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6 ways to save more money on home energy expenses

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gary.Fox)
at 6:00AM Sunday November 3, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

As summer draws to a close, you may think your energy bills are on the way down - after all, no more AC means lower monthly power expenses, right? Unfortunately, as soon as autumn's over and winter sets in, cooling expenses are quickly replaced by heating costs. Instead of getting caught in an endless cycle of escalations throughout the year, there are plenty of ways to save on your home energy expenses. Thankfully, many of them apply to the colder months ahead. Read on to learn how to do it.

1. Readjust Your Thermostat
If you didn't adjust your thermostat to keep your house warmer during those hot summer months, you should have - it's a great way to save. Now, it's time to go the other way. Keeping your home just a little cooler than you'd like over the winter can save a bundle on your power bill. Temperature changes often occur quickly and if you're not careful, you may find that heat kicking on when you don't necessarily need it to. A good goal is to set your thermostat at 78 in the summer and 68 in the winter. Read More »

The iPad Air: Even at $479, no sale

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 1:50PM Friday November 1, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

So the iPad Air just went on sale, and already Walmart has discounted the entry-level model to $479. Mere hours later, Staples followed suit. My guess is Best Buy will do likewise before the weekend is out.

What's this? A discount on the never-discounted iPad? And on the very day of its release? That's definitely strange, and perhaps a little telling.

Granted, this is a savings of $20 we're talking about. Even at $479, the 16GB iPad Air is still the single most expensive tablet in its class, and not by a small margin.
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Save money with solar-powered and self-charging products

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Friday November 1, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

With utility rates on the constant rise, many people see solar as our future. The most attractive part about going solar is that you save money over time, especially because electricity will come at a premium price in the future (yes, even more expensive than now). Plus, without much thought on your end, you reduce your carbon footprint (ever heard of Global Warming?).

But not everyone is jumping on the solar bandwagon yet. Some people have a hard time seeing the benefits when they either have to invest $15,000 to $30,000 in panels (dependent on size of home and tax credits) or lease the panels that may save them 0-10% off their current electricity bill. Again, the value builds over time.

For those of you that are not ready to get solar panels on your home, but still want to save money and do a small part in making this world a better place, here are some amazing solar products that will change the way you live and think: Read More »

5 traps to avoid when shopping for the holidays

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Kelli.Bhattacharjee)
at 10:30AM Thursday October 31, 2013
under Holidays

Yes, it is nearly that time again - time for holiday shopping. Black Friday is looming on the horizon and a slew of stores including Macy's and Kohl's have announced they will open Thanksgiving evening.

Already signs that proclaim "Door-Buster" or "Holiday Special" are popping up in advertisements and store windows. While it may seem like it's incredibly easy to score the best deal during the holiday shopping season, there are a few traps you have to be on the lookout for:

1. Be an informed shopper. The temptations of the so called "special" holiday sales are difficult to resist. When preparing to make a purchase, do your homework. Determine the retail price of the item and the competitors' pricing before making your decision. Remember, just because an item is a Black Friday deal or "Door-buster" sale does not mean it is well priced. Read More »

8 solar energy projects you can do on your own

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 6:00AM Thursday October 31, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Photo: Gary Reysa

With Winter fast approaching, it would be easy to get the Winter blues while looking at those heating and electric bills. Have you ever thought about solar energy? Most of us have, but we automatically assume that it's expensive to get started.

If you're able to put on that DIY cap, then it can actually be very budget-friendly to get started. It just takes some creativity and some awesome instructions from people that have gone before us. Check out some of these cool DIY solar energy projects that you can do on your own: 

1. This DIY solar-powered iPhone charger will take you three hours to make. 

2. Need more heat? Check out this solar-powered heater that costs next to nothing to make.  Read More »

10 easy ways to save money this Fall and Winter

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:57AM Wednesday October 30, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

I still haven't decided yet if it's worth giving up on the warmth and sunshine in order to wear my Fall boots. Flip flops are great, don't get me wrong. But it sure is fun to shake things up a bit and put on a pair of long comfy socks and stuff those feet into a nice pair of boots. 

Fall is probably my favorite time of year. While the colors are fabulous and the wardrobe gets switched up a bit, it is also the time to start planning ahead for saving some money. It's easy to quickly lose money on that heating bill, and the extra gas we use warming up the car each morning. 

So here are some ways that you can cut down on some costs this Fall and Winter. And we're not just talking about ways to save on that heating bill....we've got some other cool tips thrown in as well:

1. Get rid of cable. Kristie shares tips like this and more on her post: Ways to Save This Fall

2. Change out the heating filter. See this and other great ways to ready yourself for coldRead More »

Top Halloween Costumes of 2013

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 10:00AM Tuesday October 29, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

So an email landed in my inbox recently from some data company showing me a list of the top "searched" Halloween costume ideas. I kind of had to laugh at this. It was clear that this was a list of the top "known" searched Halloween costume ideas, but true is this? By now you've probably seen all the Miley Cyrus and the wrecking ball costumes hitting the social channels. 

Did this company really take stuff like that into account? Well, let's list out the data and then we'll discuss what I'm seeing on the social channels. Or can social networks really have much to say in the face of good data?  Read More »

How to save on energy without living in the dark

By (view all posts by AleaMilham)
at 6:00AM Tuesday October 29, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

As the days shorten and temperatures drop, our utility bills are going to begin to climb. A few small changes can reduce the amount of energy you use. Here are some tips to help you decrease your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills.

Put on a sweater and lower you thermostat. Set your thermostat for between 65 - 68 degrees during the day and lower it to 62 degrees while you sleep or are at work. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it up now and not have to worry about lowering and raising the temperature throughout the day.

Check the weather stripping around your doors and windows. On a windy day, run your hand around the seams of your windows and doors to see if you feel any drafts. If you do, pick up weatherstripping at your local hardware store. You can find self-adhesive weather stripping. Read More »

Trade your used books for other used books at PaperBackSwap

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 1:44PM Monday October 28, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

If you're anything like me, you've got shelves (or boxes) packed with books you've already read and don't necessarily want anymore.

You could donate them or try to sell them in your next garage sale, sure, but why not swap them for newer books you do want?

It works like this: After signing up for an account, you enter all the books you have available for trade. If another user wants your book, you'll get an e-mail requesting it. From there you can print a mailing label or "wrapper" (including postage if you want, or you can add your own).

Every time you mail out a book, you earn a credit. Every time you "buy" a book, a credit is deducted. In other words, you have to send books to get books.
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Savings Secrets: How to get a deal on a last-minute costume

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:34AM Monday October 28, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

With it being just a few days before Halloween, some of you may be realizing all of a sudden that you need a costume. Whether it's for an adult or a child, there are plenty of ways to get a good deal on a costume. 

It can actually be kind of fun having to come up with something last-minute.

1. The first tip may take some serious creativity on your part, but: Use What You Have. 

Sometimes the best costumes come from you combining items you already have in order to make a fun and unique outfit. This past weekend I went to a Mario-themed Go Cart Racing event. I really didn't want to spend the money on buying an expensive costume, so I put some clothes together to become "Hipster Luigi." 

My favorite costume of the day was my Sikh friend (he wears a turban), who used what he had to make himself a box with a mushroom coming out of the top. He used paper circles on his red turban, and made a box out of cardboard. I bet it was super inexpensive to make, and he ended up winning the trophy for best costume!

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5 ways to save on travel this holiday season

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Cheryl.Lock)
at 6:00AM Thursday October 24, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to start talking about those holiday travel plans. No matter that the leaves have barely changed colors – the earlier you start planning for your holiday trips, the more likely you are to save a bit of cash in the process.

Getting the ball rolling early is just part of the plan, though. We've rounded up five other easy ways to save on your holiday travel this season—whether you'll be traveling by yourself or with your whole family in tow. Follow these suggestions and who knows – you might just have a little extra cash left over come New Year's. Read More »

36 scrumptious Fall recipes from our DealPros

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 8:59AM Wednesday October 23, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Nothing says Fall like a hearty homemade chili or a nice cup of hot chocolate. There is a plethora of recipes available online and, if you're an addict like me, on Pinterest as well. So how do you narrow it down to what you should actually try? 

For Fall menu planning I try to stick to what I know, and add at least 1 new recipe that I don't know into the menu circulation each week. This makes it super easy to plan meals, and try new things. 

If you haven't really menu planned before, an easy way to start is by making a list of your top 15 favorite dinner ideas and rotating those throughout the month. Then there's room to add in new recipes that you'd like to try. 

Here's a list of 36 great Fall recipe ideas from the awesome DealPros. Check them out and let us know if you know of any great Fall recipes that we should try! Read More »