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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Census.gov, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that Americans waste nearly one-third of all edible food. And according to an article from OneEarth.org, 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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dear old dad gets his day in the spotlight once a year. A recent Buy.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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