Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Twitter and Facebook Poll: What’s Been Your Best Frugal Halloween Costume?

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Posted on 10/14/2010

Halloween is a fun holiday and, according to you, it doesn’t have to be expensive. We wanted to know about your best frugal Halloween costume and plenty of you proved you’re very creative when it comes to dressing up.

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Low Cost Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

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Posted on 10/13/2010

The flu is nothing to sneeze at. According to the Centers for Disease Control website, there were nearly 42,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations during last flu season and 2,125 flu-related deaths. Want to keep yourself free of the flu this year? Here are some low cost ways to stay healthy during flu season. (P.S. - Gesundheit!)

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What's the Deal with Sample Sales?

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Posted on 10/11/2010

Designers and retailers use sample sales as a way to unload excess merchandise. They get rid of extra stock and you can pick up great stuff at a fraction of the retail price. Typically you can save up to 90% on everything from clothing to furniture. Whether you’ve scored deals at sample sales or always wanted to, we’ve got some tips to help you make the most of the experience.

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Affordable Halloween Costumes for Your Pet

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Posted on 10/08/2010

There are few things cuter than pets outfitted in Halloween costumes. They may not be able to join you in a Halloween candy binge, but your furry family members can certainly dress up for the occasion. Here are some affordable Halloween costume options for your pet.

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Where to Turn for Free Food

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Posted on 10/07/2010

Roughly one in six Americans are insecure about whether they have an adequate supply of food. As millions struggle to keep meals on the table, there are lots of organizations ready to help by offering free food. If you or someone you know is struggling to afford food, here are some resources that provide free food.

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Financial Compatibility: Money Questions to Ask Your Date

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Posted on 10/06/2010

Wedding vows are quite blatant when it comes to money. You’re committing to stick it out whether you’re richer or poorer. But all too often financial troubles can lead to relationship troubles. That’s why experts say it’s important to find out if you’re financially compatible before saying “I do.” Asking your date for a copy of their credit report may not go over well, but here are five money questions that are a little easier to ask.

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Five Holiday Tasks to Complete Now

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Posted on 10/05/2010

Thanksgiving and Christmas may still be several pages out in your date book, but that doesn’t mean you should put off planning and preparing. If you want to save money on travel and gift buying, here are five holiday tasks to complete now.

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The Social Network: Coupons and Freebies Found on Facebook

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Posted on 10/04/2010

The Social Network opened in theaters across the country last week, taking in more than $23 million dollars at the box office. The movie tells the story of how Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg came up with the idea for the mega-popular site. Facebook currently has half a billion users, including businesses that use the social networking site as a way to drum up business. One of the ways they do that is by offering Facebook users exclusive discounts and deals. Here are some examples of coupons and freebies found on Facebook right now.

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Handmade How-tos: Ten Low Cost Gifts to Make for the Holidays

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Posted on 10/01/2010

Want to slash your gift giving budget this holiday season? Try getting crafty. While you’ll save a lot of money, you’ll need to start soon so you’ll have plenty of time to get the job done. Here are some handmade how-tos that will make great holiday gifts.

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Finding Low-Cost Halloween Costumes at Thrift Stores

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Posted on 09/30/2010

Need a Halloween costume? Skip the expensive costume shop or picked-over chain store. Instead, corral some creativity and head to your local thrift store. Thrift stores can be the ideal place for finding low-cost Halloween costumes. Here are some ideas to get those creative costume juices flowing.

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Cheap Halloween Costumes Hiding in Your Closet

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Posted on 09/29/2010

So you want to dress up for Halloween, but you don’t want to fork out any cash? No problem! Show off your silly (or spooky) side with these cheap Halloween costumes that are likely hiding in your closet.

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How to Protect Your Privacy When Shopping Online

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Posted on 09/28/2010

According to data released by comScore, last year there were $595 million in Black Friday sales online, an 11% increase over Black Friday 2008 online. There’s no doubt that more and more we’re turning to the Internet to buy everything from cat food to computers. But just as the web is becoming more popular for shoppers, it’s also becoming more popular for thieves. Here are ways to protect your privacy when shopping online.

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Bundling Up: Cute Coats at Affordable Prices

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Posted on 09/24/2010

Fall has arrived and cooler weather is close behind. Why bundle up with last year’s cold-weather gear when the deals are so hot right now? Get prepared for plunging temperatures by picking up a cute coat at a great price.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: When Will You Start Your Holiday Shopping?

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Posted on 09/23/2010

We’re still several weeks away from the holidays, but that’s not stopping many of you from getting a jump start on your gift buying. We polled you on Facebook and Twitter to ask, when will you start your holiday shopping? What we discovered? Many of you already have.

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Great Deals on Kids' Halloween Costumes

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Posted on 09/23/2010

Top kids’ Halloween costumes for 2010 are likely to revolve around Harry Potter, Toy Story and Yo Gabba Gabba. (Apparently Brad Pitt went trick-or-treating as DJ Lance last year, spiking the show’s popularity this Halloween.) But if you’re a bit more concerned about affordability rather than popularity, we’ve scouted out some great deals on kids’ Halloween costumes.

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Trading Stuff for Wealth: Getting the Maximum Out of Minimalism

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Posted on 09/21/2010

Despite what prime time ads might tell you, that shiny SUV, ginormous flat screen or pricey wrinkle cream won’t make you happy. In fact some financial experts would argue that maxed out credit cards, home equity loans, and fancy leased cars are actually creating unnecessary stress. There seems to be a new movement towards minimalism these days. Interested in trading stuff for wealth? Here are some tips.

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How Your Next Door Neighbor Could Help You Save Money

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Posted on 09/20/2010

You share a zip code and a property line, but you and your neighbors could share a whole lot more. The people living around you may be the key to reducing expenses. Here are some ways your next door neighbor could help you save money.

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Tips for Graduating from College Debt-Free

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Posted on 09/17/2010

For the first time ever, the amount of school debt held by Americans surpassed the amount of credit card debt. Graduates may be earning their degrees, but it’s coming a high cost. If you’d like to finish college with both a diploma and financial freedom, here are some tips for graduating debt-free.

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Forking Over the Dough: The Best Pizza Deals

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Posted on 09/16/2010

Prefer Hawaiian, pepperoni, or just plain cheese? No matter how you like your pizza pie, Americans sure eat a lot of it. According to some sources we chow down about 100 acres of the cheesy goodness each day—that’s 350 slices a second. Before you fork over your dough for that steaming hot Italian treat, we want to make sure you’re getting the best pizza deal possible.

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Bargainist Gift Guide: Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Posted on 09/16/2010

Ahoy matey! Lucky for all you landlocked lubbers, International Talk Like a Pirate Day rolls around every September 19th. Weigh anchor and we’ll give you a list of some of the best merch out there for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arr!

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Staged to Sell: Marketing Tips to Help Entice Home-Buyers

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Posted on 09/15/2010

It’s hard to drive down a block these days and not see at least one for sale sign. With more than four million homes for sale, it’s definitely a competitive real estate market. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home is staged to sell. Here are some marketing tips to help entice home-buyers.

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Money-Saving Rebates Going on Now

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Posted on 09/14/2010

Back in the day a mail-in rebate meant you’d fill out a form, send it in and wait months for your one or two dollar check to arrive. Feel a little embarrassed taking that to your bank teller? You may want to give rebates another try because now they can be a great way to keep costs low. Here are some money-saving rebates going on now that you can easily take advantage of.

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How to Save Money Renting Things You Thought You Had to Buy

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Posted on 09/13/2010

Have you ever bought something you had to have, only to fall out of love with it right away? Sometimes buying isn’t the most economical decision. And for that reason there are lots of companies offering an alternative. Things you probably thought you had to buy are now available for rent.

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Free and Cheap Tools for Enhancing Online Privacy

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Posted on 09/10/2010

We shop online, bank online, and do, well, pretty much everything online. So keeping our identity safe online should be a top priority. But somehow paying big bucks to keep our identity safe doesn’t sound like fun. Here are some free and cheap tools for enhancing online privacy.

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Aspiring Authors: Low-Cost Publishing Options for Your Book

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Posted on 09/09/2010

According to the website 43things.com, the third most popular goal in the world is to write a book. If you’re one of those aspiring authors, what are you waiting for? Publishing your book is no longer a fairytale. Here are some low-cost publishing options for getting your book in print.

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Twitter and Facebook Poll: Where is Your Favorite Place to Shop for Affordable Fashion?

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Posted on 09/08/2010

Not enough cash for couture? New York Fashion Week may have you dreaming of designer, but for most of us, that would mean we’d have to move back in with our parents. Even if you have a passion for fashion, there are great stores offering the hottest trends for less. We polled you on Facebook and Twitter to find out your favorite places to shop for affordable fashion.

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Unusual Places to Look for Coupons

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Posted on 09/07/2010

Whether you’re a couponing novice or a clipping queen, there may be money-saving opportunities lurking in places you’ve never considered. Coupons aren’t restricted to the Sunday paper (Though that's always a good starting place!). Here are some unusual places to look for coupons.

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Free Ways to Enjoy Fashion Week 2010

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Posted on 09/06/2010

Fall Fashion Week in New York City kicks off on September 9. Didn’t get your invite to the Gucci runway show? Maybe it got lost in the mail. But you can still enjoy high style without spending big bucks. Here are some free ways to enjoy Fashion Week 2010.

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How to Know if You're Getting a Good Deal

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Posted on 09/02/2010

Ever wonder what other people are paying for the same products and services you’re buying? Companies have all kinds of marketing tricks to make you think you’re scoring a bargain when in reality you’re really not. Here are some guidelines to help you know if you’re getting a good deal.

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Healthcare Help: Programs Offering Prescription Assistance

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Posted on 09/01/2010

According to a recent survey, roughly one in seven children and working-age adults in America go without a prescription because they can’t afford it. There’s no denying that drugs are costly. But the good news is there are plenty of programs offering prescription assistance to those in need of healthcare help.

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