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6 Shopping Tips for Easter Dinner

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by JulianaWeissRoessler)
at 10:39AM Wednesday April 4, 2012
under Holidays

Planning an Easter dinner for your family can be exciting and fulfilling. You're the one who gets to make all the decisions and reap all of the praise for a job well done. Plus – you get all of the leftovers! 

Unfortunately – especially if you are organizing a dinner for a large, extended family – Easter could also be stressful, time-consuming,and expensive. That's why we put together these shopping tips to make the holiday just a tiny bit easier.

Head count. Ge tone early and confirm it a few times before the big day. If not, you could end up with way too much food – or worse, too little.

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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day: 6 Twists on an Inexpensive Snack

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by JulianaWeissRoessler)
at 1:08PM Monday April 2, 2012
under Holidays

Did you know that April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day? What better way to celebrate this holiday than by making this cheap and classic meal for your family – and why not change it up with some fun and easy variations? 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

Get rid of the bread – and add some pancakes instead!There's no need for butter or syrup when you add peanut butter and jelly as a topping.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Dip

Layer 8-ounces cream cheese, 2/3 cup peanut butter, and 1/3cup jelly in an ovenproof dish. Then bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 350degrees. Serve warm with crackers or slices of apple. Read More »

Happy April Fool's Day from Savings.com!

By (view all posts by ashleywade)
at 12:03AM Sunday April 1, 2012
under Holidays

Happy April Fool's!

Disclaimer: We do not actually deal in the overpriced-hovercraft industry (at least not currently).

I'm not sure about you, but my general motto today is to trust no one. Repeat: trust no one. It's been April Fool's Day on the East Coast for a few hours now, and our favorite tech companies are pulling out all the stops. Last year, Justin Beiber took over comedy site Funny or Die, and today Conan became the new CEO of Mashable, after he purchased the site for a mere $3500. Of course, leave it to Google to bring a bit of childhood nostalgia to us all. Google maps is now in 8-bit!

If you've visited our homepage today, you've likely played a game of "Which of these does not belong?" Hint: If you guessed the Travelocity deal, you're wrong.
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Fill Your Easter Baskets with Savings

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by savingtools.com)
at 8:30AM Wednesday March 21, 2012
under Holidays

Easter is rapidly approaching, and it's time to start thinking about prepping Easter baskets for the kids and other loved ones. If your pulse just started racing and you are imagining Easter baskets filled with dollar bills instead of treats, you can calm down. Plenty of opportunities for saving on Easter goodies are available. Using coupons found online can help pare down your costs and keep Easter costs manageable.

Candy

It's the first thing that comes to everyone's mind. The chocolate bunny peering out from behind a mound of green Easter grass, flanked by marshmallow treats is always an Easter classic. Plenty of coupons are available for treats to fill your baskets including such perennial favorites as Jelly Belly jellybeans and M&Ms.

For a unique and more old-fashioned touch, check out coupons from companies such as John & Kira and Old Time Candy. John & Kira are known for their gourmet and creative chocolates. From solid chocolate bunnies to adorable chocolate ladybugs and bees, to gourmet chocolate-covered figs, John & Kira candy adds a classy touch to Easter baskets for both children and grownups. Old Time Candy specializes in retro-styled candy that evokes nostalgia and a sense of tradition, such as Turkish Taffy, candy buttons, Necco Wafers, Chick-o-Sticks and even playful items like wax lips. Read More »

St. Patrick's Day On The Cheap

By (view all posts by BeckyHarks)
at 5:22PM Thursday March 15, 2012
under Holidays

So you're Irish. Or at least, you pretend you are because on St. Patrick's Day, EVERYONE is Irish for a day. Right? Right. You want to party it up – who doesn't? It's a day for everyone to drink green beers, dress up like a Leprechaun and kiss all the Irish people you know (and some you don't!). But you want to do something special this year. You want to do St. Patty's Day on the cheap. Is it even possible? How can YOU have the luck of the Irish without breaking your bank? Listen closely and find out.

First and foremost, the most important thing to do on St. Patrick's Day is to AVOID ALL BARS. I know that sounds all Debbie Downer, but I promise you, between the ridiculous cover charges and obnoxious Irish (or decidedly UN-Irish folk) you won't have a good time. If you do insist upon going out, find yourself a nice relaxed dive bar, away from ridiculous cover-charges, rowdy frat boys and dyed green beer.

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President's Day Sales and When To Buy

By (view all posts by ashleywade)
at 4:05PM Monday February 20, 2012
under Holidays

Happy President's Day! Were you lucky enough to have the day off, or are you stuck in the office like me?  Fortunately for you, this means I've spent the morning catching up on the best deal buzz on the web, and tidily placed it in one place. So grab an iced coffee, and your notepad, and let's get to it!

It's no secret that Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean steep discounts for most stores. While some people go to extreme lengths- camping out in front of doors as early as the day before- I'm not one for battling the crowds, so I tend to camp out at home the day after Thanksgiving. Typically, you'll find me nursing the previous day's food coma and battling my younger sister in a hours-long game of Monopoly. If you're like me, and didn't venture out, you may feel as if you missed the whirlwind of deals. Read More »

The Worst Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 9:15AM Thursday February 9, 2012
under Holidays

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which of course means that blogs must fill their quotas of Valentine's Day posts. There's nothing wrong with that. It also means that money-saving blogs must get their yearly Valentine's Day money-saving ideas out of the way. The problem is that the basics of how to have a frugal Valentine's Day aren't terribly mysterious. And, in the never-ending quest to produce original content, some otherwise good blogs wind up posting some bad tips. Read More »

Four Great Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Geeky Sweetie

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 1:58PM Tuesday February 7, 2012
under Holidays

It's one week until Valentine's Day, which means you still have time to buy a great gift for the geeky significant other in your life. I've rounded up four gems, all of them affordable, all of them sure to please. Take a look:  Read More »

Celebrating Valentine's Day: For Rich or For Poor

By (view all posts by ashleywade)
at 8:45AM Tuesday February 7, 2012
under Holidays

Valentine's Day is exactly a week away, and you know what that means…

….Red and pink decorations have overtaken the stores for weeks now, and you've been eyeing those boxes of chocolate strategically placed next to the check-out counter at Vons. I haven't been able to turn on the TV lately, without catching a trailer for the newest rom-com. Holidays are being promoted earlier, as stores spotlight their sales, and I can't be alone in thinking that the past few months have seemed like an endless holiday, as Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Years have melted into one ongoing event.

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How to Host a Super Bowl Party on a Budget

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by JulianaWeissRoessler)
at 7:27PM Thursday February 2, 2012
under Holidays

Holiday season isn't over just yet. We still have one more thing to celebrate: the Super Bowl! It may not be as formal as your other holiday parties, but did you know that last year Americans spent $118 on average to host a Super Bowl Party? Here are a few tips for keeping the cost down while you cheer on your favorite team.

 

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Make the Most of Christmas Leftovers

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by JulianaWeissRoessler)
at 9:56AM Sunday December 25, 2011
under Holidays

Image by Jason Staten via Flickr

The key to making sure food doesn't go to waste after a big meal is planning. When you're creating the menu for Christmas dinner, you should also create a meal plan for the leftovers. Typically, if you are preparing a whole turkey, roast beef, or ham, you can expect that you won't eat all of it--and you'll need to eat it relatively quickly for safety reasons.

Turkey and roast beef last about two or three days, and ham will save for four or five days. Don't think you'll use them fast enough? Pack them up in smaller batches and freeze them for later in the year.

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Last Minute Shopping Tips From a Procrastinating Idiot

By (view all posts by brwood)
at 8:57AM Wednesday December 21, 2011
under Shop Smarter

So I must admit, I am that idiot. But in my defense I spent a week in Europe at the end of November, then was racing cars the first weekend of December, so the holiday shopping season kind of got away from me.

As did all my shopping money. Read More »