Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

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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