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The Do's and Don'ts of Saving with Bulk Bins

When we hear the phrase, "buy in bulk", a lot of us think of warehouse clubs, where buying higher quantities gets you a lower bulk rate. But today, we're going to talk about the bulk bin section of your grocery store - you know, that...Show More Summary

Save loads with homemade laundry detergent

Did you know: You can make a year's worth of laundry detergent for you and your family for under $20? An average family can spend over $70 on store-bought detergent per year. Making your own isn't only better for the environment, itShow More Summary

Pick the best travel credit card like a pro

Travel rewards have become about much more than just earning airline miles, and if you've been carrying the same card for years, you might be missing out on better rewards for the same or lower fee as banks and airlines fight for your...Show More Summary

The biggest retirement mistake you can make

If someone is going to make the biggest, most consequential retirement mistake possible, it's usually going to be this: neglecting to create a vision of what they want from their retirement. Not having a plan for retirement is like launching an interplanetary space shuttle without having any regard for its destination. Show More Summary

Quick tricks that will rescue your ruined clothing

The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually. With that kind of money going out the door, you want your apparel to last. Luckily, with just a few common household items, you can save your threads for another season. To...Show More Summary

How to take advantage of shoulder seasons

Did you know: Booking your vacation in between high and low seasons can help you rake in the biggest savings? This timeframe is called the shoulder season, and it typically falls right before, or immediately after, the primetime vacation frenzy. According to travel analysts at Expedia, booking a U.S. Show More Summary

The meal planning schedule that will save you hundreds -- Savings Experiment

Meal planning -- we all have a general ideal of how it works, though a lot of us never bother to do it. But if you're looking to eat healthier and save money, it's one of the easiest things you can do. The most intimidating part of starting a meal plan can be planning it all out. Show More Summary

6 Reasons You're Failing At Saving Money

When it comes to your finances, positive affirmations, a willingness to learn, and a good attitude are a plus. However, none of these attributes will help you grow your bank account unless you back them up with some action. To add to that, far too many people are plagued with bad financial habits as well. Show More Summary

4 ways hotel points beat airline miles

If you're facing sticker shock from your travel this summer, earning points and miles is a great way to save on next year's vacation. And while you might think airline miles are the best place to start, there are several ways hotel points can save you more with less hassle. Show More Summary

Super saver food: rotisserie chicken

Looking to save time and money with your home-cooked meals? If so, rotisserie chicken just might be your greatest ally in the grocery store. Here are a few great ways this little bird can help you stretch your dollar. To start, rotisserie chicken is pre-cooked and seasoned, so the hard stuff is already taken care of. Show More Summary

Easy and cheap ways to make your home more secure -- Savings Experiment

Did you know: Home security doesn't always need to come with a hefty price tag? To make sure your home isn't a target for burglars, use inexpensive plug-in timers to operate your lights and appliances while you're away. Leaving a small...Show More Summary

Tips to make your swimsuit last longer -- Savings Experiment

A well-designed swimsuit can easily set you back $100 or more. With that kind of money being spent, how can you make sure it'll last you through the season? Here are a few easy ways to minimize wear and tear so you can keep swimming in style. When you hit the beach, sit on a towel -- rough surfaces can snag the material. Show More Summary

Avoiding hidden fees at all-inclusive resorts -- Savings Experiment

Did you know: That "all-inclusive" vacation might not include as much as you think? While your flight, hotel, meals and ground transportation are typically covered, there can be some hidden fees. For example, resort menus are sometimes limited, so that lobster dinner may come with a hefty price tag. Show More Summary

3 easy ways to make money this summer

If you are looking to put extra money in your pocket this summer, consider switching to a better bank account, credit card or brokerage. Financial service companies are becoming increasingly generous in their race to attract new customers. Show More Summary

Boost your wardrobe with Memorial Day sales -- Savings Experiment

The Memorial Day sales frenzy is fast approaching. To separate the legit deals from the spending traps, you have to know what to buy. Here are a few bargains to hit -- and a few to skip. First, avoid buying summer items. While it may...Show More Summary

3 steps to an excellent credit score

An excellent credit score can unlock low interest rates on mortgages, auto loans and credit cards. In many states, a good score is also the key to lower auto insurance premiums. Although there are hundreds of credit scores out there, FICO remains the industry standard and isn't shy about telling people how to improve their scores. Show More Summary

Genius money-saving home decorating ideas -- Savings Experiment

Did you know: Using tape can be a low-cost way to decorate your home? Washi tape is a Japanese masking tape made of rice paper, and comes in all types of patterns and colors. Since the tape can be used and repositioned easily without...Show More Summary

Supercharge your garden with this miracle ingredient -- Savings Experiment

Did you know: Epsom salt can be your garden's greatest ally? You can easily find this miracle ingredient at your local pharmacy for about $4 for a 3-lb bag. While it's typically used for pain and stress relief, it's the magnesium found...Show More Summary

Our best gas-saving tips ever -- Savings Experiment

Looking for ways to cut down on fuel costs? Here are a few tips that'll help you save more money and use less gas. It's no surprise that using your car's AC will drain fuel. That's why it's usually better to keep the windows rolled down if you want to save money. Show More Summary

The Real Deal: Getting Your Impulse Buying Under Control -- Savings Experiment

Meet Heather and Jake from Los Angeles, Calif. Their goal is to save up for a dream wedding in Paris next year. But as we all know, weddings aren't cheap - and so far, they've only saved about $5,000. According to Heather, her spending habits may be partially to blame. Show More Summary

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