Tester. This digital tester takes the guesswork out of keeping your pool clean. It has easy to press buttons and a large display. Finally, get all the gunk out of your pool filter with the Filter Flosser 60-1000 Pool and Spa Filter Cartridge Cleaning Tool. It acts like a water pick to get dirt and mold out of the filter while preserving its life.

Your guests don’t want to swim in bacteria-filled water, so stock up on the chlorine. The PoolSupplyWorld 3 Inch Chlorine Tablets 50 lb Bucket (Tri-Chlor) should last you all summer long. The bucket includes 100 EPA-approved chlorine tablets. If Memorial Day weekend will be your first time using the pool for the season, get it ready with a powerful blend of chlorine. PoolSupplyWorld PSW-CSY399-1 Cal-Hypo Super Strength Pool Shock 1 lb Bag will quickly zap away bacteria and algae to make your pool safe for use. If you’re looking to go chlorine-free, check out PoolSupplyWorld PSW-CSY439-1 Chlorine-Free Shock 1 lb Bag.

Robotic Pool Cleaner:
Forget those flimsy skimmers. Clean out your pool the 21st century way with the Polaris 9450 Sport 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner. It works for pools up to 50 feet long and effectively cleans all surfaces. The Aquabot Turbo T2 In Ground Robotic Pool Cleaner is another good choice. It circulates the water as it cleans to promote energy efficiency. Suitable for pools up to 20 ft. x 44 ft. in size, the best-selling Dolphin Dynamic DX5 Robotic Automatic Pool Cleaner is easy to use and it’s quiet, too! It’s also available with a remote so you can steer it yourself – check out the Dolphin Dynamic DX5 Plus Robotic Automatic Pool Cleaner.

The Best Drugstore Products for Preventing Skin Cancer

Posted on 05/06/2014

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer during the course of their lifetime. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour. Hopefully those statistics are enough to get you to think about protecting yourself from this dangerous disease. May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and keeping yourself safe doesn't have to be expensive with these drugstore products.

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Throwing a Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Party on a Budget

Posted on 05/05/2014

Arriba Arriba! It's Cinco de Mayo! Feeling the urge to throw a spontaneous fiesta for your family and friends? No need to spend a fortune with these easy ways to put together a last minute Cinco de Mayo party on a budget.

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How to Save Money on Scrapbooking Supplies

Posted on 05/02/2014

Believe it or not scrapbooking is more popular than golf. According to the Craft and Hobby Association more than one-third of US households honor their memories through scrapbooking, rubber stamping or creating paper crafts. It's a multi-billion dollar industry and anyone who has participated knows it can get expensive. Since National Scrapbooking Day falls on May 3rd we're offering up some ideas for how to save money on scrapbooking supplies.

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Apps and Tools to Help You Share Expenses on a Group Vacation

Posted on 04/28/2014

Traveling with friends or family can be a great way to make memories and experience new places. But if anything has the ability to zap the fun out of your vacation it's money. Remove the confusion out of shared hotel bills and divvied car rentals with these apps and tools.

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How to Tour Celebrity Homes for Free

Posted on 04/25/2014

A-list celebrities may live in mansions that sit behind big iron gates with security cameras and 24-hour guards keeping crazed fans away, but that doesn't mean you can't tour their estates for free. Check out every room of these celeb homes with the help of real estate websites.

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Taking in the Kentucky Derby on a Budget

Posted on 04/24/2014

California Chrome, Wicked Strong and Hoppertunity are all Kentucky Derby contenders this year. Feel like watching them race in person rather than on TV? Horse racing may seem like a fancy sport, but there are ways to take in the Kentucky Derby on a budget.

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Cashback Vs. Coupon Codes: Which Saves You More?

Posted on 04/23/2014

Are you more likely to use a cashback reward website or a coupon code when you shop online? Both seem like a great way to save money, but when you do a little digging into the numbers one seems to offer more legitimate savings for consumers.

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Last Minute Traveler: Why it Pays to Procrastinate on Spring Break Getaway Plans

Posted on 04/22/2014

Itching to take a travel break? Even if you haven't planned ahead you may be in luck. Sometimes being a procrastinator can pay off when it comes to traveling. Here are some reasons why waiting until the last minute may be best for spring break getaways.

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Affordable and Cute Work Clothes for Administrative Professionals

Posted on 04/21/2014

There's an entire week devoted to hard working, talented, multi-tasking business leaders. It's called Administrative Professionals Week. And part of being an integral part of the office team means presenting yourself as a professional. Check out these affordable and cute work clothes to take your office look to the next level.

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Free Ways to Get Your Pet in Shape

Posted on 04/18/2014

Nearly three in four Americans are overweight so it shouldn't be that surprising that our pets are carrying some extra pounds as well. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention more than half of US dogs are overweight or obese and 57% of US cats are in the same boat. ( Need to get your pet in shape? Check out these free resources.

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The Best Apps for Tracking Travel Deals

Posted on 04/17/2014

Already dreaming of your summer vacation? Save time and money by using the best resources available for hunting down travel bargains. Put your Smartphone on the job of tracking travel deals with these helpful apps.

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National Stress Awareness Day: Free Ways to Relax

Posted on 04/16/2014

Tax Day is over, summer vacation is still months away and stress levels may be soaring. Stress can result in physical aches and pains, lost productivity and a bunch of other side effects. In honor of National Stress Awareness Day here are some free ways to relax.

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Tax Day Freebies and Deals 2014

Posted on 04/15/2014

Whether you're getting a refund from Uncle Sam or not Tax Day can be, well, taxing. But to ease the sting of a tax bill, plenty of businesses are taking the opportunity to give their customers a gift. Maybe this list of Tax Day freebies and deals will help make April 15 a little more enjoyable for everyone.

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Organize Your Files Week: Apps to Help You Reduce Paper Clutter

Posted on 04/14/2014

Don't get too excited but it's National Organize Your Files Week. Before you go out and buy a bunch of new office organizational supplies check out these free and low cost apps to help you reduce paper clutter.

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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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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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Free Printables to Help You Stick With Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted on 01/10/2014

We are officially one week into 2014. How are you progressing with your New Year's resolutions? Whether your goal involves shedding pounds, saving money or getting organized there are free printables that can help keep you on track.

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Affordable Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids

Posted on 01/09/2014

Subscription boxes are a great way to keep kids entertained and inspired. Each month fresh toys, books and more are automatically shipped to your doorstep. Check out these affordable subscription boxes for kids.

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The Best Free Weight Loss Apps for 2014

Posted on 01/09/2014

Accountability is key to helping those resolutions stick. And sometimes just having to answer to your Smartphone can be enough motivation to keep your weight loss goals in check. Here are five of the best free weight loss apps for your 2014 resolutions.

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Christmas Clearance: Where to Find the Biggest Markdowns

Posted on 01/07/2014

You've probably kicked your Christmas tree to the curb, pulled the stockings off the mantle and hidden away your Elf on the Shelf until next year. But if you're already eager for the return of Christmas 2014 you may want to prepare by hitting up some amazing holiday markdowns. Check out these stores for the biggest Christmas clearance savings. Next December you'll be so glad you did.

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Attention Target Shoppers: How to Protect Yourself From Another Hack

Posted on 01/06/2014

More than 40 million Target customers found out last month that their credit and debit cards might have been compromised when hackers orchestrated a massive data breach between November 27 and December 15. Names, credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates were all stolen. Loyal Target shoppers probably won't let this snafu stop them from shopping at the big box store, but there are ways you can protect yourself from another attack.

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No-Spend January: How to Take a Money Diet

Posted on 01/03/2014

Plenty of people make New Year's resolutions to eat less and lose weight. But if you'd like to focus more on the size of your bank account rather than the size of your waistband in 2014 you may want to consider going on a money diet. Give your financial goals a fighting chance by taking part in one of these no-spend challenges.

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Free and Low-Cost Resources to Be Your Best in 2014

Posted on 01/02/2014

The new year is the time to focus on creating a new you. Becoming your personal best doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor. These free and low-cost resources will help set you on your way to becoming your best in 2014.

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Five Tips for Tackling Holiday Debt

Posted on 12/31/2013

Did you wake up Christmas morning with a big pile of debt under the tree? A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that 57 percent of adults with children were prepared to take on debt in order to make their kids happy over the holidays. Those with an income less than $35,000 were willing to rack up an average of $700 in debt while those with an income of $75,000 or more said they were likely to accrue about $300 in debt for the same purpose. So if this sounds familiar, try following these tips for tackling holiday debt.

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Stuck With It: The Hardest Gifts to Return

Posted on 12/30/2013

According to reports , one in seven adults return a gift after Christmas. Merchandise totaling more than $46 billion will be going back to the stores. Some retailers have been tightening down on their return policies making it tougher to give anything back-- especially if you'd rather have cash. But if you want to return one of these items it may be especially difficult.

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Going for Gold: Affordable Ways to Add More Sparkle to Your New Year's Bash

Posted on 12/26/2013

New Year's Eve was made for glitter. If you can't wear something shiny on December 31, then when the heck can you? Go for the gold by adding more sparkle to your New Year's bash with these affordable accessories and outfits.

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Christmas 2013: What Stores, Restaurants and Businesses are Open?

Posted on 12/24/2013

If there's one day a year most business shut down it's December 25. But some stores and restaurants do open their doors. If you need somewhere to go for Christmas 2013 these retailers' open signs will be lit up.

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Gifts for Good: Six Last Minute Presents that Help Others

Posted on 12/23/2013

Procrastinating doesn't make you a bad person. And just in case you want to do something extra to prove it why not give a gift that does good? These ten last minute presents help others while spreading cheer.

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Company's Coming: Quick Fixes to Get Ready for Holiday Guests

Posted on 12/19/2013

Some say that houseguests are like fish. They both begin to smell after three days. Entertaining around the holidays can be stressful, but these quick fixes will give guests a warm welcome and start the visit off on the right foot.

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Where to Find Free Holiday Music

Posted on 12/18/2013

Few things can get you in the holiday spirit more than eating a bag of red and green M&Ms and sipping egg nog. But if you're looking for something that's easier on your waistline and completely free, why not just listen to Christmas music? Here are some places to find free holiday music.

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Free Shipping Day 2013: What You Need to Know to Save

Posted on 12/17/2013

If Black Friday is for the planners, Free Shipping Day is for the procrastinators. And apparently there are lots of them. In 2011, Free Shipping Day enjoyed more than $1 billion in online sales becoming the highest earning Friday in online retail history, according to This year the holiday falls on December 18 and if you still have some gifts to buy here's what you need to know to save big money.

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Unforgettable Christmas: Five Impressive Experience Gifts

Posted on 12/16/2013

Socks get holes. Gadgets become outdated. And gift cards are forgotten. How about making this Christmas unforgettable with one of these five impressive experience gifts?

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The Top Ten Christmas Movies at the Best Prices

Posted on 12/16/2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year for lots of reasons, including the awesome Christmas movies playing on cable channels at all hours of the day. But if you missed A Charlie Brown Christmas when it aired on CBS or you'd like to watch Elf a few dozen more times you may want to add these top ten Christmas movies to your own collection. And at these prices, why not?

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The Art of the Glitch: How to Cash In When Retailers Mess Up

Posted on 12/13/2013

Treadmills for $33 and $300 speakers for just $30? No, this isn't a clearance rack deal or a Craigslist score. These are actual prices reported last month when a technical error caused to offer absurd discounts on hundreds of items. The glitch caused a buying frenzy and some customers were actually able to pick up their purchases in store before Walmart canceled the orders and issued a free $10 gift card as an apology. Glitches like this happen fairly often and it's possible to cash in when retailers mess up.

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Counteracting Christmas Calories: Quick, Free Home Workouts

Posted on 12/12/2013

Holidays hams, sugar cookies and those big glasses of egg nog you've been gulping down could lead to some weight gain. While you may not have a little round belly that shakes when you laugh like a bowl full of jelly you probably don't want to add on those two pounds the average American gains in December. Counteract Christmas calories with one of these quick, free home workouts.

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Smartphone Savings: The Best Free Apps for In-App Shopping

Posted on 12/11/2013

Don't feel like going to the mall? Who could blame you. Trolling for parking spaces, battling crowds and waiting in slow checkout lines isn't exactly the definition of bliss. With these five free apps you can skip the store and shop with ease on your Smartphone.

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Five Apps to Help Make You a Smarter Shopper

Posted on 12/10/2013

For avid shoppers, December is the Super Bowl. It's game time and whoever pays the least wins. Get the best prices on every gift you buy this holiday season with the help of these five apps and your trusty Smartphone.

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Trimming the Tree: Deals on Ornaments and Decorations

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Posted on 12/06/2013

Would you spend $2,500 on your Christmas tree? A gardening business in Ohio is hoping someone will. Fox 8 Cleveland reports that the 18-foot tall tree hand-picked from the North Carolina woods carries a very hefty price tag, especially in contrast to the $41.50 the average American spends on a live Christmas tree. ( The Christmas tree business brings in about $3.4 billion a year and if you've got one up in your home this holiday season here are some deals on ornaments and decorations.

Shatterproof Christmas Balls
If you're looking to add a lot of color without spending much money and you've got little ones in your home shatterproof ornaments are the way to go. A pack of 60 turquoise blue Christmas ball ornaments come in four finishes and sell for just $19.99 at

Beaded Dove Ornament Set
Add some culture to your tree with this set of Beaded Dove Ornaments, $15 for three. Made in India, they are constructed of hand-embellished fabric with decorative stitching and beadwork. Your purchase supports UNICEF's efforts to reduce child labor throughout the world.

Personalized Lenox Ornament
Personalize a beautiful white porcelain ornament from American company Lenox. Normally $66 this ornament depicting two snowmen is now just $10.95, more than 80 percent off the regular price. Plus shipping is free on all orders.

Buy Three Get One Free
Choose from more than 2,000 ornaments at Right now when you buy three regularly priced ornaments you'll get one free, no coupon code required. Many ornaments cost just $1.99.

Printable Photo Wreath
If "free" sounds like an even better way to decorate your Christmas tree head to They're offering a free printable to create a photo wreath featuring your child's precious face. You'll need some ribbon, a glue stick and scissors to get the job done, but in the end you'll have a one of a kind ornament to treasure for many Christmases to come.

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Festive Frugal Fashion: Budget-Friendly Holiday Party Looks

Posted on 12/05/2013

Holiday parties are one of the best things about this time of year. The food is yummy, the conversations are entertaining and it's a great excuse to buy a new outfit. But just because you're spending all of your money these days on gifts doesn't mean you need to recycle last year's holiday party outfit. Check out these affordable frocks.

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Don't Buy Stamps: The Best Digital Christmas Cards

Posted on 12/04/2013

Stamps now cost $.46 each. That means mailing your Christmas cards this year will cost you more than pocket change. Avoid the expense (and the time it takes to address those envelopes) and send digital cards this year.

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Five Affordable Props to Make Your Holiday Family Photos Amazing

Posted on 12/03/2013

Make your holiday family photos stand out from the rest with some fun and festive props. There's no need to search tirelessly for matching Santa sweaters for the entire family. Instead try one of these five affordable props to add creativity to your 2013 family Christmas card photo.

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Grown-up Fun: How to Find Cheap Child Care During the Holidays

Posted on 11/27/2013

There are presents to buy, cookies to bake and parties to attend. Wondering how in the heck you're supposed to get all of that done while simultaneously caring for your children this holiday season? And childcare is not cheap. A new report from ChildCare Aware says that in the last year the cost of child care increased up to eight times the rate of increases in family income. There are still ways to have some grown-up fun while not forking over tons of cash for a babysitter. Check out these sources for affordable childcare during the holidays.

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Organized Christmas: Five Free Gift Giving Apps

Posted on 11/26/2013

With fewer days than normal between Thanksgiving and Christmas being organized will be especially helpful this holiday season. These five free apps will help you get your list in order, check it twice and even buy gifts instantly.

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Pulling an All-Nighter: A Sample Black Friday Shopping Schedule

Posted on 11/25/2013

As you've probably heard by now Black Friday seems to be starting early this year with many stores opening up on Thanksgiving Day. But let's say that you've decided to continue your tradition of avoiding stores on Thanksgiving and spend the day instead eating, socializing and making memories with loved ones. Here's a fool-proof plan to score plenty of deals on Black Friday, but we warn you-- it still requires shoppers to trade some sleep for savings.

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Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table on a Budget

Posted on 11/21/2013

Almost as important as the food you serve on Thanksgiving is the table at which it's eaten. Just like those who gathered for the first Thanksgiving feast, the table is the common ground that brings families and friends together for a meal that celebrates gratitude. Now let us stuff you full of some ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving table on a budget.

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Mail Order Thanksgiving: Deals on Pre-Made Food

Posted on 11/18/2013

Americans will spend over $2.3 billion on Thanksgiving dinner. That includes 46 million turkeys, 40 million green bean casseroles and 50 million pumpkin pies according to If you'd rather tune into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade than spend time prepping all that food take a look at these deals on pre-made Thanksgiving food.

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Five Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday

Posted on 11/15/2013

Every year, almost 135 million shoppers brave the cold and chaos of Black Friday to snatch up the best deals. While it can be a fun tradition, Black Friday has its downfalls. If you're looking for a reason to sit this year out here are five of them.

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Are You Ready for Some Football? Taking in a Pro Game on a Budget

Posted on 11/14/2013

Are you read for some football? The season is in full swing and if you're sick of being an armchair quarterback check out these tips for getting in on the action while sticking to your budget.

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Five Ways to Trim the Cost of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on 11/12/2013

Last year the American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the cost of a good old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner for ten to ring up at $49.48. This year that turkey dinner is likely to break the $50 mark so if you're looking for ways to trim your holiday food budget while still stuffing yourself consider these five tips.

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Apps to Help You Earn Extra Cash for Christmas

Posted on 11/11/2013

Wondering how you're going to pay for all of those Christmas presents this year? The answer could be within reach-- literally. Your Smartphone holds the key to extra cash for Christmas. Just check out one of these easy to use apps.

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How to Avoid Being "Hijacked" by Scammers

Posted on 11/08/2013

Plenty of people are hit by scammers, but it can also happen to businesses. According to the Better Business Bureau some crooks are hijacking a business's name as a way to convince customers to make purchases. Want to know how to avoid being a victim of this growing trend? Follow these five tips.

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Five Essential Black Friday Smartphone Apps

Posted on 11/08/2013

Besides your credit card and shopping list there are a few other things you should put in your Black Friday arsenal. These five Smartphone apps will ensure you're getting the best deal on the best product possible.

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Movember: How Having a Beard Can Save (And Make) You Money

Posted on 11/06/2013

Have you noticed a lot more fuzzy faces walking around? It could be because of a craze caused by those Duck Dynasty guys. Or it could be because it's Movember, the month when men grow out their mustaches to raise money to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Globally, 3 million participants have raised more than $446 million since the movement started ten years ago. While the charity aspect of growing facial hair is great, having a beard can actually save-- and make-- you money.

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Online Only Banks: The Perks of Going Virtual

Posted on 11/06/2013

When was the last time you walked into the branch of a bank? Or even talked to a teller at the drive-thru? People are becoming more and more comfortable with virtual banking. Research firm Novantas reports that online-only banks saw deposits increase to $364 billion in 2012, up 32 percent from 2010. That's an increase of more than 400 percent from 2004. Wondering if you should go virtual with your money? Here are some perks of online-only banking.

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Keeping Up with the Joneses: How to Be Richer Than Your Friends

Posted on 11/04/2013

A new survey finds that whether or not you're doing well financially depends on your friends. According to the American Institute of CPAs and the Ad Council three-fourths of young adults use their friends' financial habits to determine their own. But what if you want to be richer than your friends? Besides getting new pals, here are some tips to help you zoom to the front of the pack.

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Easy Giving: Filling a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

Posted on 10/29/2013

As the Christmas season approaches opportunities to give seem to pop up everywhere. Sometimes the pull at your pocketbook (and your heartstrings) can be overwhelming. But for an easy, and low cost way to impact the life of a child in need check out Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993 more than 100 million shoe boxes full of gifts have been distributed to needy children around the world. Follow these simple steps to be a part of this worthwhile effort.

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Places that Offer Free College Education

Posted on 10/28/2013

No matter how old your kids are, you've probably thought about the high cost of college. Despite the fact that the average college senior graduated with $26,600 of debt in 2011, a free education is possible. Check out these schools and states where earning a degree doesn't have to cost a thing.

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Kids and Candy: Picking the Best Neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating

Posted on 10/25/2013

Looking for the best neighborhood for candy collection this October 31? Not all neighborhoods are created equal. Consider these five factors for finding the most generous, festive and safe trick or treating destinations this Halloween.

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Cell Phone Insurance: Scam or Smart?

Posted on 10/24/2013

Bad things can happen to good phones. They fall in toilets. Toddlers smash them against tile floors. They're left behind in taxi cabs. Experts say as many as 80 million phones are lost, stolen or damaged each year. And when you need a new one that phone you got such a great deal on suddenly becomes extremely expensive to fix or replace. But is paying for phone insurance a good idea? Or is it just a waste of your hard earned money?

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Scoring Free Candy: Trick or Treating Alternatives

Posted on 10/24/2013

The mission for Halloween night usually involves collecting as much free candy as possible. But this doesn't have to be done by going door-to-door, begging your neighbors for the sweet stuff. You can still score free candy with these trick or treating alternatives.

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Manicures and Massages: Small Luxuries Making You Go Broke

Posted on 10/23/2013

New data from Accenture finds that shoppers are opening their pocketbooks for luxury goods and small splurges. Of those polled more than half say they'll make a small luxury purchase in the next six months. But these small luxuries could be what's making you go broke.

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Craigslist Freebies: What You Can Get Completely Free in Your Community

Posted on 10/21/2013

Craigslist users post more than 100 million classified ads each month according to While the site is a great place to find cheap furniture or even a job there are also lots of freebies on Craigslist. Tucked under the "for sale" heading, in between "computer" and "furniture" you'll see the word "free." Here's a list of what you can likely get completely free in your community.

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Hollywood Halloween: The Best TV and Movie Characters for Halloween Costumes

Posted on 10/18/2013

The National Retail Federation reports that we Americans will be spending a whopping $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes this year. Children's costumes get $1 billion of the cut, $1.2 billion is spent on adults and another $330 million is spent outfitting our pets. Still wondering what to dress up as this year? Be a celebrity for a night by going as one of these hot TV and movie characters.

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Scary Cheap: Halloween Costumes Under $5

Posted on 10/17/2013

For those who want to celebrate Halloween but are spooked by the idea of spending much money on a costume, never fear. We've got five Halloween costume ideas that will cost you less than a bag of candy corn.

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Trading Fame: Former Celebs Working Normal Jobs

Posted on 10/16/2013

Most of us look at celebrities and think they must have it all: fame, fortune and an endless supply of free beauty supplies. But being a celebrity is tough. Fame can be fickle so sometimes household names turn to other industries for an income just like these five former celebs working normal jobs.

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Free and Low Cost Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone

Posted on 10/15/2013

Anyone who has lost videos of their baby's first laugh or photos from their Disney vacation knows it can be a heart wrenching experience. Smartphones hold our lives, but backing up those precious photos, videos and information can be expensive. Check out these free and low cost ways to back up your Smartphone and never feel the heartache of lost data again.

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Never Too Old: Affordable Ways to Learn a New Skill

Posted on 10/14/2013

College debt is becoming the norm. In 2011 two-thirds of college seniors left school with an average of $26,600 in debt. Think you need college to gain a marketable skill? Think again. Whether your goal is to get a new job or just expand your horizons these are great, affordable ways to learn a new skill.

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Stocking Up on Sweets: The Best Halloween Candy Deals

Posted on 10/11/2013

Americans are expected to spend $6.9 billion this year on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations. Roughly $2.8 billion will be spent on candy alone according to the National Retail Federation. Save money on those sweets with these Halloween candy deals.

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Fall Break: Affordable Ways to Unwind

Posted on 10/10/2013

For a few days each fall schools offer students a chance to forget about homework and tests. Fall break is also a great time for adults to unwind before the hustle of the holidays. Since national parks are closed due to the government shut down you may want to consider these affordable fall break excursions.

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Free Online Computer Classes

Posted on 10/10/2013

Computers have drastically changed the way we communicate and educate. (Remember when entire schools shared one giant computer that was wheeled into each classroom on a cart? I do!) This October is the 14th annual Computer Learning Month during which The Computer Learning Foundation promotes the ways technology impacts lives. Check out these free online computer classes to help expand your mind without shrinking your pile of cash.

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Affordable Care Act Confusion: How to Avoid Being Scammed

Posted on 10/09/2013

Obamacare isn't just creating conflict in Congress. It's stirring up new scams according to the Better Business Bureau. According to a report from NBC News, a survey from The Kaiser Family Foundation found just over half of Americans are worried about the Affordable Care Act. Twenty-nine percent polled say they were angry about it. All of that confusion and emotion is creating a great opportunity for scammers. Check out these tips to avoid becoming a victim.

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Cheap Halloween Costume Puns

Posted on 10/07/2013

Witches, ghosts and mummies are pretty standard when it comes to Halloween costumes. But if you're looking for an easy, affordable costume with a hint of cleverness, check out these costume puns.

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Budgeting for a Pet: How Much Does a Dog Cost?

Posted on 10/04/2013

Eight million dogs and cats enter shelters each year and according to statistics, more than half won't make it out alive. If you've ever thought about adopting a dog from an animal shelter or humane society now may be the time. Throughout the month of October shelters across the country will be offering discounts on adoption fees in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. But before you take the plunge and bring Fido home make sure you know how much that pet will cost.

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Financial Planning Days: What to Ask a Certified Financial Planner

Posted on 10/03/2013

Retirement planning, paying for college and getting out of debt are a few of the financial tasks that a Certified Financial Planner can help you accomplish. During Financial Planning Days, which run from now until November 2 hundreds of financial planners will offer free financial counseling in 20 cities around the country. Wondering what to talk about during your free one-on-one consultation? Here are six questions to ask a Certified Financial Planner.

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How to Get Better Customer Service Without Paying More

Posted on 10/02/2013

Poor customer service seems to be running rampant these days, which is strange considering the value of making a customer happy. According to CEO Colin Shaw, 70 percent of buying experiences are based on how the customer feels they are being treated. Defaqto Research reports that more than half of customers would pay extra if it would guarantee better service. In honor of Customer Service Week, a nationally recognized event happening from October 7-11, here are ways to get better customer service without paying more.

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How to Start Collecting Cash for Christmas

Posted on 09/30/2013

Retailers are hoping this Christmas season will be merry and bright since holiday traffic accounts for 20 percent of their sales. ShopperTrak anticipates a 2.4 percent increase in retail sales during November and December. If you're already wondering how you're going to pay for all those presents consider these five ways to start collecting cash for Christmas.

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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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Back-to-School Round-Up: Best Deals on Supplies

Posted on 08/12/2013

Hard to believe but summer is winding down. Stores are replacing swimsuits and pool toys with displays stocked with binders and notebooks. Make back to school shopping as simple and affordable as possible by pinpointing the best deals on supplies.

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How to Get Money for Your Good Ideas

Posted on 08/09/2013

Great ideas are invaluable, however getting them off the ground usually requires one thing: money. But how do you find backers willing to support your brilliance? It's never been easier with funding platforms like these that are connecting investors with cash to people with great ideas.

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Free Tools for Keeping Track of Your Child's Health

Posted on 08/08/2013

Tracking your children's important health information is critical, but also challenging. These free tools will help you keep data like vaccines, medicines and more in one organized place.

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Gas Saving Tips for Your Labor Day Weekend Road Trip

Posted on 08/07/2013

Planning to take the great American road trip this Labor Day weekend? Expedia reports that nearly half of adults have taken or are planning to take a summer road trip longer than 200 miles this year. According to AAA, July was a volatile month for drivers, going from a summer low of $3.47 a gallon on July 7 to the summer high of $3.67 per gallon on July 19. While no one can predict what will happen at the pump these tips will help you save money during your Labor Day road trip.

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Free Tools to Help You Improve Your Golf Game

Posted on 08/06/2013

There are nearly 30 million golfers in the US, according to the National Golf Foundation. Golfers and golf enthusiasts spent $76 billion on the game in 2008 says Golf 20/20. While golf may be an expensive sport fortunately there are free tools available to help you improve your golf game. And since August is National Golf Month now is the time to take advantage of these helpful freebies.

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How to Save Money on Immunizations

Posted on 08/06/2013

Many children are required to get vaccines before they enter childcare or school. According to reports, for every $1 spent on immunization, $16.50 is saved in medical costs. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and since some vaccines can cost $50 or even $100 per shot check out these ways to save money on immunizations.

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Back-to-School Items You Can Buy Used

Posted on 08/05/2013

Parents won't be pulling quite as much out of their pocketbooks to pay for back-to-school essentials this year, according to the National Retail Federation. The NRF says the average family with school-aged children will spend $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. That's about $50 less than last year. Total back-to-school spending for 2013 is expected to reach $26.7 billion. But for those parents who don't want to be average, consider buying some of your back-to-school must-haves from secondhand sources.

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World Breastfeeding Week: How to Make Money Selling Breast Milk

Posted on 08/05/2013

Breastfeeding has plenty of perks. Not only does it provide newborns with nutrients, it also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life for women according to the World Health Organization. Children who are breastfed are less likely to be overweight or to have type-2 diabetes and they also tend to perform better in intelligence tests. It's no wonder that breast milk is a hot commodity. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from August 1-7, 2013, here are some tips for selling breast milk for cash.

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Surprising Places to Score Free Food

Posted on 07/31/2013

The average American spends $2,620 on eating outside the home, according to 2011 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Scale back those expenses by getting creative with your dining out experiences. Check out these surprising places to score free food.

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Summer Produce: A Beginner's Guide to Canning Your Own Food

Posted on 07/30/2013

Can canning food save you money? Fans of preserving produce say yes. It's a great way to stretch summer produce into healthy meals for months to come. Add nutritious food with no artificial ingredients to your diet with the help of this beginner's guide to canning your own food.

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Five Free Ways to Eliminate Junk Mail

Posted on 07/29/2013

According to CBS News, advertising mail accounts for 59 percent of all mail showing up in Americans' mailboxes. Only half is ever read, says the US Postal Service. The rest is trashed or recycled. Stop wasting your time dealing with this clutter by using these five free ways to eliminate junk mail.

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Finding Out How Much Your Social Media Profiles are Worth

Posted on 07/26/2013

While you may simply see Facebook as a great place to share viral cat videos and post political rants, a new study says your "likes" are actually worth big bucks to brands and businesses. Companies are using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to reach new customers and improve their bottom line. And every time you share, retweet or comment you're potentially giving them free advertising. While it may not mean more money in your pocket, it's still interesting to know how much your social media influence is really worth.

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Navigating the Buffet: How to Get the Most for Your Money

Posted on 07/24/2013

The average buffet in America earns a million bucks a year according to The number of these eateries is growing. In 2002 there were just under 6,000 and by 2007 that number swelled to 7,351. Buffets can be a cash cow and that's because most customers fail to get their money's worth. Navigate the buffet line with know-how by following these tips for getting the most for your money.

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Summer Runner: Free Training Tools for a 5K

Posted on 07/22/2013

Tired of the lazy days of summer? Get active and fit by training and running a 5k! These free fitness tools will help you achieve your health goal in no time.

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Saving Money on Back to School Shopping with Tax Free Holidays

Posted on 07/22/2013

No need to clip coupons-- tax-free weekends are an automatic savings for savvy back-to-school shoppers. At least 15 states will enjoy tax-free holidays in August which is a key time to save money on must-haves like school supplies, tennis shoes and clothes.

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Disney Alternatives: Smaller, Cheaper Theme Parks

Posted on 07/19/2013

There's no doubt: Disney dominates the theme park market. According to a study from Themed Entertainment, more than half of the 127 million theme park visits were to a Disney-owned property. A one-day ticket to Disney's Magic Kingdom is $95 for anyone over the age of ten. Throw in a park-hopper pass and you'll pay an extra $34 per person. That means a family of four could easily spend about $500 just to get into Disney for a day, not counting the cost of snow cones, hot dogs and souvenir mouse ears. Still want the fun of a theme park without having to apply for a second mortgage? Check out one of these smaller, cheaper Disney alternatives.

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Free Ways to Escape the Heat with Kids

Posted on 07/17/2013

Is it hot enough for ya? Heat records will likely be smashed every day this week in the sizzling northeast. Red is dominating the national weather map as summer temperatures soar. Beat the heat with the kids by escaping to one of these cool, free locations.

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Saving Money on Your Summer Family Reunion

Posted on 07/16/2013

Second cousins, great aunts and newborn nephews assemble for some old fashioned fun known as the family reunion. Summer is the most popular time of year for family reunions, according to The get-togethers have an average guest list of 50 to 149 people. Organizing a congregation of that size can be expensive, but these freebies and frugal tips will help get the gathering on a budget.

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How to Make Extra Cash Off Summer Travelers

Posted on 07/15/2013

Are you stuck at home while everyone else is sipping fruity drinks on the beach or hobnobbing with Disney characters? Don't feel bad-- instead use this time to your advantage by making extra cash off summer travelers. Here are five ways their vacation can cushion your bank account.

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Cheap Ways to Keep Your Home Safe During Summer Vacation

Posted on 07/15/2013

According to government statistics a home burglary happens every 15 seconds, and often when homeowners are gone. Burglaries can cost you a lot in damaged property, lost valuables and lost sense of security. Check out these cheap ways to keep your home safe during summer vacation.

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Mid-Summer Sale: The Best Bargains Right Now

Posted on 07/11/2013

It's a great time to retreat to the cool oasis known as your local shopping mall. Not only does it offer relief from the summer heat, but it also provides special mid-summer sales that you won't find any other time of year. Make a beeline for these bargains right now because when it comes to snagging a deal, timing is everything.

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Free Ways to Avoid Loneliness

Posted on 07/10/2013

Feeling lonely is no fun. Thankfully there's a holiday designated to rid the world of loneliness. July 11 is Cheer Up the Lonely Day and it's an opportunity to make someone happy. Avoiding loneliness doesn't have to cost you anything and using one of these free resources may help you experience the priceless feeling of joy.

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Goodreads: Scoring Free Books for Summer Reading

Posted on 07/09/2013

There are few things more relaxing than spending a summer afternoon with a good book on a swaying hammock or a warm beach. But what can make the experience even better is getting that page-turner for free. Goodreads, a free website for book lovers, offers several ways to score free books for summer reading.

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How to Save on Produce with Community Supported Agriculture

Posted on 07/08/2013

Want to fill your fridge with organic produce, but think it's too pricey for your food budget? Community Supported Agriculture, a subscription service for fruits and vegetables, is a great way to access a wide variety of locally grown fresh fruits and veggies at a set price. There are nearly two million farms in the US and roughly four in five are family owned. Many of those farms are getting their crops into the hands of consumers through Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.

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Keeping Cool this Summer with DIY Frozen Treats

Posted on 07/03/2013

About nine percent of all the milk produced by US dairy farmers is used to make ice cream, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. Since July is typically the hottest month of the year it's a great time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Keep cool with these ideas for low-cost DIY frozen treats.

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Affordable Ways to Improve Your Memory

Posted on 07/02/2013

Where does the time go? Apparently some of it is wasted on searching for lost stuff. According to a report by the Daily Mail we squander ten minutes every day looking for lost stuff. And before I forget, here are some affordable ways to improve your memory just in time for I Forgot Day, celebrated annually on July 2.

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July 4th: How to Avoid Unexpected Holiday Expenses

Posted on 07/01/2013

Car crashes, firework burns, boating accidents-- the July 4th holiday is a magnet for mishaps. Avoid these expensive unexpected holiday catastrophes by taking some easy precautions so you have the freedom to celebrate Independence Day.

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Flipping for Profit: What to Buy at Yard Sales

Posted on 07/01/2013

Summer is the season for yard sales. People all over the country haul their clutter out to the curb and sell it for pennies on the dollar. It's a great way to score bargains, but have you ever thought of flipping items for profit? Here are the best items to keep your eye out for at area yard sales.

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Fast Food Coffee: Low Cost Starbucks Alternatives

Posted on 06/28/2013

That caffeine fix is about to cost you a little bit more. Starbucks announced price increases to many of its coffee, tea, latte and espresso drinks according to CNN. It boils down to paying about 10 cents more for a tall brewed coffee. Find that jump in price tough to swallow? Consider these low cost Starbucks alternatives.

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Summer Photo Deals: Capturing Vacation Memories

Posted on 06/27/2013

Summer is such a great time for creating lasting memories with friends and family. But how often do you leave those great photos hiding on your phone or digital camera? Capture vacation memories without overspending by taking advantage of these summer photo deals.

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July 4th Fun: How to Turn Your Backyard into a Water Park

Posted on 06/26/2013

By the time you pay for admission, locker rental and a five dollar snow cone, a family trip to the water park is enough to wash out your stash of spending money. Instead, invest in a few DIY projects and you can turn your backyard into a water park in time for the July 4th holiday.

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Finding the Most Affordable Airline Tickets for 2013 Summer Travel

Posted on 06/24/2013

Hoping to take to the skies this summer? Airline travel is almost always pricey, no matter where your destination. But these tips will help you find the most affordable airlines tickets for your 2013 summer travel.

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Keeping Your Cool: Eight Appliances Heating Up Your Home This Summer

Posted on 06/24/2013

Did you know that more than one-fifth of America's total energy consumption comes from residential use? From a popcorn machine to a water heater, using those appliances adds extra heat to your home and increases energy costs. These eight appliances are especially good at heating up your home during the summer months.

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The Best Summer Beauty Products Under $10

Posted on 06/20/2013

As wonderful as summer is, the sun, sand and water can do some damage on your body. Protect yourself with this affordable collection of summer beauty products, all under $10.

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Dr. Oz's Top Money-Saving Health Tips

Posted on 06/19/2013

He's one of America's most famous doctors. Dr. Oz helps millions of people get healthy by handing out advice on a daily basis through his TV show. But even Dr. Oz knows you don't have to spend big bucks to enjoy a healthy life. Here are some of his top money-saving health tips.

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Dog Days of Summer: Affordable Ways to Board Your Pooch During Vacation

Posted on 06/18/2013

Planning to hit the beach, enjoy the amusement park or just skip town for a while this summer? Don't forget to factor boarding expenses for your pooch into your vacation budget. Pet care costs can vary significantly depending on where you live, but there are always ways to save money on boarding your four-legged family members.

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How to Make Money on YouTube

Posted on 06/17/2013

You may think of YouTube as a great way to share your family videos with the world or to laugh away an hour looking at funny cat videos. But have you ever thought of YouTube as an opportunity to earn extra spending money? YouTube recently launched a new revenue sharing program, making it possible for your viral video to equal quick cash. According to reports last year video advertising generated $3.4 billion and is on tap to reach over $5 billion in 2013. Check out these ways to get a piece of the action with YouTube.

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Free Apps to Make Your Summer Road Trip Rock

Posted on 06/14/2013

Along with filling your suitcase with the appropriate vacation gear, you may also want to take time to fill up your Smartphone with apps that will help make your summer road trip rock. Your Smartphone can steer you through speed traps, guide you to healthy food options and keep everyone entertained during your upcoming adventure.

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Easy Father's Day Meals to Impress Dad on a Dime

Posted on 06/13/2013

Make dad a manly meal this Father's Day. That means meat with a side of meat and for dessert, more meat! But of course all that meat can get expensive which is why we compiled these easy Father's Day dishes to impress dad on a dime.

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Sewing Machine Day: Simple DIY Summer Projects to Save Money

Posted on 06/12/2013

The sewing machine isn't a modern invention. In fact the first one was patented in 1790. So it's no wonder that this household appliance has its own day. Sewing Machine Day falls on June 13 and in honor of the holiday here is a list of simple DIY summer projects that will save you money.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad: Luxury Knock-Off Gifts for Father's Day

Posted on 06/11/2013

Father's Day is around the corner and if you forgot to budget for dad's gift don't worry. These Father's Day gifts have all the feel of luxury without the designer price tag. But dad may begin to wonder where your sudden influx of cash came from.

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A Summer 2013 Guide to Free Fun

Posted on 06/10/2013

School's out for summer! But for parents that means trying to fill the next three months with educational and fun activities that won't put a crimp in the budget. Thankfully there are lots of options that will keep kids entertained and informed.

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Freebies for National Doughnut Day

Posted on 06/06/2013

As if you needed another reason to love Friday, June 7 is National Doughnut Day. If you want to celebrate by eating doughnuts all day long you can pretty much do that for free thanks to these companies who are inviting customers in for treats on the house. Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, these deals are pretty sweet.

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Summer of Learning: Cheap Online Classes for Adults

Posted on 06/05/2013

If you feel like working on more than your tan this summer, check out these cheap, and in some cases free, online classes for adults. You can spend the next three months working out your brain, learning a new skill or taking an interest to the next level. And you'll actually have a cool response when someone asks you how you spent your summer.

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National Safety Month: Free and Cheap Apps to Make Your Life Safer

Posted on 06/04/2013

June is National Safety Month, an annual observance dedicated to educating people about preventable injuries and deaths. Your odds of being struck by lightning are one in 126,158 according to the National Safety Council, while one in 108 will die in an auto accident. We can't promise that your Smartphone will keep you completely out of danger, however these apps may help keep you a little safer.

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Free Books: 2013 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Posted on 06/03/2013

School may be out for three months but learning can still be in session thanks to a wide variety of free reading programs. According to research, summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being the most impacted. Stop summer brain drain and get your youngsters excited about books with these free 2013 summer reading programs for kids.

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Five Products that Rarely Go On Sale (And How to Save Money Buying Them)

Posted on 05/30/2013

People often say there are never coupons for the products they actually want to buy. But coupons aren't the only way to save money. Even though these five products rarely go on sale, you still don't have to pay top dollar.

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Summer Produce: Money-Saving Secrets of Your Local Farmers Market

Posted on 05/28/2013

Business is booming for farmers markets. As of August 2012 there were 7,864 farmers markets listed in the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 9.6 percent increase from 2011. Not only can you get incredibly fresh and healthy food at your local farmers market, you can do it on a budget with these money-saving secrets for stocking up on summer produce.

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Saving Money on Travel During Hurricane Season

Posted on 05/27/2013

It's time once again to start thinking about hurricanes. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and June 1 marks the official start to another hurricane season. For many people this means keeping an eye on the Weather Channel, but for bargain hunters, this can signal the start of travel discounts.

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Wedding Guest: How to Budget for the Big Day

Posted on 05/23/2013

We all dread it when bills show up in the mailbox, and we may start hoping that wedding invitations don't arrive either. Wedding spending is on the rise for guests. According to, spending is up $200 for wedding guests this year compared to last, reaching $539. While weddings are happy occasions they can cause an upset in your finances if you don't budget properly for the big day.

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Budget-Friendly Tips to Prepare Your Outdoor Space for Memorial Day Weekend

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Posted on 05/22/2013

Roughly one-third of Americans are planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, according to TripAdvisor. That means two out of three are staying close to home. If you've got a few bucks and some time you can quickly and affordably prepare your outdoor space for the holiday weekend.

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Nap Time Cash: How to Earn Money While Your Child Sleeps

Posted on 05/21/2013

There are dishes to wash and laundry to fold, but many parents decide to set the chores aside and focus on earning an income while their babies nap. According to baby sleep experts when little ones are just a few months old they take as many as five naps a day. Up until they turn one, babies usually take at least two naps a day. Resourceful moms and dads may want to use that stretch of quiet time to earn extra cash with money-making opportunities like these.

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Restaurant Meals at Home: Low Cost Ways to Make Knock Off Recipes

Posted on 05/20/2013

In 2012, Americans spent about 48 percent of their food dollar at nearly 1 million restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association. According to Americans spend $1 billion a day dining out. The idea of giving up regular visits to The Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden or Texas Roadhouse may be good for your budget, but if your taste buds say "no" try making your favorite dishes at home with these low cost knock-off recipes.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Low-Cost Essentials for Kicking Off Summer

Posted on 05/17/2013

Stock up on new essentials for the start of summer. And don't worry about blowing your entire budget before Memorial Day weekend is over. We found low-cost must-haves that will still leave plenty of money to put steaks on the grill, margaritas in your tumbler and gas in the tank.

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Pre-Wedding Festivities: Saving Money on the Bachelorette Party

Posted on 05/15/2013

Nearly three in four women say they'll spend more than $100 planning their friend's bachelorette party and nine out of ten women will spend an additional $50 or more during the bachelorette party. That's according to a new poll from That may seem like a lot of cash to fork over-- especially considering that's in advance of any expenses for the actual wedding. Before you skip the bon voyage bash to the single life for budgetary reasons, try these cost-cutting measures.

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How to Get Free Stuff by Signing Up for a TV Show

Posted on 05/14/2013

Fame and notoriety aside, you can win boatloads of cash and prizes for appearing on a TV show. If you're looking for a way to make some quick cash or take home free stuff, signing up for a TV show is one way to do it.

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DIY Dog Food: How to Save Money Making Fido's Food

Posted on 05/14/2013

It's been six years since tainted dog food killed thousands of beloved dogs, but many people are still skittish about feeding their dog's bargain basement kibble. While pet food is closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the only way to be completely sure that your pooch is eating healthy, safe food is to make it yourself. And with these budget-friendly tips and recipes, making Fido's food at home is affordable, too.

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Companies Offering the Best Maternity and Paternity Leave Benefits

Posted on 05/09/2013

Sorry moms and dads-- employers that offer generous maternity and paternity aren't all that common. According to research from the Families and Work Institute, only 30 percent of U.S. employers offer paid or unpaid maternity leave greater than 12 weeks. The Census Bureau says that about half of working women received some sort of paid leave, up ten percent from a decade ago. For parents looking for those types of perks, these companies seem to offer the best maternity and paternity leave benefits.

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Summer Jobs: Companies Hiring Right Now

Posted on 05/08/2013

Teens looking for summer employment may not have to work very hard to land a job. Fortune reports that the number of companies hiring summer staffers has increased significantly in 2013. The average pay for these jobs is $11.50 an hour, that's up from $10.90 last summer, and is the highest summer wage in six years. Snagajob, a website posting hourly positions, polled hiring managers and found that one in three say it will be "easy" for a teen to find a job this summer-- as long as they know where to look.

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Mail Order Mother's Day: Last Minute Deals for Mom

Posted on 05/07/2013

Mom may have raised you to be a giving, thoughtful person, but she may not have emphasized the need to plan ahead quite enough. Mother's Day is around the corner and so far all you have is your traditional "roses are red" poem and a drug store greeting card. Check out these mail order deals for mom and she'll never know you waited until the last minute.

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Deals on Bicycles and Cycling Gear

Posted on 05/06/2013

Hundreds of events across the country are planned for May 8, the second annual National Bike to School Day. Biking to school reduces traffic congestion, increases physical activity and eliminates air-polluting emissions. Need some other reasons to bike to school? Maybe these deals on bicycles and cycling gear will help.

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The Facts of Online Sales Tax Legislation

Posted on 05/06/2013

This week the Senate will vote on a law that would create a new national framework for states to levy sales taxes on online purchases. It's called the Marketplace Fairness Act and it's creating a lot of controversy. Here are the facts.

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Free Activities to Get Kids Moving

Posted on 05/03/2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 1980 just 7 percent of children between the ages of 6-11 were considered obese. But now 18 percent fall into that category. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a great time to spread the word about the benefits of being active. Need some ideas for encouraging your kids to move? Check out these free activities.

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The Best Free Apps for Entertaining Babies

Posted on 05/01/2013

Babies are a lot of work, but there's nothing more rewarding than caring for a little bundle of joy. Celebrate these pint-sized portions of perfection on May 2, also known as Baby Day. Get help caring for the tots in your life with the best free apps for entertaining babies.

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Five Gifts Mom Doesn't Want You to Waste Money on This Mother's Day

Posted on 04/29/2013

The only thing worse than forgetting Mother's Day all together is wasting money on a gift mom will hate. Do her (and your savings account) a favor and skip these five gifts that mom probably doesn't want you to waste any money on this Mother's Day.

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Skip the Salon: How to Keep Your Hair Looking Great at Home

Posted on 04/29/2013

Short, long, curly, straight, blonde or brown: Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates whatever you've got on your head. This year Hairstyle Appreciation Day falls on April 30 and while you may owe your colorist or stylist some gratitude for their hair help, consider these low-cost ways to keep your locks looking great at home.

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Affordable Ways to Spoil Single Moms on Mother's Day

Posted on 04/26/2013

No one works harder and loves more than mom. And single moms deserve extra special treatment on Mother's Day, but often they don't get the recognition they deserve. Spoil a single mom in your life with one of these affordable ideas.

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Administrative Professionals Day: Free and Cheap Apps to Help Get the Job Done

Posted on 04/24/2013

Administrative Professionals Day is a great opportunity to say thanks to the person often credited with holding the office dynamic together. They track communication, maintain schedules and juggle a long list of often thankless tasks. But there are new tools that can help them do all of these things more quickly and affordably.

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Cash for College: Helping High School Grads Find Money for School

Posted on 04/23/2013

Whether you go public or private, college is pricey. The College Board says a "moderate" college budget for an in-state public college for the 2012–2013 academic year averaged $22,261. And for a private college that figured nearly doubled to $43,289. Some high school seniors are getting very creative-- and high tech-- with their search for college cash.

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How to Cut Costs for Prom or Spring Formal

Posted on 04/22/2013

Prom costs can vary widely. According to, the night can cost as much as a speeding ticket ($175) or as much as your first car ($2,100). The biggest variable is the dress, but these five tips could help you save some major cash on prom.

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Tips for Lowering the Cost of Yard Maintenance

Posted on 04/19/2013

It's time once again to dust off the gardening gloves, rev up the lawnmower and get a little dirty. For many homeowners spring time means sprucing up the yard. Does it feel like keeping your yard green is costing more green than you care to spend? By making some smarter landscaping decisions it is possible to lower the cost of yard maintenance over the long haul.

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Earth Day Expense: How Being Green Could Cost You More

Posted on 04/18/2013

Kermit the Frog said it best, "It isn't easy being green." And as it turns out, it's not always cheap either. When Earth Day rolls around we all want to be green. It's a great idea to conserve and do what we can to protect our planet. But being green can come with a price. Here are five areas where being green will put a dent in your wallet.

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Electric Cars for Earth Day: How Much You Can Really Save

Posted on 04/18/2013

Can you imagine never having to stop at a gas station, never having to see the gas needle point to "E," and never having to sanitize your hands after touching those germy gas pumps? Electric cars are becoming more attainable and reliable, but how much can you really save compared to conventional models or hybrids? Here are some top picks for electric cars under $40,000. You could be driving one in time for Earth Day.

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Sharing Economy: How to Make and Save Money Sharing Almost Anything

Posted on 04/16/2013

Your car, your clothes and even your couch could be sources of untapped income. It's all part of a growing sharing economy where people are making ends meet by sharing their stuff with strangers. Forbes magazine recently estimated that $3.5 billion flows through this economic revolution of part-time entrepreneurs. Share your resources using these tools and you'll make and save money on almost anything.

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Tax Day Deals and Freebies for 2013

Posted on 04/15/2013

Whether you're getting a refund or cutting Uncle Sam a check you deserve some Tax Day relief. Retailers and restaurants are using the April 15 tax deadline as an excuse to market their products by providing these deals and freebies.

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Spring Cleaning: Clues Your Junk May be Worth Something

Posted on 04/11/2013

Are you on a kick to clear clutter to the curb? This time of year spring cleaning becomes a hobby for many homeowners looking to trash unwanted stuff. Before you go too crazy, find out if your junk may actually be worth something.

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Low Cost Ways to Make Driving Safer

Posted on 04/10/2013

Forty percent of American teens say they've been in a car when the driver used a mobile phone in a way that put other people in danger. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times higher than those who aren't driving while distracted. Distracted driving is a huge problem in the U.S. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an important time to consider these low cost ways to make driving safer.

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Save on Shipping: Retailers Offering In-Store Pickup

Posted on 04/09/2013

For last minute shoppers or those who just hate the idea of spending money on shipping, in-store pickup can be a great option. More and more retailers are offering this option for shoppers including the ten stores on this list.

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Free TV: Networks with the Best Free Apps

Posted on 04/08/2013

We're busy people. We can't always make it home on time for the latest episode of Modern Family or Celebrity Apprentice. But that doesn't mean we should miss Phil and Claire's hilarious banter or be the last to know who Donald Trump fired in the boardroom. Television networks are improving their apps all the time and now you can watch many of your favorite TV shows for free on your mobile device.

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Swimsuit Season Countdown: Free Ab Workouts

Posted on 04/08/2013

If your swimsuit is telling you it's time to get to the gym, but your sweatpants disagree find a happy medium. Get your six pack back with one of these free ab workouts so you can countdown swimsuit season at home.

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Lawn and Garden Month: Where to Get Free Personalized Advice

Posted on 04/05/2013

Gardening has been discovered to improve our attitudes toward health and nutrition, even helping kids perform better at school. But if your thumb is more black than green, check out these sources for free personalized advice, just in time for Lawn and Garden Month.

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Living Like a Major League Baseball Player

Posted on 04/03/2013

The Astros whopped the Rangers in the first Major League Baseball game of the 2013 season. But in baseball, there are few losers. These professional athletes have some great earning potential. Here's what it's like to live like a major league baseball player.

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Tennis Shoe Deals for National Walk to Work Day

Posted on 04/02/2013

The vast majority of workers-- 86 percent-- commute by car. Another five percent use public transportation, but on Friday, April 5 instead of gassing up your car, lace up your tennis shoes for National Walk to Work Day. Walking lowers cholesterol, prevents diabetes and can enhance your mood. And if you need another reason to pound the pavement, these tennis shoe deals may help.

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How to Get Free eBooks at Your Library

Posted on 04/01/2013

Libraries are a valuable resource and there's no better time to rediscover the treasures available at your local branch than during National Library Week, which runs April 14-20 this year. More and more eBooks are being offered for free through libraries. In fact Penguin just announced a plan to ease restrictions on their eBook titles, now making them available for free through library lending. Getting your hands on free eBooks is easy as long as you've got a library card.

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The Best Apps for Pulling April Fool's Day Pranks

Posted on 03/28/2013

No need to unpack the whoopee cushion this year because all you'll need to pull off some of the best April Fool's Day jokes is your trusty smartphone. Download one of these free or cheap apps and you'll have all the help you need to sucker someone in to a hilarious prank on April 1.

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Go Viral: Free Ways to Make Your Own Meme

Posted on 03/27/2013

You've seen internet memes on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. They're sensations that grow at lightning speed, images that everyone is posting or videos that the world is talking about. If you've ever wanted to make your own meme check out these free ways to go viral.

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How Government Spending Cuts Could Hurt You

Posted on 03/26/2013

Congress is cutting about $110 billion in annual spending, which is less than 3 percent of the budget. While that may not sound like much, it could impact you in several areas. Some programs are exempt from cuts, including Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps. But here are ways government spending cuts could hurt you.

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Low Cost Easter Brunch Recipes

Posted on 03/25/2013

Easter is around the corner and your guests will need more than plastic eggs and Peeps to fill their tummies. If your hunt for low cost Easter brunch recipes is turning out to be more difficult than you thought, don't panic. We found five cheap, seasonal recipes that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

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Spring 2013 Fashion Trends for Less

Posted on 03/25/2013

Want to freshen up your spring wardrobe without lightening your cash load? We found budget-friendly ways to add these five hot spring trends to your clothing collection. So go ahead, pack up those sweaters and ski socks because spring has arrived.

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Cheap Peeps: Fun Ways to Use this Easter Candy Staple

Posted on 03/22/2013

The amount of Peeps chicks and bunnies eaten at Easter time could circle the earth twice. These bright marshmallow treats have earned the top spot as the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy for more than a decade. But there is so much more that can be done with Peeps than simply gobbling them up. Check out these cheap ways to use up your Easter Peeps.

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Spring Break Swimwear: Swimsuits for Under $50

Posted on 03/21/2013

Finding the perfect swimsuit for spring break ranks up there with choosing what to wear on a first date or to a job interview. But the last thing you want to do is spend big bucks, depleting your spring break spending money. These trendy swimsuits are all under $50 and perfect for spring break.

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The Best Jobs if You Want to Work at Home

Posted on 03/20/2013

In the past many of Yahoo's 14,500 employees enjoyed working from home-- no commuting, no cubicles, and no packed lunches. But starting in June, all employees on Yahoo's payroll will have to come to the office every day, or face being fired. While Yahoo is axing telecommuting, it's still a very desirable way of life for many people. If your dream is to commute to another room rather than another zip code, here are the best work-at-home jobs.

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New Ways Facebook is Trying to Profit Off of You

Posted on 03/19/2013

Take the entire population of America and multiply it times three-- that will get you close to the number of monthly active Facebook users: 1.06 billion. But despite the social media giant's popularity, they're still looking for ways to turn all those users into cash. Here are some new ways Facebook is trying to profit off of you.

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Decorating for Easter Using What You Already Have

Posted on 03/18/2013

The arrival of spring means many of us will be swapping out our sweaters and snow boots for sundresses and sandals. In addition to rejuvenating your closet, give your home a springtime makeover in time for Easter. Instead of hopping to the store, try decorating for the holiday using what you already have with these creative ideas.

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Enjoying Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

Posted on 03/18/2013

Does summer fun still seem too far away? Don't worry-- spring break is around the corner. Even if you don't have any money saved up for a big trip you can still enjoy spring break without breaking the bank.

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Budget-Friendly DIY Easter Baskets

Posted on 03/11/2013

Retailers are hoping for a bounce in Easter spending this year. Last year shoppers spent about 11 percent more on candy, flowers and trinkets according to the National Retail Federation. That means the average person will spend about $145. Hoping to save some money this year? Check out these budget-friendly DIY Easter baskets.

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Meaningful Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Posted on 03/11/2013

The IRS says it will issue more than 110 million tax refunds this year, totaling nearly $310 billion. The average refund is down about 4 percent to $2,803. But that's still a nice chunk of change. Rather than blowing it at the Black Jack table or a few trips to Wal-Mart, here are five meaningful ways to spend that tax refund.

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Where to Sell Your Crafts for Extra Cash

Posted on 03/07/2013

Drawing, scrapbooking, crocheting-- Americans do it all. The U.S. craft and hobby industry is at $29 billion with more than half of U.S. households crafting at least once a year according to The Craft and Hobby Association. Since March is National Craft Month you may be feeling motivated to take that hobby to the next level. Check out these ideas for where to turn your crafts into extra cash.

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National Nutrition Month: Free Nutrition Resources

Posted on 03/05/2013

You may be on your best nutritional behavior in January, but March is actually National Nutrition Month. Find out if you're making the best food choices with the help of these free nutrition resources.

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How to Save Money on a Mattress

Posted on 03/04/2013

We know we need eight hours of sleep a night, but actually getting that rest can be difficult. This is National Sleep Awareness Week, a time the National Sleep Foundation uses to remind us all about the importance of sleep. It could be the stress or caffeine keeping you awake-- but it may also be your old, lumpy mattress. Experts say quality mattresses should be replaced every eight to ten years. If it's time for your mattress to retire, consider these money saving tips for buying a new one.

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How Unplugging Can Save You Money

Posted on 03/01/2013

From sunset on March 1 to sunset on March 2 smartphones, laptops and other gadgets will go dark. It's been declared the National Day of Unplugging. For the fourth year in a row, people will attempt to avoid technology for 24 hours and if the respite from cultural noise isn't enough motivation, here are ways unplugging can actually save you money.

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Home's Value

Posted on 02/27/2013

More homes sell in the spring and early summer than any other time of year, according to the Washington Post. One-fifth of home sales happen during the first three months of the year, while more than one-third happen during the months of May, June and July. If you're getting ready to put your property on the market this spring you may want to complete these five tasks to boost your home's value.

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How to Buy Lost Luggage

Posted on 02/26/2013

Amazingly 99.5% of domestic airlines’ checked bags are reunited with their owners at the baggage carousel. And within five days of a flight, 95% of those delayed bags eventually find their way home. But the rest often go up for sale creating great deals for savvy shoppers like you interested in buying lost luggage.

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Cash for Miles: How to Sell Your Airline Miles

Posted on 02/25/2013

Are you sitting on unclaimed frequent flyer reward miles? You may not have enough to cash them in for a free trip to Europe. And even if you do you may not be able to fit a trip into your vacation schedule. But that doesn't mean those miles aren't worth something. Check out these ways to sell your airline miles for cash.

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The Risks and Rewards of Paperless Receipts

Posted on 02/25/2013

You've probably heard the question "paper or plastic?" at the checkout. And if you haven't been asked "printed or email?" yet, you will soon. More retailers are offering shoppers the option of paperless receipts that are emailed to them rather than printed at the register. But just like with most innovation there are risks and rewards that come with digital receipts.

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Oscar Style: Look Like a Celebrity without Spending a Fortune

Posted on 02/20/2013

The red carpet at the Academy Awards is one of the most fashionable spots in the world come Oscar night. Celebrity Oscar looks can easily cost thousands of dollars with jewelry alone topping the million dollar mark. There are ways you can look like a celebrity without hiring a stylist or spending a fortune.

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Bait and Switch: How to Avoid New Coupon Scams

Posted on 02/19/2013

An increasing number of us are heading to the internet to find and print coupons. While it's an opportunity for shoppers to save money, scammers are seeing it as an opportunity to prey on the vulnerable. The Better Business Bureau calls this a bait and switch coupon scam that promises savings, but delivers spam.

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How to Sell Old Designer Purses and Accessories

Posted on 02/19/2013

Trends change, styles shift, but we always need cash. If you can use some extra money in your pocket check out these companies ready to help you swap old designer purses and accessories for cash.

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Affordable Ways to Teach Kids About US Presidents

Posted on 02/15/2013

One of George Washington's favorite foods was ice cream and before Jimmy Carter became President he was a peanut farmer. With Washington's birthday and President's Day falling on February 18, it's a great time to teach kids about the US Presidents and these affordable tips should help.

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Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week without Spending Money

Posted on 02/14/2013

Hopefully you don't need a holiday to tell you to be kind, but we could all use the reminder that comes along with celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week. From February 11 through the 17 try to do something nice for complete strangers-- just because. And if you're worried that being kind comes with a price tag, we've got ideas that don't cost any money.

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Romantic Low Cost Recipes You Can Make at Home

Posted on 02/13/2013

If you're opting to skip the crowds and over-priced food for a romantic Valentine's Day meal at home, consider putting one of these low cost meals on the menu. They're still special enough for a holiday, but won't lead to any fights about money.

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Affordable Ways to Get Kids to Brush

Posted on 02/12/2013

The average American spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime. Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month it's a good time to ensure your kids are starting positive oral health habits. From an interesting decay demonstration to a dentist-designed app, these are affordable ways to get kids to brush.

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DIY Kids' Valentines

Posted on 02/11/2013

Little kids love to show some love when Valentine's Day rolls around. This year instead of buying a box of perforated mass produced Valentines, help your child get creative with one of these DIY ideas.

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Valentine's Day Sweets: Online Candy Deals

Posted on 02/06/2013

Buttering up your Valentine with some chocolaty treats will cost you more this year. According to the Cost of Loving Index, an annual price analysis of popular Valentine's Day gifts, fancy Godiva chocolates in a heart-shaped box will cost 5.26 percent more than last year. But don't get too heartbroken-- we found some great online candy deals.

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At Home Tax Prep Deals

Posted on 02/05/2013

You've probably received your W-2 by now which you can consider your invitation to tax season. Although you have until Monday, April 15 to file, these great deals on tax preparation software may make you want to put off procrastinating.

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Mardi Gras Kids Crafts

Posted on 02/04/2013

Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 12 this year. And while celebrations in New Orleans may seem very adult-oriented, kids can still take part in the party. One way to get them involved in the festivities is through Mardi Gras kids crafts.

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Last Minute Super Bowl TV Sales

Posted on 01/29/2013

Companies pay about $3.5 million for a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl says the LA Times. Drinkers spend $10.8 billion on beer for the game, according to And the most diehard fans will spend more than $53,000 for a single seat at the big game, reports While plenty of people are throwing around a lot of cash before the February 3 game you can spend much less on a new TV and watch the Ravens and the 49ers face off from the comfort of your home.

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Long Distance Love: Celebrating Valentine's Day Across the Miles

Posted on 01/28/2013

Long distance relationships are tough-- especially on Valentine's Day. But just because you don't share the same zip code doesn't mean you can't share something special. These tips and gifts are perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day across the miles.

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The Best Affordable Super Bowl Party Ideas on Pinterest

Posted on 01/28/2013

Pinterest is a great place to get inspired by winning ideas. Score points at your Super Bowl party by getting creative with these awesome affordable recipes and crafts from Pinterest, perfect for the big game.

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Heath Care Costs: How to Save Money Using Walk-in Clinics

Posted on 01/24/2013

You no longer have to go to the doctor's office when you have a sore throat, sinus infection or other common illness. Limited Service walk-in clinics are exploding in popularity. NPR reports that CVS has the most with 588 MinuteClinics nationwide. Walgreens operates 356 clinics and Wal-Mart runs another 143. According to, using facilities like CVS Pharmacy's MinuteClinic can save you long waits and lots of money.

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Minimum Wage Hike: States with the Best Pay

Posted on 01/23/2013

So far in 2013, ten states increased their minimum wage requirements. Around a million people working minimum wage jobs in these states saw increases that ranged from ten cents to 35 cents an hour. In May, Congress enacted a minimum wage increase that pushed the figure up to $7.25 an hour over two years. But 17 states are going above and beyond the federal requirements.

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Restaurants with the Best Rewards Programs

Posted on 01/22/2013

Free dessert on your birthday is nice, but getting rewarded every time you dine out sounds much better. And that's exactly what lots of restaurants are doing in order to win your allegiance. According to Loyalogy, a loyalty program consulting service, loyalty programs increase visit rates by 35%. In other words, if the loyalty program is good, diners will return. Try visiting these restaurants with the best rewards programs.

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How to Use Up Expiring Airline Miles

Posted on 01/22/2013

An estimated 9.7 trillion rewards miles are sitting unused, according to InsideFlyer Magazine. Through flying and using a special rewards credit card, consumers know how to rack up those miles, but only a small percentage ever cash them in. The magazine reports that in 2011 only eight percent of plane tickets were bought with rewards. The worst thing you can do is let those miles expire. Here are six ways to use them up.

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Healthy Weight Week: Expensive Fad Diets to Avoid

Posted on 01/21/2013

The 20th annual Healthy Weight Week runs from January 20-26. An easy way to find your ideal weight is by calculating your Body Mass Index, which can be done for free through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Whether you need to lose a few pounds or not, Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy living, which means avoiding expensive fad diets like these.

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Free Ways to Track Spending with Your Smartphone

Posted on 01/21/2013

Get in tip top financial shape in 2013 with the help of your Smartphone. Using free apps with amazing capabilities, you'll never feel out of touch with your financial side again. Track your spending and do much more with these helpful tools.

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Streaming TV: Options for Ditching Cable

Posted on 01/16/2013

Are you ready to cut the cord? Plenty of people are ditching their cable service and switching to streaming TV. Cable operators lost an estimated 400,000 subscribers during the second quarter of 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal. If you're ready to save money check out these options for streaming TV.

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Scoring the Best Flea Market Finds

Posted on 01/15/2013

We've all heard about someone's brother's co-worker who bought a dusty lamp at a flea market that turned out to be worth thousands. Flea markets are full of hidden treasures and great value. But you've got to know what to look for and how to negotiate in order to score the best flea market finds.

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Free Ways to Help Kids Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on 01/14/2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January each year, which is near Dr. King's January 15th birthday. This year Americans celebrate the holiday on January 21. Pay tribute to this spokesman for civil rights with free ways to help kids discover and honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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After School Specials: Cheap Cold Weather Entertainment for Kids

Posted on 01/10/2013

The holidays are over and your family is back to the daily grind. Now you need to find out how to keep the kids entertained after school, but with chilly winter weather they probably need to stay inside. That's when these ideas for cheap entertainment for kids during the cold weather season will come in handy.

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Weight Loss Resolution: The Cheapest Healthy Foods

Posted on 01/09/2013

Most people think that healthy foods cost more than junk food. But a study from the Agricultural Department says that's not true when you compare food costs based on weight or portion size. If you're trying to make healthier choices in 2013, but you don't want to spend more on food, check out these cheap healthy options.

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Free Resources for Organizing Your Life

Posted on 01/08/2013

Sick of how often you waste precious time hunting for lost car keys or TV remotes? Annoyed with the amount of money you spend in late fees and fines because that Redbox DVD or library book was covered up by clutter? Get your life organized in 2013 by using these free resources.

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Financial Peace: How to Get it in 2013

Posted on 01/08/2013

Tired of being stressed out by money? It seems a lot of people are starting off the year with hopes of finding financial peace. According to a Harris Interactive poll 14 percent of those who make resolutions are hoping to improve their finances in 2013. If that's your goal for the new year, consider these steps for finding financial peace.

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Affordable Winter Gear for Kids Heading Back to School

Posted on 01/03/2013

Winter break is over and it's time to send the kids back for another semester of school. Just make sure they're prepared for the possibility of snow and cooler temperatures with affordable winter gear.

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Seven Creative Ways to Give Cash

Posted on 12/28/2012

When you're running out of time before a birthday, anniversary or wedding and a trip to the mall sounds about as appetizing as Oreos and orange juice, you may decide to do your shopping at the ATM. But just because cash isn't the most creative gift doesn't mean you can't give it in a unique way. Here are eight creative ideas to give cash to your loved ones.

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Cheap eBooks for Your New eReader

Posted on 12/28/2012

There's a common thread underneath millions of Christmas trees this year. Wrapped up in small, rectangle packages are eReaders. And now that millions of people have a way to consume digital reading material, check out these sources for cheap eBooks.

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Fun Affordable Themes for Your New Year's Eve Party

Posted on 12/27/2012

If you used up your party budget on Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas don't worry. You can still usher in the New Year with style. These affordable themes for your New Year's Eve party will help.

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DIY Kwanzaa Celebration Ideas

Posted on 12/26/2012

Celebrate Kwanzaa this year by adding your personal touch to a gathering with friends and family. You don't need to spend a lot of money to make it special. These DIY Kwanzaa ideas will make your party meaningful and memorable.

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Season of Giving: The Stuff Charities Need Most Now

Posted on 12/19/2012

Now is a great time to make a charitable donation. Give before the end of the year and you'll take advantage of the tax write-off, plus you'll feel good knowing you helped others during this season of giving. Wondering what to donate? These are the four things charities need most right now.

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Give Wisely: How to Check Out a Charity

Posted on 12/18/2012

Charities are working overtime during the holiday season, taking advantage of this critical fundraising month. Not only are people feeling generous this time of year, but it's also a good time to give for tax purposes. It's important to make sure you're giving to worthy causes that will put your donation to good use.

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Holiday Shopping Scams to Avoid

Posted on 12/18/2012

While many people are at their most generous this time of year, there are plenty of holiday season scams, too. If you know what to look for you can avoid encountering one of these Christmas grinches.

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Is Free Shipping Day Really a Good Deal?

Posted on 12/14/2012

Online shopping is pretty awesome - you can do it in your PJs, you don't have to wait in line and there are no perky sales clerks trying to get you to sign up for a store credit card. Many shoppers agree the biggest downside is paying for shipping. But on December 17, more than 1,000 online retailers will offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. It's called Free Shipping Day. But is it really a good deal?

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2012 Shipping Tips and Deadlines

Posted on 12/13/2012

UPS expects to deliver more than 500 million packages worldwide this holiday season. On December 20, their busiest day, UPS will deliver more than 28 million packages which means drivers will drop off more than 300 packages per second. Planning to mail some of your Christmas gifts? These tips will save you time, money and hopefully get your gifts to their destination before December 25.

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Fun Free Holiday Apps

Posted on 12/13/2012

You've hung the stockings, decorated the tree and baked some cookies, but is your mobile phone ready for Christmas? Bring some holiday cheer to your Smartphone with these fun, free holiday apps.

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The Friendliest Retailers for Returns

Posted on 12/11/2012

As much as we all want to be the best gift givers, sometimes we fall short. We buy the wrong size, choose the wrong color or just flat out fail to find something good. But if you shop from a retailer with a friendly return policy, even if your loved ones don't love their gift, they'll receive less of a hassle this holiday season when they go to return it.

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Oh Christmas Tree: Six Affordable Handmade Ornaments

Posted on 12/07/2012

Not in the mood to thread popcorn for your Christmas tree garland? Don't worry, there are lots of options for decorating your living room spruce this year. Jazz up the old Christmas tree with some handmade ornaments.

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The Cost of Tradition: How to Budget for Holiday Activities

Posted on 12/06/2012

A real Christmas tree: $46. Christmas dinner: $49.48. The cost of tradition: priceless. But while you may not be able to put a price tag on celebrating the holidays with loved ones, budgeting for those traditions makes sense. Here's a rundown of what you can expect to pay for the most popular Christmas traditions this year.

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Handmade Hanukkah: Decor and Food Ideas

Posted on 12/06/2012

Feel like getting your hands dirty this Hanukkah? Here are some simple yet fun food and decor ideas to make your Hanukkah more handmade this year.

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The Hottest Photo Christmas Card Deals

Posted on 12/04/2012

Put some cheer in your loved ones' mailboxes this holiday season with a beautiful photo Christmas or Hanukkah card. The price of stamps may be going up, but the cost of cards is dropping with these hot Christmas card deals.

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Easy Holiday Crafts to Keep Kids Entertained

Posted on 12/03/2012

Need to keep your kids entertained? Whether it's a snow day or simply a December Saturday, keep little hands busy with these easy holiday craft projects. Most require items you probably already have around your home and we promise they're cute enough to display without creating clutter.

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Five Homemade Gifts You Can Make in 10 Minutes

Posted on 11/30/2012

Homemade gifts are a great option for several reasons. First, they're unique and that makes them more special than something you can find at 15,000 shopping malls across the country. Secondly, handmade gifts can be more inexpensive than store bought versions. And finally, when you choose one of these homemade gifts you'll have them done and wrapped long before you could make it through the checkout line at Walmart.

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How to Advance Your Career at the Office Holiday Party

Posted on 11/29/2012

Holiday office parties may have been shelved for a couple of years due to the economy, but they're making a comeback. Don't get too excited-- it's not an excuse to relive your college days. Instead use the office holiday party to advance your career with these rock star moves.

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How to Get People Off Your Holiday Gift List Without Hurting Feelings

Posted on 11/28/2012

Even with Black Friday bargains and Cyber Monday specials, gift giving is expensive! According to the National Foundation of Credit Counseling, millions of Americans avoid shopping because they're afraid they'll go into debt. One way to cut costs is by trimming down your holiday gift list. Here are some tips for taking people off your list without coming across like a Grinch.

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How to Use Twitter to Score Special Holiday Deals

Posted on 11/27/2012

Hoping to click your way through your holiday shopping list this Cyber Monday? With so many deals on virtually every retailer's website, it can be hard to keep up with the best bargains and sales. Enter Twitter-- a great tool for scoring special Cyber Christmastime deals.

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The Best Cyber Monday Shopping Stops

Posted on 11/21/2012

Online retail shopping is expected to jump by 15 percent compared to last year, according to Forester Research Inc. Shoppers will spend more than 68 billion, making a large portion of purchases on Cyber Monday. Wondering where you can go to spend as little of your hard earned money as possible? Check out these Cyber Monday shopping stops.

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Transforming Thanksgiving Leftovers for Less Food Waste

Posted on 11/20/2012

Each year a whopping 40 percent of all the food in the US is wasted, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. That's an estimated waste of $165 billion worth of food annually. Farms, grocery stores and especially households are responsible for a huge portion of the waste. American families toss out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. Make a commitment to transform your Thanksgiving leftovers for less food waste this year.

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Black Friday Leaks: An Early Look at the Best Deals

Posted on 11/19/2012

Gone are the days when finding out about Black Friday sales meant waiting for a newspaper stuffed with ads. Now stores leak their specials days, or even weeks, before the big day. And lucky for us that means we can identify the best deals well in advance of Black Friday.

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Bargainist Gift Guide: Thanksgiving Foodies

Posted on 11/16/2012

Thanksgiving is mostly known for two things: eating and being thankful. According to a new survey, 55 percent of guests bring the Thanksgiving host a gift, with nearly eight in ten choosing to bring food. Show your appreciation for the Thanksgiving foodies in your life with one of these culinary-inspired presents.

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How to Safeguard Yourself on Cyber Monday

Posted on 11/16/2012

Cyber Monday may be a great day to score deals, but it's also a popular time for scammers to steal identities. Plenty of shoppers already feel leery about their online security. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, within the past year one in four Americans has received notification that a portion of their personal information was compromised by a data breach. So if you plan on deal hunting this Cyber Monday consider these tips for warding off online predators.

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How to Promote Your Business on Small Business Saturday

Posted on 11/16/2012

While big box retailers have Black Friday, Saturday is all about small business. According to American Express, last year more than 100 million people supported small businesses in their communities on Small Business Saturday. Get in on the action with these tips for promoting your business on Small Business Saturday.

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Affordable Make-Ahead Dishes for Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/14/2012

With guests to entertain and a turkey to baby-sit, pulling together an entire Thanksgiving feast in one morning may seem impossible. Thankfully there are lots of dishes you can prep ahead of time. With these affordable make-ahead recipes for Thanksgiving you may actually get to watch a little of that parade everyone always talks about.

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Helpful Apps for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping

Posted on 11/13/2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the most beloved shopping days for scoring deals. A new survey found that 71 percent of shoppers believe they'll find the best holiday bargains during Thanksgiving weekend. Newspaper ads are no longer the only tool available to help you uncover the best deals. Check out these helpful apps for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.

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Five Free Workouts to Incorporate into a Busy Holiday Schedule

Posted on 11/12/2012

Holiday weight gain may seem like an annual tradition, right up there with eggnog and Christmas lights. One of the first things many of us eliminate to make room in the schedule for wrapping presents and attending parties is our workout regime. Here's some great news-- you don't have to go to the gym. Check out these five free workouts you can easily incorporate into a busy holiday schedule without leaving home.

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Thanksgiving Budget: What You Can Expect to Pay for Holiday Staples

Posted on 11/09/2012

Not only is preparing a Thanksgiving meal a whole lot of work, but it can be expensive dinner. In fact, a new survey found that one in ten have said no to hosting the annual turkey dinner because of the cost, which for half of Americans tallies to somewhere between $101-$300. There's no doubt, food costs have increased this year. But according to the experts, it can still be an economical feast.

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Living Social and Groupon Gifts: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Posted on 11/08/2012

Budget-friendly massages, half-price meals and discounted salon services are all popular daily deal offerings. Scoring these bargains for yourself is easy, but what if you want to give a Living Social or Groupon as a gift this holiday season? Here's what you need to know before you buy.

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Black Friday Price Matching: A Money-Saving Secret Revealed

Posted on 11/07/2012

Coupons, door busters and free gifts with purchase are all great ways to save money on Black Friday. But there's another money-saving tool you may not have used before-- price matching. It can be a tricky tactic, especially when crazed cashiers are dealing with impatient shoppers, but if you know how to work it, price matching can save you even more cash on Black Friday.

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Christmas Cash: Avoiding Scams and Crime Using Craigslist

Posted on 11/06/2012

Selling stuff on Craigslist is a great way to generate some Christmas cash. But there are plenty of grinches prepared to scam you or steal from you. Avoid scams and crime while using Craigslist by being aware of what crooks are doing.

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Joy to the Mall: How to Keep the Fun in Black Friday

Posted on 11/05/2012

Forty-six percent of consumers will hit brick and mortar stores this holiday season with millions of bargain hunters heading out for some Black Friday shopping. While Black Friday is mostly known for its incredible deals, it's also known for creating quite the frenzy. If you plan to venture out for some post-Thanksgiving gift buying, here are a few tips for keeping the fun in Black Friday.

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Ways to Help Victims of Superstorm Sandy

Posted on 11/02/2012

Millions of people are victims of Hurricane Sandy. Some lost their homes, others lost their lives. In the wake of this unprecedented weather event, do your part to help those caught in Sandy's path.

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Homeowners Insurance: How to Prepare for a Future Storm Like Sandy

Posted on 11/01/2012

Initial damage estimates from Superstorm Sandy add up to $60 billion, according to TIME. Roughly a third of the tally is in property damage. For those spared by Sandy, now is a great time to revisit your homeowners insurance and prepare for a future storm that may strike.

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How to Make Sure the Hottest Holiday Toys are Under Your Tree

Posted on 10/19/2012

Do you dread the idea of joining the herd of parents hunting down this holiday season’s hottest toys? Do you fear being forced to visit store after store only to find empty shelves instead of what’s on your child’s wish list? Here’s a new way to make sure the hottest holiday toys are under your Christmas tree.

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Holiday Layaway Programs You Can Use Now

Posted on 10/18/2012

Worried about how you’re going to pay for all of those Christmas gifts? More than half of consumers plan to spend $500 or more on gifts this holiday season, according to PriceGrabber’s first winter holiday shopping survey. One way to keep yourself from piling up debt is to try out layaway. Shop now for your holiday gifts and pay for them over the next couple of months. Then when Christmas comes along you’ll have all of the gifts and none of the debt. Check out these popular holiday layaway programs that you can use now.

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Five Tips for Making Your Pumpkin Last Longer

Posted on 10/17/2012

Pumpkins are a hot commodity this time of year. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center the value of the pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin producing states was $113 million. You may only pay $5-$10 for yours, but after you invest all of that time carving it into a masterpiece you want it to last as long as possible. Here are five tips for making your pumpkin last longer.

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Free Tools to Stop Bullying

Posted on 10/16/2012

Stomp Out Bullying reports that one in four teens are bullied and as many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and a great time to do your part to stand up against bullies. Use these free tools to put a stop to bullying.

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Low Cost Baby Halloween Costume Ideas

Posted on 10/15/2012

Just because babies may not be ready to ingest all of the sugar-filled loot they collect on October 31 doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to participate in Halloween festivities. If spending a small fortune on a pint-sized costume seems silly to you consider these ideas for low cost baby Halloween costumes.

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How to Save with Facebook Deals and Offers

Posted on 10/11/2012

Facebook may cause you to waste a bunch of time, but it can also save you some cash. Wondering how to turn this social networking site into a money saving portal? Check out these frugal Facebook tips.

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Pink Deals: Products Supporting Breast Cancer Research

Posted on 10/09/2012

There’s no shortage of pink on any store shelves this month. But buyers need to watch out for products that may look like they’re supporting the cause when in reality they’re only faking it. We found great products that actually do support breast cancer research and awareness.

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Cheap Halloween Costumes for Couples

Posted on 10/08/2012

Seven in ten Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, a record number according to the National Retail Federation. On average folks will spend about $80 on decorations, costumes and candy with 45-percent saying they plan to wear a costume for the occasion. Double your fun by dressing up in a coordinating costume with your significant other. Check out these cheap Halloween costumes for couples.

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Free Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on 10/05/2012

Seeing pink? That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the US. In 2008, the most recent year numbers that are available, more than 40,000 women died from breast cancer. While donating to the cause is important, there are also free ways to support breast cancer awareness.

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iPhone 5: Buy Now or Wait?

Posted on 10/04/2012

In just two days Apple managed to unload five million units of the iPhone 5, beating the opening weekend of the iPhone 4s by a million phones. Wait times for this sought after gadget are currently about a month. With a base price of $199 with a new phone contract, the iPhone 5 may seem like a good deal, but should you buy now or wait?

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Fall Foliage Travel Deals

Posted on 10/03/2012

Moisture, temperature and sunlight exposure all impact the brilliance of fall foliage. And According to CBS News, the drought that gripped much of the country could be to blame for less brilliant colors. But none of these things change the fact that you can find great travel deals across the country during this colorful time of year.

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Affordable Tools to Help You Get Organized for the Holidays

Posted on 10/03/2012

It happens to be Get Organized Week and the timing couldn’t be better. With the holidays coming up, clearing your clutter and getting things in order now will mean reduced stress later. These free and affordable tools will help you get the job done.

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Trendy Halloween Costumes on a Dime

Posted on 09/28/2012

From Hollywood blockbusters to headline making news, inspiration for Halloween 2012 is everywhere. But outfitting yourself in a fashion forward costume for October 31 does not have to set you back financially. Consider one of these trendy Halloween costumes on a dime.

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Five Tips for Scoring Free Advertising From Your Local Media Outlets

Posted on 09/27/2012

Have an event or business you’d like to promote? Advertising can be costly, but getting attention from your local TV station, newspaper or radio station is free. And it could be just what you need to boost sales or gain awareness in your community. Here are five tips for getting free exposure from local media outlets.

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How to Get More Miles Out of Your Old Used Car

Posted on 09/26/2012

The average age of cars and light trucks currently on US roads jumped to a record high of 10.8 years. That’s according to automotive market intelligence firm Polk. Your car is a major investment and keeping it running well is in your budget’s best interest. If a shiny new car isn’t currently on your roadmap, consider these tips for squeezing even more miles out of your old used car. Consider that ever-increasing odometer your badge of honor.

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The Riskiest Impulse Buys and How to Avoid Them

Posted on 09/25/2012

It’s one of the deadliest shopping sins: the impulse buy. For a little while at least your new purchase may make you feel great, but then reality sinks in. You realize you spent more than you needed to or should have and your bank account suffers because of it. Some impulse purchases are small, others are large, but neither will help you accomplish your financial goals.

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The Best Fall Foods to Buy Now

Posted on 09/24/2012

Since autumn is now officially here as of September 22, it’s time to turn our focus from summer foods to the fall menu. It’s a great time of year to harvest some fresh deals at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or even a nearby orchard. Put these great fall foods on your shopping list and eventually into your belly.

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How to Pay Less for Car Insurance

Posted on 09/21/2012

Michigan may be the hub of the US auto industry, but it’s also where car insurance costs are the highest, according to ( Michigan residents spend an average of 8 percent of their median household income on car insurance. The District of Columbia, Louisiana and Kentucky follow with the next highest rates. Car insurance costs the least in Hawaii, North Carolina and Massachusetts. But no matter where you live, paying less is always best.

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What to do with Unused Baby and Kid Stuff

Posted on 09/19/2012

Children make up 36 percent of the poor population in America. The National Poverty Center reports that in 2010, 16.4 million children, or 22 percent, were poor. But while some babies sit in dirty diapers and children don’t have a book to call their own, plenty of Americans have more than enough. In fact, lots of us have closets full of baby and kid stuff that we no longer need. Now is a great time to get rid of your unused children’s items and pass them on to a needy youngster.

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Low Cost Natural Ways to Beat Fall Allergies

Posted on 09/18/2012

Congestion, coughing, sneezing—it’s just a part of fall that millions of Americans deal with every year. According to WebMD, one in five Americans have either allergy or asthma symptoms. The annual cost of allergies to the health care system and businesses in the US is a whopping $7.9 billion. But if you want to save money—and hopefully some sick days—try these low cost natural remedies for beating fall allergies.

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The $200 Room Makeover: Where to Spend Your Cash

Posted on 09/17/2012

Your living space can influence your productivity, ability to relax and overall well-being. If your bedroom makes you feel stressed or your office puts you to sleep it may be time for a makeover. And if you’ve got $200 then you’ve got enough money to make an impact as long as you spend your cash wisely.

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Seeing Green: How to Spend Less on Eyeglasses

Posted on 09/13/2012

Need a new pair of specs? That can be a costly purchase, especially for those who don’t have vision insurance. According to CBS, Americans spend more than $15 billion each year on eyewear. If you want to see more green in your pocket consider these tips for saving money on eyeglasses.

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Cheap and Easy Frozen Meals that are Actually Good for You

Posted on 09/13/2012

Walk down the freezer aisle and you’ll see hundreds of pre-made frozen meals offering quick and convenient options for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. But many of these are loaded with fat, sodium and sugar. Instead, try making your own freezer meals using these cheap and easy (and good for you!) recipes.

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Five Great Ways to Support Children with Cancer

Posted on 09/11/2012

Almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the US. And sadly, about one-fourth don’t survive according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which spotlights the importance of raising funds for research and family support. Since kids can’t fight cancer alone, here are five great ways you can show your support.

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Where to Find Free Yoga Classes

Posted on 09/10/2012

Flexibility, strength, posture—yoga has lots of benefits that nearly 11 million Americans are already enjoying. There’s nothing new about it. In fact, yoga has been around for 5,000 years. Try it out during the month of September, National Yoga Awareness Month. There are plenty of free opportunities to strike a pose.

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Five Affordable Ways to Age Healthy

Posted on 09/07/2012

Like it or not, we’re all aging. None of us can stop the hands of time, but there are ways to age healthier. September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual reminder of the positive aspects of getting older. It’s a great time to focus on affordable ways to improve your physical, mental, social and financial well being as you advance in age.

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Grandparents' Best Money Advice

Posted on 09/06/2012

For more than three decades the US has celebrated Grandparents Day, the first Sunday after Labor Day. The founder started the holiday to educate younger generations about the important contributions senior citizens have made to society. One of those offerings would definitely be sound financial advice like this.

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Fall Fashion Trends that Don't Cost a Fortune

Posted on 09/05/2012

Want to look on-trend while staying on budget? Fall fashion 2012 has plenty of extravagant moments, but there are lots of wearable fall trends that won’t force you to give up food in order to afford fashion.

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How to Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Diet Without Spending More

Posted on 09/04/2012

Are you getting the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables in your diet? explains just how many servings you need. Getting enough fruits and veggies each day can protect you from heart disease, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and even some cancers! Every September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) promotes the health benefits of these food groups by celebrating Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month. If you’re not eating enough because of the cost, check out these tips for getting more fruits and veggies in your diet without spending more.

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Labor Day Patio Upgrades on a Budget

Posted on 08/28/2012

Not going anywhere for Labor Day weekend? How about upgrading your home’s outdoor space instead? It will give you a relaxing oasis without having to pay for a plane ticket. And like most home upgrades, it’s a gift that keeps giving. Long after Labor Day weekend is over you’ll still have a lovely patio to enjoy that you upgraded on a budget.

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Cutting College Debt: Freebies Offered by Many Universities

Posted on 08/27/2012

College students starting school will pay about $8,240 in tuition and fees at public schools this year. At private schools the price tag is more than three times that amount. Over the last decade, in-state tuition and fees at public, four-year colleges increased at an average rate of 5.6% each year, according to the College Board's 2011 report on higher education pricing. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get the most out of your money. So why not take advantage of these freebies offered by most universities?

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Affordable Activities for Labor Day Weekend 2012

Posted on 08/24/2012

Labor Day weekend is often seen as summer’s last-chance for fun. Most Americans enjoy an extended holiday weekend, but getting the time off is only half the battle. Finding affordable activities is another challenge. Here are some of the hot picks for Labor Day 2012.

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The Best Free Apps for New and Expecting Parents

Posted on 08/23/2012

A crib, baby clothes and mountains of diapers—new parents have lots of new expenses. But there are a few freebies for this expecting crowd. New and expecting parents with Smartphones will definitely want to check out these five free apps for before and after baby’s arrival.

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Ways to Stay Connected When Your Friends or Kids Leave for College

Posted on 08/22/2012

More than 20 million students are starting their freshman year at college this fall, according to the US Census. Plenty of these co-eds will head to school in another zip code, community or state, putting lots of distance between them and the people they love. Don’t let the miles create a wedge. Instead, consider these low cost ways to stay connected when your friends or kids leave for college.

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Low Cost Tools to Help Train Your Dog

Posted on 08/22/2012

There are 78.2 million owned dogs in the US with roughly two in five US households owning at least one dog, according to the most recent National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Products Association. The Huffington Post reported that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their pets in 2011. Some of that cash is likely going to train our four-legged family members, but these low cost tools may help improve Fido’s social skills without taking a bite out of your budget.

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Easy Ways to Save on School Lunches

Posted on 08/20/2012

You aren’t the only one noticing the increasing price of food. While you’re getting hit at the grocery store, schools are paying higher prices too, which they may be passing on to students in the form of higher lunch costs. If you opt to brown bag it, here are some easy ways to save on school lunches.

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Labor Day Getaway: Where to Go When Money is Tight

Posted on 08/17/2012

Even if you already blew your summer vacation travel budget, don’t feel like you have to stay home this Labor Day. Enjoy one last summertime hoorah over this final three-day weekend by choosing the perfect destination for when money is tight.

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What to do With Extra School Supplies

Posted on 08/14/2012

This time of year school supply sales are rampant. Retailers are pulling in shoppers with door buster deals promising pencils for a penny or notebooks for a nickel. Don’t pass up these bargains just because you don’t need them. The fact is, someone out there does. Here are some ideas for where to send those extra school supplies.

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Ten Free Ways to be a Better Friend

Posted on 08/13/2012

Charles Caleb Colton once said, "True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost." Friendship Week is the third week in August, a reminder of just how important our friends are. And treasuring them doesn’t have to cost any money at all. Here are ten free ways to be a better friend.

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Where to Shop for Dorm Room Deals

Posted on 08/10/2012

Cinder block walls and steel furniture may sound more like a prison cell than a dorm room, but that’s often what’s waiting for college students. Thankfully transforming that small space into something homier can be done on a budget, especially when you shop these dorm room deals.

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Five Tips to Save Money on Breastfeeding Supplies

Posted on 08/08/2012

A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the US could save $13 billion per year in healthcare and other costs if nine out of ten babies were exclusively breastfed for six months. But according to UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report 2011, 136.7 million babies are born worldwide and only about one-third of them are breastfed exclusively in the first six months. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, here are five tips to help new moms save money on breastfeeding supplies.

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Best Buys at the World's Longest Yard Sale or One in Your Neighborhood

Posted on 08/08/2012

The World’s Longest Yard Sale is celebrating its 25th year. From August 2-5 thousands of people will hunt for bargains along a 690-mile stretch of the 127 corridor from Michigan to Alabama. If you’re attending this endless yard sale, or just happen to be hitting up the ones in your own community, here are some of the best bargains these secondhand sales have to offer.

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Back-to-School Deals to Score Even if You Don't Have Kids

Posted on 08/07/2012

This can be an expensive time of year for parents, who spend an average of $688 on back-to-school supplies, according to the National Retail Federation. If you’re not a parent—don’t completely tune out those advertisements for sales geared towards this crowd. There are plenty of back-to-school deals to score even if you don’t have kids.

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Free Clutter-Clearing Apps to Help You Get Organized

Posted on 08/06/2012

It’s National Simplify Your Life Week and with all of the organizational products available today, your Smartphone may be the most useful. Here are the best free clutter-clearing apps available to help you get organized.

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Freebies at Your Local Hospital Even if You're Not a Patient

Posted on 07/27/2012

There’s no denying that healthcare costs a lot of money. Racking up a huge hospital bill is not that difficult these days, but for people looking for preventative care or support many hospitals do offer free services for community members.

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Taking Advantage of 2012 Summer Sales Tax Holidays

Posted on 07/26/2012

States from Alabama to Virginia have sales tax holidays coming up, just in time for back-to-school shopping. According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, 17 states are giving shoppers tax breaks during weekends in August or September. ( Take full advantage of this savings with these simple tips.

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Expecting? How to Score Valuable Baby Coupons

Posted on 07/25/2012

Newborns may be tiny, but they can cost quite a bit. According to’s survey of more than 1,000 new moms, baby’s first year costs an average of $10,158. Looking to do better for your budget? Check out these ways to score valuable baby coupons.

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How to Get Free (Or Low Cost) Tools to Complete Your Summer DIY Project

Posted on 07/25/2012

Whether you want to build a deck, remodel a bathroom or repair damaged drywall, home maintenance projects can get expensive. DIY doesn’t always spell C-H-E-A-P, especially when you factor in the costs of having to buy the right tools for the job. There’s good news for all the do-it-yourselfers out there. Just check out these ways to get free or low cost tools to complete your summer DIY project.

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Beware: Top Summer Scams According to the Better Business Bureau

Posted on 07/24/2012

Peaches aren’t the only things in season during summer. It seems to be a particular hot time of year for scammers looking to make a quick buck off of unsuspecting consumers. The Better Business Bureau wants you to know about several summer scams.

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Free Places To Visit This Summer

Posted on 07/23/2012

These days it seems like everyone is pinching pennies and looking for ways to save. Usually, that leaves vacation time as just a wish on a list. But not this year! Here we've discovered a few things to do with the family this summer that will keep your wallet right where you want it...In your back pocket! Because visiting these extraordinary places won't cost you a dime, they're all free. Hope to see you there!

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Five Quick Ways to Shave $100 Off Your Monthly Grocery Bill

Posted on 07/20/2012

The drought is doing a number on American crops. The Department of Agriculture designated around 1,300 counties as disaster zones because of drought and excessive heat, according to the LA Times. (,0,3098599.story) That damage could translate into higher prices at the grocery store. Bite back by taking a significant chunk out of your grocery store spending with these five tips for shaving $100 off your monthly food bill.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Are You Willing to Spend for Summer Vacation?

Posted on 07/19/2012

Taking the kids to Mount Rushmore or jetting off to Cabo for a week? The average American family spends $4,000 on summer vacation, according to a poll from American Express. Another online poll quizzed our neighbors to the north and found that the average Canadian plans to spend $1,700. We asked you to share your summer plans on Facebook and Twitter to find out what you’re willing to spend on a summer getaway.

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Under $20: Products to Help You Keep Cool Outdoors

Posted on 07/18/2012

The blazing summer sun can be ruthless—especially if you have no choice but to be outside. Hopefully you’re already lathering up with sunscreen, but UV protection does little to actually provide relief from the heat. These affordable products can help keep you cool outdoors.

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Summer's Most Frugal Foods

Posted on 07/17/2012

Trying to save money on food? As the temperature heats up, prices on some hot summer staples falls down. So if you’re trying to do more with your money at the grocery store, stick these frugal summer foods in your shopping cart.

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How to Help Your Air Conditioner during a Heat Wave

Posted on 07/16/2012

After one of the hottest Junes on record since the 1930s, much of the US is bracing for another heat wave. The greatest demand for electricity is expected to be in the Midwest and Northeast. These soaring temperatures can put a strain on your air conditioner. To avoid overworking what is probably one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home, consider these tips for helping your air conditioner during a heat wave.

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The Financial Life of an Olympic Athlete

Posted on 07/13/2012

It’s every little kid’s dream—being an Olympic athlete. But what does it cost to make that dream a reality? A lot of time and money according to experts. While the payoff is huge for a few athlete superstars, it’s a long road of hard work and financial commitment for most elite Olympians.

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The Priciest Seats at the 2012 Olympic Games

Posted on 07/11/2012

Grabbing a seat at the Olympic games in London can cost as little as $35. But tickets to the most popular events cost hundreds—even thousands—of dollars. Here’s a look at the priciest seats at the 2012 Olympic games.

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A Cost Comparison of Cord Blood Banks

Posted on 07/10/2012

The umbilical cord that connects mother and baby could also be the path to future medical developments. Stem cells have been used to treat nearly 80 diseases including like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Because July is Cord Blood Awareness Month now is the time to research the option of banking your baby’s cord blood should a need develop in the future.

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Summer Freebies: Free Books, Movies and Entertainment for Kids

Posted on 07/10/2012

Summer should be a time of excitement, learning and growing for kids. While trips to theme parks and adventures at summer camp can be great, they can also be expensive. Thankfully for parents and caregivers there are loads of summer freebies including free books, free movies and free entertainment just for little ones.

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Getting to the Games: The Cost of Travel, Tickets and Souvenirs for the 2012 Olympics

Posted on 07/09/2012

Spectators and scalpers are snatching up nearly 11 million tickets to the London 2012 games. Once touted as the most expensive games in Olympic history, some bargains are now starting to surface. But if you’re still thinking about how you can get to the games, here’s what you can expect to fork over for some Olympic action.

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Ice Cream Coupons and Deals for National Ice Cream Month

Posted on 07/06/2012

Let’s all stop to thank Ronald Reagan. No matter what your political affiliation, chances are you like ice cream and it was Reagan that designated July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984. Celebrate by indulging in a cool treat on a warm day with one of these hot ice cream coupons and deals.

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Facebook Poll: Are you Concerned About Healthcare Costs?

Posted on 07/05/2012

Health care reform’s individual mandate received approval from the Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s concerns over healthcare costs are disappearing. A recent poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation found that nearly four in five Massachusetts residents who have had a serious illness worry about the cost of health care. But what about Bargainist readers—are you concerned with healthcare costs? Here’s what you told us on Facebook.

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How to Help Colorado Wildfire Victims and Responders

Posted on 07/03/2012

Wildfires are ravaging the state of Colorado, destroying hundreds of homes and killing several people. Officials estimate the cost of battling just one of the fires to be closing in on $9 million with more than 1,500 firefighters working to contain the 28-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire. But there are many other fires burning in Colorado and New Mexico. Want to do more than simply watch the devastation on the news? Here are six ways to help wildfire victims and responders.

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The Expense of Fireworks: What Communities Spend for July 4th

Posted on 07/02/2012

Ever wonder how much money gets shot up into the sky during Fourth of July celebrations? According to experts the average city spends around $3,000 while larger communities blow about $25,000 on fireworks displays. But the biggest bang happens in the largest US metropolitan areas where a Fourth of July pyrotechnics show can cost millions.

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Bargainist Gift Guide: Great American Picnic Day

Posted on 06/29/2012

Life may not always be a picnic, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying one this summer with family and friends. Ten days after the official start of summer the US celebrates Great American Picnic Day. Use June 30 to gather outdoors with loved ones for a fresh meal and the perfect picnic party gift.

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Saving Money at the Biggest and Best Theme Parks

Posted on 06/29/2012

If you haven’t been to a theme park lately you might be in for sticker shock. A single ticket at some of the most popular parks in the country can set you back $100 or more. That makes a family trip to the theme park an expensive excursion. But here are some unique ways to try to cut costs on admission at some of the biggest and best theme parks.

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How to Save Money and Have a Safer Fourth of July

Posted on 06/28/2012

How will you celebrate our country’s 236th birthday? For most people, the Fourth of July involves three things: food, fireworks and fun. Here are some tips to save money and have a safer Fourth of July.

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How to Jazz Up Your Fourth of July Picnic on a Budget

Posted on 06/27/2012

Burgers, potato salad, sparklers, repeat. If you can’t tell one Fourth of July picnic from the next then check out these budget-friendly ways to jazz up your celebration, adding style without adding cost.

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Backyard DIY: Free Deck Building Help

Posted on 06/27/2012

Outdoor space shines this time of year. Decks offer homeowners a retreat without having to leave the comfort of home. But creating this outdoor oasis can cost thousands of dollars. According to the pros installing a deck can cost an average of $33 a square foot. That’s more than $10,000 for a 16’x20’ deck. If you’re thinking about installing, enlarging or reconstructing a deck on your piece of property, check out these free deck building resources to save some money.

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Budget Friendly Ice Cream Recipes

Posted on 06/25/2012

There’s nothing better than a smooth, creamy helping of ice cream on a hot summer day. While some argue that ice cream is kind of like pizza—even the cheap stuff is pretty good—homemade ice cream can be heaven. These recipes and tips prove it doesn’t have to be costly to make either.

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Ten Things You Need to Know About Your Grocery Store to Save More Money

Posted on 06/22/2012

Ever feel like the grocery store is taking a big bite out of your paycheck? Food is a necessity, but paying top dollar for it doesn’t have to be. Finding out these facts about your grocery store can help you save more money.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: What Was Your Worst Summer Job?

Posted on 06/21/2012

You may be a successful doctor, teacher or plumber now, but it probably wasn’t always that way. Young people wanting to earn some cash are often willing to take on some dirty, sweaty, and even dangerous jobs. For examples we turned to you on Facebook and Twitter asking, what was your worst summer job? Turns out we have some hardworking friends and followers.

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Free Kid-Friendly Apps for Summer Entertainment

Posted on 06/20/2012

Your Smartphone or iPad can be a lifesaver when summer boredom strikes. Be prepared by downloading a few free and educational apps that will keep your kids entertained and informed. They can work on everything from their Spanish vocabulary to their chess skills and you won’t have to hire a pricey tutor to teach the lessons.

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Five Tempting Summer Purchases You Shouldn't Make

Posted on 06/19/2012

With the official arrival of summer comes the onset of shopper-itis. Suddenly your home, patio and life in general feel like they need a makeover. While some major summer purchases can seem like a good idea at the time, you may want to save your pennies for another season. Here are five tempting summer buys that you probably shouldn’t make.

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Easy Ways Kids Can Earn Extra Cash This Summer

Posted on 06/18/2012

Fewer than three in 10 teenagers have landed a summer job, the lowest number since World War II. According to the Department of Labor, 14 is the minimum age for employment for non-agricultural jobs. Whether they can’t find a job, or they’re too young to work, kids can still try out their entrepreneurial side this summer and make extra cash. Here are seven easy ways kids can earn some spending money this summer.

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From Wedding Guest to Groomsman: How Much Will Attending a Wedding Cost?

Posted on 06/15/2012

According to a recent report from Reuters the average cost of a wedding is about $27,000, not including the honeymoon expenses. In New York City the average price jumps to $65,824. Couples aren’t the only ones spending more—wedding guests are too. Here’s what you can expect to pay whether you’re a guest or a groomsman.

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Swimsuit Ready: How to Save Money on a Juice Fast

Posted on 06/14/2012

Want to shed some pounds before flaunting that swimsuit? A juice fast can be a great way to get ready for the beach, but it can also be expensive. It takes a lot of produce to fill one glass with pure juice, but there are ways to save money on a juice fast.

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Last Minute Wedding Budget Busters to Consider

Posted on 06/13/2012

It’s that time of year again—women all over the country will be pulling on beautiful white gowns, walking down the aisle and saying “I do.” While getting married is a wonderful experience it can also be an expensive one. According to wedding professionals, these five areas can be last minute budget busters if you’re not careful.

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Gifts for Dad That Don't Cost Money

Posted on 06/12/2012

Fatherhood deserves recognition, but acknowledgement doesn’t have to come with a spending requirement. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $117.14 on Father's Day this year, up ten percent from last year. But that doesn’t mean you have to be average. Give dad credit without using credit—or cash for that matter. These gift ideas for dad won’t cost any money at all.

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Free Summer Activities for Kids

Posted on 06/11/2012

Need help keeping your kids occupied, but don’t want to spend lots of money sending them to the water park every day? Thankfully for budget-conscious parents, some of the best summer activities don’t require money at all.

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How to Budget Being in the Wedding Bridal Party

Posted on 06/08/2012

When a friend or family member asks you to stand next to them at the front of the church on one of the most important days of their life, it’s hard to say no. Being a member of the bride and groom’s wedding bridal party is an honor. But it comes at a cost that some wedding planners estimate to be around $1,000. Before you say yes to buying a dress you hate, flying to Vegas for the Bachelor party or forking over more cash for a wedding gift, set a budget for being in the bridal party.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Did You Spend Your Last $50?

Posted on 06/07/2012

Financial experts tend to agree that keeping close track of your money may help you save more of it. So we wanted to know, where did your last $50 go? Most of those who responded on Facebook and Twitter seem to be spending their cash responsibly, buying food and filling up their gas tanks.

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Great Summer eBook Beach Reads for $.99 or Less

Posted on 06/06/2012

The number of people who own tablets and eReaders has doubled in the past several months. That means this summer there could be a whole lot of Kindles, Nooks and iPads at the beach or by the pool. Even though your digital device may have set you back, stocking it up with great summer reading material definitely doesn’t have to. Check out these great summer eBook beach reads for $.99 or less.

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Father's Day Grilling Gear for Under $25

Posted on 06/05/2012

There’s just something about the grill that most dads adore—probably the fact that it involves meat and heat. Perhaps it was even premeditated that Father’s Day would fall in the heart of grilling season. Coincidence or not, get dad some grilling gear without frying your budget.

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How to Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on a Budget

Posted on 06/04/2012

Inside Britain and thousands of miles outside of it, people will be celebrating the Queen Mum’s Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for six decades now and while celebrating by purchasing some crown jewels would be fun, there are more budget-friendly ways to mark this royal occasion.

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How to Create an Affordable Hurricane Preparedness Kit

Posted on 05/30/2012

Tropical Storm Beryl dumped drenching rains on the southeast. Rough waters created by the storm killed one teen in violent surf near Daytona Beach, Florida, all days before the official June 1 start to hurricane season. Hurricanes are scary, but having a plan can reduce their impact. National Hurricane Preparedness Week is happening right now which makes this a great time to create your own hurricane preparedness kit. For less than $100 you can buy yourself improved peace of mind with a fully stocked disaster supply kit.

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Affordable Summer Day Camp Ideas for Kids

Posted on 05/29/2012

For kids, summer can be a magical time full of swimming pools and popsicles. But for parents, often when school ends panic can begin. Will they forget everything they learned? Will they do anything productive? Will they have anything to tell their classmates come September? A great solution to all of these questions is day camp, an affordable summer option that keeps kids active, involved and entertained.

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High End vs. Low End: Same Product, Different Packaging

Posted on 05/28/2012

You may think that name brand product is better quality than the cheaper generic option, but there’s a chance that the only thing that’s different is the packaging—and the price tag. It’s called contract marketing and over the past 20 years many retailers have created private-label brands, manufactured by the same companies making pricier products. For consumers, that means you can essentially get the same product in a less flashy package for a fraction of the cost.

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How to Budget for a Summer Vacation

Posted on 05/25/2012

If you don’t want to end up like the Griswold’s, out of money and hundreds of miles from home in your wood-paneled station wagon, you’ll want to take time to budget for your summer vacation. Many Americans are still feeling stretched between high gas prices, increased living costs and lower wages which is why creating a getaway budget is even more important.

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Lowering the Cost of Your Summer Road Trip

Posted on 05/24/2012

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and a big opportunity for road trips. AAA estimates that 34.8 million Americans will venture at least 50 miles from home, a half million more than last year. Roughly nine in ten of those travelers will be behind the wheel. Although gas prices aren’t as high as some predicted, economists say they’re high enough to keep some people home. While you may not be able to control the price at the pump, there are other ways to lower the cost of your summer road trip.

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How to Save Money When Sending Kids to Summer Camp

Posted on 05/23/2012

Each year more than 11 million children and adults attend camp, according to the American Camp Association. It’s a great way to keep kids from spending the entire summer in front of the computer and fortunately there are more than 12,000 camps in the US—one for every interest and budget. The average cost ranges from $100-$800 a week in fees so consider these tips for saving money on summer camp.

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Avoid Skin Cancer for Less Than $10

Posted on 05/22/2012

According to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, this year about 76,250 new melanomas will be diagnosed. Cases of melanoma have been increasing for the last three decades. Incidence rates for melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. Since May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, it’s a great time to consider ways of avoiding this terrible disease that impacts millions.

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Frugal, Fun Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on 05/21/2012

Memorial Day may be for remembering those who have passed on, but it’s also a great time to enjoy life. The three day weekend always falls at the end of May and this year it’s May 26-28. Need some ideas for fun, frugal activities? Whether you want traditional celebrations that honor the dead or you’re looking for ways to kick off the unofficial start to summer, there is something to fill your Memorial Day weekend.

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Food Party Platter Deals for Graduation Gatherings

Posted on 05/18/2012

Spending more than a dozen years hitting the books and working up the ranks of the education system deserves some recognition. Graduation parties are a time to gather friends and family to celebrate a student’s completion of high school or college. Typical fare for a graduation gathering are food party platters—they’re easy, universally enjoyed and, with these deals, an affordable option.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: What Baby Gear Turned Out to be a Waste of Money?

Posted on 05/17/2012

College tuition costs might freak out parents, but newborns aren’t exactly easy on the wallet either. According to MSN Money, the first year of a child’s life runs between $9,000 and $11,000 on average. So we wanted to know—what baby gear turned out to be a waste of money? Here’s what you told us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Why Unemployed Graduates May Want to Work for Free

Posted on 05/16/2012

For recent college graduates the thought of working for free after putting in four long years of term papers and Ramen noodles while racking up thousands in student debt may seem crazy. But finding a job even with a diploma is increasingly difficult. According to a 2011 report, the unemployment rate among college grads under the age of 26 is sitting at 8.9 percent. Here are five reasons why unemployed graduates may want to work for free.

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Saving Money on Summer Travel: Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels

Posted on 05/15/2012

It’s time to put your summer getaway plans in motion. Along with nailing down a destination, organizing activities and booking transportation you’ll have to find a place to crash. Before you just assume a hotel is the way to go, you may want to consider a vacation rental.

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Now Hiring: Job Listing Cost Comparisons

Posted on 05/14/2012

The Unemployment rate is slowly dropping. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics it fell to 8.1 percent in April of 2012, down nearly a full percentage point from a year ago. That’s good news for job hunters and it must mean that employers are hiring. Companies trying to find the best employee will most likely turn to the Internet to help. If you’re concerned about cost and value, these job listing site cost comparisons may help you decide where to go to find the perfect person for the position.

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How to Talk to Your Partner About Money

Posted on 05/11/2012

Conflicts among couples can arise about a variety of topics: children, chores, family and friends. But it’s financials that get the most attention during disputes. According to a new survey by the American Institute of CPAs, the number one touchiest topic in American households is money. Want to talk numbers without being at odds? Check out these tips for communicating with your partner about money.

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How to Use Your Smartphone as a Shopping Tool

Posted on 05/11/2012

Next to your honest friend that tells you the truth about that pair of jeans you’re about to buy, your smartphone could be the best shopping tool you’ve got. According to comScore, more than half of American smartphone owners use their phone while shopping in stores. But with great benefits like these—it’s something every savvy smartphone owner should be doing.

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Mother's Day Freebies and Food Deals

Posted on 05/10/2012

Mom knows you’re smart. But you can prove it by spending wisely this Mother’s Day. These Mother’s Day freebies and food deals will help you express your love and your frugal side.

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Last Minute, Low Cost Gifts for Mom

Posted on 05/09/2012

Consumers may be paying more for groceries and gas this year, but that’s not stopping many shoppers from spending more on mom too. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Mother’s Day spending is expected to increase from $140.73 in 2011 to $152.52 in 2012. Total spending is estimated to be $18.6 billion. Mom will be spoiled with clothing, electronics, flowers and more. But if your budget is a little less lofty, we have some ideas for honoring mom without blowing your budget.

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Throwing a Memorable Graduation Open House on a Budget

Posted on 05/09/2012

Finishing high school or completing college deserves recognition. Holding a graduation open house can be a great way to put the student in the spotlight while welcoming in friends and family. But with school expenses looming the thought of planning a big party can be financially overwhelming. Throwing a memorable graduation open house on a budget is the smart way to go.

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Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Vision

Posted on 05/07/2012

Millions of Americans have undetected vision problems and eye conditions. And since May is Healthy Vision Month, it’s a great time to think about ways to improve your eyesight. Taking care of your peepers doesn’t have to be pricey, either.

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Facebook Poll: Should High School Graduates Worry About Racking Up School Debt?

Posted on 05/03/2012

More than half of college graduates with bachelor’s degrees under the age of 25 either couldn’t find a job or were underemployed according to a recent analysis by the Associated Press. National Public Radio reports that Americans now owe more on student loans than they owe on credit cards-- $857 billion in student debt compared to $704 billion in credit card debt. So as high school graduates prepare to enter the world of higher education, we wanted to know whether you thought they need to take school debt into consideration.

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How to Save Money with Pinterest

Posted on 05/02/2012

The stats surrounding virtual pinboard Pinterest are pretty astounding: over 10.4 million registered users with 11 million visits each week according to experts. It can be a great place to find recipes, drool-worthy fashion and decorating ideas. But did you know another one of Pinterest’s super powers is to help users save money?

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Free and Cheap Cinco de Mayo Decorations

Posted on 05/01/2012

Cinco de Mayo, translated to fifth of May, marks the Mexican army’s 1862 win over France at the Battle of Puebla. While it typically passes by without much fanfare in Mexico, it’s become a big reason to party in the US. Celebrate Mexican culture and heritage affordably with these free and cheap Cinco de Mayo decorations.

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How to Help High School Grads Make Smart Money Moves

Posted on 04/27/2012

High school graduates may think they know a thing or two about the real world, but in reality, adult guidance could help them avoid costly mistakes. Before they head off to college, squander away the summer or start punching the time clock full time, here are some ways you can help.

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Spring Fling: Cost Comparison of Online Dating Sites

Posted on 04/26/2012

According to one in five relationships start online. Once upon a time online dating was reserved for the recluse, but now the digital search for love caters to everyone. There are more than 1,500 dating sites geared toward every niche, hobby and religion you can think of. But if you’re looking for a spring romance and want to go more mainstream, this cost comparison explains what you can expect from some of the most popular online dating sites.

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How to Get a Beach Body with a $100 Home Gym

Posted on 04/26/2012

Summer is rapidly approaching and so is the day when you’ll have to pull on your swimsuit. Get in shape without leaving your home with the help of free online workouts and about $100 in equipment.

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The Biggest Gas Saving Scams and Myths

Posted on 04/25/2012

A car that runs on water? Turning cooking oil into fuel? The pain at the pump can make drivers buy in to some unusual methods for saving money on gas. But before you do make sure you conduct your own research. You could end up spending more of your hard earned money on a gas saving scam like these.

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Affordable Ways to Baby Proof Your Home

Posted on 04/23/2012

Here’s a scary fact—the leading causes of unintentional injury-related death for infants are suffocation, car crashes, drowning, fire or burns, falls and poisoning. Every year about 2.5 million little ones are killed or injured from common household dangers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The goal of Safe Kids Week, celebrated from April 21-28 this year, is to educate adults about how to keep all kids safe at home and at play. Thankfully making your home baby proof doesn’t have to be expensive.

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Free Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Administrative Assistant

Posted on 04/23/2012

Administrative professionals can be what keep your office running smoothly. They often manage budgets, prepare reports and ensure that the supply closet is adequately stocked. So don’t let April 25, also known as Administrative Professional’s Day, pass by without saying thanks to these hard working employees.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: Should the Food Stamp-Using Lottery Winner Face Jail Time?

Posted on 04/19/2012

Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton banked $735,000 before taxes last fall. Yet authorities say she continued to collect food stamps and public health insurance despite her windfall. The mother of a one-year-old was charged with welfare fraud and now could spend up to four years in prison. We asked you on Facebook and Twitter whether you thought jail time was appropriate for this jackpot winner.

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Free and Cheap Apps to Help You Be More Earth Friendly

Posted on 04/19/2012

Turn your Smartphone green with some earth-friendly apps. Every app on the list is either free or cheap so improving your eco-friendly side won’t require big bucks. These are easy ways to be more environmentally aware for Earth Day 2012.

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Going Organic: What's Worth the Cost and What's Not

Posted on 04/18/2012

According to the Organic Trade Association, more than a billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the US. Eating organic can help reduce agricultural pollution and avoid exposure to pesticides that some studies show can adversely affect the nervous system, increase risk of cancer and decrease fertility. But eating organic also comes at a cost that can be as much as 50-100% higher than conventional food products. Does it pay to buy organic?

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Affordable Ways to Celebrate Finishing Your Taxes

Posted on 04/16/2012

The buzzer is about to sound and time will run out on the tax clock for another year. Whether you filed your taxes early like a model citizen or procrastinated until the last minute, finishing your taxes deserves some celebration. But don’t go blowing that entire tax refund in one place. Consider these more affordable ways to celebrate.

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Jetting Off: Airline Savings Secrets

Posted on 04/13/2012

You’re probably feeling the pinch at the pump and airlines are no different. According to Airlines For America, fuel is the largest single expense for airlines, accounting for about one-third of their budgets. So when the cost of fuel goes up your ticket price could too. If you plan to jet off this spring or summer, consider these airline savings secrets.

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Last Minute Tax Tips

Posted on 04/13/2012

Taxpayers may have a little extra time this year thanks to a holiday in Washington DC, but April 17 is still approaching quickly. Need some motivation to kick your accounting skills into high gear? Check out these last minute tax tips.

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How to Avoid the High Costs of Distracted Driving

Posted on 04/12/2012

The driver next to you might be plucking her eyebrows. The guy in the truck could be updating his Facebook status. About every 24 seconds there is a crash involving a cell phone, according to the National Safety Council. While the vast majority of drivers agree that texting or emailing while driving is unacceptable, one-third admitted doing it during the last month. Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month here are ways to avoid the high costs of losing focus on the road.

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Free Ways to Keep America Beautiful

Posted on 04/11/2012

More than 51 billion pieces of litter land on US road ways each year, costing almost $11.5 billion to clean up. Since 1960 the amount of trash generated in America has almost tripled, totaling 250 million tons of garbage a year. America may be beautiful, but there’s plenty of trash to go around. In honor of Keep America Beautiful month this April, try these free ways to keep your corner of it clean.

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Scoring Sports Equipment Deals

Posted on 04/11/2012

April is a great time to spring into action. That could mean working on your backhand at the tennis court, running sprints at the track or shooting hoops with friends. You don’t need to spend big bucks to get in shape—especially when you take advantage of these sports equipment deals.

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Free Ways to Support World Health Day

Posted on 04/11/2012

April 7 marks the 64th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. On that day the world is invited to come together to celebrate World Health Day. The focus of this year’s events will be on how good health throughout life can help older people live fuller and more productive lives. Here are ways you can support this initiative without spending money.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Will You Spend For Easter?

Posted on 04/06/2012

The average American will shell out $145.28 for Easter stuff. That includes Easter apparel, food, decorations and, of course, chocolate. That’s an 11 percent increase compared to last year. With total spending expected to reach $16.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, we wanted to know what you plan to spend for Easter.

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5 Reasons to Consider Walking to Work

Posted on 04/04/2012

The average commute to work for Americans is 25.1 minutes and while walking to work may take extra time there are plenty of benefits to it. The first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day. The American Podiatric Medical Association supports the initiative and here are five reasons why you should too.

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Simple Ways to Save Money on Spring Planting

Posted on 04/03/2012

Green thumb or not gardening can be a relaxing and fruitful activity. But a trip to the local gardening super center can be a costly venture. Whether you’re whipping your yard into shape or starting a veggie garden, here are tips to help you save money on spring planting.

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Easter Weekend Travel: How to Save Money at the Pump

Posted on 03/28/2012

The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend 11% more on Easter candy, clothes and merchandise this year, pushing sales to $16.8 billion. That doesn’t even take into consideration what people will pay to fill up their tanks as they hop out of town for the upcoming holiday weekend. If you’re walking on egg shells wondering how much damage your holiday travel plans will do to your budget, consider these ways to save money at the pump.

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Free April Fools Pranks to Pull with Your Smartphone

Posted on 03/28/2012

Foolishness is fair game on April 1 thanks to April Fools’ Day. Enlist the help of your Smartphone to pull off some seriously funny pranks. And don’t worry—these are all done with the help of free iPhone apps.

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Earn Cash While Spring Cleaning: How to Make Money with Craigslist

Posted on 03/27/2012

Spring and cleaning go together like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Instead of trashing that uncovered clutter, head to one of the web’s most popular destinations for buying and selling everything from cars to kids clothing. According to Alexa traffic rankings, Craigslist is the 10th most popular website in the entire United States. If you want to use it to line your pockets with extra cash here are tips for making more money with the help of Craigslist.

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Easy Ways to Raise Money for Your Favorite School

Posted on 03/22/2012

Schools across the country are facing shrinking budgets and expanding enrollment. In many cases they’re forced to do more with less. Most of us can’t write big fat checks to help, but there are easy ways you can raise money for your favorite school without altering your budget.

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Budget and Freezer Friendly Meals for National Frozen Food Month

Posted on 03/22/2012

Do you spend much time down the frozen food aisle of your grocery store? You may want to give it a second look if you’re trying to reduce your grocery budget. March is National Frozen Food Month which is a great time to try out these freezer friendly meals that also happen to be very budget friendly, too.

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Apps to Help You with Spring Cleaning and Organizing

Posted on 03/19/2012

Whip your home into shape with the help of your Smartphone. Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about tackling spring cleaning. Thankfully there are now apps to help you get the job done. You won’t be able to put away the mop and bucket, but at least you can be more high tech in your approach.

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Avoiding Pain at the Pump: Ways to Earn Free Fuel

Posted on 03/16/2012

Gas is like liquid gold right now and experts say your trip to the pump is only going to get pricier. It’s time to start getting creative about how to avoid the pain at the pump. Check out these unique ways to earn free fuel.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Are Gas Prices Impacting You?

Posted on 03/15/2012

If your trips to the pump seem to be getting more painful by the day you’re not alone. According to AAA, the current national average for a gallon of Regular Unleaded gas is $3.82. That’s about $.30 higher than a month ago and $.27 higher than a year ago. As summer approaches some experts are predicting prices could go even higher, possibly surpassing the high of $4.11 set in July of 2008. We wanted to know how rising gas prices are impacting the rest of your life. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.

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Ten Low Cost Ways to be More Nutritious

Posted on 03/14/2012

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hoping you “get your plate in shape” during March, which is National Nutrition Month. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing good eating habits, which doesn’t have to mean a higher grocery bill. Check out these ten ways to be more nutritious on a budget.

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How to Enjoy Spring Break at Home

Posted on 03/13/2012

Jumping gas prices may prompt some spring break travelers to plan a staycation rather than an adventurous getaway. But spring break can be fun whether you’re in an exotic location or exploring your own community. Here are the top ways to enjoy spring break at home.

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St. Patrick's Day Fun: Low Cost Ways to Celebrate Your Irish Heritage

Posted on 03/12/2012

More than 45 million Americans claim Irish heritage, making it the second largest ethnic group in the country. If you’re of Irish descent now is the time to celebrate your roots with some low cost St. Patrick’s Day fun.

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Refund Anticipation Loans: Helpful or Scam?

Posted on 03/09/2012

For those who expect a tax refund, you may think you can’t get that windfall in your bank account fast enough. That’s why some people turn to Refund Anticipation Loans. It’s a quick, short-term personal loan that uses a person’s IRS tax refund as collateral so that the borrower can get the cash even before Uncle Sam cuts their check. Some say it’s helpful, others say it’s a scam. Here’s a look at both sides.

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Top Tips to Boost Your iPad 2 Trade-In for an iPad 3

Posted on 03/07/2012

For Apple fans, the anticipation of the iPad 3’s arrival is palpable. According to you can earn around $300 for your iPad 2 using trade-in services like Nextworth, BuyMyTronics and eBay. That’s a good chunk of change to put towards your new iPad 3 when it becomes available to the general public.

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Affordable Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month

Posted on 03/06/2012

March is a time set aside to pay tribute to generations of women who have made an invaluable impact on society. Women’s History Month started as a national celebration in 1987 and each year is given a different theme. For 2012, the theme is Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment. Get educated and be inspired with these affordable ideas.

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Free and Cheap Ways to Sleep Better

Posted on 03/05/2012

Many of us covet more quality time with our mattress. And since National Sleep Awareness Week falls from March 5-11 now is the time to focus on the importance of shut eye. We’ll all lose one hour of sleep this weekend with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time so it’s best that we make the most of our rest with these free and cheap ways to sleep better.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Will You Spend or Save Your Tax Refund?

Posted on 03/02/2012

While you may dread tax season, getting your refund can be fun. Some people bank it, some people blow it, but judging by our latest Facebook and Twitter poll, many of you plan to do a little bit of both.

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Free Resources for Read Across America Day

Posted on 03/01/2012

Not only is March 2 Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it’s also Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association. The purpose of Read Across America is to encourage children in every community to celebrate reading. Thankfully there are lots of free resources to help educators, parents and children put reading on the calendar every day, not just March 2.

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Helpful Apps for Tax Time

Posted on 02/29/2012

The countdown is on—April 17, 2012 will be here before you know it. If the thought of Tax Day makes your stomach churn, then pull out your Smartphone. The key to a less stressful tax season could be just a trip to the app store away with these helpful apps for tax time.

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Free and Cheap Apps to Help You Plan and Enjoy a Spring Break Getaway

Posted on 02/28/2012

Before you stress out over planning the perfect spring break, turn to your Smartphone for help. There are apps to assist you with every aspect of planning—from managing expenses with friends to finding the most affordable food at your destination.

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The Race for the White House: A Look at Campaign Finances

Posted on 02/27/2012

The GOP race is heating up and narrowing down. On March 6, also known as Super Tuesday, voters in ten states will head to the polls for primaries or caucuses. In addition to finding out where each candidate stands on top issues like the economy, education and national security, many voters are looking at the numbers to investigate how much each candidate is spending, what they pay in taxes and just how generous they really are.

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Tax Prep Debate: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Posted on 02/24/2012

Whether you’re expecting a tax refund or will have to pay out of pocket, it’s going to cost you an average of $258 to get your taxes prepared. According to, about three in five taxpayers now pay CPAs, enrolled agents, H&R Block or other services to prepare their tax returns. Twenty-nine percent of Americans choose to use software like TurboTax. Cost aside, here are some clues that will guide you in deciding whether to do your taxes yourself or hire a professional.

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How to Get Oscar-Worthy Looks on a Budget

Posted on 02/23/2012

When the stars collide on the red carpet for the Oscars you can expect to see pops of Chanel, glimpses of Gaultier and a round or two of Armani. But we know that celebrities don’t have all the fun so if you’re hunting for an Oscar-worthy look on a non-movie star budget, here are some options.

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How to Use Leap Day to Improve Your Finances

Posted on 02/22/2012

Every four years we all get an extra day: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. Some of us will waste it, but if we’re smart we’ll use February 29 to do something productive. Here are some tips for using Leap Day to improve your finances.

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The Hottest (And Most Affordable) Spring Break Destinations for 2012

Posted on 02/21/2012

Don’t stay home—instead make spring break 2012 one of the hottest weeks of the year. And do it without breaking the bank. Visit one of these popular and affordable spring break destinations.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Would You Spend a $336.4 Million Powerball Win?

Posted on 02/21/2012

Someone in Rhode Island is one of the luckiest people on the planet. That person is holding the winning lottery ticket—a slip of paper worth $336.4 million ($210 million after taxes.) So far no one’s stepped forward for the third largest jackpot in history. So we thought it would be fun to dream a little bit—and apparently so did you. We received lots of feedback through Twitter and Facebook when we asked how you would spend the prize.

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Presidents’ Day Sales: Where to Shop for White House-Worthy Deals

Posted on 02/17/2012

We honor the first President of the United States, George Washington, in many ways: some of us get the day off from school, some don’t have to work and others score great deals on bedding, home goods and even cars. Presidents’ Day falls on Monday, February 20 this year. Celebrate our country’s leaders by scoring some White House-worthy deals.

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Leap Year Deals and Savings

Posted on 02/16/2012

It only happens once every four years—February gets a little longer. This year the extra day falls on Wednesday, February 29. Some retailers and businesses are using the additional time to boost business with these leap year deals and savings.

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Freebies and Games for Your Mardi Gras Celebration

Posted on 02/15/2012

Pull out your purple, green and gold—Mardi Gras is around the corner! Planning a festive bash? Before you blow your bead budget on games and décor, check out these Mardi Gras freebies.

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Celebrity Apprentice Season 5: A Look at Stars' Charities of Choice

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Posted on 02/14/2012

The only thing bigger than the serving of drama dished out each week on the new season of NBC’s reality hit Celebrity Apprentice are the egos put on display. The new cast makes its prime time debut on Sunday, February 19 and includes models, actors, talk show hosts and performers all hoping to impress the cashmere socks off of billionaire Donald Trump. And while many of the contestants may be on the show hoping to inject their careers with a shot of star power, they’re also competing for their charities of choice.

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Affordable Mardi Gras Costume Ideas

Posted on 02/13/2012

In New Orleans parades happen just about every day in February, but Mardi Gras officially falls on Tuesday, February 21 this year. With communities all over the country participating you definitely don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy some festive fun. Chances are most of your wardrobe is far too dull to celebrate properly so here are some low cost Mardi Gras costume ideas.

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American Heart Month: Affordable Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Posted on 02/10/2012

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke. Now is the time to fight back. February is American Hearth Month and with these affordable, simple steps, you can begin to improve your heart health.

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DIY Valentine's Day: Free Online Printables

Posted on 02/10/2012

Some people absolutely love Valentine’s Day, others, well, not so much. But the cool thing about this holiday of love is that you don’t have to spend much money to celebrate it well. Get some assistance from these free online printables and create beautiful, sentimental DIY gifts for loved ones.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Valentine's Day Purchases Are You Planning?

Posted on 02/09/2012

Retailers are feeling the love this Valentine’s Day season. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers plan to spend 8.5% more this year than last. In fact, it’s the highest Valentine’s Day average in the survey’s 10-year history with the average person spending $126.03. The largest chunk will go towards jewelry, followed by an evening out and candy. That made us wonder, what Valentine’s purchases are you planning? Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.

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Cheaper Alternatives to Valentine's Day Chocolates and Roses

Posted on 02/06/2012

It appears that we as consumers are in love with spending money on chocolates and roses for our Valentines. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend $1.8 billion on flowers and $1.5 billion on candy. But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cupid’s Valentine’s Day staples, then try these ideas instead of buying chocolate and roses.

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Free Kid-Friendly Resources for Black History Month

Posted on 02/02/2012

Historian Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926 and the event eventually became known as Black History Month, which is observed every February. Woodson’s original goal was to educate Americans about African American history. That’s still the point of Black History Month, making it a great opportunity for parents to pass on important lessons to their children using free kid-friendly resources like these.

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Free eBooks for Your New Kindle, iPad, Nook or eReader

Posted on 02/01/2012

According to reports, the number of people owning tablets and eBook readers nearly doubled in the weeks from mid-December to early January 2012. According to Pew Internet Project, ownership of these devices jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent. If you are one of the millions who unwrapped an eBook device for Christmas or you already own one, these free eBooks will build up your digital library.

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Five Sure-Fire Ways to Stick with Resolutions Beyond January

Posted on 01/30/2012

As we wrap up the first month of 2012, it’s time to evaluate your New Year’s resolutions. While they’re simple to make, they’re even easier to break. But with these five sure-fire ways to stick with your resolutions beyond January you can become one of the few who achieve the goals you started out with in 2012.

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Do-It-Yourself Tax Preparation Deals

Posted on 01/27/2012

Tax Day 2012 is rapidly approaching. Although not nearly as fun as the countdown to Christmas, it’s a holiday that requires much preparation. This year personal income taxes must be filed by April 17. According to the IRS, they’ll receive more than 144 million individual tax returns this year. If you prefer to save a little cash and complete your taxes on your own, here are some do-it-yourself tax prep deals.

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How Pinterest Can Boost Your Income

Posted on 01/25/2012

Watch out Twitter, MySpace and Google Plus+. There’s a new social networking craze catching on. Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site and experts say it recently ranked as the 60th most visited site in the US. According to ComScore, Pinterest experienced a 270% increase in unique visitors between November and December. While using the site is a great way to be inspired in the areas of home décor, fashion and photography, there are also ways Pinterest can help you boost your income.

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Oscar Buzz: Highest Salaries in Hollywood

Posted on 01/24/2012

The nominations are in for the 84th annual Academy Awards. Martin Scorsese’s film “Hugo” received the most Oscar nods, accepting 11 nominations including one for best picture. Eight other films will compete for the title of 2011’s best film including “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” and “The Help.” Not only does an Oscar nomination help Hollywood A-listers’ egos, but it can also boost their income potential.

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Election Year Political Freebies

Posted on 01/20/2012

The political stage is thinning out and heating up. Soon the race for the 2012 White House will be down to just two candidates. If you want to make your voice heard or try to influence other people’s positions at the polls, check out these political freebies.

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Now this Twitter and Facebook Poll: Would You Rather Be Healthier or Wealthier

Posted on 01/19/2012

If we had the choice we’d probably want to be both: health and wealthy. But we wanted to know what you would choose if you could only select one option. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we delve into the philosophical question of whether it’s better to be in good physical or financial shape.

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Affordable Workout Apparel for Fitness Resolutions

Posted on 01/18/2012

Hovering at the top of most lists of New Year’s resolutions is the goal to lose weight and get in shape. A new survey from FITNESS Magazine and Yahoo! Shine found that 57% of women feel they look fat naked and roughly four in five adults have a body part they hate. One way to stick to your weight loss resolution is by looking good at the gym. These affordable workout gear options should help.

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Tips for Celebrating Chinese New Year on a Budget

Posted on 01/17/2012

You may have ushered in 2012 weeks ago, but the Chinese New Year is still approaching. On January 23, much of the world will celebrate Chinese New Year. Welcome in the Year of the Dragon saying “Xin Nian Kuai Le!” (Happy New Year!) to friends and family with these budget-friendly ideas.

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Five Financial Books to Add to Your 2012 Reading List

Posted on 01/16/2012

Did you resolve to read more in 2012? Or set a goal to get your finances in order? Then this list is for you. Here are five great financial books to add to your 2012 reading plan. These books won’t bore you or bog you down. Instead they’ll entertain and inspire you to be better with your biggest assets: your money and your time.

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How Family Meal Planning Services Can Save You Money

Posted on 01/13/2012

Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to worry about what to make for dinner and how much it’s going to cost to feed your family? Meal planning services are here to help. Think of them as the place where a personal chef meets a home economist for budget-conscious families.

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Your Last Minute Guide for Attending the Super Bowl on a Budget

Posted on 01/12/2012

The biggest kick off of the year happens on February 5 in Indianapolis. While tickets to the game start at about $2,200, there are still ways to experience one of the biggest athletic events of the year on a budget. You can bet it will be chilly there in Indiana, but if that’s not enough to deter you then here are some last minute tips for experiencing Super Bowl XLVI without spending a fortune.

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Low Cost Ways to Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on 01/11/2012

This January 16, 2012 is a day set aside to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It may be a federal holiday, which for many marks a day away from work, but it’s also time that can be used to honor his legacy through serving others. Unlike other holidays, this one doesn’t require your pocketbook. You only need time and compassion to celebrate MLK Day.

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How to Celebrate National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Posted on 01/10/2012

It may not get as much press as Thanksgiving or Christmas, but National Cut Your Energy Costs day is a holiday that we should all be celebrating. It falls on January 10 and was created as a way to encourage us all to reduce our carbon footprint. The more serious you are about celebrating, the more money and energy you can save.

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Free Resources to Help You Count Calories

Posted on 01/09/2012

Weight loss is basically a numbers game where the calories you burn need to come out ahead of the calories you consume. Tracking those digits has never been easier with a smorgasbord of free resources that will help you count calories and get healthy.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Do You Feel About What You Spent During the Holidays?

Posted on 01/06/2012

Holiday hangovers happen to the best of us—and not just from hitting the eggnog too hard. Overspending during Christmas can create a sick feeling once January rolls around. But going by our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, many of you did well with your holiday spending. Of course, maybe some are trying to avoid the fact that they busted through that holiday budget.

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Ten Tools For a More Organized 2012

Posted on 01/05/2012

Most of us have room for improvement when it comes to organization. If you don’t know what’s hiding at the bottom of the junk drawer or you forgot what the surface of your desk looks like then some of these tools will help you have a more organized 2012.

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How to Get Great Workouts Without Paying a Gym Membership

Posted on 01/05/2012

Did you resolve to shed pounds, chisel your abs or run a six minute mile? Don’t let the cost of a gym membership prevent you from achieving your fitness goals for 2012. You can get a great workout without paying a gym membership.

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Alternative New Year's Eve Celebration Ideas

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Posted on 12/30/2011

Year after year December 31 usually includes the countdown, a midnight kiss and a champagne toast. But if you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t involve Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest we’ve got some great New Year’s Eve celebration alternatives.

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The Best Apps to Help With New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on 12/29/2011

Setting goals for the new year? In order to make these resolutions stick why not turn to your Smartphone for some help? Whether you’re hoping to drink more water, lose weight or keep spending in check these apps can help.

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How to Start 2012 More Organized

Posted on 12/28/2011

With the launch of every new year comes the opportunity to make a fresh start by ditching bad habits and adopting some good ones. Sure, spring cleaning is still down the road, but this could also be a great time to plan and purge so you can start 2012 more organized.

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How to Return Presents Painlessly

Posted on 12/26/2011

If the trash can is full of crumpled wrapping paper and you can see the Christmas tree skirt again it’s time to take back those unwanted gifts and get what you were really hoping for this holiday season. According to Consumer Reports, one in five people plan to take back a gift, but if you don’t want to end up starring in your own rendition of the Nightmare after Christmas, consider these tips for returning presents painlessly.

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Celebrating Kwanzaa on a Budget

Posted on 12/22/2011

If you and your family are celebrating Kwanzaa this year you may be looking for ways to honor African heritage without spending lots of money. The good news is, this holiday doesn’t require big bucks—its’ more about learning and experiencing the culture. Consider these tips for celebrating Kwanzaa on a budget.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Are You a Last Minute Shopper?

Posted on 12/21/2011

There are those who complete their shopping long before the first snowflake makes its appearance and there are those who love the pressure of a last minute buying spree. Procrasti-shoppers are fairly common. The National Retail Federation found that one in ten shoppers plan to purchase their last holiday gift on Christmas Eve. As Christmas begins to close in we wanted to know if you’re a last minute shopper. Here’s what you told us on Facebook and through Twitter.

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Ten of the Best Presents for Re-Gifting

Posted on 12/20/2011

Whether you think re-gifting is rude or not, it’s still practiced by millions of people. A survey from American Express found that 79 percent of consumers believe re-gifting is socially acceptable during the holidays. The remaining 21 percent say the practice is “never” acceptable. Assuming you’re well-versed in the cardinal rules of re-gifting (i.e. Not giving a present back to the person who gave it to you, giving only new items and updating the gift wrap), you may want to re-gift one of these presents.

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Where to Score Free Holiday Music

Posted on 12/20/2011

No other time of year has such an extensive soundtrack as the Christmas season. Just about every recording artist has created a holiday album, but the good news is you don’t have to spend money to enjoy these lovely songs. Download some free tunes, turn the speakers up and have a holly jolly Christmas.

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Affordable (And Unforgettable) Gift Ideas

Posted on 12/16/2011

Try to remember what you got for Christmas in 2006. If you’re like most people you probably can’t recall. And sorry to say but most of the gifts you give, cherished as they may be, wind up becoming a distant memory. Want to give a gift that is truly unforgettable, but affordable at the same time? Here are some suggestions.

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The Best Holiday e-Cards

Posted on 12/15/2011

The truth is e-cards may never fully replace old fashioned paper ones, but for those who are trying to be more green—or those who don’t want to deal with the post office—there are plenty of great digital options. According to Hallmark, there are nearly 300 million e-cards sent annually, and many of those probably arrive in inboxes this time of year.

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How to Save Money Boarding Pets for the Holidays

Posted on 12/14/2011

This year an estimated $50.84 billion will be spent on pets in the US including $3.65 billion on grooming and boarding. Many pet owners heading out of town for the holidays are forced to find alternative options for their pets. Boarding your cat or dog adds a large expense to already expensive holiday travel plans so you may want to consider these money-saving ideas.

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Free Shipping Day: Secrets for Saving Even More

Posted on 12/13/2011

Next to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day may be one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Created in 2008, Free Shipping Day now offers shoppers thousands of opportunities to save money. Last year Free Shipping Day earned a spot as the third heaviest day of online shopping in history. Even though shoppers are spending billions, you can still save a ton.

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The Sweetest Christmas Cookies on a Budget

Posted on 12/12/2011

Just like eggnog and mistletoe, it’s tough to imagine the holidays without Christmas cookies. A batch of fresh treats can also make a kind gift for neighbors, teachers and co-workers. Celebrate the season with this sweet gift, but choose budget-friendly recipes to ensure that you aren’t spending too much dough on Christmas cookies.

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Operation WANA - Helping others during the holidays

Posted on 12/09/2011

If you're looking around and marveling at the abundance you have in your life and wondering how you can pay it forward, we've got an idea for you. One of our favorite bloggers, Modg, has a give-what-you-can program going on (pardon the language! >_<). Basically, if you're in need, post it in the comments - don't be shy, there are people just waiting to help! If you have anything you can give, be it time, a skill, a job lead, toys, or clothing, respond to someone in need!

Creative and Low Cost Holiday Party Themes

Posted on 12/09/2011

Before you pull out that tacky Christmas sweater for another round of holiday get-togethers, why not try a fresh and creative party theme? There are many affordable ways to generate yuletide joy without spending a sleigh-full of cash.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Are Christmas Cards Dying Out?

Posted on 12/08/2011

Christmas card deliveries have been dropping slightly over the past couple of years, but there are still about 1.5 billion showing up in mailboxes across America this holiday season. Hallmark says that more than 20 paper cards are sent for every one e-card. But we wanted to know whether you think holiday cards are a fading tradition. Some of you love the thought, but don’t have the time while others are committed to sending them year after year.

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Saving Money on Hanukkah Decorations

Posted on 12/08/2011

This year Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 20 and runs until sunset on December 28. There are more than 13 million Jews in the world and more than five million in the US, many of whom will be pulling out their menorahs for the Festival of Lights. Get ready for this eight night celebration with affordable Hanukkah decorations.

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Affordable Ways to Look Great at Holiday Parties

Posted on 12/06/2011

The holiday party is back in a big way this Christmas season. According to a Career Builder survey, 58% of employers are planning a holiday party for their workers this year, up from 52% in 2010. And more than a third of employees say they plan to attend their office party this time around. Now the big question is—what will you wear? Consider these affordable ways to look great at holiday parties.

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Tips for Making Your Christmas Tree Look Better and Last Longer

Posted on 12/06/2011

Half of US homes will have a fake tree this year. But for those who opt for a real tree, there’s nothing quite like the scent and beauty of a fresh pine, spruce or fir. According to Census numbers, Oregon contributes the most, harvesting nearly seven million Christmas trees annually. If you opt for the real deal, review these tips for keeping your tree perfect through the entire holiday season.

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The Best Apps to Help You Save and Organize Holiday Shopping

Posted on 12/06/2011

Having trouble remembering your grandma’s shoe size and which cousin is allergic to wool? Keep all of that straight and feel confident you’re getting the best gift at the best possible price all with the help of your trusty Smartphone.

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Important Shipping Dates and Advice for the Holidays

Posted on 12/01/2011

Letter carriers’ loads are about to get a whole lot bigger. The US Postal Service says they’ll deliver a whopping 16.5 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Shipping dates sneak up quickly so if you’ve got gifts to mail keep reading for key dates and advice that will ensure your packages arrive on time and in perfect condition.

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Affordable Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues

Posted on 11/30/2011

We expect our life to look like a Norman Rockwell painting and when it doesn’t, it’s common to feel down. Those unmet expectations coupled with financial pressures and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) create what’s also known as the winter blues. Combat this bout of sadness without giving yourself more money worries.

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How to Celebrate World AIDS Day

Posted on 11/29/2011

December 1 is a day set aside each year to bring attention to a disease that’s only been in the US for 30 years. While great strides have been made in the fight against HIV and AIDS, it’s still a reality for 1.1 million Americans. Celebrate World AIDS Day online and in your community to reduce stigma and improve awareness about this devastating epidemic.

Download a free poster at, print it out and write why you are Facing AIDS. Snap a photo of yourself holding the sign and then share it on the online gallery.

Test Your Knowledge of HIV/AIDS

Avert AIDS invites Facebook fans to play an interactive game that tests your HIV and AIDS knowledge. Avert is a UK-based charity working on prevention and care of those infected with HIV and AIDS. Ask your friends to play the Avert AID Challenge and see who can get the highest score.

Send a #WAD2011 Tweet
Tweet about HIV and AIDS on the first of December and inform your followers about the impacts of the disease. Be sure to use the hashtag #WAD2011 to join the conversation.

Get Tested
One in every five people living with HIV in the US doesn’t know it, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Government recommendations say that anyone who has had unprotected sex, shared needles or equipment with others or who has been diagnosed with hepatitis, TB or an STD should get tested. Find a testing site near you by visiting

Purchase an Umbrella
At noon on December 1, hundreds of red umbrellas will pop open to form a public art project in the shape of an AIDS ribbon in Richmond, Virginia. Join the event either in person or by purchasing a red umbrella online. Money raised will support the Fan Free Clinic which provides confidential testing to those in need.

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Want to buy an umbrella to show your support for World AIDS Day? You're in luck. Kohl's sells red umbrellas and is having a sale right now! Save 20% on your entire order when you enter the coupon code CON20HH4 at checkout. Shop now, this sale end date is unknown.

Holiday Price Guarantees: Retailers Offering Them and What It Means

Posted on 11/23/2011

We all want to buy the best Christmas gifts at the best possible price. There’s nothing worse than braving the crowds to get your holiday shopping completed only to discover stores have lowered the prices right after you put your presents under the tree. Some stores are giving shoppers a guarantee against this annoying holiday tradition. Keep reading for details on this perk and how it works.

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Apps to Help You Shop on Small Business Saturday

Posted on 11/22/2011

Big box stores have Black Friday, websites have Cyber Monday and the Saturday in between is now reserved for small businesses. For the second year in a row the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been deemed Small Business Saturday. Created by American Express, organizers are hoping millions of shoppers will descend on their locally-owned stores and shop small in a big way. Navigate your local retailers and find the best deals with the help of these apps perfect for Small Business Saturday.

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Cyber Monday Scams to Avoid

Posted on 11/21/2011

Millions of shoppers spending fistfuls of cash on gifts and there’s no packed parking lot to show for it? It must be Cyber Monday, celebrated annually at the start of the work week following Thanksgiving. Before you boot up and pull out your credit card you’ll want to get educated on some possible Cyber Monday scams that could threaten your holiday cheer.

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Black Friday Essentials When Waiting in Line Outside

Posted on 11/21/2011

Many stores are launching their Black Friday sales starting at midnight. If you plan to line up hours before the doors unlock be prepared to wait. Fortunately waiting outside a big box store doesn’t have to equal boring, freezing or starving if you have these Black Friday essentials with you.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: What is Your Black Friday Mission?

Posted on 11/17/2011

Black Friday may need to find a new name—many stores announced they’re actually opening their doors on Thanksgiving for shoppers who want doorbuster deals. And plenty of people do. The National Retail Federation estimates 152 million will shop at some point over Black Friday weekend. That’s up 10% from last year so we wanted to know—what’s your Black Friday mission?

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Cyber Monday Tips: Ways to Avoid Getting in Trouble for Shopping at Work

Posted on 11/16/2011

Last year Cyber Monday sales topped $1 billion according to comScore. That’s a 16% increase over 2009. Sure the deals are great, but there’s one little problem—for most Americans that’s a work day. Research shows nearly half of Cyber Monday money spent originates from work computers. Plenty of people are doing some on-the-job holiday shopping. That can be really risky so here are ways to avoid getting in trouble while shopping at work.

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Low Cost Ways to Help Orphans

Posted on 11/15/2011

November is Adoption Awareness Month which is a great time to remember the 210 million orphans worldwide, according to UNICEF estimates. There are 86 million orphans in India alone, 44 million in Africa and 10 million in Mexico. While 35,000 children die daily from hunger and malnutrition there are low cost ways we can help these boys and girls.

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Hot Ticket Items for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2011

Posted on 11/14/2011

Black Friday is usually the holiday season's busiest day for sales and shoppers. A whopping 200 million shoppers visited stores last year, spending $10.69 billion. They spend billions more in the following days including on Cyber Monday. Wondering what customers will be clamoring for this year? Here are some of the hot ticket items shoppers will be racing to the shelves to score.

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Free Thanksgiving Planning Help

Posted on 11/11/2011

Pulling together a Thanksgiving feast is not easy. We can’t help you set the table or stuff your bird, but we can lead you to some free Thanksgiving planning resources. And that’s something to be thankful for.

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Ways to Honor Veterans Online

Posted on 11/10/2011

According to the 2010 US Census there are 21.8 million veterans. While it’s important to honor them all year, November 11 is Veterans Day, a time set aside annually to mark their service and contribution. There are a growing number of opportunities to honor veterans online.

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How to be Productive While Watching TV

Posted on 11/09/2011

For some, satisfaction comes from sitcoms. Others love anything that starts with “Real Housewives”. No matter what’s on the tube there are ways to avoid being a couch potato. Don’t let the TV suck away valuable time—instead be productive while watching television.

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Black Friday Prep: Stores Offering Mobile Coupons

Posted on 11/08/2011

Printable coupons may soon be a thing of the past with more and more retailers and shoppers going mobile. According to research firm eMarketer, 9.5% of U.S. adult mobile phone users will access and redeem a mobile coupon this year which equates to 19.8 million consumers. Just in time for the holiday season a growing number of stores are sending coupons straight to your smart phone through free mobile apps. Get ready for Black Friday by downloading these free apps to your phone now.

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How to Put Kids in Charge of Their Own Holiday Spending

Posted on 11/07/2011

Give your children a holiday gift they can use this Christmas and beyond—a lesson in personal finance. Kids are generous and your little ones may want to buy lavish holiday gifts for their friends, your mail carrier and their karate teacher. But their generosity may not match your budget. This can be a great opportunity to teach children valuable financial lessons by putting them in charge of their own holiday spending.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Do Rewards Programs or Punch Cards Keep You Coming Back?

Posted on 11/04/2011

Do rewards programs and punch cards do more than keep your wallet from snapping shut? We wanted to know if they actually do make you a return customer or if they simply add to your clutter. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.

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Bank Transfer Day: Should You Switch?

Posted on 11/03/2011

Bank Transfer Day isn’t a marketing ploy created by credit unions. It’s actually the brainchild of a 27-year-old art gallery owner in California who just really didn’t like her bank and decided to switch to a credit union. She created Bank Transfer Day, promoting it mostly on Facebook, and now around 70,000 people are committing to making the switch on November 5. Will you be joining them?

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How to Make Your Home Flu Resistant

Posted on 11/02/2011

Flu season is here—and the Centers for Disease Control says it will stick around until as late as May. Experts say flu activity commonly peaks in January or February and while it may attack your family with a vengeance there are ways to make your home more flu-resistant.

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on a Budget

Posted on 11/01/2011

While Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, seems like a scary holiday, it’s actually a celebration of life. Marked by bright colors, flowers and artistically designed skulls, Day of the Dead comes at the beginning of November each year. Celebrate it in style and on a budget with these tips.

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Easy Ways to Raise Money for an Adoption

Posted on 10/28/2011

The average cost of adoption, according to a 2010 adoption survey, is around $30,000. US foster adoptions are the least expensive, costing on average less than $5,000 while an international adoption from Russia can run about $50,000. Since November is Adoption Awareness Month we’ve researched ways to raise money for an adoption.

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Fun for People Who Don’t Celebrate Halloween

Posted on 10/27/2011

According to the National Retail Federation seven in ten Americans—that’s 69%— will celebrate Halloween this year. But what if you’re one of the three in ten who don’t? It may be because you don’t want to spend $72 like the NRF says the average person will spend on Halloween costumes, treats and decorations. Or perhaps Halloween is against your religion. Whatever the reason, here are Halloween alternatives so you don’t feel left out of the fun.

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How to Turn Your Opinions into Cash

Posted on 10/26/2011

We know you have a few opinions—and not just about whether or not Chaz Bono should have been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars. Instead of keeping those thoughts between you and your hairdresser why not share them and get paid for it? From the products you love to the stuff you don’t here are ways to turn your opinions into cash.

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Coupon Apps That Don't Require Printing

Posted on 10/25/2011

Save paper, ink and money by pulling up coupons on your Smartphone rather than printing them out. Plenty of retailers and manufacturers are offering mobile coupons as a way to help consumers save money. You just need to know how to access them quickly on your phone and that’s where these apps will come in handy.

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How to Do More than Carve Your Halloween Pumpkin

Posted on 10/24/2011

Those orange gourds are showing up on front porches all across the country. It doesn’t matter where you live, how old you are or what you’ll be doing on October 31, pumpkin are a seasonal staple just about everywhere. But don’t force your squash to go under the knife—here are ideas for doing more than simply carving your Halloween pumpkin.

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Five Things to Do Before Every Big Purchase

Posted on 10/21/2011

Most of us have spent money impulsively. But experts agree it’s best to put some thought behind those major financial decisions. Some people may define a “big purchase” as a $50 dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Others may see it as spending $3,000 to upgrade your flat screen. But that doesn’t really matter—what matters is that before locking yourself in to a big purchase you do these five things.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Charities Do you Love Supporting?

Posted on 10/20/2011

We always knew you were kind-hearted, but our latest Twitter and Facebook poll proves it. As we enter the season of giving we wanted to know what charities you love supporting. While your answers varied from organizations educating women in Africa to nonprofits helping orphans here in America they all seem like great causes working to make the world a better place.

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How to Get Over a Major Money Loss

Posted on 10/19/2011

It’s one thing to misplace your phone, iPod or car keys, but what about losing money? Over the last few years many Americans have taken a financial loss—whether in the housing market, stock market or through a layoff. Here are some tips for getting over that major money loss and moving on with life.

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Ten Ways You Can Start Creating Christmas Cash Now

Posted on 10/18/2011

Soon there will be presents to buy, trees to decorate and loved ones to visit. Just about everyone could use some extra money around the holidays. But why wait? Here are ten ways you can start creating Christmas cash now.

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Halloween Candy Coupons

Posted on 10/17/2011

Don’t get spooked by the cost of candy these days. Just use some coupons to stock up on sweets before Halloween. Keep the trick-or-treaters on your good side with an ample supply of sugar. Don’t forget that many of the coupons are in limited supply—so print yours before they vanish.

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The Most Popular (And Affordable) Kids Halloween Costumes

Posted on 10/17/2011

More Americans are celebrating Halloween this year than ever before. According to the National Retail Federation's 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, seven in 10 Americans are planning to pull on costumes and devour some candy this year. The average person is expected to spend $72.31 on Halloween products. That’s up from $66.28 last year. Some of the most popular kids Halloween costumes are also very affordable. So dress up your little one and save more money for candy.

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Companies Hiring the Most Seasonal Holiday Workers

Posted on 10/13/2011

We may still be awaiting the arrival of Halloween, but retailers are already planning for Christmas. Hoping to be hired on for a holiday job? You better start applying now, according to experts. Many retailers are already posting their open positions for seasonal work. The good news is there are hundreds of thousands of jobs available for people who don’t mind working during the holiday season.

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The Best Sites for Free Pumpkin Carving Designs

Posted on 10/12/2011

It doesn’t really matter whether you get your pumpkin fresh from the patch or out of a bin at the grocery store. What counts is what you do with it once you lug it home. Get some free design assistance from the best websites for pumpkin carving templates.

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Ten Simple (And Cheap) Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Posted on 10/11/2011

It’s time once again to think pink and do your part to conquer breast cancer. According to The National Cancer Institute, roughly one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. But if we all take simple steps like these we’ll get closer to a cure.

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Fire Prevention Freebies

Posted on 10/10/2011

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9-15 this year. According to the US Fire Administration, in 2009 there were 356,200 residential fires, killing 2,480 people and injuring more than 12,000. These fires destroyed $7 billion worth of property and in many cases, they could have been prevented. Take some time to review this list of fire prevention freebies because they could keep you, your home and your family safe.

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Affordable Recipes for Diabetics

Posted on 10/07/2011

Nearly 26 million children and adults are living with diabetes in the US, and another 79 million are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetics must control their blood sugar by eating a healthy diet and these affordable recipes designed especially for diabetics could help.

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Facebook Poll: Should Wealthy People Pay Higher Taxes?

Posted on 10/06/2011

This is a question that can spark some animated debate: Should wealthy people pay higher taxes? It’s something politicians are hashing out right now so we wanted to know what you thought. We asked for your response through Facebook and this is what you told us. As always, feel free to share your opinions in the comments and at the Bargainist Facebook page.

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Free Resources to Help You Find a Lost Pet

Posted on 10/05/2011

Realizing Fido or Fluffy has escaped from the sanctuary of home can be terrifying for a loving pet owner. The world is a scary place—especially for lost dogs and cats. If you find yourself in this situation you’ll want to check out these free resources to help you find your missing pet.

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Organization for Less: Ten Free Tools for Get Organized Week

Posted on 10/05/2011

This week is officially “Get Organized Week.” So in case you were waiting for some sign before cleaning out your closets, purging unnecessary paperwork or tending to that tower of Tupperware, this may be it. Getting organized doesn’t necessarily require stocking up on expensive storage units or hiring a professional with ten free organizational tools like these.

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Tips for Switching Out Your Wardrobe for the Seasons

Posted on 10/04/2011

It’s time to pack away the pastels and pull out the pullovers. Summer dresses need to make way for coats, long sleeves and boots. Transition smoothly from one season to the next with these tips for switching out your wardrobe.

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Handmade Holidays: Christmas Gifts and Decorations You Can Start Making Now

Posted on 09/29/2011

Handmade Christmas gifts and decorations are great in theory—they’re affordable, unique and heartfelt. But when the busyness of the holidays is upon us, who has time to devote to crafts? Fall may have just started, but now is a great time to start making Christmas gifts so you can enjoy handmade holidays in the coming months.

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Personal Finance iPhone Apps Worth a Few Bucks

Posted on 09/28/2011

Budgeting? Investing? Saving? Yes, there’s an app for all of that. Free apps are great, but sometimes it’s worth spending a couple of bucks to get extra features and function. These apps may not be free, but they make financial sense.

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Pawn Shop Guide: How to Turn Stuff into Cash

Posted on 09/27/2011

Hardcore Pawn, Pawn Stars and Pawn Queens are three popular reality shows entertaining viewers with the ins and outs of the pawn shop world. There are more than 12,000 pawn shops in the US, according to And believe it or not they didn’t originate in Vegas as a way for gamblers to score more cash for the casino. says the first pawn shops emerged in Ancient China more than 3,000 years ago. And still to this day it’s a good way to turn stuff into cash.

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How to Know Which Dog to Adopt at the Shelter

Posted on 09/26/2011

Millions of dogs are waiting for their forever homes at shelters around the country. October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog month so it’s a great time to bring one home. Here are tips for making sure you adopt the best pet for your family.

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Saving Money on Dog Care

Posted on 09/23/2011

It’s National Dog Week, seven days set aside every year in September to raise awareness of the needs of dogs. The founders’ goals included eliminating strays from the streets, finding good homes for every dog and increasing consideration for dogs. In an effort to help pet owners care for their furry family members, here are some tips for saving money on dog care.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What TV Premiere Are You Anticipating Most?

Posted on 09/22/2011

According to various news outlets, the premier of “Two and a Half Men” drew 27.7 million viewers, making it the show’s largest audience ever. Most people were curious as to how Charlie Sheen’s character would make his exit and how Ashton Kutcher’s character would make his entrance. While curiosity built buzz for this fall premiere, we wanted to know what shows you’re anticipating the most. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.

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Easy Money-Saving Sewing Projects

Posted on 09/21/2011

To some, sewing may seem scary, but learning how to navigate a needle and thread could be the key to saving your household some quick cash. You don’t even need to own a sewing machine to tackle most of these easy money-saving sewing projects.

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Saving Money with At-Home Hair Color

Posted on 09/20/2011

Hair has an uncanny ability to ruin or renew our attitude. According to USA Today, 44% of women say their mood has been affected by the type of hair day they’re having. And that could be why we spend so much money on it. A recent survey shows that women get their hair cut an average of five times a year costing about $195 annually. Half of women report coloring their hair an average of four times a year at $65 a pop. But two-thirds are trying to cut costs when it comes to hair care. One way to do that is to try at-home hair color. Here are some tips for taking that one without getting yourself in a hairy situation.

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Affordable Crock Pot Recipes for Fall

Posted on 09/20/2011

Fall is a great time to dust off the slow cooker, throw in some hearty ingredients and come home hours later to a home cooked meal. Wondering what recipes you can make without spending a crock pot full of cash? Here are a few of the best on the web

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How to Use Your Facebook and Twitter Accounts to Support Charities

Posted on 09/15/2011

Charities need your help. While they love receiving your cash donations, they could also use your social media support. Here are some ways to use your Facebook and Twitter accounts for a bigger purpose.

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Fighting Famine: How to Help in East Africa

Posted on 09/14/2011

According to reports, the drought in East Africa is the worst in 60 years. More than 13 million people are in need of humanitarian help including residents of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Kenya. Help the hungry through these hardworking organizations.

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Low Cost Remedies for Fall Allergies

Posted on 09/13/2011

There’s plenty to love about fall: colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and the arrival of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. But fall also marks the arrival of seasonal allergies, which strike millions of people. As many as one in five are allergic to ragweed, according to news reports. And if you’re one of the “lucky” ones here are some low cost remedies for fall allergies.

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Knock Offs or the Real Thing? When To Save on Fake

Posted on 09/12/2011

Having a tough time deciding when to go fake and when to go Fendi? There is a lot of money to be saved with knockoffs, but they can also be a complete waste of resources because of shoddy workmanship and poor quality. Here are a few circumstances when affordable knockoffs can be better than the real thing.

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Affordable Gifts that Honor September 11 Victims

Posted on 09/09/2011

There are many ways to honor the thousands of people who lost their lives through the terror attacks of September 11. It’s important that we remember those victims and celebrate their lives. One way to do that is through symbolic and meaningful gifts.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Fall Fashion Purchases are You Planning?

Posted on 09/08/2011

From brightly colored jeans to the perfect fall boots, shopping for a new season can be fun. But since most of us have tightly fitting budgets we wanted to know what fresh pieces you’re planning to add to your fall wardrobe.

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Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of September 11th

Posted on 09/07/2011

It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the horrific events of September 11. Just about everyone remembers exactly where they were when America was attacked. It will never be a typical day, which is why it’s important to find meaningful ways to commemorate 9/11.

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Enjoy Fall Fashion Week for Free

Posted on 09/06/2011

Fall Fashion Week 2011 runs from September 8-15. It’s a full week of hot looks and fresh trends for spring 2012. While creating a new wardrobe may be way out of your budget, you can still enjoy Fashion Week events for free.

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Affordable Ways to Support Literacy

Posted on 09/02/2011

International Literacy Day is held each year on September 8. It’s a way to not only celebrate reading, writing and literacy, but also to help those who lack access to reading education and materials.

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Experiencing Space Without Leaving Earth

Posted on 09/01/2011

Despite decades of denial by the Department of Defense and NASA, Hollywood is claiming that America sent two astronauts to the moon in 1972. The story of Apollo 18 and its “lost” footage is revealed in theaters nationwide September 2. While you may never get to actually walk on the moon, you can still experience space without leaving earth (or sending your savings into a black hole.)

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Free Ways to Better Yourself in Honor of Self Improvement Month

Posted on 08/30/2011

September is Self-Improvement Month. Before the rush of the holiday season takes over and your life becomes all about everyone else, now is the time to focus on you. Celebrate Self-Improvement Month by becoming an enhanced version of you with these free ways to better yourself.

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Fall Lineup: TV Shows With a Financial Focus

Posted on 08/29/2011

The five major networks—ABC, NBC, CBS, CW and FOX—are premiering about two dozen new shows this fall. The sitcoms, dramas and crime thrillers will join the programs you’re already accustomed to. Many of these shows, including some you’ll find on cable networks, have a financial focus.

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Labor Day Getaways: Low Cost Destinations

Posted on 08/26/2011

Looking forward to a long weekend this Labor Day? It may be your last chance this summer to take off for a much-needed vacation. Don’t worry if your summer travel budget is tapped. There are low cost Labor Day destinations ready to welcome you for some late summer fun.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Do You Think of Teachers Spending Their Own Money on Classroom Supplies?

Posted on 08/25/2011

Cincinnati’s Taft Elementary started the school year with a major music room makeover that included décor, drums, guitars and keyboards. Presented through the Mentos Rocks program, music teacher Ms. Laura Max had been holding instruments together with packing tape and using homemade instruments like buckets instead of drums. She’s one of thousands of teachers forced to use their own cash to keep the classroom functioning. In honor of those giving teachers we wanted to know your thoughts on educators who spend their own money on supplies.

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The Biggest Financial Threats Facing College Kids

Posted on 08/24/2011

According to a 2010 study, five times as many college and high school students deal with anxiety and mental issues now than compared with youth from the Great Depression era. Experts say many of those anxiety issues are due to financial stress. If you know a student heading to campus for the fall—or if you are one—take note of these financial threats facing college kids.

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Low Cost Ways to Make Your Child's Lunch More Appealing

Posted on 08/23/2011

Studies prove that kids who eat healthy breakfasts and lunches earn better grades than those who have an unhealthy diet. They’re able to stay more alert and focused on their school work. That means parents should not take their job of packing lunches lightly. Here are low cost ways to make your child’s lunch more appealing.

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Affordable Ways to Have a Relaxing Labor Day Weekend

Posted on 08/22/2011

Labor Day may conjure up thoughts of working, but it’s actually a great holiday for relaxing. Say goodbye to summer by enjoying the simpler things in life, which thankfully don’t cost much money at all.

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Movies That Can Teach Kids About Money

Posted on 08/19/2011

In a world doing all it can to tell your children that they should want the newest, shiniest, toy or the coolest, fastest gadget, it can be difficult to instill important financial lessons. Try speaking them through a medium they understand: movies. These kid flicks are entertaining and can also help you teach your kids about money.

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Ways to Help Teachers Keep Their Classrooms Stocked

Posted on 08/18/2011

According to a survey by Kelton Research, 97% of teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies. Last year $350 was the average teachers took from their own pockets to pay for supplies and materials, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association. Help lift the burden of providing paper, pencils and more by keeping classrooms stocked.

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Five Ways the New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Can Help You

Posted on 08/15/2011

There’s a brand new government office designed to protect you by monitoring consumer financial products. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was established as a part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Whether you’ve heard about this new bureau or not, here are five ways it can serve you.

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The Most (And Least) Affordable Colleges and Universities

Posted on 08/10/2011

Did you know there’s an entire government website dedicated to revealing the best and worst deals in higher education? The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires financial details to be posted on the College Navigator website in order to increase transparency surrounding the cost of college. According to, here are the best bargains and highest priced colleges and universities.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's Your Favorite Way to Spend $10?

Posted on 08/09/2011

Ten bucks may not buy a whole lot these days, but you certainly have some great ideas on how to spend it. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we wanted to know—what’s your favorite way to blow $10? Here’s what you told us.

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Top Cost-Friendly Online Retailers for Back to School Clothes

Posted on 08/08/2011

Kids grow fast so chances are anything you bought last summer before heading back to school won’t work this year. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American family spends $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics during back-to-school shopping sprees. That’s quite a bit of cash so you may want to consider shopping at one of these cost-friendly online retailers.

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Getting a Good Deal on House Cleaning Services

Posted on 08/05/2011

The Help hits theaters August 10. The film is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book by the same name. The Help tells the story of unlikely friendship between women in 1960s Mississippi: housekeepers and well-to-do housewives. While housekeepers may not be as common as they once were, we can all use a little help now and then. If you need assistance around the house consider these deals on cleaning services.

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Ways to Donate Your Birthday for a Good Cause

Posted on 08/04/2011

Rachel Paul had a dream for her 9th birthday. It wasn’t the typical 9-year-old birthday dream of Justin Bieber CDs, Barbie dolls and video games. She had a dream of giving clean water to people she’d never meet. Rachel died in a 13-car accident outside of Seattle, prompting thousands of people to give to her birthday dream. If you’re inspired by Rachel’s selflessness, consider donating your birthday to a worthy cause.

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Interesting Ways the Government is Trying to Spend Tax Dollars Wisely

Posted on 08/03/2011

Intense debate over our country’s finances continues. Some Americans are pleading for additional spending cuts while others hope to see higher taxes on the wealthy. But in the midst of the debt ceiling discussion, some interesting money-saving moves are already being done in an effort to spend tax dollars wisely.

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A Guide For Getting the Most From Your Sales Tax Holiday

Posted on 08/02/2011

When kids head back-to-school, parents often need to head to the store. From school supplies to new tennis shoes, there can be plenty of things on your back-to-school shopping list. A good time to take care of these purchases is during a sales tax holiday. More than a dozen states offer these in July and August, making it a great time to save some cash on things like clothing, footwear and school supplies.

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Amy Winehouse's Will: What Can You Learn From It?

Posted on 08/01/2011

Amy Winehouse died tragically at the young age of 27. And despite the sometimes erratic life she lived, she did manage to keep her affairs in order. Before the details of Winehouse’s will were released to the public many wondered if her ex would secure her fortune, including the rights to the singer’s yet-to-be published third album. But the good news is Winehouse had an ironclad will—something we can all learn from.

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Ten Affordable Must-Haves For Every Dorm Room

Posted on 07/29/2011

Since dorm rooms are almost completely devoid of anything besides a bed and a desk, you’ll need to do some shopping before heading off to school. Don’t worry if your decorating budget is limited—you can pick up these dorm room must-haves at very affordable prices.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's Been Your Best Garage Sale Find?

Posted on 07/28/2011

Summer is a great time for scoring deals at yard sales and garage sales. We’ve heard rumors of those lucky ducks that’ve scored Rembrandt paintings for a buck or Civil War relics for a quarter. So we wanted to hear about your best garage sale finds so we asked for the details on Twitter and Facebook.

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Secrets to Saving Money on School Supplies

Posted on 07/27/2011

Public school teachers spent more than $1.33 billion of their own money last year on school supplies and instructional materials, according to research from the National School Supply and Equipment Association. Teachers spent on average $356 of their own money on stuff for the classroom, including an average of $170 on supplies. Relieve some of the burden off your child’s teacher by using these tips for saving money on school supplies.

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Finding a Part-Time Job Once the School Year Starts

Posted on 07/26/2011

The job market is brutal for just about everyone—including teens and college students looking for part-time work. That’s because they’re not only competing for jobs against others in their age group, but adults are also applying for part-time positions. For students that took the summer off, they may be interested in earning an income once the school year starts and these tips for finding work will help.

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The Best Freebies Found on Most College Campuses

Posted on 07/25/2011

College can be an incredibly expensive investment. So why not make the most of it while you can? Get the biggest bang for your tuition buck by taking advantage of these freebies found on most college campuses.

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How to Find the Best Deals on Diapers

Posted on 07/23/2011

According to, during baby’s first year new parents bring home an average of 2,788 diapers for a cost of $557.60. That’s based on the idea that each disposable diaper costs about 20 cents. Want to shave off some of that expense? Then consider these ways to lighten the load diapers place on your household budget.

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Are Prepaid Cards Right for You?

Posted on 07/22/2011

The prepaid debit card industry is booming. Americans spent $140 billion with prepaid cards back in 2009, which is the most recent data available from the Federal Reserve. According to research firm Mercator Advisory Group, the amount of money loaded on to prepaid debit cards is expected to reach $552 billion in 2012, which is a huge jump from the $330 million on these cards just three years ago. But is this type of plastic right for you? It depends on your needs and financial situation.

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Saving Money at a NASCAR Race

Posted on 07/21/2011

NASCAR races are like no other sporting event… hearts pound, seats shake, and vision blurs as cars speed around the track. The season is speeding along and many races are still on the calendar for NASCAR 2011. If you want to attend, but don’t want your budget to crash and burn, review these ideas for saving money at NASCAR races.

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How to Make Money Buying Abandoned Storage Units

Posted on 07/20/2011

If you’ve ever caught Storage Wars or Auction Hunters, then you know a lot of money can be made buying abandoned storage units. The stars of those reality shows on A & E and Spike don’t know much about what they’re buying, but often they end up with valuable treasures that they can resell. If you like the idea of taking a risk that may pay off big time then check out these tips on how to make money buying abandoned storage units.

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Magazines With the Most Coupons

Posted on 07/19/2011

Magazines offer tips, recipes and information. But many of them also offer valuable coupons. You may think of the Sunday newspaper as the primary source for money-saving coupons, but your magazine subscriptions can also offer hidden discounts. Here’s a list of the magazines with the most coupons.

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Backyard Entertainment: Free Summer Fun At Home

Posted on 07/18/2011

Whether you’re taking a summer vacation or not you can still make unforgettable memories. From a movie theater experience to a backyard water park—you can do it all without leaving home or spending a dime. Before summer sneaks away make sure to plan some free backyard entertainment.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Should Fast Food Joints Be Allowed To Accept Food Stamps?

Posted on 07/15/2011

Right now just three states, Michigan, Arizona and California, allow for the use of food stamps in fast food restaurants and according to reports lobbyists are working to add Kentucky to the list. Supporters say it gives homeless people who may not be located near a grocery store access to food. But those against the move say it will just prevent people from choosing healthier options, leading to more obesity and health problems. Talk about a hot button issue—when we asked whether or not fast food joints should be allowed to accept food stamps you passionately told us your thoughts through Facebook and Twitter.

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Time is Money: How to Reduce Wasted Time

Posted on 07/14/2011

Writer and educator Peter F. Drucker once said, “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it’s managed nothing else can be managed.” While it can feel like we never have enough of it, we all waste time. So here are some tips and resources for protecting one of your most valuable assets.

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The Best Websites Offering International Shipping

Posted on 07/13/2011

Since my husband is from Northern Ireland I’m regularly mailing gifts to family members overseas. Sometimes I shop at websites that don’t offer international shipping so I have to get the gifts sent to me before I can mail them across the pond. Thankfully there are some great online retailers offering international shipping at affordable rates so I can save myself a step and make sure my gifts arrive to their destination on time.

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Hotels Giving Free Perks for Kids

Posted on 07/12/2011

Parents may feel like they don’t have the money to take the entire family on a summer trip. But if you shop smart, children may not cost you much at all. There are lots of hotels and resorts offering free perks for families with kids. Some family-friendly places offer free accommodations or free food for your little ones.

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Summer Reading: Free eBooks for Your Digital Reader

Posted on 07/07/2011

Few summertime activities are more relaxing than curling up with a good book. Whether you’re in a hammock, at the beach or spread out on the sofa, it’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Before you head to the bookstore or pay for eBooks, check out these free summer page-turners for your digital reader.

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Free Advertising for Your Summer Yard Sale

Posted on 07/06/2011

Yard sales can be a fun summer activity for the whole family. It’s a great way to turn junk into cash. The more you are able to advertise your sale the more money you’ll earn. But don’t waste resources on a pricey ad—instead use these free resources for advertising your summer yard sale.

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Tour de France Style on a Budget

Posted on 07/05/2011

The 98th run of the Tour de France began July 2nd and races on until July 24. It’s made up of 21 stages, covering a total distance of more than 2,131 miles. Feeling inspired by Andy Schleck or Alberto Contador? They may be outfitted with thousands of dollars worth of gear, but here are sources offering Tour de France Style on a Budget.

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Free Songs for Your Summer Soundtrack

Posted on 07/01/2011

Every summer needs a soundtrack. That way no matter when you hear those songs you’ll always be transported back to the summer of 2011. And what better way to build up the perfect playlist on your MP3 player than by scoring some free downloads for your summer soundtrack?

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The Five Best Group Buying Sites

Posted on 06/28/2011

There are dozens of group buying sites that offer shoppers different daily deals featuring deep discounts on everything from kids’ clothes to hotel stays. We researched available group buying sites to find the best ones depending on the type of deals you’re hungry for.

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Free Fourth of July Activities

Posted on 06/27/2011

Few holidays offer more free, fun activities than the Fourth of July. Just about every community schedules some sort of free entertainment. Not sure where to start? Check out this snapshot of free Independence Day activities around the country. These events will definitely put some sparkle in your summer celebration.

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Use This, Not That: Simple Money-Saving Switches

Posted on 06/24/2011

If someone asked you to give up your car, cable TV or coffee completely just to save money you may not be willing to do it. But simpler switches can have a major economic impact on households.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

Posted on 06/23/2011

According to the College Board’s annual Trends in College Pricing report the average degree from a four-year public college for in-state students costs $20,339. For out-of-state students that price jumps to $32,329 and for four-year private colleges the cost of an education is $40,476. That begs the question—is a college degree worth the cost? Here’s what you told us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Steals and Deals on Sandals for the Whole Family

Posted on 06/22/2011

Strappy, simple, tall, short—sandals of all sizes and styles are the shoe of choice for summer. Get your family outfitted in fresh footwear for the season without overspending. These steals and deals on sandals for the whole family will leave you with plenty of money for other important clothing and accessories.

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Fourth of July: Throwing a Festive and Frugal Party

Posted on 06/21/2011

According to, 76 million Americans took part in a barbecue last year, and many of them probably happened on the same day: July 4th. It would be silly to celebrate Independence Day by getting more shackled in debt. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mark the Fourth of July with a festive and frugal party.

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Money-Making Hobbies

Posted on 06/20/2011

There are some extremely expensive hobbies, but what if rather than costing you money your hobby actually made you some money? You could do something in your free time that you genuinely enjoy while earning extra cash.

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Frugal Updates to Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted on 06/17/2011

Lots of us love to live outside during the summer months. Expand your home’s square footage with the addition of an outdoor living space. If you’re wondering how to transform a pathetic patio or dingy deck into a place you actually enjoy spending time, check out these ideas for making frugal updates to outdoor living spaces.

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How to Feed Your Kids for Free at Restaurants

Posted on 06/16/2011

Dining out can be a budget-buster—especially if you’ve got kids. But there are ways to enjoy a meal out on the town without having to pay top dollar just for your little ones to eat.

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Easy Ways to Keep Food From Going to Waste

Posted on 06/15/2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that Americans waste nearly one-third of all edible food. And according to an article from, researchers from the National Institute of Health estimate Americans waste 1,400 calories of food every day. That’s the equivalent of about two full meals! Food waste is a big problem, but it’s one we can tackle with these easy steps.

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Cheap Summer Side Dishes to Take to the BBQ

Posted on 06/14/2011

Don’t go to your next BBQ empty handed. Instead bring along food that’s both big on taste and short on cost with these cheap summer side dishes. (And no, a can of baked beans is not on the list!)

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Save Money at Theme Parks and Water Parks

Posted on 06/13/2011

A heat wave is rolling through much of the country’s mid-section. In Chicago last week, weather experts say temperatures reached a 34-year high with the mercury hitting 95 degrees. When temperatures soar there are few things that bring relief better than getting wet. Find respite from the heat and from the expense of a summer trip to the theme park or water park with these tips.

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DIY Pedicure: Save Money and Look Good in Sandals

Posted on 06/10/2011

Throw in a tip and the average pedicure can cost more than $30 depending on whether you’re going to a strip mall nail salon or a high end spa. Save yourself some cash and still get those little piggies polished up for sandal season with these guidelines for creating the perfect DIY pedicure experience.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's the Best Free Advice Your Dad Gave You?

Posted on 06/09/2011

In honor of Father’s Day we decided to put a fatherly spin on our latest Twitter and Facebook poll. We wanted to know about the best advice your dad gave you. Turns out some of you have some pretty wise papas.

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How to Buy Dad Something He Really Wants this Father's Day

Posted on 06/08/2011

If money was no object, the majority of dads would probably want a fancy car, front row tickets to a sports game or a designer watch for Father’s day. But most of us struggle to find dad something that he’ll definitely love that also fits the family budget. Consider these tips when trying to find dear old dad something he really wants this Father’s Day.

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Gas Perks for Summer Travel

Posted on 06/07/2011

The travel industry knows high gas prices may be putting the brakes on your summer vacation. But before you decide to stay home and sulk, check out the creative fuel incentives many hotels, resorts and vacation destinations are offering. They’ll help you fill your tank so you can focus on fun.

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Free or Affordable Father's Day Activities

Posted on 06/06/2011

Dear old dad gets his day in the spotlight once a year. A recent survey found that the gift one out of five dads prefer is more time with their family. Thankfully that can be done without spending much money (or any at all) with these free or affordable Father’s Day activities.

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Free Kids Summer Reading Programs

Posted on 06/03/2011

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Get your kids involved in one of these free summer reading programs and they’ll be soaking in knowledge along with the sun.

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What to Do With Graduation Money

Posted on 06/02/2011

Years of exams, pop quizzes and study halls are about to finally pay off for millions of graduates who will walk across the stage, retrieve their diploma and bask in a few seconds of glory. For those who receive gifts of cash from family and friends, here are ways to make sure that newfound fortune isn’t quite as fleeting.

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Low Cost Ways to Help Joplin Tornado Victims

Posted on 06/01/2011

A massive tornado barreled through Joplin, Missouri on May 22. CNN reports that the twister killed at least 125 people and damaged one out of four of the city’s homes and businesses. It’s the single deadliest tornado on record since the US began tracking this data more than 60 years ago. Help this city and its residents repair and rebuild.

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The Best Cars for Gas Mileage

Posted on 05/27/2011

Here’s the good news: gas prices are slowly dropping. But the bad news is a gallon of gas is still super expensive. The national average is currently sitting at about $3.81 a gallon. If you’re shopping for a new car this summer you may want to test drive a model considered to be best for gas mileage.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's Been Your Best Score on Groupon or Living Social?

Posted on 05/26/2011

Group buying sites like Groupon and Living Social have become extremely popular. Their daily deals offer great buys for a variety of products and services. And judging by our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, you’re a fan too. Here are the deals that got you most excited.

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How to Get Your Home Heat-Wave-Ready

Posted on 05/25/2011

Ah, summer. On one hand, there are the pool parties, barbecues, and long weekends. But on the other hand, there’s sweaty skin, sunburn and stifling heat. Use these tips to try to wipe away some of the negatives by getting your home heat-wave-ready.

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The Best Affordable Beach Accessories

Posted on 05/24/2011

Millions of us will hit the beach this summer for some sun, sand and surf. Make sure you’re prepared for your getaway with the best of the best in affordable beach accessories.

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How to Save Money on Car Rentals for Your Summer Vacation

Posted on 05/23/2011

Pretty much everything about your summer vacation will cost more this year compared to 2010. You can point the finger at record-breaking gas prices which is having a widespread reach well-beyond the pump. Instead of focusing on what you can’t change, we’ve got some tips to help you focus on what you can change—including what you pay for car rental during your summer vacation.

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Swimsuit Sales in Time for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on 05/20/2011

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It’s a time for hot dogs and ice cream, baseball and beaches. The weather is about to get a whole lot hotter and as you search for a little relief from the heat do you really want to be caught in last year’s swimsuit? In case your answer is no (and we bet it is) we found some great swimsuit sales just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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Affordable Gear for Your Kids' Trip to Summer Camp

Posted on 05/19/2011

School’s out for summer—or it will be soon. That means it’s almost time for the kids to start packing up for a trip to summer camp. Keep the budget on this outdoor excursion from going wild by stocking up on affordable gear for your kids’ trip to summer camp.

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How to Find Extra Cash for Your Summer Trip

Posted on 05/18/2011

Looks like high gas prices aren’t keeping American families home this summer. A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll shows six in ten are still planning a getaway—no matter how much it costs to top off the tank. Consider these sources for extra cash for your summer trip.

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Using QR Codes to Save Money

Posted on 05/17/2011

Those funky, abstract images popping up everywhere can actually save you money. QR codes have been around for a few years, but they’re just now taking off in the US as more people become armed with smartphones. Use your phone to scan the 2D image and you may just unlock some secret savings.

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Five Secrets to Saving Cash at the Mall

Posted on 05/16/2011

You typically go to the mall to spend money, but with these five tips you can actually save money there, too. Whether you’re shopping for some new spring or summer pieces to infuse into your wardrobe, or just hoping to replace those worn out tennis shoes, there are several strategies for saving.

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Budget-Friendly Hair Trends

Posted on 05/13/2011

Hair can require a lot of costly upkeep. Between monthly trims and color touch-ups, weekly conditioning treatments and daily care, maintaining that hot head of yours can take a major slice of funds. You’ll love these looks because they’ll help you stay on budget while also staying on trend.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Are Gas Prices Impacting You?

Posted on 05/12/2011

It’s happened—a gallon of gas will now cost you more than a venti Starbucks latte. Gas prices are up 40 percent from last summer according to the US Energy Information Administration. On average a gallon of regular will run you $3.86. It’s not surprising that the EIA says the average American family will probably spend about $825 more at the pump in 2011 than it did in 2010. So we wanted to know how the increase in gas prices is impact you.

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How to Feel Rich When You're Not

Posted on 05/11/2011

Sir Richard Francis Burton once said, “Broke is a temporary condition, poor is a state of mind.” So while you may not be bathing in a solid gold tub or using ten dollar bills as campfire kindling, you don’t have to feel poor. Here are a few easy ways to feel rich, even when you’re not.

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Where to Look for Summer Work

Posted on 05/10/2011

Experts are predicting a competitive summer job market for those hunting down temporary employment, so if you haven’t started looking, you may want to get to work. According to, 55 percent of hiring managers will be adding workers this summer, paying an average of $11 an hour. Need to know where to start? Here are some places that could be hiring for the season.

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Free Ways to Advertise Your Charitable Event

Posted on 05/09/2011

Some charities are lucky enough to have the stars of Celebrity Apprentice raking in thousands of dollars in donations for them. But those that don’t have people like Meatloaf, Star Jones or John Rich behind them need other ways to raise money. A great way to help out a charity or cause is by holding a fundraiser. But to be a success fundraisers usually need people to support them and since your advertising budget may be limited, check out these free ways to promote your charitable event.

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Where to Look for Golf Course Deals

Posted on 05/06/2011

The golf course is such a great place to enjoy beautiful weather, take in the fresh air and send your worries flying down the fairway. But before you spend all your green getting on the green, check out these sources for golf course deals.

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Money Saving Apps that Will Offset the Cost of Your iPhone or iPad

Posted on 05/05/2011

Gadgets are great, except for the fact that they can cost a pretty penny. The good news is there are lots of apps that can help you save money, which may justify the purchase of some new technology. Check out these money saving apps if you’re looking for ways to offset the cost of your new iPhone or iPad.

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Mother's Day Freebies and Deals

Posted on 05/04/2011

Mom may deserve diamonds this Mother’s Day, but don’t let your limited budget stop you from telling her how much she means. Celebrate mom and save money at the same time with these Mother’s Day freebies and deals.

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Low Cost Cinco de Mayo Staples

Posted on 05/03/2011

Planning a Cinco de Mayo bash? It’s a fun holiday and a great opportunity to infuse some Mexican culture into your party planning. While you may spend a pretty penny on tequila to keep the margaritas flowing, you can pick up other Cinco de Mayo staples for less.

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How to Honeymoon Like Royalty on a Budget

Posted on 05/02/2011

The Royal Wedding may have cost millions, but no expense will be spared for the royal honeymoon either. The newlyweds are trying to keep the mid-May trip top secret, but some news outlets report that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be heading to a villa on an exclusive island in the Seychelles. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to honeymoon for ten days in the Indian Ocean, spending roughly $6600 a night. You may not have that kind of a budget for your honeymoon, but don’t worry—you can still feel like royalty.

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Affordable Ways to Get Swimsuit-Ready

Posted on 04/29/2011

The countdown is on. Swimsuit season is making its final approach. Ready or not, if you want to take a dip in the pool or hit the beach, you’ll have to pull on something skimpy. The good news is gearing up for summer doesn’t require hiring a posh trainer or signing up for an expensive diet plan. There are plenty of affordable ways to get swimsuit-read.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: What Would You Never Pay Full Price For?

Posted on 04/28/2011

Full price? What’s that? It seems that this is a completely foreign term to many of you who refuse to pay it. We asked you through Facebook and Twitter what you would never pay full price for. And as you can see by the responses we received—you’re not a fan of paying full price for much of anything. (Of course, clearly, neither are WE! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest deals & coupons!)

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Five Great Financial Books to Add to Your Library

Posted on 04/27/2011

Books are a great way to get information and inspiration—especially when it comes to personal finances. Need some ideas for new reads? Here are five great financial books to add to your home or digital library.

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Ways to Boost Retirement Savings

Posted on 04/26/2011

Retirement may seem like a faraway land full of golf games and early bird specials, but the fact is the earlier you start saving for it the better it will be. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 68% of us do save for retirement; the problem is nearly half have socked away less than $10,000 which won’t fund more than a few months worth of our golden years. The problem for most of us is that more urgent needs seem to get in the way—like pesky car payments and health insurance. But with these tips you can boost retirement savings without severely impacting your current lifestyle.

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The Cost of Prince William and Kate's Big Wedding Day

Posted on 04/25/2011

London may be the site for the upcoming Royal Wedding, but the whole world seems to be eagerly awaiting the April 29 nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Hard to believe, but Prince Charles’s marriage to Diana Spencer is said to have cost about $48 million. Wondering how much it’s going to cost to pull of this fantasy wedding? Here is a financial break down of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big wedding day.

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Deals on Sporting Goods and Sports Equipment

Posted on 04/22/2011

Have a case of spring fever? A good way to beat it is by spending more time outside enjoying the warmer weather. Take up a new sport or revive your interest in an activity from the past. You can save money on sporting goods or sports equipment with deals like these.

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Some of the Most Charitable Companies

Posted on 04/21/2011

Although in many cases cash and product donations have dropped in recent years, American companies are still quite generous. In fact, some of the largest businesses hand out billions to charity each year. Wondering who is the most likely to share their wealth? Here are some of the most charitable companies according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy and

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How to Avoid the High Cost of Replacements and Refills

Posted on 04/20/2011

Companies love to get consumers committed to a particular product by forcing you to buy refills in order to keep using it. They do it with cleaning supplies, razors, water filters and more. The original product may not have even cost you much, but the refills are often overpriced. Here are some tips for avoiding the high cost of replacements and refills.

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Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Save Money

Posted on 04/19/2011

They say we should celebrate Earth Day every day, but the actual holiday falls on April 22. The neat thing about going green is that often it can also save you green. From free activities to free trees, here are easy ways to celebrate Earth Day.

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How to Cut Costs at the Ballpark

Posted on 04/18/2011

Kids begging you to take them out to the ball game? America’s pastime may be fun, but it also can be expensive. Before you pay an arm and a leg for those peanuts and cracker jacks, check out these tips for cutting costs at the ballpark.

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Low Cost Ways to Commemorate the Royal Wedding

Posted on 04/15/2011

Invitation to the Royal Wedding never arrive? Don’t worry—you can still celebrate the wedding of the century and you won’t even have to spend the queen’s fortune to do it.

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Tax Day Freebies and Sales

Posted on 04/14/2011

Even for those getting a tax refund, the effort of filing your W-2s and 1040s can be stressful. Celebrate the conclusion of another tax season with some deductions and freebies available at various restaurants and businesses around the country. (P.S. We've got even more awesome tax day freebies & coupons listed here... You could, conceivably, go all day 4/18 without buying any food and just nibbling on free samples.)

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Who is Your Money Mentor and Why?

Posted on 04/13/2011

Most of us have mentors in our lives—people who have shaped and guided us into the human beings we are today. We wanted to know whose financial footsteps you were trying to follow so through Twitter and Facebook we asked you to tell us about your money mentors. (P.S. Don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook for instant updates on the latest & greatest deals & tips!)

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Good Friday Travel Tips

Posted on 04/12/2011

Lots of people are looking forward to a day off on Good Friday, which falls on April 22 this year. It’s the Friday before Easter Sunday—financial markets are typically shut down and that means the weekend starts early for many people. If you plan to hit the road on Good Friday for some Easter weekend travel plans, here are some tips for getting there under budget and on time.

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Go Green: Free Earth Day Resources

Posted on 04/11/2011

The first Earth Day, held in 1970, was marked by 20 million Americans hitting the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy planet. This grassroots fight against deterioration of the environment has sprouted into a worldwide movement. This year’s theme, A Billion Acts of Green, highlights the organization’s efforts to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world. Need help making your green mark? Here are some free Earth Day resources to help you get involved.

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Affordable Accessories for Your Easter Party

Posted on 04/07/2011

Easter is hopping right up. This year it’s on the calendar for April 24. If you’re planning a pastel-infused, egg-filled bash you’ll definitely need some help with décor. Here are some great and affordable accessories for your Easter Party.

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Why Spring Cleaning Can Lead to Savings

Posted on 04/06/2011

Obviously spring cleaning gives your space a flash of freshness, but did you know it can give you a financial boost too? Clearing the clutter will not only clean out your closets, but it will lead to some savings.

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How to Celebrate Money Smart Week

Posted on 04/05/2011

Money Smart Week started with a meeting in Chicago a decade ago. It’s expanded to many other states as a way to provide resources that will help consumers better manage their personal finances. Take this time to get more educated about money by celebrating Money Smart Week.

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Free Resources at Your Local Library

Posted on 04/04/2011

This year National Library Week runs from April 10-16. National Library Week began in 1958 as a way to celebrate our country’s libraries and librarians and to promote their use. The theme for 2011 is “Create your own story @ your library.” If it’s been a while since you’ve explored your local library, here are some free resources you can find there—besides books, of course.

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The Age to Save: Awesome Discounts for Seniors

Posted on 03/30/2011

Want to save some green in your golden years? When it comes to discounts for senior citizens, most experts agree—you don’t know until you ask. Retail shops, movie theaters and grocery stores are all known to give discounts to those with a few more years under their belt. But often the key to scoring that savings is to ask. Here are some examples of the awesome discounts available for seniors.

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Easter Candy Deals

Posted on 03/29/2011

Indulging this Easter is going to be a whole lot more expensive. According to the Daily Mail, Easter chocolate will cost as much as 140% more than last year. It’s all because cocoa prices have hopped by as much as $800 a ton in the past few months. That means chocolatiers are forced to pay higher prices for ingredients and that will be passed on to the consumer. Avoid turning your Easter basket into a pot of gold by filling it with some of these Easter candy deals.

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Free Gardening Resources to Help You Grow Food

Posted on 03/28/2011

You won’t need the supermarket this summer if you get started with your backyard vegetable garden. Once the threat of frost is over, it’s time to get planting! Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can grow food with the help of these free gardening resources.

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Starting a Blog: Promoting and Monetizing Your Site

Posted on 03/28/2011

Blogs. Vlogs. Hyperlinking. SEO content. If you're not blog-savvy, those terms might just make your head spin, but you can't deny the social, career, and monetary rewards that a blog can bring. Where to start? Our tips guru, Alison Storm, is here to help with a three part series on starting your own blog. Take it away, Alison!

Investing the effort into creating a blog and filling it with great content isn’t truly satisfying unless people are reading it. And if people are reading it then you may be able to turn it in to a money-making endeavor. This is the third installment of a three-part series helping you to set up your blog, generate quality content, and finally, promote and monetize it.

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Free Pranks to Pull Off for April Fool’s Day

Posted on 03/25/2011

Pull out your Whoopee cushions and disappearing ink, April Fool’s Day is on the way. April 1 is your ticket to play childish pranks, to tap into your silly side and become the jokester you long to be. Just in case you weren’t named class clown, here are some fun and free ideas for pranks you can pull off this April Fool’s Day.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: What’s Worth the Splurge

Posted on 03/24/2011

We’re always telling you how to save money, get the best deals and score freebies. But the truth is some things are worth spending a little extra on. We asked you on Twitter and Facebook what’s worth the splurge. Although we got a wide variety of answers, it looks like you’re willing to fork over more cash when it’s something you really love.

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Cute Kids' Easter Clothes for Less

Posted on 03/23/2011

Easter Sunday falls on April 24 this year. If ever there was a day to dress the kids up in something cute this would be the day—and not just because you’ve got Easter candy to bribe them with. There’s no need to spend a fortune on these spring frocks because we found cute kids’ Easter clothes for less.

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Free Ways to Learn the Art of Couponing

Posted on 03/21/2011

Not sure what a catalina is or how to stack an IP with an MIR to reduce your OOP? Couponing has definitely gone extreme, but learning the lingo can line your pockets with extra cash. No need to spend money hiring a coupon coach—instead use free lessons and materials like these to master the art of couponing.

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Starting a Blog: Creating Great Content

Posted on 03/21/2011

Blogs. Vlogs. Hyperlinking. SEO content. If you're not blog-savvy, those terms might just make your head spin, but you can't deny the social, career, and monetary rewards that a blog can bring. Where to start? Our tips guru, Alison Storm, is here to help with a three part series on starting your own blog. Take it away, Alison!

A blog can be a great way to express yourself, promote yourself and share yourself. It can also be a nice source of income. But getting to that point requires lots of traffic and nothing will drive people to your blog quite like having great content. This is the second part of a three-part series on starting a blog. I’m going to help you understand why quality content is important as well as how to stay inspired to create and share it.

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Affordable Ways to Make Your Easter Basket More Green

Posted on 03/18/2011

According to the National Confectioners Associations Easter comes on the tail of Halloween as far as the amount of money we spend on candy. It’s a multi-billion dollar holiday for retailers, but if you’re looking to eliminate some of the plastic from your Easter basket and make it more earth-friendly while still keeping costs low, here are some ideas.

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Low Cost Tools for Spring Cleaning

Posted on 03/17/2011

We can all take a cue from Mother Nature this time of year and freshen up our surroundings. Thankfully spring cleaning doesn’t have to require stocking up on pricey products. Instead use these low cost tools for getting rid of grit and grime.

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Simple and Affordable Spring Wardrobe Updates

Posted on 03/16/2011

Just as Charlie Sheen’s number of Twitter followers is on the rise, so are the temperatures. Spring is in the air which is a great time to freshen up your wardrobe. Here are five simple and affordable spring wardrobe updates.

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Commonly Questioned Tax Deductions

Posted on 03/15/2011

Tax day is quickly approaching. And you probably deserve a break—lots of them, in fact. Tax breaks, or write-offs, are a way to reduce your tax obligation and possibly boost your refund. But plenty of people are confused about them. Here are some commonly questioned tax deductions.

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Affordable Ways to Have a Fun Spring Break at Home

Posted on 03/14/2011

If the closest you plan to get to a spring break getaway is watching it on MTV, you’re not alone. Gas prices have surged to an average of $3.55 a gallon, turning the idea of spring break into spring broke for many Americans. Oil has been trading above $100 a barrel for the last two weeks pushing airfares up as well. Jet fuel costs jumped by nearly 20 percent in January and according to a report by NPR, ticket prices have increased as much as 30 percent in recent weeks. If resting on the couch is more likely than resting on the beach this spring break, here are some affordable ways to have fun at home.

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Starting a Blog: Nailing Down the Basics

Posted on 03/14/2011

Blogs. Vlogs. Hyperlinking. SEO content. If you're not blog-savvy, those terms might just make your head spin, but you can't deny the social, career, and monetary rewards that a blog can bring. Where to start? Our tips guru, Alison Storm, is here to help with a three part series on starting your own blog. Take it away, Alison!

According to, there are more than 157 million blogs with nearly 80,000 popping up in the last 24 hours. Wow. That’s practically one new blog for every resident of my hometown of Sioux City, Iowa! But if you’re thinking about starting a new blog don’t let those numbers intimidate you. In this three-part series I’ll help you nail down the basics of starting a blog, figure out how to create great content, and explain how to promote and monetize your new site.

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Carpooling Programs to Help Cut Gasoline Costs

Posted on 03/11/2011

With eye-popping prices at the pump more commuters are looking for ways to save money. With recent gains in gas prices popularity in carpooling programs is also revving up. Consider using one of these tools to share a ride and to help share the cost of fuel.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Do You Stay Motivated to Stick to Your Budget?

Posted on 03/10/2011

We all need extra motivation at times… especially when it comes to sticking to the budget. And who can blame us? Temptation is constantly pulling at our pocketbooks. So we decided to find out how you stay motivated to stick to your budget by and here are the answers you gave us on Twitter and Facebook.

P.S. Don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter, and "Like" our Facebook page to keep up with the latest coupons and sales!

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How to Maximize Your Tax Refund

Posted on 03/08/2011

According to the Internal Revenue Service the average tax refund this year will be about $3,000. That’s roughly 5% more than the checks received last year. Make sure you do more with that money by maximizing your tax refund.

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Fun and Free St. Patrick's Day Traditions

Posted on 03/07/2011

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 is a fun time to pull on a little green, eat some corned beef and spend time with friends. Here are some free and fun St. Patrick’s Day traditions that will help you feel like you’ve got the luck of the Irish on your side.

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How Lent Can Help Your Finances

Posted on 03/04/2011

For many Christians the celebration of lent begins on Ash Wednesday and runs until the Saturday before Easter. It’s a season to commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection by praying, repenting and giving up something important to you. Letting go of a vice isn’t easy—especially when it hits your pocketbook. Since many Americans struggle with putting their faith into their paychecks, lent may actually be a great time to focus on getting your finances in order.

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The Best (and Worst) Deals at Bulk Discount Stores

Posted on 03/03/2011

Bulk discount stores like Costco, BJs and Sam’s Club can be a haven for good deals. But it’s easy to get caught up in the magic of wholesale shopping and actually end up overpaying. We’re giving you a rundown of the best and worst deals at bulk discount stores.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras Deals

Posted on 02/28/2011

It’s on a lot of peoples’ bucket lists—attending a New Orleans Mardi Gras is an unforgettable experience. Beads, beignets, Bourbon Street and one of the world’s biggest bashes can be yours on a budget with these New Orleans Mardi Gras deals.

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The Best Low Cost Baby Shower Gifts

Posted on 02/25/2011

You want to welcome that bundle of joy with open arms. But buying baby gifts can get expensive. Who knew something so little could already need so much stuff? Before you decide to skip this festive occasion due to finances, consider these low cost baby shower gifts.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Will You Spend on Spring Break Travel?

Posted on 02/24/2011

Bust out the bikinis—spring break is on the way! We wanted to know what kind of budget you’ve got for spring break travel. We used Twitter and Facebook to ask how much you plan to spend on upcoming trips. Looks like some of you have big plans and others are staying put.

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Oscar Season: Save Money on Movie-Going

Posted on 02/23/2011

Oscar season is in full force. It’s a great time of year to take in all of the award-winning films. But with dozens of nominations in 24 categories, seeing all of those movies can get expensive. Whether you’re a movie buff or not, you’ll love these ways to save money on movie-going.

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Springing for a Break: How to Cut Costs on Spring Travel

Posted on 02/22/2011

Does this brutal winter have you itching for a break? Whether you’re hoping for Key West or Cancun, fun can fit into your budget this spring break. Especially if you use these cost cutting travel tips.

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Mardi Gras Party Deals and Discounts

Posted on 02/21/2011

If you need a reason to plan a party, Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday) could be it. It’s a festive, fun celebration that revolves around food, music and feathered masks. Plus with these awesome Mardi Gras party deals and discounts you can throw a bash and still have some money left over on Ash Wednesday.

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Ways to Turn Your Search Engine into a Cash Engine

Posted on 02/18/2011

Do you know how much search engines like Google and Yahoo! earn every minute? Let’s just say it’s probably enough to buy everyone in America a steak dinner tonight. Instead of lining the pockets of those rich tech guys, try getting a piece of the pie for yourself. Here are ways to turn your search engine into a cash engine.

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The Cost of Oscar Fashion

Posted on 02/17/2011

Celebrities attending the Oscars often look like a million bucks—and that could be because that’s what it cost to complete their ensembles. The red carpet rolls out on February 27 for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Here’s a look at the funds it takes to pull off Oscar fashion. But keep in mind that celebrities that don’t fork over the dough could end up on the worst dressed list.

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US Presidents and Money: Fun Financial Facts

Posted on 02/16/2011

Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant got a $20 speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast down a Washington street? There are lots of fun financial facts when it comes to our US Presidents. And in honor of February 21, 2011, Presidents Day, here are some other interesting connections between money and the leaders of America.

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What to Do When Your Car Lease Ends

Posted on 02/15/2011

Lots of drivers lease their cars. For roughly three to five years you drive, make payments, and probably don’t think much about what happens when your time is up. But what do you do when that lease is coming to an end? Here are some steps to consider.

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Cutting Costs: Services You Can Split

Posted on 02/14/2011

Shouldering the burden of expenses solo can put a heavy strain on your bank account. But a great way to save money and cut costs is by using a lesson you probably learned in kindergarten: sharing. Not sure where you can pull this off successfully? Try splitting these services.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Would You Say if a Family Member Asked for Money?

Posted on 02/11/2011

It’s a sticky situation—someone you love asks for money. Financial experts advise to tread carefully when it comes to loved ones and money. So we wanted to know what you would do if a family member asked for money. Through Twitter and Facebook you told us whether you would hand over the cash or turn them away.

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Reality TV Stars with Real Financial Problems

Posted on 02/10/2011

They may win loads of cash or live in fancy houses, but that doesn’t mean that reality stars don’t have their own share of financial trouble. In fact lately it seems like they may have more of it. Here is a rundown of some of the reality TV stars with real financial problems.

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Love and Money: How to Make Money Talks Less Awkward

Posted on 02/09/2011

You can talk to your significant other about what they love, what they hate, where they want to travel and what they want to accomplish. But talking about the root of all those things—money—can be difficult. Financial experts say money and money problems are the leading cause of divorce which means communication is key. Make those money talks less awkward with these tips.

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Easy and Cheap Handmade Valentine's Gifts

Posted on 02/08/2011

Spreading the love doesn’t have to mean forking over cash. Even if you’re on a tight budget you can still pull together a great gift for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. We found cool, creative and romantic handmade Valentine’s gifts that were both easy and cheap.

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Affordable Cold-Weather Gear

Posted on 02/07/2011

You don’t have to be caught under a snow drift on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to know that it’s cold out there. Snow is blanketing more than a dozen states and most are still feeling the chill of winter. The good news is retailers are already marking down coats, hats and scarves so if you still need cold weather gear, we found out where you can pick it up at the most affordable price.

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Deals on Valentine's Day Cards

Posted on 02/03/2011

Send some love this Valentine’s Day with a cute, romantic or funny card. It’s a low-cost way to let your friends and family know you care—especially when you shop Valentine’s Day card deals like these.

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Cheap Last Minute Super Bowl Party Tips

Posted on 02/02/2011

Planning a bash to watch the year’s best commercials, erm, I mean, football? Super Bowl Sunday is approaching faster than Brett Favre’s court date. Get your party plans in order with these cheap, last minute entertaining tips.

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The Groundhog Day Cycle: Avoid Repeating the Same Financial Mistakes

Posted on 02/01/2011

Groundhog Day is best known as the day when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow to forecast the arrival of spring. If he sees his shadow winter continues for six more weeks. If he doesn’t, then warmer weather is on the way. This repetitive celebration was highlighted in the 1993 film “Groundhog Day.” And it’s a great time to ask yourself if you’re falling into the trap of repetition. Make this year different and avoid repeating the same financial mistakes by breaking the Groundhog Day cycle.

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The Royal Wedding: An Early Look at the Cost of Prince William and Kate's Big Day

Posted on 01/28/2011

You can bet handmade invitations and DIY decorations won’t be a part of the royal union of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, better known as Kate. About 2,000 people are expected to be invited to the event of the decade. No expense will likely be spared when these two get hitched on April 29, 2011.

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How to Determine Whether You Should Do Your Own Taxes or Hire a Pro

Posted on 01/27/2011

You probably don’t want to do your taxes, but you probably don’t want to fork over cash for someone else to do them either. More than half of taxpayers pay a pro to do their taxes according to the Internal Revenue Service. If you’re wondering whether to tackle taxes yourself or hire a pro to help, here are some clues.

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Hollywood Hits: Budgets of 2011 Oscar Nominated Films

Posted on 01/26/2011

The nominees have been named for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Ten films are competing for Best Picture and for the most part, you won’t see a huge, budget-busting epic among them. Wondering how much it cost to make these Hollywood hits? Check out these budgets of the 2011 Oscar nominated films.

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Questions to Ask Your Tax Preparer

Posted on 01/25/2011

You’ve probably already noticed tax preparation companies popping up in strip malls and storefronts all over the place. But how do you know if your tax preparer is a good fit? Asking questions like these will help.

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Super TV Deals for Super Bowl Sunday

Posted on 01/24/2011

It’s official. The Pittsburgh Steelers will face off against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, February 6. FOX is broadcasting the game, but how you watch it will depend on you. Need an excuse for a new TV in time for the game? Here are some super TV deals for Super Bowl Sunday.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What are You Most Dreading Paying More For This Year?

Posted on 01/21/2011

Gas, food, insurance—there isn’t much that experts say won’t cost us more in 2011. So that’s why we polled you through Facebook and Twitter to find out what you’re most dreading paying more for this year. Looks like plenty of you plan to be reaching into your pocketbooks and pulling out bigger fistfuls of cash.

P.S. Don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter for the latest savings and steals!

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Money Mix Up: How Prince William and Kate's Financial Backgrounds Could Impact Marriage

Posted on 01/20/2011

In less than 100 days the wedding the world is waiting for will finally take place when Prince William and Kate Middleton say “I do.” But some people are predicting trouble in the castle because Prince William is royalty and, well, his fiancée Kate Middleton is not. Kate Middleton is from the middle class. She never had servants or limos or vacation homes. So can this couple with vastly different views of money make it? Most experts agree Prince William and Kate’s varying financial backgrounds could impact their marriage. Here’s how.

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How to Prepare for Increases at the Pump

Posted on 01/19/2011

According to the US Energy Information Administration, there is a slight chance that gas prices could jump to over $4 a gallon later this year and an even better shot at $3.50 per gallon prices this summer. Keep your gas tank from destroying your budget by preparing for increases at the pump.

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How to Gear up for Tax Season

Posted on 01/18/2011

April 15th may seem like it’s in the distant future, but tax season is around the corner. Instead of putting it off, start preparing soon. You’ll make this year less painful by gearing up for tax season now.

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Financial Lessons Learned from Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark

Posted on 01/17/2011

The Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has been plagued with problems. Organizers just announced that they will be delaying the show’s official opening for the fifth time, bringing the musical’s price tag to about $65 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sometimes financial lessons can come from unlikely places—including a troubled Broadway musical.

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Free Health and Fitness Resources for 2011

Posted on 01/14/2011

Have you resolved to get fit and stay healthy in 2011? It’s a popular New Year’s resolution and totally doable when you have the right tools. Whether you’re hoping to drop a few pounds, eat better or just stay germ-free, there are some great free fitness resources that will help you reach your goals.

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Low Cost Ways to Be Like Miss America

Posted on 01/13/2011

The 90th edition of the Miss America pageant airs Saturday, January 15. Winning the crown requires years of dedication and hard work. Don’t have time for that? Here are some low cost ways to be like Miss America right now.

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How to Negotiate a Better Membership Rate at Your Gym

Posted on 01/12/2011

When money’s tight you might be tempted to forgo your gym membership. But you may want to try another option—negotiating a lower rate. Experts agree that now is the best time to improve your bill. Here are some steps to take to save money and stay fit.

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How to Donate Your Time in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on 01/11/2011

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and quickly became one of the most well-known icons for peaceful social change in the world. This year Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on January 17, 2011. Follow in the footsteps of this great figure in American history by doing something that Dr. King advocated and demonstrated—giving your time. Here are easy ways you can donate one of your most valuable resources in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Financial Changes Do you Want to Make in 2011?

Posted on 01/07/2011

The beginning of a new year is a great time to make a fresh start. And according to our latest Facebook and Twitter poll, plenty of you are ready to make some changes when it comes to your finances. Here’s what you said when we asked: What financial changes do you want to make in 2011?

P.S. Don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter for the latest great deals, tips, and coupons!

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How to Clear Up Past Financial Mistakes and Make a Clean Start in 2011

Posted on 01/06/2011

We all make mistakes. But the arrival of 2011 means the start of a new year and a new decade. Why not use this opportunity to make a clean start? Resolve to clear up past financial mistakes and head down a new path.

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Fresh and Free Financial Tools for Your 2011 Money Resolutions

Posted on 01/05/2011

Ready to make 2011 your year for financial success? Whether your New Year’s Resolution is getting out of debt or saving more for retirement, here are some fresh and free financial tools that may help you reach your goals.

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Habits to Kick in 2011 and the Money You'll Save

Posted on 01/04/2011

A bad habit is more than a guilty pleasure. It can be a huge drain on your finances. Whether it’s smoking, overeating or racking up credit card debt you may be surprised to learn how these bad habits are impacting your financial freedom. Kick these habits in 2011 and you’ll save lots of money.

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Low Cost Ways to Say Thank You for Holiday Gifts

Posted on 01/03/2011

You don’t have to be Emily Post to have good manners. Whether it was a $5 Starbucks gift card or a new iPad, saying thank you for gifts is important. And (thankfully) it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are low cost ways to say thank you for holiday gifts.

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New Year New You: Low Cost Ways to Achieve Popular Resolutions

Posted on 12/28/2010

Ready to make 2011 your year? Whether your goal is to shed some weight or gain some wealth, there are low cost ways to achieve almost every popular resolution. Here’s to a new year and a new you.

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How to Recover Financially from Holiday Spending

Posted on 12/27/2010

Perhaps you blew your holiday 2010 budget. Or maybe you didn’t have a budget at all. Now that you made it through the Christmas season, it’s time to start focusing on recuperating from holiday spending. Here are some tips for recovering financially.

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Free and Cheap New Year's Eve Party Decorations

Posted on 12/24/2010

It’s quite possible that between Christmas gifts, holiday outfits and festive food you have very little left in your party budget for 2010. But you’ve still got New Year’s Eve to celebrate so thankfully we’ve uncovered some free and cheap New Year’s Eve party decorations that will make this night super special.

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Return Policies: The Best and Worst Retailers

Posted on 12/23/2010

According to US News and World Report, nearly $50 billion worth of products is returned to retailers during the holiday season. Some stores will take your item back without any issues, while others have become increasingly strict. Wondering who the best (and worst) retailers are for returns? We’ve got the answers.

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Christmas Clearance: The Best Things to Buy After the Holidays

Posted on 12/22/2010

If the weeks leading up to Christmas are all about shopping for others, then the post-holiday sales are all about scoring deals for yourself. It’s a great time to take advantage of huge bargains and deep discounts during Christmas clearance sales. But not everything is marked down. Here are the best things to buy after the holidays.

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How to Survive a Last Minute Shopping Trip to the Mall

Posted on 12/21/2010

A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of consumers hadn’t finished their holiday shopping. Some don’t have the money, some lack the time and some shoppers simply love the thrill of racing against the clock. Unless you are one of those people who enjoys the rush of last minute shopping, you probably aren’t thrilled with the idea of hitting the mall. Here are some tips for surviving a last minute shopping trip to the mall.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Shopping Do You Have Left?

Posted on 12/20/2010

Christmas is quickly approaching, but that doesn’t seem to bother many of you out there. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, we asked you how much shopping you have left and it looks like many of you will be hitting the malls this week. (And, of course, don't forget to follow @Bargainist on Twitter and keep up with us on Facebook for great last-minute deal updates!)

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Deals on Kwanzaa Gifts

Posted on 12/16/2010

Kwanzaa runs from December 26th through January 1st, with the goal of celebrating family, community and African heritage. Gifts are a welcome part of the Kwanzaa tradition and of course, saving money is great year ‘round. So we’ve compiled this list of deals on Kwanzaa gifts.

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One Week Before Christmas: Last Minute Online e-Gifts

Posted on 12/15/2010

Nothing can replace face-to-face Christmas celebrations, but when you can’t be together with your loved ones, e-gifts are a great way to spread some holiday cheer. They’re also a good option for those who procrastinate with presents and no longer have the time to shop for and ship a gift. No matter which category you find yourself in, here are some last minute online e-gift options for the week before Christmas.

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Free Shipping Day: Where to Shop

Posted on 12/14/2010

For frazzled shoppers and hungry retailers, Free Shipping Day could be one of the greatest days of the year. Created in 2008, Free Shipping Day now has hundreds of participating merchants. In 2009, more than 750 merchants signed up generating more than 35,000 sales and organizers are hoping this year is even bigger. So if you deplore paying for shipping, here are some retailers to check out on Friday, December 17 for Free Shipping Day.

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How to Get Your Spouse Excited About Holiday Shopping

Posted on 12/10/2010

Every mall has them—benches full of old men waiting for their wives to finish shopping. Instead of dragging your spouse to the mall, it would be a whole lot nicer if they were willing participants in gift selections. Want your significant other to get excited about the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Here are some tips.

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Ship It Out: Postal Deadlines for Holiday Packages

Posted on 12/10/2010

Procrastinators beware—shipping deadlines for holiday packages are quickly approaching. Wondering how much longer you can put off shopping for Christmas gifts that need to be shipped? We’ve assembled a list of postal deadlines for holiday packages.

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The Best Deals on Photo Gifts

Posted on 12/09/2010

Grandparents, siblings, friends—just about everyone loves a good photo gift. You don’t have to know a person’s shirt size or dietary needs. Photo gifts are a good fit for just about everyone on your list, even the ones that are most difficult to shop for. We’ve compiled the best deals available right now on photo gifts.

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Handmade and Homemade: Super Easy DIY Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas Gifts

Posted on 12/07/2010

Feeling a little crazed from all the holiday consumerism? Rather than hitting mega stores and strip malls why not head to the local craft store for gifts? Friends and family members will likely appreciate the uniqueness of your handmade and homemade gift. So whether you’re shopping for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, here are some super easy DIY ideas—no special skills required.

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How to Get What You Really Want this Holiday

Posted on 12/03/2010

When you were little you had no problem telling your mom, the mailman and anyone who would listen what you wanted Santa to leave under the Christmas tree. Now that you’re older subtly seems to be more appreciated. Worried your loved ones won’t know what to get you? Give them some hints and you’ll end up getting what you really want this holiday.

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Ten Hanukkah Treats Under $20

Posted on 12/01/2010

Hanukkah lasts eight days, and while traditionally it wasn’t a gift-giving holiday, more and more people are exchanging gifts during Hanukkah. Still looking for a great Hanukkah gift? We found ten Hanukkah treats under $20.

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How to Hide Gifts and Keep Purchases a Secret

Posted on 11/26/2010

I don’t think I was more stealthy than other kids my age, but somehow by the time Christmas rolled around I always managed to figure out everything that was under the tree. I made it my December mission to hunt for clues, massage wrapped packages and even delicately peel back tape so I could take a peek. Coming from someone who has ruined countless surprises, here are tips for hiding gifts and keeping holiday purchases a secret.

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The Hottest Holiday Toys at the Best Prices

Posted on 11/25/2010

Good news for parents—most of this year’s hot holiday toys are less than $30. So unless your kid is begging for the latest video game system you may be able to put plenty under the tree without racking up debt. If you’re looking to buy this season’s hottest holiday toys at the best prices, here’s where to shop.

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Cheap Recipes to Get the Most Out of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted on 11/24/2010

Leftovers can be just as tasty as the Thanksgiving meal itself. If you find yourself with a large part of your Turkey Day feast still stored in your fridge, we’ve uncovered some cheap recipes that will help you get the most out of your Thanksgiving leftovers.

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2010 Black Friday Sneak Peek

Posted on 11/22/2010

Black Friday deals are turning into the worst kept secrets since Mariah Carey’s pregnancy. But if you’re not in the mood to sift through piles of ads here are some Black Friday 2010 sneak peeks to help you make some shopping decisions.

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What to Buy on Cyber Monday

Posted on 11/22/2010

Most people are well aware of Black Friday, but according to a survey by Lightspeed Research, about one-third of consumers don’t know what Cyber Monday is. If you’re one of those uninformed shoppers here’s a quick lesson on the Monday following Black Friday. It’s a special day when online retailers offer big sales on lots of great stuff so rather than hitting the mall you can tap your keyboard and take care of Christmas shopping. Now for the rest of your lesson: what to buy on Cyber Monday.

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Cheap Eats: Ten Affordable and Edible Gifts

Posted on 11/19/2010

Rather than give someone a tchotchke that will end up collecting dust or being tossed in the garage sale pile, why not give something consumable this Christmas? Edible gifts can be great for a variety of people on your list and the best part is yummy gifts don’t have to be budget-busters. Here are ten affordable and edible gifts.

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How to Create a Black Friday Shopping Plan

Posted on 11/18/2010

Black Friday can be more about the experience than the deals. According to a recent poll, more than half of shoppers head out to stores on Black Friday so they can spend time with family and friends. Forty-three percent say it’s a tradition. Want to make this your best Black Friday ever? Then you better have a strategy. Here are some tips for creating a Black Friday plan.

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Lower Your Heating Bill in Five Steps

Posted on 11/16/2010

Temperatures are dropping. Utility bills are soaring. And your income is holding steady. This is an equation that just doesn’t add up and if you’re like most people, when the holidays roll around you need every penny you can get your hands on. Here are five steps to take to lower your heating bill.

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Black Friday 2010 Trends

Posted on 11/15/2010

Just as there are hot trends in fashion (think jeggings, scarves and ankle boots) there are popular trends with Black Friday. Wondering what’s expected to fly off the shelves and what may be headed to the clearance bin? Here are some tips for Black Friday 2010 trends.

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Five Hints for Organizing Group Christmas Gift Giving

Posted on 11/15/2010

Lots of us have champagne taste, but a beer budget. When it comes to selecting Christmas gifts you can either buy your loved one a gift you can afford or you can buy them what they really want. And affording what they really want may require pooling resources with others. But group gift giving can often be a hassle. Here are five hints for organizing group Christmas gift giving.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Will You Spend on Thanksgiving Dinner?

Posted on 11/11/2010

Statistics show that lots of people are changing their Thanksgiving plans due to economic reasons. The United States First Command Financial Services says 40 percent of families are doing things a little differently this year. Most people say they’re scaling back on the number of guests they’ll invite and many plan to keep it a family affair.

The American Farm Bureau Federation said in 2009 that the average cost of a 16 pound turkey was $18.65 and the average spent on the entire meal for ten people was $42.91. But according to those of you who responded to our Twitter and Facebook poll, you’ll fork over much more cash than that to make your Thanksgiving dinner.

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The Biggest Black Friday Shopping Myths

Posted on 11/10/2010

There’s no doubt that Black Friday can be an incredible day for scoring amazing deals. But there is still some bad information floating around about Black Friday. We’re clearing up the biggest Black Friday shopping myths.

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Cyber Monday Shopping Steals to Look Out For

Posted on 11/09/2010

Cyber Monday falls on November 29th this year, but it’s not too early to start planning for this shopping bonanza. In fact, some websites are planning to offer their Cyber Monday deals even earlier, in hopes of beating out the competition. Wondering what to expect for Cyber Monday 2010? Here are some Cyber Monday shopping steals to look out for.

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Low Cost Ways to Honor and Serve Veterans

Posted on 11/08/2010

There are more than 20 million veterans living in the US. While they’ve served in different parts of the world spanning several decades, they’ve all made a sacrifice. November 11 is Veterans Day and we’ve discovered some low cost ways any one can honor and serve veterans.

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What to Do When Unemployment Benefits End

Posted on 11/05/2010

If Congress doesn’t act in the coming weeks, nearly two million Americans will reach the end of unemployment benefits next month, according to CNN. If unemployment benefits aren’t extended by the end of the month, 800,000 people will stop getting checks within four days, according to the National Employment Law Project. So what do you do if you your unemployment benefits end? Here are some places to turn.

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Winter Warmth: Stylish Scarves Under $20

Posted on 11/04/2010

Scarves are not only a great fashion accessory, but they can be a practical way to stay warm this winter. Lots of retailers are selling this must-have accessory, but we found the best and most stylish scarves for under $20.

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Affordable Ways to Help the Less Fortunate This Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/03/2010

Just about everybody is feeling financially stretched this time of year. Even though you may not have much cash to spare, you can still meet the needs of others. Here are some affordable ways to help the less fortunate this Thanksgiving.

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How to Avoid Airline Baggage Fees During Holiday Travel

Posted on 11/02/2010

There are few things more annoying than airline baggage fees. Not only did you spend big bucks on your airline ticket for holiday travel, but now you’re being forced to pay extra because you need to bring some stuff with you. Want to keep holiday travel costs down? Here are ways to avoid airline baggage fees during holiday travel.

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Why You May Want to Start Holiday Shopping Now

Posted on 11/01/2010

The holiday shopping season will probably seem a whole lot longer this year. Sales normally reserved for Black Friday are already rolling out at retailers around the country. Wondering if you need to get a jump on your Christmas gifts? Here are some reasons why you may want to start holiday shopping now.

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Home for the Holidays: Low Cost Ways to Prepare for Overnight Guests

Posted on 10/29/2010

Aunt Marge, Cousin Eddie and the whole gang have decided to come to your place for Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. Or the entire month of December. No matter how many guests you’re expecting (or how long they plan to stay) it’s best to give them a warm welcome. Consider these low cost ways to prepare for overnight guests.

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Five Steps to Take Before Buying Holiday Gifts Online

Posted on 10/28/2010

Planning to do at least some of your holiday shopping online? It can be a great way to avoid crowds and save time without having to get out of your sweatpants. Before you click “complete purchase” here are five steps to take before buying holiday gifts online.

P.S. Don't forget to check The Bargainist, UltimateCoupons, and Tjoos for the latest and greatest Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

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Shopping Savings: How to Get Gift Cards for Less than Face Value

Posted on 10/27/2010

Gift cards can make great gifts: easy to mail, practical, and one size fits all. But you can make this stand -out gift even better by picking up gift cards for less than face value. There are plenty of places pushing discounted gift cards. Here are several sites selling plastic for reduced prices

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Holiday Shopping Will you Do Online?

Posted on 10/26/2010

Online shopping isn’t just a great way to kill time during your coffee break. Looks like lots of you plan to do a chunk of your holiday shopping on the web. We used Facebook and Twitter to find out who will be braving the crowds for Christmas gifts and who will knock off their shopping list from the comfort of a computer.

(P.S. Don’t forget to follow the Bargainist on Twitter and Facebook for the latest deal updates!)

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Sweet Savings: Last Minute Halloween Candy Deals

Posted on 10/25/2010

Ever run out of candy on Halloween night? I have. Once the chocolate was gone, I started handing out granola bars I found stashed in the back of my pantry, and when those ran out, I turned off my porch light and hid, but the trick-or-treaters weren’t happy... They smashed my pumpkins in revolt! Avoid mutiny in your neighborhood by stocking up on some last minute Halloween candy deals.

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Holiday Home: Easy DIY Decorating Projects for Thanksgiving

Posted on 10/22/2010

Expecting company for Turkey Day? Even with the bird, stuffing and pumpkin pie, your home might need a little something extra to create a festive Thanksgiving atmosphere. You don’t have to be a domestic goddess for these easy DIY Thanksgiving decorating projects.

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How to Find Seasonal Work Now

Posted on 10/21/2010

Want to pick up some extra work over the holidays? Start applying now, according to experts. There may be fewer seasonal jobs available this year, which means the sooner you can get your applications, in the more likely you’ll be to get hired. Here are some resources for finding seasonal work now.

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How to Help Friends and Family Facing Financial Trouble

Posted on 10/20/2010

One in eight Americans currently receives food stamps, according to the Department of Agriculture. And the US Census Bureau says one in seven Americans live in poverty. That means millions of people are likely struggling to make ends meet. If you have friends and family members facing financial trouble, here are some ways to help.

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Graco Stroller Recall

Posted on 10/20/2010

As you may have heard, Graco has recalled millions of Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers made before 2008 due to their implication in several infant deaths. You can read the official notification here for affected model numbers, further details, and instructions on how to request a free repair kit.

If you intend to buy a new stroller, follow these links for $10 off $80 in baby items at Sears, 15% off your order at Baby Catalog, or 15% off $100 or more at One Step Ahead..

Ten Ways to Sell Stuff Online for Extra Holiday Cash

Posted on 10/19/2010

Cleaning junk out of the attic can be a great way to pay for putting new stuff under the Christmas tree. The holidays may still be several weeks away, but now is a great time to start thinking about turning clutter into gift buying cash. We’ve all heard of eBay and Craigslist, but there are plenty of other ways to sell stuff online in order to earn extra holiday cash.

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2010 Holiday Calendar: Important Dates for Holiday Shopping, Travel and Celebration

Posted on 10/18/2010

Your social calendar and your to-do list are about to explode. Need help remembering those key appointments for the upcoming 2010 holiday season? We’ve created a list of important dates for holiday shopping, travel, and celebration to help keep you organized and on top of everything.

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When and How to Hire a Financial Planner

Posted on 10/15/2010

No matter what stage of life you’re in, or what’s in your bank account, hiring a financial planner can be a good idea. Look at it this way-- you may be able to burn calories without the help of a personal trainer, but you may not reach your fitness goals as fast, or at all. Just like a personal trainer, a professional financial planner can be your guide to reaching your financial goals. Here are some tips to help you know when and how to hire a financial planner.

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Ten Cheap Ways to Make Your Halloween Party Scarier

Posted on 10/15/2010

Friendly ghosts and goofy costumes not your thing? For some, Halloween really is about all things spooky. If you see October 31 as your one chance a year to scare the bejeebers out of your loved ones, here are ten cheap ways to make your Halloween party scarier.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What’s Been Your Best Frugal Halloween Costume?

Posted on 10/14/2010

Halloween is a fun holiday and, according to you, it doesn’t have to be expensive. We wanted to know about your best frugal Halloween costume and plenty of you proved you’re very creative when it comes to dressing up.

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Low Cost Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Posted on 10/13/2010

The flu is nothing to sneeze at. According to the Centers for Disease Control website, there were nearly 42,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations during last flu season and 2,125 flu-related deaths. Want to keep yourself free of the flu this year? Here are some low cost ways to stay healthy during flu season. (P.S. - Gesundheit!)

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What's the Deal with Sample Sales?

Posted on 10/11/2010

Designers and retailers use sample sales as a way to unload excess merchandise. They get rid of extra stock and you can pick up great stuff at a fraction of the retail price. Typically you can save up to 90% on everything from clothing to furniture. Whether you’ve scored deals at sample sales or always wanted to, we’ve got some tips to help you make the most of the experience.

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Affordable Halloween Costumes for Your Pet

Posted on 10/08/2010

There are few things cuter than pets outfitted in Halloween costumes. They may not be able to join you in a Halloween candy binge, but your furry family members can certainly dress up for the occasion. Here are some affordable Halloween costume options for your pet.

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Where to Turn for Free Food

Posted on 10/07/2010

Roughly one in six Americans are insecure about whether they have an adequate supply of food. As millions struggle to keep meals on the table, there are lots of organizations ready to help by offering free food. If you or someone you know is struggling to afford food, here are some resources that provide free food.

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Financial Compatibility: Money Questions to Ask Your Date

Posted on 10/06/2010

Wedding vows are quite blatant when it comes to money. You’re committing to stick it out whether you’re richer or poorer. But all too often financial troubles can lead to relationship troubles. That’s why experts say it’s important to find out if you’re financially compatible before saying “I do.” Asking your date for a copy of their credit report may not go over well, but here are five money questions that are a little easier to ask.

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Five Holiday Tasks to Complete Now

Posted on 10/05/2010

Thanksgiving and Christmas may still be several pages out in your date book, but that doesn’t mean you should put off planning and preparing. If you want to save money on travel and gift buying, here are five holiday tasks to complete now.

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The Social Network: Coupons and Freebies Found on Facebook

Posted on 10/04/2010

The Social Network opened in theaters across the country last week, taking in more than $23 million dollars at the box office. The movie tells the story of how Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg came up with the idea for the mega-popular site. Facebook currently has half a billion users, including businesses that use the social networking site as a way to drum up business. One of the ways they do that is by offering Facebook users exclusive discounts and deals. Here are some examples of coupons and freebies found on Facebook right now.

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Handmade How-tos: Ten Low Cost Gifts to Make for the Holidays

Posted on 10/01/2010

Want to slash your gift giving budget this holiday season? Try getting crafty. While you’ll save a lot of money, you’ll need to start soon so you’ll have plenty of time to get the job done. Here are some handmade how-tos that will make great holiday gifts.

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Finding Low-Cost Halloween Costumes at Thrift Stores

Posted on 09/30/2010

Need a Halloween costume? Skip the expensive costume shop or picked-over chain store. Instead, corral some creativity and head to your local thrift store. Thrift stores can be the ideal place for finding low-cost Halloween costumes. Here are some ideas to get those creative costume juices flowing.

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Cheap Halloween Costumes Hiding in Your Closet

Posted on 09/29/2010

So you want to dress up for Halloween, but you don’t want to fork out any cash? No problem! Show off your silly (or spooky) side with these cheap Halloween costumes that are likely hiding in your closet.

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How to Protect Your Privacy When Shopping Online

Posted on 09/28/2010

According to data released by comScore, last year there were $595 million in Black Friday sales online, an 11% increase over Black Friday 2008 online. There’s no doubt that more and more we’re turning to the Internet to buy everything from cat food to computers. But just as the web is becoming more popular for shoppers, it’s also becoming more popular for thieves. Here are ways to protect your privacy when shopping online.

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Bundling Up: Cute Coats at Affordable Prices

Posted on 09/24/2010

Fall has arrived and cooler weather is close behind. Why bundle up with last year’s cold-weather gear when the deals are so hot right now? Get prepared for plunging temperatures by picking up a cute coat at a great price.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: When Will You Start Your Holiday Shopping?

Posted on 09/23/2010

We’re still several weeks away from the holidays, but that’s not stopping many of you from getting a jump start on your gift buying. We polled you on Facebook and Twitter to ask, when will you start your holiday shopping? What we discovered? Many of you already have.

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Great Deals on Kids' Halloween Costumes

Posted on 09/23/2010

Top kids’ Halloween costumes for 2010 are likely to revolve around Harry Potter, Toy Story and Yo Gabba Gabba. (Apparently Brad Pitt went trick-or-treating as DJ Lance last year, spiking the show’s popularity this Halloween.) But if you’re a bit more concerned about affordability rather than popularity, we’ve scouted out some great deals on kids’ Halloween costumes.

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Trading Stuff for Wealth: Getting the Maximum Out of Minimalism

Posted on 09/21/2010

Despite what prime time ads might tell you, that shiny SUV, ginormous flat screen or pricey wrinkle cream won’t make you happy. In fact some financial experts would argue that maxed out credit cards, home equity loans, and fancy leased cars are actually creating unnecessary stress. There seems to be a new movement towards minimalism these days. Interested in trading stuff for wealth? Here are some tips.

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How Your Next Door Neighbor Could Help You Save Money

Posted on 09/20/2010

You share a zip code and a property line, but you and your neighbors could share a whole lot more. The people living around you may be the key to reducing expenses. Here are some ways your next door neighbor could help you save money.

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Tips for Graduating from College Debt-Free

Posted on 09/17/2010

For the first time ever, the amount of school debt held by Americans surpassed the amount of credit card debt. Graduates may be earning their degrees, but it’s coming a high cost. If you’d like to finish college with both a diploma and financial freedom, here are some tips for graduating debt-free.

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Forking Over the Dough: The Best Pizza Deals

Posted on 09/16/2010

Prefer Hawaiian, pepperoni, or just plain cheese? No matter how you like your pizza pie, Americans sure eat a lot of it. According to some sources we chow down about 100 acres of the cheesy goodness each day—that’s 350 slices a second. Before you fork over your dough for that steaming hot Italian treat, we want to make sure you’re getting the best pizza deal possible.

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Bargainist Gift Guide: Talk Like a Pirate Day

Posted on 09/16/2010

Ahoy matey! Lucky for all you landlocked lubbers, International Talk Like a Pirate Day rolls around every September 19th. Weigh anchor and we’ll give you a list of some of the best merch out there for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arr!

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Staged to Sell: Marketing Tips to Help Entice Home-Buyers

Posted on 09/15/2010

It’s hard to drive down a block these days and not see at least one for sale sign. With more than four million homes for sale, it’s definitely a competitive real estate market. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home is staged to sell. Here are some marketing tips to help entice home-buyers.

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Money-Saving Rebates Going on Now

Posted on 09/14/2010

Back in the day a mail-in rebate meant you’d fill out a form, send it in and wait months for your one or two dollar check to arrive. Feel a little embarrassed taking that to your bank teller? You may want to give rebates another try because now they can be a great way to keep costs low. Here are some money-saving rebates going on now that you can easily take advantage of.

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How to Save Money Renting Things You Thought You Had to Buy

Posted on 09/13/2010

Have you ever bought something you had to have, only to fall out of love with it right away? Sometimes buying isn’t the most economical decision. And for that reason there are lots of companies offering an alternative. Things you probably thought you had to buy are now available for rent.

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Free and Cheap Tools for Enhancing Online Privacy

Posted on 09/10/2010

We shop online, bank online, and do, well, pretty much everything online. So keeping our identity safe online should be a top priority. But somehow paying big bucks to keep our identity safe doesn’t sound like fun. Here are some free and cheap tools for enhancing online privacy.

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Aspiring Authors: Low-Cost Publishing Options for Your Book

Posted on 09/09/2010

According to the website, the third most popular goal in the world is to write a book. If you’re one of those aspiring authors, what are you waiting for? Publishing your book is no longer a fairytale. Here are some low-cost publishing options for getting your book in print.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Where is Your Favorite Place to Shop for Affordable Fashion?

Posted on 09/08/2010

Not enough cash for couture? New York Fashion Week may have you dreaming of designer, but for most of us, that would mean we’d have to move back in with our parents. Even if you have a passion for fashion, there are great stores offering the hottest trends for less. We polled you on Facebook and Twitter to find out your favorite places to shop for affordable fashion.

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Unusual Places to Look for Coupons

Posted on 09/07/2010

Whether you’re a couponing novice or a clipping queen, there may be money-saving opportunities lurking in places you’ve never considered. Coupons aren’t restricted to the Sunday paper (Though that's always a good starting place!). Here are some unusual places to look for coupons.

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Free Ways to Enjoy Fashion Week 2010

Posted on 09/06/2010

Fall Fashion Week in New York City kicks off on September 9. Didn’t get your invite to the Gucci runway show? Maybe it got lost in the mail. But you can still enjoy high style without spending big bucks. Here are some free ways to enjoy Fashion Week 2010.

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How to Know if You're Getting a Good Deal

Posted on 09/02/2010

Ever wonder what other people are paying for the same products and services you’re buying? Companies have all kinds of marketing tricks to make you think you’re scoring a bargain when in reality you’re really not. Here are some guidelines to help you know if you’re getting a good deal.

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Healthcare Help: Programs Offering Prescription Assistance

Posted on 09/01/2010

According to a recent survey, roughly one in seven children and working-age adults in America go without a prescription because they can’t afford it. There’s no denying that drugs are costly. But the good news is there are plenty of programs offering prescription assistance to those in need of healthcare help.

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Job Opportunities for College Students

Posted on 08/27/2010

College is expensive—from books to beer there are plenty of things competing for your money. While studying is a job in itself, plenty of students opt to take on part-time jobs to earn extra income. But with so many students descending on college campuses, competition can be fierce. Here are some places to uncover job opportunities for college students.

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Affordable Labor Day Destinations

Posted on 08/26/2010

Summer’s on its way out. But before the rush of the holidays rolls in why not use your upcoming three-day weekend for a much-needed getaway? Here are some affordable Labor Day destinations.

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Pigskin Party: Kicking Off Football Season without Sacking Your Budget

Posted on 08/25/2010

Are you ready for some football? Celebrate your favorite team’s kickoff with a pigskin party. And don’t worry about sacking your budget-- these tips will help you kick off football season frugally.

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Credit Card Tips for College Students

Posted on 08/24/2010

The average college undergrad carries more than $3,000 in credit card debt, an increase of about a thousand dollars since 2004. While credit cards may help with buying a car or renting an apartment in the future, they can also create trouble. So as these young adults descend on college campuses, here are some credit card tips that they probably won’t hear in the classroom.

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Low Cost Pool Toys for Your Labor Day Pool Party

Posted on 08/23/2010

Labor Day weekend is often summer’s last hurrah. It’s the final chance to show off those swimsuits, fire up the grill and soak in some fleeting summer sun. If you’re planning to say so long to summer with a Labor Day pool party, here are some low cost pool toys that will make sure you squeeze as much fun as possible out of summer 2010.

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Gearing up for After School Sports on a Budget

Posted on 08/23/2010

If your kids tell you they want to play football, try out for the tennis team or give gymnastics a go and all you can think about is the money it will require—keep reading. There are lots of ways to gear up for after school sports on a budget. Score big at saving money with these tips.

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Wise Words: Ten of the Best Quotes About Money

Posted on 08/22/2010

There are plenty of great minds when it comes to money. Learning from them may help improve your own financial outlook. Soak in wisdom with the help of these ten quotes about money.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Money Advice Would You Give Those Heading Off to College

Posted on 08/19/2010

Millions of students are heading back to class. Many are moving out of their parents’ homes and onto college campuses where they’ll face new adventures and plenty of temptations. We had a hunch that you’d have some words of wisdom for these young adults. So in our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we asked you to share your money advice with those heading off to college.

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Six Back-to-School Shopping Traps to Avoid

Posted on 08/18/2010

The National Retail Federation predicts back-to-school shopping will grow by about ten percent this year. Want to try to avoid that increase in your household? If you’re trying to stick to a budget for your back-to-school shopping here are six traps to avoid.

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Less is More: How to Scale Your Wardrobe Down to Six Items

Posted on 08/17/2010

Think of your stuffed jean drawer and packed-out closet. If you’re like most Americans you probably have a large percentage of clothing items that are forgotten on hangers or crumpled in your dresser that never get worn. Now try to imaging wearing the same six items day after day. There’s a global experiment going on at They’re challenging consumers to scale down their wardrobes to just six items. Sound scary? Here are some tips for taking on the less is more mentality.

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Low-Cost Dorm Room Essentials for College Kids

Posted on 08/13/2010

Heading off to college is an adventure, but it can also be scary. One way to ease the concerns of any college freshman is to make sure their dorm room is more than a 100-square-foot cinder block chamber. You can do that with these low-cost dorm room essentials for college kids.

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Ten Free Things to Do This Weekend

Posted on 08/12/2010

Summer is winding down but the weekend is gearing up. This is your time to relax and let go of stress. If you’re looking for some fun activities that won’t cost you big money, here’s our list of ten free things to do this weekend.

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How to Lower Swimming Pool Maintenance Costs

Posted on 08/11/2010

Swimming pools are a great way to beat the summer heat. But nothing can suck the fun out of a dip in the pool quicker than huge repair bills and massive upkeep costs. Keep your head above water with these tips for lowering swimming pool maintenance costs.

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Computer Deals for Heading Back to School

Posted on 08/10/2010

A computer may not be on your child’s school supply list, but it’s nearly a necessity for students these days. There isn’t really a better time to buy a computer than during the back-to-school season. So check out these sales if you’re ready to invest in a technology upgrade.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's Been Your Biggest Waste of Money?

Posted on 08/09/2010

Just about everyone has paid stupid tax at some point in their lives. We’ve been sucked in by the latest gadget, persuaded by late-night infomercials, or rushed into a hasty purchase that turned out to be nothing but a waste of hard earned money. We wondered, what’s been your biggest waste of money? Here are the answers we received on Facebook and Twitter.

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School Savings: Low-Cost Products to Help Kids Enjoy Brown Bag Lunches

Posted on 08/07/2010

Lunchtime should be fun for your young ones. In between tests, projects and homework, it can be a great time to refuel and relax. Infuse some fun into the middle of their day with these low cost products that will help kids enjoy their brown bag lunches.

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How to Clean Out Your Purse and Organize Your Wallet

Posted on 08/05/2010

Some experts believe the state of your wallet or purse directly reflects the state of your overall financial situation. If your purse is full of crumpled receipts and gum wrappers, or you’ve got change floating around in fifteen different places, it may be time to give it a good cleaning. Here are some steps for cleaning out your purse and organizing your wallet.

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Old Fashioned Ways to Save Money

Posted on 08/04/2010

Your grandmother was right about a lot of things, including how to handle finances. Back before iPads, cell phones and even microwaves, people knew how to pinch pennies. Take a cue from days gone by, and consider these old fashioned ways to save money.

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How to Donate School Supplies

Posted on 08/03/2010

Getting kids stocked up on school supplies isn’t cheap—in fact many families can’t afford it. And often that burden can fall on the teacher. According to recent statistics, 3.5 million schoolteachers spend an average of $500 in out-of-pocket expenses on classroom supplies. Support children, teachers and classrooms in your area by donating school supplies. Here is some information about how you can help.

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Ten Cheap Ways to Make Someone's Birthday More Special

Posted on 08/02/2010

Statistics show that more people are born in August than any other month. So chances are you know some August babies celebrating big days. That’s why we’re sharing ten cheap ways to make someone’s birthday more special.

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Cash for College: Finding Private Loans

Posted on 07/31/2010

College students may earn that degree with lots of studying, but they’ll also have to pay out thousands of dollars to get it. Recent research shows that an average year at an in-state public school costs just over $7,000. Head to a private school and the average tuition jumps to more than $26,000. For those needing cash for college, private loans are one way to go.

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Using Foursquare, Yelp and to Score Freebies and Deals

Posted on 07/29/2010

Social media now comes with some extra perks. If you like a good deal or if scoring freebies is one of your passions in life, you’ll want to learn the ins and outs of social media outlets like Foursquare, Yelp and We’ve got some tips for using these websites in a new way.

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Ten School Supplies for Under a Buck

Posted on 07/28/2010

It may be a while before class is back in session, but deals on school supplies are already in full force! Stocking up on everything your child needs doesn’t have to be expensive—especially with these ten deals under a buck.

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Looking Cool for Back to School: The Best Prices on Clothing Essentials

Posted on 07/27/2010

It’s that time of year again—when kids everywhere start preparing for the first day of school and contemplating that all-important decision: what to wear. Of course, looking cool is always critical, but so is saving money. We uncovered the best prices on clothing essentials so that the first day of school is a happy time for everyone.

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The Best Ways to Get Deep Discounts at Restaurants

Posted on 07/26/2010

Enjoy hitting up local Thai restaurants or steakhouse chains? Don’t give up your restaurant routine just to save some money. Instead, try these great ways to get deep discounts at restaurants.

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Putting Frequent Flyer Miles and Credit Card Rewards to Good Use

Posted on 07/23/2010

If you’re like most people you’re racking up frequent flyer miles and credit card rewards, but you’re not doing much with them. Free airline tickets and hotel stays may seem so out of reach, but there are still ways you can put your frequent flyer miles and credit card rewards to good use.

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Free Online Resources to Help You Raise Money for Charity

Posted on 07/22/2010

We all have causes we’re passionate about. But helping others often requires money. And if you’ve ever tried to raise funds for charity, you know it can be a tough task. There are lots of free online resources available that will help you raise money for a cause you believe in.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's the Best Freebie You Ever Scored?

Posted on 07/21/2010

Whether it’s free dessert on your birthday, a free gift with purchase or a free trip to Vegas, there’s no denying that freebies rock. So we decided to poll you on Facebook and Twitter to find out about the best freebie you ever scored. Turns out some of you are pretty darn lucky!

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How to Organize a Clothing Swap

Posted on 07/20/2010

A clothing swap is a free, green way to refresh your wardrobe. If you’re developing a slow hatred for everything your closet holds, prevent a budget-busting shopping spree and organize a clothing swap instead. Here are a few simple steps for making it happen.

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Wet Summer Fun: Water Park Deals

Posted on 07/19/2010

With temperatures soaring, few places offer such a sweet release from the summer heat as a water park. But between ticket prices, parking fees and overpriced hot dogs, a day at the water park can be expensive. Here are some coupons and deals that will let you enjoy some wet summer fun without spending loads of cash.

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Avoiding the Temptation to Spend

Posted on 07/19/2010

The temptation to spend can be fierce. There are lattes to drink, movies to see and restaurants to try. But if you’re looking to get out of debt, save more or complete any major financial goal, experts agree that the small stuff makes a big difference. Here are some tips for avoiding the temptation to spend.

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The Riskiest Ways to Save Money

Posted on 07/15/2010

Some money-saving strategies are no-brainers. Using coupons? Why not! Getting rid of those movie channels you never watch? Makes sense! Carpooling with co-workers? Sure! But sometimes cutting corners just to save a few bucks can get you into trouble. Here are some of the riskiest ways to save money.

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Ten of the Most Giving Celebrities

Posted on 07/14/2010

They’re actors, actresses, athletes and talk show hosts, but they’re also great givers. These ten celebrities may be best known for their contributions to the entertainment industry, but they should also be recognized for their massive contributions to various charities. Here are ten of the most giving celebrities… Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to give back to your community!

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What was the Last Thing You Splurged On?

Posted on 07/13/2010

Sure, the economy may stink, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little something special. Splurging these days may mean buying a venti instead of a grande at Starbucks or buying the whole album on iTunes instead of just one song, but that’s not stopping you from treating yourself. We polled you on Twitter and Facebook to find out the last thing you splurged on.

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Insuring that Summer Vacation: When to Buy Trip Insurance

Posted on 07/12/2010

Travel insurance may seem like just another cost to tack on to your summer vacation, but it can be an extremely valuable investment. According to the US Travel Insurance Association, about one in three Americans purchase travel insurance. That’s a ten percent jump since before September 11th. If you’re wondering whether to insure your summer vacation, here are some tips for when to buy trip insurance.

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The Best Games for Teaching Kids about Money

Posted on 07/09/2010

According to a study by Visa, more than half of parents say their child thinks money grows on trees. Games can be a great way to teach your kids where money really comes from. They’ll have fun learning how to budget, spend wisely and respect money with these educational games.

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Summer Bargains: The Best Things to Buy Right Now

Posted on 07/08/2010

Summer is the season for BBQs, water parks and big glasses of iced tea. But it’s also a great time of year for bargain hunting. If you’re looking for a hot deal here’s a list of the best things to buy right now in the heat of the summer.

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When Buying Used Can Save You the Most Cash

Posted on 07/07/2010

There’s something nice about buying new—cracking open that pristine package, taking in that fresh smell and enjoying the perfection of a new product. But buying used has a quality that can trump all that—saving money. Here are circumstances where buying used can save you the most cash.

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A Summer Tan for Less: Getting Golden on a Budget

Posted on 07/06/2010

Pasty probably isn’t the shade of skin you’re looking for these days. Summer is a time for shedding some clothing and showing off a little skin. A golden tan can be the perfect accessory whether you’re hitting the beach or you want to look like you just did. But we all know that baking under the sun isn’t good for us. Thankfully we’ve got some great deals that will help you score a summer tan for less so you can get golden on a budget.

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Twilight Gear that Won't Suck Your Wallet Dry

Posted on 07/02/2010

Millions have already seen Eclipse. The latest Twilight film sold $68.5 million worth of tickets on opening night, breaking box office records for the biggest mid-week movie launch in history according to industry reports. Did the movie leave you yearning for more vampires and werewolves? For those looking for products that exhibit their enthusiasm for Team Edward or their jubilee for Team Jacob, here is some great Twilight gear that won’t suck your wallet dry.

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Five Ways to Drastically Cut Living Expenses

Posted on 06/30/2010

Looking to make a major change to your finances? Sometimes drastic changes require drastic measures. Whether your goal is to get out of debt or boost your income, hard work and shaking up your habits will get the job done. Here are five ways to significantly cut your living expenses.

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Peer Lending Websites and How They Work

Posted on 06/29/2010

If you need a loan or you’re interested in investing, peer-to-peer lending may be a good fit. Peer lending, also called social lending, is an online marketplace for borrowing and lending money that cuts out the need for big banks. For borrowers, it’s a great way to get smaller sized loans at lower interest rates. For lenders, peer lending can provide greater returns while helping someone in need. Statistics show that the peer-to-peer lending industry is expected to hit $5.8 billion in loans this year which shows it’s a popular option for consumers. Here are a few of the social lending websites in the marketplace.

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Beat the Heat: Ice Cream Deals

Posted on 06/28/2010

Nothing can bring out the positive side of a heat wave quite like ice cream can. That creamy cold treat makes sweating your butt off on a hot day worth it. Before your ice cream habit takes over your grocery budget, make sure you beat the heat with these ice cream deals.

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Red, White and Frugal: Cheap Ideas for the 4th of July

Posted on 06/24/2010

Want to mark this 4th of July with a bang, but don’t want to spend many bucks? Being patriotic doesn’t have to be pricey. We’ve got some cheap ideas so that you can be red, white and frugal this 4th of July.

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Summer School: Low Cost Ways to Learn

Posted on 06/23/2010

To some, the idea of summer school may seem torturous. It could conjure up memories of an algebra do-over that forced you to miss out on a legendary session of summer camp. But to others, summer school is a time to focus on the subjects and classes that you really enjoy. Think of this as your season to learn something new, harness a hidden talent or become a better you. Here are low cost ways to learn this summer.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What Do you Hate Spending Money On?

Posted on 06/22/2010

Spending money can be fun, but our latest Twitter and Facebook poll proves there are just some things you hate using up your hard earned cash to pay for. We heard from lots of you who have a hard time plunking down money for everything from tuxedos to topsoil.

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Ideas for an Affordable 4th of July Road Trip

Posted on 06/21/2010

Feeling the need for some independence this 4th of July? Find it on the open road with a summer car trip. Here are some ideas for great destinations and easy tips that will make it an affordable and fun 4th of July road trip.

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How to Save Money When Attending an Out of Town Wedding

Posted on 06/17/2010

Wedding season has arrived. While celebrating the union of two people is a joyous occasion, sometimes attending the wedding can be a bit of a hassle. Between gifts, meals and outfits, out of town weddings can quickly add up to what you may have spent on week in the Bahamas. Here are some ways to save money when attending an out of town wedding.

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Ten Summer Freebies

Posted on 06/16/2010

School’s out, days are longer and ice cream becomes a regular ritual. What’s not to love about summer? If you need another reason to love this time of year just keep reading. Here are ten fabulous summer freebies.

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Separate or Joint Accounts? The Pros and Cons for Couples

Posted on 06/15/2010

When you get married, there are so many decisions to make. Who will be the one to take out the trash? How will closet space be divvied up? Who gets to hold the remote? And of course, a biggie, will you have separate or joint bank accounts? Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding whether separate or joint bank accounts are right for you.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: What's Dad's Best Money Advice?

Posted on 06/11/2010

Maybe your dad taught you how to hold a hammer, throw a curve ball or solve algebra equations. It was his sound advice, though, that likely helped you the most in life. Through Twitter and Facebook we asked you to share your dad’s best money advice in honor of Father’s Day. Looks like your pops knows a thing or two about finance.

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How to Make Extra Money on Etsy

Posted on 06/10/2010

Candle makers, necklace designers and hair bow creators all find a home on Etsy. It’s an online marketplace for handmade crafts and vintage finds launched in 2005 by a Brooklyn team. And in just a few short years it’s become an extremely popular way for people to make money. Last year $180.6 million worth of goods were sold on the site. Want a piece of that pie? We talked to successful Etsy sellers to get tips on how to make extra money on Etsy.

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Low Cost Ways to Prepare for Severe Summer Weather

Posted on 06/09/2010

Tornadoes, hurricanes and heat waves can all strike during summer. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for severe weather. Here are some low cost ways to keep you and your family safe from severe weather this summer.

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Free Games for Your Summer Road Trip

Posted on 06/08/2010

Families all across the country will jump in their cars this summer for memory-making trips. If you don’t want to hear “are we there yet?” for eight hours straight, plan ahead by organizing some free games that will make the expedition more enjoyable for both kids and adults-- because sometimes vacations are more about the journey than the destination.

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Live Like You're Rich: Eight Habits of Millionaires

Posted on 06/07/2010

Plenty of people live like they’re rich, when really they’re just in deep debt. Ever wondered how real millionaires live? Turns out living like you’re rich doesn’t mean driving a fancy car and jetting off to Europe. If you really want to live like you’re rich, follow these eight habits of millionaires.

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Affordable Ways to Help Clean up the Oil Spill

Posted on 06/04/2010

An offshore oil rig explosion created the largest oil leak and worst environmental disaster in US history. Dozens of dead dolphins and hundreds of dead sea turtles have already been collected within the area of the BP oil leak. As the Gulf coast’s eco-system is put at risk here are some affordable ways you can help clean up the oil spill.

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The Country's Best Summer Flea Markets

Posted on 06/03/2010

Flea markets can be a bargain hunter’s dream. With a few bucks and some basic haggling skills, you can score treasures and heirlooms you never knew you wanted. Most flea markets run in the spring, summer and fall months, making this prime flea market season. Here are some of the country’s best flea markets.

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Free Summer Learning Activities for Kids

Posted on 06/02/2010

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning should stop. Make sure your children put their summer vacation to good use. Take advantage of these free summer learning activities for kids.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Money

Posted on 06/01/2010

Oprah just sat down with the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, in her first interview since the release of a secretly recorded video. Fergie is accused of taking money in exchange for access to her high-powered ex-husband, Prince Andrew. The Duchess told Oprah massive debt pushed her to take money from an undercover reporter. It’s no secret that finances can lead to frustrations and bad decisions. Here’s some advice from the former princess for avoiding the pitfalls of money.

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How to Get a Great Deal on a Used Car

Posted on 05/28/2010

In the market for a used car? You’re not alone. According to Edmunds, consumers bought 36.5 million used cars in 2008. That’s nearly three times the number of new cars purchased. Maybe you’re interested in finding a bargain or maybe you just want to avoid the huge hit in value that new cars take when you drive them off the lot. Either way, here are some tips for getting a great deal on a used car.

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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 b