Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Posted on 07/24/2013

The average buffet in America earns a million bucks a year according to Census.gov. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 grouptravel.org. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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