Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Should You Buy or Rent?

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Posted on 10/28/2008

For most of us, a home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make. But is buying a home a good idea? Or should you rent? Here are some factors to consider when deciding between buying a home or renting one.

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Organizing your Finances the Easy Way

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Posted on 10/27/2008

Filing receipts, balancing the check book and managing bills got you overwhelmed? Unorganized finances can lead to late bills, overdrawn bank accounts and messed up budgets. By getting your finances organized you can eliminate credit card chaos and take the stress out of money. Here are a few easy tips to organize your finances the easy way.

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How to Find the Best Deals on the Car Lot

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Posted on 10/22/2008

When it comes to cars, the deals don’t get much better. Facing dismal sales, manufacturers are offering incredible incentives on all types of makes and models with hopes of luring you into a sale or a lease. With all of that competition, it can be tough to know how to get the best deal. Here are five tips to get you revved up for snagging the best deal on the car lot.

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Redecorating Your Home on a Budget

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Posted on 10/19/2008

Your home should be a reflection of who you are. If your home is saying that you are short on style and on money—it may be time for a change. Redecorating your home can be done on a budget, especially when you’ve got The Bargainist to help. Here are a few tips and sources for shaking up your décor while keeping your budget right on track.

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Pink Deals: Shop and Support Breast Cancer Research

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Posted on 10/16/2008

It’s hard to miss the plethora of pink these days. From sports cars to golf balls—pink products everywhere are showing support for finding a cure for breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to combine your passion for good deal with your support of a great cause. Here are our top five picks of pink products that are making a difference.

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Sweet Savings: Candy Coupons and Deals

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Posted on 10/10/2008

Halloween looks like a bright spot for the economy. According to the National Retail Federation, spending for this spooky holiday will reach $5.77 billion with the average person unloading $66.54 on Halloween stuff like costumes, decorations and of course, candy. The average person will spend over $20 on mini chocolate bars and tiny boxes of Nerds. If you plan to snag some sugar to hand out to all of those Hannah Montanas and super heroes that knock on your door, we’ve got some candy coupons and deals that add up to some sweet savings.

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Free or Cheap Halloween Costumes

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Posted on 10/07/2008

It’s ok to hand out chocolate bars and lollypops in celebration of Halloween, but before you hand over lots of cash for the perfect costume read these tips. There are plenty of ways to use creativity instead of credit cards to create a great Halloween get-up. And with a few exclusive coupons, that costume will be way scarier than your bill.

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Stop Paying: 15 Free Services

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Posted on 09/30/2008

Why pay for what you can get for free? From lodging to landscaping, here are 15 free services that you can stop paying for already.

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Save a Latte on your Coffee Fix

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Posted on 09/24/2008

Admit it. You’re addicted. And because of the strong hold that latte has on your life, you’re probably unwilling to give up that $4 cup of joe. True, coffee can be a major drain on your budget, but there are ways to enjoy your caffeinated kick and not feel guilty about it.

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Using Coupons to Save Big

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Posted on 09/22/2008

Few of us have so much money at our disposal that we like to spend it when we don’t have to. Coupons are a great way to cut costs on just about everything you buy. Sound too tedious? Think of it this way– why spend more money on boring stuff like creamed corn or yogurt when you could be putting that money towards a new iPod Nano? Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to using coupons to save big money.

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How to Break the Dining Out Habit

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Posted on 09/12/2008

Dining out is convenient, fun and oh so tasty, but unfortunately doing the daily restaurant hop can be an expensive habit. With a little ingenuity and dedication, you too can break the dining out habit. Slowly step away from the restaurant and give these tips a try.

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Get Shoes Like Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin

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Posted on 09/11/2008

Political views aside, there’s no denying that Alaska Governor and now Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has got style. Recently photographed wearing a stylish pair of red “Naughty Monkey” pumps, we at the Bargainist thought we’d pass on some helpful links for those looking to add a little political sophistication or Alaskan warmth to your shoe wardrobe.

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Heating a Home for Less

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Posted on 09/10/2008

You’ve barely unpacked from your summer vacation, but it’s already time to start thinking about winter. Why? Because heating your home is expected to cost 20% more this year compared to last, according to the Energy Information Administration. But there are simple things you can do to heat your home for less. Even though it may still feel more like summer, it’s time to start preparing for winter.

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How to Trade Your Stuff

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Posted on 09/04/2008

Trading is a great way to replace belongings you don’t want with stuff you do want-- no money required. Whether it’s a gift card for a store you don’t like, cologne that reminds you of an ex or even your home, try trading it for something new.

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How to Use Online Reviews

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Posted on 08/26/2008

Have you ever bought something online only to discover that it didn’t live up to your expectations, hopes and dreams? It can be tough to determine quality by looking at a photo that pops up on your computer monitor. That’s why using online product reviews can be a great tool for smart shopping.

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How to Find Back-to-School Bargains

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Posted on 08/21/2008

With a new school year comes a need for new school supplies, new clothes and new books. Getting kids ready for a new year of academic success can be expensive. Kick off the year with an “A” in back-to-school bargain hunting by following these tips.

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How to Reduce the High Cost of College

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Posted on 08/15/2008

According to CollegeBoard.com, the average yearly tuition rates at a private four-year school costs $23,712—up 6.3% from last year. That’s like buying a brand new Volkswagon Beetle convertible every year for four years. There’s no question that the cost of college can be astronomical. Before you let that number scare you away from higher education, take a look at these ways for reducing the high cost of college.

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Get Beautiful on a Budget

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Posted on 08/08/2008

With these gas prices, who has any money for Botox or that weekly massage? Before you resort to letting yourself go to pot, consider these budget-friendly beauty tips. And stop feeling guilty about treating yourself to a pedicure once in a while.

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Find Deals from Olympic Sponsors

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Posted on 08/07/2008

It’s time for that huge event that only comes around every four years: the Olympics. The Olympic games are known for bringing the world together, if only for a few days. But it’s not just the gymnastics or swimming that will have you cheering. While athletes are going for the gold, you can go for the deals brought to you from these fine Olympic sponsors.

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How to Do More with Your Money

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Posted on 07/30/2008

It would be great to make more money, but how about trying to do more with what you’ve got? There are ways to buy more, save more and donate more simply by using the money you are already earning. All it takes is using your money more wisely. Here are some tips to help.

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Free Online Tools for Managing Money

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Posted on 07/24/2008

Spending your hard earned cash on software that tracks how you spend your hard earned cash seems a little, well, pointless. Now there are dozens of free online tools to help you manage your money. Here are a few of the best.

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How to Ask for a Raise

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Posted on 07/21/2008

You work hard for your money. And then it gets sucked up in that darn gas tank or at the grocery store or by Uncle Sam. It's time to ask for a raise. But don't just saunter into your boss's office and demand one. Use these five steps to make your odds of getting more money a little better.

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How to Avoid Sneaky Fees

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Posted on 07/15/2008

It's a bad, bad feeling when you know you've been had. Typically it's a term you didn't realize you agreed to or a limit you unknowingly went over. But paying sneaky fees is frustrating. Read on for ways to protect yourself against paying stupid tax.

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Five Daily Habits for Saving Money

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Posted on 07/08/2008

Do your paychecks seem to get sucked up before you have a chance to sock any away in savings? It happens to the best of us. Saving money doesn't have to be difficult. There are simple steps you can put into your daily routine that will help you save money.

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Ways to Earn Extra Income

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Posted on 07/07/2008

Whether you're saving up for a summer getaway or you just need some cash to fill your tank, extra income is great. There are plenty of ways to fatten up your wallet beyond the normal nine to five. Here are a few ways to get a little extra cash.

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Save on Your Daily Commute

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Posted on 07/03/2008

Millions of Americans commute an average of 25 minutes each way, according to a recent study. That’s nearly nine full days of commuting in a year. New Yorkers have the longest commute: almost 36 minutes. All that driving is likely costing you big bucks in auto upkeep and even more money at the pump. Check out these ways to save on your daily commute.

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How to Have Free Friday Night Fun

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Posted on 06/26/2008

Forget the five-star restaurant. Heck, even dinner and a movie can cost as much as a week's worth of groceries. But Friday night fun doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. Here are some entertainment alternatives that won't cost you a single penny.

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How to Score Free Stuff on Your Birthday

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Posted on 06/19/2008

Getting older kind of stinks, but there's a big benefit of birthdays: free stuff. Many business out there want to help you celebrate your special day by giving you coupons, gift cards and freebies. Here is a list of some of the best birthday deals around. (And you don't have to listen to the servers sing you happy birthday in order to get them!)

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How to Save Gas with Hypermiling

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Posted on 06/13/2008

Tired of forking over your paycheck at the pump? Here is a slightly unconventional way to cut down on your fuel use. It's called hypermiling and it takes skill, thought and a whole lot of practice. Here are some tips from hypermiling experts that may help you get better gas mileage than ever before.

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Five Ways to Tackle Debt

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Posted on 06/11/2008

For some, climbing Mount Everest may seem like an easier mountain to tackle than getting rid of your pile of debt. But with a lot of discipline and focus it can happen. Here are five ways to tackle debt.

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