deals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/230/all en-US The Only 5 Grocery Shopping Techniques You Need http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-5-grocery-shopping-techniques-you-need <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-only-5-grocery-shopping-techniques-you-need" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/groceries-5228181-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's the excuse I hear most often for why people don't grocery shop frugally. Say it with me: &quot;I don't have time.&quot;</p> <p>Lack of time is not only the most common hurdle, it's also the easiest to overcome. The fact is, you can save money on groceries without spending more time shopping. In fact, you can probably cut down both the money you spend <em>and</em> the time you spend shopping, by changing one thing: your technique. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-groceries-with-these-online-tools?ref=seealso">Save on Groceries With These Online Tools</a>)</p> <p>Maybe you didn't think picking up food for dinner as something that needed technique. You were wrong. There are dozens of techniques for filling the fridge, but some of them are better than others. Here are the five smartest.</p> <h2>1. Periodically &quot;Eat Down the House&quot;</h2> <p><strong>Why it's smart:</strong> Prevents food waste, which saves money. Keeps cupboards, fridge, and freezer uncluttered, which saves you from wasting time searching for things.</p> <p>This first technique doesn't actually involve stepping into a grocery store. Eating down the house simply means that you use up the food you have already purchased. Often people don't even know what they've got in their pantry or deep freeze. Take some time to take stock. Use your creativity to come up with some recipes making use of what you have &mdash; or consult a website like <a href="http://www.supercook.com/">SuperCook</a>, which tells you what you can make with what you have on hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food?ref=seealso">Fancy Ways to Use Leftovers</a>)</p> <p>This technique will not only set the stage for future savings, but it will also save you time and money during the week you're doing it, because you simply won't have to go to the store (or only to pick up a few fresh supplements to what you have on hand).</p> <h2>2. Set a Budget and Stick to It</h2> <p><strong>Why it's smart:</strong> Like all self-improvement efforts, nothing succeeds like setting and working toward specific goals. Without a budget to measure against, shoppers have no idea whether they're shopping frugally or not. This also saves time because once you have figured out how many groceries you use in a typical week, you're more likely to get them all at once and not make multiple trips. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill?ref=seealso">20+ Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill</a>)</p> <p>When I used to post my weekly grocery spending every single week, I got lots of comments from the peanut gallery. Some thought my budget &mdash; whether it was $80 a week or $120 &mdash; was too easy to attain, while others thought it was unrealistically low. The number you set as your weekly budget has absolutely nothing to do with what anyone else thinks. It's a goal for <em>you</em> to aim for each week.</p> <p>If you want to save money, first keep all your receipts to measure how much you spend on groceries for several weeks. Once you have a weekly average figured out, cut 5% from that amount. Practice for about a month to see if you can stay under that goal. If it feels easy, go ahead and cut it another 5%. Keep doing this until you get to a point where you still feel challenged, yet you're not feeling deprived. Don't forget to bank the savings!</p> <h2>3. Rotate Grocery Stores</h2> <p><strong>Why it's smart:</strong> The same items sell for wildly different prices at different stores on different weeks. By periodically visiting different stores, you can reap the savings of all stores without having to waste time visiting multiple stores each week.</p> <p>Each week, most stores will feature a few items that are out-and-out steals. And different types of store offer different types of savings. If you had unlimited time, you could visit multiple major chains and pick up their deals of the week, stock up on produce at a low-cost ethnic market, hit Aldi for everyday low-priced staples, and visit Costco for dog food and diapers. But at that point, shopping would be your full time job, and no matter how much you save, you can't save enough to make up for spending that much time.</p> <p>Instead, work all your favorite stores into a rotation. When the weekly grocery ads come out, look each one over and decide if the deals are compelling enough to make that store your destination this week. If so, stock up on the sale-priced items and enough other reasonably good deals to get you through the week. On weeks that the deals in the ads don't excite you, hit an everyday low prices store like Aldi or a warehouse store instead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco?ref=seealso">Things You Should Buy at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>4. Grab Discounts</h2> <p><strong>Why it's smart:</strong> Grocery discounts may seem like only a few cents here and there, but when looked at in terms of percentages, they can add up to a good 20% cost reduction. Spending 20% less is at least as good as getting a 20% return on investments &mdash; but savings are tax free.</p> <p>Beyond the regular advertised sales, there are lots of ways to get discounts on groceries if you keep your eyes open. Coupons are one way, of course. Also keep your eyes peeled for marked-down perishable goods; for instance my local Safeway puts out meat and deli items reduced 30% to 50% every day. Not all stores do this, but when you find one that does, work it into your regular rotation.</p> <p>Some stores offer discounts through online programs now. Safeway promises 20% or greater savings to users of its Just for U program, and personally I have saved even more by using it.</p> <h2>5. Combine Deals</h2> <p><strong>Why it's smart:</strong> Taking advantage of multiple promotions yields maximum savings.</p> <p>This is the most challenging part of grocery savings, but it can also be the most fun. Say you have a coupon for your kids' favorite cereal. The coupon only brings the price of the cereal down to match the store brand, so you might wonder if using coupons is even worthwhile. Well, it's not very worthwhile &mdash; if the item you're buying isn't also on sale. Hold onto that coupon for a week or two, until the cereal goes on sale, and then you're combining two deals &mdash; and likely beating the price of the store brand.</p> <p>Other ways to combine discounts is to look for Catalina promotions, which print out rewards after you make a purchase, or add a &quot;basket coupon,&quot; which takes money off when you spend a set amount on your whole purchase. When advanced bargain shoppers brag that they got groceries for free, or even made money on certain items, they're usually combining multiple deals.</p> <p><em>What's your smartest grocery shopping trick? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-5-grocery-shopping-techniques-you-need" class="sharethis-link" title="The Only 5 Grocery Shopping Techniques You Need" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> General Tips Shopping deals discounts groceries shopping Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:49:04 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1134464 at http://www.wisebread.com The 8 Best Places to Find Deals at the Mall http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-places-to-find-deals-at-the-mall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-best-places-to-find-deals-at-the-mall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-200370879-001.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping malls. Some are shrines to over-indulgence. Some will have you emptying your bank account faster than you can say &quot;charge.&quot; And others, well, don't even go within 100 feet of them if you're planning to save money. In my hometown of Denver, that would be Cherry Creek mall. Very beautiful, very extravagant, and not one bargain anywhere within its luxurious walls. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less?ref=seealso">17 Places to Get Discount Designer Clothing</a>)</p> <p>But other malls, especially outlet malls, can be goldmines of savings. And if you know where (and when) to shop within the mall, you can stretch your dollars considerably further. Here are the eight best places to find deals at your local mall.</p> <h2>1. Jewelry: Claire's and Icing</h2> <p>If you have girls, especially between the ages of 7 and 14, then Claire's and Icing can save you a ton of money on jewelry. True, it's not exactly the best quality, but the tastes of teenage girls change with the wind anyway. These stores constantly have deals running, including BOGO and Buy 2, Get 1 Free. And they don't just do deals on jewelry. You'll find bargains on purses, makeup, key rings, chap sticks, and more. It's paradise for young girls, and a money saver for adults. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-inexpensive-accessories?ref=seealso">Where to Find Inexpensive Accessories</a>)</p> <h2>2. Clothing: H&amp;M</h2> <p>Hopefully your mall contains an H&amp;M. Some don't, and that's a real shame. H&amp;M prices run from fair to &quot;that's incredible, how do they even stay in business?!&quot; The thing about H&amp;M is that it's both fashionable and affordable &mdash; two words that very rarely go together. They have major celebrities wearing and advertising their clothes, and if you hit the sales, you'll find these items for silly money. Jeans for less than $10, T-shirts for $5. You really can't go wrong.</p> <h2>3. Shoes: Payless Shoesource</h2> <p>I preface this with a note on quality. Many people will tell you that the shoes at Payless are crap. Sorry to be blunt, but that's what it basically boils down to. But to be honest, I've had hiking boots from Payless that I bought at the same time as a much more expensive pair from REI, and both have lasted well. I think the higher-priced boots are more comfortable, but many of the shoes sold in Payless are made in the same factories that churn out the expensive brands. You can also buy Airwalk shoes in Payless. Yes, if you want the latest and greatest fashions, and high-end brand names, this is not the store for you. But if you need shoes for the kiddos who are growing like weeds, and will be in another size in six months, there are plenty of choices here. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye?ref=seealso">Try Frye for Stylish Shoes That Last</a>)</p> <h2>4. A Bit of Everything: Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls</h2> <p>When you want some cheap clothes, bargain watches, cookware, bedding, shoes, suitcases, electronics, and kitchen gadgets all under one roof, these stores are great. The stock is name brand, but is often what the industry calls &quot;factory seconds.&quot; They are flawed in some way, but these ways are usually unnoticeable to anyone but a trained eye. That means a slightly incorrect logo placement, stitching irregularities, or even the tiniest of blemishes. For this, you'll pay as much as 90% less than retail. You may also get last year's fashions or discontinued stock. But if you don't care (and how many of us do?) this is a great place to shop and save.</p> <h2>5. Video Games: Game Stop and Game Zone</h2> <p>When you head to these stores, don't go for the brand new games. They cannot offer them at good prices, and they will most likely be cheaper online. Instead, look through the used games, and better still, the bargain buckets. Here, you'll find games that have been hugely discounted. It's not uncommon to pick up games for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 for less than $5. Sadly, these stores have not carried the original Xbox games for quite some time, but you can still find them at independent retailers for as little as $2. They also take trades, so you can walk out with games without spending any money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-play-video-games?ref=seealso">Cheap Ways to Play Video Games</a>)</p> <h2>6. Sunglasses: Kiosks</h2> <p>Every mall you go to will usually have small kiosks set up in the aisles. They will be selling everything from skin care products to cuddly toys and wallets. One thing to look out for is the sunglasses kiosk. This will have copies of popular styles at a fraction of the price. They are not counterfeit; they are simply mimicking expensive brands but without the high price tag. What you should know is this: over 80% of sunglasses in the world <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748704518904575365362932852610">are made by one company</a> &mdash; Luxottica. And almost every pair of sunglasses comes with UV protection. So while you may feel better spending $250 on a pair of designer sunglasses, remember that for ten times less you can get two good-looking pairs that will shield your eyes from the sun just as well.</p> <h2>7. Fragrances: Perfumania and Other Fragrance Outlets</h2> <p>When you want to stock up on fragrances for friends, family, or yourself, don't forget to look in stores like <a href="http://www.perfumania.com/">Perfumania</a>. They almost always have good deals running, like BOGO, or BOGO 50%. They will also bundle deals, giving you fragrance sets that include shower gels, lotions, and even nightgowns; and they have a decent clearance section, where last year's hot fragrances are this year's hot bargains. Just be warned &mdash; the scent can be a little overpowering.</p> <h2>8. Kitchen Items: Kitchen Collection</h2> <p>If you have specific kitchen items you need, pop into a store like <a href="http://www.kitchencollection.com/">Kitchen Collection</a>. It's considered an outlet store, but the goods offered within are great quality at excellent prices. Brands on offer include Cuisinart, Farberware, Black &amp; Decker, Keurig, KitchenAid, Ninja, Paula Deen, Waring Pro, and Sunbeam. There are gadgets and gizmos covering the walls and the aisles, and the clearance sections can be eye-opening. Expect to pay 50% less for your top-end items than you would in the department stores across the way.</p> <p><em>Do you have a secret mall shopping tip that always brings you the best deals? Let us know all about it. </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-places-to-find-deals-at-the-mall" class="sharethis-link" title="The 8 Best Places to Find Deals at the Mall" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Deals Shopping Buying Guides deals discounts shopping shopping mall Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:48:29 +0000 Paul Michael 1130834 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-dv1079002.jpg" alt="furniture store" title="furniture store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Finding affordable furniture doesn't mean you are relegated to college dorm decor or dumpster diving. Besides thrift stores, Craigslist, and garage sales, cheap-yet-attractive retail options do exist if you know where to look. Here are some great places to score some stylish furniture on a budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-patio-furniture?ref=seealso">How to Save on Patio Furniture</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cost Plus World Market</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-11413724">Cost Plus World Market</a>, which originally got its name from selling items at cost plus 10%, now has 250 locations and an online site selling a collection of home items from around the world at extremely economical prices. World Market's eclectic furniture choices include many decorative fabric chairs for under $300, sofa options for under $600, and tufted upholstered beds under $500. Most products are made of solid wood and quality fabrics, and the site provides helpful running commentary from online reviewers.</p> <h2>2. IKEA</h2> <p>No frugal furniture list would be complete without a reference to <a href="http://www.ikea.com/">IKEA</a>. IKEA has some of the cheapest furniture around, and while it's true this is often due to things like particle board construction, there are a number of IKEA finds that even designers use as high-end substitutes. Check out the super affordable chairs and sofas from the EKTORP line, which start as low as $250 and whose white slipcovers make for a great spa feel. You can also score a good-looking KIVIK chaise for $350 in a variety of colors, while the AINA curtains rival more lux Belgian linen draperies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-curtains?ref=seealso">DIY Curtains</a>)</p> <h2>3. Wayfair</h2> <p>With over 11,000 brands, <a href="http://www.wayfair.com/">Wayfair</a> has an overwhelming number of home furnishing options available on its site. Furniture ranges from the extremely cheap to the high-end name brands, most of which are then discounted well below the original list price. Many pieces also include free shipping, which can save hundreds of dollars over other furniture retailers. <a href="http://linksynergy.walmart.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=223073.10007155&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Walmart</a> also sells some Wayfair furniture on its site, too.</p> <h2>4. Pier 1</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pier1.com">Pier 1 Imports</a> offers some furniture with flair at very reasonable price points. Most items have a global artisan feel, and the in-store displays prove helpful in providing inspiration for your furniture finds. You can now also order online and have items delivered or choose free next-day pickup at a store location. Some of my favorites are their collections of <a href="http://www.pier1.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/chairs/fabric-chairs,default,sc.html?cgid=fabric-chairs&amp;nav=left">affordable upholstered chairs</a>, which always make a statement with unique fabrics and eye-catching designs.</p> <h2>5. Overstock</h2> <p>Finding 20% or more savings on great pieces of furniture makes <a href="http://www.overstock.com">Overstock</a> worth a look. A vast furniture inventory and everyday free shipping on items over $50 (including the big stuff) also helps. Some of the more economical furniture buys may require some assembly, but the savings can help justify the labor involved. Overstock often runs additional sales on already reduced items for even more bargain shopping.</p> <h2>6. Home Decorators</h2> <p>If you've ever received one of <a href="http://homedecorators.com/">Home Decorators'</a> catalogs, you know they sell a variety of well-priced furniture items and rugs. It's also one of the few places online where you can customize fabrics and colors for fairly affordable prices. While durability can be questionable at times, a collection of product reviews is available to help you make your purchase. Make sure to check their outlet section and various sales events, too. I have had great luck with many items, including some custom upholstered dining chairs for $150, a hall tree from the outlet for under $100, and a handsome French-inspired settee for around $300.</p> <h2>7. West Elm</h2> <p>As the more affordable sister store to Pottery Barn, <a href="http://www.westelm.com/">West Elm</a>'s furniture is best known for small-space living and clean lines with a modern touch. Their Emmerson Collection boasts a rustic look for modern or industrial spaces, while their Mid-Century Collection provides a '50s vibe. Price points are not necessarily rock bottom, but you can score some nice pieces for under $500. Check out their inspiration and ideas sections, or head into your local store for designer advice. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-live-large-in-a-small-space?ref=seealso">How to Live Large in a Small Space</a>)</p> <h2>8. One Kings Lane and Joss &amp; Main</h2> <p>Flash sale sites <a href="https://www.onekingslane.com">One Kings Lane</a> and <a href="https://www.jossandmain.com/">Joss &amp; Main</a> carry some high-end brand furniture, vintage finds, and affordable furnishings at major savings (think as much as 50% or more). However, you are limited to what's available during the timed sale periods, which means you need to be patient and check back often if you are searching for a particular item. Like many flash sale sites, you'll need to register, and also beware to buy only what you truly are looking for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flash-sale-sites-great-discountswith-a-price?ref=seealso">Flash Sale Sites: Great Discounts&hellip;With a Price</a>)</p> <h2>9. Target</h2> <p>Don't rule out <a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.337834&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">Target</a> for finding some attractive and affordable furniture. The store is great for finding cheap, simple furniture items, like bookcases, tables, desks, dressers, and nightstands for under $150. Like many cheap furniture items, assembly may be required. You can also spiff up some of their relatively modest pieces by buying your own knobs, pulls, and other hardware to make for a unique look.</p> <h2>10. Big Lots</h2> <p>As one of the largest broadline closeout retailers, <a href="http://www.biglots.com/">Big Lots</a> offers some extremely discounted furniture. Shopping Big Lots is easy with over 1,400 stores nationwide and the ability to browse online. Microfiber sofas under $300, nightstands under $70 and majorly discounted Serta mattresses are just some of the extremely cheap furniture finds available.</p> <p><em>Where are some of your favorite places for cheap, good-looking furniture?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Home Shopping deals discounts furniture Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:09 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1130833 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in March http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-march <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-march" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-166840657.jpg" alt="woman jumping" title="woman jumping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Right now, it may not feel like spring is approaching; many of us still have snow on our lawns and extra blankets on the bed. But, in a few months we'll be unpacking the shorts and light jackets, and getting ready to tune up the lawn mower. As always, stores are way ahead of consumers when it comes to stocking the shelves. They clear out products you want right now in favor of items you will soon need. But that makes for great bargains, if you know what to look for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar?ref=seealso">Wise Bread's Shopping Calendar</a>)</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>There are plenty of awesome holidays this month. March 4th is Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day in the UK). In the UK, Mother's Day is Sunday, March 30th. And we also have the spring equinox on March 20th. Let's take a look at some of the bargains that accompany them.</p> <h3>1. Chocolates, Chocolates, Chocolates</h3> <p>Something the stores never want hanging around are seasonal items, especially edible ones. Valentine's Day may be long gone, but the stores still have plenty of goodies on the shelves. And they want to get rid of it quickly! You'll see 90% savings on perfectly good <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=16322461&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1393616528&amp;rh=n%3A16310101%2Cn%3A!16310211%2Cn%3A16322461%2Cp_n_intended_use_browse-bin%3A2257371011&amp;rnid=2257345011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">boxes of chocolates and other candies</a>, and all because they're in heart-shipped boxes and flowery red packaging. It's silly, but it's good for your wallet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-reasons-you-should-eat-more-chocolate?ref=seealso">15 Reasons to Eat More Chocolate</a>)</p> <h3>2. Frozen Foods</h3> <p>March is National Frozen Foods month. Who knew? That means you'll see a ton of great coupons in the circulars and discounts in stores. If you have space in your freezer, now is the time to use it up. Or grab yourself a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CWDZYI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001CWDZYI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">cheap freezer</a> off Craigslist and stock it up! Remember, these foods can last a year or more, but the deals don't ever last that long. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes?ref=seealso">Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfasts</a>)</p> <h3>3. Intel-Based Laptops</h3> <p>If you need a new laptop for school, college, the workplace, or just to have around the house, now is the time to check out deals on Intel-based laptops. Now, there are several types of Intel processors, from the older Ivy Bridge and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=565108&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1393617812&amp;rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A541966%2Cn%3A565108%2Cp_75%3A20-%2Cp_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A1264444011&amp;rnid=676578011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">Celeron</a> models, to the newer Haswell versions. Strangely enough, the better deals seem to be on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=565108&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1393617812&amp;rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A541966%2Cn%3A565108%2Cp_75%3A20-%2Cp_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A1264444011&amp;rnid=676578011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">Haswells</a>, so if you have $500 to spend, you can get a fast and reliable Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, or Sony laptop with a Haswell Core i5 or Core i7 processor.</p> <h3>4. Big Screen TVs</h3> <p>It won't be too long before <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=6459736011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1393618062&amp;rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A1266092011%2Cn%3A172659%2Cn%3A6459736011%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A3578041011&amp;rnid=1232878011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">42&quot; LCD TVs</a> are given away free with boxes of cereal. Seriously, every year big screen TVs get cheaper and cheaper. A few years ago, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=6459736011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1393618062&amp;rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A1266092011%2Cn%3A172659%2Cn%3A6459736011%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A3578041011&amp;rnid=1232878011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">60&quot; 1080p LCD TV</a> would have set you back a few thousand dollars. This year, you will get change out of $800. And those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=172659&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;pf_rd_i=1266092011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1737263342&amp;pf_rd_r=1MYVBWR356V9CBB81KHK&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;rh=i%3Aelectronics%2Cn%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A1266092011%2Cn%3A172659%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_three_browse-bin%3A7688788011%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">4K TVs</a> are also going to drop in price, too. If you have plans for a home theater, this is a great month to buy, especially if you're expecting a tax refund.</p> <h3>5. Luggage</h3> <p>Now's the time to stock up on travel gear. If past performance is any indication of how things will go this year, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=172659&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;pf_rd_i=1266092011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1737263342&amp;pf_rd_r=1MYVBWR356V9CBB81KHK&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;rh=i%3Aelectronics%2Cn%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A1266092011%2Cn%3A172659%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_three_browse-bin%3A7688788011%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A!493964&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">luggage and baggage deals</a> kick into high gear in March. New luggage models (do people really care about the trendiness of their suitcases?) come out now, so old models are priced to move. From retail stores like Sears and Walmart to online retailers like eBags and Amazon, you should find yourself some sweet bargains. Hopefully, flights will be just as good to you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">Packing Secrets From a Pro Traveler</a>)</p> <h3>6. Snow Gear</h3> <p>If you like fresh powder, there's still time to enjoy it while wearing some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=6443707011&amp;pf_rd_i=1036592&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1714561622&amp;pf_rd_r=100MKAQG0588ZYM9282P&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-8&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">snazzy new gear</a>&hellip;and it doesn't have to cost full price. Just like last month, there are deals to be had on those big winter jackets, snow boots, hats, and all sorts of other stuff designed to keep the icy weather at bay. These deals won't last too much longer, so grab them now.</p> <h3>7. St. Patrick's Day Merchandise</h3> <p>Once again, the green beers will be flowing on March 17th &mdash; St. Patrick's Day. And as soon as the sun sets on the 17th, the stores start discounting <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=6361262011&amp;pf_rd_i=507846&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1740538522&amp;pf_rd_r=1MB94V0H98599B98XPAX&amp;pf_rd_s=right-csm-1&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">St. Paddy's Day merchandise</a> with a determination that would make the Little Engine That Could jealous. In the past, Target has quickly and massively discounted the green gear. Remember, until the 17th you won't see many deals, but after then you can scoop up the bargains and stock up for next year.&nbsp;(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day?ref=seealso">Ways to Serve Potatoes on St. Patrick's Day</a>)</p> <h3>8. Amazon Prime&nbsp;</h3> <p>If you've been debating an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">Amazon Prime</a> membership, now could be the best time to jump on it. Over the past year, changes have been made to Amazon Prime that have made it less of a deal than it used to be. For instance, the change to &quot;add on items,&quot; which were once free to ship with Prime, but are now only shipped free if included with an order that brings your total over $25. Rumors have it that Amazon is going to hike the rates by 50% or more. Get in now, and enjoy free two-day shipping and a massive library of free TV and Movies to stream whenever you want.</p> <h3>9. Seeds and Plants</h3> <p>Of course, with frost and hard ground to contend with, you won't be planting a whole lot right now. But you can order what you need now and save 50% or more on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=3480662011&amp;pf_rd_i=2972638011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1715557162&amp;pf_rd_r=01NXSG4MF9P76MRC1ZN5&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-1&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">seeds</a> that will make your garden grow. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-container-garden-started-with-this-guide?ref=seealso">Guide to Container Gardening</a>)</p> <h3>10. Silverware and China</h3> <p>Wedding season is not until June. Christmas is over. The stores want to get some of their silverware and china stock cleared. If your <a href="http://www.amazon.com/tableware-dinnerware-dishes-flatware/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=13162311&amp;pf_rd_i=1055398&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1685437002&amp;pf_rd_r=1EPWRPMZ4CHPZGWSA50J&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-4&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">plates, bowls and cutlery</a> are looking a little past their prime, now is a great time to refresh them all. And remember, the old ones can be donated to charity for a family that really needs them.</p> <h2>What to Avoid&hellip;</h2> <p>There's a lot of flimflam in March too. It starts at the beginning of the month with Oscar Night 2014, and let's not forget Daylight Savings Time on March 9th &mdash; one hour of sleep lost, one extra pot of coffee on Sunday. Let's see what we should be looking to avoid this month.</p> <h3>1. Sexy Lingerie</h3> <p>It's not the same as candy; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Intimate-Apparel-Lingerie/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=14333511&amp;pf_rd_i=1040660&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1740541382&amp;pf_rd_r=01Y3ZE0BQEDWEG6FAM9S&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">lingerie</a> is lingerie, and it is still popular despite Valentine's Day being over for another year. When it comes to sales, most lingerie stores follow the lead of the biggest and most infamous &mdash; Victoria's Secret. And as their semi-annual sale is in June, you should hold off on your shopping until then.</p> <h3>2. Xbox One Systems and Games</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CMQTVUA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CMQTVUA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">Xbox One</a> is still a hot item, but the discounts are coming in April. Now that the rush is over for Christmas, and the big fans have already picked up their systems, sales are on the decline. Microsoft doesn't want to see the PS4 gaining any more market share, and the best way to combat that is with discounts. Keep your eyes peeled, but don't buy anything just yet.</p> <h3>3. Spring Apparel</h3> <p>Spring is not just around the corner. But the stores have a different story. They're stocking up for spring right now, and they have no plans to offer any kind of discounts just yet. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring">Spring gear</a> is still priced at or close to the recommended retail price. Wait a month or two, and those prices will come down just in time for you to get a month or two of good use out of everything you buy.</p> <h3>4. New Smartphones</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2407748011&amp;pf_rd_i=2335752011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1716418262&amp;pf_rd_r=00XHABXX9A3H6TWYH2E3&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-6&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">latest models</a> are everywhere, and they're full price. By all means use this time to start looking around for models you'd like to have, but hold your horses. Give it a few months and those full price phones will start falling in price.</p> <h3>5. Gym Memberships</h3> <p>If you're a regular at the gym, you should have seen the New Year's rush die down by now. But, it's far from over yet. People are still trying to fulfill that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=3408271&amp;pf_rd_i=3407731&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1712840642&amp;pf_rd_r=1G6D6ZGAWBG8VVMNDYK6&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-5&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20">resolution to get fit</a>, and gyms are not struggling to make their numbers. Wait a few more months. Once the sun is shining and people can run outdoors, they'll start hitting you with offers.</p> <p><em>Are you planning to make any purchases in March? Where are you finding deals?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-march" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in March" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Consumer Affairs Shopping buying guides deals discounts what to buy Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:36:40 +0000 Paul Michael 968384 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Valentine's Day Deals and Freebies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-valentines-day-deals-and-freebies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-valentines-day-deals-and-freebies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/vday-468873847.jpg" alt="Valentine&#039;s Day" title="Valentine&#039;s Day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on Valentine's Day deals and freebies, strange facts that are actually true, and squeezing more out of your day.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pocketyourdollars.com/2014/02/valentines-day-deals-and-freebies-2014/">Valentine's Day Deals and Freebies</a> &mdash; If you purchase a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme, you can get a dozen free! [Pocket Your Dollars]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Strange-True-Facts-33983706">14 Strange Facts That Are Actually True</a> &mdash; Did you know a professional mimic can forget their own voice? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/02/10/on-a-time-crunch-squeeze-more-out-of-your-day/">On a time crunch? Squeeze more out of your day</a> &mdash; To squeeze more out of your day, use technology to your advantage. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyhelpforchristians.com/5-best-tips-for-effective-budgeting/">5 Best Tips for Effective Budgeting</a> &mdash; Recording your expenses immediately can help you budget effectively. [Money Help for Christians]</p> <p><a href="http://www.americandebtproject.com/2014/02/make-it-easier-on-yourself-to-be-responsible-with-money/">Make It Easier (on Yourself) to Be Responsible with Money</a> &mdash; Make it easier on yourself to be responsible with money by being committed to staying out of debt. [American Debt Project]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/02/how-the-attitudes-of-people-during-the-great-depression-can-help-you-reach-financial-independence/">How the Attitudes of People During the Depression Can Help You Reach Financial Independence</a> &mdash; Being resourceful and grateful can help you reach financial independence. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/02/10/financial-to-dos-before-you-say-i-do/">Financial to dos before you say &quot;I do&quot;</a> &mdash; Before you say &quot;I do,&quot; figure out if your goals are compatible with your significant other's. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://thirtysixmonths.com/how-to-budget-for-unexpected-expenses/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Thirtysixmonthscom+%28thirtysixmonths.com%2Fblog%29">How to Budget for Unexpected Expenses</a> &mdash; When budgeting for unexpected expenses around your home, make sure you have a specific fund for emergencies, not just improvements. [Thirty Six Months]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/how-i-negotiated-tailor-job/">How I Negotiated 46% Off A Tailor Job</a> &mdash; Did you know physically holding an object when you are negotiating shows you are attached to it and will pay a higher price for it? [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/valentine-s-day-date-ideas-for-you-and-your-kids">Valentine's Day Date Ideas for You and Your Kids</a> &mdash; This Valentine's Day, take your kids for a nature walk or bake heart-shaped cookies. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-valentines-day-deals-and-freebies" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Valentine&#039;s Day Deals and Freebies" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living best money tips deals freebies Valentine's Day Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:28 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1125725 at http://www.wisebread.com It Pays to Be Late: 7 Awesome Things You Can Get Cheaper at the Last Minute http://www.wisebread.com/it-pays-to-be-late-7-awesome-things-you-can-get-cheaper-at-the-last-minute <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/it-pays-to-be-late-7-awesome-things-you-can-get-cheaper-at-the-last-minute" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-177428429.jpg" alt="farmer&#039;s market" title="farmer&#039;s market" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&#39;m habitually running an hour or a day or a week behind. The upside of this chronic lateness is that I&#39;ve found that waiting until the last minute to buy things often leads to unexpected discounts. Here are some ways that the latecomer gets more deals than the early bird (and deals are better than worms, don&#39;t you think?). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">16 Amazon Deal Hacks</a>)</p> <h2>1. Farmers Markets</h2> <p>Show up at a weekly fresh produce market in the last hour, and many vendors will be happy to make you a deal. Even if they don&#39;t change their signs, just ask: &quot;How much for all the peaches you have left?&quot; Nobody wants to load unsold produce back into the truck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month?ref=seealso">Fresh Fruits and Veggies by the Month</a>)</p> <h2>2. Garage Sales</h2> <p>It&#39;s 1 p.m. on a Saturday, and neighbors are starting to pack up their unsold goods and schedule charity pickups. It&#39;s the best time to wheel and deal &mdash; most people have by this point given up on making money and just want to avoid hauling the stuff back inside. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-dumpster-diving-to-garage-sales-turning-trash-into-cash?ref=seealso">How to Turn Trash Into Cash</a>)</p> <h2>3. Rental Cars</h2> <p>Because <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-hidden-advantages-to-getting-rid-of-your-car">we don&#39;t own a car</a>, my family rents them several times a year for weekend getaways and such. I&#39;ve found that the best prices often come up on <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=215953.10000002&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Hotwire</a> or <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10392971">Priceline</a> on the day before or even the day of the rental. At this point, the rental companies may know roughly how many cars they&#39;re going to have sitting idle, and they will release more to these cut-rate vendors. The rental companies themselves may also list last-minute specials on their sites.</p> <p>Of course, if you really need a car, you don&#39;t want to wait until the last minute and then find out that the last minute prices are sky-high. So I recommend making an early reservation at the best price you can find &mdash; search <a href="http://www.kayak.com/">Kayak.com</a> for good prices &mdash; as a back-up. If you don&#39;t select the &quot;pay in advance&quot; option, car reservations are generally non-binding for the customer.</p> <h2>4. Hotels</h2> <p>The same thing goes for hotel rooms &mdash; hit Hotwire, Priceline, or Orbitz at the last minute, but consider a backup conventional reservation. Just remember that many hotels charge cancellation fees if you cancel too late, so check their policy.</p> <p><a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.301235&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">Orbitz</a> is nice because its listings tell you how the price compares to &quot;usual&quot; prices. For instance, when I searched for a room in San Francisco for a weekday night, it told me that the $139 price it was quoting for the Kimpton Prescott hotel was 25% less than usual.</p> <p>You can also wrangle last-minute hotel deals by simply calling the front desk and asking for a discount. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-budget-hotels?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Budget Hotels</a>)</p> <h2>5. Flights</h2> <p>Last-minute flight deals are one of those bargain leprechauns that I have always heard about but never quite believed in. After all, when you book a flight, you&#39;ll notice that the prices trend higher and higher as the travel date approaches. And how many times have you boarded a plane recently with lots of empty seats?</p> <p>Well, in truth, you can never count on getting a last-minute bargain to a specific destination. But if you are flexible and keep your eyes open, you may be able to find last minute opportunities. Like with hotels and rental cars, you want to start with Priceline, Hotwire, and Orbitz. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-lowest-price-on-airfare-even-after-you-buy?ref=seealso">How to Get the Lowest Price on Airfare</a>)</p> <p>Another place to look is the airline&#39;s home page. I registered on American Airlines and entered my prefered travel routes, SFO-ORD or OAK-MKE. When I logged in recently, it notified me that I could fly from San Francisco to Chicago and back for just $200, less than half the price on most other upcoming dates &mdash; but only if I left this Saturday and returned on Monday or Tuesday. You can also get last-minute deals emailed to you if you sign up with airlines and travel sites. And set up a fare alert on Kayak.com to let you know when a route you travel drops in price.</p> <p><a href="http://traveltips.usatoday.com/last-minute-flight-deals-1730.html">USA Today</a> has two more tips for snagging last-minute deals. First, travel alone, because single cheap seats are easier to find than groups. Second, look for sites that cater to the region you&#39;re traveling to, like Airtech, which specializes in cheap flights to Hawaii.</p> <p>Finally, if you are heading to a vacation destination, try searching the sites of tour operators like <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11322891">Apple Vacations</a> or <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10417408">Funjet</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations?ref=seealso">Cheap International Vacation Destinations</a>)</p> <h2>6. Holiday and Seasonal Goods</h2> <p>Of course, the best deals on Christmas decor or Halloween costumes will come <em>after </em>the holiday, when retailers want to clear the shelves for the next season&#39;s merchandise. However, a lot of stores discount these things, say, 25% or 50% in the last week leading up to a holiday. If you aren&#39;t particular about what your Halloween costume will be, or if you can wait until the last couple days to wrap your Christmas presents, you can snag major discounts.</p> <p>Likewise, if you can wait until July 1 to buy a bathing suit or until January to buy a snowblower, you&#39;ll get a better deal than if you shopped ahead. Back-to-school clothes and supplies will be on clearance before the kids really need most of them.</p> <h2>7. Theater and Event Tickets</h2> <p>Tickets to the hit musical &quot;The Book of Mormon&quot; start at $125 in San Francisco &mdash; unless you show up two and a half hours before the performance and <a href="https://www.shnsf.com/online/bookofmormon">get front row seats for $29 each</a>. OK, these are sold by lottery, so you&#39;re far from guaranteed to get in, but if you have the time to gamble, you can save a hundred bucks or more.</p> <p>Most cities have a ticket booth where you can line up to buy half-price tickets (plus a fee) for whatever show has empty seats that night. Some sports venues, such as Wrigley Field in Chicago, and performing arts venues as well sell cheap standing room only tickets on the day of the event. Finally, don&#39;t forget to look on Craigslist, where people with changed plans often unload tickets for cheap &mdash; just take some precautions <a href="http://www.fraudguides.com/craigslist-ticket-scams.asp">to avoid getting scammed</a>.</p> <p><em>What have you gotten a great deal on by waiting until the last minute to purchase?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/it-pays-to-be-late-7-awesome-things-you-can-get-cheaper-at-the-last-minute" class="sharethis-link" title="It Pays to Be Late: 7 Awesome Things You Can Get Cheaper at the Last Minute" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping deals discounts haggling last minute shopping Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:37:20 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1101382 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should) http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dollar-162163356.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who doesn&#39;t love a trip to the dollar store? You walk in with five bucks, and you walk out with a bag full of stuff. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-home-decorating-ideas-for-under-5?ref=seealso">Home Decorating for Under $5</a>)</p> <p>Of course, the stuff you have in that bag is going to vary in quality from good to &quot;Are you sure you want to take the risk?&quot; So I have compiled a top 10 list of things to buy, and 10 things to steer clear of.</p> <h2>What to Buy</h2> <p>Here are the items you should look out for every time you&#39;re at the dollar store.</p> <h3>1. Gift Wrap, Cards, and Party Supplies</h3> <p>What&#39;s the most depressing thing about buying gift-wrap? Personally, I hate spending $3-$4 on a roll of paper that is specifically designed to be seen for 10 seconds before it&#39;s ripped off and thrown in the trash. That&#39;s why I always get it from the dollar store. It&#39;s 75% cheaper, it looks just the same, and it&#39;s not so painful to see it get annihilated. While you&#39;re there, grab balloons, plates, cups, plastic cutlery, greeting cards, and anything else related to a birthday or anniversary. You&#39;ll save a ton of money over the years.</p> <h3>2. Glassware, Cups, and Mugs</h3> <p>There&#39;s a decent selection of glassware in most dollar stores, and they&#39;re perfectly safe for the home. They&#39;re not made of inferior glass that will shatter when you breathe on them. The glasses may not be the most current styles, and you may not get exactly the shape you were looking for. But if you&#39;re just looking to add a few glasses to your cupboard, your money goes a long way here. The same goes for cups and mugs. Again, don&#39;t expect a massive array of the latest styles. But they hold tea and coffee just fine.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-179102114-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>3. Reusable Plastic Containers</h3> <p>It&#39;s often called Gladware, but that&#39;s a brand name. You can find these storage containers made by Betty Crocker, Ziploc, Rubbermaid, Tupperware, and many others. Your selection may not be that great in the dollar store, but you&#39;ll get a lot more containers for your cash.</p> <h3>4. Coloring Books, Crayons, and Kids&#39; Crafts</h3> <p>The prices of coloring books range from &quot;how much?!&quot; to &quot;seems reasonable.&quot; In the dollar store, however, they&#39;re as cheap as chips. And while you&#39;re there, stock up on crayons, pencils, erasers, pipe cleaners, colored paper, and glue sticks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-design-ideas-for-a-kids-playroom?ref=seealso">Budget Design Ideas for a Kids&rsquo; Playroom</a>)</p> <h3>5. Batteries</h3> <p>&quot;No way,&quot; I hear you cry! Well, yes way. Fine, dollar store batteries <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/01/are-expensive-batteries-worth-the-extra-cost/">aren&#39;t as good as the expensive, name brand batteries</a>. Dollar store batteries are usually older carbon-zinc technology, as opposed to alkaline or lithium. BUT, when you&#39;re paying $1 for a pack of 4 AA batteries, and the name-brand variety costs $5-$6, you are getting a better deal. So, they won&#39;t last as long, but they&#39;re at least 80% cheaper. If you don&#39;t mind replacing batteries more often (and checking often too, as some batteries will leak if left in too long) they&#39;ll do just fine; especially for those power-draining kids toys.</p> <h3>6. Holiday Decorations</h3> <p>Easter. Halloween. Christmas. Thanksgiving. If you can name a holiday, there are expensive decorations to buy. Luckily, your dollar store has a good stock of bargain decorations, and few people will know the difference. A word of warning though&hellip;avoid anything electrical (see the first point in the &quot;Do Not Buy&quot; list below). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-97859012-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>7. Most Cleaning Products</h3> <p>Bleach is bleach. Ammonia is ammonia. Glass cleaner is glass cleaner. Don&#39;t worry about paying 75% more for the name brand versions; just get down to your dollar store and stock up on the cleaning products you need at bargain prices. You may find some of the products are not as strong as the name brand versions, but just use a little more. At these prices, you can afford to. While you&#39;re in that aisle, pick up sponges, dishcloths, towels, and other cleaning products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-all-purpose-cleaners?ref=seealso">The 5 Best All-Purpose Cleaners</a>)</p> <h3>8. Personal Hygiene Items</h3> <p>Go ahead and spend a small fortune on those name brand shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, deodorants, and toothpastes if you want. Cheap shampoos and conditioners often work as well as more-expensive ones. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-luxury-hair-treatments-from-your-kitchen?ref=seealso">Luxury Hair Treatments From Your Kitchen</a>)</p> <h3>9. Socks</h3> <p>Whether for the gym or daily wear, you&#39;ll find bargain socks in the dollar store. Just evaluate them as you would any other item of clothing. Some can be very thin and not offer the cushioning you&#39;d like.</p> <h3>10. Movie Theater Candy</h3> <p>Those boxes of candy they sell for an arm and a leg in the cinema are being sold in dollar stores, often at 2-for-1 prices. Stick to the name brands like Raisinets, Skittles, Jujyfruits, Whoppers, and Hot Tamales, and you&#39;ll do just fine. Of course, always check expiration dates on any food you buy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso">A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates</a>)</p> <h2>10 Things to Avoid</h2> <p>From good value, we move to not so good. Or absolutely no way! Here are 10 things to put on your &quot;avoid at all costs&quot; list.</p> <h3>1. Anything With a Plug</h3> <p>There is no way of knowing if these items have met the minimum safety requirements, because the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) <a href="http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/services/programs/anticounterfeitingoperations/fake/">safety seal is often counterfeited</a>. So although those night lights, extension cords, and other electrical &quot;bargains&quot; seem like a good deal, avoid them.</p> <h3>2. Food Storage Bags, Aluminum Foil, and Cling Wrap</h3> <p>You really do get what you pay for with these household staples. It may only be a buck for a box of bags, but look again. How many bags are you really getting? And will they hold a seal like the name brand bags you buy in grocery stores? As for cling wrap, it won&#39;t be of the same quality as the varieties you&#39;ll find in your supermarket. Expect it to be tricky to get off the roll, thin, and not very &quot;clingy&quot; at all. And the foil will be paper-thin and tear easily.</p> <h3>3. Kitchen Utensils</h3> <p>I speak from personal experience on this one. Way too many times have I been tempted to buy a spatula, can opener, or cooking knife from the dollar store. In my experience, they are not well made &mdash; especially when it comes to knives. Buy good quality knives, especially a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-chefs-knives">chef&#39;s knife</a>, and don&#39;t skimp on the price. If you get a quality knife, it can last you a lifetime.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-173445087-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>4. Vitamins</h3> <p>If you&#39;ve looked at the prices of vitamins in your local grocery store or health food shop, you wouldn&#39;t be faulted for trying to find them cheaper elsewhere. However, the dollar store is not the place to look. Daily Finance cites a 2004 Consumer Reports study that says half of the 18 multivitamins they tested were <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/10/01/not-worth-it-at-the-dollar-store-dollar-store-vitamins/">missing vital ingredients</a>. And the FDA does not have tight controls on vitamins. Bottom line&nbsp;&mdash; they probably won&#39;t hurt you, but you may be getting short-changed.</p> <h3>5. Toys</h3> <p>When your kids are involved, it&#39;s best to err on the side of caution. Many unbranded toys from the dollar store are low quality. What&#39;s more, they may not meet current safety regulations. You don&#39;t want to risk the safety of your child to save a few bucks. If money is an issue, shop the clearance aisles in retail stores, or look for good, used toys on Craigslist and second hand stores. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-toys-and-games-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">10 Fun, Homemade Toys and Games</a>)</p> <h3>6. Medicines</h3> <p>When it comes to your health, it&#39;s better to go with the name brand or generic items in the supermarkets and retail stores. Painkillers may be substandard, counterfeited, or lacking ingredients that the label claims they have. And one of the biggest problems is medicines like Ibuprofen have often gone past their expiration dates. Keep a watchful eye before you buy.</p> <h3>7. Oven Mitts</h3> <p>They&#39;re cheap, and they look the same as more expensive versions. The difference is in the construction and the padding, and you don&#39;t want to mess around with something designed to protect you. Do yourself (and your hands) a favor, and buy the more expensive versions. You&#39;ll be glad you did.</p> <h3>8. Soda</h3> <p>The one-liter bottles of soda in dollar stores are not really a bargain. You can usually pick up a two-liter of the same variety for just a few cents more at your local grocery store. And the same goes for cans and smaller bottles of soda, too. It&#39;s really not worth it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda?ref=seealso">Homemade Soda</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-164249550-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>9. Tools</h3> <p>Any DIY aficionado will tell you&nbsp;&mdash; a $1 screwdriver or hammer is going to break, and quickly. As someone who does a fair bit of DIY myself, I can tell you that tools are worth the investment. Don&#39;t go anywhere near the tool section in a dollar store; you are just throwing your money down the drain. And more importantly, <a href="http://www.tradesadvisor.com/diy-advice/1041-dangers-of-buying-cheap-tools">poorly made tools can be dangerous</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-tool-gifts-for-fixer-uppers?ref=seealso">Cool Tool Gifts for Fixer Uppers</a>)</p> <h3>10. Chewing Gum</h3> <p>There&#39;s nothing wrong with it, but it&#39;s just not a bargain. Go to a warehouse club like Costco or Sam&#39;s Club and you&#39;ll pick up a huge pack of gum and save way more money than you would buying gum from the dollar store.</p> <p><em>So, that&#39;s my list. 10 to try, 10 to avoid. Do you agree? Have you got other things you would add to either list? Let us know.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping bargains deals discounts dollar store Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:25:26 +0000 Paul Michael 1107270 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Things You Should Buy at Costco http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-178630538.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Warehouse stores are some of the best places to get a great deal &mdash; but you have to be smart about it! The number of people in your household, price, quality, and product longevity can all have a bearing on what items you decide to buy in bulk. Still, there are some clear deals when it comes to warehouse shopping. Here are 15 Items that are definitely worth buying at Costco, and will give you the most bang for your buck! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco?ref=seealso">Frugal Rules to Follow When Shopping at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>1.Berries</h2> <p>In regular grocery stories, berries can be pricey. Costco usually has larger cartons for a fraction of the price. For example, get a 12 ounce container of blackberries for around $5.50, when you might get half as much at a regular grocery store for a similar price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables?ref=seealso">Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a>)</p> <h2>2. Almonds</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/costco-153053494-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Costco is definitely the place if you&#39;re looking for lots of raw almonds. Pay just 12 bucks for a 3 pound bag of raw almonds, which is much cheaper than stores who sell much less for a similar price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price?ref=seealso">The Best and Worst Nuts</a>)</p> <h2>3. Olive Oil</h2> <p>If you&#39;re not super picky about your olive oils, Costco carries a line of Kirkland Signature extra virgin olive oil that&#39;s actually pretty good (and actually EVOO, not like some other <a href="http://lifehacker.com/the-most-and-least-fake-extra-virgin-olive-oil-brands-1460894373">brands that are impostors</a>), and runs $15 for a 2 liter bottle. Get your cooking on!</p> <h2>4. Soda (and Beer)</h2> <p>If you&#39;re a soda drinker, Costco is definitely the place to keep you stocked. Major brands sell 32 cans (that&#39;s more than five 6-packs) for $12-$13 which is way less than you&#39;d pay at a grocery store &mdash; or through a vending machine! With beer from Costco, you wind up with a case &mdash; four 6-packs &mdash; for what you&#39;d pay for three 6-packs everywhere else. Who doesn&#39;t want a free 6-pack? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda?ref=seealso">How to Make Soda at Home</a>)</p> <h2>5. Soy and Almond Milk</h2> <p>Though usually they come in packs of three, it&#39;s definitely worth getting soy and almond milk (in any flavor) at Costco. These 3-packs sell for approximately 20% less per container than normal store prices.</p> <h2>6. Frozen Meals</h2> <p>Costco frozen meals usually come in packs of four and they carry a couple different brands. The varieties change, but the price in the four pack is usually at least a dollar cheaper than it would be to buy all four meals at a regular store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-phenomenally-frugal-single-serving-freezer-meals?ref=seealso">15 Frugal, Single-Serving Freezer Meals</a>)</p> <h2>7. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p>The rotisserie chicken specials at Costco are out of this world! Depending on the time of year, Costco often runs chicken specials that will give you two chickens for $5, or give you a discount on the poundage. You can freeze the chicken, use the bones for a broth, or cut up pieces for sandwiches, salads and dinners. It&#39;s a steal! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken?ref=seealso">25 Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken</a>)</p> <h2>8. Organic Chicken Broth and Boullion</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/costco-167615307-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>A case of one-quart cartons of broth or a package of organic base lasts a long time in the pantry, so stocking up at Costco is definitely a good idea. You can get a 16 ounce jar of chicken boullion base for around $5, and six 32 ounce boxes of Kirkland organic chicken stock for around $14, which is a big savings on regular store prices.</p> <h2>9. Fresh Seafood</h2> <p>Every other weekend, there will be a booth at Costco selling fresh, low-cost seafood. Though seafood is usually fairly expensive, these deals can cut the cost of your seafood purchase considerably. For example, Costco routinely has mussels and clams in the $2 per pound range, which is a great deal! If you&#39;re throwing a dinner party, these seafood specials are a great way to bring some sophistication to your event without breaking the bank. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-sustainable-seafood-choices-for-your-table?ref=seealso">Affordable, Sustainable Seafood</a>)</p> <h2>10. Lunch</h2> <p>For $1.50, you can grab a full quarter pound all beef hot dog or Polish sausage and an extra large fountain drink, while loading up on Deli mustard and other toppings for free from the pump dispensers. You can also get a very large slice of pizza for $1.50, or grab a chicken bake, parfait, or salad from $2-$5. Get a big lunch, so you won&#39;t overspend when you&#39;re perusing the aisles!</p> <h2>11. Paper Products</h2> <p>Paper products like toilet paper and paper towels are a great Costco buy! Sure, you&#39;ll have to lug them home with you, but you&#39;ll get a lot more from your money buying these products in bulk.</p> <h2>12. Ink and Toner Cartridges</h2> <p>Provided you aren&#39;t switching printers anytime soon, it&#39;s a really good idea to buy a bundle of printer cartridges for your home printer at Costco. At an office supply store, ink can run you around $12 for just one. At Costco, you can usually get five for around $50. Not bad!</p> <h2>13. Kitchen Appliances</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/costco-78057144-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Luxury and staple kitchen appliances alike can usually bought at a large discount at your local Costco, and this is especially true if there&#39;s a rebate or seasonal deal. For example, the Magic Bullet electric grinder, which usually costs about $60, was on sale for just $30 earlier in 2013. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-kitchen-luxuries-that-are-worth-it-and-5-that-arent?ref=seealso">5 Kitchen Luxuries That Are Worth It</a>)</p> <h2>14. Glass Storage Dishes</h2> <p>Get your multi-piece Pyrex storage sets from Costco, and you&#39;ll save a bundle from regular retailers. These sets usually last a long time, and have durable rubber tops for stacking and are around $30.</p> <h2>15. A Gym Membership</h2> <p>If you&#39;re cool paying for a year or two upfront, Costco is by far the best place to get a gym membership. For example, get a two year membership to 24 Hour Fitness for just $25 per month! That&#39;s way less than you&#39;d pay through the gym itself, and far cheaper than most comparable gym memberships.</p> <p><em>Costco is a great place to get a lot of specific deals. What are your favorite Costco deals?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Things You Should Buy at Costco" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping bargains costco deals discounts Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:48:58 +0000 Rebecca Leib 3674 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Halloween Freebies and Deals http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-halloween-freebies-and-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-halloween-freebies-and-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-1193169-small.jpg" alt="man holding jack o&#039; lantern" title="man holding jack o&#039; lantern" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on Halloween freebies and deals, being a foodie on $75 a week, and adding money to your holiday budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/halloween-freebies-deals/">Halloween freebies and deals</a> &mdash; Sonic is offering 50 cent corn dogs on Halloween and kids can get a free scary face pancake at IHOP. [Living On The Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnnymoneyseed.com/living-on-less/foodie-75-week/">How to be a foodie on $75 a week</a> &mdash; Be a foodie on $75 a week by finding multiple uses for the same ingredient and buying seasonal ingredients. [Johnny Moneyseed]</p> <p><a href="http://savingslifestyle.com/2013/10/ideas-add-money-holiday-budget/">Great Ideas to Add Money to Your Holiday Budget</a> &mdash; Doing odd jobs can add money to your holiday budget. [Savings Lifestyle]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/end-car-loans-forever/">How to Put an End to Car Loans Forever</a> &mdash; To avoid having to pay car loans, keep your car until you run it into the ground. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/retirement/4-retirement-tips-young-adults-can-implement-now/">4 Retirement Tips Young Adults Can Implement NOW</a> &mdash; If you are a young adult, keep your 401k untouched. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/how-to-save-money-beauty-routine/">How to Save Money on Your Beauty Routine</a> &mdash; Save money on your beauty routine by washing your hair every other day. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://passivepanda.com/life-lessons-happy-wealthy">From a Resort in Puerto Rico: 5 Life Lessons That Will Keep You Happy and Make You Wealthy</a> &mdash; Not cheating your goals will not only make you happy, it will make you wealthy. [Passive Panda]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-much-do-i-need-to-retire-10087">How Much Do I Need to Retire?</a> &mdash; When trying to figure out how much money you need to retire, think about what retirement means to you. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tori-Spelling-Debt-Trouble-32266024">4 Things to Learn From Tori Spelling&#39;s Debt Woes</a> &mdash; Learn a lesson from Tori Spelling and start watching what you spend. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/apple-recipes-for-morning-noon-and-night">Apple Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night</a> &mdash; Are you a fan of apples? Consider making chicken salad with apples. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-halloween-freebies-and-deals" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Halloween Freebies and Deals" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living best money tips deals freebies Halloween Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:48:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1057505 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-3331486-small.jpg" alt="man shopping online" title="man shopping online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping on Amazon is already a money and time saver. Check the Sunday ads for brick-and-mortar electronics stores such as Best Buy, or browse a bookstore, and chances are you can find the same items on Amazon for less. But there are so many methods for finding deals on Amazon that most of us don't know all of them. These simple tricks can take your Amazon savings to a whole new level. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-new-parents">Amazon Rewards Visa, a Top Credit Card for New Parents</a>)</p> <h2>1. Subscribe &amp; Save</h2> <p>Many food items and household supplies belong to the &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Subscribe &amp; Save</a>&quot; program, which means that if you order regular deliveries of this product, Amazon will ship it free and give you a 5% discount. If an item qualifies for Subscribe &amp; Save, you'll see that option in the blue box in the right-hand margin of the order page, right below the regular order option.</p> <p>But that 5% off is just for starters. Mir Kamin of <a href="http://wantnot.net/">Wantnot.net</a> pointed out that if you schedule five or more subscriptions in one month, you'll get 15% off on all of them. You can also get a larger discount for subscriptions if you join one of Amazon's special groups &mdash; more on that in Tip #3, below.</p> <p>What if you only want one delivery? No problem! You can cancel future deliveries right after you order and still claim the discount. To cancel, select &quot;My Account&quot; on Amazon, then &quot;Your Subscription,&quot; and you'll find the option.</p> <h2>2. Free Prime Trials</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime is a $79-a-year service</a> that gives members free two-day shipping on orders of any size (instead of free shipping on orders of $25 or more like regular customers get), plus some free content such as free streaming videos and the right to borrow e-books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.</p> <p>Whether Prime is a money-saver at $79 a year depends on your habits, but using Prime for free is definitely a saver. Right now, you can sign up for a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200444170&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">30-day free Prime trial</a> that confers all the benefits of a paid membership. At the end of 30 days, Amazon will charge you $79 for a one-year membership, unless you turn off auto-renewal.</p> <p>One more money-saving tip for Prime members: You can <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200444180&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">share your Prime free shipping benefits</a> with up to four other people.</p> <h2>3. Amazon Mom and Amazon Student</h2> <p><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/laptop-baby-3997348-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>Amazon offers extra discounts to members of these two membership programs. Right now is an especially good time to sign up for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Mom</a> because Amazon is offering new sign-ups (who meet certain conditions) a free three-month trial of Amazon Prime. During this trial you can enjoy Prime's shipping benefits, but you don't get the free streaming video content or e-book borrowing. Amazon Mom members with Prime, whether paid or free-trial, also get 20% off diapers and wipes purchased through Subscribe &amp; Save, and 20% off five or more subscriptions per month. That's an extra 15% discount compared to what common citizens get. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program">Save With an Amazon Membership Program</a>)</p> <p>You don't have to be a mom to join Amazon Mom &mdash; Amazon says it's offered to all caregivers, one per household, and no proof is required.</p> <p>If you join <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Student</a> right now, you'll get six months of free two-day shipping and some other discounts (but again, no streaming content or e-book borrowing), and then if you want to pay for Prime, you'll get 50% off the first year, bringing the cost down to $39.</p> <p>To qualify for Amazon Student, you need a .edu email address or other proof of student status.</p> <h2>4. More Buying Choices</h2> <p>An oft-overlooked way to find lower prices on Amazon lies in the &quot;More Buying Choices&quot; box, which you may see in the right-hand margin of an item page just below the regular ordering box. This is an opportunity to order the same item through sellers other than Amazon, sometimes at a lower price. Make sure to check the shipping cost &mdash; even if you qualify for free shipping on Amazon, you may have to pay for shipping from these sellers, which might lead to a final cost that's higher than the Amazon price. Fortunately, you can sort the other buying choices by &quot;Price + Shipping&quot; to make sure you find the overall best deal.</p> <h2>5. Amazon Warehouse Deals</h2> <p>This is where <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;me=A2L77EE7U53NWQ&amp;node=1267877011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">you can save on open-box</a>, used, refurbished, or warehouse-damaged items, often at big discounts.</p> <h2>6. Free Apps and Kindle Books</h2> <p>The Amazon <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/mobile-apps/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2350149011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Appstore for Android offers a free app</a> of the day.</p> <p>There are usually a number of Kindle books offered for free on any given day. Start in the Kindle Store <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-eBooks/zgbs/digital-text/154606011/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">category called &quot;Top 100 Free&quot;</a>. Or, type &quot;Kindle freebies&quot; into the product search box on Amazon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-things-to-do-with-your-kindle">Free Things to Do With Your Kindle</a>)</p> <p>I don't have time to browse through tons of free books every day on Amazon, so I rely on some favorite bloggers, like <a href="http://www.mashupmom.com/">Mashup Mom</a>, to highlight free books I might like. There are also blogs that focus on free and cheap Kindle books, like <a href="http://www.pixelofink.com/">Pixel of Ink</a>.</p> <h2>7. The Kindle Daily Deals Page</h2> <p>The Kindle <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;docId=1000677541&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Daily Deals page</a> features Kindle books for $4 or less. You can subscribe to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/gss/detail/9791850/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;pf_rd_i=154606011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1600377842&amp;pf_rd_r=04049GRP8KBFMYY5MQZA&amp;pf_rd_s=left-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">the Kindle Daily Deals email list</a> to stay abreast of the offers.</p> <h2>8. Today's Deals</h2> <p>One of the places to start when cruising Amazon for deals is the &quot;Today's Deals&quot; tab at the top of the page, to the right of the Amazon logo. This is where you find the Gold Box these days, but instead of just one &quot;Gold Box Deal,&quot; you'll find a lot of deals on this page now. A single &quot;Deal of the Day,&quot; a number of &quot;Lightning Deals&quot; all good for limited times throughout the day, links to the Outlet, any special sales going on, and other savings opportunities can all be found on this page.</p> <h2>9. 7-Day Price Guarantee</h2> <p>Amazon used to guarantee its prices for 30 days. This year, it changed to a seven-day policy. So, if the price of an item drops within a week after your purchase ships, contact Amazon and they will refund you the difference. This policy is not posted on the Amazon site, but a customer service agent confirmed it to me. <a href="http://www.groovypost.com/howto/request-amazon-price-change-refund/">GroovyPost offers step-by-step instructions</a> on getting the refund.</p> <h2>10. Amazon Deal Sites</h2> <p>Jungle Deals and Steals is <a href="http://jungledealsandsteals.com/">a blog that highlights nothing but Amazon deals</a>, every day. There used to be a number of search sites that turned up deep discounts on Amazon, but most of them have either disappeared or didn't produce impressive results for me.</p> <h2>11. TV and Cell Phone Price Matching</h2> <p>Amazon does not match competitor prices in most product areas, but it does for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=201133150&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">cellular phones and televisions</a>. For cell phones with service plans, if you find a better price within two weeks of purchase from select retailers, Amazon will refund the difference.</p> <p>The same goes for TVs, with a much longer list of qualifying retailers. Instructions for claiming a partial refund if you find the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200726210&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">TV cheaper elsewhere are here</a>.</p> <h2>12. Special Offers</h2> <p>When you click on a product page, before you add it to your cart, look for text that says the item is eligible for special offers. It might be a &quot;Buy three, get the fourth free&quot; promotion, for example.</p> <h2>13. Coupon Codes and Clippable Coupons</h2> <p><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/coupon-3936985-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>You don't generally find a coupon code for a straight discount off anything at Amazon, but there are a lot of codes out there for specific item categories. The <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/view/amazon.com?c=5025143">Amazon section of RetailMeNot</a> lists a code for 20% of a $100 boots purchase (NEWFALL2), for example. And Amazon itself sometimes shares codes for free MP3s or streaming movies.</p> <p>On <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2231352011&amp;pf_rd_i=20&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1578335542&amp;pf_rd_r=10C6TTB4FT92RJA128KS&amp;pf_rd_s=center-5&amp;pf_rd_t=701&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon's coupon page</a>, you can click to &quot;clip&quot; coupons for various products. These coupons may be similar to the ones you're used to clipping from the Sunday paper, like $1 off toilet paper, or they may be for a 15% discount off a book or electronics item.</p> <h2>14. Timing</h2> <p>During certain times of year, you'll see sudden price drops on seasonal items. For instance, unadvertised price drops on toys make the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas the best time of the year to stock up on toys. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <p>Deal blogs are a good place to find out about these price drops. You also might find them on the &quot;Bestsellers&quot; list for the target category. Chances are, a toy that suddenly got cheap will pop up here. You can find &quot;Bestsellers&quot; at the top of a category page, just to the left of the category name, and below the search box.</p> <h2>15. Add-On Items</h2> <p>Amazon recently started selling <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200876660&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Add-On Items</a>, which are small things at low prices that you can only get if you're buying $25 worth of products from Amazon. If you come across an Add-On Item you'd like to buy (they're marked &quot;Add-On Item&quot; with a blue label), you can put it in your cart and wait until you have $25 worth of products to qualify for it. Or, you can make up a $25 order completely of Add-On Items.</p> <p>Are Add-Ons really a bargain? Amazon says that Add-On Items are new, low-priced items that they wouldn't sell otherwise, but customers have noticed that some items that were sold previously for the same price are <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/forum/amazon%20discussions%20feedback/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;cdForum=FxLCMW9UN2N6QR&amp;cdThread=Tx3Z33B3PZ96BF&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">now listed as Add-On Items</a>. This annoys folks who are paying for Prime to get free shipping on any size order, but now have to order at least $25 worth of stuff if these items are included.</p> <h2>16. The Outlet</h2> <p>Type <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=517808&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon.com/outlet</a> to get to this page, which offers categories to browse by percent markdown. Amazon says the Outlet is for &quot;clearance deals, overstocks and more,&quot; but I've found the savings to be hit or miss, since when I start out browsing there I often end up on items that don't appear to have major markdowns.</p> <p><em>Any Amazon deal hacks I've missed? Please share them in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know" class="sharethis-link" title="16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Amazon deals discounts online shopping Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:36:04 +0000 Carrie Kirby 987953 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in September http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shoes-5254342-small.jpg" alt="flip flops" title="flip flops" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're in the home stretch now. Not only are Halloween supplies everywhere, I've even started spotting Christmas decorations in some stores. I know it's good to be prepared, but wow. Anyway, as we all try to squeeze the last few drops of sunshine from summer, the retailers are dumping stock to make room for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. And as always, that means bargains for savvy shoppers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Shopping Calendar: The Right Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>Aaarr. September's most infamous celebration is Labor Day, but there are also some other little-known holidays, like the 19th, when people everywhere take part in International Talk Like a Pirate Day. No matter what you're celebrating, the savings come thick and fast this month in the following categories.</p> <p><strong>1. Lawn and Garden Madness</strong></p> <p>A quick stroll through any major retailer will soon show you how serious they are about dumping lawn and garden products. They are slashing prices across the board, from tools, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0078KWAL2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0078KWAL2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">lawn mowers</a>, and hoses to plants, shrubs, and trees. The last few months before your first frost are also a good time to plant certain landscaping bushes and plants, so take advantage of those deals now.</p> <p><strong>2. Patio Is Hot</strong></p> <p>If you can find the goods (many places have already cleared out their <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Patio-Furniture-Outdoor-Living/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=553824&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">patio furniture</a> and accessories), you will find some smoking deals. Expect to see 70% or more off on tables, chairs, outdoor rugs, umbrellas, storage boxes, lighting, and more. With everyone preparing for winter, it's a great time to slide in and get deals that will pay off for years.</p> <p><strong>3. Get Your Coffee Fix</strong></p> <p>As fun as talking like a pirate is, September is also home to National Coffee Day. On the 29th, you will see a wave of free coffee promotions, as well as heavily <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gourmet-Coffee-Tea-Cocoa-k-cup/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=16318031&amp;pf_rd_i=52129011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1532800282&amp;pf_rd_r=1EVSWQ8R8T1VDHP6917T&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-left-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">discounted products</a>. Look beyond the usual places (Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou) and check out 7-Eleven, McDonald's, and even supermarkets.</p> <p><strong>4. Summer Clothes</strong></p> <p>They're way out of fashion now. Meaning, most people are wearing them, but not really planning to buy any more. Why bother? Well, summer will be here again next year, and unless you absolutely have to have the latest high-street fashions, this is a good time to stock up. Get them now, seal them in vacuum bags, and they'll be ready for 2014. Also look for swimsuits, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029F26CO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0029F26CO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">summer hats</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CBCZUNC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CBCZUNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">shorts</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NBJ6CO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NBJ6CO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">flip flops</a>, sandals, and even sunscreen deals.</p> <p><strong>5. Get a New Car</strong></p> <p>We still have four months left in 2013, but the 2014 models will be out soon. The car dealerships want to make room on the lots for the new models, so if you want a new motor, now is the time to start shopping. Expect to see some great 0% financing deals, as well as incentives and extra cash back offers.</p> <p><strong>6. Small Appliances</strong></p> <p>Steer clear of the big ones, but you should see deals on small appliances like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UW1WW8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UW1WW8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">microwaves</a>, toasters, mixers, handheld vacuums, and more.</p> <p><strong>7. Smaller HDTVs</strong></p> <p>The bigger TVs will go berserk on Black Friday, but September is a primo time to buy a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=172659&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;pf_rd_i=1266092011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1593063282&amp;pf_rd_r=09BQ3FF9D5N4T2Q5XPC0&amp;pf_rd_s=left-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;rh=i%3Aelectronics%2Cn%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A1266092011%2Cn%3A172659%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A1232879011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">smaller HDTV</a> for the bedroom or office. In fact, last year the Black Friday prices didn't get any better than prices earlier in the year. So, start shopping if that's on your list.</p> <p><strong>8. IT Deals</strong></p> <p>Everything from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;pf_rd_i=4972214011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1596841102&amp;pf_rd_r=0874WJF2JQPT5E5G3D4P&amp;pf_rd_s=center-4&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;rh=i%3Acomputers%2Cn%3A565098&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">desktop computers</a> to laptops and tablets will be on sale in September. Desktops in particular are becoming dinosaurs, sales paling in comparison to the much more versatile, and popular, tablets and laptops. So if you are good with a PC that doesn't have to be portable, you will get a bargain.</p> <p><strong>9. Baby Stuff</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=166842011&amp;pf_rd_i=165796011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1575894422&amp;pf_rd_r=0E6C2PV4N150KEVBANFV&amp;pf_rd_s=center-4&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">Strollers</a>. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002A9IZ0Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002A9IZ0Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">Cribs</a>. High chairs. Walkers. Bouncers. You name it, you'll see discounts on them in September. And with Christmas quickly approaching, it could be a good time to grab some bargains as gifts for those people you know with a little one in the house.</p> <p><strong>10. Jewelry</strong></p> <p>There are lulls in the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=7291555011&amp;pf_rd_i=3367581&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1597811662&amp;pf_rd_r=1P522CZJ9Q7G6F6HZPAR&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">jewelry</a> buying market. There are no major holidays in September, and that means people aren't going crazy for the shiny stuff. You could get a bargain now, and keep it ready for the holidays.</p> <h2>And What to Avoid&hellip;</h2> <p>September can still snag you with poor offers disguised as great deals. Keep your wits about you, and avoid buying any of these this month.</p> <p><strong>1. Large Appliances</strong></p> <p>The big fridges, dishwashers, ranges, and even vacuums are going to be on sale soon. But they won't be the bargains you think they are. Unless you really have to have it, wait until that wonderful day in November &mdash; Black Friday. That's when the biggest discounts of the year will happen.</p> <p><strong>2. Fall Clothing and Footwear</strong></p> <p>Does this one really need an explanation? The season is almost upon us, so the racks are filled with new fall fashions. And new means full price. So, unless you are desperate for fall colors, you should wait a few months.</p> <p><strong>3. Office Supplies</strong></p> <p>The last of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deals/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=1086186&amp;pf_rd_i=1064954&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1562960162&amp;pf_rd_r=09H1SH7GD2K6TPEJMSJP&amp;pf_rd_s=right-1&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">back-to-school sales</a> will soon be over. And once that happens, you start paying full retail price on your school and office supplies. If you see a back-to-school sale, take advantage of it now.</p> <p><strong>4. 2014 Car Models</strong></p> <p>They're brand new. They're shiny. They've got the latest, greatest everything. And with all that comes a big fat price tag. Leave them alone and go for last year's model. It's almost the same and comes with a ton of discounts.</p> <p><em>What are you planning to buy this month? Any deals you've been looking forward to?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in September" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping buying guide deals discounts what to buy Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:36:29 +0000 Paul Michael 981621 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 4th of July Deals http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-4th-of-july-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-4th-of-july-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-4771325-small.jpg" alt="food" title="food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on 4th of July Deals, saving money when shopping on Amazon, and beating the heat without beating your wallet.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/fourth-4th-of-july-deals-freebies-and-discounts/">Fourth (4th) of July Deals, Freebies, and Discounts 2013</a> &mdash; You can get a free bloomin' onion today at Outback Steakhouse by saying &quot;Let freedom bloom!&quot; [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-reduced-prices-and-save-money-when-shopping-5910524">How to Get Reduced Prices and Save Money When Shopping on Amazon</a> &mdash; Setting up price alerts and using Amazon's outlet store can save you money when you shop on Amazon. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/beat-the-heat-without-beating-your-wallet-0713/">Beat the Heat Without Beating Your Wallet</a> &mdash; Beat the heat without breaking the bank by making your own iced drinks and blocking out the sun. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/5-useful-tax-tips-for-college-students/">5 Useful Tax Tips for College Students</a> &mdash; When dealing with taxes, college students should remember to take their time when filling out forms. [JoeTaxpayer]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/07/6-steps-to-keeping-your-projects-in-check/">6 Steps to Keeping Your Projects in Check</a> &mdash; To keep your projects in check, prioritize them and lay them out on a timeline. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Clean-Mildew-30913844">Cleaning 101: What Is Mildew?</a> &mdash; Equal parts bleach and water will help you get rid of mildew in your home. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/three-easy-ways-to-save-money-by-eating-at-home">Three Easy Ways to Save Money by Eating at Home</a> &mdash; If you want to save money by eating at home, learn to embrace your crock-pot. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/07/02/11-habits-you-need-to-give-up-to-be-happy/">11 Habits You Need to Give-Up to Be Happy</a> &mdash; Giving up your bad habit of living in the past and the need to be busy can help you be happier. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/07/tips-for-success-how-to-create-face-to.html">Tips for Success: How to Create a Face-to-Face Networking Plan</a> &mdash; Create a face-to-face networking plan by having a positive attitude and setting a goal for business cards collected. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/getting-out-of-jury-service/">Getting Out of Jury Service</a> &mdash; Showing you have a true conflict of time can help you get out of jury duty. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-4th-of-july-deals" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: 4th of July Deals" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living 4th of July best money tips deals freebies savings Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:24:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980372 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in July http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-july <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-july" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/relax-2111510-small.jpg" alt="hammock" title="hammock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's hard to believe we're already halfway through the year. Pretty soon we'll all be stocking up for Halloween&nbsp;&mdash; and you'll actually start seeing those fright night goodies on the shelves by the end of July. However, it's still summer, and there are deals to be had everywhere. There are also many things to avoid. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h2>First, What to Buy in July&hellip;</h2> <p>Independence Day is this month. And any time you get a big holiday, you also get big savings. Here's where you can expect to save money this July.</p> <p><strong>1. Patio Furniture</strong></p> <p>A stroll through some of the major stores like Target and Walmart will show you just what they think of patio furniture right now. They want it gone. Target and Sears have already begun slashing the prices of things like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Patio-Furniture-Outdoor-Living/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=553824&amp;pf_rd_i=2972638011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1558261682&amp;pf_rd_r=90AF080E39FA438B88D2&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-5&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">umbrellas, tables, chairs, and hammocks</a> by 50%. If you've been holding out for a deck box or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-use-your-outdoor-furniture-inside" target="_blank">a new patio set</a>, now is the time to start looking. The discounts will be even bigger in the coming months, but you have to weigh that against selection. Right now, you have your pick of the crop.</p> <p><strong>2. Grills</strong></p> <p>Grills are starting to go on sale, just like patio furniture. The deals aren't amazing yet, but you will see 15-30% reductions on big name brands like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=553760&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1372459473&amp;rh=n%3A2972638011%2Cn%3A!3238155011%2Cn%3A553760%2Cp_lbr_brands_browse-bin%3AChar-Broil&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Char-Broil</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=553760&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1372459473&amp;rh=n%3A2972638011%2Cn%3A!3238155011%2Cn%3A553760%2Cp_lbr_brands_browse-bin%3AWeber&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Weber</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=553760&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1372459473&amp;rh=n%3A2972638011%2Cn%3A!3238155011%2Cn%3A553760%2Cp_lbr_brands_browse-bin%3AColeman&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Coleman</a>, Kenmore, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?ie=UTF8&amp;bbn=553760&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1372459629&amp;rh=n%3A2972638011%2Cn%3A!3238155011%2Cn%3A553760%2Cp_lbr_brands_browse-bin%3ABrinkmann&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Brinkmann</a>. It's also a good time to start looking at new grill accessories, like a new set of tools, grill covers, cleaning products, and cooking grates.</p> <p><strong>3. Back to School Items</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Baby-Clothing/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=1040662&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Clothing</a>. Supplies. Shoes. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=360832011&amp;pf_rd_i=1040662&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1575756762&amp;pf_rd_r=995B3F1DE0584C4AB141&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-8&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Backpacks</a>. If they need it for school, you'll find deals everywhere. Right now, Sears is taking up to 50% off on back to school clothing. Of course, once the kids are actually back in school, you'll see in bigger reductions on things like backpacks and pencil cases. But the deals are out there.</p> <p><strong>4. Tablets</strong></p> <p>As the market becomes flooded with more new models, you can take advantage of the competitive pricing. Of course, your best bet is always going to be an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=1232597011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;pf_rd_i=1232597011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1557097742&amp;pf_rd_r=51C4B3AA555C4299A5BE&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-4&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;rh=i%3Acomputers%2Cn%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A541966%2Cn%3A1232597011%2Cp_n_operating_system_browse-bin%3A3077590011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Android tablet</a>, as they vastly outnumber both Apple and Windows tablets. Apple rarely discounts its tablets, and even when it does, you don't save a lot of money. If you want even greater tablet discounts, look for refurbished and open box deals. They usually come with a great warranty (Best Buy also lets you buy an extended warranty) and are often tested and guaranteed to work.</p> <p><strong>5. Big Screen TVs</strong></p> <p>The weather is getting better all the time, for most of us. That means we're all spending more time outdoors, camping, and playing sports, and spending less time in front of the box. You'll be tempted by some great 40% off (or more) offers this month, in the hope that you'll take the plunge and splurge on a new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=172659&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;hidden-keywords=%26%2334%3B50-inch%26%2334%3B%7C%26%2334%3B51-inch%26%2334%3B%7C%26%2334%3B55-inch%26%2334%3B%7C%26%2334%3B58-inch%26%2334%3B&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1372459894&amp;rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A1266092011%2Cn%3A172659%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A3578043011&amp;rnid=1232878011&amp;sort=relevancerank&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">55&quot; entertainment monster</a> (they're coming in at just over $700).</p> <p><strong>6. Laptops</strong></p> <p>As we predicted last month, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Laptops/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=565108&amp;pf_rd_i=2956501011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1570175202&amp;pf_rd_r=0NCTRCHWTYFDQE3GVMBA&amp;pf_rd_s=browse&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">laptops</a> will be on sale this month. The introduction of new technologies and upgraded processors means 2012 and early 2013 models will technically be out of date. Of course, they're still very powerful computers and well worth buying. Expect to find solid laptops for as little as $300, with lightning-fast systems still coming in under $800.</p> <p><strong>7. Apple Products (Sort Of)</strong></p> <p>I hesitate to say it's a great time to buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;hidden-keywords=B00746YHV6%7CB00746YMHA%7CB00746YPQI%7CB00746YTLY%7CB005CWHZP4%7CB005CWIGHU%7CB005CWIN1E%7CB005CWIRPG%7CB005CWIVYI%7CB005CWJ1DI%7CB005CWIZ4O%7CB005CWJ76O%7CB005CWJ3MM%7CB005CWJ8YA%7CB005CWJABQ%7CB005CWJB5G%7CB00746YD24%7CB0074703CM%7CB007470SMM%7CB0074712UY%7CB007471D2Q%7CB007471PZQ%7CB0074721BI%7CB007473FNQ%7CB007473X6A%7CB007474DSM&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=565108&amp;pf_rd_i=2956501011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1570175202&amp;pf_rd_r=139SHBWPDJNWB0D32VSR&amp;pf_rd_s=browse&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Apple</a>, because Apple never really offers stellar deals on their products. However, Best Buy is planning to knock around $100 off MacBooks and iMacs. Not a huge saving, but a saving nonetheless.</p> <p><strong>8. Tools and DIY Products</strong></p> <p>Father's Day has come and gone, and now retailers want to shift a lot of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Tools-and-Home-Improvement/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=228013&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">tools, paint, and other DIY supplies</a>. The good weather means people can do a lot of projects around the home, but are often tempted to sit by the pool and grill up BBQ instead. Great deals on DIY products may have you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-out-of-fashion-but-totally-frugal-old-tools" target="_blank">thinking a little different</a>.</p> <p><strong>9. Jewelry and Watches</strong></p> <p>You'll find a lot of stores offering some nice fat <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=6963002011&amp;pf_rd_i=3367581&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1575316522&amp;pf_rd_r=87A184F328A740D9825B&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">discounts on jewelry</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Watches-Mens-Womens-Kids-Accessories/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=377110011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">watches</a>. Valentine's Day is over, Mother's Day is long gone, and Christmas is way off. They need to lure you into the jewelry section with great deals.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid Buying&hellip;</h2> <p>July can also trip you up on so called &quot;deals&quot; that will plummet even further in the coming months. Here's a list of things to avoid buying in July.</p> <p><strong>1. Bedding</strong></p> <p>The sales for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/bedding-bath-sheets-towels/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=1057792&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">bedding</a> are hottest in September, so don't give in to temptation and splash out on new duvets, sheets, pillowcases, or bed skirts. Hold your horses until Labor Day, and the deals will favor you.</p> <p><strong>2. Swimwear</strong></p> <p>People are only just starting to take the plunge in community pools, vacation spots, and water parks. The deals are not yet heating up for these items. But next month, you should see a sharp drop in prices as retailers make way for fall clothing. And you'll still have a few months of good weather to enjoy them.</p> <p><strong>3. Sunglasses</strong></p> <p>Again, it's a case of high demand equals high price. Everyone's out and about in the sunshine, and they need <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=3478919011&amp;pf_rd_i=1036700&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1558477722&amp;pf_rd_r=544609D184DB4D2FB436&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-7&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">eye protection</a>. Wait a month or two and you'll find some great deals on cool shades.</p> <p><strong>4. Desktop PCs</strong></p> <p>Unlike laptops, it's best to wait until the back to school clearance sales really kick in for a great deal. It's also worth keeping in mind that laptops are only a good deal if you really plan on being mobile with them. Too many people spend a bunch on a laptop, which is more expensive than the same spec <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Desktops/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=4972214011&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">desktop PC</a>, only to have it sit on their desks at home. If you're keeping it in one spot, opt for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-desktop-computer" target="_blank">desktop PC later this year</a>.</p> <p><em>Do you have any purchase plans this month?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-july" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in July" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living Life Hacks bargains deals july what to buy Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:24:31 +0000 Paul Michael 980272 at http://www.wisebread.com Win over $350 in Prizes in our Best Deals Holiday Giveaway! http://www.wisebread.com/win-over-350-in-prizes-in-our-best-deals-holiday-giveaway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/win-over-350-in-prizes-in-our-best-deals-holiday-giveaway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bigstock_Christmas_Shopping_Santa_Girl_6069898-1_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for some great deals for your holiday shopping? 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The winners for the survey and comments giveaway will be announced on December 23, 2012. <h3>Rules:</h3> <ul> <li>You must be subscribed to our Best Deals Newsletter (not our general Wise Bread email) to win the Subscriber Only Giveaway prizes.</li> <li>Current newsletter subscribers are already entered into the Subscriber Only Giveaway.</li> <li>Only one comment per person will be counted.</li> <li>Only one survey per person will be counted.</li> <li>Must be U.S. resident 18 or older to win</li> <li>Giveaway runs from November 19th, 2012 through December 23rd, 2012.</li> <li>Weekly winners for the Subscriber Only Giveaway will be announced November 25th, December 2nd, December 9th, December 16th, and December 23rd.</li> <li>$25 and $100 Amazon gift card winner for the General Giveaways will be announced Sunday, December 23rd.</li> </ul> <p>Good luck!!!</p> <iframe src="https://docs.google.com/a/killeraces.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dFdyZzd6Z1lBaUZmOXZFWGZ2YldNM2c6MQ" width="605" height="3100" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe> <p><a href="http://imgur.com/NV6i4"><img title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" src="http://i.imgur.com/NV6i4.png" /></a><a href="http://imgur.com/xcYHz"><img title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" src="http://i.imgur.com/xcYHz.png" /></a></p> <p><em>11/25 winners have been contacted.</em><br><em>12/2 winners have been contacted.</em><br><em>12/9 winners have been contacted.</em><br><em>12/16 winners have been contacted.</em></p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-over-350-in-prizes-in-our-best-deals-holiday-giveaway" class="sharethis-link" title="Win over $350 in Prizes in our Best Deals Holiday Giveaway!" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Check out our Best Deals section for a chance to win prizes during our Holiday Giveaway. We are giving away over $350 in prizes. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways deals giveaways Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:28:53 +0000 Ashley Marcin 955867 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Get Great Deals on Outlet Purchases http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-great-deals-on-outlet-purchases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-get-great-deals-on-outlet-purchases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/263971701_57457c4a9f_z-1.jpg" alt="Get Great Deals on Outlet Purchases" title="Get Great Deals on Outlet Purchases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on getting great deals on outlet purchases, making money teaching, and saving for retirement with an IRA.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/07/how-to-get-great-deals-on-outlet-purchases.html">How to Get Great Deals on Outlet Purchases</a> &mdash; To get the best deals possible on outlet purchases, visit the clearance racks first. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/07/30/7-ways-anyone-can-make-money-teaching/">7 Ways Anyone Can Make Money Teaching</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make money teaching by being a part-time staffer for a special course at a community college? [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/saving-for-retirement-with-an-ira/">Saving for Retirement with an IRA</a> &mdash; An IRA is a way to manage your retirement savings, not the actual account that holds your money. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/relocate-cant-sell-house/">6 Options If You Need to Relocate and Can't Sell Your House</a> &mdash; If you need to relocate but are having trouble selling your house, consider renting your house instead. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?_p=1a88e8f4-9d0a-4de2-8d67-3116a8f7a1ff&amp;ref=bfv&amp;post=cacdc7bd-b9ef-4f0a-90e9-cbe767e09fc9">Say yes to free wedding help</a> &mdash; If someone offers to help you with your wedding, take them up on their offer immediately! [MSN Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2012/08/01/how-to-grow-your-network-without-really-trying/">How to Grow Your Network Without Really Trying</a> &mdash; Grow your network without really trying by taking on &quot;boring&quot; assignments. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/psychological-elements-affect-finances.html">5 Ways Our Psychology Affects Our Money</a> &mdash; Don't let your risk aversion mentality cause you to purchase extended warranties or extra insurance. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/slideshow/best-online-banks/1.html">Best Deals in Online Banking, 2012</a> &mdash; PerkStreet Financial offers it's customers round-the-clock customer service. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/easy-summer-crafts-for-not-so-crafty-parents">Easy Summer Craft Ideas for the Not-So-Crafty Parent</a> &mdash; This summer, make sun-print cards with your children. It takes a week for them to be made, but having patience is the only hard part of making them! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Famous-Olympic-Athletes-Doing-Now-24198827">Where Are They Now: Current Careers Of 7 Legendary Olympians</a> &mdash; Olympian Carl Lewis now works as a volunteer track coach and a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/08/the-plutus-awards-voting">The Plutus Awards Voting</a> &mdash; Be sure to vote in the 3rd annual Plutus Awards! Voting closes on August 14th.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-great-deals-on-outlet-purchases" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Get Great Deals on Outlet Purchases" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping best money tips clothes deals outlet Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 947140 at http://www.wisebread.com