Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Eat Healthy: Save on Organic Food

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Posted on 09/16/2009

With fast food restaurants devoting huge sections of their menus to items that cost a buck or less, it’s easy to believe the lie that eating healthy has to cost a lot. Sure, eating healthy may not be quite as easy as the alternative, but it doesn’t have to cost much more. Here are some ways to save on organic food and healthy meals.

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Money Saving Lunch Ideas for Kids Heading Back to School

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Posted on 09/15/2009

Lunchtime can be a great meal for saving money while giving your children a healthy brain boost. As your kids hit the books and return to class, make sure they pack more than freshly sharpened pencils and crisp notebooks in their book bags. Give them a healthy and budget-friendly midday meal with these money-saving lunch ideas for kids heading back to school! And if they've already lost their lunchbox, find a deal on a new one at the UltimateCoupons' Back to School Sales page!

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How to Address Your Biggest Money Worries

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Posted on 09/14/2009

You won’t have enough money saved for retirement. You won’t have enough money to pay for your kid’s college education. Heck, you won’t even have enough money to pay your cable bill next month. Sound familiar? We all have money worries, but most of us don’t have to. Here are ways to address your biggest money worries.

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Five Questions to Ask and How They Will Save You Money

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Posted on 09/11/2009

Ever heard of the saying, "there’s no such thing as a stupid question"? That’s especially true when it comes to finding deals and saving money. In fact, asking a few key questions can actually save you big bucks. Here are five questions to ask and how they will save you money.

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Five Cheap After-School Snacks to Start the School Year

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Posted on 09/09/2009

Now that the little ones are back in class, it’s time to start getting snack time back into the swing of things. It’s ok to encourage some healthy snacking in between meals, but sometimes store-bought snacks are expensive. Avoiding high-priced pre-packaged snacks can save you a lot of money. Here are five cheap after-school snacks—one for every day of the week-- to start the school year. (Pssst - Still need some more pencils & calculators? There are still plenty of coupons and deals to be had over at the Ben's Bargains Back To School Bargains page!

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Ahead of the Class: Money Lessons for College Freshmen

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Posted on 09/08/2009

Many college freshmen think they’re heading off to a university to take classes on psychology and literature, but one of the first lessons they need to tackle is budgeting and saving money. And it’s best if you don’t have to learn these money lessons the hard way. Want to get ahead of the class? Here’s a crash course in personal finance.

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Five Labor Day Weekend Activities You Must Do Before School Starts

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Posted on 09/03/2009

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. You still have time to squeeze just a few more memories out of summer 2009 before it’s time to head back to school. Give the season of swimsuits and watermelon a proper send-off with at least one of these five Labor Day weekend activities.

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The Return of Routine: Cheap Ways to Prepare for the End-of-Summer Shake Up

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Posted on 09/01/2009

Say good-bye to the snooze button, relaxed wardrobes and summer schedules. Say hello to early morning school bells, packed appointment books and strict routines. But just because it’s time to head back-to-school doesn’t mean you have to welcome the return of chaos into your life. Here are cheap ways to prepare for the end-of-summer shake up - and don't forget to grab coupons for all their school supplies & clothes at the Back to School Coupons page at UltimateCoupons!

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Why Buying Coupons Can Make Sense

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Posted on 08/31/2009

Have you joined in on the coupon craze? If you have then you probably already know you can save big bucks on just about everything in the grocery store or drug store if you’ve got the right coupons. There are plenty of other places to score coupons than your Sunday paper—including websites that are selling them in bulk. It may sound strange, but sometimes buying coupons makes a lot of sense. Here’s why.

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How to Help Teachers Get Stocked Up for the School Year

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Posted on 08/27/2009

Kids aren’t the only ones that need to get prepped for the start of a new school year. Did you know teachers spend an average of $1200 of their own money on classroom supplies each year? Teachers also spend an average of 12 hours each week on unpaid school activities! Let’s show our educators some support and help them get ready to go back-to-school. (Tip: Check out the great deals & coupons over at the Ben's Coupons Back to School Coupon page for some great places to get started shopping!)

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Only 121 Days 'Til Christmas: Starting Your Holiday Planning Now

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Posted on 08/26/2009

Christmas isn’t exactly right around the corner, but it may be time to start planning - especially if you want a debt-free holiday season. Even though you’re probably still enjoying air conditioning and ice cream and your shorts and tank tops are getting plenty of use, planning your holidays now will mean you have plenty of money for Christmas spending when December does roll around.

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Cheap Back-to-School Clothes That Don't Look Cheap

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Posted on 08/25/2009

Few decisions are more critical in a kid’s life than the wardrobe choice for the first day of school. It ranks right up there with who to take to prom and what college to attend. Just because you’re trying to keep clothing expenditures to a minimum doesn’t mean your child has to be sentenced to a school year of misery for dressing like a dork. Here are some cheap back-to-school clothes that don’t look cheap - plus, save even more cash on these great clothes by checking out the coupons & sales at the UltimateCoupons Back to School Sale page!

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Backpack Bargains: Where to Find the Best Deals

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Posted on 08/20/2009

During the school year, backpacks are like an extra body part. They transfer books from place-to-place, corral important supplies and serve as a style statement. They’re probably the most important accessory your child will wear all year! But that doesn’t mean you want to spend a fortune on it. We’ve got the lowdown on where to find the best backpack bargains. And for even more deals on everything from lunchbox thermoses to slide rulers, hit up the UltimateCoupons' Back to School page!

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Guest Blog Post: Strategies for Surviving While You Pay Off Your Debt by April of Coal Creek Farm

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Posted on 08/19/2009

Let's all give a warm welcome to our latest guest blogger, the fantastic April of Coal Creek Farm! This mother of four writes about parenthood, farm living, and how she and her husband Clay have worked to get out of debt (while still having a normal, fun life) using the advice found in the The Dave Ramsey Plan.

Paying off debt can be hard and exhausting. After the initial plunge into a lifestyle that requires strict budgeting and learning to say no to every single thing you think you need, like bar stools and pot racks, a sense of complacency can settle in and you might find yourself wanting to jump ship with your credit card as a life boat. Don't do it my friends! Take my advice and try some of these strategies to keep you focused and energized to get those debts off your back.

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How to Get Free Stuff and Money for Giving Your Opinion

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Posted on 08/19/2009

Turns out your mom isn’t the only one who values your opinion. In fact you can get money and free stuff for telling people what you think. Think that sounds too good to be true? Keep reading.

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How to Find Affordable School Uniforms

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Posted on 08/18/2009

Back-to-school shopping doesn’t always include the latest trends in denim. For kids that need school uniforms the shopping is a bit more straight forward. But just because their outfits are less creative, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re any cheaper. There are ways to find affordable school uniforms so that your back-to-school budget doesn’t explode! And, since they'll need more than just polos & plaid shorts for school, hit up the Back-to-School Sale Page at Ben's Bargains for deals on everything else they've gotta have!

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Have a Back to School Bash on a Budget

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Posted on 08/13/2009

Summer’s winding down, which means soon it will be time to pack up the bikinis, sunscreen and flip flops. Students everywhere will be trading in beach towels for books as they prepare to head back to school. But before it’s completely over, why not say so long to summer in style and throw a back-to-school bash on a budget? Be sure to check out the great deals and coupons over at the UltimateCoupons.com Back to School Sale page for even more great ideas!

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How to Sell Stuff on Consignment

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Posted on 08/12/2009

You’ve tried eBay. You’ve unloaded stuff on Craigslist. But have you tried selling on consignment? There are lots of benefits that go along with selling items at your local consignment store. You’ll capture a different crowd that may not like buying items online, you’re supporting your local economy and there’s little risk involved. Plus you don’t have to worry about shipping your item to a far-away buyer. Now that you know the positives of selling on consignment, here’s how you do it.

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College Textbooks for Less

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Posted on 08/11/2009

If you’ve yet to step foot in a college bookstore you’re about to experience major sticker shock. You’ll start to wonder if the reason those thick books are so heavy is because they’re made out of gold. No, they’re not. But they are probably the most expensive reading materials you’ll ever buy. We’ve got tips on how to get your textbooks for less—lessons you won’t learn in some expensive book! (Oh, and since you need a heck of a lot more than books in college, save on all the rest of your back-to-college supplies by checking out the deals at the Ben's Bargains Back to School page!)

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Five Foods that Will Drastically Cut Your Grocery Bill

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Posted on 08/05/2009

Most of us are looking for ways to reduce costs. Whether you’ve started clipping coupons or you’ve cut back on eating out, food budgets are a good place to go when looking for breathing room in your budget. There are other ways to save at the grocery store, including stocking up on certain foods. Here are five foods that when implemented into your diet will drastically cut your grocery bill.

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A Strategy for Saving on School Supplies

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Posted on 08/04/2009

For those with children heading back to school, that directory of required supplies can feel like fulfilling a Christmas wish list, only not as fun. But if you go into the stores with a strategy for saving on school supplies you can get it done at a fraction of the price. Add in some extra savings before you go by checking the latest deals at the Ultimate Coupons Back To School Sale page. Here’s what we mean.

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What Celebrities Can Teach Us About Money

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Posted on 08/03/2009

They have bathtubs made out of 24K gold. They never wear a pair of underwear a second time. In one night they rack up bar tabs that would pay off the average American’s mortgage. Celebrities aren’t always known for their money smarts. But sometimes the best lessons are learned from other people’s mistakes. Here’s what celebrities can teach us about money.

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Saving Big with Sales Tax Holidays

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Posted on 07/30/2009

Many states’ sales tax holidays are held just in time for back-to-school shopping. It’s a great time to pick up items including clothes, computers and school supplies without having to pay Uncle Sam his chunk. To get you started with some coupons to save on top of that no-tax bonanza, check out the Ultimate Coupons Back To School Sale page. Here are the details on sales tax holidays for the 16 states lucky enough to have them.

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When DIY Home Repairs can Start to Get Costly

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Posted on 07/29/2009

It’s no secret—going D-I-Y can save you B-I-G. But there comes a point when DIY home repairs can start to get costly. Usually that’s when the repairs to fix your repairs cost more than the original repairs would have in the first place. Here are some examples of when DIY may actually end up costing you more than calling a pro right away.

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Do Up Your Dorm Room for Less

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Posted on 07/28/2009

There are few places less inspiring than an empty college dorm room. There’s the institution-like furniture, the cement block walls and the complete void of any color. Not to mention it’s only slightly bigger than a department store fitting room. With a little creativity and a few bucks it’s a space that can be transformed into an inspiring oasis for budding scholars. Here’s your syllabus for doing up your dorm room for less.

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Steps for Keeping Your Grocery Coupons Organized

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Posted on 07/24/2009

You’ve pored over the Sunday paper. You’ve clipped coupons until your fingers were numb. You’ve scoured the Internet for savings. Don’t let that work go to waste with poor organization skills. Keep your grocery coupons organized with these five simple steps.

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Snag Free and Cheap School Supplies

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Posted on 07/23/2009

Kids everywhere are groaning over the appearance of back-to-school sales. After all, it’s not even August yet! But the truth is, when you start shopping early, you’ll get the best deals. There are plenty of free and cheap school supplies out there already. For some more fantabulous B2S coupons, check out the Ultimate Coupons Back To School Sale page. Here are a few to pick up right away.

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How to Improve Your Credit Score

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Posted on 07/22/2009

509. 745. 688. Credit score numbers may look random to the untrained eye, but they’re anything but. These days, something as minor as paying your electric bill a week late can wreak havoc with your credit rating, which in turn means you might not be able to get that new (to you) car or qualify for a home loan or new credit card. Read on for some quick, easy tips on improving your credit score, courtesy of GoFreeCredit.com!

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Eco-Baby: Green Products that will Keep Kid Costs Down

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Posted on 07/20/2009

Babies are a mystery. How can something so little cost so much? Tiny humans have an incredible ability to generate a lot of waste—and I’m not just talking about what shows up in their diapers. Make your baby earth-friendly and budget-friendly with these green products that will keep kid costs down.

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Guest Blog Post: How to Survive and Thrive in a New City by Snarkaholic

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Posted on 07/16/2009

We'd like to introduce what will hopefully be the first of many guest blog posts by one of our faithful readers! Janet at Snarkaholic writes, often irreverently, always humorously, about moving from the Midwest to the city of the stars, Los Angeles, and how she and her husband have dealt with going from experiencing "Minnesota Nice" to LA attitude.

Three years ago, my husband and I moved halfway across the country from Minneapolis to Los Angeles after just five months of marriage. It was a huge culture shock, especially since we didn’t have time to suss out the city before moving since his job offer came so quickly. It took us some time to get used to our palm tree-filled surroundings, and we stumbled a lot, but now we consider ourselves experts on acclimating to and thriving in new cities. With today’s economy, you have to take jobs whenever and wherever they come up, but don’t sacrifice your social life! Read on for some tips on living in a new place.

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