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Bah, Humbug! Celebrating the Holidays on a Shoestring As Economic Woes Meet the Holiday Shopping Season, Online Bargain Hunting is Increasingly Social, New Guidance Survey Reveals
Nov 10, 2008 – When an economic downturn meets the holiday shopping season, bargain hunting becomes the national pastime. This year, social shopping techniques will play a role in how people find those deals,... Read the rest

So, You've Completely Dropped the Ball this Christmas
Dec 24, 2007 – It's almost Christmas and you're sweaty and nauseous. You know you should have gotten your shopping done, but things got in the way, right? Even though this wild new invention... Read the rest

dealnews' Letters to Santa
Dec 21, 2007 – Dear Santa, Normally, we visit you at the mall to give you the heads up on what we want for Christmas (well, not you directly, but the guy who works... Read the rest

Safe Holiday Shopping: How to Shop Securely Online
Dec 17, 2007 – This Christmas, millions of shoppers will forgo overcrowded malls for the comforts of online shopping. But even though online shopping is safe, it never hurts to take a few extra... Read the rest



Bargain Shopping: Good Stuff Cheap (or Free) Dealnews: The ins and outs of layaway
Nov 17, 2008 – Although you might not have the cash at the moment, layaway may help you purchase items like clothes and electronics if you anticipate you'll have enough funds later. Unlike buying... Read the rest

Bargain Hunting Web Sites Give Shoppers Buying Advantage
Nov 15, 2008 – Did you ever notice the best deals are the least advertised? That’s ok, because you can see where other shoppers are finding good deals on websites like slickdeals.net and fatwallet.com.... Read the rest

The perils of bargain hunting
Nov 15, 2008 – A liquidation store to a “careful” consumer is like a lighthouse to a storm-tossed captain. The neon Open sign beckons with the promise of monetary salvation within and for some,... Read the rest

Stretching Your Dollar with ShopSavvy: Cell phone saves you money
Nov 14, 2008 – Already mapping your scaled-back holiday shopping? There's a brand new way to make sure you're getting the best deal wherever you are: A software application called ShopSavvy. Right now ShopSavvy... Read the rest



Bear (Market) Essentials: Notes from the Underground Economy Shop smarter online to stretch dollar
Nov 15, 2008 – So, here's the thing: I spend too much money. Yep, there's no two ways about it. It's in my nature to play fast and loose with my finances. Constantly spending... Read the rest

Discover Your Inner-Bargain Hunter! Early Show Saturday Edition's "Bargainista" Will Lead You To Big Savings Each Week;
Nov 15, 2008 – Early Show Saturday Edition co-anchor Erica Hill let viewers in on a little secret this week: She loves bargains -- no matter what they're on. There's nothing like a good... Read the rest

The Garage Sale Lady shares bargain-hunting tips
Nov 13, 2008 – Shelley Kincaid digs three objects out of a canvas tote bag – a slightly dented plain lampshade, the sleeve of an old stretch-lace T-shirt and a crocheted scrunchie. She slides... Read the rest

How to Save Money for Gadgets by Cutting Daily Expenses
Sep 21, 2008 – Have a weak spot for gadgets? So do we. But with today's high prices, you can't always afford the gear you want. Or can you? We created a list of... Read the rest



Free Spirit: Fashion, Beauty & Fitness for Less Eye Browns: Testing the Infallible Vietnamese Beautician Theory
Mar 30, 2007 – I'm a native of Southeast Pennsylvania. If you know anything at all about the area, it's probably its reputation for having a lot of outlet shopping and Amish people. Before... Read the rest

Looking Good in Buffalo ...From head to toe
Feb 24, 2006 – Fantastic Sam's has locations all over Western New York, offering cuts, perms, and hair care products for the whole family at reasonable prices. Andre's Hair Salon at 2616 Main Street,... Read the rest

Great For The Earth, And Your Wallet, Too
Feb 2, 2006 – It is important to me that when I spend money, my purchases are aligned with my values. I am particularly interested in issues surrounding organic and/or union made clothing. The... Read the rest

Frugal Fashion: Following 2006 Fashion Trends on a Budget
Jan 22, 2006 – If you just watched the Golden Globes and drooled over the display of high fashion, and then became depressed because you can't go out and hire a wardrobe entourage, you're... Read the rest



Free Lunch: Wining & Dining On A Dime Save your money: there are plenty of great wines under $15
Nov 15, 2008 – Saving money is the current watchword in most households and when it comes to dining out and buying wine, it's almost becoming a mantra. For those of us who have... Read the rest

The Insider: Sometimes a bargain is just a cheap product that?s bad for you
Nov 13, 2008 – As a 29-year veteran of the retail industry, I can attest to the thousands of “products of little quality” that many stores sell. It often bothered me that many of... Read the rest

Eating Healthy on a Shoestring: Fish Tacos and Ceviche
Jul 19, 2007 – When dinning out South of the Border, you might want to avoid fish tacos bought in the street for obvious reasons, but there?s no reason why you can?t make your... Read the rest

Under-$20 Wines Yield a Treasure Trove of Bargains
Jul 16, 2006 – Think you can't get a good wine under $20? Think again. The May 2006 issue of Details magazine quickly dispelled the notion that the higher priced the wine, the better... Read the rest



Globe Trotters: Budget Travel Tips Economic crisis makes Iceland a travel bargain
Nov 9, 2008 – "Our loss is your gain! Devaluation is silver lining for Americans," pleads a page on the official Iceland tourism Web site (icelandtouristboard.com). They aren't kidding. The financial crisis may be... Read the rest

Mideast Spurs Budget Flights: Low-Cost Carriers See Area's Boom as Ripe for their Price Levels
Oct 15, 2007 – The economic boom in the Middle East, fueled by high energy prices in a region that supplies one-fifth of the world's crude oil, is helping to launch a flurry of... Read the rest

Europe by Plane or Train: Which is the Better Option?
Oct 14, 2007 – Inexpensive , fast transportation continues to be the talk of Europe, where dozens of budget airlines tout fares as low as $1 and trains blaze through 10 nations at 150... Read the rest

easyJet Expands French Operations
Oct 14, 2007 – Budget airline easyJet has announced plans to expand its presence at two major airports in France. The carrier will open new bases at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Lyon airport... Read the rest



Mini Me & You: Parenting for People & Pets You Want to Wear WHAT?!?
Jan 29, 2007 – There is no way to get around it. Having and raising kids is expensive. From pre-natal care, to the birth and hospital stays, to the daily basics, it doesn't even... Read the rest

Garage Sale Strategies for Kids
Oct 2, 2006 – Do you want your kids to clean up their rooms and make some spending money at the same time? Hold a garage sale! You don't even need a garage, just... Read the rest

Pay Less at the Vet for a Healthier Pet
Sep 18, 2006 – Your pets are a part of the family. You want them to be happy and healthy. Yet paying too much at the vet can hurt your pet in the long... Read the rest

Inexpensive Teacher?s Gifts
May 31, 2006 – Looking for teacher's gift ideas that won't break the bank? Try one of these: >> Stickers: Teacher's go through a lot of stickers, so why not help your favorite teacher... Read the rest



Dusk To Dawn: Culture, Nightlife & Entertainment Money-Saving Tips on Entertainment, Part III: Movies & TV
Mar 19, 2008 – The days of going to the local video store to rent a movie are long gone. Instead, today's focus is on digital downloads, like, of course, at the popular but... Read the rest

Money-Saving Tips on Entertainment, Part II: Music Downloads
Mar 7, 2008 –   Last week we showed gamers how to save money when looking for the latest console games. This week, we're focusing our attention on music. Apple's iTunes Music Store has... Read the rest

Money-Saving Tips on Entertainment, Part I: Gaming
Feb 28, 2008 – We're all looking to save money, but who wants to give up their daily indulgences in the process? With that in mind, we've scoured the Web for the most cost-efficient... Read the rest

A Week of Free San Diego!
May 25, 2007 – San Diego doesn?t have to be as expensive as they say, and since you?re already paying millions for the hotel you?re staying in, why not take advantage of all the... Read the rest



Cheap Dates: Low Cost Courtship The Diamonds Glossary: Understand that last-minute gift
Nov 19, 2007 – Confused by all the abbreviations and categorical information that accompanies diamonds? Well, so was I. So I went out and compiled some info for you, to help you get your... Read the rest

A Tale of Tiffany
Dec 1, 2006 – One day this spring, my girlfriend dropped a bomb shell. "Buy me Tiffany," she said. "For my birthday." "What," I asked, incredulous. "Tiffany? Like in a diamond?" "No, no," she... Read the rest

Free Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship
Feb 16, 2006 – You and your soul mate have been together for&well, forever. You trust each other with your life, but somehow things have gotten a bit stale, strained or unsatisfying. Forget expensive... Read the rest

Value-Valentines: No Roses for Me, Please
Feb 10, 2006 – Roses are gorgeous. The many varieties sport delicate shades and inviting scents. They have come to symbolize love and friendship. The gift of a dozen unfurling flowers is a declaration... Read the rest



Housing Projects: Home, Cheap Home Bargain hunter: The Top Secret's Out
Nov 13, 2008 – Rarely do you see “Half Price” and “Top Branded Furniture” in the same sentence. But at Top Secret, a hidden gem in the Cheshire countryside, that is exactly what is... Read the rest

Bargain hunter: More homeware bargains online
Nov 13, 2008 – For more fabulous homeware bargains visit www.homesandbargains.co.uk. The companies listed here are wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Limited. While care is taken to establish that they are bona fide,... Read the rest

Outdoor Furniture for Less
Sep 25, 2006 – The early fall weather is still warm and everyone wants to eat outside. Outdoor living is booming; and no wonder. Creating outdoor living areas doubles your space and lets you... Read the rest

Best Frugal Kitchen Products
Jul 15, 2006 – Arm yourself with the right frugal kitchen products, and your kitchen will be a source of savings for your family. Here are several great products to consider adding to your... Read the rest



Philosophers of Frugality Living on a Budget: Blockbuster Thinking for Blockbuster Savings
Sep 18, 2007 – When in Subway this evening for my weekly sub of the day, the magic meatball marinara, we started talking like always about the beauty of budgeting.   I tried to... Read the rest

Confessions of the Meatball Guy
Sep 13, 2007 – Yesterday I had one of those rare moments of self-awareness that clearly define who you are, without an ounce of ambiguity. It was a realization that the cheapness that I exude has, within... Read the rest

Clearance is My Middle Name
Feb 15, 2007 – I had a friend many years ago named Clarence, and he was just about as cheap a bastard as me. So much so, I couldn't help but to call him... Read the rest

Writer's Journey: From TheShoestring to Generation Debt
Mar 10, 2006 – Anya Kamenetz has published her first book, Generation Debt: Why Now is a Terrible Time to be Young (Riverhead Books, 2006) that explores the financial challenges faced by young Americans... Read the rest



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Nov 29, 2007 – $15 Shots -- Can Anyone Top This? Colin Saunders writes: Re: Dunkin' For Lattes by Barry Zellen (March 24, 2004) Dear Editor, I found your story pretty nice about the... Read the rest


Shoestring Theory Writers (Still) Wanted!
Mar 31, 2008 – Attention aspiring writers, story tellers, and travel bloggers: we're seeking new columnists, travel writers and news/current affairs commentators for all our sites at Obscurity Press! - If you live in... Read the rest

Back to School: TheShoestring Featured on Smith College's WFI Site
Jul 8, 2006 – Okay, we won't let it go to our heads! But almost as awesome as graduating from college, we're now a resource for students at Smith College, proudly featured on their... Read the rest

TheShoestring Featured In SignOnSanDiego.com
Feb 9, 2006 – While still a long way from wealth or fame, we were mentioned in an article on websites designed to help get a handle on your budget in SignOnSanDiego.com, the website... Read the rest

TheShoestring Writers Guidelines
Mar 9, 2003 – Updated February 16, 2006 Welcome to TheShoestring.com! Can you believe it - we've been publishing for four whole years now - sharing the insights of our wonderful brady-bunch of brilliantly... Read the rest


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