Spark some savings in your dining budget this Independence Day. While most will celebrate July 4th with picnics, barbecues and watching fireworks, hungry bargain hunters can enjoy the holiday by chomping on cheap eats in between all of the gatherings — thanks to these good ol' fashioned American … [Read more...] about Food deals and freebies for July 4th week 2023
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GoodRx could help with prescription medication costs
Rising prescription prices, even if you have a solid health insurance plan, can break a monthly budget. GoodRx is a frugal way to lower your out-of-pocket prescription costs and help you stay on track. GoodRx is a database of branded drug savings programs, and offer discounts on non-branded drugs … [Read more...] about GoodRx could help with prescription medication costs
Military Appreciation discounts available all year
Although May (for Military Appreciation Month) and November (for Veterans Day) are full of advertising about military discounts and freebies, lots of deals are available 365 days a year. As a veteran, my best advice when it comes to navigating military discounts is always ask. … [Read more...] about Military Appreciation discounts available all year
Is Sam’s Club membership worth it?
For families and those who have space in their homes to buy in large quantity, a warehouse store membership often makes sense — dollars and cents. But for many frugal people, the idea of paying to shop at a store gives them pause. How can you decide if Sam's Club is worth the membership price? To … [Read more...] about Is Sam’s Club membership worth it?
30 ways to stay warm, save money this winter
Looking for ways to stay warm and cozy at home? For many of us, winter is a time when we discover a few more cracks and crannies for the cold air to find its way inside. Not only does that make it harder to keep your house warm, it sends money out the door as the electric or gas bill climbs. So, … [Read more...] about 30 ways to stay warm, save money this winter
How to turn unwanted gift cards into cash
Gift cards are at the top of everyone's wish list, no matter the holiday or occasion. It's the perfect gift because for two reasons: It's quick and easy gift for the giver AND the recipient can pick out exactly what they want (or enjoy a favorite meal.) No need for any returns or … [Read more...] about How to turn unwanted gift cards into cash
Are ‘buy now, pay later’ alternatives to layaway a good idea?
If you're old enough to remember shopping before the Internet, you might remember the layaway desk at department stores. Shoppers who wanted to buy a big-ticket item, or do holiday shopping ahead of time, would put the goods "on layaway." The store would hold the items for them and the customer … [Read more...] about Are ‘buy now, pay later’ alternatives to layaway a good idea?
Free pet photos with Santa at PetSmart
Of course your dog has been a very good dog this year! Just listen to what he tells Santa. And you can capture the moment with a free photo of your pet with Santa at participating PetSmart locations. (Of course, your companion animal doesn't have to be a dog; if your pot-bellied pig, bunny or … [Read more...] about Free pet photos with Santa at PetSmart
Living on the Cheap gift guide roundup 2022
Some people enjoy thinking about what to buy for gifts, going out to buy gifts, getting home and wrapping gifts, going out to deliver gifts or mail gifts . . . I am not that person. Don't get me wrong. I love it when I happen to see something in a shop or online and think, "That would be … [Read more...] about Living on the Cheap gift guide roundup 2022
IDNYC Cardholders Get Discounts at Major NYC Attractions
New Yorkers, show your pride while reaping the benefits of the IDNYC program. New York residents with ID cards can enjoy entertainment deals on the city's best shows and attractions. You can score discounted tickets to Broadway, a sports game, and much more. An IDNYC is a government-issued … [Read more...] about IDNYC Cardholders Get Discounts at Major NYC Attractions
Scary good (and cheap) Halloween party food
Planning a Halloween party but don't want it to bleed your food budget dry? We've got you covered tighter than a mummy's wrappings! Here are ideas for snacks and beverages for both kids and adults, so no one leaves your celebration looking like a skeleton. (For more Halloween party tips, … [Read more...] about Scary good (and cheap) Halloween party food
College financial aid: A timeline for high-school students and families
For the six years that our daughters were in college, my husband dreaded filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid more than doing our income tax return. Like students in most families, though, our girls were going to need some combination of loans and scholarships to pay for college. … [Read more...] about College financial aid: A timeline for high-school students and families
Is it worth the cost to upgrade my cellphone now?
According to a 2021 survey from tech care company Asurion, the cellphone has taken the top spot as most essential item for Americans, overtaking their vehicle or their refrigerator — which makes sense when you consider that you can't do a group text with Uber or Lyft. So whenever a new phone model … [Read more...] about Is it worth the cost to upgrade my cellphone now?
How to find cheaper flights and hotel deals in 2022
It’s getting harder to find a travel deal. Just ask Tracy Hayes, who recently wanted to fly from Little Rock to St. Louis. “The cheapest flight I could find was roughly $375,” she says. “That was the one-way fare.” Hayes, a notary public from Little Rock, checked the usual suspects — … [Read more...] about How to find cheaper flights and hotel deals in 2022
Labor Day weekend freebies and deals 2022
Many restaurants are offering Labor Day discounts and freebies, perfect for those who don't want to cook over the holiday weekend. Some of the deals are only valid Sept. 5, while others are good before and after. Click on the link in each item for more details. The list will be updated as more deals … [Read more...] about Labor Day weekend freebies and deals 2022