Throughout the year, I write tips on how to get bargains and
deals on a variety of items and services. For a comprehensive guide
to markdowns, discounts and strategies to save money, see
The Best Bargains
, from the August issue of
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
magazine. Below you'll find a sample of deals from this great
You can beat high bank ATM fees by opening a checking account at
Ally, Schwab Bank or E*Trade -- all of which offer rebates on fees
at any U.S. ATM. Or open an account at one of about 1,000 banks and
credit unions that belong to the Allpoint network, which includes
43,000 surcharge-free ATMs worldwide.
You can find deals on models that are being phased out at the end
of this year, such as the Cadillac DTS (19% off the $47,600 sticker
price) and Chevrolet Aveo (19% off the $12,725 starting sticker
To beat the rising cost of college, you can prepay in-state tuition
in 13 states. Visit the
Savings Plans Network
to see if your state offers a prepaid tuition plan and
for a list of private schools with similar plans.
To dine out for less, search
for coupons before you head out the door. You can get discounts of
up to 60% at more than 18,000 restaurants. If you have children,
to find restaurants in your town where kids eat free.
Many golf courses offer greens-fee coupons in local newspapers,
mailers or online. Expect to save $10 to $30 a round. For discounts
on athletic shoes, check out
) are cheap now (all have low price-earnings ratios). And analysts
expect these companies to perform well this year.
Rather than pay $115 for Microsoft Office the next time you buy a
new computer, download
To improve your odds of getting the lowest airfare, enter your
flight itinerary at
, and the tool will tell you whether you should buy your ticket now
or wait for the price to drop.
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