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10 Ways to Fend Off Colds and Flu

Posted on 9/15/2014 12:24 EST

No one is immune during cold and flu season. Winter weather is a breeding ground for germs that pass from person to person with ease. Coming down with "something" may require a pricey trip to the doctor or a small fortune spent on medications. Rather than giving in to what seems like the inevitable, boost your immunity and stay healthy by following these painless and cheap tips. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Juicers, Sell Your Old iPhone, and More

Posted on 9/12/2014 11:04 EST

Getting back into the school-year groove yet? Parents can plan cheap school lunches without skimping on nutrition or taste. Kick-start your health routine with a low-cost juicer, an at-home facial, and some budget-friendly beauty tips. With Apple's big iPhone announcement this week, time is running short to sell your old phone before prices drop drastically. If you're headed to a big city, consider staying outside the center to save some big bucks. Read More

How Much Can Travelers Save by Staying Outside City Centers?

Posted on 9/11/2014 12:30 EST

Small business owners know the value of saving a buck. Cutting costs here and there means more funds to invest in the business. Travel expenses, whether for a conference or an important meeting, provide fertile ground for cost reductions. Going beyond the obvious "enroll in a frequent flyer program," we focused on lodging as an underappreciated source of savings for small business travelers. Read More

5 Ways to Save on School Lunches

Posted on 9/10/2014 12:00 EST

Now that the school year has finally started, you're no doubt facing the school lunch dilemma. You know, the one that goes something like this: the easy but costly and possibly unhealthy option of letting the kids buy lunch at school or the more complicated but cheaper and healthier option of packing school lunches every day yourself. Read More

Is It Too Late to Sell Your Old iPhone?

Posted on 9/10/2014 10:51 EST

For iPhone owners who plan to upgrade to the latest edition after Apple's Sept. 9 media event, time is running out to start looking at where and how to sell their current phones. Experts familiar with the resale market warn that the value of a current iPhones drops dramatically in the weeks following the latest model's release (sometimes in the weeks prior to the release as well). Anyone who wishes to upgrade to the iPhone 5s or 5c, on the other hand, need only bide their time to get a bargain. Read More

Forget the Spa: Give Yourself a Facial for Less

Posted on 9/9/2014 11:48 EST

After a long summer spent outdoors with wind, sand, and ocean elements, a renewing facial might be the perfect remedy for lifeless skin. Depending on the type, facials can help tighten skin, clean out pores, alleviate the look of wrinkles and lines, rejuvenate and return softness to the skin's top layer, or improve skin tone by clearing blemishes and discoloration. But don't bother visiting a spa or salon, where treatments start at about $75 and skyrocket from there. You can give yourself a facial at home for pennies. Read More

50 Cheap Beauty Tips to Try

Posted on 9/8/2014 11:37 EST

Whether getting ready in the morning takes you two hours a day or a no-fuss routine gets you out the door in 15 minutes, we all have some sort of beauty regimen. Wouldn't it be nice if we could face the world looking put together and beautified without spending a small fortune? Here are 50 frugal tips worth trying. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Wireless Routers, Eat Fresh This Fall, & More

Posted on 9/5/2014 13:43 EST

Labor Day came and went, the kids are back in school, the peaches and berries are disappearing from farmers markets. Don't worry, though -- you can still eat fresh this fall. Find out what deals September has in store, and equip your home office with an updated wireless router and a free office software suite. If you're self-employed, consider whether you should buy travel insurance for your next business trip. Read More

4 Office Software Suites You Can Use for Free

Posted on 9/4/2014 11:16 EST

With the rise of online collaboration tools and open-source office suites, more and more computer users are gravitating toward free or low-cost alternatives to Microsoft Office. That ubiquitous software package easily runs several hundred dollars if you need the complete set of advanced tools, including Excel's pivot tables or PowerPoint's animated diagrams. Open-source suites, by contrast, are free to download directly onto a hard drive and have no expiration date. Web-based tools such as Google Docs are also gratis and come with an array of document-editing and collaboration features. Read More

Do Business Travelers Need Travel Insurance?

Posted on 9/3/2014 11:48 EST

Travel insurance is popular among families planning vacations, but is extra insurance a smart move if you're a business traveler? As an employee traveling on business, your company likely holds a policy that covers you. If you're self-employed, however, the insurance decision and the consequences of that choice fall squarely on your shoulders. Read More

How to Eat Fresh for Less This Fall

Posted on 9/2/2014 11:52 EST

Eating fresh produce doesn't have to cost a fortune. With a little planning and research, you can eat relatively cheap, unprocessed foods even through the cold months. From stocking up on summer produce to careful comparison shopping, our list of tips can help you eat fresh for less this fall. Read More

What to Buy in September

Posted on 9/1/2014 11:11 EST

Put big-ticket items on your buy-in-September list. With the first cool winds of fall come sales on major consumer products. The Labor Day holiday presents the best discounts on select items until Black Friday rolls around in November. Here are the September deals to look for: Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Paper Shredders, Labor Day Deals, & More

Posted on 8/29/2014 12:44 EST

Today kicks off Labor Day weekend and all the accompanying sales and deals. Score even greater savings with the help of mobile coupon apps. Shop for the best cheap T-shirts and side-step name-brand prices by buying generic. If you work for yourself, you can still attend conferences on the cheap (or for free), and any home office needs a paper shredder at hand. Did the National Dog Day videos going around this week encourage a new addition to the family? Find out how to care for a puppy for less. Read More

Chefs and Doctors Buy Generic; Should You?

Posted on 8/28/2014 12:29 EST

Could knowing when to buy generic save American consumers billions of dollars a year? That's the estimate of a recent study by economists at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The researchers found, for instance, that healthcare professionals are more likely than other consumers to buy cheaper private-label headache remedies, although oddly there is a preference for name-brand alkalizing effervescent. The study suggests that if everyone bought store-brand alternatives to big-name consumer packaged goods, the savings would amount to approximately $44 billion dollars a year. Read More

10 Ways to Attend a Conference for Less (or for Free)

Posted on 8/27/2014 11:34 EST

Industry conferences can be a vital way to keep up with the latest trends, earn continuing education units, and make connections. People who attend on behalf of their employers can expense their airfare, accommodation, and registration. But what if you run your own company or work for a small shop with a tight budget? Sure, the conference travel and other associated costs can be written off when you file taxes, but they still may seem too much to shoulder. Read More

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