Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Deals on Bicycles and Cycling Gear

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Posted on 04/22/2013

Prom costs can vary widely. According to Promgirl.com, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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