I’m a sucker for buying discounted gift cards to retailers where I normally shop. An extra 18 percent off at Old Navy or 24 percent off at Michael’s in addition to their coupons and sales? Yes, please! Online marketplaces allow you to resell unwanted gift cards and get money you can spend … [Read more...] about Twice I got scammed buying discounted gift cards — here’s what I learned
Real frugalistas know that you should start next year’s holiday shopping the day after Christmas. But let’s face it: Not everyone is in the mood. For me, starting after Labor Day is early enough, unless I spot some perfect and irresistible item in May. The thing about early holiday shopping is … [Read more...] about 6 ways to save by shopping for Christmas gifts super early
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. Food waste is estimated at 25% of the average American family's grocery shopping dollars -- a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh fruits and vegetables top the list, because many are wasted … [Read more...] about How to keep fall fruits and vegetables fresh longer
Hurricane season is officially under way, and if you live anywhere near the coast, that means it's time to stock up on bottled water, batteries and non-perishable food. But those aren't the only things you need to do before a hurricane approaches. The beginning of the season is a good time to review … [Read more...] about 10 things to do before a hurricane comes
Want to discover the secrets of super savers? Living On The Cheap's Teresa Mears and Laura Daily have just published "The Ultimate Guide to Coupons". We share the smart way to use coupons, investing just minutes to save dollars. To make it super simple, the guide can be downloaded as an e-book to … [Read more...] about Learn the secrets of saving more money with coupons in less time
College football season is one of the most exciting in all of American sports. With top teams going head-to-head on the gridiron, we have an exciting season ahead! Whether you want to see the current top ranked team claim the national championship or are cheering for an underdog, follow this updated … [Read more...] about 7 ways to watch college football without cable
As a registered dietitian, I believe a 100- to 200-calorie snack between meals is great way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Clearly, others agree as grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell countless numbers of 100-calorie packs of crackers, cookies, candy and … [Read more...] about Make your own 100-calorie snack packs to save cash — and your diet
There seems to be this prevailing idea that pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms are far less expensive than the grocery store. After all, you're doing all the work, cutting out the middle man, it should be less, right? But, is it really? Before you start thinking I'm going to pooh-pooh U-Pick … [Read more...] about Pick your own produce: Deal or no deal?
Owning a pet can be one of the most rewarding relationships in your life. Pets are loyal, loving and even provide health benefits for their owners, such as lower blood pressure and stress reduction. Unfortunately, pets can be expensive between food costs, supplies and trips to the vet. Many people … [Read more...] about Does your pet need food stamps? 4 resources for pet care when you can’t afford it
What if I said you could save more than $500 a year by buying more fresh fruits and veggies? As a registered dietitian, I've heard all kinds of excuses for not eating healthy, the most common being it's too expensive. But a recent report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest shows how … [Read more...] about Want to save and be healthy? Fruit is cheaper than Twinkies
Buying a car is often a stressful and confusing process, with salesman pressuring for the sale while you try to juggle sticker prices and discounts and upgrades in your head. Smartphones helped alleviate some of the stress of a visit to the car lot, as you can now quickly search and compare … [Read more...] about Is it time to buy a car online?
Heading off to college? Congratulations. You’ll be surprised that much of the learning you’ll do over the next four years has less to do with the classroom than with life. If you’re like many young adults, college is the first time you’ll keep your own schedule, plan your own meals, manage your … [Read more...] about 10 things college students should learn about money