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10 items men cannot be trusted to buy at the grocery store

By (view all posts by Seth.Barnes)
at 6:00AM Friday January 24, 2014
under Shop Smarter

The modern grocery store is a hive of commerce, a 24/7 Superstore selling everything imaginable with almost limitless selection across product categories. Need aluminum foil? Prepare to sort through a spectrum of options starting with the store brand and ending with a technological wonder that could serve as a heat shield for a spacecraft reentering Earth's atmosphere. In short, the grocery store is the last place you should send the average American male, provided you actually want the items on his list.

Calling out gender differences certainly isn't in vogue these days, and as a Dad and husband, I'm hesitant to criticize my own species. But this missive is a cry for help. Based on personal experience, I know no matter how hard I try, I cannot be trusted to accurately buy the items below, most likely due to an evolutionary quirk among my ancestors that makes me blind to the difference between tins of anchovies and sardines displayed in close proximity to each other.

By admitting defeat and articulating the shame I feel about being so massively distracted while food shopping, I'm hoping we can take the first step towards creating a different world for my son to grow up in. A world where he doesn't have a panic attack standing in front of a towering shelf of pickle spears. Please have compassion for us. For we are just men.
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Despite backlash, reusable grocery bags are still the smart (and frugal) move

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 12:05PM Thursday January 23, 2014
under Shop Smarter

I'd heard arguments against reusable bags before, but despite having been around for years, I hadn't heard the "reusable bags jeopardize public health" argument until very recently. Now that I've looked into it, it's not very compelling.

Whether it's a dolphin-rescuing triumph, or a mistake spearheaded by wrongheaded liberals, plastic grocery bags are going the way of the dinosaurs they're made of. Yes, extinction is still a ways off, but over sixty jurisdictions in the US have bans on the books, and more are in the works.

With each new jurisdiction to ban the bags comes a new fee structure. You now have to cough up as much as 25 cents each time you forget your bag. That can add up in the long run, especially for large families.

Obviously it's not just a matter of personal finance. 80 million tons of the petroleum product polyethylene are manufactured every year, and its primary use is in the manufacture of disposable bags. They may or may not whiz away to the sea immediately after use, and maliciously jam themselves into the blowholes of orcas, but they do sit in landfills for perhaps a thousand years, by some estimates, or perhaps forever by others. For whatever reason, some find the environmental arguments against disposable bags unconvincing. Read More »

Super Bowl Sunday: What you need to do to prepare

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 10:58AM Wednesday January 22, 2014
under DealPro Tips

With the Super Bowl coming up, the thought on everyone's minds is "who will have the funniest commercials." But you should also be thinking ahead for what you should plan to eat. Because it's the New Year, we're all thinking of ways to save money and be healthy.

It would be easy to throw together unhealthy and expensive treats, so let's do some planning.

What you should and shouldn't do to prepare for the Super Bowl 2014. Read More »

This week in deals: Save $20 on any LEGO purchase of $75 at Toys "R" Us

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Wednesday January 22, 2014
under This Week In DealsStaff

How are your new year's resolutions coming along? If having a shopping budget is one of your new resolutions, it's not too late to start now. Even though most of you probably don't want to see another sales ad or go shopping because of the holiday madness you just endured, if you start planning now, you can exceed your 2013 savings.

To get you started with your 2014 shopping savings, here are this week's top 5 deals:

Deal #1:
If your kids are fans of Legos, head on over to Toys "R" Us and save $20 off your purchase over $75, plus get free shipping. Expires 01/25/2014. Read More »

An easy and affordable fix for your TV's terrible speakers

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:44AM Tuesday January 21, 2014
under Shop Smarter

Talk about irony: Modern HDTVs dazzle the eyes with their gorgeous colors and razor-sharp images, but disappoint the ears with their crap-tacular speakers.

Alas, it's the nature of the flat-panel design. Today's supermodel-thin TVs just don't have room for big, beefy cones. For some reason, though, few people bother to investigate alternatives to those built-in speakers--or perhaps just don't know there are alternatives.

Prepare to be enlightened! You can vastly improve your TV's audio quality by adding an external speaker system. And you don't have to spend a fortune on one. Read More »

Saving Secrets: Why it's time to finally ditch cable

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:19AM Monday January 20, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

I took a poll on my Facebook page a few weeks ago and asked people what they spend monthly on cable. The average seemed to be about $70 a month, with some people spending as much as $200! 

I was floored. As someone who hasn't paid for cable in years, I coudn't understand why people paid so much to watch the same stuff that is available online or for free over the air. 

If you're spending $70 a month on cable, that comes to $840 a year. If you cancel it and pay for a streaming service like Netflix that costs $7.99 a month, you end up only spending $95.88 a year. 

Here's why it's time to ditch cable: you're spending too much money! 

Let's lay out the alternatives for you:  Read More »

When to use a travel agent

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Cheryl.Lock)
at 6:00AM Monday January 20, 2014
under Stuff We Like

My husband and I have a big, big trip coming up. It's going to take a lot of planning and coordinating and travel documents and money … essentially it would take a lot of time to plan.

Instead of using up what precious free time we have to ourselves to plan this trip (and potentially miss some important necessary travel documents that would of course keep us out of the Galapagos Islands, the place that's been on my bucket list for the past 12 years) – we opted to use a travel agent instead.

You might be asking yourself, "A travel agent? Do those still even exist? And who uses them in the age of Expedia and Orbitz and Travelocity and … you get the gist?" Read More »

Freebie Corner: Free credit monitoring from Target and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday January 18, 2014
under Freebies

Target is offering free credit monitoring for one year to anyone who has shopped at a store located in the USA. It turns out that the data breach was larger than they thought and the hackers were able to breach two different databases.

If you shopped online and you stored your credit card info, you're accounts may also have been affected. So even if you didn't shop at Target over the holidays, your account(s) may still have been compromised. So thanks to those hackers, we are all now gifted with credit monitoring, possibly a blessing in disguise? Sign up below for free.

Freebie #1: Neutrogena Samples Inside Walgreens 1/23 - January 23rd from 4pm - 9pm inside your local Walgreens. Read More »

#HealthierSavings Twitter party - $350 in prizes!

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 3:43PM Friday January 17, 2014
under GiveawaysStaff

It's a new year, and gyms are packed with people who have vowed to get healthier in 2014. But it's tough to keep that resolution if you don't have support. That's where we come in! Let's get together and chat about how to stay healthy- and frugal- in the new year!

Join us on Tuesday, January 21st at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET in the #HealthierSavings hashtag on Twitter.

Hosts: @survivingstores @crystalecollins @couponing101 @lhliving @givemeneither @thesamicone

RSVP: Put the link to your Twitter handle below. Read More »

Three free ways to improve your smartphone photos

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:27AM Friday January 17, 2014
under Stuff We Like

>With great power comes great responsibility. Fortunately, you're not Spider-Man, so this doesn't really apply to you. But you do wield a certain form of power with that smartphone you're carrying--the power to freeze people in time forever! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

In other words, you can take pictures. But if you're like most amateur photographers, you're making mistakes that can result in less-than-stellar snaptshots. Fortunately, the big ones are easily corrected. Here are three free and easy ways to improve the way you shoot people. (Wait, that came out wrong...)

1. Zoom with your feet
Most smartphones offer a zoom feature, which can help if you're far away from your subject. However, in most cases it's a digital zoom, meaning the image sensor is merely cropping away the outside of the shot and enlarging the center.

That's bad for a couple reasons. Read More »

5 super tips for a great Super Bowl Party

By DealPro(view all posts by iheartthemart)
at 6:00AM Friday January 17, 2014
under Stuff We Like

Super Bowl XLVIII

Have you wanted to throw a Super Bowl Party but you aren't sure you can make it as Super as the game? Do not fear, I will give you 5 tips to make your party epic! We love to host parties and events at our house and everyone leaves our party happy and full. Ok enough chit chat, lets do this!

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How to get cheap or free audiobooks without resorting to piracy

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 12:00PM Thursday January 16, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

All arguments about whether listening counts as reading per se aside, audiobooks are awesome, and I wish I could listen to more, but until recently I felt too stymied by unnecessary limitations, and terrible value propositions to give my business to the people who create audiobooks. After some sleuthing, however I discovered tons of great ways to save money on long-form audio entertainment. In fact, since many of these are free, and some are viable alternatives to paid services, I sense a renaissance coming.

I've saved the best for last. Let's start by evaluating the cheapness of the status quo:

Audible.com

At the moment, Audible.com is inescapable for podcast listeners. This Amazon-owned service has relentlessly advertised to audio entertainment enthusiasts for years, and by now we know the pitch by heart: "Sign up today to get a free audiobook of your choice." But we have questions about what we actually get for signing up, and the answers aren't very convincing.

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