Take the “Don’t Throw That Away!” Challenge

Every day the average American generates about 4.5 pounds of garbage, a portion of which is – thankfully – recycled. But there are all kinds of things that we throw away that can instead be creatively reused for another purpose around the house. Like: lemon rinds to shine copper pots and pans; a boot without a mate becomes a flower vase; an old tire makes a great kiddie swing; and don’t even get me started about all of ways to …

Get Ready for the AARP Savings Challenge

Let the games – and the money saving – begin!  Next Monday, April 2, we’re kicking off a special springtime edition of Savings Challenge, a chance for you to share your penny pinching tips, learn some new ways to save money, and maybe even win some terrific prizes! Every week from April 2 through April 29, we’ll be hosting a week-long challenge, asking for your best tips and stories as they relate to a specific money-saving topic I’ll announce each Monday.  …

Savings Challenge Winners Announced!

“Friends Don’t Let Friends Pay Full-Price for Anything!” That was the motto of the special October Savings Fest edition of the online AARP Savings Challenge that wrapped up the week before last. In total, members of the Savings Challenge reported saving more than $40,000 during the month! With so many people sharing so many money saving tips - everything from how to save on car insurance to how to make your own lard - selecting the three Grand Prize Winners was a …

Fall Savings Challenge: How Did YOU Do?

With this edition of the Savings Challenge nearing its end, I’ve been tallying up how I’ve done in meeting the special challenge we set out for the group: Find creative ways to pay less than full price for everything you buy during the month of October. In my case, I’m reminded of that line from the old sitcom Get Smart:  “Missed it by that much.” Between coupons, store specials, and a couple of items from the discounted “dented cans bin” …

Hey Cheapskates, What’s the Best Deal You’ve Scored?

If you spend as much time hanging out with frugal folks as I do, you quickly realize a few things about them. First, they tend to be a pretty happy lot. I think that’s because they’re not all stressed out about money, like a lot of people these days. They usually live debt-free or close to it, and so they don’t have those worries like so many Americans.

Your Money: The Ultimate October Savings Challenge!

I’m more excited than a cheapskate in the supermarket on triple-coupon day! Today we’re kicking off a special October Savings Fest edition of the AARP Savings Challenge! As with past Savings Challenges, we’re going to be giving away a weekly prize and selecting three top winners at the end of the Challenge. From now through the end of October, we’re challenging you to pay less than full price for everything you buy. That’s right.