Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

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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Last Minute, Low Cost Gifts for Mom

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Posted on 05/09/2012

Consumers may be paying more for groceries and gas this year, but that’s not stopping many shoppers from spending more on mom too. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Mother’s Day spending is expected to increase from $140.73 in 2011 to $152.52 in 2012. Total spending is estimated to be $18.6 billion. Mom will be spoiled with clothing, electronics, flowers and more. But if your budget is a little less lofty, we have some ideas for honoring mom without blowing your budget.

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Throwing a Memorable Graduation Open House on a Budget

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Posted on 05/09/2012

Finishing high school or completing college deserves recognition. Holding a graduation open house can be a great way to put the student in the spotlight while welcoming in friends and family. But with school expenses looming the thought of planning a big party can be financially overwhelming. Throwing a memorable graduation open house on a budget is the smart way to go.

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Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Vision

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Posted on 05/07/2012

Millions of Americans have undetected vision problems and eye conditions. And since May is Healthy Vision Month, it’s a great time to think about ways to improve your eyesight. Taking care of your peepers doesn’t have to be pricey, either.

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Facebook Poll: Should High School Graduates Worry About Racking Up School Debt?

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Posted on 05/03/2012

More than half of college graduates with bachelor’s degrees under the age of 25 either couldn’t find a job or were underemployed according to a recent analysis by the Associated Press. National Public Radio reports that Americans now owe more on student loans than they owe on credit cards-- $857 billion in student debt compared to $704 billion in credit card debt. So as high school graduates prepare to enter the world of higher education, we wanted to know whether you thought they need to take school debt into consideration.

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How to Save Money with Pinterest

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Posted on 05/02/2012

The stats surrounding virtual pinboard Pinterest are pretty astounding: over 10.4 million registered users with 11 million visits each week according to experts. It can be a great place to find recipes, drool-worthy fashion and decorating ideas. But did you know another one of Pinterest’s super powers is to help users save money?

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Free and Cheap Cinco de Mayo Decorations

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Posted on 05/01/2012

Cinco de Mayo, translated to fifth of May, marks the Mexican army’s 1862 win over France at the Battle of Puebla. While it typically passes by without much fanfare in Mexico, it’s become a big reason to party in the US. Celebrate Mexican culture and heritage affordably with these free and cheap Cinco de Mayo decorations.

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How to Help High School Grads Make Smart Money Moves

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Posted on 04/27/2012

High school graduates may think they know a thing or two about the real world, but in reality, adult guidance could help them avoid costly mistakes. Before they head off to college, squander away the summer or start punching the time clock full time, here are some ways you can help.

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Spring Fling: Cost Comparison of Online Dating Sites

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Posted on 04/26/2012

According to Match.com one in five relationships start online. Once upon a time online dating was reserved for the recluse, but now the digital search for love caters to everyone. There are more than 1,500 dating sites geared toward every niche, hobby and religion you can think of. But if you’re looking for a spring romance and want to go more mainstream, this cost comparison explains what you can expect from some of the most popular online dating sites.

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How to Get a Beach Body with a $100 Home Gym

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Posted on 04/26/2012

Summer is rapidly approaching and so is the day when you’ll have to pull on your swimsuit. Get in shape without leaving your home with the help of free online workouts and about $100 in equipment.

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The Biggest Gas Saving Scams and Myths

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Posted on 04/25/2012

A car that runs on water? Turning cooking oil into fuel? The pain at the pump can make drivers buy in to some unusual methods for saving money on gas. But before you do make sure you conduct your own research. You could end up spending more of your hard earned money on a gas saving scam like these.

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Affordable Ways to Baby Proof Your Home

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Posted on 04/23/2012

Here’s a scary fact—the leading causes of unintentional injury-related death for infants are suffocation, car crashes, drowning, fire or burns, falls and poisoning. Every year about 2.5 million little ones are killed or injured from common household dangers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The goal of Safe Kids Week, celebrated from April 21-28 this year, is to educate adults about how to keep all kids safe at home and at play. Thankfully making your home baby proof doesn’t have to be expensive.

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Free Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Administrative Assistant

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Posted on 04/23/2012

Administrative professionals can be what keep your office running smoothly. They often manage budgets, prepare reports and ensure that the supply closet is adequately stocked. So don’t let April 25, also known as Administrative Professional’s Day, pass by without saying thanks to these hard working employees.

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Facebook and Twitter Poll: Should the Food Stamp-Using Lottery Winner Face Jail Time?

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Posted on 04/19/2012

Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton banked $735,000 before taxes last fall. Yet authorities say she continued to collect food stamps and public health insurance despite her windfall. The mother of a one-year-old was charged with welfare fraud and now could spend up to four years in prison. We asked you on Facebook and Twitter whether you thought jail time was appropriate for this jackpot winner.

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Free and Cheap Apps to Help You Be More Earth Friendly

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Posted on 04/19/2012

Turn your Smartphone green with some earth-friendly apps. Every app on the list is either free or cheap so improving your eco-friendly side won’t require big bucks. These are easy ways to be more environmentally aware for Earth Day 2012.

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Going Organic: What's Worth the Cost and What's Not

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Posted on 04/18/2012

According to the Organic Trade Association, more than a billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the US. Eating organic can help reduce agricultural pollution and avoid exposure to pesticides that some studies show can adversely affect the nervous system, increase risk of cancer and decrease fertility. But eating organic also comes at a cost that can be as much as 50-100% higher than conventional food products. Does it pay to buy organic?

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Affordable Ways to Celebrate Finishing Your Taxes

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Posted on 04/16/2012

The buzzer is about to sound and time will run out on the tax clock for another year. Whether you filed your taxes early like a model citizen or procrastinated until the last minute, finishing your taxes deserves some celebration. But don’t go blowing that entire tax refund in one place. Consider these more affordable ways to celebrate.

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Jetting Off: Airline Savings Secrets

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Posted on 04/13/2012

You’re probably feeling the pinch at the pump and airlines are no different. According to Airlines For America, fuel is the largest single expense for airlines, accounting for about one-third of their budgets. So when the cost of fuel goes up your ticket price could too. If you plan to jet off this spring or summer, consider these airline savings secrets.

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Last Minute Tax Tips

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Posted on 04/13/2012

Taxpayers may have a little extra time this year thanks to a holiday in Washington DC, but April 17 is still approaching quickly. Need some motivation to kick your accounting skills into high gear? Check out these last minute tax tips.

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How to Avoid the High Costs of Distracted Driving

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Posted on 04/12/2012

The driver next to you might be plucking her eyebrows. The guy in the truck could be updating his Facebook status. About every 24 seconds there is a crash involving a cell phone, according to the National Safety Council. While the vast majority of drivers agree that texting or emailing while driving is unacceptable, one-third admitted doing it during the last month. Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month here are ways to avoid the high costs of losing focus on the road.

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Free Ways to Keep America Beautiful

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Posted on 04/11/2012

More than 51 billion pieces of litter land on US road ways each year, costing almost $11.5 billion to clean up. Since 1960 the amount of trash generated in America has almost tripled, totaling 250 million tons of garbage a year. America may be beautiful, but there’s plenty of trash to go around. In honor of Keep America Beautiful month this April, try these free ways to keep your corner of it clean.

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Scoring Sports Equipment Deals

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Posted on 04/11/2012

April is a great time to spring into action. That could mean working on your backhand at the tennis court, running sprints at the track or shooting hoops with friends. You don’t need to spend big bucks to get in shape—especially when you take advantage of these sports equipment deals.

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Free Ways to Support World Health Day

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Posted on 04/11/2012

April 7 marks the 64th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. On that day the world is invited to come together to celebrate World Health Day. The focus of this year’s events will be on how good health throughout life can help older people live fuller and more productive lives. Here are ways you can support this initiative without spending money.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Will You Spend For Easter?

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Posted on 04/06/2012

The average American will shell out $145.28 for Easter stuff. That includes Easter apparel, food, decorations and, of course, chocolate. That’s an 11 percent increase compared to last year. With total spending expected to reach $16.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, we wanted to know what you plan to spend for Easter.

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5 Reasons to Consider Walking to Work

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Posted on 04/04/2012

The average commute to work for Americans is 25.1 minutes and while walking to work may take extra time there are plenty of benefits to it. The first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day. The American Podiatric Medical Association supports the initiative and here are five reasons why you should too.

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Simple Ways to Save Money on Spring Planting

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Posted on 04/03/2012

Green thumb or not gardening can be a relaxing and fruitful activity. But a trip to the local gardening super center can be a costly venture. Whether you’re whipping your yard into shape or starting a veggie garden, here are tips to help you save money on spring planting.

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