Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Five Simple Steps for Gaining Wealth

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Posted on 03/03/2009

Rich people. They seem to have it so easy, don’t they? They can buy what they want, when they want and they don’t have to use coupons. There may not be as much separating you from the wealthy as you might think. Here are five simple steps for gaining wealth.

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How to Save and Make Money with Social Media

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Posted on 02/26/2009

Facebook, MySpace and Twitter aren’t just for connecting with friends or tracking your favorite music group. You can use social media to save and even make money. Here are a few ways you can turn surfing on the web into dollars.

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Ten Things to Do When You Lose Your Job

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Posted on 02/20/2009

Over the past year more than four million Americans have lost their jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a whole lot of unemployed people. That means there’s even more competition for the available jobs. Here are ten things to do when you lose your job.

Don't let unemployment get you down - take these tips from the Bargainist and turn the situation around!

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20 Things You Should Never Pay Full Price For

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Posted on 02/18/2009

A funny thing happens when you start to use coupons and look for bargains; you never want to pay full price for anything ever again. And the cool thing is– you don’t have to! Here is my list of 20 things you should never pay full price for.

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Discount Valentine's Date Ideas

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Posted on 02/12/2009

Some people believe Valentine’s Day is a holiday purely created by greeting card companies and rose growers to capitalize on the sappy romantics of the world. I am not one of those people. But I am one of those people who likes to save money. If you are too, then keep reading for some discount Valentine’s date ideas that will spice up this special day without sucking your bank account dry.

Get more bang for your buck this Valentine's Day with the Bargainist Best Bets below!

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How to be Romantic and Cheap

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Posted on 02/04/2009

There are some words that just go together like French and manicure, caramel and macchiato, desperate and housewives. But what about romantic and cheap? Romance doesn’t have to mean five-star restaurants and expensive jewelry. Even the most frugal frugalites can be romantic. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, here are some tips to help you pull it off tastefully.

Wow your Valentine - or even just yourself - with the Bargainist Best Bets below.

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Save with Winter Travel Deals

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Posted on 02/02/2009

Here’s a reason to get your taxes done early– use that refund to score an incredible deal on winter travel. With the economy in a slump, deals are up! Take your pick of destinations, pack your bags and get going. Why wait for summer when the deals are hot now?

Get your travel deal on with Bargainist Best Bets below!

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Super Bowl Party Deals and Discounts

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Posted on 01/28/2009

Whether you’re rooting for the Arizona Cardinals or the Pittsburgh Steelers, you can score Super Bowl deals and discounts. You may be heading to Tampa for the big game, or watching it in the comfort of your living room– either way we’re about to pass you some super savings. Are you ready?

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How to Prepare for Tax Season

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Posted on 01/21/2009

Tax season is kind of like your spouse’s birthday. It comes around the same time every year, yet it always catches you off-guard. Whether it’s a dreaded experience that has you dreaming of being in the dentist’s chair rather than at your accountant’s office or an exciting time that gives you the feeling of being a lottery winner, there are things you can do to be prepared for tax season.

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Texting Freebies and Mobile Coupons

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Posted on 01/19/2009

Wn2 save $, or btr yet gt sum fre stuf? Translation: Want to save money, or better yet get some free stuff? Try texting for freebies. Your cell phone is likely your source of communication, entertainment and now, it can help you save money. More companies are offering freebies, samples and coupons through mobile marketing and it won’t cost you a thing, although standard text messaging rates do apply. Isn't dat QL?

Text for great deals with Bargainist Best Bets below!

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Cut your Cable Bill in Five Easy Steps

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Posted on 01/14/2009

We’re all looking for ways to save money, right? Let’s take a closer look at cutting costs on that window to the world sitting in your living room: your cable service. It’s time to loosen the death grip you’ve got on the remote and open up to the thought of making some small changes to your cable service. With these five easy steps you can cut down your cable bill.

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Keep-Those-Resolutions Roundup

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Posted on 01/08/2009

Here at The Bargainist, we want to help you keep all those resolutions you made on January 1st. If you’re anything like us, you start petering out about a week into new resolutions, especially once you start seeing all that Valentine’s Day candy already on the store shelves! So, we’ve done some legwork and found more great deals to help us all stay on track. Good luck!

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Get Fit for Less

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Posted on 01/07/2009

Judging by the over-stuffed parking lot at my gym, it must be January. ‘Tis the season for shedding pounds, being healthy and getting back into the shape we were in before all of those darn sugar cookies. After all of the holiday shopping outings, you may be wondering where you’ll find the money for pricey gym memberships and new work-out gear. The good news is you can get fit for less. The bad news is, you can’t use your skimpy bank account balance as an excuse not to do it.

Get fit in body and wallet with Bargainist Best Bets below!

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Setting New Financial Goals for the New Year

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Posted on 01/05/2009

Hoping to get in shape in 2009? Why not work on your financial fitness? Setting new financial goals for the New Year doesn’t have to be difficult. And neither does sticking to them. Take a few minutes to read these tips and get going—the clock on 2009 is ticking!

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Healthy Resolutions Roundup 1/2/2009

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Posted on 01/02/2009

It’s 2009 now – can you believe it? It’s time for resolutions again, and #1 on nearly everyone’s list is to get healthy & fit. With that in mind, we’ve corralled some great specials & coupons that’ll help you reach your goals and keep healthy! You can do it!

24-Hour Fitness - Save $10 off a 90-day limited term membership (online purchases only) with promo code AMP1IUJ4HQ. Offer ending unknown.
Dick's Sporting Goods - Free shipping on select fitness equipment. Offer ending unknown.
Eastbay - $10 off orders over $50 with coupon code LKS18CM5. Offer expires 1/5/2009.
Eastbay - $15 off orders over $75 with coupon code LKS19J75. Offer expires 1/18/2009.
Eastbay - $20 off orders over $100 with coupon code LKS19J52. Offer expired 1/18/2009.
Finish Line Sports - Free shipping on orders over $75 with coupon code FREESHIPPING613. Offer expires 2/31/2009.
Finish Line Sports - 15% off orders over $60 with coupon code FINLAFF. Offer ends 3/25/2009.
Finish Line Sports - Take $15 off orders over $90 with coupon code FINLAFF15. Offer ends 3/25/2009.
Finish Line Sports - Take $20 off orders over $125 with coupon code ILOVE20. Offer expires 3/31/2009.
GNC - Free shipping on orders over $99. Offer ending unknown.
Puritan's Pride - Take 10% off orders over $50 with promo code TA10P50. Offer expires 1/10/2009.
Road Runner Sports - Click our link and receive 10% off plus free shipping. Offer expires 1/26/2009.
Modell's - Free shipping on eligible orders over $99. Offer expires 3/31/2009.
Modell's Save $200 on the Sole S77 treadmill, plus receive free shipping. Offer ending unknown.
Smooth Fitness.com - Up to 40% off Ellipticals, plus tons of other great deals. Offer ending unknown.
Sports Authority - Save up to 75% off the Outlet at Sports Authority! Offer expires 1/31/2009.
Swanson's Health Products - 40-cent shipping on all orders over $69, plus a free “Go Green” tote while supplies last. Offer expires 1/5/2009.
Vitamin World - Save 20-50% sitewide plus get $1.95 flat rate shipping on any order. Offer ending unknown.

How to Unload Unwanted Gifts

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Posted on 12/31/2008

Unwrapping all those gifts sure was fun, wasn’t it? You probably got about three things you actually wanted and 17 you could do without. If you’re wondering what to do with all of those unwanted gifts– don’t worry. Here are four things you can do with Santa’s little screw-ups because after all, isn’t it the thought that counts?

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$100 Home Depot Gift Card giveaway!

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Posted on 12/24/2008

Give us your feedback on The Bargainist, and enter to win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card!


2008 is winding to a close, and it’s time to think about 2009: what are your resolutions for the New Year? Have any for your house, but think you can’t afford big changes in this economy? Think again. The The Home Depot isn’t just for major appliances and large-scale renovations. They’ve got thousands of products, ideas, and how-to videos that will help you do a lot without breaking the bank!

In your kitchen, a few simple changes will freshen things up over the course of a weekend. Painting your cabinets a crisp cream or white color will draw light into the room and make it seem larger. Add a new set of matching modern cabinet & drawer pulls to unify the space. Even something as small as a bowl of brightly colored fruit or flowers will instantly brighten things up!

Looking to make your home more earth-friendly? Check out Home Depot’s Eco Options page, where you’ll not only find Energy Star™ products, but loads of how-to videos and advice that doesn’t cost a penny. We’re loving the programmable thermostats that allow you to set different temperature settings for different times of day, so you don’t waste money heating your home when no one’s there! Small differences like these can really make a difference- not just for your wallet & utility bills, but for the environment.

When it comes to making a difference, think close to home - The Home Depot gift cards are a great idea for the do-it-herself-ers and handymen on your gift lists all year round. Gift cards are always a fun present and an easy gift idea.

Speaking of changes… Here at The Bargainist, we’re considering our New Year’s resolutions as well, and we want YOUR input! Email Us by 12:00 midnight PST, 1/5/2009 with your responses to the following questions:


  • What do you love about shopping at the Home Depot?

  • What features would you like to see added to The Bargainist in 2009?


When you send us your comments, you’ll be automatically entered to win a free $100 gift card to the Home Depot! The winner will be notified via email by 1/12/2009 and will receive their gift card from the Home Depot via mail.


By: Janet Cowan

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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Gift Cards

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Posted on 12/24/2008

Besides overdosing on sugar cookies or overindulging on mashed potatoes, the holidays can also leave you with too much of another good thing: gift cards. But what if you get a gift card that doesn’t exactly suit you? Are you forced to spend it on something you don’t really want? No way. Here are three ways to clean those unwanted cards out of your wallet and get something you really need.

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts: No Shipping Required

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Posted on 12/23/2008

So you’re one of THOSE people. You wait until the last possible minute– no– you wait until after the last possible minute. And now there is virtually no way your Christmas present can arrive to its destination in time for the big day. The Internet is your saving grace. Here is a list of last minute Christmas gifts: no shipping required.

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Hanukkah and Christmas Shopping Tips

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Posted on 12/16/2008

Hanukkah starts in a week and Christmas is two days later. That means only a few days remain to wrap up your holiday shopping and get those gifts ready to go. If you are like most of us and find yourself short on time and money, here are a few tips to save you a little of both.

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Gifts that Save Money

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Posted on 12/15/2008

Most of us strive to give gifts that are cherished, adored, or at least not returned. With the economy on shaky ground, unemployment on the rise, and budgets tightening, why not give a gift that can help your loved one save money? Here are a few gift ideas they’re sure to love– or at least not return.

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Save Your Budget and Your Waistline this Holiday

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Posted on 12/12/2008

Two things seem to go out the window when the holidays roll around: your budget and your diet. Temptation often gets the best of us this time of year. But before you over indulge, check out these tips for saving your budget and your waistline this holiday.

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Ten Gifts Under $10

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Posted on 12/08/2008

Finding the perfect gift can be a tough task—and finding it at a great price may seem near impossible. But we’ve been digging and discovered these ten great gift ideas for under $10.

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Super Deals on Cyber Monday

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Posted on 12/01/2008

Once those crowded stores lose their novelty, millions of us turn to shopping on the web. It’s a phenomenon known as Cyber Monday. And we here at the Bargainist like to consider ourselves experts on the topic. So here are some super deals for Cyber Monday.

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Find the Best Black Friday Deals

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Posted on 11/25/2008

Remember when you were a little kid, waiting to get picked for the kickball team? You prayed that yours wouldn’t be the last name called. Well, on Black Friday we’re all in the cool group—and every store wants you on their team. With all of them competing for your attention, how do you choose where to spend your money? We’ve got a list of some of the best Black Friday deals. So go on with your cool self and enjoy your day of popularity.

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How to Get Free Shipping on Holiday Purchases

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Posted on 11/22/2008

Shopping online is great—no crowds, no lines and no dress code. But there is one little thing that stinks about it: shipping fees. Fortunately for you we’ve found several ways to get free shipping on all of your holiday purchases. I guess that means online shopping really is perfect.

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How to Make Extra Money for Holiday Shopping

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Posted on 11/17/2008

Wondering how you are going to afford your dad’s new bowling ball and your sister’s new sweater? Christmas gifts can be costly but before you throw in the embroidered Santa towel, try earning some extra money for holiday shopping. Here are five ways to get some additional income to help pay for your oh-so-thoughtful Christmas gifts.

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How to Prepare Now for Black Friday

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Posted on 11/13/2008

For football fans there’s the Super Bowl. For style mavens there’s Fashion Week. And for bargain shoppers, the moment to shine is Black Friday. Only novices would set their alarm clock on Thanksgiving night without a plan. Getting the best Black Friday deals doesn’t simply happen by chance. Here are some ways to step up your Black Friday game by planning ahead.

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Start Now to Save for the Holidays

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Posted on 11/11/2008

You probably just packed away your Halloween costume, but it’s time to think about Christmas. There’s only six weeks left until December 25. That may seem like a long time (especially if you’re a Christmas Eve shopper) but starting now is essential if you want to save for the holidays. Since most of us have tighter budgets this year compared to past years, planning is important. Gift giving can be extremely expensive so follow these tips for saving for the holidays.

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How to Get Savings Delivered to your Inbox

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Posted on 11/01/2008

Spam sucks and junk mail is annoying. But not all of those e-newsletters and promotions are worthless. Some can save you big bucks on all sorts of stuff from airline tickets to cleaning supplies. Here are some great ways to get savings delivered to your inbox.

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