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The next generation of the iPad is expected to make its debut in early March. According to rumors the iPad 3 will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 7. Whether you want to trade in your iPad 2 for the latest model, or you'd like to use this opportunity to snatch up an older model at a deep discount, there is money to be made and saved for Apple fans.
Soon stars will descend on the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, all vying for the same 6.75 pound, 13.5 inch tall man: the Oscar. The Academy Awards are one of the biggest nights of the year for movie lovers. Even if you can't be there to walk the red carpet, you can still create a star studded event at your home without spending a fortune.
Most of the time when celebrities make headlines for money reasons it's because they're spending $2.2 million on a solid gold toilet or they're filing for bankruptcy. But there are plenty of household names who aren't letting their fat bank accounts change their frugal ways. Some clip coupons, some buy in bulk, but all of them are happy to save cash where they can. Here's our list of top frugal-ebrities.
There's no doubt that the Girl Scouts know their way around a cookie. Just as our New Year's resolutions start to take a back burner, those cute young ladies in their matching outfits start knocking on our front doors or soliciting us outside our neighborhood grocery store. They're peddling colorful boxes of American history—a history that began 95 years ago with a troupe in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Business success is nothing new for the Girl Scouts, who generate around $700 million in annual sales, but now, thanks to some new financially-focused badges, members are getting rewarded for more than peddling Thin Mints and Trefoils.
Plenty of people plan to get down on one knee this February 14, popping the question to their significant other. Roughly 2.2 million couples get engaged annually, according to Census numbers, and The Diamond Information Center says that about one in ten of those proposals happen on Valentine's Day. You could charter a helicopter or a hot air balloon. You could spring for a billboard on the side of a highway, or hire a songwriter to put your love to music. And while all of these grand gestures would be great, there are plenty of creative and free ways to pop the question.
True love is priceless, but why is Valentine's Day so darn expensive? Total spending for Valentine's Day is expected to reach $15.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. The average person will fork over $116.21 on Valentine's Day merchandise this year, which is a 12.8 percent increase over 2011. Prices for chocolates, roses and romantic dinners all seem to skyrocket just before February 14. So, we created this guide to help you aAre yvoid getting price gouged just for showing your love.
Have you seen those commercials H&R Block is running? Seemingly real people have their old tax returns reviewed and find out they have thousands of dollars coming to them. H&R Block charges $29 to review your 2010, 2009 or 2008 tax return, but is it worth it? We asked tax professionals their opinion about whether we should pull out our back tax returns with hopes of finding hidden cash.
Baseball may be America's pastime, but football is our game of choice. According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, 31% say pro football is their favorite sport, with just 17% claiming baseball. But to be honest, I don't really care for either. I'm not much of a sports person at all, but I still like to socialize. The Super Bowl is a great reason to eat junk food and hang out with friends. Heck, I'm even throwing a Super Bowl bash this year. But I'm going to make sure it's especially fun for non-football fans like me without tossing my budget into a tailspin.
Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem—most commercial diets seem to offer a level of weight loss success. But to take advantage of them, you've got to fork over some cash. Ever wonder if they're worth the investment? Twenty-nine-year old Sheri Cameron lost more than half her size through Weight Watchers and says it cost her roughly $7.19 per pound to shed the weight. Find out how she got the most out of her money.
At the start of each year, every gym in America becomes inundated with sweaty strangers trying to shed those holiday pounds. Although hiring a personal trainer would be ideal, that can be expensive. In a recent poll appearing in the January 2012 issue of FITNESS magazine, both men and women agreed that Jillian Michaels would be the best trainer to kick them into shape. Fifty-four percent of those polled picked Michaels, beating out the 25 percent of votes "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper received. But since hiring a celebrity trainer probably isn't going to happen, why not turn that spare bedroom or unused space in your home into a budget-friendly workout place to help you get fit without stepping foot into a gym.
I was making dinner the other night and my husband's cell phone was sitting on the counter. It beeped to announce that a new text message had arrived. I glanced at the screen and there was a text from an unfamiliar number asking how he was doing. I didn't think much of it but the person on the other end persisted, obviously not wanting to be ignored. My husband asked me to respond, telling the person to please stop texting, but that didn't work. The person continued to send messages and even call. I didn't know it at the time, but it could have been a criminal taking part in a scam that's gaining popularity. It's called smishing and here are the warning signs.