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According to the National Retail Federation, parents spend an average of about $600 to send their kids back to school. Obviously that's more than glue sticks and folders. So what are the necessities and what stuff can parents skip in order to save money? Here's what the pros categorize as essential and frivolous.
No, shopping is not an Olympic sport (yet!) but you can apply some of the same competitive tactics that athletes use when going for the gold to finding great deals. You won't have to spend all day at the gym or monitor you calorie intake, but you can feel like you've accomplished something spectacular when you score bargains like a pro and shop like an Olympian.
After sharing a house with five-- yes five-- male roommates in college I feel like a bit of an expert on how to live in harmony with others. It taught me about the importance of grace, patience and knocking before entering a room. I also learned that some things are best shared by all, while others should be kept for personal use. Roommates are almost a rite of passage for graduates, whether in college or out in the real world. But what do you split with your roomie? Toilet paper? Milk? Shampoo? Consider these tips for living in harmony with roommates.
With a plane ticket to London costing more than $1,000 and tickets to the opening ceremonies topping $2,000, going to the games is worth more than gold. Even if you can't go to London you can still support Team USA. Plenty of retail outlets are offering up gear for Olympics 2012. We found the best stuff at the cheapest prices. And you can score each item for less than $25.
Kmart? Kohl's? Forever 21? These bargain outlets don't just carry knock-offs from celebrities' designer duds-- many A-listers are actually shopping at these stores. Sure, they're pairing a $15 dress with $600 Jimmy Choos, but it's still cool to know that we can all own exactly the same stuff. Want to know who's actually been spotted in discount dresses or denim? You may be surprised how many in Hollywood aren't afraid to mix frugal fashion into their wardrobes.
The World Longest Yard Sale is 690 miles long and runs from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. Known as The 127 Corridor Sale, this mammoth gathering of bargain hunters and sellers is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer. It runs from August 2-5. Whether you're trying to get a great deal at this epic yard sale-- or the one around the corner-- here are some tips for haggling like a pro at your summer yard sale.
The older we get the less exciting our birthdays tend to be. But there is an easy way to make your birthday even more fun-- opening up your email inbox to reveal a list of freebies! How do free food, free ice cream and free gift cards sound? Before your special day comes around again you'll want to visit these ten sites in order to take advantage of the best birthday freebies around.
For some (Paris Hilton, or the US government, perhaps?) every day may feel like National Splurge Day. But it's actually only celebrated once a year on June 18. National Splurge Day can be a tricky holiday for anyone trying to live frugally. But of course, savvy shoppers know splurging can be done on a budget. So here are some ideas for celebrating this quirky holiday without racking up unwanted debt.
Most college grads don't have a wardrobe fit for corporate America. American Eagle sweats and collegiate tees far outnumber blazers and ties. Unfortunately that fancy new degree doesn't come with a new wardrobe. However, thanks to budget-friendly retailers creating a work wardrobe on a dime can be done.
For graduates moving from the dorm or college living situation to their first adult abode, it's hard to imagine hauling anything into your new space-- especially not the card table you used in the dining room or the couch your inebriated roommate threw up on. Yet at the same time your new paycheck (although much healthier than the one you received from waiting tables part-time) doesn't seem like enough to cover a swanky new living room set. Before you decide your only option is to finance that furniture for the next ten years, consider these budget-friendly ways to outfit your first apartment.
Weddings, baby showers-- even divorce parties-- are all events that people create gift registries for. If you've ever been armed with the scanner and tasked with creating a gift registry then you know it can be overwhelming. This could be your only shot to get exactly what you want from family and friends. Before you end up asking guests for one bowl, 17 plates and a breast pump consider these expert tips for creating the best gift registry.