Announcing Save Up 2014


It’s that time of year again! It’s time for our annual Save Up conference, and this year we’re thrilled to host our seventh edition of the conference in the lovely and quirky city of Austin, Texas. America’s savviest money-saving bloggers, the DealPros, will be descending upon Austin from July 31st through August 2nd for a couple days of learning, networking and fun!

The Tech-pert: MagicJack and Other Options for Cheaper Smartphone Calling Plans


I’ve often said it’s not the price of smartphones that bothers me, it’s the monthly fee you have to pay for service.

AT&T and Verizon, for example, charge $59.99 per month for 900-minute plans–not including the obligatory data plan for your iPhone or Android phone. And if you’re a serious gabber, the unlimited voice plans will run you $69.99 monthly.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could switch to the cheapest available voice plan, without giving up a single minute of talk time? Thanks to a couple amazing apps, you can.

Regretsy’s Crafter School Special: Make Your Own Snooki Mask


When asked me to create a weekly DIY tutorial for their readers, I was overwhelmed. I was also drunk, which is why I said yes.

But I think you’ll agree that I’m a natural for a job like this, because I have almost no crafting ability. And if there’s one thing the handmade movement has taught us, it’s that you don’t actually need talent to craft, and everyone has to pretend to like it anyway.

And speaking of no talent, how great is Jersey Shore? Really great, that’s how. And if all those kids did was smoke cigarettes and vomit on themselves, it would be enough for me. But God love them, they’ve got so much more on the ball. Did you know that three of them are already published authors? And Snooki’s book is on the New York Times Bestseller List! It all seems so effortless for them. Probably because they didn’t actually write anything.

Wouldn’t we all want a taste of that life? You bet we would. And today, I’m going to show you how to see the world through Snooki’s eyes. Soon you’ll be living the dream, one happy hour at at time.

I Resolve to Start 2010 on the Right Foot


Hopefully y’all are enjoying the first day of 2010 without the champagne hangover.  But either way, we want to help you start the New Year on the right foot–literally.

We’re giving away a $50 gift card compliments of Famous Footwear.  Whether you use it to buy a new pair of running shoes, dress shoes for a more professional appearance or boots made for walking or a pair of dancing shoes–it’s completely up to you!

Credit Cards Can Cut the Cheddar You Spend on Gas

The price of gas sure does stink these days, but what are you gonna do about it?  While many will treat that as a rhetorical question, choosing simply to pay up and grumble as the national average price for regular gas creeps toward the $4.00 mark, others will take a more practical approach to the issue and look for ways to ease the financial burden.  You therefore have to wonder:  Can something as simple as a rewards credit card help weather the storm of rising gas prices?

Absolutely! The right gas credit card can save you upwards of 5% per gallon, which would basically be the equivalent of paying last year’s prices.  The trick is finding the offer that best matches your lifestyle and spending habits.

Free 20 Page Photobook for US Soldiers, 20% off Everything at Kohl’s, Free Apparel from Sears Outlet & More


Are you ready for the weekly freebie list?  First, there’s a couple of freebie offers from previous posts that are about to expire I’d like to remind everyone of.  First, you have until August 31st to get the kids (K-6th grade) a free haircut at JCPenney.  All their salons in the USA are offering the freebie. Appointments are required.  Free Summer Plays at the Disney Store ends August 26th.

Video: Save Money on Your New Year’s Eve Party by Sacrificing Fun and Quality

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Written By: The Scratch 12.31.14 The women of Blessed are back in town, and this time they’re going to teach you how to party when you have very little money and good sense. But they’re not talking about just any party! No sir, this is all about New Year’s Eve parties. Some of their cheap, […]

This Week In Deals: 5 Valentine’s Day Deals for You and Your Lover

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 Now that Super Bowl 2014 has come and gone, let’s direct our focus on another special event that’s happening next week, Valentine’s Day 2014. If you’re a hopeless romantic, a lover, this day was made especially for you.

Traditionally, you would give a nice assortment of chocolates in a heart shaped box, a dozen of red roses and a white teddy bear with a red heart on it, but there is so much more you can get for that special person in your life and we’re here to help.

Here are this week’s sexiest five deals:

Deal #1: Your one stop shop, Macy’s is offering an additional 10-15% off most departments. You can choose from jewelry to their favorite undies. Expires 02/10/2014.

Amazon to Zappos: Shipping Rates and Free Shipping for Over 50 Top Online Retailers


Image by Rudolf Stricker (Own work (own photo)) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the biggest obstacles to internet shopping are the shipping charges. That’s why free shipping offers are among the most popular promotions for online shoppers. A recent post over at SmartMoney explored the increase of free shipping offered by various online retailers and inspired me to do a round-up of the top fifty online retailers, their shipping policies and how to get free shipping at each of them.

I Annoyed Several Customer Service Reps to Try to Find The Most Expensive Things Online


For no better reason than to have a reason to write an article online about one of my favorite activities – online shopping – I decided to investigate a few of my favorite online retailers to identify the most expensive thing you could buy from each of them. I don’t know where this impulse came from, but we’re exploring it anyway.

You know how you hear stories about very wealthy people who made their fortune from nothing but the grit under their fingernails, and they always have that same anecdote about framing the first dollar they ever earned, or writing themselves a check for a million dollars and then one day being able to cash it? Maybe I’m subconsciously setting goals so that when all this freelance blogging pays off with all the riches nobody promised, I’m going to be able to e-march into all of my favorite e-shops and purchase #TheMostExpensiveItems #ForNoGoodReason and worry no more.

My first target is because it seemed like a good Target. After a few minutes of browsing the site, I can’t find a “Search By Most Expensive” search parameter and just searching “expensive” isn’t getting me anywhere so I decide to help myself to some good old fashioned analog Customer Service telephone representatives.

1 Free Appetizer at Olive Garden, Free Bath & Body Works 2 oz. Glow Body Lotion + More Freebies


I’m hoping everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  As kids make their way back into the classrooms, you can hear that collective sigh from parents around the world.  That sigh of “after 3 months I have time to myself!”

If you’re a teacher you’re just getting back to work, how would you like a free planner and folder samples?  It’s one less thing you have to buy for the classroom.  Just fill in the form and pick the products you need (a school name is required).  Teachers can also get a free 24×36 “Huddle up with a good book” poster.  School name and address are required on the form.

Now is a great time to get a free family portrait from Walmart.

Why Your Credit Card Might Be Your Insurance Policy

If you’ve ever come across a list of the biggest money-wasting purchases that consumers make, it’s likely that supplemental rental auto insurance and extended warranties were high atop it.  But do you know why these things are such notorious drains on your wallet?  Because the plastic residing in your wallet may already offer them for free.

While a lot of people don’t know it, the perks that credit cards provide extend far beyond the usual suspects of rewards, low rates, and convenience.  These benefits are generally provided by your respective card network (i.e.

A Review of the Five Best Sunscreens that are Safe for Both You & Your Child


It’s that time of the year again.  The kids are on summer break, the weather is hot and you are doing more things outdoors.  So what does this mean?  More exposure to the sun.

While the sun is always out 365 days a year, it seems that exposure to the sun increases in the summer months.  And the most dangerous hours to be out in the sun is between 10-4pm.  I don’t know about you, but that’s a huge chunk of time that my children want to do all things outdoors.  Whether it’s swimming, taking a small trip to the beach, running around in the park –it usually falls between those hazardous hours.

So how do you decide what sunscreen will be the best one for your child?  

This Holiday Season’s Best Times to Buy

Holiday Shopping Infographic

Written By: Peter Miller11.11.14 Every year the deal-hunting pros at create a calendar with predictions about the best times to buy holiday gifts. This is an art and a science. We analyze 1.5 million data points from the last 5 years, and layer on top of that our expert insight into retailers’ promotional calendars. […]

Infographic: Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets and Everything Else!


Consumers already know that prices rise and fall based on seasonal discounts, manufacturers making room for new products or stores trying to energize sluggish sales. But what if you’re hunting around for a major purchase? You can save hundreds of dollars if you time your purchases just right, and we’re not talking about just stocking up on chocolate after Valentine’s Day or gift wrap after Christmas.

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