7 Reasons Not to Buy Your College Student an iPad

August 15, 2011
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With summer coming slowly to a close, that means back-to-school shopping is in full swing. Most people I know are bringing their college-bound kids to their respective campuses at the end of this week. So mixed in among all that dorm room shopping, you may be wondering which of the latest and greatest technology you should be getting for your rising college freshman. If you talk to the folks at Dealnews, a website that gathers shopping deals from across the web, the one piece of technology not to buy a college kid is an iPad. Dealnews believes that the...

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Freebie Friday (August 12-18, 2011)

August 12, 2011
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No new freebies this week. So consider this your blast from the past–or last week’s Freebie Friday post (in case you didn’t get the chance to read or act on it)! Free Stuff Work out for free at Philadelphia Sports Clubs locations during August. All you need for entry is a photo ID. Visiting New York City this summer? You can enjoy free movies outdoors in Bryant Park every Monday evening, thanks to HBO and Bank of America. These free outdoor movies, part of the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2011, run through August 22nd. The film for...

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More Sales Tax Holidays This Weekend

August 11, 2011
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To help you with your back-to-school shopping, two more states are offering sales tax-free shopping this weekend. In other words it’s time again for state sales tax holidays. The next two states with sales tax holidays are Florida and Maryland. Here are the details of each state’s sales tax holiday: FLORIDA: Starting on Friday, August 12, 2011 and running through Sunday, August 14, 2011, Florida’s state sales tax holiday covers books ($75), clothing ($75), and school supplies ($15). That is, the items that qualify must cost less than the dollar amount specified. You can get more specific information on...

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Guest Post: 5 Tips for a Last-Minute Cheap Beach Vacation

August 11, 2011
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Guest Post: 5 Tips for a Last-Minute Cheap Beach Vacation

Today’s guest post comes from my good friend Jen A. Miller, a Guster fan like I am and an expert on the Jersey Shore–the place, not the show. (The beach was there long before MTV showed up.) Jen’s offering tips on last-minute beach vacations for frugal travelers, based on some of the Jersey Shore advice she provides in her newly updated book Explorer’s Guide The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May: A Great Destination (Second Edition) It happens every year, like a prelude to the back-to-school shopping mad dash. The emails start pouring in to my blog Down...

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Freebie Find: Free Body Wash at CVS

August 9, 2011
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Freebie Find: Free Body Wash at CVS

Sorry, Suddenly Frugal readers, but so many people responded to this offer the day it was released that it’s no longer available. So, so, sorry! Do you live near a CVS location? Are you aware of CVS Minute Clinic? If you haven’t already done so, go “Like” Minute Clinic on Facebook–before August 17th–and CVS will reward you with a coupon for a free full-size bottle of CVS body wash. I just went through the steps necessary to get my coupon, and it took about 30 seconds. I’m printing out the coupon as I post this message. It’s worth up...

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Guest Post: How to Teach Your Children About Money

August 9, 2011
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Guest Post: How to Teach Your Children About Money

Two years ago I ran a guest post from Danny Kofke, a special education teacher in Georgia who had written a book called How to Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher’s Salary. It’s about how to live well on a teacher’s salary, a book that has a message that anyone who was looking to live more on less could benefit from hearing. Danny’s now written a second book called A Simple Book of Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself (and Your Kids) How to Live Wealthy with Little Money. In this guest post Danny shares his wisdom on how to...

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Freebie Friday (August 5-11, 2011)

August 5, 2011
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Wow, how’d it get to be August already! Freebies! Enjoy this week’s freebies. And if you happen to live in the, what, 95% of the United States currently enduring a heat wave, stay cool! Free Stuff Work out for free at Philadelphia Sports Clubs locations during August. All you need for entry is a photo ID. Visiting New York City this summer? You can enjoy free movies outdoors in Bryant Park every Monday evening, thanks to HBO and Bank of America. These free outdoor movies, part of the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2011, run through August 22nd....

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Double-Dip Recession? How to Get Your Frugal On

August 4, 2011
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I just read a news alert from the New York Times about how the stock market had another terrible day, with a global sell off, and that the three major American financial markets had lost all of the gains they’d achieved in 2011. Now the warning for the days, weeks, and months ahead was this: prepare for the coming of a possible double-dip recession. Double dip. Sound lovely, like an ice cream cone with two different flavors, right? Well, when it comes to the economy, double dip is nothing delicious. It means that a country (USA), having started to...

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Freebie Food: Kids Eat Free at IKEA

August 3, 2011
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According to DealSeekingMom, kids eat free at IKEA between now and August 21st. The fine print? Your child, age 12 or younger, must choose an IKEA combo meal only worth $2.49. That is the only food that qualifies for free during this freebie time. Hey, if you’re heading to IKEA anyway to stock up for back to college or to purchase furnishings for a dorm room–and you have a younger child in tow–definitely take advantage of this freebie!

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State Sales Tax Holidays This Week

August 1, 2011
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August is the most popular month for states to offer sales tax holidays. And in the next 7 days, 11 states will be having their annual sales tax holiday. These sales tax holidays usually occur during the back-to-school summer season, when states eliminate sales tax on purchases to encourage parents and others to shop. (Sadly, my own Pennsylvania and nearby New Jersey do not participate. Then again there is never sales tax on clothing purchases in either state.) In our current economy saving 5% or 7% or even 8% can add up to a lot of money you won’t...

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