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28 Back-to-School Style Steals for Kindergarten through College

Fashion-conscious kids and budget-conscious parents often find themselves at odds when it comes to shopping for a back-to-school wardrobe, and parents know all too well that finding neutral territory on the topic is an eyeroll contest waiting to happen when what you wear on your first day back is so incredibly, crucially important!

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5 Ways to Leverage Your Back-To-School Shopping For Maximum Travel Rewards

Its that time of year again. Parents are receiving letters and emails from their children's schools with entire lists of supplies that they will need to buy before classes start. Then, parents can add a host of other necessary purchases such as new clothing, backpacks, and equipment for extra-curricular activities.

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15 States Offer Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping Starting This Weekend

Every year, a handful of states host tax-free holidays. Sometimes they're just for the weekend. A select few will run it for an entire week. Those lucky enough to live in one of these tax-holiday states can shop for back-to-school items ranging from clothing and shoes to crayons and computers, and they won't pay a cent in sales tax.

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The Trend Report: Splashy Swimwear

Ladies, we have a confession to make: Normally, we HATE swimwear shopping. Your run-of-the-mill body issues aside, we just can't help but wonder: How many variations on a few strips of lycra can there be?

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Everything You Need to Know about Gift Card Exchanges

Every year, an estimated $2.5 billion in leftover gift card credit gets unused. Instead of letting your unwanted gift cards sit in the bottom of a drawer, with the invention of gift card exchanges, you can sell them for cash or trade them for cards you’ll actually use. And as a buyer, you can get these cards for up to 35% off what you’d normally pay. Here’s how gift card exchanges work and what you need to know:

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Buying incredible wine cheap is easy as 1... 2... (there is no 3)

If your eyes have ever glazed over while trying to make sense of an incomprehensible wall of wine bottles at the liquor store, unsure what to get and terrified of buying something that tastes like rancid cough syrup, this post is for you.

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Protect Your Credit with These 15 Online Shopping Safety Tips

Every minute, 19 people fall victim to identity theft. Add in all of the high-profile cases of credit card security breaches in the news lately, it's no surprise that it is fast becoming one of the most common crimes in America.

Are you planning on shopping online this week?

More than 80% of the population has purchased something online and the sales from online shopping will rise to $1.4 trillion dollars by next year, according to CPC Strategy. So the real question is not are you going to shop online, but how do you plan on staying safe while doing it?

Before you make your next purchase, read these tips on how to shop safe online:

Using Credit

How to Protect Your Credit Card Number Online

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Always use a credit card. There are more than 9.9 million incidents of identity theft each year. But the good news is if you are using a credit card for shopping online, you are only liable for fraud or unauthorized use up to $50. Skip the debit card, bank account transactions, cash, checks, and money orders.

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10 Manly Father's Day Gifts for Every Dad

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and since it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, we figured we’d put together our list of the Top 10 Manly Father’s Day gifts! (Ok, so Father’s Day is not even close to the biggest shopping day of the year, but a fellow dad can wish, can’t I?)

The truth is, more gifts are purchased for mom on Mother’s Day than for dad on Father’s Day. To help change that trend, we’ve compiled for you the best tech gifts, the toughest tools, and everything in between for all the manly dads in your life.

Hose Hideaway Reel

Lawn & Garden Equipment

The best time of the year to buy lawn and garden equipment (even better than Black Friday!) is often around Father’s Day. So even if you’re just shopping for new lawn care gear for yourself, now is probably the best time to strike. What’s a more manly pursuit than striving to achieve the best lawn on the block? This Suncast Hideaway Hose Reel will help you get there. Water the lawn, stow the unsightly hose away, and at $20 a piece, this is the best price we could find as well.

Cheap Samsung Smart TV

Smart TVs

Just as flip phones have given way to smartphones, internet-connected smart TVs are beginning to dominate the HDTV market. They combine HD television with built-in internet to connect dad to all of his favorite streaming content. One great example, from well-liked brand Samsung, is this 40” Smart LED HDTV for $410.

Cheap Craftsman Tools

Power Tools & Hand Tools

Some might say that tools are a cliched Father’s Day gift. Well they’re not nearly as cliched as the dreaded necktie, and many dads consider upgraded tools, especially ones from trusted brands like Craftsman, to be necessities. Check out this Craftsman Sale at Sears, with tons of tools at up to 50% off.

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Student Discounts: 40+ Stores Offering Discounts for College Students

Isn't it funny that some of our happiest, most exciting, and (dare I say) care-free years--our college years--are also some of our poorest?

List of Student Discounts

College students can get some sweet discounts with a student ID!

Any student or parent with a student in college will tell you that college can be a stressful time on a family's budget. For both students and parents, balancing tuition expenses, grocery bills, rent, and transportation costs can be a juggling act. We have compiled a list of 40 stores with student discounts to help you or your college student save big!

Student Travel Discounts

College offers students a plethora of travel opportunities. Whether your student is studying abroad in Europe, or celebrating spring break in Mexico, there are a number of student discounts on flight,  hotels, hostels, activities, and even traveler's insurance available to students. We found a variety of fantastic travel discount websites exclusive to students, but these are the cream of the crop:

Discounts with Student ID

While some savvy student shoppers are familiar with showing a student ID to receive in-store discounts, many people are unaware of this little trick until after graduation! Our advice to college (and even high school students) is to bring your student ID with you when you shop, and to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a student discount. Most stores do not publicly advertise their student discount, and the discount is often spread through word-of-mouth. By asking the sale associate, students can be confident that they will get the best discount possible. Here is a student discount list that offers deals just for students:

  • Academic Superstore: Provides student discounts on computers, electronics, software, and other college necessities
  • Amazon Student: Free Amazon Prime trial for 1 year; includes unlimited free 2-day shipping with all orders and one-day shipping upgrade $3.99 per item
  • AMC Theatres: Student discounted movie tickets every Thursday
  • Amtrak: Save 15% with your Student Advantage card or your International Student Identity Card.
  • Ann Taylor LOFT: 15% off
  • Ann Taylor: 20% off
  • Apple: 8% off (online and in-store)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago: $50 annual student membership, plus other various discounts within the Art Institute
  • Banana Republic: 15% off
  • Blockbuster: discounts when you show your report card
  • Broadway in Chicago: Ticket prices as low as $14.50 for select performances
  • Burger King: 10% off (varies by location)
  • Charlotte Russe: 10% off in-store with ID
  • Club Monaco: 20% off regular-priced items
  • Dairy Queen: 10% off (varies by location)
  • Dell University: Savings vary by college
  • Dominos Pizza: various student discounts based on location
  • Eddie Bauer: 15% off on regular priced merchandise in-store with valid student ID
  • The GM College Discount: offers savings on  Chevrolet, Buick or GMC cars
  • HP Academy Store: offers exclusive student discounts on laptops and desktop computers
  • J. Crew: 15% off regular-priced items
  • JoAnn: 10% for Student Discount Program members
  • JourneyEd: provides student discounts on computers, electronics, software, and other college necessities
  • Kroger: 5% off at select locations
  • The Limited: 15% off
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: $10 admission for students or $8 admission for students outside New York City, $2 for students within New York City with groups of $10 or more
  • Papa John’s: various student discounts based on location
  • Pizza Hut: 10%-20% off (varies by location)
  • Qdoba: student burrito meals $5
  • Ralph Lauren Rugby: 15% off
  • Regal Theaters: Up to 25% off tickets for select shows and dates
  • Sam’s Club: Collegiate Annual Membership $40 plus FREE $15 Sam’s Club gift card
  • Subway: 10% off
  • Taco Cabana: 20% off (varies by location)
  • ThinkEDU: student discounts on software, textbooks, dorm supplies, Apple products, collegiate apparel and more
  • Topshop: 10% off
  • Urban Outfitters: 10% off (on select dates only)
  • Waffle House: 10% off
  • Western Digital Store: 20% off all products when you create an account with a school email address.

Choosing your student discount strategy is up to you, but students should be aware that there are always discounts to take advantage of. After all, our college years fly by, and the prices of “the real world” can wait.

Make sure to check out our compilation of Teacher Discounts that can help your favorite professors save big!

Are we missing any student discounts? Leave a comment and we will update our list!

Looking for a printable version of our student discount list? Just click the link below and hit the "Print" button in your browser!
40+ Stores with Student Discounts (PDF, 94KB)

Last updated 7/11/14

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Senior Discounts: 100+ Stores Offering Discounts for Senior Citizens

Gone are the days of your grandmother's "early bird special" at the local diner. As our baby boomers reach retirement age, hundreds of retailers are featuring new and improved discounts exclusively for the 60 and older crowd. We have composed a list of senior savings that will help you keep more cash in your pocket. Whoever said getting older was a bad thing, obviously didn't know about these fantastic senior discounts!

Discounts for senior citizens can be found in some unexpected places!

Restaurant Discounts

  • Applebee's: 15% off  with Golden Apple Card (60+)
  • Arby's 10% off (55+). Varies by location, please call your local Arby's.
  • A&W All American Food: Varies by location.
  • Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
  • Bennigan's: discount varies by location
  • Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
  • Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
  • Burger King: 10% off or a $.75 drink  (60+). (varies by location)
  • Captain D's Seafood: discount varies on location (62+)
  • Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+) (varies by location)
  • Chili's: 10% off (55+)
  • CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Culver's: 10% off (60+)
  • Dairy Queen: 10% off (60+), varies by location
  • Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
  • Dunkin' Donuts: Free donut if you show your AARP card and buy a large or extra large coffee.
  • Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
  • El Pollo Loco: 10% off (55+) varies by location.
  • Friendly's: Discounted breakfast (60+)
  • Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
  • Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
  • IHOP: 10% off (55+)
  • Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
  • KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
  • Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
  • Long John Silver's: various discounts at participating locations (55+)
  • Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
  • Ponderosa: Senior menu from 11a-4p (60+)
  • Shoney's: 10% off
  • Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+), varies by location
  • Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
  • Subway: 10% off at manager's discretion (60+)
  • Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
  • Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
  • TCBY: 10% off (55+)
  • Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
  • Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
  • Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
  • Wendy's: Discount and age limit vary by location.  Ask your local restaurant for details.
  • Whataburger: Discounted soda
  • White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Retail and Clothing Discounts

  • Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
  • Bealls: 15% off every Tuesday (50+)
  • Bed Bath and Beyond: 10% off mailing club (55+)
  • Belk: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
  • Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days with a BonTon credit card. (55+)
  • C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • Clarks: 10% off (62+)
  • Dress Barn: 10% off (55+) (varies by location)
  • Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Hancock Fabrics: 15% off on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. (55+) In-store only.
  • Kohl's: 15% off  (60+) on Wednesdays
  • Lens Crafters: 30% off for AARP members
  • Michael's: 10% off on Tuesdays with AARP card
  • Modell's Sporting Goods: 10% off
  • Rite Aid: 20% off on the first Wednesday of the month for wellness+ members (65+)
  • Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
  • Tanger Outlets: Free coupon book for AARP members
  • The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
  • TJ Maxx: 10% on Tuesdays, varies by location.
  • Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)
  • Walgreens: "Senior Day" once a month. (Balance Rewards members 55+ and all AARP members). Day of the month varies by location. Discount is 20% off Walgreen brands and 15% of most everything else.

Grocery Discounts

  • American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+)
  • Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • Fresh Farm: 5% off Tuesdays and Thursdays (55+)
  • Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+), or 10% first Wednesday of every month
  • Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Kroger: 10% off  first Wednesday of the month. (60+) (select locations only, contact your local store)
  • Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Pathmark: 5% off $30 every Tuesday (55+)
  • The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+)
  • Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (60+; only valid outside FL)
  • Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
  • Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

Travel Discounts

  • Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
  • Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members
  • American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
  • Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
  • Best Western: 10% off (55+)
  • Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
  • Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
  • Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
  • Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
  • Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
  • Hertz: up t0 25% off for AARP members
  • Hilton Hotels: AARP members are eligible for a 5% senior discount at Hilton properties worldwide.
  • Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
  • Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
  • Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
  • Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
  • Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
  • National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
  • Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Red Roof Inn: 10% off year-round; 15% off through September 2014.
  • Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up
  • United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Entertainment Discounts

  • AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
  • Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
  • Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
  • Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
  • Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
  • U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
  • Regal Cinemas: 30% off
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
  • SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

Cell Phone Discounts

  • AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
  • Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
  • Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)

*Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you!

Miscellaneous Discounts

  • Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (65+)
  • Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. Also, please note that some senior discounts vary by region. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for your buck.

Looking for a printable version of our list of discounts for seniors? We've got you covered! Click this link to view, then just hit "Print" in your browser:
100+ Stores with Senior Discounts (PDF, 123 KB)

Last updated 7/11/14
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