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No Receipt, No Problem - How to return a holiday gift without a receipt

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Kelli.Bhattacharjee)
at 9:00AM Thursday January 16, 2014
under Shop Smarter

Christmas is an exciting time but it also has some hidden perils. It's happened to all of us…. Someone hands you a beautifully wrapped box with a big colorful bow that you can hardly wait to open. Finally, you get to rip the paper off, heart racing with anticipation…and then it happens. You get an anti-gift. You know what I mean, that hideous (INSERT GIFT HERE) from your (INSERT RELATIVE HERE). For example, that hideous Christmas sweater with a giant reindeer on it from your great aunt.

Yes, yes, it is the thought that counts. However, does that mean you have to be stuck with a truly atrocious gift you'll never use or wear? Unfortunately, returning that anti-gift can be tricky. A lot of stores are tightening up their return policies, so having a receipt is pretty important. However, maybe you don't want to hurt your relative's feelings by asking for the receipt or maybe you did ask but he or she didn't have the receipt. Read More »

10 appetizers under $10 for Super Bowl 2014

By DealPro(view all posts by Lynette.Rice)
at 6:00AM Thursday January 16, 2014
under Stuff We Like

The Super Bowl is on February 2nd. Whether you're celebrating with a crowd or enjoying the game (and the commercials) at home with just a few select fans, you want to stay on budget with your feast. Everybody loves a good football appetizer. Here's a list of ten appetizers you can make for under $10!

Healthy Hummus Dip from Cleverly Simple
– This dip will leave everyone asking for more. Made with hummus as the base and your choice of delicious toppings, you won't feel guilty when you take a second bite!

Pig Candy from Saving The Family Money – Bacon! Enough said? Wow your friends with this amazingly simple pig candy appetizer. Read More »

Here's how you can save $4,554.12 this year

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:00AM Wednesday January 15, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

January is the time that many of us look at our finances and decide that it's time to get in shape. Budgeting, envelopes, savings, cash systems, 401K, IRAs - where do we begin?

One of the most important aspects to budgeting and saving is to actually begin by reducing expenses. And to show you how easy it is, I'm going to show you how you can save a total of $4,571.62 by switching up four things.  Read More »

This week in deals: Save 40% on your entire purchase at Nautica

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Wednesday January 15, 2014
under This Week In DealsStaff

Whether you're just a little chilly or freezing in negative degree weather, you can stock up on your winter wear right now.

Historically, December has been the month to stock up on clothes for almost next to nothing. However, if you didn't get the chance to stock up then, you can do it now with some amazing deals.

Here are some incredible discounts for your whole family:

Deal #1: For all your winter wear, head on over to Nautica to save 40% off your entire purchase. You can also save 50% on men's outerwear and sweaters. Expires 01/21/2014. Read More »

Save some cash on winter's biggest expenses

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Cheryl.Lock)
at 6:00AM Tuesday January 14, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

Has anyone else noticed how cold it is outside?

Of course you have, and as such your heat is probably on full blast. You may be staying in more (really using up that electricity, huh?) and perhaps you're taking more warm baths. (Hello, hot water bill!)

It's nice to stay toasty in the comfort of your own home when the temps dip low outside, but it's not so nice when the extra large bills start coming in the mail. Try staying warm and holding on to some of your hard-earned cash this season by following these easy tips in three big expense areas. Read More »

How to dip your toe into the wonderful world of cloud storage--for free

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:29PM Monday January 13, 2014
under Freebies

You. Yeah, you. I know what you're thinking. "I don't need this whole cloud thing. It's too confusing. And, anyway, nothing bad will ever happen to my data."

That's some serious denial you've got going on there, kid.

For starters, data loss isn't a matter of "if"--it's a matter of "when." And occasionally copying important files to a backup drive won't do you a lick of good if a virus chews through your system or a fire/tornado/hurricane takes out your house. Oh, and don't forget theft. Burglars love to make off with laptops and the hard drives connected to them. (Sorry for the scare tactics, but it's time for some tough love!)

As for confusing, I agree that some cloud services are an unitutive mess. But there's one I find admirably easy to use, and it's more versatile than most. Read More »

Savings Secrets: Why you shouldn't organize your finances

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:39AM Monday January 13, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

I've pretty much decided that it's really cool not to organize my finances. It just seems like one of those things that I shouldn't really have to deal with...

I mean, who wants to have to keep track of all these numbers? And I hate having to restrict my shopping. I'd rather just be able to spend what I want! That's true freedom and a budget will just make me feel like I'm a slave to my finances. 

Here's why you shouldn't organize your finances...

1. You'll get overdrawn in the bank, and who doesn't love that $30 fee? It's the best, right?! But I love that I was still able to buy whatever I wanted.

2. You have no idea how much you can spend this week on eating out, so you might as well splurge on that T-bone steak. That's freedom! Read More »

Freebie Corner: Free Einstein Bros Thintastic Bagel & Shmear and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday January 11, 2014
under Freebies

Do you like wine? If so, you can score two bottles courtesy of the TBS TV show Cougar Town and the app Drync. The offer goes live each day at 11am EST and you're going to have to put a little effort into it, but it will be worth the energy.

The list of 2014 free National Parks admission dates is now ready. You should start planning your trips to the great outdoors and get yourself a day or two for free.

Freebie #1: Crime & Punishment eBook ($20 value). You'll need to create a Downpour account (it's free) to get the ebook. Plus, they offer a free ebook each month. Add the book to your cart and go to checkout. Enter the code crimefree (tip: type it in rather than copying and pasting). Read More »

Amazon's best freakin' tablet ever is on sale

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:03AM Friday January 10, 2014
under Spotlight Deals

I tend to reserve hyperbole for things like food and movies. "Gravity"? Best film of 2013, if not the entire decade. The drunken noodles at Wazuzu in Las Vegas? Best Thai dish that's ever passed through my pie hole.

So when I say the Kindle Fire HDX is the single best tablet you can buy, believe it. And I say this as someone who has owned or used just about every other tablet on the planet. Read More »

The Prowl, or: How to get other people to do your shopping for you and save money

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 6:00AM Thursday January 9, 2014
under Shop Smarter

theprowl
(Theprowl.com's main Ask and Answer section)

TheProwl.com looks a bit like Pinterest, and that may well be on purpose. Unlike Pinterest, The Prowl has a focus: its unique "Ask and Answer" section encourages you to employ the brains of others to find deals and make better fashion decisions than most mere humans with jobs and lives ever could. So while Pinterest is a great place to obsess over the infinite aspirational scroll, The Prowl is for paring down possibilities, and making a purchase. In contrast to Pinterest and related sites like The Hunt, which largely market themselves to the female demo, The Prowl's pragmatic approach to commerce can be appreciated by the most shopping-phobic individuals of any gender. Read More »

4 frugal health trends you should run away from as quickly as possible

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:00AM Wednesday January 8, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

2013: The year of Miley Cyrus, selfies, and some interesting health programs. While a lot of fun things happened last year, some of these trends should be left there. Here are some of the more interesting frugal health trends that you should probably just run quickly away from while screaming in terror...


1. The Ramen Diet. 

A regular diet for college students everywhere, there was a large movement of middle-aged  women that opted for this diet to save money and lose weight! While it did work for some time, the weight never seemed to stay off as would-be dieters ended up rebounding while engorging themselves on chocolate chip cookies.  Read More »

This week in deals: 50% off any regular priced item at Joann.com

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Wednesday January 8, 2014
under This Week In DealsStaff

While most of the country is dealing with the winter chills and the Nor'easter, I'm sitting pretty in mid 70 degree weather. Although I'm not trying to rub in the face of those that are stressing over freezing temperature, I want to point out the fact that it's similar to shopping. It's kind of like when everyone pays full-price and you nab the last amazing deal. The feeling of accomplishment and excitement is incomparable.

In order for you to score those amazing deals, I've curated the top 5 deals on our site that will also have you sittin' pretty:

Deal #1: Whether you need to get new fabric or a pair of nice scissors, use this coupon from Joann.com to save 50% on any one regular priced item. Expires 01/11/2014. Read More »