Laptop Alternatives for Back to School

select-a-laptopWhich portable computer is best to send back to school with your student? Unless their school specifically requires a Windows laptop, there are a lot more choices this year at affordable prices. As middle and high schools integrate technology into their curriculum, many are allowing the students to bring their own devices. And every college student will pack one as well.

Which one should you buy? We’ll show you the differences between them, but the final choice will depend on your budget and what capability is required.

Add commentAugust 18th, 2014

How to Save the Most on Back-to-School Shopping

BackToSchoolThe annual ritual of Back-to-School shopping is here, the second biggest shopping season of the year. It’s when we try to get the best savings on supplies and clothing for kids of all ages, from elementary school through college. This year, retailers started some of their sales as early as July! Based on experience from previous years, many shoppers may already have a fairly good idea where to find the best prices, and we’ve made some price comparisons with organized shopping tips that will save you both time and money.

Add commentAugust 11th, 2014

July Contest Results

The month of July is over and it is time for our usual monthly wrap-up when we look back at what happened during the past month, announce our contest winners, and also give you a heads up at what is coming.

Monthly Contest Results

CouponNut is the winner of this month’s contest followed by djhciskoski and clover in the second and third place. Congratulations guys! Here is the complete list of this month’s winners and prizes:

1. CouponNut (704 Points): $70
2. djhciskoski (689 Points): $50
3. clover (656 Points): $50
4. anand (645 Points): $35
5. siggy38 (624 Points): $35
6. onkarkulkarni (621 Points): $35
7. lootango (571 Points): $35
8. Version (558 Points): $25
9. laaya (555 Points): $25
10. psplove (537 Points): $25
11. midget (526 Points): $25
12. mdshopper1 (515 Points): $10
13. sandyshore (468 Points): $10
14. 2kidsnuts (442 Points): $10
15. bemicmom (377 Points): $10


Add commentAugust 4th, 2014

Does it Cost More to Raise a Boy or a Girl?

BoysVsGirlsParents everywhere can probably debate that question endlessly! And to support their beliefs, I’m sure they can point to published studies or specific examples, especially when they have both genders in their own household.

As the cost of everything continues to rise, so do child-related expenses. Adjusting a U.S. Department of Agriculture 2012 cost projection for inflation, that amount can exceed $300,000 for each child from birth to 18 years. Of course, the cost can vary based on the number of children in the family, the income level of the parents, where they live, and additional support from extended family members. Some claim that girls have more expensive hobbies, clothes, and parties; opponents say boys need extra sports gear, uniforms and furniture because they wear them out. So let’s examine the expenses, divided into 12 categories.

Add commentJuly 28th, 2014

Decipher Price Tag Codes and Save Money

Target-clearance-tagI’m sure you’ve often wondered if the sale price of a hot item you’re about to buy is at the lowest price you can find. The answer may actually be hidden on the price tag itself, where internal number and letter codes, asterisks, or even tag colors reveal how far the item has been marked down.  Tips to decipher encoded price tags at various retailers have been circulating for years, at least as far back as 2007 when this Target hint was posted. Since then, observant shoppers continued taking note of odd discount price patterns, and former employees leaked hints to help customers figure out how to score the very best deals on the items they buy. But each store has its own set of codes, and it can get so complicated that you practically need a cheat sheet like this one to remember them all. Details of exactly what to look for have been posted on reliable web sites like Lifehacker, Consumerist, and Time.  While hints like these may help you determine if the items have reached the lowest price at specific stores or whether further reductions are possible, you’ll still have to rely on your own comparative research to know if you’ve found the best available bargain anywhere.

Add commentJuly 21st, 2014

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