Often your porch is the only part of your home trick or treaters visit on Halloween night. Give a pleasant porch a menacing makeover in time for October 31. Make it extra spooky without spending an insane amount of money thanks to these creatively cheap ideas.
Here's a way to save big at your favorite stores that doesn't involve clipping coupons or downloading apps. It just requires having really good timing. That's right-- knowing the best days to save can be key in spending less.
Love the price tags at IKEA, but wish you could collect furniture with a higher end feel? Thankfully there are some incredibly talented people who have done the hard work already, transforming budget-friendly IKEA pieces into luxury knock-offs.
YouTube isn't just for watching adorable cat videos or the latest viral video. If you do it right the social video site can be a major source of income. An unlikely cast of characters is raking in millions of dollars in advertising revenue. The good news is you don't need to have a Beyonce-sized bank account to get started.
Bank fees seem to be skyrocketing. In fact a new study from Bankrate found that the average overdraft fee set a record high for the 16th consecutive year. Not only are these fees frustrating, they're a waste of your hard earned money. Thankfully avoiding them doesn't have to be difficult.
Planning to invite friends and family over for a Halloween party? Before you spend big bucks on invitations, decorations and spooky touches, check out these hot freebies for your Halloween party.
Can your vocabulary be an indicator of your financial status? It's possible. If you want to sound wealthier work these ten words into your daily communication patterns.
Sick of scraping seeds and pulp out of your pumpkin each year? Skip the messy goop and celebrate the season without carving your pumpkin. Not only will it last a lot longer, but you'll probably have the most creative gourd on the block.
This might freak you out. According to the National Retail Federation's 2014 Halloween Consumer Spending Survey the average person will fork over $77.52 this year on Halloween stuff. Two in three people will buy Halloween costumes this year, the most ever in the survey's history. Consumers will spend a whopping $1 billion on children's costumes. Before you get too spooked, consider checking out these sources for used Halloween costumes.
So long sandals! It's time to pull out the leather boots. Whether you've got UGGs, Fryes or any type of leather boot, they can end up looking quite beat up after a full season of wear. But with these five simple steps your fall boots can look like new once again.
Pumpkins may get all the glory in October, but it's actually Cookie Month. Celebrate this amazing dessert by whipping up a few batches of cookies. Don't worry-- these recipes will leave plenty of cash in the cookie jar for other things.
With the holidays approaching it's a great time to crack down on your finances. But putting yourself on a tight budget doesn't mean eliminating fun from your life. In fact there's a whole holiday devoted to that concept. Frugal Fun Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in October, which falls on October 4 this year. Need some inspiration? Check out these ten ideas for celebrating Frugal Fun Day.
Have a passion for fashion, but not the insane price tags that often accompany the latest trends? Being on a strict clothing allowance doesn't mean you can't put designer tags and up-to-the-minute trends in your closet. Just hit your local thrift store with these six secrets for winning at buying used.
Halloween is for the dogs. Last year shoppers spent $330 million on pet costumes according to a report by DenverPost.com. Want your pet to participate in Halloween festivities without taking a bite out of your bank account? Check out these free costume ideas for your pet.
Razors? video games? Vegan candy? There's a club for that. The subscription economy has become hugely popular in the last decade. But can these subscription services really save you money? Or are you just paying a price for convenience?
Museum Day Live! happens every year. For just one day hundreds of museums across the country open their doors for free. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums which are always free, Museum Day Live! is hosted by Smithsonian magazine. But make sure you get the most out of this cool event with these tips.
In the second quarter of 2014 nearly 50 million tablets were shipped around the world, according to IDC. Tablet sales grew 11 percent compared to last year. And while large-screen Smartphones are expected to slow sales slightly, tablets are still a hot item. The price of a tablet can vary significantly which is why it's so important to be a smart shopper.
There are some pretty crazy ways to save money, but this one may have you saying, "you've got to be kidding." Turns out, sizes in the kids' department aren't the only things running smaller. The price tag can be way more favorable for the frugal-minded. Here's how shopping in the kids department can save money.
Technology is taking the hassle out of tracking prices. You no longer have to stalk a sale thanks to these free apps and websites. See something you like, but want to wait until it goes on sale? These six tools make monitoring price drops mindless.
Among the new words added to the Oxford dictionary this year is humblebrag. Along with Yolo and adorbs, the word is derived from social media. Humblebrag, a term originally coined by author Harris Wittels, refers to someone's post boasting about an achievement in a way that is disguised as a self-deprecating comment. And when it comes to the humblebrag, frugal shoppers know how to do it well. Need some help publicly celebrating your saving success stories without overtly bragging? Consider these tips for perfecting the art of the humblebrag.
Paper or plastic? How about neither? Bringing your own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store or big box retailer means you're keeping trash out of the landfill. In fact if just one person switches to reusable bags, it would save more than 22,000 single-use bags in a lifetime. But if being green isn't enough of an incentive for you to remember those bags, how about saving some green? Plenty of stores are willing to reward shoppers who BYOB-- bring your own bags.
Christmas is a mere 100 days away. Think it's too early to start planning for the holidays? Well according to the National Retail Federation last year almost 40 percent of Americans started Christmas shopping before Halloween. That may seem like a while, but if you want to make it through the holidays without giving your budget a beating check out these tricks to start saving now.
Think you can sell your home yourself and avoid the steep commission fee real estate agents charge? Partnering with a pro has its benefits, but if you decide to go the for-sale-by-owner route, check out these marketing tools to help you sell property without an agent.
Orange is the new black as the pumpkin craze hits new levels in America. U.S. pumpkin-flavored sales jumped 14 percent to about $308 million in 2013, according to Nielsen. If you don't want to spend a small fortune on Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes, check out these five alternatives to that liquid gold.
As New York Fashion Week winds down you may be in the mood to spruce up your fall wardrobe. And while designer labels are probably out of reach for those on a budget, keeping your closet on trend doesn't have to force you into bankruptcy. Check out these five fall fashion must-haves for 2014 that are all under $50.
September 9 is an exciting day, better than Christmas for the biggest Apple fans. That's when Apple will unveil two new iPhones and, according to Time, the long-awaited rumored smartwatch. The new iPhone models will offer bigger screens, a one-handed typing feature and a mobile payment system. With the release of these new phones, current models will likely take a plunge in value, which is why you may want to trade yours in now.
Nearly 16,000 kids under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year and about one-fourth of them will not survive. In honor of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, consider these five affordable and inspiring ways to help kids with cancer.
Some scammers are using comedian Robin Williams' death as an opportunity to prey on unsuspecting victims. They're using a tactic called click baiting. When people click on links or try to purchase commemorative souvenirs about Robin Williams they'll end up downloading malware or accidentally sharing personal information. The best way to avoid a scam is to make sure memorabilia is real.
Yoga may seem like a great way to increase strength and flexibility, but according to Web MD twisting and contorting into all of those poses offers more benefits than just being able to touch your toes. Yoga can help improve posture, reduce stress and even lower cholesterol. Don't want to fork over the cash for a yoga class? September is National Yoga Month and a great time to try it out for free.
Back in the day college students had few options when it came to textbooks. They walked into their campus bookstore, found the materials they needed, walking out with a heavy load of books and a big dent in their checking account. Now there are many ways to save big on books, including scoring some for free.
Want to end your summer by scoring the biggest bargain of the season? Labor Day seems to be a great time for finding clearance deals at a long list of retailers. Saying goodbye to summer is tough, but saving some major money may help soften the blow.
There may not be freshly brewed coffee samples readily available and classical music relaxing you into a lull, but bargain grocery stores are definitely chock-full of deals. If you're looking for ways to slash big money off your food bill here are ten reasons to ignore expiration dates and shop at a bargain grocer.
Toddlers may not be old enough to earn their keep, but they're young enough to enjoy some freebies. From free cupcakes to free tickets to the circus, these toddler freebies will help you save big money on your little tyke.
Having a stockpile of meals in your freezer seems like a great way to save money and time. During those hectic week nights when you're tempted to take the family to a fast food joint you can simply open the freezer for a ready-to-go meal. If you've ever been hesitant to try once-a-month cooking consider these tips to help stock your freezer for fall.
They're positioned at nearly every major intersection or at every mall in America. Fast casual dining has been around for a while, but according to research industry-wide sales at restaurants fell by 2% last year. Many of these chains are trying hard to stay competitive by offering great deals. It's good news for diners who can fill their stomachs for less.
Apps are usually pretty affordable, but just like everything else you like to buy, they do go on sale. And sometimes they are even free! Wondering how to stay in the loop about app sales, discounts and freebies? Here are five ways.
Exclusive discounts, extra savings and cardholder-only events are just some of the perks that can accompany having a store credit card. And the incentives must be appealing because according to Equifax around 175 million of these accounts exist. But what if you don't like the idea of racking up extra debt just to enjoy those benefits? A growing number of retailers are offering store-branded debit cards where the cash to cover purchases comes right out of your bank account. But should you put one in your wallet?
Price matching is a great tool for ensuring you're getting the best deal possible on just about anything you buy. But did you know that some stores will price match even after you've made the purchase? So even if you've lugged your new stuff home, don't give up the hunt for scoring an even better deal when you shop at these retailers.
Planning to end summer with a bang, but want to do it without squeezing your bank account dry? Thankfully the internet is a giving place, full of freebies that will make your Labor Day party one to remember. So don't simply let the calendar slip into fall without giving summer a proper send off.
It may be small but a locker is a great place for your tween or teen to show off their personality. And since they visit it several times a day, why not make it a special spot that lifts their mood? The space you're decorating isn't the only thing that's tiny - your budget can be, too.
Wondering how you'll manage to pay for your baby's college? Right now private college costs more than $30,000 a year, according to the College Board. And if that number scares you, imagine how much more it will be in 2032 when your little one hits 18. Instead of taking on a second job consider putting baby to work to make easy cash for college.
The Environmental Protection Agency says 40% of our nation's waterways have quality issues. Since we all need water to live it's important to pay attention to ways we can reduce pollution and keep our water safe. August is Water Quality Month, a great time to show our appreciation to this life-sustaining source by improving water quality at home and in our communities.
Start the school year at the head of the class by giving your child's new teacher a back-to-school gift. These adorable DIY gifts for teachers prove you don't have to spend extra cash to earn a little extra credit.
If you've been couponing more than a month you probably have at least the beginnings of a stockpile. But keeping your pantry from becoming chaos takes a little work. Before you spend half your paycheck at an expensive organization store consider these cheap and free ways to manage a grocery stockpile.
The average American eats nearly nine pounds of peaches each year. This is the heart of peach season, which is probably why August is designated as Peach Month. Letting this season slip away without utilizing this economical fruit would be the pits. So check out our collection of the best peach recipes.
Hunter-gatherer diet, caveman diet, Stone Age diet - the Paleolithic diet has a lot of names. But the basic idea is we should eat what our ancestors ate. That means no grains, dairy or processed foods. For some money-conscious eaters, that raises a red flag. Won't "going paleo" be expensive? Experts say it doesn't have to be.
Two hundred million people use Instagram, sharing 60 million images and tapping like 1.6 billion times a day. The social image sharing site isn't just for cataloging meals, manicures and messy kids. Instagram can also be a money-saving tool.
The patio chairs and lawn equipment have been marked down and moved to the clearance aisle, replaced by displays full of shiny new folders and crisp notebooks. Yes, back-to-school shopping season has arrived. Whether you only have a few more days or a few weeks until the unofficial end of summer, here are some frugal items to put on your bucket list.
Your kid may seem like the picture of health, but an annual physical is still a good idea. According to health professionals this yearly checkup can pick up on things like scoliosis, heart murmurs or other silent diseases that even the most attentive parent won't notice. But if your insurance doesn't cover the cost of this well visit here are ways to save on your child's back-to-school health exam.
Business travel sounds glamorous, but those who do it on a regular basis know it comes with its own set of hassles. One of those annoyances happens to be tracking expenses. The last thing you want to do is not get reimbursed, but holding on to all of those receipts and making sure you don't exceed your allotted per diem can be tedious. These affordable and free apps will help take the pain out of business travel by helping track travel expenses.
Parents will spend more than $500 on their school-aged children for back-to-school supplies. According to a new Deloitte survey, spending on backpacks, notebooks and tennis shoes adds up to $543, which is about 13% less than last year. Instead of only letting your little ones choose between the red folder and the yellow one, use back-to-school shopping as an opportunity to teach kids important money lessons.
Family budget meetings can be about as enjoyable as hanging out in a hospital waiting room. After all, there's a good chance most of those in attendance would rather be just about anywhere else. But it is possible to make these necessary meetings peaceful and even enjoyable if you follow these tips.
From the runway to the hallway, these fashions are on-trend for back-to-school 2014. And for budget conscious parents who want to be smart about spending, we found the best looks for less.
Women spend more than $426 billion a year on beauty products, according to HuffingtonPost.com. That's a whole lot of creams, powders and gadgets meant to make us look thinner, prettier and younger. But what if you could spend a whole lot less and achieve the same beautiful results? Check out these beauty products under $10 that will make you look like a million bucks.
Your phone rings. It's a number you don't recognize. Do you automatically answer? Or do you let it go to voicemail? How you respond could determine whether you end up getting scammed or not. Here are five reasons why you may not want to pick up.
Outlet malls have been getting a bit of bad press lately. According to Dailyfinance.com, more than eight in ten products sold in outlet stores are made to sell there. And just half of the shops at an outlet mall are required to be actual outlets. While you may think it's last season's style, left over on a retail rack, it's actually delivered to the outlet store directly from the manufacturer. The price is lower because the quality isn't as great. So how do you know you're getting a truly great deal? Check out these genuine outlet stores.
It may seem like the smoke has barely cleared from those 4th of July fireworks, but believe it or not, it's time to start talking about back to school shopping. Back to school is a $72 billion shopping season according to the National Retail Federation. And besides clipping coupons or watching for sales, with a little strategic shopping you can also save with tax-free holidays.
As soon as you drive a new car off the lot you'll likely lose thousands of dollars in value almost instantly. But Consumer Reports say two and three-year-old vehicles often give you the best bang for your buck because taxes and insurance are lower and they've already taken the biggest depreciation hit. But how do you know if a used car is reliable, safe and a good deal? These six sites can help you find exactly what you're looking for in a used car.
Battling a case of the summer doldrums? Someone once said, only boring people get bored. No one wants to be called boring so in honor of National Anti-Boredom Month, which falls in July, here are six free ways to snap out of a summer slump.
Entire industries rely on pallets for shipping goods. In fact, there are more than 1.8 billion wood pallets in circulation each day in the US. There's no shortage of these cheap, wooden workhorses. Find them for free at furniture stores, hardware stores or even on Craigslist. Turns out they can be used for way more than holding heavy loads. Check out these ten cool ways to use wooden pallets.
More and more grocery stores are offering their customers digital coupons. Without ever having to pick up a pair of scissors you can load coupons onto your customer loyalty account for extra grocery savings. When you buy the correct items and scan your card the savings is applied to your total. Wondering if your favorite grocery store provides digital coupons? Here are seven that do.
Your jewelry may be the most expensive thing you own so why not keep it looking great? Plenty of pricey gadgets claim to keep your diamonds sparkling or your gold from tarnishing, but there are even cheaper ways to get those rings, necklaces and earrings to shine like the day you bought them.
Small business owners are the backbone of our economy. Since July is Independent Retailer Month it's a great time to think about supporting small business owners with our money and our resources. There's no denying that small business owners work hard, but hopefully these awesome apps can help make their job a little easier.
A manicure can easily cost $20 or more. But an entire bottle of nail polish is about $5. Going DIY on your nails is a great way to save a significant amount of money. But getting your at-home manicure to look like a pro did it can be tricky, unless you follow these budget beauty tips.
Remember the days of 35 mm film, limiting our photos to just 24 exposures? Well now we can easily snap 24 photos in a matter of seconds with our Smartphones. Not all of them are keepers, but thankfully there are cheap and free photography apps that can help us all capture our summer memories like pros.
Looking for a new set of wheels, but not ready to part with a large chunk of money? There are plenty of easy ways to make small tweaks to a budget-friendly bicycle so that it looks and feels more like a custom ride.
Believe it or not 2014 is officially halfway over. The first six months are in the books and now we only have six more to meet our financial goals for the year. Want to finish 2014 strong? Here are five steps to take to stay on track (or get back on it!) so that you end the year by meeting your money goals.
Thank you Ronald Reagan. He's the one responsible for designating July as National Ice Cream Month. Many brands lower prices or distribute coupons in honor of this special time of year, but have you ever thought about making your own? Since most of us are experiencing the warmest weather of the year, it's a great time to get the entire family involved in making some homemade ice cream. With these affordable tips you'll end up with some pretty sweet ice cream - and memories - in the end.
In addition to eating hot dogs and lighting things on fire, shopping seems to be a very patriotic pastime for 4th of July weekend. Retailers are competing for your attention during the long holiday weekend by lowering prices on key items. In between cookouts and fireworks displays you may want to shop for these items on 4th of July weekend.
Fourth of July spending is exploding according to experts. In Visa's annual Independence Day spending survey Americans spent close to $300 on the holiday last year, setting aside part of that for fireworks. Those little sticks of colorful explosives may be fun, but they're expensive and potentially dangerous. Here are five safer (and cheaper!) alternatives to shooting off fireworks for the 4th.
Summer is here and while you may be paying a pretty penny to keep yourself cool from the blazing sun, you could also be capturing that free resource for energy. Installing solar panels on your home is expensive, but there are other solar-powered products on the market that may help you cash in on the summer sun without melting your budget.
Want to add some patriotic flare to your 4th of July food table? Red, white and blue aren't just reserved for Old Glory. You can infuse your menu with those three colors too and it won't cost you a whole lot of green.
Americans have more than 170 million supermarket loyalty program memberships. According to a report from Time Magazine, every American household has about ten active loyalty programs. These programs give consumers exclusive discounts and retailers piles of data, but there are ways to boost your loyalty card savings even more at your favorite stores.
Homeowners featured on HGTV score incredible kitchen renovations, backyard transformations and master bedroom makeovers, often at no cost to them. So if you don't mind having your scary "before" pictures broadcasted for the world to see, these six HGTV programs are holding casting calls and you could be their next star!
Do you find yourself only buying the Sunday newspaper so you can get your hands on the coupon inserts tucked inside? We're about to let you in on a little secret used by extreme couponers. They don't mess with the Sunday paper. They buy SmartSource, Red Plum and P&G inserts by the stack. Even if you're just someone who likes to cash in on really good deals now and then, buying coupon inserts from a clipping service could make sense.
A low price tag is not a surefire indication of a great deal. But at the same time low price does not always equal low quality. How do you know if that product you're about to buy is a really great deal or just a piece of junk? As bargain hunters and couponers we're always looking to save money, but here are five times when a cheap price does not mean good value.
Before you brush off your mom's request to finally remove your childhood toys from her basement, listen up. All of those action figures that offered priceless enjoyment in your younger years could return for a big payday now. If you've got any of these valuable vintage toys, congratulations-- you hit the junk jackpot.
More Americans are choosing city living over strip malls and lengthy commutes. A new study found that 40% of American homeowners live in suburbs, but just 7% want to stay there. While urban yards may be smaller than they are in the suburbs, many homeowners are thankful for shorter commutes and greater access to public transportation and amenities. This higher demand for urban living is driving up the cost of properties within downtown districts. So where can you still find a deal close to downtown? Here are five urban areas to consider.
Book reviews make a difference. According to a study by The Nielson Company seven in ten online consumers trust recommendations from opinions posted online. Book publishers know that getting reviews are an important part of their marketing strategy. They want people to review their books so badly they're willing to give them away for free. Become an official book reviewer and score free reading material by offering up your opinions.
Before you rush out and buy dad another set of grilling tools or a silk tie, consider what he may want more than anything-- quality time with you. Don't worry. There are plenty of fun and affordable Father's Day activities that will spread the love without thinning out your budget.
Looking for an easy way to make sure your kids' minds don't turn to mush over the summer? Fire up your printer and check out these free resources to help keep kids learning during summer break.
This summer Tom Cruise fights aliens, cancer patients fall in love and the planet of the apes returns. Yep, your local movie theater has a huge lineup of blockbusters ready to help you beat the heat. Want to see the season's biggest movies for less? Check out these movie theater rewards programs.
Summer vacation is all about enjoying some "r and r", but that's hard to do when you're stressing out about your budget. One way to keep spending in check this summer is by opting for a vacation rental. Renting a vacation home instead of sinking big bucks into a hotel stay can be a great way to save money.
June is a big month for guys. Not only do we celebrate Father's Day, but for 20 years June has also marked Men's Health Week. Has your man forgotten what his toes look like? Direct him to these free online workouts geared towards guys.
It was a long winter for many of us, but that doesn't mean we should expect any sort of relief from the summer heat. In fact keeping our homes cool may cost more this year thanks to a tighter regulation on coal, according to Fox Business. Compensate for those higher rates with these simple steps for prepping your home for the summer heat.
Father's Day spending typically tops $13 billion according to the National Retail Federation. The average person forks over $169 on dear 'ole dad. Too rich for your blood? Us too. That's why we compiled this list of ten Father's Day gift ideas for $10 or less.
Get ready to pull those purse strings parents. According to the New York Times entertaining the average kid over the summer costs an average of $601. That money is used to fund camp fees, day trips and baby-sitting. Every parent wants to give their kid the best summer possible, but it's also important not to go broke before the kids go back to school.
Whether you've dreamed of or dreaded the day when you'd be compiling your wedding registry, chances are you'll make some mistakes. Over on our sister site UltimateCoupons.com we recently shared ten wedding gifts you'll still use in 20 years. But what about the biggest blunders brides and grooms make? Here are ten weddings gifts you absolutely should not put on your wedding registry.
Summer is stocked full of kid-friendly freebies. Make it your job to live it up on someone else's dime this summer. Don't let boredom set in because even if you're on a budget (and who isn't?) there are plenty of freebies to take advantage of.
Summer has a way of slipping through our fingers like sand on a beach. Don't let the next three months pass without having some serious family fun. The best way to ensure summer 2014 is filled with sweet family memories? Start planning now using these free printables.
The grill may be the star of the summer, but your slow cooker can be a close second. Keep your kitchen cool and your evenings free by using your slow cooker to make these easy, affordable meals during the summer months.
Even though the National Weather Service is anticipating a "below normal" hurricane season this year, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take time to prepare. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 25-31 and while stocking up on bottled water and batteries is a no-brainer, should you invest in hurricane insurance?
Summer and music go so well together. Music festivals are often once in a lifetime experiences that offer unforgettable memories and unmatched entertainment. Summer music festivals are a great way to get away from the daily grind and unwind. And thankfully they don't have to be expensive either.
It's the unofficial start of summer and what better way to kick off the season of flip flops and swimsuits than with some serious water fun? Unfortunately water parks can be like movie theaters with overpriced snack food and ever-rising ticket prices. But with these discounts you can save some money and have some frugal Memorial Day weekend fun.
Does the thought of trying on swimsuits in a poorly-lit fitting room put you in a panic? Online swimsuit shopping has some benefits, but it can also be tricky. Find the perfect suit virtually while saving time and money.
Pools are fun, as they offer a means of escape from the hot weather. However, they’re not always easy to keep clean. Dirty water and algae can plague a pool, making swimming not so fun. Fortunately, PoolSupplyWorld has the supplies you need to get your pool in fabulous working order so you can spend more time swimming in it, not cleaning it. Here are some common pool problems and what you can do to combat them.
Nobody wants to swim in green water. Keep green, black and mustard-colored algae out of your pool with PoolSupplyWorld PSW-CHY100 Black Algaecide ZAPPER 1 qt. It also works hard to prevent algae from recurring.
A clogged filter can cause your pool’s water to become dirtier than usual. Invest in the Filter Flosser 60-1000 Pool and Spa Filter Cartridge Cleaning Tool to keep your pool spic and span. This tool acts as a water pick to remove debris from your filter’s pleats.
May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. An estimated one in 133 Americans has the disease and the only treatment is to maintain a gluten-free diet. Up to 6% of the American population lives with a gluten sensitivity. With so many people interested in going gluten free, check out these tips for saving money on gluten-free products.
You've got the diploma, now it's time to land the job. Forget old fashioned job search tools. These free and cheap apps ensure that job opportunities are never out of reach.
When McDonald's sells cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses or toddlers choke on Fisher Price "Little People" recalls are issued. But with thousands of recalls happening each year, how can consumers possibly stay informed about it all? Keep you and your family safe by staying on top of recalls with these tracking tools.
In our busy, jam-packed lives it's often the daily workout that gets pushed to the back of the line. After all, who has time to drive to the gym, work out and get cleaned up all over again? In honor of National Women's Health Week, an observance led by the US Department of Health and Human Services, here are five free no-sweat workouts that fit into your lunch hour.
In 2013 fewer than 1% of coupons issued were actually redeemed, according to NCH Marketing. While nine out of ten consumers say they use coupons these five apps are changing the way shoppers save money on groceries and household items. And it may just lead to the death of the coupon.
Don’t let your Memorial Day pool party be a bust. Make it a memorable event with some proper planning. Not sure where to start? PoolSupplyWorld has tips to make sure your guests have fun. Be sure to check these items off your list.
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Liven up the party with some fun pool toys. The Swimline 90804 108in. Habitat Maze Play System with Ware Park Slide offers tons of fun for children and adventurous adults alike.
The Swimline 9087 Two Headed Curly Serpent Inflatable also offers kid-friendly fun. Lounge out in the middle of the pool with the Swimline 9088 60in. Cube Habitat with Inflatable Bottom. The Luminous Envy LE001 Tanning Bed Swimming Pool Lounger also offers an opportunity to relax in the pool. It comes with its own air pump for added convenience.
How many people are coming to your party? Get an estimate in advance so you’re well-stocked with food and beverages.
Make sure to a variety of drinks to meet your guests’ specific tastes. Some like diet sodas, while some may prefer lemonade or just plain water. If you decide to serve alcohol, use caution. Tipsy guests falling into the pool can cause a liability nightmare.
It wouldn’t be a true pool party without some barbecued goodies. If you’re looking for something simple, hamburgers and hot dogs are classic mainstays. For something a little more adventurous, try shish kabobs or spicy sausage links. Be sure to have a lot of appetizers on hand as well, such as chips and dip.
Don’t forget to clean up the grill. Get off all the gristly residue from your last BBQ session and make sure you have all your supplies on hand. Whether you need charcoal, lighter fluid, propane or new utensils, you’ll want to get these before the party starts.
Make sure you have a fashionable new swim suit to show off at the party. Don’t forget to stock up on beach towels and sunscreen as well.
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Rewarding children with extra TV time, ice cream or cold hard cash can backfire, say experts. But at the same time kids need to learn key lessons about the value of hard work and managing money. The National Foundation of Credit Counseling found that 64% of Americans couldn't pay for a $1,000 emergency with cash. Another study found that one in four Americans have nothing in savings. Teaching your children about finances at a young age will serve them well for years to come so consider these expert tips for motivating kids with money.
There are more than 181 million blogs around the world. According to Nielsen data that's up from 36 million in 2006. The majority of bloggers are women, well-educated and parents. If you're one of the millions vying for attention online why not try freshening up your piece of the world wide web? Overhaul your blog without spending a fortune using these tips and tricks.
Money can't buy love, and that's especially true when it comes to mothers. Instead of spending a wad of cash, get busy showing mom how much you love and appreciate her with a handmade gift. Here are six easy and thoughtful gift ideas.
Memorial Day is quickly approaching – where does the time go? Celebrate by having friends, neighbors and family over for an awesome pool party. But if you kept your pool under wraps all winter long, you might need a good cleaning before hosting a poolside bash. Fortunately, PoolSupplyWorld has cleaning supplies and chemicals to get your water sparkling clean.
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Geared toward above-ground pools, the Splash 010072 Premium Pool Maintenance Kit includes all the essentials for a clean pool. It includes a skimmer, brush, 6 lb. flex vac, thermometer and test strips. Keep pool water healthy with the TFTestkits TF-100 TFTestkit FAS-DPD Test Kit. This comprehensive kit allows you to test chemical levels of cholrine, pH, calcium and alkaline, among others. If you want to skip the test strips and go high-tech, check out the Solaxx SafeDip Digital Chemistry Tester. This digital tester takes the guesswork out of keeping your pool clean. It has easy to press buttons and a large display. Finally, get all the gunk out of your pool filter with the Filter Flosser 60-1000 Pool and Spa Filter Cartridge Cleaning Tool. It acts like a water pick to get dirt and mold out of the filter while preserving its life.
Your guests don’t want to swim in bacteria-filled water, so stock up on the chlorine. The PoolSupplyWorld 3 Inch Chlorine Tablets 50 lb Bucket (Tri-Chlor) should last you all summer long. The bucket includes 100 EPA-approved chlorine tablets. If Memorial Day weekend will be your first time using the pool for the season, get it ready with a powerful blend of chlorine. PoolSupplyWorld PSW-CSY399-1 Cal-Hypo Super Strength Pool Shock 1 lb Bag will quickly zap away bacteria and algae to make your pool safe for use. If you’re looking to go chlorine-free, check out PoolSupplyWorld PSW-CSY439-1 Chlorine-Free Shock 1 lb Bag.
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One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer during the course of their lifetime. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour. Hopefully those statistics are enough to get you to think about protecting yourself from this dangerous disease. May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and keeping yourself safe doesn't have to be expensive with these drugstore products.
Arriba Arriba! It's Cinco de Mayo! Feeling the urge to throw a spontaneous fiesta for your family and friends? No need to spend a fortune with these easy ways to put together a last minute Cinco de Mayo party on a budget.
Believe it or not scrapbooking is more popular than golf. According to the Craft and Hobby Association more than one-third of US households honor their memories through scrapbooking, rubber stamping or creating paper crafts. It's a multi-billion dollar industry and anyone who has participated knows it can get expensive. Since National Scrapbooking Day falls on May 3rd we're offering up some ideas for how to save money on scrapbooking supplies.
Traveling with friends or family can be a great way to make memories and experience new places. But if anything has the ability to zap the fun out of your vacation it's money. Remove the confusion out of shared hotel bills and divvied car rentals with these apps and tools.
A-list celebrities may live in mansions that sit behind big iron gates with security cameras and 24-hour guards keeping crazed fans away, but that doesn't mean you can't tour their estates for free. Check out every room of these celeb homes with the help of real estate websites.
California Chrome, Wicked Strong and Hoppertunity are all Kentucky Derby contenders this year. Feel like watching them race in person rather than on TV? Horse racing may seem like a fancy sport, but there are ways to take in the Kentucky Derby on a budget.
Are you more likely to use a cashback reward website or a coupon code when you shop online? Both seem like a great way to save money, but when you do a little digging into the numbers one seems to offer more legitimate savings for consumers.
Itching to take a travel break? Even if you haven't planned ahead you may be in luck. Sometimes being a procrastinator can pay off when it comes to traveling. Here are some reasons why waiting until the last minute may be best for spring break getaways.
There's an entire week devoted to hard working, talented, multi-tasking business leaders. It's called Administrative Professionals Week. And part of being an integral part of the office team means presenting yourself as a professional. Check out these affordable and cute work clothes to take your office look to the next level.
Nearly three in four Americans are overweight so it shouldn't be that surprising that our pets are carrying some extra pounds as well. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention more than half of US dogs are overweight or obese and 57% of US cats are in the same boat. (http://www.petobesityprevention.org/pet-obesity-fact-risks/) Need to get your pet in shape? Check out these free resources.
Already dreaming of your summer vacation? Save time and money by using the best resources available for hunting down travel bargains. Put your Smartphone on the job of tracking travel deals with these helpful apps.
Tax Day is over, summer vacation is still months away and stress levels may be soaring. Stress can result in physical aches and pains, lost productivity and a bunch of other side effects. In honor of National Stress Awareness Day here are some free ways to relax.
Whether you're getting a refund from Uncle Sam or not Tax Day can be, well, taxing. But to ease the sting of a tax bill, plenty of businesses are taking the opportunity to give their customers a gift. Maybe this list of Tax Day freebies and deals will help make April 15 a little more enjoyable for everyone.
Don't get too excited but it's National Organize Your Files Week. Before you go out and buy a bunch of new office organizational supplies check out these free and low cost apps to help you reduce paper clutter.
Fight the urge to pay full price on your kid's cute Easter outfit. There are plenty of great deals this time of year on frilly dresses and adorable little suits. Check out these sources for budget-friendly Easter clothes.
According to US News 80% of us have at least one brother or sister. While they can be a pain at times few people know us better than our siblings. Celebrate these family members on April 10, Siblings Day, with a gift for your brother or sister.
Scuba trips, hermit crab food and an iPhone are all among the unusual expenses people have taken as deductions according to CNN. While some of these work and some don't, you probably shouldn't try to deduct these crazy things off your tax bill.
Last year American spent an average of $145 on Easter candy, decor, apparel and food. The National Retail Federation estimated that total spending reached $17.2 billion. Tap into the Easter bunny's frugal side with these ten fun Easter freebies.
Do you have anything growing in your backyard besides weeds? The second week in April is Garden Week and while starting a garden from scratch can seem like an awfully large task, these free resources for a successful backyard garden may help.
Soon one of the most famous golf courses in the world will welcome the biggest names in the sport. Augusta National is the host of the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament. The least expensive ticket to Sunday's event is $899, proof that golf can be a game devoted to the wealthy. It is possible to score luxury for less when you use these tips for enjoying golf on a budget.
Tax time procrastination is an American tradition for about one out of five taxpayers, according to NPR. But if your goal is to get this annual chore out of the way, follow these five tips for getting your taxes off your to-do list tonight.
Spring is in the air and for many parts of the country it's about time! Pack up those sweaters, pull out your sandals and add some spring to your home with these free printables.
Playing pranks on your co-workers may be frowned upon most days, but on April 1st it's fair game. Need some ideas for last minute April Fools' day gags that don't require planning or purchasing anything? Check out this list of office-friendly easy pranks, gags and jokes.
Last year prom spending rose to $1,139 per person according to USAToday.com, and this year that could be even higher. There are dresses to buy, spray tans to get and limos to book. But when it comes to accessories, check out these destinations to help save a few bucks.
So far the IRS has returned more than $48 million in taxes, giving the average American a refund worth more than $3,000. According to CNN that's up 3% from last year's average tax refund. For most taxpayers, $3,000 is no small chunk of change. Hopefully you have great plans for that money, plans that don't involve one of these horrible ways to spend your tax refund.
Do you have breakfast plans yet? You do now! Taco Bell is rolling out its brand new breakfast menu nationwide, the company's largest menu addition since its opening in 1962. It could be because the restaurant industry saw a 3% rise in breakfast visits last year, according to Mashable. And although the ideal way to save money is to eat the most important meal of the day at home, here are some of the best fast food breakfast deals.
Is your wardrobe still feeling wintery? Warm it up with some hot trends for spring. And if you're worried about spending too much check out one of these online retailers to find cheap spring fashion trends.
Swimsuit season will be here before you know it. If you're considering joining a weight loss program to get your behind in gear you probably want to know more about two of the most popular options: Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. While both companies have similar health philosophies they will have a very different impact on your pocketbook.
In 2011, 768 million people did not use an improved source of drinking-water, according to the United Nations. Giving people access to clean water can cost as little as a few bucks. In honor of World Water Day 2014, here are some affordable ways you can help tackle the water crisis.
Studies show women spend about $426 billion a year on beauty products. That's a crazy amount of cash. Why not try some more affordable alternatives to those expensive beauty treatments?
Financial ruin doesn't always happen overnight. It can take months or years to end up in a place where foreclosure is imminent and bankruptcy seems like the only way out. It's often the small, sometimes daily decisions we make that can put us in a bad financial position.
When you donate money to a charity, you want to know that your hard earned cash is going to good use. By making a micro loan you are investing in someone's future by helping them start a business, plant crops or fix up property. Here are seven non-profits that help you make a small donation go even further.
Last year more than three million calls came in to poison centers nationwide, many involving children. Poison Prevention Week runs from March 16-22 and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention poisoning is a leading cause of accidental death in the US. In fact, an estimated 90,000 children a year are treated for poison-related incidents in emergency rooms and about 30 die, but most are preventable. Consider using these low cost ways to prevent poisoning in your home.
It's National Pi Day! No we didn't forget the "e" because this day is dedicated to the number 3.14, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. You don't have to be a math nerd to celebrate with a yummy slice of pie using one of these affordable recipes.
As anyone who has spent time in a hospital can tell you, it's not run like your local Target store. Pick up a bottle of shampoo at one Target location and you can expect to pay pretty much the same for that bottle of shampoo at any other Target store. And the price is clearly marked. But as the Huffington Post reported, a patient receiving treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Bayonne Hospital Center in New Jersey will walk out with a bill totaling nearly $100,000. That same treatment is just $7,044 at a hospital 30 miles away in New York. If you want to make sure you're not getting stuck with an inflated healthcare bill, these tips may help you know if your hospital is charging too much.
Plenty of us are constantly looking for ways to save a buck or two. We're continually set on money-saving mode. But sometimes what we think will help us save some money actually can end up costing us in the long run. Here are five of the worst ways to save money.
According to the US Census, there are 34.5 million Americans who claim Irish heritage. That's seven times larger than the population of Ireland. But even if you don't have Irish blood running through your veins, we're all Irish one day a year: March 17. If you're looking to spread some Irish cheer, make sure your printer is full of green ink and check out these free St. Patrick's Day printables.
The brain is pretty amazing and while you may have been to the gym recently, when was the last time you gave your brain a workout? The average brain represents just 2 percent of your body weight, but uses one-fifth of your body's total oxygen and blood, according to the National Academy of Sciences of the US. In honor of Brain Awareness Week which runs from March 10-16, here are five free ways to keep your brain fit.
If you typically pay a pro to help you with your W-2s and 1099s you may have to pay more this year. According to NY1.com tax prep fees are up about six percent compared to last year. A simple return can cost as much as $152 which is a good reason to take advantage of these 2014 tax prep freebies.
College basketball is about to take over televisions and commandeer office chatter across the country. March Madness tournaments begin next week. If you're turning this into an excuse for a party (and why not?!) here are some slam dunk frugal ideas for your March Madness party.
We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when it comes to kids breakfast could impact the rest of their lives. That's because when kids eat a great breakfast studies show they'll perform better in class and on tests, having a lasting impact on their educational success. In honor or National School Breakfast Week which runs from March 2-9, here are some easy, affordable and healthy breakfast ideas.
Snow days are great until they start to invade spring break. In Philadelphia the school district shortened spring break, announcing students would have to attend class April 15, 16 and 17 to make up for snow days. School officials in Charlotte, North Carolina are considering a similar move. And in New Jersey spring break became a casualty of winter storms. For families having to shift their spring break plans here are some ideas for having fun at home.
Need an excuse to pull the covers back up and get more quality time with your pillow? The first week in March is National Sleep Awareness Week. We all know that ideally we should be getting seven to nine hours of shut eye a night. Not happening? Maybe these low cost fixes will help make your bedroom more conducive to rest.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be very adult-oriented. After all, we know what ladies have to do to get a string of beads. But that doesn't mean kids should be excluded from this traditional celebration. Here are five affordable ways to make Mardi Gras fun for kids.
This weekend the celebrities take the red carpet for the 86th annual Academy Awards. Whether Captain Phillips sales away with the Best Picture or Gravity star Sandra Bullock celebrates an out of this world win, you can soak it all in with a 2014 Oscar party. Bring Hollywood to your home with these freebies.
Spring fashion is great-- except for the price tag hanging on those pretty clothes. Thankfully there is a way to be fashion forward and frugal. We found five budget-friendly ways to update your look for spring 2014.
When you're shopping online you have several payment options at checkout. Often sites allow you to use PayPal to complete your transaction. PayPal is a service that allows you to pay online (and even in some checkout lanes these days) using money in your PayPal account, bank account or a linked credit card. If you've never selected this payment option here are five reasons to consider using PayPal for online shopping.
There are cars to replace, college educations to fund and retirements to plan for. How in the heck can you prepare for it all? Consider these tips for prioritizing your savings goals and it might not feel so daunting.
An inbox full of junk mail and advertisements isn't fun, but sometimes signing up for those e-newsletters comes with a reward. New members receive an instant discount that can be applied to your next purchase. Often these coupon codes for newbies can be combined with other sales or free shipping offers so it's a great way to save money. Here are ten companies offering instant discounts on everything from shoes to steaks.
Marketers and advertisers can be very tricky. They can make you think you're getting a bargain when in fact you're not saving that much money at all. Be a savvy shopper and keep an eye out for these five sneaky sales that don't offer much savings.
Getting off the couch a couple of nights a week to take on a second job is a great way to earn extra cash. But not every field lends itself to nighttime employment. If you decide working nights is the avenue you want to take to meet your financial goals check out these jobs for earning extra cash in the evenings.
Prepare for sticker shock. Paying for four years at a top college or university will now cost you more than $200,000. For many families it's an impossible dream without the help of financial aid. It's time to tackle the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, if you want the best chance at getting cash for college.
Politicians often bill themselves as average Joes, guys who know what it's like to put in a hard day's work, get their hands dirty and struggle to make ends meet. But the truth is many of America's leaders could be considered elite for their wealth. In fact here are some of the wealthiest Presidents throughout history.
Procrastinators can be romantic. It may be Valentine's Day and while the stash at your local Hallmark or grocery store card aisle is probably pretty picked over there's a good selection of freebies online. Prove your love by printing out one of these free Valentine's gifts or cards.
Need an extra incentive to sock money away in your savings account? A savings account lottery may help. Prize-linked savings accounts are becoming more popular, where making a deposit into your savings account enters you into a lottery. Instead of blowing a buck on the Powerball, consider trying your luck with the savings account lottery.
When you think of 'date night' you probably think of taking in a movie, enjoying a romantic meal or seeing a show. While you may have not taken a date to the mall since you were in middle school, it can actually be a great place to conger up some romance without spending much cash.
Money can't buy you love, which is a good thing for us frugal types. But being frugal doesn't mean you can't be romantic. This Valentine's Day get creative without spending much money by saying 'I love you' in a grand way.
Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. The American Heart Association is using that shocking statistic to encourage women to go red on National Wear Red Day, February 7, 2014. For the tenth year in a row women everywhere will be wearing red and supporting the American Heart Association through ways like these.
It may be chilly, but love is warming things up in February. It's National Wedding Month making this the perfect time for brides-to-be to buckle down and start planning the wedding of their dreams. These free and low-cost apps may put a few wedding planners out of a job.
You may have considered buying a used car, used coffee table or a used treadmill, but the thought of buying a wedding dress that's been previously worn may seem a bit extreme. If you're planning on saying 'I do' any time soon here are five reasons to consider walking down the aisle wearing a dress that's taken the trip before.
Every year more than half a million people receive medical treatment for burn injuries in the US and Canada. About half of those injuries are scalds and it's children that are among the most vulnerable. Celebrate Burn Awareness Week, which runs the first week in February, by utilizing these free and low-cost resources for keeping kids safe.
Even if you had enough money for a plane ticket to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic games, security concerns have been enough to keep some people home. Instead, go for the gold and celebrate the opening ceremonies in style and on budget with these fun ideas for a winter Olympics party.
In addition to prepping the hot wings and nacho platter before Super Bowl Sunday you may also want to get your Smartphone ready. Since most people watch TV with their phones in hand you'll want to download these free apps before the big game.
Did you sleep in on Black Friday instead of buying a new TV? Let go of the regret because many experts say now is actually the best time to invest in a TV. Just before the Seahawks and Broncos go head to head in the biggest sporting event of the year, many retailers will be slashing the prices of big screens in order to win your business. If you want to score big consider these TV buying tips.
The Super Bowl is usually the most expensive sporting event ticket around and 2014 is no different. According to the ibtimes.com, the average seat is selling for $2,600. If you're looking for something a little more budget friendly to show your Super Bowl spirit, check out these more affordable options. Since they're all under $30 you'll have plenty of money left over for game day pizza and wings.
Weddings are a big investment of time and money. So why not take advantage of free resources when you can? Thankfully there are lots of incredible free tools that will help you plan your perfect dream wedding.
Are your drawers getting hard to close? Are you running out of room to stash belongings? It may be time to sift through your stuff and figure out what you should save and what you should sell. Determining whether something is worth holding on to can be a difficult decision. Here are five questions that will help you make the call.
Did you know that 2014 is the year of the orchid? The Radiant Orchid that is. Pantone, the worldwide authority on color, chose this shade of vibrant purple to serve as the 2014 color of the year, taking over Emerald's job for 2013. It's already popping up on runways and red carpets, but here are some very affordable ways to add Radiant Orchid to your wardrobe.
Another large winter storm is expected to dump nine inches of snow in the Washington DC area. While this means schools and Federal offices are forced to shut down, it can be good news for skiers eager for fresh powder. If you're looking to hit the slopes for less this winter, check out these affordable ski deals.
Planning to travel abroad in 2014? Just because you can't use your Smartphone to call home while you're exploring new territory doesn't mean it won't be a useful travel companion. Here are some helpful, free apps you'll want to pack onto your phone before you go.
The 16-day government shut down came during the peak prep period for the 2014 tax filing system, according to IRS.gov. Since about 90 percent of IRS operations were closed during the shutdown the IRS got behind which forced them to delay the start of the filing season to January 31. That's ten days later than expected. Here are some tips for handling the IRS delay.
A couple of weeks ago you made a promise to yourself. You committed to clearing out the clutter in 2014, streamlining your stuff and organizing your life. Now is the time to declutter and let go of outdated devices that are simply collecting dust. If you've ever wondered what do with antiquated gadgets here is your guide.
Be on the lookout-- Girl Scouts will be canvassing neighborhoods nationwide as they sell their delectable boxes of cookies. Thin Mints, Caramel deLites and Peanut Butter Patties are among the most popular flavors. Buying Girl Scout cookies helps support a wonderful program so it can be easy to get carried away with an order form. Before you devour them all on your own try whipping up one of these tasty (and affordable) recipes that can be shared with family, friends and co-workers.
When it comes to financial goals in 2014, saving money is at the top of the list with nearly two in five Americans calling it a priority in the New Year. That's according to a new survey from GoBankingRates.com that lists paying down debt as the second most common goal. Saving money doesn't have to be difficult, especially with these handy tricks.
We are officially one week into 2014. How are you progressing with your New Year's resolutions? Whether your goal involves shedding pounds, saving money or getting organized there are free printables that can help keep you on track.
Subscription boxes are a great way to keep kids entertained and inspired. Each month fresh toys, books and more are automatically shipped to your doorstep. Check out these affordable subscription boxes for kids.
Accountability is key to helping those resolutions stick. And sometimes just having to answer to your Smartphone can be enough motivation to keep your weight loss goals in check. Here are five of the best free weight loss apps for your 2014 resolutions.
You've probably kicked your Christmas tree to the curb, pulled the stockings off the mantle and hidden away your Elf on the Shelf until next year. But if you're already eager for the return of Christmas 2014 you may want to prepare by hitting up some amazing holiday markdowns. Check out these stores for the biggest Christmas clearance savings. Next December you'll be so glad you did.
More than 40 million Target customers found out last month that their credit and debit cards might have been compromised when hackers orchestrated a massive data breach between November 27 and December 15. Names, credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates were all stolen. Loyal Target shoppers probably won't let this snafu stop them from shopping at the big box store, but there are ways you can protect yourself from another attack.
Plenty of people make New Year's resolutions to eat less and lose weight. But if you'd like to focus more on the size of your bank account rather than the size of your waistband in 2014 you may want to consider going on a money diet. Give your financial goals a fighting chance by taking part in one of these no-spend challenges.
The new year is the time to focus on creating a new you. Becoming your personal best doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor. These free and low-cost resources will help set you on your way to becoming your best in 2014.
Did you wake up Christmas morning with a big pile of debt under the tree? A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that 57 percent of adults with children were prepared to take on debt in order to make their kids happy over the holidays. Those with an income less than $35,000 were willing to rack up an average of $700 in debt while those with an income of $75,000 or more said they were likely to accrue about $300 in debt for the same purpose. So if this sounds familiar, try following these tips for tackling holiday debt.
According to reports , one in seven adults return a gift after Christmas. Merchandise totaling more than $46 billion will be going back to the stores. Some retailers have been tightening down on their return policies making it tougher to give anything back-- especially if you'd rather have cash. But if you want to return one of these items it may be especially difficult.
New Year's Eve was made for glitter. If you can't wear something shiny on December 31, then when the heck can you? Go for the gold by adding more sparkle to your New Year's bash with these affordable accessories and outfits.
If there's one day a year most business shut down it's December 25. But some stores and restaurants do open their doors. If you need somewhere to go for Christmas 2013 these retailers' open signs will be lit up.
Procrastinating doesn't make you a bad person. And just in case you want to do something extra to prove it why not give a gift that does good? These ten last minute presents help others while spreading cheer.
Some say that houseguests are like fish. They both begin to smell after three days. Entertaining around the holidays can be stressful, but these quick fixes will give guests a warm welcome and start the visit off on the right foot.
Few things can get you in the holiday spirit more than eating a bag of red and green M&Ms and sipping egg nog. But if you're looking for something that's easier on your waistline and completely free, why not just listen to Christmas music? Here are some places to find free holiday music.
If Black Friday is for the planners, Free Shipping Day is for the procrastinators. And apparently there are lots of them. In 2011, Free Shipping Day enjoyed more than $1 billion in online sales becoming the highest earning Friday in online retail history, according to freeshippingday.com. This year the holiday falls on December 18 and if you still have some gifts to buy here's what you need to know to save big money.
Socks get holes. Gadgets become outdated. And gift cards are forgotten. How about making this Christmas unforgettable with one of these five impressive experience gifts?
It's the most wonderful time of the year for lots of reasons, including the awesome Christmas movies playing on cable channels at all hours of the day. But if you missed A Charlie Brown Christmas when it aired on CBS or you'd like to watch Elf a few dozen more times you may want to add these top ten Christmas movies to your own collection. And at these prices, why not?
Treadmills for $33 and $300 speakers for just $30? No, this isn't a clearance rack deal or a Craigslist score. These are actual prices reported last month when a technical error caused Walmart.com to offer absurd discounts on hundreds of items. The glitch caused a buying frenzy and some customers were actually able to pick up their purchases in store before Walmart canceled the orders and issued a free $10 gift card as an apology. Glitches like this happen fairly often and it's possible to cash in when retailers mess up.
Holidays hams, sugar cookies and those big glasses of egg nog you've been gulping down could lead to some weight gain. While you may not have a little round belly that shakes when you laugh like a bowl full of jelly you probably don't want to add on those two pounds the average American gains in December. Counteract Christmas calories with one of these quick, free home workouts.
Don't feel like going to the mall? Who could blame you. Trolling for parking spaces, battling crowds and waiting in slow checkout lines isn't exactly the definition of bliss. With these five free apps you can skip the store and shop with ease on your Smartphone.
For avid shoppers, December is the Super Bowl. It's game time and whoever pays the least wins. Get the best prices on every gift you buy this holiday season with the help of these five apps and your trusty Smartphone.
Would you spend $2,500 on your Christmas tree? A gardening business in Ohio is hoping someone will. Fox 8 Cleveland reports that the 18-foot tall tree hand-picked from the North Carolina woods carries a very hefty price tag, especially in contrast to the $41.50 the average American spends on a live Christmas tree. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/most-expensive-christmas-tree-2012_n_2246675.html) The Christmas tree business brings in about $3.4 billion a year and if you've got one up in your home this holiday season here are some deals on ornaments and decorations.
Shatterproof Christmas Balls
If you're looking to add a lot of color without spending much money and you've got little ones in your home shatterproof ornaments are the way to go. A pack of 60 turquoise blue Christmas ball ornaments come in four finishes and sell for just $19.99 at walmart.com.
Beaded Dove Ornament Set
Add some culture to your tree with this set of Beaded Dove Ornaments, $15 for three. Made in India, they are constructed of hand-embellished fabric with decorative stitching and beadwork. Your purchase supports UNICEF's efforts to reduce child labor throughout the world.
Personalized Lenox Ornament
Personalize a beautiful white porcelain ornament from American company Lenox. Normally $66 this ornament depicting two snowmen is now just $10.95, more than 80 percent off the regular price. Plus shipping is free on all orders.
Buy Three Get One Free
Choose from more than 2,000 ornaments at christmasplace.com. Right now when you buy three regularly priced ornaments you'll get one free, no coupon code required. Many ornaments cost just $1.99.
Printable Photo Wreath
If "free" sounds like an even better way to decorate your Christmas tree head to handmadecharlotte.com. They're offering a free printable to create a photo wreath featuring your child's precious face. You'll need some ribbon, a glue stick and scissors to get the job done, but in the end you'll have a one of a kind ornament to treasure for many Christmases to come.
By Alison Storm
Holiday parties are one of the best things about this time of year. The food is yummy, the conversations are entertaining and it's a great excuse to buy a new outfit. But just because you're spending all of your money these days on gifts doesn't mean you need to recycle last year's holiday party outfit. Check out these affordable frocks.
Stamps now cost $.46 each. That means mailing your Christmas cards this year will cost you more than pocket change. Avoid the expense (and the time it takes to address those envelopes) and send digital cards this year.
Make your holiday family photos stand out from the rest with some fun and festive props. There's no need to search tirelessly for matching Santa sweaters for the entire family. Instead try one of these five affordable props to add creativity to your 2013 family Christmas card photo.
There are presents to buy, cookies to bake and parties to attend. Wondering how in the heck you're supposed to get all of that done while simultaneously caring for your children this holiday season? And childcare is not cheap. A new report from ChildCare Aware says that in the last year the cost of child care increased up to eight times the rate of increases in family income. There are still ways to have some grown-up fun while not forking over tons of cash for a babysitter. Check out these sources for affordable childcare during the holidays.
With fewer days than normal between Thanksgiving and Christmas being organized will be especially helpful this holiday season. These five free apps will help you get your list in order, check it twice and even buy gifts instantly.
As you've probably heard by now Black Friday seems to be starting early this year with many stores opening up on Thanksgiving Day. But let's say that you've decided to continue your tradition of avoiding stores on Thanksgiving and spend the day instead eating, socializing and making memories with loved ones. Here's a fool-proof plan to score plenty of deals on Black Friday, but we warn you-- it still requires shoppers to trade some sleep for savings.
Almost as important as the food you serve on Thanksgiving is the table at which it's eaten. Just like those who gathered for the first Thanksgiving feast, the table is the common ground that brings families and friends together for a meal that celebrates gratitude. Now let us stuff you full of some ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving table on a budget.
Americans will spend over $2.3 billion on Thanksgiving dinner. That includes 46 million turkeys, 40 million green bean casseroles and 50 million pumpkin pies according to thelistshow.tv. If you'd rather tune into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade than spend time prepping all that food take a look at these deals on pre-made Thanksgiving food.
Every year, almost 135 million shoppers brave the cold and chaos of Black Friday to snatch up the best deals. While it can be a fun tradition, Black Friday has its downfalls. If you're looking for a reason to sit this year out here are five of them.
Are you read for some football? The season is in full swing and if you're sick of being an armchair quarterback check out these tips for getting in on the action while sticking to your budget.
Last year the American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the cost of a good old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner for ten to ring up at $49.48. This year that turkey dinner is likely to break the $50 mark so if you're looking for ways to trim your holiday food budget while still stuffing yourself consider these five tips.
Wondering how you're going to pay for all of those Christmas presents this year? The answer could be within reach-- literally. Your Smartphone holds the key to extra cash for Christmas. Just check out one of these easy to use apps.
Plenty of people are hit by scammers, but it can also happen to businesses. According to the Better Business Bureau some crooks are hijacking a business's name as a way to convince customers to make purchases. Want to know how to avoid being a victim of this growing trend? Follow these five tips.
Besides your credit card and shopping list there are a few other things you should put in your Black Friday arsenal. These five Smartphone apps will ensure you're getting the best deal on the best product possible.
Have you noticed a lot more fuzzy faces walking around? It could be because of a craze caused by those Duck Dynasty guys. Or it could be because it's Movember, the month when men grow out their mustaches to raise money to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Globally, 3 million participants have raised more than $446 million since the movement started ten years ago. While the charity aspect of growing facial hair is great, having a beard can actually save-- and make-- you money.
When was the last time you walked into the branch of a bank? Or even talked to a teller at the drive-thru? People are becoming more and more comfortable with virtual banking. Research firm Novantas reports that online-only banks saw deposits increase to $364 billion in 2012, up 32 percent from 2010. That's an increase of more than 400 percent from 2004. Wondering if you should go virtual with your money? Here are some perks of online-only banking.
A new survey finds that whether or not you're doing well financially depends on your friends. According to the American Institute of CPAs and the Ad Council three-fourths of young adults use their friends' financial habits to determine their own. But what if you want to be richer than your friends? Besides getting new pals, here are some tips to help you zoom to the front of the pack.
As the Christmas season approaches opportunities to give seem to pop up everywhere. Sometimes the pull at your pocketbook (and your heartstrings) can be overwhelming. But for an easy, and low cost way to impact the life of a child in need check out Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993 more than 100 million shoe boxes full of gifts have been distributed to needy children around the world. Follow these simple steps to be a part of this worthwhile effort.
No matter how old your kids are, you've probably thought about the high cost of college. Despite the fact that the average college senior graduated with $26,600 of debt in 2011, a free education is possible. Check out these schools and states where earning a degree doesn't have to cost a thing.
Looking for the best neighborhood for candy collection this October 31? Not all neighborhoods are created equal. Consider these five factors for finding the most generous, festive and safe trick or treating destinations this Halloween.
Bad things can happen to good phones. They fall in toilets. Toddlers smash them against tile floors. They're left behind in taxi cabs. Experts say as many as 80 million phones are lost, stolen or damaged each year. And when you need a new one that phone you got such a great deal on suddenly becomes extremely expensive to fix or replace. But is paying for phone insurance a good idea? Or is it just a waste of your hard earned money?
The mission for Halloween night usually involves collecting as much free candy as possible. But this doesn't have to be done by going door-to-door, begging your neighbors for the sweet stuff. You can still score free candy with these trick or treating alternatives.
New data from Accenture finds that shoppers are opening their pocketbooks for luxury goods and small splurges. Of those polled more than half say they'll make a small luxury purchase in the next six months. But these small luxuries could be what's making you go broke.
Craigslist users post more than 100 million classified ads each month according to Craigslist.org. While the site is a great place to find cheap furniture or even a job there are also lots of freebies on Craigslist. Tucked under the "for sale" heading, in between "computer" and "furniture" you'll see the word "free." Here's a list of what you can likely get completely free in your community.
The National Retail Federation reports that we Americans will be spending a whopping $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes this year. Children's costumes get $1 billion of the cut, $1.2 billion is spent on adults and another $330 million is spent outfitting our pets. Still wondering what to dress up as this year? Be a celebrity for a night by going as one of these hot TV and movie characters.
For those who want to celebrate Halloween but are spooked by the idea of spending much money on a costume, never fear. We've got five Halloween costume ideas that will cost you less than a bag of candy corn.
Most of us look at celebrities and think they must have it all: fame, fortune and an endless supply of free beauty supplies. But being a celebrity is tough. Fame can be fickle so sometimes household names turn to other industries for an income just like these five former celebs working normal jobs.
Anyone who has lost videos of their baby's first laugh or photos from their Disney vacation knows it can be a heart wrenching experience. Smartphones hold our lives, but backing up those precious photos, videos and information can be expensive. Check out these free and low cost ways to back up your Smartphone and never feel the heartache of lost data again.
College debt is becoming the norm. In 2011 two-thirds of college seniors left school with an average of $26,600 in debt. Think you need college to gain a marketable skill? Think again. Whether your goal is to get a new job or just expand your horizons these are great, affordable ways to learn a new skill.
Americans are expected to spend $6.9 billion this year on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations. Roughly $2.8 billion will be spent on candy alone according to the National Retail Federation. Save money on those sweets with these Halloween candy deals.
For a few days each fall schools offer students a chance to forget about homework and tests. Fall break is also a great time for adults to unwind before the hustle of the holidays. Since national parks are closed due to the government shut down you may want to consider these affordable fall break excursions.
Computers have drastically changed the way we communicate and educate. (Remember when entire schools shared one giant computer that was wheeled into each classroom on a cart? I do!) This October is the 14th annual Computer Learning Month during which The Computer Learning Foundation promotes the ways technology impacts lives. Check out these free online computer classes to help expand your mind without shrinking your pile of cash.
Obamacare isn't just creating conflict in Congress. It's stirring up new scams according to the Better Business Bureau. According to a report from NBC News, a survey from The Kaiser Family Foundation found just over half of Americans are worried about the Affordable Care Act. Twenty-nine percent polled say they were angry about it. All of that confusion and emotion is creating a great opportunity for scammers. Check out these tips to avoid becoming a victim.
Witches, ghosts and mummies are pretty standard when it comes to Halloween costumes. But if you're looking for an easy, affordable costume with a hint of cleverness, check out these costume puns.
Eight million dogs and cats enter shelters each year and according to statistics, more than half won't make it out alive. If you've ever thought about adopting a dog from an animal shelter or humane society now may be the time. Throughout the month of October shelters across the country will be offering discounts on adoption fees in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. But before you take the plunge and bring Fido home make sure you know how much that pet will cost.
Retirement planning, paying for college and getting out of debt are a few of the financial tasks that a Certified Financial Planner can help you accomplish. During Financial Planning Days, which run from now until November 2 hundreds of financial planners will offer free financial counseling in 20 cities around the country. Wondering what to talk about during your free one-on-one consultation? Here are six questions to ask a Certified Financial Planner.
Poor customer service seems to be running rampant these days, which is strange considering the value of making a customer happy. According to CEO Colin Shaw, 70 percent of buying experiences are based on how the customer feels they are being treated. Defaqto Research reports that more than half of customers would pay extra if it would guarantee better service. In honor of Customer Service Week, a nationally recognized event happening from October 7-11, here are ways to get better customer service without paying more.
Retailers are hoping this Christmas season will be merry and bright since holiday traffic accounts for 20 percent of their sales. ShopperTrak anticipates a 2.4 percent increase in retail sales during November and December. If you're already wondering how you're going to pay for all those presents consider these five ways to start collecting cash for Christmas.
The US Census Bureau says there are 41.1 million potential trick-or-treaters across the country. For parents who are trying to save money or who just want to exercise their craft muscle, these no sew costumes can easily be made with just a few supplies and a few minutes.
Fall may have just begun, but Farmers' Almanac is predicting a piercing and bitterly cold winter. The nearly 200-year-old publication says that it will be a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the US. The Midwest, Great Lakes and New England should expect lots of heavy snow, but no matter where you live now is the time to get prepared for a snowy season without overspending.
More than 130 million people actively use Instagram and while most utilize the social media site as a way to capture their morning latte or catalog their afternoon sandwich there are some financially savvy Instagramers to follow. Here are ten accounts worth checking out.
Someone once said if you love what you'll do you'll never work a day in your life. It's true, money isn't everything. Some low-paying jobs aren't worth the stress, but others are extremely gratifying-- even if the pay stinks. These careers don't offer great paychecks, however other perks may be enough to make you broke, but happy.
Fashion is fun, but sometimes it’s more than that. Certain brands answer to a higher calling than simply making shoppers look fabulous and consumers seem willing to pay extra for it. According to Nielsen’s Global Corporate Citizenship Survey, 46 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that give back to society. Here are five fashion brands with a greater mission than simply helping you look good.
Around 100,000 women of all ages will take part in health and fitness events around the country on Wednesday, September 25. It's all part of the 12th annual National Women's Health and Fitness Day, a holiday created to encourage women to take control of their health. Scheduling opportunities to get active into your daily routine doesn't have to cost money. In fact with these free workouts you don't even have to leave the house.
Cell phone cameras have come a long way. Add in some fancy filters and your novice shots look pretty darn good. But capturing weddings, babies and important life milestones with the help of a professional photographer is the way to go. Having someone else worry about getting the best shots can take the pressure off family members who don't have the photography skills and quality equipment to do your special moments justice. A great photographer can cost big bucks, but here are some tips for hiring a low-cost pro.
Is eating lunch costing you a bunch? According to data from Quicken Loans the average woman spends $26 a week on lunch and the average man $46. Switching to a pack lunch will cost you just $15 a week for an annual average savings of $1,144. But if it seems like a hassle check out these easy ideas for bringing your lunch to work.
We may not be experiencing the active hurricane season that weather experts predicted, but that doesn't mean a disaster won't strike again soon. To help you prepare for a pandemic flu, infectious disease or a natural disaster the American Public Health Association created Get Ready Day. This year it falls on September 17 and here are free resources to help you prepare for the worst.
We can all be more earth-friendly. And most of us are also looking for ways to save money. With these five products you can accomplish both goals.
The popularity of E85 seems to be growing-- at least in one state. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says that E85 sales increased by 43 percent during the second quarter of 2013, totaling more than 2.62 million gallons of the alternative fuel. E85 is made up of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, a mix that can cost significantly less at the pump. But is the value there?
Crisp weather and the arrival of colorful leaves can spark the imagination. Add a flash of fall to your home without spending money at the craft store. Turn to nature for supplies and use this list of five free fall crafts for inspiration.
One in three children in the US is overweight, putting them at risk for Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Use these free and affordable ideas to help your kids get moving and get fit.
How crazy are you willing to get in order to save money? Would you eat food out of a trash bin? Commit to giving up your daily latte? Check out these crazy things people are willing to do in order to save a buck.
Consignment sale events are a great way to unload unwanted clothing, toys and baby gear while making quick cash. Setting aside a little time to properly prepare for these consignment events can help boost your sales and put more money in your pocket.
Finding the perfect after school job is serious business. Let's face it-- kids require quite a bit of cash. Filling up their gas tank, updating their wardrobe with the latest trends, and saving for college is a whole lot easier with a part-time job. Wondering where to apply? Check out these best sources for after school jobs.
Adding the hottest fall fashion trends to your wardrobe shouldn't be something you're still paying for next spring. Add some serious style to your closet without blasting your budget with these great deals on five smoking trends.
Are you living like a wealthy person or like a broke person? Regardless of what's in your bank account, bestselling author Tom Corley says there are things you can do to live like a millionaire. Corley's family went from being multi-millionaires to being poor overnight and although he was just nine at the time the experience had a profound impact on him. He spent five years studying the daily activities of hundreds of wealthy people and hundreds of those in poverty to discover the major differences in daily habits between the two groups. These are ten of the 149 activities highlighted in his book "Rich Habits: Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals." He says these are the daily tasks that separate the "haves" from the "have nots."
Plenty of people dream of being rich and famous because when you've got money in the bank your only responsibility is being awesome. But that's not always how it shakes out. As these celebrities have proven, more money really can mean more problems.
First there was Memorial Day weekend, then came the 4th of July. And now it's time for summer's last hurrah: Labor Day weekend. For most Americans it's an extra day to pack in some of the most fun festivals, foods and fun summer has to offer. If you're trying to get through those three days without harming your budget check out these ideas for having affordable fun.
Want to celebrate the unofficial end of summer with friends and family this year? In case you have already tapped out your fun money for the summer we've compiled a great list of freebies and cheap ideas for planning a Labor Day party on a budget.
Over six billion hours of video are watched on YouTube each month, nearly an hour for every person on Earth. One hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute and more than one billion people visit the website every month. YouTube is way more than a collection of cute cat videos-- it can save you money. Here are ten ways YouTube could actually help you cut costs.
From clothing to supplies to tennis shoes, back-to-school spending adds up to about $635 for the average family according to the National Retail Federation. Taking advantage of sales and discounts on clothing is a great way to cut that expense. Before the first school bell rings check out these retailers for affordable kids' clothes.
Some people spend Labor Day weekend squeezing in end-of-summer swimsuit time. But homeowners may decide to use the extra day off of work tackling the Labor Day Weekend to-do list. Get help transitioning your home from summer to fall with these money-saving tasks.
Saying so long to tiny refrigerators and rickety lofts? There is definitely an allure to living off-campus, but making the switch for the first time can be daunting. According to The College Board room and board at a public four-year school costs about $9,205. Add another thousand for a private college. Students can definitely find cheaper alternatives off school property, but getting the best deal may require some negotiations.
Some people say radio is dying, but according to the Federal Communications Commission there are 15,256 AM and FM radio stations in the US. Radio is a great way to receive financial information and budget advice. In honor of National Radio Day, which falls on August 20, here are five programs to tune into with your radio dial.
Have you been thrifting lately? August 17 is Thrift Shop Day, a great time to support your local resale shops. There are currently more than 25,000 resale, consignment and Not For Profit resale shops in the United States, according to NARTS, the association of resale professionals. Many of these benefit important causes, but they also offer great bargains. Keep your eyes peeled for the ten best deals at thrift stores.
Backpacks take quite the beating so start the school year off with a new bag. Right now is a great time to buy with so much school gear on sale. Check out these retailers for awesome backpack bargains.
A recent study found that 17 percent of people are chronically late, according to HuffingtonPost.com. Researchers uncovered that learning to be on time takes work, and often involves breaking lifelong habits, but these free tools can help.
The cost of college is skyrocketing and so is the expense of outfitting a dorm room. This year parents can expect to pay about $907 on average to stock a student's dorm. For parents hoping to do this on a budget check out these ideas for outfitting a dorm for less than $500.
Hard to believe but summer is winding down. Stores are replacing swimsuits and pool toys with displays stocked with binders and notebooks. Make back to school shopping as simple and affordable as possible by pinpointing the best deals on supplies.
Great ideas are invaluable, however getting them off the ground usually requires one thing: money. But how do you find backers willing to support your brilliance? It's never been easier with funding platforms like these that are connecting investors with cash to people with great ideas.
Tracking your children's important health information is critical, but also challenging. These free tools will help you keep data like vaccines, medicines and more in one organized place.
Planning to take the great American road trip this Labor Day weekend? Expedia reports that nearly half of adults have taken or are planning to take a summer road trip longer than 200 miles this year. According to AAA, July was a volatile month for drivers, going from a summer low of $3.47 a gallon on July 7 to the summer high of $3.67 per gallon on July 19. While no one can predict what will happen at the pump these tips will help you save money during your Labor Day road trip.
There are nearly 30 million golfers in the US, according to the National Golf Foundation. Golfers and golf enthusiasts spent $76 billion on the game in 2008 says Golf 20/20. While golf may be an expensive sport fortunately there are free tools available to help you improve your golf game. And since August is National Golf Month now is the time to take advantage of these helpful freebies.
Many children are required to get vaccines before they enter childcare or school. According to reports, for every $1 spent on immunization, $16.50 is saved in medical costs. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and since some vaccines can cost $50 or even $100 per shot check out these ways to save money on immunizations.
Parents won't be pulling quite as much out of their pocketbooks to pay for back-to-school essentials this year, according to the National Retail Federation. The NRF says the average family with school-aged children will spend $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. That's about $50 less than last year. Total back-to-school spending for 2013 is expected to reach $26.7 billion. But for those parents who don't want to be average, consider buying some of your back-to-school must-haves from secondhand sources.
Breastfeeding has plenty of perks. Not only does it provide newborns with nutrients, it also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life for women according to the World Health Organization. Children who are breastfed are less likely to be overweight or to have type-2 diabetes and they also tend to perform better in intelligence tests. It's no wonder that breast milk is a hot commodity. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from August 1-7, 2013, here are some tips for selling breast milk for cash.
The average American spends $2,620 on eating outside the home, according to 2011 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Scale back those expenses by getting creative with your dining out experiences. Check out these surprising places to score free food.
Can canning food save you money? Fans of preserving produce say yes. It's a great way to stretch summer produce into healthy meals for months to come. Add nutritious food with no artificial ingredients to your diet with the help of this beginner's guide to canning your own food.
According to CBS News, advertising mail accounts for 59 percent of all mail showing up in Americans' mailboxes. Only half is ever read, says the US Postal Service. The rest is trashed or recycled. Stop wasting your time dealing with this clutter by using these five free ways to eliminate junk mail.
While you may simply see Facebook as a great place to share viral cat videos and post political rants, a new study says your "likes" are actually worth big bucks to brands and businesses. Companies are using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to reach new customers and improve their bottom line. And every time you share, retweet or comment you're potentially giving them free advertising. While it may not mean more money in your pocket, it's still interesting to know how much your social media influence is really worth.
The average buffet in America earns a million bucks a year according to Census.gov. The number of these eateries is growing. In 2002 there were just under 6,000 and by 2007 that number swelled to 7,351. Buffets can be a cash cow and that's because most customers fail to get their money's worth. Navigate the buffet line with know-how by following these tips for getting the most for your money.
Tired of the lazy days of summer? Get active and fit by training and running a 5k! These free fitness tools will help you achieve your health goal in no time.
No need to clip coupons-- tax-free weekends are an automatic savings for savvy back-to-school shoppers. At least 15 states will enjoy tax-free holidays in August which is a key time to save money on must-haves like school supplies, tennis shoes and clothes.
There's no doubt: Disney dominates the theme park market. According to a study from Themed Entertainment, more than half of the 127 million theme park visits were to a Disney-owned property. A one-day ticket to Disney's Magic Kingdom is $95 for anyone over the age of ten. Throw in a park-hopper pass and you'll pay an extra $34 per person. That means a family of four could easily spend about $500 just to get into Disney for a day, not counting the cost of snow cones, hot dogs and souvenir mouse ears. Still want the fun of a theme park without having to apply for a second mortgage? Check out one of these smaller, cheaper Disney alternatives.
Is it hot enough for ya? Heat records will likely be smashed every day this week in the sizzling northeast. Red is dominating the national weather map as summer temperatures soar. Beat the heat with the kids by escaping to one of these cool, free locations.
Second cousins, great aunts and newborn nephews assemble for some old fashioned fun known as the family reunion. Summer is the most popular time of year for family reunions, according to grouptravel.org. The get-togethers have an average guest list of 50 to 149 people. Organizing a congregation of that size can be expensive, but these freebies and frugal tips will help get the gathering on a budget.
Are you stuck at home while everyone else is sipping fruity drinks on the beach or hobnobbing with Disney characters? Don't feel bad-- instead use this time to your advantage by making extra cash off summer travelers. Here are five ways their vacation can cushion your bank account.
According to government statistics a home burglary happens every 15 seconds, and often when homeowners are gone. Burglaries can cost you a lot in damaged property, lost valuables and lost sense of security. Check out these cheap ways to keep your home safe during summer vacation.
It's a great time to retreat to the cool oasis known as your local shopping mall. Not only does it offer relief from the summer heat, but it also provides special mid-summer sales that you won't find any other time of year. Make a beeline for these bargains right now because when it comes to snagging a deal, timing is everything.
Feeling lonely is no fun. Thankfully there's a holiday designated to rid the world of loneliness. July 11 is Cheer Up the Lonely Day and it's an opportunity to make someone happy. Avoiding loneliness doesn't have to cost you anything and using one of these free resources may help you experience the priceless feeling of joy.
There are few things more relaxing than spending a summer afternoon with a good book on a swaying hammock or a warm beach. But what can make the experience even better is getting that page-turner for free. Goodreads, a free website for book lovers, offers several ways to score free books for summer reading.
Want to fill your fridge with organic produce, but think it's too pricey for your food budget? Community Supported Agriculture, a subscription service for fruits and vegetables, is a great way to access a wide variety of locally grown fresh fruits and veggies at a set price. There are nearly two million farms in the US and roughly four in five are family owned. Many of those farms are getting their crops into the hands of consumers through Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.
About nine percent of all the milk produced by US dairy farmers is used to make ice cream, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. Since July is typically the hottest month of the year it's a great time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Keep cool with these ideas for low-cost DIY frozen treats.
Where does the time go? Apparently some of it is wasted on searching for lost stuff. According to a report by the Daily Mail we squander ten minutes every day looking for lost stuff. And before I forget, here are some affordable ways to improve your memory just in time for I Forgot Day, celebrated annually on July 2.
Car crashes, firework burns, boating accidents-- the July 4th holiday is a magnet for mishaps. Avoid these expensive unexpected holiday catastrophes by taking some easy precautions so you have the freedom to celebrate Independence Day.
Summer is the season for yard sales. People all over the country haul their clutter out to the curb and sell it for pennies on the dollar. It's a great way to score bargains, but have you ever thought of flipping items for profit? Here are the best items to keep your eye out for at area yard sales.
That caffeine fix is about to cost you a little bit more. Starbucks announced price increases to many of its coffee, tea, latte and espresso drinks according to CNN. It boils down to paying about 10 cents more for a tall brewed coffee. Find that jump in price tough to swallow? Consider these low cost Starbucks alternatives.
Summer is such a great time for creating lasting memories with friends and family. But how often do you leave those great photos hiding on your phone or digital camera? Capture vacation memories without overspending by taking advantage of these summer photo deals.
By the time you pay for admission, locker rental and a five dollar snow cone, a family trip to the water park is enough to wash out your stash of spending money. Instead, invest in a few DIY projects and you can turn your backyard into a water park in time for the July 4th holiday.
Hoping to take to the skies this summer? Airline travel is almost always pricey, no matter where your destination. But these tips will help you find the most affordable airlines tickets for your 2013 summer travel.
Did you know that more than one-fifth of America's total energy consumption comes from residential use? From a popcorn machine to a water heater, using those appliances adds extra heat to your home and increases energy costs. These eight appliances are especially good at heating up your home during the summer months.
As wonderful as summer is, the sun, sand and water can do some damage on your body. Protect yourself with this affordable collection of summer beauty products, all under $10.
He's one of America's most famous doctors. Dr. Oz helps millions of people get healthy by handing out advice on a daily basis through his TV show. But even Dr. Oz knows you don't have to spend big bucks to enjoy a healthy life. Here are some of his top money-saving health tips.
Planning to hit the beach, enjoy the amusement park or just skip town for a while this summer? Don't forget to factor boarding expenses for your pooch into your vacation budget. Pet care costs can vary significantly depending on where you live, but there are always ways to save money on boarding your four-legged family members.
You may think of YouTube as a great way to share your family videos with the world or to laugh away an hour looking at funny cat videos. But have you ever thought of YouTube as an opportunity to earn extra spending money? YouTube recently launched a new revenue sharing program, making it possible for your viral video to equal quick cash. According to reports last year video advertising generated $3.4 billion and is on tap to reach over $5 billion in 2013. Check out these ways to get a piece of the action with YouTube.
Along with filling your suitcase with the appropriate vacation gear, you may also want to take time to fill up your Smartphone with apps that will help make your summer road trip rock. Your Smartphone can steer you through speed traps, guide you to healthy food options and keep everyone entertained during your upcoming adventure.
Make dad a manly meal this Father's Day. That means meat with a side of meat and for dessert, more meat! But of course all that meat can get expensive which is why we compiled these easy Father's Day dishes to impress dad on a dime.
The sewing machine isn't a modern invention. In fact the first one was patented in 1790. So it's no wonder that this household appliance has its own day. Sewing Machine Day falls on June 13 and in honor of the holiday here is a list of simple DIY summer projects that will save you money.
Father's Day is around the corner and if you forgot to budget for dad's gift don't worry. These Father's Day gifts have all the feel of luxury without the designer price tag. But dad may begin to wonder where your sudden influx of cash came from.
School's out for summer! But for parents that means trying to fill the next three months with educational and fun activities that won't put a crimp in the budget. Thankfully there are lots of options that will keep kids entertained and informed.
As if you needed another reason to love Friday, June 7 is National Doughnut Day. If you want to celebrate by eating doughnuts all day long you can pretty much do that for free thanks to these companies who are inviting customers in for treats on the house. Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, these deals are pretty sweet.
If you feel like working on more than your tan this summer, check out these cheap, and in some cases free, online classes for adults. You can spend the next three months working out your brain, learning a new skill or taking an interest to the next level. And you'll actually have a cool response when someone asks you how you spent your summer.
June is National Safety Month, an annual observance dedicated to educating people about preventable injuries and deaths. Your odds of being struck by lightning are one in 126,158 according to the National Safety Council, while one in 108 will die in an auto accident. We can't promise that your Smartphone will keep you completely out of danger, however these apps may help keep you a little safer.
School may be out for three months but learning can still be in session thanks to a wide variety of free reading programs. According to research, summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being the most impacted. Stop summer brain drain and get your youngsters excited about books with these free 2013 summer reading programs for kids.
People often say there are never coupons for the products they actually want to buy. But coupons aren't the only way to save money. Even though these five products rarely go on sale, you still don't have to pay top dollar.
Business is booming for farmers markets. As of August 2012 there were 7,864 farmers markets listed in the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 9.6 percent increase from 2011. Not only can you get incredibly fresh and healthy food at your local farmers market, you can do it on a budget with these money-saving secrets for stocking up on summer produce.
It's time once again to start thinking about hurricanes. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and June 1 marks the official start to another hurricane season. For many people this means keeping an eye on the Weather Channel, but for bargain hunters, this can signal the start of travel discounts.
We all dread it when bills show up in the mailbox, and we may start hoping that wedding invitations don't arrive either. Wedding spending is on the rise for guests. According to Today.com, spending is up $200 for wedding guests this year compared to last, reaching $539. While weddings are happy occasions they can cause an upset in your finances if you don't budget properly for the big day.
Roughly one-third of Americans are planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, according to TripAdvisor. That means two out of three are staying close to home. If you've got a few bucks and some time you can quickly and affordably prepare your outdoor space for the holiday weekend.
There are dishes to wash and laundry to fold, but many parents decide to set the chores aside and focus on earning an income while their babies nap. According to baby sleep experts when little ones are just a few months old they take as many as five naps a day. Up until they turn one, babies usually take at least two naps a day. Resourceful moms and dads may want to use that stretch of quiet time to earn extra cash with money-making opportunities like these.
In 2012, Americans spent about 48 percent of their food dollar at nearly 1 million restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association. According to Today.com Americans spend $1 billion a day dining out. The idea of giving up regular visits to The Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden or Texas Roadhouse may be good for your budget, but if your taste buds say "no" try making your favorite dishes at home with these low cost knock-off recipes.
Stock up on new essentials for the start of summer. And don't worry about blowing your entire budget before Memorial Day weekend is over. We found low-cost must-haves that will still leave plenty of money to put steaks on the grill, margaritas in your tumbler and gas in the tank.
Nearly three in four women say they'll spend more than $100 planning their friend's bachelorette party and nine out of ten women will spend an additional $50 or more during the bachelorette party. That's according to a new poll from TheHouseofBachelorette.com. That may seem like a lot of cash to fork over-- especially considering that's in advance of any expenses for the actual wedding. Before you skip the bon voyage bash to the single life for budgetary reasons, try these cost-cutting measures.
Fame and notoriety aside, you can win boatloads of cash and prizes for appearing on a TV show. If you're looking for a way to make some quick cash or take home free stuff, signing up for a TV show is one way to do it.
It's been six years since tainted dog food killed thousands of beloved dogs, but many people are still skittish about feeding their dog's bargain basement kibble. While pet food is closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the only way to be completely sure that your pooch is eating healthy, safe food is to make it yourself. And with these budget-friendly tips and recipes, making Fido's food at home is affordable, too.
Sorry moms and dads-- employers that offer generous maternity and paternity aren't all that common. According to research from the Families and Work Institute, only 30 percent of U.S. employers offer paid or unpaid maternity leave greater than 12 weeks. The Census Bureau says that about half of working women received some sort of paid leave, up ten percent from a decade ago. For parents looking for those types of perks, these companies seem to offer the best maternity and paternity leave benefits.
Teens looking for summer employment may not have to work very hard to land a job. Fortune reports that the number of companies hiring summer staffers has increased significantly in 2013. The average pay for these jobs is $11.50 an hour, that's up from $10.90 last summer, and is the highest summer wage in six years. Snagajob, a website posting hourly positions, polled hiring managers and found that one in three say it will be "easy" for a teen to find a job this summer-- as long as they know where to look.
Mom may have raised you to be a giving, thoughtful person, but she may not have emphasized the need to plan ahead quite enough. Mother's Day is around the corner and so far all you have is your traditional "roses are red" poem and a drug store greeting card. Check out these mail order deals for mom and she'll never know you waited until the last minute.
Hundreds of events across the country are planned for May 8, the second annual National Bike to School Day. Biking to school reduces traffic congestion, increases physical activity and eliminates air-polluting emissions. Need some other reasons to bike to school? Maybe these deals on bicycles and cycling gear will help.
This week the Senate will vote on a law that would create a new national framework for states to levy sales taxes on online purchases. It's called the Marketplace Fairness Act and it's creating a lot of controversy. Here are the facts.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 1980 just 7 percent of children between the ages of 6-11 were considered obese. But now 18 percent fall into that category. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a great time to spread the word about the benefits of being active. Need some ideas for encouraging your kids to move? Check out these free activities.
Babies are a lot of work, but there's nothing more rewarding than caring for a little bundle of joy. Celebrate these pint-sized portions of perfection on May 2, also known as Baby Day. Get help caring for the tots in your life with the best free apps for entertaining babies.
The only thing worse than forgetting Mother's Day all together is wasting money on a gift mom will hate. Do her (and your savings account) a favor and skip these five gifts that mom probably doesn't want you to waste any money on this Mother's Day.
Short, long, curly, straight, blonde or brown: Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates whatever you've got on your head. This year Hairstyle Appreciation Day falls on April 30 and while you may owe your colorist or stylist some gratitude for their hair help, consider these low-cost ways to keep your locks looking great at home.
No one works harder and loves more than mom. And single moms deserve extra special treatment on Mother's Day, but often they don't get the recognition they deserve. Spoil a single mom in your life with one of these affordable ideas.
Administrative Professionals Day is a great opportunity to say thanks to the person often credited with holding the office dynamic together. They track communication, maintain schedules and juggle a long list of often thankless tasks. But there are new tools that can help them do all of these things more quickly and affordably.
Whether you go public or private, college is pricey. The College Board says a "moderate" college budget for an in-state public college for the 2012–2013 academic year averaged $22,261. And for a private college that figured nearly doubled to $43,289. Some high school seniors are getting very creative-- and high tech-- with their search for college cash.
Prom costs can vary widely. According to Promgirl.com, the night can cost as much as a speeding ticket ($175) or as much as your first car ($2,100). The biggest variable is the dress, but these five tips could help you save some major cash on prom.
It's time once again to dust off the gardening gloves, rev up the lawnmower and get a little dirty. For many homeowners spring time means sprucing up the yard. Does it feel like keeping your yard green is costing more green than you care to spend? By making some smarter landscaping decisions it is possible to lower the cost of yard maintenance over the long haul.
Kermit the Frog said it best, "It isn't easy being green." And as it turns out, it's not always cheap either. When Earth Day rolls around we all want to be green. It's a great idea to conserve and do what we can to protect our planet. But being green can come with a price. Here are five areas where being green will put a dent in your wallet.
Can you imagine never having to stop at a gas station, never having to see the gas needle point to "E," and never having to sanitize your hands after touching those germy gas pumps? Electric cars are becoming more attainable and reliable, but how much can you really save compared to conventional models or hybrids? Here are some top picks for electric cars under $40,000. You could be driving one in time for Earth Day.
Your car, your clothes and even your couch could be sources of untapped income. It's all part of a growing sharing economy where people are making ends meet by sharing their stuff with strangers. Forbes magazine recently estimated that $3.5 billion flows through this economic revolution of part-time entrepreneurs. Share your resources using these tools and you'll make and save money on almost anything.
Whether you're getting a refund or cutting Uncle Sam a check you deserve some Tax Day relief. Retailers and restaurants are using the April 15 tax deadline as an excuse to market their products by providing these deals and freebies.
Are you on a kick to clear clutter to the curb? This time of year spring cleaning becomes a hobby for many homeowners looking to trash unwanted stuff. Before you go too crazy, find out if your junk may actually be worth something.
Forty percent of American teens say they've been in a car when the driver used a mobile phone in a way that put other people in danger. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times higher than those who aren't driving while distracted. Distracted driving is a huge problem in the U.S. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an important time to consider these low cost ways to make driving safer.
For last minute shoppers or those who just hate the idea of spending money on shipping, in-store pickup can be a great option. More and more retailers are offering this option for shoppers including the ten stores on this list.
We're busy people. We can't always make it home on time for the latest episode of Modern Family or Celebrity Apprentice. But that doesn't mean we should miss Phil and Claire's hilarious banter or be the last to know who Donald Trump fired in the boardroom. Television networks are improving their apps all the time and now you can watch many of your favorite TV shows for free on your mobile device.
If your swimsuit is telling you it's time to get to the gym, but your sweatpants disagree find a happy medium. Get your six pack back with one of these free ab workouts so you can countdown swimsuit season at home.
Gardening has been discovered to improve our attitudes toward health and nutrition, even helping kids perform better at school. But if your thumb is more black than green, check out these sources for free personalized advice, just in time for Lawn and Garden Month.
The Astros whopped the Rangers in the first Major League Baseball game of the 2013 season. But in baseball, there are few losers. These professional athletes have some great earning potential. Here's what it's like to live like a major league baseball player.
The vast majority of workers-- 86 percent-- commute by car. Another five percent use public transportation, but on Friday, April 5 instead of gassing up your car, lace up your tennis shoes for National Walk to Work Day. Walking lowers cholesterol, prevents diabetes and can enhance your mood. And if you need another reason to pound the pavement, these tennis shoe deals may help.
Libraries are a valuable resource and there's no better time to rediscover the treasures available at your local branch than during National Library Week, which runs April 14-20 this year. More and more eBooks are being offered for free through libraries. In fact Penguin just announced a plan to ease restrictions on their eBook titles, now making them available for free through library lending. Getting your hands on free eBooks is easy as long as you've got a library card.
No need to unpack the whoopee cushion this year because all you'll need to pull off some of the best April Fool's Day jokes is your trusty smartphone. Download one of these free or cheap apps and you'll have all the help you need to sucker someone in to a hilarious prank on April 1.
You've seen internet memes on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. They're sensations that grow at lightning speed, images that everyone is posting or videos that the world is talking about. If you've ever wanted to make your own meme check out these free ways to go viral.
Congress is cutting about $110 billion in annual spending, which is less than 3 percent of the budget. While that may not sound like much, it could impact you in several areas. Some programs are exempt from cuts, including Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps. But here are ways government spending cuts could hurt you.
Easter is around the corner and your guests will need more than plastic eggs and Peeps to fill their tummies. If your hunt for low cost Easter brunch recipes is turning out to be more difficult than you thought, don't panic. We found five cheap, seasonal recipes that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
Want to freshen up your spring wardrobe without lightening your cash load? We found budget-friendly ways to add these five hot spring trends to your clothing collection. So go ahead, pack up those sweaters and ski socks because spring has arrived.
The amount of Peeps chicks and bunnies eaten at Easter time could circle the earth twice. These bright marshmallow treats have earned the top spot as the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy for more than a decade. But there is so much more that can be done with Peeps than simply gobbling them up. Check out these cheap ways to use up your Easter Peeps.
Finding the perfect swimsuit for spring break ranks up there with choosing what to wear on a first date or to a job interview. But the last thing you want to do is spend big bucks, depleting your spring break spending money. These trendy swimsuits are all under $50 and perfect for spring break.
In the past many of Yahoo's 14,500 employees enjoyed working from home-- no commuting, no cubicles, and no packed lunches. But starting in June, all employees on Yahoo's payroll will have to come to the office every day, or face being fired. While Yahoo is axing telecommuting, it's still a very desirable way of life for many people. If your dream is to commute to another room rather than another zip code, here are the best work-at-home jobs.
Take the entire population of America and multiply it times three-- that will get you close to the number of monthly active Facebook users: 1.06 billion. But despite the social media giant's popularity, they're still looking for ways to turn all those users into cash. Here are some new ways Facebook is trying to profit off of you.
The arrival of spring means many of us will be swapping out our sweaters and snow boots for sundresses and sandals. In addition to rejuvenating your closet, give your home a springtime makeover in time for Easter. Instead of hopping to the store, try decorating for the holiday using what you already have with these creative ideas.
Does summer fun still seem too far away? Don't worry-- spring break is around the corner. Even if you don't have any money saved up for a big trip you can still enjoy spring break without breaking the bank.
Retailers are hoping for a bounce in Easter spending this year. Last year shoppers spent about 11 percent more on candy, flowers and trinkets according to the National Retail Federation. That means the average person will spend about $145. Hoping to save some money this year? Check out these budget-friendly DIY Easter baskets.
The IRS says it will issue more than 110 million tax refunds this year, totaling nearly $310 billion. The average refund is down about 4 percent to $2,803. But that's still a nice chunk of change. Rather than blowing it at the Black Jack table or a few trips to Wal-Mart, here are five meaningful ways to spend that tax refund.
Drawing, scrapbooking, crocheting-- Americans do it all. The U.S. craft and hobby industry is at $29 billion with more than half of U.S. households crafting at least once a year according to The Craft and Hobby Association. Since March is National Craft Month you may be feeling motivated to take that hobby to the next level. Check out these ideas for where to turn your crafts into extra cash.
You may be on your best nutritional behavior in January, but March is actually National Nutrition Month. Find out if you're making the best food choices with the help of these free nutrition resources.
We know we need eight hours of sleep a night, but actually getting that rest can be difficult. This is National Sleep Awareness Week, a time the National Sleep Foundation uses to remind us all about the importance of sleep. It could be the stress or caffeine keeping you awake-- but it may also be your old, lumpy mattress. Experts say quality mattresses should be replaced every eight to ten years. If it's time for your mattress to retire, consider these money saving tips for buying a new one.
From sunset on March 1 to sunset on March 2 smartphones, laptops and other gadgets will go dark. It's been declared the National Day of Unplugging. For the fourth year in a row, people will attempt to avoid technology for 24 hours and if the respite from cultural noise isn't enough motivation, here are ways unplugging can actually save you money.
More homes sell in the spring and early summer than any other time of year, according to the Washington Post. One-fifth of home sales happen during the first three months of the year, while more than one-third happen during the months of May, June and July. If you're getting ready to put your property on the market this spring you may want to complete these five tasks to boost your home's value.
Amazingly 99.5% of domestic airlines’ checked bags are reunited with their owners at the baggage carousel. And within five days of a flight, 95% of those delayed bags eventually find their way home. But the rest often go up for sale creating great deals for savvy shoppers like you interested in buying lost luggage.
Are you sitting on unclaimed frequent flyer reward miles? You may not have enough to cash them in for a free trip to Europe. And even if you do you may not be able to fit a trip into your vacation schedule. But that doesn't mean those miles aren't worth something. Check out these ways to sell your airline miles for cash.
You've probably heard the question "paper or plastic?" at the checkout. And if you haven't been asked "printed or email?" yet, you will soon. More retailers are offering shoppers the option of paperless receipts that are emailed to them rather than printed at the register. But just like with most innovation there are risks and rewards that come with digital receipts.
The red carpet at the Academy Awards is one of the most fashionable spots in the world come Oscar night. Celebrity Oscar looks can easily cost thousands of dollars with jewelry alone topping the million dollar mark. There are ways you can look like a celebrity without hiring a stylist or spending a fortune.
An increasing number of us are heading to the internet to find and print coupons. While it's an opportunity for shoppers to save money, scammers are seeing it as an opportunity to prey on the vulnerable. The Better Business Bureau calls this a bait and switch coupon scam that promises savings, but delivers spam.
Trends change, styles shift, but we always need cash. If you can use some extra money in your pocket check out these companies ready to help you swap old designer purses and accessories for cash.
One of George Washington's favorite foods was ice cream and before Jimmy Carter became President he was a peanut farmer. With Washington's birthday and President's Day falling on February 18, it's a great time to teach kids about the US Presidents and these affordable tips should help.
Hopefully you don't need a holiday to tell you to be kind, but we could all use the reminder that comes along with celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week. From February 11 through the 17 try to do something nice for complete strangers-- just because. And if you're worried that being kind comes with a price tag, we've got ideas that don't cost any money.
If you're opting to skip the crowds and over-priced food for a romantic Valentine's Day meal at home, consider putting one of these low cost meals on the menu. They're still special enough for a holiday, but won't lead to any fights about money.
The average American spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime. Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month it's a good time to ensure your kids are starting positive oral health habits. From an interesting decay demonstration to a dentist-designed app, these are affordable ways to get kids to brush.
Little kids love to show some love when Valentine's Day rolls around. This year instead of buying a box of perforated mass produced Valentines, help your child get creative with one of these DIY ideas.
Buttering up your Valentine with some chocolaty treats will cost you more this year. According to the Cost of Loving Index, an annual price analysis of popular Valentine's Day gifts, fancy Godiva chocolates in a heart-shaped box will cost 5.26 percent more than last year. But don't get too heartbroken-- we found some great online candy deals.
You've probably received your W-2 by now which you can consider your invitation to tax season. Although you have until Monday, April 15 to file, these great deals on tax preparation software may make you want to put off procrastinating.
Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 12 this year. And while celebrations in New Orleans may seem very adult-oriented, kids can still take part in the party. One way to get them involved in the festivities is through Mardi Gras kids crafts.
Companies pay about $3.5 million for a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl says the LA Times. Drinkers spend $10.8 billion on beer for the game, according to SaveOnBrew.com. And the most diehard fans will spend more than $53,000 for a single seat at the big game, reports ibtimes.com. While plenty of people are throwing around a lot of cash before the February 3 game you can spend much less on a new TV and watch the Ravens and the 49ers face off from the comfort of your home.
Long distance relationships are tough-- especially on Valentine's Day. But just because you don't share the same zip code doesn't mean you can't share something special. These tips and gifts are perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day across the miles.
Pinterest is a great place to get inspired by winning ideas. Score points at your Super Bowl party by getting creative with these awesome affordable recipes and crafts from Pinterest, perfect for the big game.
You no longer have to go to the doctor's office when you have a sore throat, sinus infection or other common illness. Limited Service walk-in clinics are exploding in popularity. NPR reports that CVS has the most with 588 MinuteClinics nationwide. Walgreens operates 356 clinics and Wal-Mart runs another 143. According to metrowestdailynews.com, using facilities like CVS Pharmacy's MinuteClinic can save you long waits and lots of money.
So far in 2013, ten states increased their minimum wage requirements. Around a million people working minimum wage jobs in these states saw increases that ranged from ten cents to 35 cents an hour. In May, Congress enacted a minimum wage increase that pushed the figure up to $7.25 an hour over two years. But 17 states are going above and beyond the federal requirements.
Free dessert on your birthday is nice, but getting rewarded every time you dine out sounds much better. And that's exactly what lots of restaurants are doing in order to win your allegiance. According to Loyalogy, a loyalty program consulting service, loyalty programs increase visit rates by 35%. In other words, if the loyalty program is good, diners will return. Try visiting these restaurants with the best rewards programs.
An estimated 9.7 trillion rewards miles are sitting unused, according to InsideFlyer Magazine. Through flying and using a special rewards credit card, consumers know how to rack up those miles, but only a small percentage ever cash them in. The magazine reports that in 2011 only eight percent of plane tickets were bought with rewards. The worst thing you can do is let those miles expire. Here are six ways to use them up.
The 20th annual Healthy Weight Week runs from January 20-26. An easy way to find your ideal weight is by calculating your Body Mass Index, which can be done for free through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Whether you need to lose a few pounds or not, Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy living, which means avoiding expensive fad diets like these.
Get in tip top financial shape in 2013 with the help of your Smartphone. Using free apps with amazing capabilities, you'll never feel out of touch with your financial side again. Track your spending and do much more with these helpful tools.
Are you ready to cut the cord? Plenty of people are ditching their cable service and switching to streaming TV. Cable operators lost an estimated 400,000 subscribers during the second quarter of 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal. If you're ready to save money check out these options for streaming TV.
We've all heard about someone's brother's co-worker who bought a dusty lamp at a flea market that turned out to be worth thousands. Flea markets are full of hidden treasures and great value. But you've got to know what to look for and how to negotiate in order to score the best flea market finds.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January each year, which is near Dr. King's January 15th birthday. This year Americans celebrate the holiday on January 21. Pay tribute to this spokesman for civil rights with free ways to help kids discover and honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The holidays are over and your family is back to the daily grind. Now you need to find out how to keep the kids entertained after school, but with chilly winter weather they probably need to stay inside. That's when these ideas for cheap entertainment for kids during the cold weather season will come in handy.
Most people think that healthy foods cost more than junk food. But a study from the Agricultural Department says that's not true when you compare food costs based on weight or portion size. If you're trying to make healthier choices in 2013, but you don't want to spend more on food, check out these cheap healthy options.
Sick of how often you waste precious time hunting for lost car keys or TV remotes? Annoyed with the amount of money you spend in late fees and fines because that Redbox DVD or library book was covered up by clutter? Get your life organized in 2013 by using these free resources.
Tired of being stressed out by money? It seems a lot of people are starting off the year with hopes of finding financial peace. According to a Harris Interactive poll 14 percent of those who make resolutions are hoping to improve their finances in 2013. If that's your goal for the new year, consider these steps for finding financial peace.
Winter break is over and it's time to send the kids back for another semester of school. Just make sure they're prepared for the possibility of snow and cooler temperatures with affordable winter gear.
When you're running out of time before a birthday, anniversary or wedding and a trip to the mall sounds about as appetizing as Oreos and orange juice, you may decide to do your shopping at the ATM. But just because cash isn't the most creative gift doesn't mean you can't give it in a unique way. Here are eight creative ideas to give cash to your loved ones.
There's a common thread underneath millions of Christmas trees this year. Wrapped up in small, rectangle packages are eReaders. And now that millions of people have a way to consume digital reading material, check out these sources for cheap eBooks.
If you used up your party budget on Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas don't worry. You can still usher in the New Year with style. These affordable themes for your New Year's Eve party will help.
Celebrate Kwanzaa this year by adding your personal touch to a gathering with friends and family. You don't need to spend a lot of money to make it special. These DIY Kwanzaa ideas will make your party meaningful and memorable.
Now is a great time to make a charitable donation. Give before the end of the year and you'll take advantage of the tax write-off, plus you'll feel good knowing you helped others during this season of giving. Wondering what to donate? These are the four things charities need most right now.
Charities are working overtime during the holiday season, taking advantage of this critical fundraising month. Not only are people feeling generous this time of year, but it's also a good time to give for tax purposes. It's important to make sure you're giving to worthy causes that will put your donation to good use.
While many people are at their most generous this time of year, there are plenty of holiday season scams, too. If you know what to look for you can avoid encountering one of these Christmas grinches.
Online shopping is pretty awesome - you can do it in your PJs, you don't have to wait in line and there are no perky sales clerks trying to get you to sign up for a store credit card. Many shoppers agree the biggest downside is paying for shipping. But on December 17, more than 1,000 online retailers will offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. It's called Free Shipping Day. But is it really a good deal?
UPS expects to deliver more than 500 million packages worldwide this holiday season. On December 20, their busiest day, UPS will deliver more than 28 million packages which means drivers will drop off more than 300 packages per second. Planning to mail some of your Christmas gifts? These tips will save you time, money and hopefully get your gifts to their destination before December 25.
You've hung the stockings, decorated the tree and baked some cookies, but is your mobile phone ready for Christmas? Bring some holiday cheer to your Smartphone with these fun, free holiday apps.
As much as we all want to be the best gift givers, sometimes we fall short. We buy the wrong size, choose the wrong color or just flat out fail to find something good. But if you shop from a retailer with a friendly return policy, even if your loved ones don't love their gift, they'll receive less of a hassle this holiday season when they go to return it.
Not in the mood to thread popcorn for your Christmas tree garland? Don't worry, there are lots of options for decorating your living room spruce this year. Jazz up the old Christmas tree with some handmade ornaments.
A real Christmas tree: $46. Christmas dinner: $49.48. The cost of tradition: priceless. But while you may not be able to put a price tag on celebrating the holidays with loved ones, budgeting for those traditions makes sense. Here's a rundown of what you can expect to pay for the most popular Christmas traditions this year.
Feel like getting your hands dirty this Hanukkah? Here are some simple yet fun food and decor ideas to make your Hanukkah more handmade this year.
Put some cheer in your loved ones' mailboxes this holiday season with a beautiful photo Christmas or Hanukkah card. The price of stamps may be going up, but the cost of cards is dropping with these hot Christmas card deals.
Need to keep your kids entertained? Whether it's a snow day or simply a December Saturday, keep little hands busy with these easy holiday craft projects. Most require items you probably already have around your home and we promise they're cute enough to display without creating clutter.
Homemade gifts are a great option for several reasons. First, they're unique and that makes them more special than something you can find at 15,000 shopping malls across the country. Secondly, handmade gifts can be more inexpensive than store bought versions. And finally, when you choose one of these homemade gifts you'll have them done and wrapped long before you could make it through the checkout line at Walmart.
Holiday office parties may have been shelved for a couple of years due to the economy, but they're making a comeback. Don't get too excited-- it's not an excuse to relive your college days. Instead use the office holiday party to advance your career with these rock star moves.
Even with Black Friday bargains and Cyber Monday specials, gift giving is expensive! According to the National Foundation of Credit Counseling, millions of Americans avoid shopping because they're afraid they'll go into debt. One way to cut costs is by trimming down your holiday gift list. Here are some tips for taking people off your list without coming across like a Grinch.
Hoping to click your way through your holiday shopping list this Cyber Monday? With so many deals on virtually every retailer's website, it can be hard to keep up with the best bargains and sales. Enter Twitter-- a great tool for scoring special Cyber Christmastime deals.
Online retail shopping is expected to jump by 15 percent compared to last year, according to Forester Research Inc. Shoppers will spend more than 68 billion, making a large portion of purchases on Cyber Monday. Wondering where you can go to spend as little of your hard earned money as possible? Check out these Cyber Monday shopping stops.
Each year a whopping 40 percent of all the food in the US is wasted, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. That's an estimated waste of $165 billion worth of food annually. Farms, grocery stores and especially households are responsible for a huge portion of the waste. American families toss out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. Make a commitment to transform your Thanksgiving leftovers for less food waste this year.
Gone are the days when finding out about Black Friday sales meant waiting for a newspaper stuffed with ads. Now stores leak their specials days, or even weeks, before the big day. And lucky for us that means we can identify the best deals well in advance of Black Friday.
Thanksgiving is mostly known for two things: eating and being thankful. According to a new survey, 55 percent of guests bring the Thanksgiving host a gift, with nearly eight in ten choosing to bring food. Show your appreciation for the Thanksgiving foodies in your life with one of these culinary-inspired presents.
Cyber Monday may be a great day to score deals, but it's also a popular time for scammers to steal identities. Plenty of shoppers already feel leery about their online security. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, within the past year one in four Americans has received notification that a portion of their personal information was compromised by a data breach. So if you plan on deal hunting this Cyber Monday consider these tips for warding off online predators.
While big box retailers have Black Friday, Saturday is all about small business. According to American Express, last year more than 100 million people supported small businesses in their communities on Small Business Saturday. Get in on the action with these tips for promoting your business on Small Business Saturday.
With guests to entertain and a turkey to baby-sit, pulling together an entire Thanksgiving feast in one morning may seem impossible. Thankfully there are lots of dishes you can prep ahead of time. With these affordable make-ahead recipes for Thanksgiving you may actually get to watch a little of that parade everyone always talks about.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the most beloved shopping days for scoring deals. A new survey found that 71 percent of shoppers believe they'll find the best holiday bargains during Thanksgiving weekend. Newspaper ads are no longer the only tool available to help you uncover the best deals. Check out these helpful apps for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.
Holiday weight gain may seem like an annual tradition, right up there with eggnog and Christmas lights. One of the first things many of us eliminate to make room in the schedule for wrapping presents and attending parties is our workout regime. Here's some great news-- you don't have to go to the gym. Check out these five free workouts you can easily incorporate into a busy holiday schedule without leaving home.
Not only is preparing a Thanksgiving meal a whole lot of work, but it can be expensive dinner. In fact, a new survey found that one in ten have said no to hosting the annual turkey dinner because of the cost, which for half of Americans tallies to somewhere between $101-$300. There's no doubt, food costs have increased this year. But according to the experts, it can still be an economical feast.
Budget-friendly massages, half-price meals and discounted salon services are all popular daily deal offerings. Scoring these bargains for yourself is easy, but what if you want to give a Living Social or Groupon as a gift this holiday season? Here's what you need to know before you buy.
Coupons, door busters and free gifts with purchase are all great ways to save money on Black Friday. But there's another money-saving tool you may not have used before-- price matching. It can be a tricky tactic, especially when crazed cashiers are dealing with impatient shoppers, but if you know how to work it, price matching can save you even more cash on Black Friday.
Selling stuff on Craigslist is a great way to generate some Christmas cash. But there are plenty of grinches prepared to scam you or steal from you. Avoid scams and crime while using Craigslist by being aware of what crooks are doing.
Forty-six percent of consumers will hit brick and mortar stores this holiday season with millions of bargain hunters heading out for some Black Friday shopping. While Black Friday is mostly known for its incredible deals, it's also known for creating quite the frenzy. If you plan to venture out for some post-Thanksgiving gift buying, here are a few tips for keeping the fun in Black Friday.
Millions of people are victims of Hurricane Sandy. Some lost their homes, others lost their lives. In the wake of this unprecedented weather event, do your part to help those caught in Sandy's path.
Initial damage estimates from Superstorm Sandy add up to $60 billion, according to TIME. Roughly a third of the tally is in property damage. For those spared by Sandy, now is a great time to revisit your homeowners insurance and prepare for a future storm that may strike.
Do you dread the idea of joining the herd of parents hunting down this holiday season’s hottest toys? Do you fear being forced to visit store after store only to find empty shelves instead of what’s on your child’s wish list? Here’s a new way to make sure the hottest holiday toys are under your Christmas tree.
Worried about how you’re going to pay for all of those Christmas gifts? More than half of consumers plan to spend $500 or more on gifts this holiday season, according to PriceGrabber’s first winter holiday shopping survey. One way to keep yourself from piling up debt is to try out layaway. Shop now for your holiday gifts and pay for them over the next couple of months. Then when Christmas comes along you’ll have all of the gifts and none of the debt. Check out these popular holiday layaway programs that you can use now.
Pumpkins are a hot commodity this time of year. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center the value of the pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin producing states was $113 million. You may only pay $5-$10 for yours, but after you invest all of that time carving it into a masterpiece you want it to last as long as possible. Here are five tips for making your pumpkin last longer.
Stomp Out Bullying reports that one in four teens are bullied and as many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and a great time to do your part to stand up against bullies. Use these free tools to put a stop to bullying.
Just because babies may not be ready to ingest all of the sugar-filled loot they collect on October 31 doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to participate in Halloween festivities. If spending a small fortune on a pint-sized costume seems silly to you consider these ideas for low cost baby Halloween costumes.
Facebook may cause you to waste a bunch of time, but it can also save you some cash. Wondering how to turn this social networking site into a money saving portal? Check out these frugal Facebook tips.
There’s no shortage of pink on any store shelves this month. But buyers need to watch out for products that may look like they’re supporting the cause when in reality they’re only faking it. We found great products that actually do support breast cancer research and awareness.
Seven in ten Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, a record number according to the National Retail Federation. On average folks will spend about $80 on decorations, costumes and candy with 45-percent saying they plan to wear a costume for the occasion. Double your fun by dressing up in a coordinating costume with your significant other. Check out these cheap Halloween costumes for couples.
Seeing pink? That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the US. In 2008, the most recent year numbers that are available, more than 40,000 women died from breast cancer. While donating to the cause is important, there are also free ways to support breast cancer awareness.
In just two days Apple managed to unload five million units of the iPhone 5, beating the opening weekend of the iPhone 4s by a million phones. Wait times for this sought after gadget are currently about a month. With a base price of $199 with a new phone contract, the iPhone 5 may seem like a good deal, but should you buy now or wait?
Moisture, temperature and sunlight exposure all impact the brilliance of fall foliage. And According to CBS News, the drought that gripped much of the country could be to blame for less brilliant colors. But none of these things change the fact that you can find great travel deals across the country during this colorful time of year.
It happens to be Get Organized Week and the timing couldn’t be better. With the holidays coming up, clearing your clutter and getting things in order now will mean reduced stress later. These free and affordable tools will help you get the job done.
From Hollywood blockbusters to headline making news, inspiration for Halloween 2012 is everywhere. But outfitting yourself in a fashion forward costume for October 31 does not have to set you back financially. Consider one of these trendy Halloween costumes on a dime.
Have an event or business you’d like to promote? Advertising can be costly, but getting attention from your local TV station, newspaper or radio station is free. And it could be just what you need to boost sales or gain awareness in your community. Here are five tips for getting free exposure from local media outlets.
The average age of cars and light trucks currently on US roads jumped to a record high of 10.8 years. That’s according to automotive market intelligence firm Polk. Your car is a major investment and keeping it running well is in your budget’s best interest. If a shiny new car isn’t currently on your roadmap, consider these tips for squeezing even more miles out of your old used car. Consider that ever-increasing odometer your badge of honor.
It’s one of the deadliest shopping sins: the impulse buy. For a little while at least your new purchase may make you feel great, but then reality sinks in. You realize you spent more than you needed to or should have and your bank account suffers because of it. Some impulse purchases are small, others are large, but neither will help you accomplish your financial goals.
Since autumn is now officially here as of September 22, it’s time to turn our focus from summer foods to the fall menu. It’s a great time of year to harvest some fresh deals at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or even a nearby orchard. Put these great fall foods on your shopping list and eventually into your belly.
Michigan may be the hub of the US auto industry, but it’s also where car insurance costs are the highest, according to carinsurancequotes.com. (http://www.carinsurancequotes.com/car_insurance-costs) Michigan residents spend an average of 8 percent of their median household income on car insurance. The District of Columbia, Louisiana and Kentucky follow with the next highest rates. Car insurance costs the least in Hawaii, North Carolina and Massachusetts. But no matter where you live, paying less is always best.
Children make up 36 percent of the poor population in America. The National Poverty Center reports that in 2010, 16.4 million children, or 22 percent, were poor. But while some babies sit in dirty diapers and children don’t have a book to call their own, plenty of Americans have more than enough. In fact, lots of us have closets full of baby and kid stuff that we no longer need. Now is a great time to get rid of your unused children’s items and pass them on to a needy youngster.
Congestion, coughing, sneezing—it’s just a part of fall that millions of Americans deal with every year. According to WebMD, one in five Americans have either allergy or asthma symptoms. The annual cost of allergies to the health care system and businesses in the US is a whopping $7.9 billion. But if you want to save money—and hopefully some sick days—try these low cost natural remedies for beating fall allergies.
Your living space can influence your productivity, ability to relax and overall well-being. If your bedroom makes you feel stressed or your office puts you to sleep it may be time for a makeover. And if you’ve got $200 then you’ve got enough money to make an impact as long as you spend your cash wisely.
Need a new pair of specs? That can be a costly purchase, especially for those who don’t have vision insurance. According to CBS, Americans spend more than $15 billion each year on eyewear. If you want to see more green in your pocket consider these tips for saving money on eyeglasses.
Walk down the freezer aisle and you’ll see hundreds of pre-made frozen meals offering quick and convenient options for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. But many of these are loaded with fat, sodium and sugar. Instead, try making your own freezer meals using these cheap and easy (and good for you!) recipes.
Almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the US. And sadly, about one-fourth don’t survive according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which spotlights the importance of raising funds for research and family support. Since kids can’t fight cancer alone, here are five great ways you can show your support.
Flexibility, strength, posture—yoga has lots of benefits that nearly 11 million Americans are already enjoying. There’s nothing new about it. In fact, yoga has been around for 5,000 years. Try it out during the month of September, National Yoga Awareness Month. There are plenty of free opportunities to strike a pose.
Like it or not, we’re all aging. None of us can stop the hands of time, but there are ways to age healthier. September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual reminder of the positive aspects of getting older. It’s a great time to focus on affordable ways to improve your physical, mental, social and financial well being as you advance in age.
For more than three decades the US has celebrated Grandparents Day, the first Sunday after Labor Day. The founder started the holiday to educate younger generations about the important contributions senior citizens have made to society. One of those offerings would definitely be sound financial advice like this.
Want to look on-trend while staying on budget? Fall fashion 2012 has plenty of extravagant moments, but there are lots of wearable fall trends that won’t force you to give up food in order to afford fashion.
Are you getting the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables in your diet? MyPlate.gov explains just how many servings you need. Getting enough fruits and veggies each day can protect you from heart disease, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and even some cancers! Every September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) promotes the health benefits of these food groups by celebrating Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month. If you’re not eating enough because of the cost, check out these tips for getting more fruits and veggies in your diet without spending more.
Not going anywhere for Labor Day weekend? How about upgrading your home’s outdoor space instead? It will give you a relaxing oasis without having to pay for a plane ticket. And like most home upgrades, it’s a gift that keeps giving. Long after Labor Day weekend is over you’ll still have a lovely patio to enjoy that you upgraded on a budget.
College students starting school will pay about $8,240 in tuition and fees at public schools this year. At private schools the price tag is more than three times that amount. Over the last decade, in-state tuition and fees at public, four-year colleges increased at an average rate of 5.6% each year, according to the College Board's 2011 report on higher education pricing. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get the most out of your money. So why not take advantage of these freebies offered by most universities?
Labor Day weekend is often seen as summer’s last-chance for fun. Most Americans enjoy an extended holiday weekend, but getting the time off is only half the battle. Finding affordable activities is another challenge. Here are some of the hot picks for Labor Day 2012.
A crib, baby clothes and mountains of diapers—new parents have lots of new expenses. But there are a few freebies for this expecting crowd. New and expecting parents with Smartphones will definitely want to check out these five free apps for before and after baby’s arrival.
More than 20 million students are starting their freshman year at college this fall, according to the US Census. Plenty of these co-eds will head to school in another zip code, community or state, putting lots of distance between them and the people they love. Don’t let the miles create a wedge. Instead, consider these low cost ways to stay connected when your friends or kids leave for college.
There are 78.2 million owned dogs in the US with roughly two in five US households owning at least one dog, according to the most recent National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Products Association. The Huffington Post reported that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their pets in 2011. Some of that cash is likely going to train our four-legged family members, but these low cost tools may help improve Fido’s social skills without taking a bite out of your budget.
You aren’t the only one noticing the increasing price of food. While you’re getting hit at the grocery store, schools are paying higher prices too, which they may be passing on to students in the form of higher lunch costs. If you opt to brown bag it, here are some easy ways to save on school lunches.
Even if you already blew your summer vacation travel budget, don’t feel like you have to stay home this Labor Day. Enjoy one last summertime hoorah over this final three-day weekend by choosing the perfect destination for when money is tight.
This time of year school supply sales are rampant. Retailers are pulling in shoppers with door buster deals promising pencils for a penny or notebooks for a nickel. Don’t pass up these bargains just because you don’t need them. The fact is, someone out there does. Here are some ideas for where to send those extra school supplies.
Charles Caleb Colton once said, "True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost." Friendship Week is the third week in August, a reminder of just how important our friends are. And treasuring them doesn’t have to cost any money at all. Here are ten free ways to be a better friend.
Cinder block walls and steel furniture may sound more like a prison cell than a dorm room, but that’s often what’s waiting for college students. Thankfully transforming that small space into something homier can be done on a budget, especially when you shop these dorm room deals.
A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the US could save $13 billion per year in healthcare and other costs if nine out of ten babies were exclusively breastfed for six months. But according to UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report 2011, 136.7 million babies are born worldwide and only about one-third of them are breastfed exclusively in the first six months. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, here are five tips to help new moms save money on breastfeeding supplies.
The World’s Longest Yard Sale is celebrating its 25th year. From August 2-5 thousands of people will hunt for bargains along a 690-mile stretch of the 127 corridor from Michigan to Alabama. If you’re attending this endless yard sale, or just happen to be hitting up the ones in your own community, here are some of the best bargains these secondhand sales have to offer.
This can be an expensive time of year for parents, who spend an average of $688 on back-to-school supplies, according to the National Retail Federation. If you’re not a parent—don’t completely tune out those advertisements for sales geared towards this crowd. There are plenty of back-to-school deals to score even if you don’t have kids.
It’s National Simplify Your Life Week and with all of the organizational products available today, your Smartphone may be the most useful. Here are the best free clutter-clearing apps available to help you get organized.
There’s no denying that healthcare costs a lot of money. Racking up a huge hospital bill is not that difficult these days, but for people looking for preventative care or support many hospitals do offer free services for community members.
States from Alabama to Virginia have sales tax holidays coming up, just in time for back-to-school shopping. According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, 17 states are giving shoppers tax breaks during weekends in August or September. (http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html) Take full advantage of this savings with these simple tips.
Newborns may be tiny, but they can cost quite a bit. According to BabyCenter.com’s survey of more than 1,000 new moms, baby’s first year costs an average of $10,158. Looking to do better for your budget? Check out these ways to score valuable baby coupons.
Whether you want to build a deck, remodel a bathroom or repair damaged drywall, home maintenance projects can get expensive. DIY doesn’t always spell C-H-E-A-P, especially when you factor in the costs of having to buy the right tools for the job. There’s good news for all the do-it-yourselfers out there. Just check out these ways to get free or low cost tools to complete your summer DIY project.
Peaches aren’t the only things in season during summer. It seems to be a particular hot time of year for scammers looking to make a quick buck off of unsuspecting consumers. The Better Business Bureau wants you to know about several summer scams.
These days it seems like everyone is pinching pennies and looking for ways to save. Usually, that leaves vacation time as just a wish on a list. But not this year! Here we've discovered a few things to do with the family this summer that will keep your wallet right where you want it...In your back pocket! Because visiting these extraordinary places won't cost you a dime, they're all free. Hope to see you there!
The drought is doing a number on American crops. The Department of Agriculture designated around 1,300 counties as disaster zones because of drought and excessive heat, according to the LA Times. (http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-drought-food-prices-20120718,0,3098599.story) That damage could translate into higher prices at the grocery store. Bite back by taking a significant chunk out of your grocery store spending with these five tips for shaving $100 off your monthly food bill.
Taking the kids to Mount Rushmore or jetting off to Cabo for a week? The average American family spends $4,000 on summer vacation, according to a poll from American Express. Another online poll quizzed our neighbors to the north and found that the average Canadian plans to spend $1,700. We asked you to share your summer plans on Facebook and Twitter to find out what you’re willing to spend on a summer getaway.
The blazing summer sun can be ruthless—especially if you have no choice but to be outside. Hopefully you’re already lathering up with sunscreen, but UV protection does little to actually provide relief from the heat. These affordable products can help keep you cool outdoors.
Trying to save money on food? As the temperature heats up, prices on some hot summer staples falls down. So if you’re trying to do more with your money at the grocery store, stick these frugal summer foods in your shopping cart.
After one of the hottest Junes on record since the 1930s, much of the US is bracing for another heat wave. The greatest demand for electricity is expected to be in the Midwest and Northeast. These soaring temperatures can put a strain on your air conditioner. To avoid overworking what is probably one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home, consider these tips for helping your air conditioner during a heat wave.
It’s every little kid’s dream—being an Olympic athlete. But what does it cost to make that dream a reality? A lot of time and money according to experts. While the payoff is huge for a few athlete superstars, it’s a long road of hard work and financial commitment for most elite Olympians.
Grabbing a seat at the Olympic games in London can cost as little as $35. But tickets to the most popular events cost hundreds—even thousands—of dollars. Here’s a look at the priciest seats at the 2012 Olympic games.
The umbilical cord that connects mother and baby could also be the path to future medical developments. Stem cells have been used to treat nearly 80 diseases including like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Because July is Cord Blood Awareness Month now is the time to research the option of banking your baby’s cord blood should a need develop in the future.
Summer should be a time of excitement, learning and growing for kids. While trips to theme parks and adventures at summer camp can be great, they can also be expensive. Thankfully for parents and caregivers there are loads of summer freebies including free books, free movies and free entertainment just for little ones.
Spectators and scalpers are snatching up nearly 11 million tickets to the London 2012 games. Once touted as the most expensive games in Olympic history, some bargains are now starting to surface. But if you’re still thinking about how you can get to the games, here’s what you can expect to fork over for some Olympic action.
Let’s all stop to thank Ronald Reagan. No matter what your political affiliation, chances are you like ice cream and it was Reagan that designated July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984. Celebrate by indulging in a cool treat on a warm day with one of these hot ice cream coupons and deals.
Health care reform’s individual mandate received approval from the Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s concerns over healthcare costs are disappearing. A recent poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation found that nearly four in five Massachusetts residents who have had a serious illness worry about the cost of health care. But what about Bargainist readers—are you concerned with healthcare costs? Here’s what you told us on Facebook.
Wildfires are ravaging the state of Colorado, destroying hundreds of homes and killing several people. Officials estimate the cost of battling just one of the fires to be closing in on $9 million with more than 1,500 firefighters working to contain the 28-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire. But there are many other fires burning in Colorado and New Mexico. Want to do more than simply watch the devastation on the news? Here are six ways to help wildfire victims and responders.
Ever wonder how much money gets shot up into the sky during Fourth of July celebrations? According to experts the average city spends around $3,000 while larger communities blow about $25,000 on fireworks displays. But the biggest bang happens in the largest US metropolitan areas where a Fourth of July pyrotechnics show can cost millions.
Life may not always be a picnic, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying one this summer with family and friends. Ten days after the official start of summer the US celebrates Great American Picnic Day. Use June 30 to gather outdoors with loved ones for a fresh meal and the perfect picnic party gift.
If you haven’t been to a theme park lately you might be in for sticker shock. A single ticket at some of the most popular parks in the country can set you back $100 or more. That makes a family trip to the theme park an expensive excursion. But here are some unique ways to try to cut costs on admission at some of the biggest and best theme parks.
How will you celebrate our country’s 236th birthday? For most people, the Fourth of July involves three things: food, fireworks and fun. Here are some tips to save money and have a safer Fourth of July.
Burgers, potato salad, sparklers, repeat. If you can’t tell one Fourth of July picnic from the next then check out these budget-friendly ways to jazz up your celebration, adding style without adding cost.
Outdoor space shines this time of year. Decks offer homeowners a retreat without having to leave the comfort of home. But creating this outdoor oasis can cost thousands of dollars. According to the pros installing a deck can cost an average of $33 a square foot. That’s more than $10,000 for a 16’x20’ deck. If you’re thinking about installing, enlarging or reconstructing a deck on your piece of property, check out these free deck building resources to save some money.
There’s nothing better than a smooth, creamy helping of ice cream on a hot summer day. While some argue that ice cream is kind of like pizza—even the cheap stuff is pretty good—homemade ice cream can be heaven. These recipes and tips prove it doesn’t have to be costly to make either.
Ever feel like the grocery store is taking a big bite out of your paycheck? Food is a necessity, but paying top dollar for it doesn’t have to be. Finding out these facts about your grocery store can help you save more money.
You may be a successful doctor, teacher or plumber now, but it probably wasn’t always that way. Young people wanting to earn some cash are often willing to take on some dirty, sweaty, and even dangerous jobs. For examples we turned to you on Facebook and Twitter asking, what was your worst summer job? Turns out we have some hardworking friends and followers.
Your Smartphone or iPad can be a lifesaver when summer boredom strikes. Be prepared by downloading a few free and educational apps that will keep your kids entertained and informed. They can work on everything from their Spanish vocabulary to their chess skills and you won’t have to hire a pricey tutor to teach the lessons.
With the official arrival of summer comes the onset of shopper-itis. Suddenly your home, patio and life in general feel like they need a makeover. While some major summer purchases can seem like a good idea at the time, you may want to save your pennies for another season. Here are five tempting summer buys that you probably shouldn’t make.
Fewer than three in 10 teenagers have landed a summer job, the lowest number since World War II. According to the Department of Labor, 14 is the minimum age for employment for non-agricultural jobs. Whether they can’t find a job, or they’re too young to work, kids can still try out their entrepreneurial side this summer and make extra cash. Here are seven easy ways kids can earn some spending money this summer.
According to a recent report from Reuters the average cost of a wedding is about $27,000, not including the honeymoon expenses. In New York City the average price jumps to $65,824. Couples aren’t the only ones spending more—wedding guests are too. Here’s what you can expect to pay whether you’re a guest or a groomsman.
Want to shed some pounds before flaunting that swimsuit? A juice fast can be a great way to get ready for the beach, but it can also be expensive. It takes a lot of produce to fill one glass with pure juice, but there are ways to save money on a juice fast.
It’s that time of year again—women all over the country will be pulling on beautiful white gowns, walking down the aisle and saying “I do.” While getting married is a wonderful experience it can also be an expensive one. According to wedding professionals, these five areas can be last minute budget busters if you’re not careful.
Fatherhood deserves recognition, but acknowledgement doesn’t have to come with a spending requirement. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $117.14 on Father's Day this year, up ten percent from last year. But that doesn’t mean you have to be average. Give dad credit without using credit—or cash for that matter. These gift ideas for dad won’t cost any money at all.
Need help keeping your kids occupied, but don’t want to spend lots of money sending them to the water park every day? Thankfully for budget-conscious parents, some of the best summer activities don’t require money at all.
When a friend or family member asks you to stand next to them at the front of the church on one of the most important days of their life, it’s hard to say no. Being a member of the bride and groom’s wedding bridal party is an honor. But it comes at a cost that some wedding planners estimate to be around $1,000. Before you say yes to buying a dress you hate, flying to Vegas for the Bachelor party or forking over more cash for a wedding gift, set a budget for being in the bridal party.
Financial experts tend to agree that keeping close track of your money may help you save more of it. So we wanted to know, where did your last $50 go? Most of those who responded on Facebook and Twitter seem to be spending their cash responsibly, buying food and filling up their gas tanks.
The number of people who own tablets and eReaders has doubled in the past several months. That means this summer there could be a whole lot of Kindles, Nooks and iPads at the beach or by the pool. Even though your digital device may have set you back, stocking it up with great summer reading material definitely doesn’t have to. Check out these great summer eBook beach reads for $.99 or less.
There’s just something about the grill that most dads adore—probably the fact that it involves meat and heat. Perhaps it was even premeditated that Father’s Day would fall in the heart of grilling season. Coincidence or not, get dad some grilling gear without frying your budget.
Inside Britain and thousands of miles outside of it, people will be celebrating the Queen Mum’s Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for six decades now and while celebrating by purchasing some crown jewels would be fun, there are more budget-friendly ways to mark this royal occasion.
Tropical Storm Beryl dumped drenching rains on the southeast. Rough waters created by the storm killed one teen in violent surf near Daytona Beach, Florida, all days before the official June 1 start to hurricane season. Hurricanes are scary, but having a plan can reduce their impact. National Hurricane Preparedness Week is happening right now which makes this a great time to create your own hurricane preparedness kit. For less than $100 you can buy yourself improved peace of mind with a fully stocked disaster supply kit.
For kids, summer can be a magical time full of swimming pools and popsicles. But for parents, often when school ends panic can begin. Will they forget everything they learned? Will they do anything productive? Will they have anything to tell their classmates come September? A great solution to all of these questions is day camp, an affordable summer option that keeps kids active, involved and entertained.
You may think that name brand product is better quality than the cheaper generic option, but there’s a chance that the only thing that’s different is the packaging—and the price tag. It’s called contract marketing and over the past 20 years many retailers have created private-label brands, manufactured by the same companies making pricier products. For consumers, that means you can essentially get the same product in a less flashy package for a fraction of the cost.
If you don’t want to end up like the Griswold’s, out of money and hundreds of miles from home in your wood-paneled station wagon, you’ll want to take time to budget for your summer vacation. Many Americans are still feeling stretched between high gas prices, increased living costs and lower wages which is why creating a getaway budget is even more important.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and a big opportunity for road trips. AAA estimates that 34.8 million Americans will venture at least 50 miles from home, a half million more than last year. Roughly nine in ten of those travelers will be behind the wheel. Although gas prices aren’t as high as some predicted, economists say they’re high enough to keep some people home. While you may not be able to control the price at the pump, there are other ways to lower the cost of your summer road trip.
Each year more than 11 million children and adults attend camp, according to the American Camp Association. It’s a great way to keep kids from spending the entire summer in front of the computer and fortunately there are more than 12,000 camps in the US—one for every interest and budget. The average cost ranges from $100-$800 a week in fees so consider these tips for saving money on summer camp.
According to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, this year about 76,250 new melanomas will be diagnosed. Cases of melanoma have been increasing for the last three decades. Incidence rates for melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. Since May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, it’s a great time to consider ways of avoiding this terrible disease that impacts millions.
Memorial Day may be for remembering those who have passed on, but it’s also a great time to enjoy life. The three day weekend always falls at the end of May and this year it’s May 26-28. Need some ideas for fun, frugal activities? Whether you want traditional celebrations that honor the dead or you’re looking for ways to kick off the unofficial start to summer, there is something to fill your Memorial Day weekend.
Spending more than a dozen years hitting the books and working up the ranks of the education system deserves some recognition. Graduation parties are a time to gather friends and family to celebrate a student’s completion of high school or college. Typical fare for a graduation gathering are food party platters—they’re easy, universally enjoyed and, with these deals, an affordable option.
College tuition costs might freak out parents, but newborns aren’t exactly easy on the wallet either. According to MSN Money, the first year of a child’s life runs between $9,000 and $11,000 on average. So we wanted to know—what baby gear turned out to be a waste of money? Here’s what you told us on Facebook and Twitter.
For recent college graduates the thought of working for free after putting in four long years of term papers and Ramen noodles while racking up thousands in student debt may seem crazy. But finding a job even with a diploma is increasingly difficult. According to a 2011 report, the unemployment rate among college grads under the age of 26 is sitting at 8.9 percent. Here are five reasons why unemployed graduates may want to work for free.
It’s time to put your summer getaway plans in motion. Along with nailing down a destination, organizing activities and booking transportation you’ll have to find a place to crash. Before you just assume a hotel is the way to go, you may want to consider a vacation rental.
The Unemployment rate is slowly dropping. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics it fell to 8.1 percent in April of 2012, down nearly a full percentage point from a year ago. That’s good news for job hunters and it must mean that employers are hiring. Companies trying to find the best employee will most likely turn to the Internet to help. If you’re concerned about cost and value, these job listing site cost comparisons may help you decide where to go to find the perfect person for the position.
Conflicts among couples can arise about a variety of topics: children, chores, family and friends. But it’s financials that get the most attention during disputes. According to a new survey by the American Institute of CPAs, the number one touchiest topic in American households is money. Want to talk numbers without being at odds? Check out these tips for communicating with your partner about money.
Next to your honest friend that tells you the truth about that pair of jeans you’re about to buy, your smartphone could be the best shopping tool you’ve got. According to comScore, more than half of American smartphone owners use their phone while shopping in stores. But with great benefits like these—it’s something every savvy smartphone owner should be doing.
Mom knows you’re smart. But you can prove it by spending wisely this Mother’s Day. These Mother’s Day freebies and food deals will help you express your love and your frugal side.
Consumers may be paying more for groceries and gas this year, but that’s not stopping many shoppers from spending more on mom too. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Mother’s Day spending is expected to increase from $140.73 in 2011 to $152.52 in 2012. Total spending is estimated to be $18.6 billion. Mom will be spoiled with clothing, electronics, flowers and more. But if your budget is a little less lofty, we have some ideas for honoring mom without blowing your budget.
Finishing high school or completing college deserves recognition. Holding a graduation open house can be a great way to put the student in the spotlight while welcoming in friends and family. But with school expenses looming the thought of planning a big party can be financially overwhelming. Throwing a memorable graduation open house on a budget is the smart way to go.
Millions of Americans have undetected vision problems and eye conditions. And since May is Healthy Vision Month, it’s a great time to think about ways to improve your eyesight. Taking care of your peepers doesn’t have to be pricey, either.
More than half of college graduates with bachelor’s degrees under the age of 25 either couldn’t find a job or were underemployed according to a recent analysis by the Associated Press. National Public Radio reports that Americans now owe more on student loans than they owe on credit cards-- $857 billion in student debt compared to $704 billion in credit card debt. So as high school graduates prepare to enter the world of higher education, we wanted to know whether you thought they need to take school debt into consideration.
The stats surrounding virtual pinboard Pinterest are pretty astounding: over 10.4 million registered users with 11 million visits each week according to experts. It can be a great place to find recipes, drool-worthy fashion and decorating ideas. But did you know another one of Pinterest’s super powers is to help users save money?
Cinco de Mayo, translated to fifth of May, marks the Mexican army’s 1862 win over France at the Battle of Puebla. While it typically passes by without much fanfare in Mexico, it’s become a big reason to party in the US. Celebrate Mexican culture and heritage affordably with these free and cheap Cinco de Mayo decorations.
High school graduates may think they know a thing or two about the real world, but in reality, adult guidance could help them avoid costly mistakes. Before they head off to college, squander away the summer or start punching the time clock full time, here are some ways you can help.
According to Match.com one in five relationships start online. Once upon a time online dating was reserved for the recluse, but now the digital search for love caters to everyone. There are more than 1,500 dating sites geared toward every niche, hobby and religion you can think of. But if you’re looking for a spring romance and want to go more mainstream, this cost comparison explains what you can expect from some of the most popular online dating sites.
Summer is rapidly approaching and so is the day when you’ll have to pull on your swimsuit. Get in shape without leaving your home with the help of free online workouts and about $100 in equipment.
A car that runs on water? Turning cooking oil into fuel? The pain at the pump can make drivers buy in to some unusual methods for saving money on gas. But before you do make sure you conduct your own research. You could end up spending more of your hard earned money on a gas saving scam like these.
Here’s a scary fact—the leading causes of unintentional injury-related death for infants are suffocation, car crashes, drowning, fire or burns, falls and poisoning. Every year about 2.5 million little ones are killed or injured from common household dangers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The goal of Safe Kids Week, celebrated from April 21-28 this year, is to educate adults about how to keep all kids safe at home and at play. Thankfully making your home baby proof doesn’t have to be expensive.
Administrative professionals can be what keep your office running smoothly. They often manage budgets, prepare reports and ensure that the supply closet is adequately stocked. So don’t let April 25, also known as Administrative Professional’s Day, pass by without saying thanks to these hard working employees.
Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton banked $735,000 before taxes last fall. Yet authorities say she continued to collect food stamps and public health insurance despite her windfall. The mother of a one-year-old was charged with welfare fraud and now could spend up to four years in prison. We asked you on Facebook and Twitter whether you thought jail time was appropriate for this jackpot winner.
Turn your Smartphone green with some earth-friendly apps. Every app on the list is either free or cheap so improving your eco-friendly side won’t require big bucks. These are easy ways to be more environmentally aware for Earth Day 2012.
According to the Organic Trade Association, more than a billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the US. Eating organic can help reduce agricultural pollution and avoid exposure to pesticides that some studies show can adversely affect the nervous system, increase risk of cancer and decrease fertility. But eating organic also comes at a cost that can be as much as 50-100% higher than conventional food products. Does it pay to buy organic?
The buzzer is about to sound and time will run out on the tax clock for another year. Whether you filed your taxes early like a model citizen or procrastinated until the last minute, finishing your taxes deserves some celebration. But don’t go blowing that entire tax refund in one place. Consider these more affordable ways to celebrate.
You’re probably feeling the pinch at the pump and airlines are no different. According to Airlines For America, fuel is the largest single expense for airlines, accounting for about one-third of their budgets. So when the cost of fuel goes up your ticket price could too. If you plan to jet off this spring or summer, consider these airline savings secrets.
Taxpayers may have a little extra time this year thanks to a holiday in Washington DC, but April 17 is still approaching quickly. Need some motivation to kick your accounting skills into high gear? Check out these last minute tax tips.
The driver next to you might be plucking her eyebrows. The guy in the truck could be updating his Facebook status. About every 24 seconds there is a crash involving a cell phone, according to the National Safety Council. While the vast majority of drivers agree that texting or emailing while driving is unacceptable, one-third admitted doing it during the last month. Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month here are ways to avoid the high costs of losing focus on the road.
More than 51 billion pieces of litter land on US road ways each year, costing almost $11.5 billion to clean up. Since 1960 the amount of trash generated in America has almost tripled, totaling 250 million tons of garbage a year. America may be beautiful, but there’s plenty of trash to go around. In honor of Keep America Beautiful month this April, try these free ways to keep your corner of it clean.
April is a great time to spring into action. That could mean working on your backhand at the tennis court, running sprints at the track or shooting hoops with friends. You don’t need to spend big bucks to get in shape—especially when you take advantage of these sports equipment deals.
April 7 marks the 64th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. On that day the world is invited to come together to celebrate World Health Day. The focus of this year’s events will be on how good health throughout life can help older people live fuller and more productive lives. Here are ways you can support this initiative without spending money.
The average American will shell out $145.28 for Easter stuff. That includes Easter apparel, food, decorations and, of course, chocolate. That’s an 11 percent increase compared to last year. With total spending expected to reach $16.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, we wanted to know what you plan to spend for Easter.
The average commute to work for Americans is 25.1 minutes and while walking to work may take extra time there are plenty of benefits to it. The first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day. The American Podiatric Medical Association supports the initiative and here are five reasons why you should too.
Green thumb or not gardening can be a relaxing and fruitful activity. But a trip to the local gardening super center can be a costly venture. Whether you’re whipping your yard into shape or starting a veggie garden, here are tips to help you save money on spring planting.
The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend 11% more on Easter candy, clothes and merchandise this year, pushing sales to $16.8 billion. That doesn’t even take into consideration what people will pay to fill up their tanks as they hop out of town for the upcoming holiday weekend. If you’re walking on egg shells wondering how much damage your holiday travel plans will do to your budget, consider these ways to save money at the pump.
Foolishness is fair game on April 1 thanks to April Fools’ Day. Enlist the help of your Smartphone to pull off some seriously funny pranks. And don’t worry—these are all done with the help of free iPhone apps.
Spring and cleaning go together like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Instead of trashing that uncovered clutter, head to one of the web’s most popular destinations for buying and selling everything from cars to kids clothing. According to Alexa traffic rankings, Craigslist is the 10th most popular website in the entire United States. If you want to use it to line your pockets with extra cash here are tips for making more money with the help of Craigslist.
Schools across the country are facing shrinking budgets and expanding enrollment. In many cases they’re forced to do more with less. Most of us can’t write big fat checks to help, but there are easy ways you can raise money for your favorite school without altering your budget.
Do you spend much time down the frozen food aisle of your grocery store? You may want to give it a second look if you’re trying to reduce your grocery budget. March is National Frozen Food Month which is a great time to try out these freezer friendly meals that also happen to be very budget friendly, too.
Whip your home into shape with the help of your Smartphone. Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about tackling spring cleaning. Thankfully there are now apps to help you get the job done. You won’t be able to put away the mop and bucket, but at least you can be more high tech in your approach.
Gas is like liquid gold right now and experts say your trip to the pump is only going to get pricier. It’s time to start getting creative about how to avoid the pain at the pump. Check out these unique ways to earn free fuel.
If your trips to the pump seem to be getting more painful by the day you’re not alone. According to AAA, the current national average for a gallon of Regular Unleaded gas is $3.82. That’s about $.30 higher than a month ago and $.27 higher than a year ago. As summer approaches some experts are predicting prices could go even higher, possibly surpassing the high of $4.11 set in July of 2008. We wanted to know how rising gas prices are impacting the rest of your life. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hoping you “get your plate in shape” during March, which is National Nutrition Month. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing good eating habits, which doesn’t have to mean a higher grocery bill. Check out these ten ways to be more nutritious on a budget.
Jumping gas prices may prompt some spring break travelers to plan a staycation rather than an adventurous getaway. But spring break can be fun whether you’re in an exotic location or exploring your own community. Here are the top ways to enjoy spring break at home.
More than 45 million Americans claim Irish heritage, making it the second largest ethnic group in the country. If you’re of Irish descent now is the time to celebrate your roots with some low cost St. Patrick’s Day fun.
For those who expect a tax refund, you may think you can’t get that windfall in your bank account fast enough. That’s why some people turn to Refund Anticipation Loans. It’s a quick, short-term personal loan that uses a person’s IRS tax refund as collateral so that the borrower can get the cash even before Uncle Sam cuts their check. Some say it’s helpful, others say it’s a scam. Here’s a look at both sides.
For Apple fans, the anticipation of the iPad 3’s arrival is palpable. According to PCWorld.com you can earn around $300 for your iPad 2 using trade-in services like Nextworth, BuyMyTronics and eBay. That’s a good chunk of change to put towards your new iPad 3 when it becomes available to the general public.
March is a time set aside to pay tribute to generations of women who have made an invaluable impact on society. Women’s History Month started as a national celebration in 1987 and each year is given a different theme. For 2012, the theme is Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment. Get educated and be inspired with these affordable ideas.
Many of us covet more quality time with our mattress. And since National Sleep Awareness Week falls from March 5-11 now is the time to focus on the importance of shut eye. We’ll all lose one hour of sleep this weekend with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time so it’s best that we make the most of our rest with these free and cheap ways to sleep better.
While you may dread tax season, getting your refund can be fun. Some people bank it, some people blow it, but judging by our latest Facebook and Twitter poll, many of you plan to do a little bit of both.
Not only is March 2 Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it’s also Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association. The purpose of Read Across America is to encourage children in every community to celebrate reading. Thankfully there are lots of free resources to help educators, parents and children put reading on the calendar every day, not just March 2.
The countdown is on—April 17, 2012 will be here before you know it. If the thought of Tax Day makes your stomach churn, then pull out your Smartphone. The key to a less stressful tax season could be just a trip to the app store away with these helpful apps for tax time.
Before you stress out over planning the perfect spring break, turn to your Smartphone for help. There are apps to assist you with every aspect of planning—from managing expenses with friends to finding the most affordable food at your destination.
The GOP race is heating up and narrowing down. On March 6, also known as Super Tuesday, voters in ten states will head to the polls for primaries or caucuses. In addition to finding out where each candidate stands on top issues like the economy, education and national security, many voters are looking at the numbers to investigate how much each candidate is spending, what they pay in taxes and just how generous they really are.
Whether you’re expecting a tax refund or will have to pay out of pocket, it’s going to cost you an average of $258 to get your taxes prepared. According to Forbes.com, about three in five taxpayers now pay CPAs, enrolled agents, H&R Block or other services to prepare their tax returns. Twenty-nine percent of Americans choose to use software like TurboTax. Cost aside, here are some clues that will guide you in deciding whether to do your taxes yourself or hire a professional.
When the stars collide on the red carpet for the Oscars you can expect to see pops of Chanel, glimpses of Gaultier and a round or two of Armani. But we know that celebrities don’t have all the fun so if you’re hunting for an Oscar-worthy look on a non-movie star budget, here are some options.
Every four years we all get an extra day: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. Some of us will waste it, but if we’re smart we’ll use February 29 to do something productive. Here are some tips for using Leap Day to improve your finances.
Don’t stay home—instead make spring break 2012 one of the hottest weeks of the year. And do it without breaking the bank. Visit one of these popular and affordable spring break destinations.
Someone in Rhode Island is one of the luckiest people on the planet. That person is holding the winning lottery ticket—a slip of paper worth $336.4 million ($210 million after taxes.) So far no one’s stepped forward for the third largest jackpot in history. So we thought it would be fun to dream a little bit—and apparently so did you. We received lots of feedback through Twitter and Facebook when we asked how you would spend the prize.
We honor the first President of the United States, George Washington, in many ways: some of us get the day off from school, some don’t have to work and others score great deals on bedding, home goods and even cars. Presidents’ Day falls on Monday, February 20 this year. Celebrate our country’s leaders by scoring some White House-worthy deals.
It only happens once every four years—February gets a little longer. This year the extra day falls on Wednesday, February 29. Some retailers and businesses are using the additional time to boost business with these leap year deals and savings.
Pull out your purple, green and gold—Mardi Gras is around the corner! Planning a festive bash? Before you blow your bead budget on games and décor, check out these Mardi Gras freebies.
The only thing bigger than the serving of drama dished out each week on the new season of NBC’s reality hit Celebrity Apprentice are the egos put on display. The new cast makes its prime time debut on Sunday, February 19 and includes models, actors, talk show hosts and performers all hoping to impress the cashmere socks off of billionaire Donald Trump. And while many of the contestants may be on the show hoping to inject their careers with a shot of star power, they’re also competing for their charities of choice.
In New Orleans parades happen just about every day in February, but Mardi Gras officially falls on Tuesday, February 21 this year. With communities all over the country participating you definitely don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy some festive fun. Chances are most of your wardrobe is far too dull to celebrate properly so here are some low cost Mardi Gras costume ideas.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke. Now is the time to fight back. February is American Hearth Month and with these affordable, simple steps, you can begin to improve your heart health.
Some people absolutely love Valentine’s Day, others, well, not so much. But the cool thing about this holiday of love is that you don’t have to spend much money to celebrate it well. Get some assistance from these free online printables and create beautiful, sentimental DIY gifts for loved ones.
Retailers are feeling the love this Valentine’s Day season. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers plan to spend 8.5% more this year than last. In fact, it’s the highest Valentine’s Day average in the survey’s 10-year history with the average person spending $126.03. The largest chunk will go towards jewelry, followed by an evening out and candy. That made us wonder, what Valentine’s purchases are you planning? Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.
It appears that we as consumers are in love with spending money on chocolates and roses for our Valentines. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend $1.8 billion on flowers and $1.5 billion on candy. But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cupid’s Valentine’s Day staples, then try these ideas instead of buying chocolate and roses.
Historian Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926 and the event eventually became known as Black History Month, which is observed every February. Woodson’s original goal was to educate Americans about African American history. That’s still the point of Black History Month, making it a great opportunity for parents to pass on important lessons to their children using free kid-friendly resources like these.
According to reports, the number of people owning tablets and eBook readers nearly doubled in the weeks from mid-December to early January 2012. According to Pew Internet Project, ownership of these devices jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent. If you are one of the millions who unwrapped an eBook device for Christmas or you already own one, these free eBooks will build up your digital library.
As we wrap up the first month of 2012, it’s time to evaluate your New Year’s resolutions. While they’re simple to make, they’re even easier to break. But with these five sure-fire ways to stick with your resolutions beyond January you can become one of the few who achieve the goals you started out with in 2012.
Tax Day 2012 is rapidly approaching. Although not nearly as fun as the countdown to Christmas, it’s a holiday that requires much preparation. This year personal income taxes must be filed by April 17. According to the IRS, they’ll receive more than 144 million individual tax returns this year. If you prefer to save a little cash and complete your taxes on your own, here are some do-it-yourself tax prep deals.
Watch out Twitter, MySpace and Google Plus+. There’s a new social networking craze catching on. Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site and experts say it recently ranked as the 60th most visited site in the US. According to ComScore, Pinterest experienced a 270% increase in unique visitors between November and December. While using the site is a great way to be inspired in the areas of home décor, fashion and photography, there are also ways Pinterest can help you boost your income.
The nominations are in for the 84th annual Academy Awards. Martin Scorsese’s film “Hugo” received the most Oscar nods, accepting 11 nominations including one for best picture. Eight other films will compete for the title of 2011’s best film including “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” and “The Help.” Not only does an Oscar nomination help Hollywood A-listers’ egos, but it can also boost their income potential.
The political stage is thinning out and heating up. Soon the race for the 2012 White House will be down to just two candidates. If you want to make your voice heard or try to influence other people’s positions at the polls, check out these political freebies.
If we had the choice we’d probably want to be both: health and wealthy. But we wanted to know what you would choose if you could only select one option. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we delve into the philosophical question of whether it’s better to be in good physical or financial shape.
Hovering at the top of most lists of New Year’s resolutions is the goal to lose weight and get in shape. A new survey from FITNESS Magazine and Yahoo! Shine found that 57% of women feel they look fat naked and roughly four in five adults have a body part they hate. One way to stick to your weight loss resolution is by looking good at the gym. These affordable workout gear options should help.
You may have ushered in 2012 weeks ago, but the Chinese New Year is still approaching. On January 23, much of the world will celebrate Chinese New Year. Welcome in the Year of the Dragon saying “Xin Nian Kuai Le!” (Happy New Year!) to friends and family with these budget-friendly ideas.
Did you resolve to read more in 2012? Or set a goal to get your finances in order? Then this list is for you. Here are five great financial books to add to your 2012 reading plan. These books won’t bore you or bog you down. Instead they’ll entertain and inspire you to be better with your biggest assets: your money and your time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to worry about what to make for dinner and how much it’s going to cost to feed your family? Meal planning services are here to help. Think of them as the place where a personal chef meets a home economist for budget-conscious families.
The biggest kick off of the year happens on February 5 in Indianapolis. While tickets to the game start at about $2,200, there are still ways to experience one of the biggest athletic events of the year on a budget. You can bet it will be chilly there in Indiana, but if that’s not enough to deter you then here are some last minute tips for experiencing Super Bowl XLVI without spending a fortune.
This January 16, 2012 is a day set aside to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It may be a federal holiday, which for many marks a day away from work, but it’s also time that can be used to honor his legacy through serving others. Unlike other holidays, this one doesn’t require your pocketbook. You only need time and compassion to celebrate MLK Day.
It may not get as much press as Thanksgiving or Christmas, but National Cut Your Energy Costs day is a holiday that we should all be celebrating. It falls on January 10 and was created as a way to encourage us all to reduce our carbon footprint. The more serious you are about celebrating, the more money and energy you can save.
Weight loss is basically a numbers game where the calories you burn need to come out ahead of the calories you consume. Tracking those digits has never been easier with a smorgasbord of free resources that will help you count calories and get healthy.
Holiday hangovers happen to the best of us—and not just from hitting the eggnog too hard. Overspending during Christmas can create a sick feeling once January rolls around. But going by our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, many of you did well with your holiday spending. Of course, maybe some are trying to avoid the fact that they busted through that holiday budget.
Most of us have room for improvement when it comes to organization. If you don’t know what’s hiding at the bottom of the junk drawer or you forgot what the surface of your desk looks like then some of these tools will help you have a more organized 2012.
Did you resolve to shed pounds, chisel your abs or run a six minute mile? Don’t let the cost of a gym membership prevent you from achieving your fitness goals for 2012. You can get a great workout without paying a gym membership.
Year after year December 31 usually includes the countdown, a midnight kiss and a champagne toast. But if you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t involve Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest we’ve got some great New Year’s Eve celebration alternatives.
Setting goals for the new year? In order to make these resolutions stick why not turn to your Smartphone for some help? Whether you’re hoping to drink more water, lose weight or keep spending in check these apps can help.
With the launch of every new year comes the opportunity to make a fresh start by ditching bad habits and adopting some good ones. Sure, spring cleaning is still down the road, but this could also be a great time to plan and purge so you can start 2012 more organized.
If the trash can is full of crumpled wrapping paper and you can see the Christmas tree skirt again it’s time to take back those unwanted gifts and get what you were really hoping for this holiday season. According to Consumer Reports, one in five people plan to take back a gift, but if you don’t want to end up starring in your own rendition of the Nightmare after Christmas, consider these tips for returning presents painlessly.
If you and your family are celebrating Kwanzaa this year you may be looking for ways to honor African heritage without spending lots of money. The good news is, this holiday doesn’t require big bucks—its’ more about learning and experiencing the culture. Consider these tips for celebrating Kwanzaa on a budget.
There are those who complete their shopping long before the first snowflake makes its appearance and there are those who love the pressure of a last minute buying spree. Procrasti-shoppers are fairly common. The National Retail Federation found that one in ten shoppers plan to purchase their last holiday gift on Christmas Eve. As Christmas begins to close in we wanted to know if you’re a last minute shopper. Here’s what you told us on Facebook and through Twitter.
Whether you think re-gifting is rude or not, it’s still practiced by millions of people. A survey from American Express found that 79 percent of consumers believe re-gifting is socially acceptable during the holidays. The remaining 21 percent say the practice is “never” acceptable. Assuming you’re well-versed in the cardinal rules of re-gifting (i.e. Not giving a present back to the person who gave it to you, giving only new items and updating the gift wrap), you may want to re-gift one of these presents.
No other time of year has such an extensive soundtrack as the Christmas season. Just about every recording artist has created a holiday album, but the good news is you don’t have to spend money to enjoy these lovely songs. Download some free tunes, turn the speakers up and have a holly jolly Christmas.
Try to remember what you got for Christmas in 2006. If you’re like most people you probably can’t recall. And sorry to say but most of the gifts you give, cherished as they may be, wind up becoming a distant memory. Want to give a gift that is truly unforgettable, but affordable at the same time? Here are some suggestions.
The truth is e-cards may never fully replace old fashioned paper ones, but for those who are trying to be more green—or those who don’t want to deal with the post office—there are plenty of great digital options. According to Hallmark, there are nearly 300 million e-cards sent annually, and many of those probably arrive in inboxes this time of year.
This year an estimated $50.84 billion will be spent on pets in the US including $3.65 billion on grooming and boarding. Many pet owners heading out of town for the holidays are forced to find alternative options for their pets. Boarding your cat or dog adds a large expense to already expensive holiday travel plans so you may want to consider these money-saving ideas.
Next to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day may be one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Created in 2008, Free Shipping Day now offers shoppers thousands of opportunities to save money. Last year Free Shipping Day earned a spot as the third heaviest day of online shopping in history. Even though shoppers are spending billions, you can still save a ton.
Just like eggnog and mistletoe, it’s tough to imagine the holidays without Christmas cookies. A batch of fresh treats can also make a kind gift for neighbors, teachers and co-workers. Celebrate the season with this sweet gift, but choose budget-friendly recipes to ensure that you aren’t spending too much dough on Christmas cookies.
If you're looking around and marveling at the abundance you have in your life and wondering how you can pay it forward, we've got an idea for you. One of our favorite bloggers, Modg, has a give-what-you-can program going on (pardon the language! >_<). Basically, if you're in need, post it in the comments - don't be shy, there are people just waiting to help! If you have anything you can give, be it time, a skill, a job lead, toys, or clothing, respond to someone in need!
Before you pull out that tacky Christmas sweater for another round of holiday get-togethers, why not try a fresh and creative party theme? There are many affordable ways to generate yuletide joy without spending a sleigh-full of cash.
Christmas card deliveries have been dropping slightly over the past couple of years, but there are still about 1.5 billion showing up in mailboxes across America this holiday season. Hallmark says that more than 20 paper cards are sent for every one e-card. But we wanted to know whether you think holiday cards are a fading tradition. Some of you love the thought, but don’t have the time while others are committed to sending them year after year.
This year Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 20 and runs until sunset on December 28. There are more than 13 million Jews in the world and more than five million in the US, many of whom will be pulling out their menorahs for the Festival of Lights. Get ready for this eight night celebration with affordable Hanukkah decorations.
The holiday party is back in a big way this Christmas season. According to a Career Builder survey, 58% of employers are planning a holiday party for their workers this year, up from 52% in 2010. And more than a third of employees say they plan to attend their office party this time around. Now the big question is—what will you wear? Consider these affordable ways to look great at holiday parties.
Half of US homes will have a fake tree this year. But for those who opt for a real tree, there’s nothing quite like the scent and beauty of a fresh pine, spruce or fir. According to Census numbers, Oregon contributes the most, harvesting nearly seven million Christmas trees annually. If you opt for the real deal, review these tips for keeping your tree perfect through the entire holiday season.
Having trouble remembering your grandma’s shoe size and which cousin is allergic to wool? Keep all of that straight and feel confident you’re getting the best gift at the best possible price all with the help of your trusty Smartphone.
Letter carriers’ loads are about to get a whole lot bigger. The US Postal Service says they’ll deliver a whopping 16.5 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Shipping dates sneak up quickly so if you’ve got gifts to mail keep reading for key dates and advice that will ensure your packages arrive on time and in perfect condition.
We expect our life to look like a Norman Rockwell painting and when it doesn’t, it’s common to feel down. Those unmet expectations coupled with financial pressures and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) create what’s also known as the winter blues. Combat this bout of sadness without giving yourself more money worries.
December 1 is a day set aside each year to bring attention to a disease that’s only been in the US for 30 years. While great strides have been made in the fight against HIV and AIDS, it’s still a reality for 1.1 million Americans. Celebrate World AIDS Day online and in your community to reduce stigma and improve awareness about this devastating epidemic.
Download a free poster at facing.aids.gov, print it out and write why you are Facing AIDS. Snap a photo of yourself holding the sign and then share it on the online gallery.
Test Your Knowledge of HIV/AIDS
Avert AIDS invites Facebook fans to play an interactive game that tests your HIV and AIDS knowledge. Avert is a UK-based charity working on prevention and care of those infected with HIV and AIDS. Ask your friends to play the Avert AID Challenge and see who can get the highest score.
Send a #WAD2011 Tweet
Tweet about HIV and AIDS on the first of December and inform your followers about the impacts of the disease. Be sure to use the hashtag #WAD2011 to join the conversation.
One in every five people living with HIV in the US doesn’t know it, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Government recommendations say that anyone who has had unprotected sex, shared needles or equipment with others or who has been diagnosed with hepatitis, TB or an STD should get tested. Find a testing site near you by visiting HIVtest.org.
Purchase an Umbrella
At noon on December 1, hundreds of red umbrellas will pop open to form a public art project in the shape of an AIDS ribbon in Richmond, Virginia. Join the event either in person or by purchasing a red umbrella online. Money raised will support the Fan Free Clinic which provides confidential testing to those in need.
By Alison Storm
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We all want to buy the best Christmas gifts at the best possible price. There’s nothing worse than braving the crowds to get your holiday shopping completed only to discover stores have lowered the prices right after you put your presents under the tree. Some stores are giving shoppers a guarantee against this annoying holiday tradition. Keep reading for details on this perk and how it works.
Big box stores have Black Friday, websites have Cyber Monday and the Saturday in between is now reserved for small businesses. For the second year in a row the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been deemed Small Business Saturday. Created by American Express, organizers are hoping millions of shoppers will descend on their locally-owned stores and shop small in a big way. Navigate your local retailers and find the best deals with the help of these apps perfect for Small Business Saturday.
Millions of shoppers spending fistfuls of cash on gifts and there’s no packed parking lot to show for it? It must be Cyber Monday, celebrated annually at the start of the work week following Thanksgiving. Before you boot up and pull out your credit card you’ll want to get educated on some possible Cyber Monday scams that could threaten your holiday cheer.
Many stores are launching their Black Friday sales starting at midnight. If you plan to line up hours before the doors unlock be prepared to wait. Fortunately waiting outside a big box store doesn’t have to equal boring, freezing or starving if you have these Black Friday essentials with you.
Black Friday may need to find a new name—many stores announced they’re actually opening their doors on Thanksgiving for shoppers who want doorbuster deals. And plenty of people do. The National Retail Federation estimates 152 million will shop at some point over Black Friday weekend. That’s up 10% from last year so we wanted to know—what’s your Black Friday mission?
Last year Cyber Monday sales topped $1 billion according to comScore. That’s a 16% increase over 2009. Sure the deals are great, but there’s one little problem—for most Americans that’s a work day. Research shows nearly half of Cyber Monday money spent originates from work computers. Plenty of people are doing some on-the-job holiday shopping. That can be really risky so here are ways to avoid getting in trouble while shopping at work.
November is Adoption Awareness Month which is a great time to remember the 210 million orphans worldwide, according to UNICEF estimates. There are 86 million orphans in India alone, 44 million in Africa and 10 million in Mexico. While 35,000 children die daily from hunger and malnutrition there are low cost ways we can help these boys and girls.
Black Friday is usually the holiday season's busiest day for sales and shoppers. A whopping 200 million shoppers visited stores last year, spending $10.69 billion. They spend billions more in the following days including on Cyber Monday. Wondering what customers will be clamoring for this year? Here are some of the hot ticket items shoppers will be racing to the shelves to score.
Pulling together a Thanksgiving feast is not easy. We can’t help you set the table or stuff your bird, but we can lead you to some free Thanksgiving planning resources. And that’s something to be thankful for.
According to the 2010 US Census there are 21.8 million veterans. While it’s important to honor them all year, November 11 is Veterans Day, a time set aside annually to mark their service and contribution. There are a growing number of opportunities to honor veterans online.
For some, satisfaction comes from sitcoms. Others love anything that starts with “Real Housewives”. No matter what’s on the tube there are ways to avoid being a couch potato. Don’t let the TV suck away valuable time—instead be productive while watching television.
Printable coupons may soon be a thing of the past with more and more retailers and shoppers going mobile. According to research firm eMarketer, 9.5% of U.S. adult mobile phone users will access and redeem a mobile coupon this year which equates to 19.8 million consumers. Just in time for the holiday season a growing number of stores are sending coupons straight to your smart phone through free mobile apps. Get ready for Black Friday by downloading these free apps to your phone now.
Give your children a holiday gift they can use this Christmas and beyond—a lesson in personal finance. Kids are generous and your little ones may want to buy lavish holiday gifts for their friends, your mail carrier and their karate teacher. But their generosity may not match your budget. This can be a great opportunity to teach children valuable financial lessons by putting them in charge of their own holiday spending.
Do rewards programs and punch cards do more than keep your wallet from snapping shut? We wanted to know if they actually do make you a return customer or if they simply add to your clutter. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.
Bank Transfer Day isn’t a marketing ploy created by credit unions. It’s actually the brainchild of a 27-year-old art gallery owner in California who just really didn’t like her bank and decided to switch to a credit union. She created Bank Transfer Day, promoting it mostly on Facebook, and now around 70,000 people are committing to making the switch on November 5. Will you be joining them?
Flu season is here—and the Centers for Disease Control says it will stick around until as late as May. Experts say flu activity commonly peaks in January or February and while it may attack your family with a vengeance there are ways to make your home more flu-resistant.
While Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, seems like a scary holiday, it’s actually a celebration of life. Marked by bright colors, flowers and artistically designed skulls, Day of the Dead comes at the beginning of November each year. Celebrate it in style and on a budget with these tips.
The average cost of adoption, according to a 2010 adoption survey, is around $30,000. US foster adoptions are the least expensive, costing on average less than $5,000 while an international adoption from Russia can run about $50,000. Since November is Adoption Awareness Month we’ve researched ways to raise money for an adoption.
According to the National Retail Federation seven in ten Americans—that’s 69%— will celebrate Halloween this year. But what if you’re one of the three in ten who don’t? It may be because you don’t want to spend $72 like the NRF says the average person will spend on Halloween costumes, treats and decorations. Or perhaps Halloween is against your religion. Whatever the reason, here are Halloween alternatives so you don’t feel left out of the fun.
We know you have a few opinions—and not just about whether or not Chaz Bono should have been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars. Instead of keeping those thoughts between you and your hairdresser why not share them and get paid for it? From the products you love to the stuff you don’t here are ways to turn your opinions into cash.
Save paper, ink and money by pulling up coupons on your Smartphone rather than printing them out. Plenty of retailers and manufacturers are offering mobile coupons as a way to help consumers save money. You just need to know how to access them quickly on your phone and that’s where these apps will come in handy.
Those orange gourds are showing up on front porches all across the country. It doesn’t matter where you live, how old you are or what you’ll be doing on October 31, pumpkin are a seasonal staple just about everywhere. But don’t force your squash to go under the knife—here are ideas for doing more than simply carving your Halloween pumpkin.
Most of us have spent money impulsively. But experts agree it’s best to put some thought behind those major financial decisions. Some people may define a “big purchase” as a $50 dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Others may see it as spending $3,000 to upgrade your flat screen. But that doesn’t really matter—what matters is that before locking yourself in to a big purchase you do these five things.
We always knew you were kind-hearted, but our latest Twitter and Facebook poll proves it. As we enter the season of giving we wanted to know what charities you love supporting. While your answers varied from organizations educating women in Africa to nonprofits helping orphans here in America they all seem like great causes working to make the world a better place.
It’s one thing to misplace your phone, iPod or car keys, but what about losing money? Over the last few years many Americans have taken a financial loss—whether in the housing market, stock market or through a layoff. Here are some tips for getting over that major money loss and moving on with life.
Soon there will be presents to buy, trees to decorate and loved ones to visit. Just about everyone could use some extra money around the holidays. But why wait? Here are ten ways you can start creating Christmas cash now.
Don’t get spooked by the cost of candy these days. Just use some coupons to stock up on sweets before Halloween. Keep the trick-or-treaters on your good side with an ample supply of sugar. Don’t forget that many of the coupons are in limited supply—so print yours before they vanish.
More Americans are celebrating Halloween this year than ever before. According to the National Retail Federation's 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, seven in 10 Americans are planning to pull on costumes and devour some candy this year. The average person is expected to spend $72.31 on Halloween products. That’s up from $66.28 last year. Some of the most popular kids Halloween costumes are also very affordable. So dress up your little one and save more money for candy.
We may still be awaiting the arrival of Halloween, but retailers are already planning for Christmas. Hoping to be hired on for a holiday job? You better start applying now, according to experts. Many retailers are already posting their open positions for seasonal work. The good news is there are hundreds of thousands of jobs available for people who don’t mind working during the holiday season.
It doesn’t really matter whether you get your pumpkin fresh from the patch or out of a bin at the grocery store. What counts is what you do with it once you lug it home. Get some free design assistance from the best websites for pumpkin carving templates.
It’s time once again to think pink and do your part to conquer breast cancer. According to The National Cancer Institute, roughly one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. But if we all take simple steps like these we’ll get closer to a cure.
Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9-15 this year. According to the US Fire Administration, in 2009 there were 356,200 residential fires, killing 2,480 people and injuring more than 12,000. These fires destroyed $7 billion worth of property and in many cases, they could have been prevented. Take some time to review this list of fire prevention freebies because they could keep you, your home and your family safe.
Nearly 26 million children and adults are living with diabetes in the US, and another 79 million are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetics must control their blood sugar by eating a healthy diet and these affordable recipes designed especially for diabetics could help.
This is a question that can spark some animated debate: Should wealthy people pay higher taxes? It’s something politicians are hashing out right now so we wanted to know what you thought. We asked for your response through Facebook and this is what you told us. As always, feel free to share your opinions in the comments and at the Bargainist Facebook page.
Realizing Fido or Fluffy has escaped from the sanctuary of home can be terrifying for a loving pet owner. The world is a scary place—especially for lost dogs and cats. If you find yourself in this situation you’ll want to check out these free resources to help you find your missing pet.
This week is officially “Get Organized Week.” So in case you were waiting for some sign before cleaning out your closets, purging unnecessary paperwork or tending to that tower of Tupperware, this may be it. Getting organized doesn’t necessarily require stocking up on expensive storage units or hiring a professional with ten free organizational tools like these.
It’s time to pack away the pastels and pull out the pullovers. Summer dresses need to make way for coats, long sleeves and boots. Transition smoothly from one season to the next with these tips for switching out your wardrobe.
Handmade Christmas gifts and decorations are great in theory—they’re affordable, unique and heartfelt. But when the busyness of the holidays is upon us, who has time to devote to crafts? Fall may have just started, but now is a great time to start making Christmas gifts so you can enjoy handmade holidays in the coming months.
Budgeting? Investing? Saving? Yes, there’s an app for all of that. Free apps are great, but sometimes it’s worth spending a couple of bucks to get extra features and function. These apps may not be free, but they make financial sense.
Hardcore Pawn, Pawn Stars and Pawn Queens are three popular reality shows entertaining viewers with the ins and outs of the pawn shop world. There are more than 12,000 pawn shops in the US, according to History.com. And believe it or not they didn’t originate in Vegas as a way for gamblers to score more cash for the casino. History.com says the first pawn shops emerged in Ancient China more than 3,000 years ago. And still to this day it’s a good way to turn stuff into cash.
Millions of dogs are waiting for their forever homes at shelters around the country. October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog month so it’s a great time to bring one home. Here are tips for making sure you adopt the best pet for your family.
It’s National Dog Week, seven days set aside every year in September to raise awareness of the needs of dogs. The founders’ goals included eliminating strays from the streets, finding good homes for every dog and increasing consideration for dogs. In an effort to help pet owners care for their furry family members, here are some tips for saving money on dog care.
According to various news outlets, the premier of “Two and a Half Men” drew 27.7 million viewers, making it the show’s largest audience ever. Most people were curious as to how Charlie Sheen’s character would make his exit and how Ashton Kutcher’s character would make his entrance. While curiosity built buzz for this fall premiere, we wanted to know what shows you’re anticipating the most. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.
To some, sewing may seem scary, but learning how to navigate a needle and thread could be the key to saving your household some quick cash. You don’t even need to own a sewing machine to tackle most of these easy money-saving sewing projects.
Hair has an uncanny ability to ruin or renew our attitude. According to USA Today, 44% of women say their mood has been affected by the type of hair day they’re having. And that could be why we spend so much money on it. A recent survey shows that women get their hair cut an average of five times a year costing about $195 annually. Half of women report coloring their hair an average of four times a year at $65 a pop. But two-thirds are trying to cut costs when it comes to hair care. One way to do that is to try at-home hair color. Here are some tips for taking that one without getting yourself in a hairy situation.
Fall is a great time to dust off the slow cooker, throw in some hearty ingredients and come home hours later to a home cooked meal. Wondering what recipes you can make without spending a crock pot full of cash? Here are a few of the best on the web
Charities need your help. While they love receiving your cash donations, they could also use your social media support. Here are some ways to use your Facebook and Twitter accounts for a bigger purpose.
According to reports, the drought in East Africa is the worst in 60 years. More than 13 million people are in need of humanitarian help including residents of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Kenya. Help the hungry through these hardworking organizations.
There’s plenty to love about fall: colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and the arrival of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. But fall also marks the arrival of seasonal allergies, which strike millions of people. As many as one in five are allergic to ragweed, according to news reports. And if you’re one of the “lucky” ones here are some low cost remedies for fall allergies.
Having a tough time deciding when to go fake and when to go Fendi? There is a lot of money to be saved with knockoffs, but they can also be a complete waste of resources because of shoddy workmanship and poor quality. Here are a few circumstances when affordable knockoffs can be better than the real thing.
There are many ways to honor the thousands of people who lost their lives through the terror attacks of September 11. It’s important that we remember those victims and celebrate their lives. One way to do that is through symbolic and meaningful gifts.
From brightly colored jeans to the perfect fall boots, shopping for a new season can be fun. But since most of us have tightly fitting budgets we wanted to know what fresh pieces you’re planning to add to your fall wardrobe.
It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the horrific events of September 11. Just about everyone remembers exactly where they were when America was attacked. It will never be a typical day, which is why it’s important to find meaningful ways to commemorate 9/11.
Fall Fashion Week 2011 runs from September 8-15. It’s a full week of hot looks and fresh trends for spring 2012. While creating a new wardrobe may be way out of your budget, you can still enjoy Fashion Week events for free.
International Literacy Day is held each year on September 8. It’s a way to not only celebrate reading, writing and literacy, but also to help those who lack access to reading education and materials.
Despite decades of denial by the Department of Defense and NASA, Hollywood is claiming that America sent two astronauts to the moon in 1972. The story of Apollo 18 and its “lost” footage is revealed in theaters nationwide September 2. While you may never get to actually walk on the moon, you can still experience space without leaving earth (or sending your savings into a black hole.)
September is Self-Improvement Month. Before the rush of the holiday season takes over and your life becomes all about everyone else, now is the time to focus on you. Celebrate Self-Improvement Month by becoming an enhanced version of you with these free ways to better yourself.
The five major networks—ABC, NBC, CBS, CW and FOX—are premiering about two dozen new shows this fall. The sitcoms, dramas and crime thrillers will join the programs you’re already accustomed to. Many of these shows, including some you’ll find on cable networks, have a financial focus.
Looking forward to a long weekend this Labor Day? It may be your last chance this summer to take off for a much-needed vacation. Don’t worry if your summer travel budget is tapped. There are low cost Labor Day destinations ready to welcome you for some late summer fun.
Cincinnati’s Taft Elementary started the school year with a major music room makeover that included décor, drums, guitars and keyboards. Presented through the Mentos Rocks program, music teacher Ms. Laura Max had been holding instruments together with packing tape and using homemade instruments like buckets instead of drums. She’s one of thousands of teachers forced to use their own cash to keep the classroom functioning. In honor of those giving teachers we wanted to know your thoughts on educators who spend their own money on supplies.
According to a 2010 study, five times as many college and high school students deal with anxiety and mental issues now than compared with youth from the Great Depression era. Experts say many of those anxiety issues are due to financial stress. If you know a student heading to campus for the fall—or if you are one—take note of these financial threats facing college kids.
Studies prove that kids who eat healthy breakfasts and lunches earn better grades than those who have an unhealthy diet. They’re able to stay more alert and focused on their school work. That means parents should not take their job of packing lunches lightly. Here are low cost ways to make your child’s lunch more appealing.
Labor Day may conjure up thoughts of working, but it’s actually a great holiday for relaxing. Say goodbye to summer by enjoying the simpler things in life, which thankfully don’t cost much money at all.
In a world doing all it can to tell your children that they should want the newest, shiniest, toy or the coolest, fastest gadget, it can be difficult to instill important financial lessons. Try speaking them through a medium they understand: movies. These kid flicks are entertaining and can also help you teach your kids about money.
According to a survey by Kelton Research, 97% of teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies. Last year $350 was the average teachers took from their own pockets to pay for supplies and materials, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association. Help lift the burden of providing paper, pencils and more by keeping classrooms stocked.
There’s a brand new government office designed to protect you by monitoring consumer financial products. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was established as a part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Whether you’ve heard about this new bureau or not, here are five ways it can serve you.
Did you know there’s an entire government website dedicated to revealing the best and worst deals in higher education? The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires financial details to be posted on the College Navigator website in order to increase transparency surrounding the cost of college. According to CollegeCost.ed.gov, here are the best bargains and highest priced colleges and universities.
Ten bucks may not buy a whole lot these days, but you certainly have some great ideas on how to spend it. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we wanted to know—what’s your favorite way to blow $10? Here’s what you told us.
Kids grow fast so chances are anything you bought last summer before heading back to school won’t work this year. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American family spends $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics during back-to-school shopping sprees. That’s quite a bit of cash so you may want to consider shopping at one of these cost-friendly online retailers.
The Help hits theaters August 10. The film is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book by the same name. The Help tells the story of unlikely friendship between women in 1960s Mississippi: housekeepers and well-to-do housewives. While housekeepers may not be as common as they once were, we can all use a little help now and then. If you need assistance around the house consider these deals on cleaning services.
Rachel Paul had a dream for her 9th birthday. It wasn’t the typical 9-year-old birthday dream of Justin Bieber CDs, Barbie dolls and video games. She had a dream of giving clean water to people she’d never meet. Rachel died in a 13-car accident outside of Seattle, prompting thousands of people to give to her birthday dream. If you’re inspired by Rachel’s selflessness, consider donating your birthday to a worthy cause.
Intense debate over our country’s finances continues. Some Americans are pleading for additional spending cuts while others hope to see higher taxes on the wealthy. But in the midst of the debt ceiling discussion, some interesting money-saving moves are already being done in an effort to spend tax dollars wisely.