Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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