Money-saving tips from The Bargainist

Give Your Porch a Spooky Halloween Makeover for Less

Posted on 10/17/2014

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.

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Days to Save: Knowing When to Shop at Your Favorite Stores

Posted on 10/16/2014

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.

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IKEA Hacks: The Most Amazing Budget Furniture Makeovers

Posted on 10/15/2014

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.

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How to Make Millions on YouTube

Posted on 10/14/2014

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.

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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

Posted on 10/13/2014

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.

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Hot Freebies For Your Halloween Party

Posted on 10/10/2014

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.

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10 Words to Use to Sound Wealthier

Posted on 10/09/2014

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.

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Pumpkin Style: Knife-Free Ways to Decorate Your Jack-o-Lantern

Posted on 10/08/2014

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.

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Where to Find Used Halloween Costumes

Posted on 10/07/2014

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.

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How to Keep Fall Boots Looking Great

Posted on 10/06/2014

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.

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Cookies for Pennies: Cheap Recipes for Cookie Month

Posted on 10/03/2014

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.

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Frugal Fun Day: 10 Ways to Celebrate

Posted on 10/02/2014

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.

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Secrets for Winning at Thrift Store Shopping

Posted on 10/01/2014

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.

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Free Halloween Costumes for Your Pet

Posted on 09/26/2014

Halloween is for the dogs. Last year shoppers spent $330 million on pet costumes according to a report by 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.

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Join the Club: Can Subscription Services Save You Money?

Posted on 09/25/2014

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?

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Getting the Most Out of Museum Day Live!

Posted on 09/24/2014

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.

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Be a Smart Shopper: Price Comparison of the Top Tablets

Posted on 09/23/2014

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.

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The Boys Club: How Shopping in the Kids Department Can Save Money

Posted on 09/19/2014

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.

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How to Make Monitoring Price Drops Mindless

Posted on 09/18/2014

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.

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The Art of the Humble Brag: How to Publicly Celebrate Your Saving Success Stories

Posted on 09/17/2014

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.

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BYOB: Stores that Reward Shoppers for Bringing Bags

Posted on 09/16/2014

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.

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100 Days Until Christmas: Tricks to Start Saving Now

Posted on 09/15/2014

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.

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Tools to Help You Sell Your Home Without an Agent

Posted on 09/12/2014

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.

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5 Cheaper Alternatives to Starbucks' $5 Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted on 09/11/2014

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.

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Fall Fashion 2014 Under $50

Posted on 09/10/2014

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.

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How to Trade in Your iPhone Before the Next One Hits

Posted on 09/08/2014

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.

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Five Affordable Ways to Help Kids with Cancer

Posted on 09/05/2014

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.

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Spotting a Fake: How to Know if Memorabilia is Real

Posted on 09/04/2014

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.

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Strike a Pose: Enjoying Free Yoga Month

Posted on 09/03/2014

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.

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Save Big on Books: Scoring Free and Cheap College Text Books

Posted on 09/02/2014

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.

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