Did you know there’s an entire government website dedicated to revealing the best and worst deals in higher education? The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires financial details to be posted on the College Navigator website in order to increase transparency surrounding the cost of college. According to CollegeCost.ed.gov, here are the best bargains and highest priced colleges and universities.
Ten bucks may not buy a whole lot these days, but you certainly have some great ideas on how to spend it. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we wanted to know—what’s your favorite way to blow $10? Here’s what you told us.
Kids grow fast so chances are anything you bought last summer before heading back to school won’t work this year. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American family spends $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics during back-to-school shopping sprees. That’s quite a bit of cash so you may want to consider shopping at one of these cost-friendly online retailers.
The Help hits theaters August 10. The film is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book by the same name. The Help tells the story of unlikely friendship between women in 1960s Mississippi: housekeepers and well-to-do housewives. While housekeepers may not be as common as they once were, we can all use a little help now and then. If you need assistance around the house consider these deals on cleaning services.
Rachel Paul had a dream for her 9th birthday. It wasn’t the typical 9-year-old birthday dream of Justin Bieber CDs, Barbie dolls and video games. She had a dream of giving clean water to people she’d never meet. Rachel died in a 13-car accident outside of Seattle, prompting thousands of people to give to her birthday dream. If you’re inspired by Rachel’s selflessness, consider donating your birthday to a worthy cause.
Intense debate over our country’s finances continues. Some Americans are pleading for additional spending cuts while others hope to see higher taxes on the wealthy. But in the midst of the debt ceiling discussion, some interesting money-saving moves are already being done in an effort to spend tax dollars wisely.
When kids head back-to-school, parents often need to head to the store. From school supplies to new tennis shoes, there can be plenty of things on your back-to-school shopping list. A good time to take care of these purchases is during a sales tax holiday. More than a dozen states offer these in July and August, making it a great time to save some cash on things like clothing, footwear and school supplies.
Amy Winehouse died tragically at the young age of 27. And despite the sometimes erratic life she lived, she did manage to keep her affairs in order. Before the details of Winehouse’s will were released to the public many wondered if her ex would secure her fortune, including the rights to the singer’s yet-to-be published third album. But the good news is Winehouse had an ironclad will—something we can all learn from.
Since dorm rooms are almost completely devoid of anything besides a bed and a desk, you’ll need to do some shopping before heading off to school. Don’t worry if your decorating budget is limited—you can pick up these dorm room must-haves at very affordable prices.
Summer is a great time for scoring deals at yard sales and garage sales. We’ve heard rumors of those lucky ducks that’ve scored Rembrandt paintings for a buck or Civil War relics for a quarter. So we wanted to hear about your best garage sale finds so we asked for the details on Twitter and Facebook.
Public school teachers spent more than $1.33 billion of their own money last year on school supplies and instructional materials, according to research from the National School Supply and Equipment Association. Teachers spent on average $356 of their own money on stuff for the classroom, including an average of $170 on supplies. Relieve some of the burden off your child’s teacher by using these tips for saving money on school supplies.
The job market is brutal for just about everyone—including teens and college students looking for part-time work. That’s because they’re not only competing for jobs against others in their age group, but adults are also applying for part-time positions. For students that took the summer off, they may be interested in earning an income once the school year starts and these tips for finding work will help.
College can be an incredibly expensive investment. So why not make the most of it while you can? Get the biggest bang for your tuition buck by taking advantage of these freebies found on most college campuses.
According to KidsGrowth.com, during baby’s first year new parents bring home an average of 2,788 diapers for a cost of $557.60. That’s based on the idea that each disposable diaper costs about 20 cents. Want to shave off some of that expense? Then consider these ways to lighten the load diapers place on your household budget.
The prepaid debit card industry is booming. Americans spent $140 billion with prepaid cards back in 2009, which is the most recent data available from the Federal Reserve. According to research firm Mercator Advisory Group, the amount of money loaded on to prepaid debit cards is expected to reach $552 billion in 2012, which is a huge jump from the $330 million on these cards just three years ago. But is this type of plastic right for you? It depends on your needs and financial situation.
NASCAR races are like no other sporting event… hearts pound, seats shake, and vision blurs as cars speed around the track. The season is speeding along and many races are still on the calendar for NASCAR 2011. If you want to attend, but don’t want your budget to crash and burn, review these ideas for saving money at NASCAR races.
If you’ve ever caught Storage Wars or Auction Hunters, then you know a lot of money can be made buying abandoned storage units. The stars of those reality shows on A & E and Spike don’t know much about what they’re buying, but often they end up with valuable treasures that they can resell. If you like the idea of taking a risk that may pay off big time then check out these tips on how to make money buying abandoned storage units.
Magazines offer tips, recipes and information. But many of them also offer valuable coupons. You may think of the Sunday newspaper as the primary source for money-saving coupons, but your magazine subscriptions can also offer hidden discounts. Here’s a list of the magazines with the most coupons.
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.
We have to hand it to Jones New York, they really know how to throw a sale. And their latest one proves it with savings of 40% off the entire site. But wait, that's not all! Place an order of $125 or more to save an additional 20% off. Combined that makes for the best deal ever seen from this women's clothing retailer. Take advantage through 12/15/2013.
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