Donate Used Clothes to H&M for a 20% Discount

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Save money on clothes by donating your old itemsThat tattered, mystery-stained pair of jeans in the back of your closet? H&M wants ‘em. They’ll even give you a discount for them.

You may remember our list of stores that offer discounts for your used clothing. H&M has an ongoing program that offers a 15% discount for your old threads, but they just launched Comeback Clothes, which offers an even better discount at 20%.   Keep reading

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Find All the Birthday Deals in One Place

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Hooray for birthdays! They’re fun, they celebrate your life anniversary, and you can also get tons of free stuff.

Many, many retailers and restaurants offer worthwhile birthday deals. You might not realize just how many are out there. I promise, the deals go beyond a free Pizookie, too. Though let’s not pretend we don’t love that one.

In this video, I show you the easiest way to find and save birthday deals, freebies and discounts. You want to take advantage of these deals, but you don’t want to waste your time doing it, right?

Check out the video. I also share three of my favorites.

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Tasty Options for Using Leftover Wine

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cheap recipes with leftover wineReaders, today I’d like to introduce you to an outlandish concept: leftover wine.

Leftover wine is a rare circumstance that occurs when the contents of an alcoholic beverage have not been completely enjoyed and a small amount remains in the bottle. I know, it’s a complicated principle.

But every so often, like a Bigfoot sighting, it happens. You leave a open bottle too long, and it gets that odd, vinegary taste.    Keep reading

How To Squeeze More Vacation Out of a Layover

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Tips for saving money on flightsLayovers do not have to suck.

There’s no need to wait around the airport nibbling on a fifteen-dollar cardboard sandwich. Do layovers the right way, and you can use them to get even more out of your vacation. You could visit an extra city, see extra sights.

These days, I actually go out of my way to find a layover so I can squeeze in a little more vacation. It’s almost like a free flight to a different city. And this appeals to my inner cheapskate and travel junkie.   Keep reading

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A Beginner’s Guide To Investing Money

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How to invest moneyPeople fear investing because they think it’s like playing the lottery. It’s risky. It’s dangerous. A better solution is just stuffing cash under your mattress, perhaps. Or letting it sit in a savings account where it earns less than the rate of inflation.

It’s true, investing does come with some risk. But failing to invest because you believe the myths about investing is possibly riskier, because your money fails to grow. It fails to keep up with inflation.

I’m not talking about day trading, which, yes, is much more like playing the lottery. I’m not talking about the hijinks you might’ve seen in The Wolf of Wall Street, which is, you know, a movie. I’m talking about investing for regular folks–putting money in the market, as a whole, where it’s diversified and has proven itself over time. It’s not as exciting as Leonardo DiCaprio throwing money off a yacht, but it’ll fund your retirement.  And you don’t need a whole hell of a lot to get started, either.   Keep reading