Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Cheap Recipes to Get the Most Out of Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Posted on 11/24/2010

Leftovers can be just as tasty as the Thanksgiving meal itself. If you find yourself with a large part of your Turkey Day feast still stored in your fridge, we’ve uncovered some cheap recipes that will help you get the most out of your Thanksgiving leftovers.

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2010 Black Friday Sneak Peek

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Posted on 11/22/2010

Black Friday deals are turning into the worst kept secrets since Mariah Carey’s pregnancy. But if you’re not in the mood to sift through piles of ads here are some Black Friday 2010 sneak peeks to help you make some shopping decisions.

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What to Buy on Cyber Monday

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Posted on 11/22/2010

Most people are well aware of Black Friday, but according to a survey by Lightspeed Research, about one-third of consumers don’t know what Cyber Monday is. If you’re one of those uninformed shoppers here’s a quick lesson on the Monday following Black Friday. It’s a special day when online retailers offer big sales on lots of great stuff so rather than hitting the mall you can tap your keyboard and take care of Christmas shopping. Now for the rest of your lesson: what to buy on Cyber Monday.

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Cheap Eats: Ten Affordable and Edible Gifts

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Posted on 11/19/2010

Rather than give someone a tchotchke that will end up collecting dust or being tossed in the garage sale pile, why not give something consumable this Christmas? Edible gifts can be great for a variety of people on your list and the best part is yummy gifts don’t have to be budget-busters. Here are ten affordable and edible gifts.

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How to Create a Black Friday Shopping Plan

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Posted on 11/18/2010

Black Friday can be more about the experience than the deals. According to a recent poll, more than half of shoppers head out to stores on Black Friday so they can spend time with family and friends. Forty-three percent say it’s a tradition. Want to make this your best Black Friday ever? Then you better have a strategy. Here are some tips for creating a Black Friday plan.

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Lower Your Heating Bill in Five Steps

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Posted on 11/16/2010

Temperatures are dropping. Utility bills are soaring. And your income is holding steady. This is an equation that just doesn’t add up and if you’re like most people, when the holidays roll around you need every penny you can get your hands on. Here are five steps to take to lower your heating bill.

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Black Friday 2010 Trends

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Posted on 11/15/2010

Just as there are hot trends in fashion (think jeggings, scarves and ankle boots) there are popular trends with Black Friday. Wondering what’s expected to fly off the shelves and what may be headed to the clearance bin? Here are some tips for Black Friday 2010 trends.

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Five Hints for Organizing Group Christmas Gift Giving

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Posted on 11/15/2010

Lots of us have champagne taste, but a beer budget. When it comes to selecting Christmas gifts you can either buy your loved one a gift you can afford or you can buy them what they really want. And affording what they really want may require pooling resources with others. But group gift giving can often be a hassle. Here are five hints for organizing group Christmas gift giving.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Will You Spend on Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Posted on 11/11/2010

Statistics show that lots of people are changing their Thanksgiving plans due to economic reasons. The United States First Command Financial Services says 40 percent of families are doing things a little differently this year. Most people say they’re scaling back on the number of guests they’ll invite and many plan to keep it a family affair.


The American Farm Bureau Federation said in 2009 that the average cost of a 16 pound turkey was $18.65 and the average spent on the entire meal for ten people was $42.91. But according to those of you who responded to our Twitter and Facebook poll, you’ll fork over much more cash than that to make your Thanksgiving dinner.

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The Biggest Black Friday Shopping Myths

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Posted on 11/10/2010

There’s no doubt that Black Friday can be an incredible day for scoring amazing deals. But there is still some bad information floating around about Black Friday. We’re clearing up the biggest Black Friday shopping myths.

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Cyber Monday Shopping Steals to Look Out For

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Posted on 11/09/2010

Cyber Monday falls on November 29th this year, but it’s not too early to start planning for this shopping bonanza. In fact, some websites are planning to offer their Cyber Monday deals even earlier, in hopes of beating out the competition. Wondering what to expect for Cyber Monday 2010? Here are some Cyber Monday shopping steals to look out for.

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Low Cost Ways to Honor and Serve Veterans

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Posted on 11/08/2010

There are more than 20 million veterans living in the US. While they’ve served in different parts of the world spanning several decades, they’ve all made a sacrifice. November 11 is Veterans Day and we’ve discovered some low cost ways any one can honor and serve veterans.

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What to Do When Unemployment Benefits End

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Posted on 11/05/2010

If Congress doesn’t act in the coming weeks, nearly two million Americans will reach the end of unemployment benefits next month, according to CNN. If unemployment benefits aren’t extended by the end of the month, 800,000 people will stop getting checks within four days, according to the National Employment Law Project. So what do you do if you your unemployment benefits end? Here are some places to turn.

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Winter Warmth: Stylish Scarves Under $20

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Posted on 11/04/2010

Scarves are not only a great fashion accessory, but they can be a practical way to stay warm this winter. Lots of retailers are selling this must-have accessory, but we found the best and most stylish scarves for under $20.

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Affordable Ways to Help the Less Fortunate This Thanksgiving

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Posted on 11/03/2010

Just about everybody is feeling financially stretched this time of year. Even though you may not have much cash to spare, you can still meet the needs of others. Here are some affordable ways to help the less fortunate this Thanksgiving.

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How to Avoid Airline Baggage Fees During Holiday Travel

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Posted on 11/02/2010

There are few things more annoying than airline baggage fees. Not only did you spend big bucks on your airline ticket for holiday travel, but now you’re being forced to pay extra because you need to bring some stuff with you. Want to keep holiday travel costs down? Here are ways to avoid airline baggage fees during holiday travel.

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Why You May Want to Start Holiday Shopping Now

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Posted on 11/01/2010

The holiday shopping season will probably seem a whole lot longer this year. Sales normally reserved for Black Friday are already rolling out at retailers around the country. Wondering if you need to get a jump on your Christmas gifts? Here are some reasons why you may want to start holiday shopping now.

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Home for the Holidays: Low Cost Ways to Prepare for Overnight Guests

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Posted on 10/29/2010

Aunt Marge, Cousin Eddie and the whole gang have decided to come to your place for Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. Or the entire month of December. No matter how many guests you’re expecting (or how long they plan to stay) it’s best to give them a warm welcome. Consider these low cost ways to prepare for overnight guests.

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Five Steps to Take Before Buying Holiday Gifts Online

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Posted on 10/28/2010

Planning to do at least some of your holiday shopping online? It can be a great way to avoid crowds and save time without having to get out of your sweatpants. Before you click “complete purchase” here are five steps to take before buying holiday gifts online.


P.S. Don't forget to check The Bargainist, UltimateCoupons, and Tjoos for the latest and greatest Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

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Shopping Savings: How to Get Gift Cards for Less than Face Value

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Posted on 10/27/2010

Gift cards can make great gifts: easy to mail, practical, and one size fits all. But you can make this stand -out gift even better by picking up gift cards for less than face value. There are plenty of places pushing discounted gift cards. Here are several sites selling plastic for reduced prices

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: How Much Holiday Shopping Will you Do Online?

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Posted on 10/26/2010

Online shopping isn’t just a great way to kill time during your coffee break. Looks like lots of you plan to do a chunk of your holiday shopping on the web. We used Facebook and Twitter to find out who will be braving the crowds for Christmas gifts and who will knock off their shopping list from the comfort of a computer.


(P.S. Don’t forget to follow the Bargainist on Twitter and Facebook for the latest deal updates!)

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Sweet Savings: Last Minute Halloween Candy Deals

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Posted on 10/25/2010

Ever run out of candy on Halloween night? I have. Once the chocolate was gone, I started handing out granola bars I found stashed in the back of my pantry, and when those ran out, I turned off my porch light and hid, but the trick-or-treaters weren’t happy... They smashed my pumpkins in revolt! Avoid mutiny in your neighborhood by stocking up on some last minute Halloween candy deals.

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Holiday Home: Easy DIY Decorating Projects for Thanksgiving

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Posted on 10/22/2010

Expecting company for Turkey Day? Even with the bird, stuffing and pumpkin pie, your home might need a little something extra to create a festive Thanksgiving atmosphere. You don’t have to be a domestic goddess for these easy DIY Thanksgiving decorating projects.

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How to Find Seasonal Work Now

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Posted on 10/21/2010

Want to pick up some extra work over the holidays? Start applying now, according to experts. There may be fewer seasonal jobs available this year, which means the sooner you can get your applications, in the more likely you’ll be to get hired. Here are some resources for finding seasonal work now.

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How to Help Friends and Family Facing Financial Trouble

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Posted on 10/20/2010

One in eight Americans currently receives food stamps, according to the Department of Agriculture. And the US Census Bureau says one in seven Americans live in poverty. That means millions of people are likely struggling to make ends meet. If you have friends and family members facing financial trouble, here are some ways to help.

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Graco Stroller Recall

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Posted on 10/20/2010

As you may have heard, Graco has recalled millions of Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers made before 2008 due to their implication in several infant deaths. You can read the official notification here for affected model numbers, further details, and instructions on how to request a free repair kit.


If you intend to buy a new stroller, follow these links for $10 off $80 in baby items at Sears, 15% off your order at Baby Catalog, or 15% off $100 or more at One Step Ahead..

Ten Ways to Sell Stuff Online for Extra Holiday Cash

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Posted on 10/19/2010

Cleaning junk out of the attic can be a great way to pay for putting new stuff under the Christmas tree. The holidays may still be several weeks away, but now is a great time to start thinking about turning clutter into gift buying cash. We’ve all heard of eBay and Craigslist, but there are plenty of other ways to sell stuff online in order to earn extra holiday cash.

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2010 Holiday Calendar: Important Dates for Holiday Shopping, Travel and Celebration

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Posted on 10/18/2010

Your social calendar and your to-do list are about to explode. Need help remembering those key appointments for the upcoming 2010 holiday season? We’ve created a list of important dates for holiday shopping, travel, and celebration to help keep you organized and on top of everything.

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When and How to Hire a Financial Planner

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Posted on 10/15/2010

No matter what stage of life you’re in, or what’s in your bank account, hiring a financial planner can be a good idea. Look at it this way-- you may be able to burn calories without the help of a personal trainer, but you may not reach your fitness goals as fast, or at all. Just like a personal trainer, a professional financial planner can be your guide to reaching your financial goals. Here are some tips to help you know when and how to hire a financial planner.

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Ten Cheap Ways to Make Your Halloween Party Scarier

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Posted on 10/15/2010

Friendly ghosts and goofy costumes not your thing? For some, Halloween really is about all things spooky. If you see October 31 as your one chance a year to scare the bejeebers out of your loved ones, here are ten cheap ways to make your Halloween party scarier.

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