Of course your dog has been a very good dog this year! Just listen to what he tells Santa. And you can capture the moment with a free photo of your pet with Santa at participating PetSmart locations. (Of course, your companion animal doesn't have to be a dog; if your pot-bellied pig, bunny or … [Read more...] about Free pet photos with Santa at PetSmart
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Some people enjoy thinking about what to buy for gifts, going out to buy gifts, getting home and wrapping gifts, going out to deliver gifts or mail gifts . . . I am not that person. Don't get me wrong. I love it when I happen to see something in a shop or online and think, "That would be … [Read more...] about Living on the Cheap gift guide roundup 2022
For families and those who have space in their homes to buy in large quantity, a warehouse store membership often makes sense — dollars and cents. But for many frugal people, the idea of paying to shop at a store gives them pause. How can you decide if Sam's Club is worth the membership price? To … [Read more...] about Is Sam’s Club membership worth it?
Although May (for Military Appreciation Month) and November (for Veterans Day) are full of advertising about military discounts and freebies, lots of deals are available 365 days a year. As a veteran, my best advice when it comes to navigating military discounts is always ask. … [Read more...] about Military Appreciation discounts available all year
New Yorkers, show your pride while reaping the benefits of the IDNYC program. New York residents with ID cards can enjoy entertainment deals on the city's best shows and attractions. You can score discounted tickets to Broadway, a sports game, and much more. An IDNYC is a government-issued … [Read more...] about IDNYC Cardholders Get Discounts at Major NYC Attractions
If you're "of a certain age," as they say, you might remember the layaway desk at department stores. Shoppers who wanted to buy a big-ticket item, or do holiday shopping ahead of time, would put the goods "on layaway." The store would hold the items for them and the customer would pay for the goods … [Read more...] about Are ‘buy now, pay later’ alternatives to layaway a good idea?
Looking for ways to stay warm and cozy at home? For many of us, winter is a time when we discover a few more cracks and crannies for the cold air to find its way inside. Not only does that make it harder to keep your house warm, it sends money out the door as the electric or gas bill climbs. So, … [Read more...] about 30 ways to stay warm, save money this winter
Planning a Halloween party but don't want it to bleed your food budget dry? We've got you covered tighter than a mummy's wrappings! Here are ideas for snacks and beverages for both kids and adults, so no one leaves your celebration looking like a skeleton. (For more Halloween party tips, … [Read more...] about Scary good (and cheap) Halloween party food
For the six years that our daughters were in college, my husband dreaded filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid more than doing our income tax return. Like students in most families, though, our girls were going to need some combination of loans and scholarships to pay for college. … [Read more...] about College financial aid: A timeline for high-school students and families
According to a 2021 survey from tech care company Asurion, the cellphone has taken the top spot as most essential item for Americans, overtaking their vehicle or their refrigerator — which makes sense when you consider that you can't do a group text with Uber or Lyft. So whenever a new phone model … [Read more...] about Is it worth the cost to upgrade my cellphone now?
It’s getting harder to find a travel deal. Just ask Tracy Hayes, who recently wanted to fly from Little Rock to St. Louis. “The cheapest flight I could find was roughly $375,” she says. “That was the one-way fare.” Hayes, a notary public from Little Rock, checked the usual suspects — … [Read more...] about How to find cheaper flights and hotel deals in 2022
Many restaurants are offering Labor Day discounts and freebies, perfect for those who don't want to cook over the holiday weekend. Some of the deals are only valid Sept. 5, while others are good before and after. Click on the link in each item for more details. The list will be updated as more deals … [Read more...] about Labor Day weekend freebies and deals 2022
When Jeff Campbell checked in at the Austin airport for a spring break vacation, the last thing on his mind was a credit card chargeback. Instead, he was thinking about the fun he’d have with his three daughters at Universal Orlando Resort that week. “Literally at the gate, my airline canceled … [Read more...] about When disputing a credit card charge isn’t the best answer
One of the perks of retirement is how much life gets easier. Gone are the days of endless work calls, texts, and emails after business hours. Since your cell phone needs may have changed, you might be in the market for a new phone plan. We’ve researched the best cell phone plans for your specific … [Read more...] about Best cellphone plans for seniors in 2022
For the first time in decades, American shoppers are having to deal with inflation — the widespread, general rise in prices for goods and services. Since you're reading this post on a site called Living on the Cheap, you're probably looking for ways to stretch your dollars to cover some of that … [Read more...] about How to beat inflation and save on almost everything