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How to Eat on $20 a Week and Not Die

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If you’re anything like me, you’re broke. Just because we can’t afford the finer things in life–fancy cars, exotic vacations, health care–doesn’t mean we have to starve to death, though. Not only is spending a mere $20 a week on groceries possible, it’s also probably a lot healthier than your current diet. Follow these tips […]

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Hands Down The Easiest Ways To Save On Your Travels

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In the past 6 years I’ve flown back and forth across the country at least 20 times. I hate to think of the thousands of dollars I’ve scraped together, only to be dumped backed into the greedy mouths of the head honchos at [Insert Evil Corporation] Airlines. Thinking of all the money I’ve spent helps me go the extra mile to save more and more each time I travel so that I can take a few extra mini-trips throughout the year. And the best way to start saving some sweet getaway cash is at the airport. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way:

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How To Do Las Vegas Without Being A Sucker

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On your first, second, and even third trip to Vegas, you’re still just a wide-eyed “fish” with a pocket full of “greenys”. You land at McCarron Airport so eager for a YOLO weekend of Jager shots at a topless pool, you don’t even care that you’re basically what P.T. Barnum would call The Mark. You’re a sucker. A newbie. A “grinder”. But then, a few bachelor parties later, you start to learn your way around the city. Before you know it, you’re asking yourself, “Wait, why is the cab driver getting on the freeway?”

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Don’t let the cab driver get on the freeway. It’s a classic cabbie fair hike technique. Every city’s taxi drivers do it. It’s a longer route, it’s more expensive. Stay off the freeway. But why are you taking a cab anyway? The airport shuttles like ASC, Bell Trans, Showtime, and SuperShuttle are fairly quick and convenient. They cost about $7 to a hotel on the strip and around $9 to downtown. But be prepared for the cultural enlightenment that comes with sharing a van with eight strangers from Maui, Wisconsin, and Tokyo.

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Banana Boat For Men Asks: Are You Man Enough To Fight The Sun?

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As someone who lives her life treating gender like it’s merely a suggestion (because it is), I’ve grown quite accustomed to the way that marketing loves to divide the world up in order to trick us into giving them maximized profits. While my life history has made me perhaps more keenly aware of it, I’m hardly the first to notice, or even to break down why it happens. What I can do, however, is provide you with some examples of some ways that shoppers of any sex and gender can cut costs by cutting through gender roles.

A new addition to the slate of seemingly unnecessarily gendered products this year: sunscreen. Banana Boat has recently launched the all new Banana Boat For Men. This is apparently to combat the waves of sunburned men who have refused to use a product as girly and effete as Banana Boat Sport? I guess I find it hard to believe that there are legions of lobster-looking bros out there who have been adamant that they’d rather get skin cancer than put on any of that chick stuff, but apparently Banana Boat is banking on the idea that there are. Or more likely, they think that by creating the solution the problem will start to exist. All I know is I’ve been to plenty of beaches and I’ve never heard anyone complain about sissy sunscreen.

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Podcasts, AAA And Coupons For Your Next Summer Roadtrip

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Summer’s here, and that means you should be doing one thing: getting your tush out on the open road. From Kerouac to Juggalos, everyone loves discovering our country and themselves via America’s highways. Only problem? That can be mega expensive. Here are some tips for you to save some cash when planning your road trip.

Podcasts:

Whether out alone or with some pals, you’re going to hit some boredom travelling the country—usually this starts around Kansas and extends through the great plains. There’s so little to look at, you can’t even make fun of ridiculous billboards or stupid town names. Sure, once you get into Missouri, there’s some stuff to make fun of, (I’m looking at you Herculaneum, MO, for sounding like an amphitheater that is exclusively headlined by KISS.) so what can you do? Podcasts.

For those not in the know, podcasts are FREE radio shows put on by some of the finest minds in comedy, history, sports, and pop culture, that are available on demand whenever you see fit to listen.

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Three Tech Deals You Should Avoid At All Costs

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Deals are everywhere on these Interwebs of ours, but you know the old saying: If it looks too good to be true, Google it.

Better still, read this. Below I’ve spotlighted three common tech deals that aren’t worth your time–and definitely not your money. Got a difference of opinion? Tough luck! Er, I mean, share your thoughts in the comments below.

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iPads are crazy-expensive, so when you see one selling for as little as $120 (which you can, today only, at 1Sale.com), there’s considerable temptation to grab the deal. Sure, it’s a first-generation model, but so what? That just means it’s a little thicker and heavier than newer iPads, right?

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Read This Before You Book Your Summer Vacation and You’ll Save Money

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I consider myself an avid traveler (or at least, I love to travel, so that must count for something!). As such, it’s important for me to get a bit creative when it comes to cutting back on the travel spending. Especially during the peak travel season of summer, rising prices can sometimes threaten to hold me back from the awesome destinations I hope to visit.

This season, I’m taking a stand. I’ve consulted with some of the most seasoned travel experts in the business and asked them for their failsafe ways to save a bit of cash when it comes to summer travel.

I plan on putting many of these into effect immediately … see ya on the beaches!

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Does It Pay to Fly Spirit Airlines?

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I fly a lot.

In the past seven months I’ve flown Qantas to Australia, Icelandair to Iceland, JetBlue to Florida and … drum roll, please …Spirit to Denver.

In case you’ve missed the news recently, Spirit isn’t exactly a luxury airliner — nor are they No. 1 in customer service. In fact, they’re dead last — drawing complaint rates that were more than three times higher than the second-place airlines from 2009 to 2013.

Here’s the thing though: The price was right. The available times worked out … and I had yet to read all the awful reviews the company consistently racks up. (And, for the record, has chalked up to simple misunderstandings.)

So, was it worth it? In my own personal opinion — yes, and here’s why.

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WhistleOut Helps You Compare Mobile Phone Plans

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Got your eye on a shiny new HTC One M8? Looking for a new carrier for your out-of-contract iPhone? Want lower rates for your family’s four lines before they run you into the poorhouse?

Tricky stuff. Between the Big Four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) and the 20-plus little-guy offshoots (from AIO Wireless to Zact), you could spend days hopping around to different stores and sites, trying to find the best plan for you and/or you family.

Guess what? There’s a search engine for that: WhistleOut. Actually, it’s a “comparison engine,” designed to show you mobile plans based on your requirements.

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Happy Hour Secret Prices and Menu at Chain Restaurants

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Chain restaurants are pretty secretive when it comes to letting customers know exactly how cheap their happy hour prices are. After all, if you knew you could fill up on the same grub for a third of the price at 6PM, why would you show up at 7?

Most times, it’s impossible to figure out how much a place’s Pineapple Explosion Fingers™ and Ranch Rum Runners™ are during happy hour than finding the nutrition information. And you know they hate telling you exactly how many calories are in their Chicken Wing-Dingers™. 

Since these establishments are pretty tight-lipped about their prices, I put together a guide to some of the most popular happy hour deals in the country. (Prices and selection, of course, may vary by region.)

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Use Free Produce Bags for Your Dog’s Poop

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Beginning January 1 in Los Angeles, single-use carry-out plastic bags were banned in all major grocery stores, and including big-box stores like Target and Walmart. Los Angeles is now the largest city in the nation to boast the ban. Major cities like San Francisco, Portland, Mexico City and Sydney, Australia have already beaten L.A. to the plastic punch.

PLASTIC BAG HOT PRO: Did you know it takes 91% LESS energy to recycle 1 pound of plastic than it does to recycle 1 pound of paper, AND it takes up less space in a landfill? TAKE THAT, ECO-TERRORISTS!

PLASTIC BAG SAD CON: A single plastic bag can take 20 to 1,000 years to degrade, and the average family accumulates 60 bags in 4 trips to the grocery store. And every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.

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Easy Ways to Save Money as a Wedding Guest

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My husband and I have eight weddings to attend throughout this summer and fall. That’s eight shower gifts, eight wedding gifts and almost as many hotel and car rental bookings.

Oh — and I’m in three of them. That’s three bridesmaid dresses and three bachelorette parties to attend and help plan.

Please don’t get me wrong — I love and cherish each one of these friends, and I’m honored to be a part of the wedding for those friends who have asked me. The thing is … weddings can really add up, even when you’re just a guest (and especially if you’re a bridesmaid!). In an effort to not blow my entire savings account on weddings this year, I thought I’d do a little research to figure out how I can be as prepared as possible for the costs, as well as potentially cut back on the spending and still be as giving to each of these couples as I’d like to be.

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Tips and Tricks for Dining Out on The Cheap

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You’re so responsible when it comes to food. You eat in as often as possible. You clip coupons and buy groceries on sale. You cook healthy soups, stews and chili in big batches and eat them throughout the week instead of ordering pizza. You resist the urge to pick up takeout on the way home from work, knowing you have a vegetable bin full of fresh veggies that need to be used up. You’re so good. You totally deserve a reward.

And what better reward than treating yourself to a delicious meal out? Worried it will be too expensive? Don’t be! Read on for my tips and tricks for dining in expensive restaurants without overspending. And no, it doesn’t involve scarfing down free bread and water and dashing out before the waiter comes to take your order.

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5 Foods You Never Knew You Could Freeze

5 Food You Never Knew You Could Freeze

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A freezer is a budget-savvy foodie’s best friend. Think of it as a magic box that has the magic ability to freeze time (ha!) on your food’s aging process, keeping it fresh for longer. This means that when certain foods go on sale, you can stock up and freeze what you can’t immediately use, as well as preserve foods that you don’t have time to finish before they go bad.

I know, I know. You already know this—you’ve been using your freezer for years. But hear me out. I mean, sure, you know all about freezing meat, popsicles, and those supermarket packs of frozen green peas, but did you know that your freezer is great for storing a laundry list of less obvious items? Read on for our list of less common freezer-friendly items.

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Marijuana Coupons Exist Now

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Marijuana is starting to win some battles in the war on drugs. There are now 20 states with some form of legal weed. This means a huge underground industry is now going public. Modern consumers have grown accustomed to doing everything through the internet. It makes sense that these consumers would want a place to find marijuana deals on-line. That’s where Canna-Saver.com comes in. Canna-Saver.com is kind of like Savings.com except you won’t find any deals on shoes or coupons for hotel rooms. Canna-Saver has coupons for marijuana and marijuana related products. It currently only has deals in the state of Colorado, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it started to add more states in the very near future.

You may be wondering how legal all of this actually is. I know that’s what my first question would be. I’m too pretty for jail! Pot is still technically illegal federally, but the state of Colorado has made it legal for anyone over 21 to buy up to a quarter of an ounce of marijuana without a prescription. Colorado residents can buy up to an ounce. That’s a lot of pot. The only reason you’d ever need an ounce of pot was if you got invited to Willie Nelson’s birthday.

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