No essay required to win a Burger King scholarship up to $50K

Burger King co-founder James McLamore placed value on education, entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, high standards and good citizenship. Those values defined him and now carry on his legacy in the form of the annual Burger King...

Door Real Estate Helped This Couple Get Cash Back for Buying Their First Home

When Travis and Miryea Ayala Cormier showed up for the final walk-through before signing papers to own their first home, they stumbled into a disaster. The recently renovated midcentury modern home was torn apart. Unexpected...

Here Are 3 Creative Solutions for More Affordable Child Care

It’s no secret that having children is expensive. But what shocks many parents is just how costly it is right at the start. Families with young kids often find child care to be the highest...

Waze Carpool Is Expanding to 50 States to Save Commuters Money

Until teleporting becomes a thing, miserable commutes will remain a way of life. You can make driving to work more bearable, however, by sharing the ride. At least when you carpool, everybody chips in on...

How to host a clothing swap and get free clothes

The red terry cloth dress my mother wore in a 1984 family portrait hangs in my closet. To the left is a Missoni dress my sister-in-law gifted me one Christmas, and to the right,...

How This Couple Started a Blended Family and Paid Off $300K Debt

Don’t we all wish life were more like “The Brady Bunch”? Two parents, both in their second marriages, could blend their families. There would be comedic dysfunction, yet all would end well. But reality is a...

Sam’s Club’s Free Health Screenings Are Open to Nonmembers

Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder Four times a year, Sam’s Club offers free health screenings that ordinarily would cost $150 — no club membership required. Saturday, Oct. 13, is the date this quarter. Available tests include...

This is Why Ulta is the Best Option for Buying Halloween Makeup

Nikola Nastasic/Getty Images I’ll tell you this right now: Halloween is not my holiday of choice. I usually spend the weeks leading up to Oct. 31 being a grump and refusing to dress up....

Win a $5K Scholarship by Sharing a Data-Inspired Video by Oct. 31

Laurence Dutton/ Getty Images No one saw it coming. The computers shed their cords and climb into our hands, providing us with every bit of knowledge, entertainment and comfort we could ever imagine. While...

Save Money on Gas by Buying Groceries

When I started driving in 2012, gas cost almost $4 per gallon. At the time, public transportation was practically nonexistent in Florida, which left us no choice — my family and I had to...

These Study Abroad Scholarships Will Help You Go Overseas Cheaply

Studying abroad is a game changer. A life changer, even. From the personal benefits of multiculturalism to the career benefits of having international experience on a resume, it’s hard to deny that studying abroad is...

Your Pharmacist Can Now Help You Compare Prescription Drug Prices

Steve Debenport/Getty Images It just got easier for people to buy prescription drugs at the lowest price available. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed legislation lifting contract clauses that have prevented pharmacists from informing...

Get Up to $700 Back When You’re on an Overbooked Flight

Traveling is full of adventure and fun — and often, headaches. If you’ve flown at some point in the past few years, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of delays and cancellations. Though all are...

New Survey Shows the Cost of Health Care Continues to Rise

If you’ve noticed an increasingly bigger chunk is coming out of your paycheck for medical premiums and deductibles, you’re not alone, according to a newly released survey. In 2018, the cost of premiums has outpaced...

Parents Can Win Free Baby Registry Gifts in This Nanobébé Contest

tatyana_tomsickova/Getty Images You’re having a baby? Congrats! Now, time to get shopping. Welcoming a tiny human into the world can set new parents back tens of thousands of dollars in the first year alone. Expectant...

3 Inspirational Weight-Loss Success Stories (and Their Secret)

Could money motivate you to lose weight? Honestly, you might be surprised. (The human brain is such a weird, mystical organ.) We’ve talked to dozens of people who’ve bet on their weight-loss goals through a wellness...

Bass Pro Shops Free Halloween Events Provide 8 Days of Family Fun

Part of the 8 days of free halloween fun kids can receive a free 4x6 photo with the Peanuts Gang. Photo Courtesy of Bass Pro Shops. I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I’m...

These Library Resources Are the Perfect Price: Free

It probably comes as no surprise that, as a writer, I love the library. I adore being surrounded by books, magazines and newspapers. But the library is so much more than that, so we’d like...

9 Cheap Halloween Candy Alternatives to Thrill Trick-or-Treaters

Penny Hoarder senior writer Nicole Dow spent $9 (plus tax) for 213 individual Halloween trinkets at Dollar Tree and Dollar General. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder Don’t let November 1 wind up being a day...

How to Escape and Recover From Financial Abuse

Note: This article doesn’t contain any depiction of physical or sexual violence, but does detail financial and emotional abuse in relationships. Lisa Orban was married to her abuser for three years. In 1990, she left...

6 Places to Get Free or Low-Cost Mammograms (Without Insurance)

monkeybusinessimages / Getty Images If you couldn’t tell by all the pink everywhere, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And one of the best ways to stop breast cancer in its tracks? Early detection...

Enter to Win the HGTV Urban Oasis Home Valued at Over $720K

HGTV Urban Oasis 2018 in Cincinnati, OH. Robert Peterson / Rustic White Photography I don’t know about you, but I’d love a new house for Christmas. A house that doesn’t come with a mortgage...

Apply for $25K Horatio Alger Need-Based Scholarships by Oct. 25

What do Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Jim Carrey and Horatio Alger Jr. have in common? (Ok, I know you’re thinking “Who is Horatio Alger Jr.?” but you probably learned about him and forgot — just...

Find Last Minute Flight Deals With One of These Handy Travel Apps

Do you have a few vacation days to burn? Are you itching for a long weekend? Being spontaneous doesn’t have to be expensive, so we did a little digging to find the best last-minute flight...

5 Ways to Find Cheap Jeans Online (Even If You Like Name Brands)

Alexandra Vincent/The Penny Hoarder Finding jeans that actually fit is a lifelong endeavor. For me, they either cut into my hips, sit crooked on my booty, stop halfway down my shins, or illuminate every...

What to Know About Recent Changes to Short-Term Health Insurance

Stígur Már Karlsson/Heimsmyndir/ Getty Images Starting today, Americans can buy lower-cost health insurance policies that can stay in effect for as long as three years — up from the previous three-month limit. But while...

File for FAFSA with the new mobile-friendly website and FAFSA app

Financial aid has a new, free app for your FAFSA form called myStudentAid. Tina Russell/ The Penny Hoarder Today is the day you’ve been waiting for. No, it’s not the Season 8 premiere of...

These Are the Best Affordable Colleges in Each State

I always knew I’d end up at Florida State University. My dad and older brother are diehard Seminoles — FSU alumni — and I’d grown up visiting the campus every year. If I had elected...

This No-Essay Scholarship Contest Gives Away $2,000 Every Month

DaniloAndjus/Getty Images Feeling lucky? Good, hang on to that. And if you’re not feeling organically lucky today, it’s time to track down a four leaf clover, pick up a lucky penny and rub that...

17 Independent Ways to Make Money

Introverts have been getting a lot of buzz in the past few years. Everyone wants to tell us how to survive in what is, apparently, an extroverted world. But what if you just want to...

How I Saved $150 With My National Parks Pass

As a longstanding Penny Hoarder, my wallet is my arsenal. Each card in my billfold was hand-chosen for its unique set of rewards, benefits, and perks. But one of the most powerful pieces of...

Should I Service My Car at the Dealer?

Squaredpixels/Getty Images Whether your car is brand new or just new-to-you, you’ll need to keep up with routine maintenance. But should you stick to the dealership’s service center, go with your local corner...

4 Ways to Get a Low-Cost or Free Flu Shot This Season

“This isn’t prison,” my doctor tells me. “I can’t make you do anything you don’t want. That being said, I highly recommend you get your flu shot today.” He’s right to expect pushback: Consistently since...

6 Genius Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds You’ve Been Throwing Away

You can use coffee grounds as a bug repellent for your garden, as well as your body. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder Shaking old coffee grounds into the trash is a daily affair in...

How These Two Friends Took a Trip to Ireland on a Tight Budget

Earlier this year, my best friend Megan and I took the trip of a lifetime: three long weeks touring Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, all on our own. We’d saved for years for this...

8 Tips on How to Pack a Suitcase For Your Next Trip

You should have seen the first suitcase I ever packed. It was total amateur hour. My neatly folded piles of clothes were no match for baggage handlers, nor were my loose toiletries ready for...

Write an Essay About Your City to Win This $1K Scholarship

Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder Going to college is equally exciting and challenging, especially when you throw moving to a new city into the mix. Have you taken in the local flavors and culture of...

How to Train Your Dog Without Spending Money on Obedience Lessons

Adopting my dogs has been among the most rewarding decisions of my life, but it hasn’t been without its financial downsides. I’ve faced insane health care costs for a dog who just can’t catch...

6 Gas Station Rewards Programs That Will Save You at the Pump

Grocery store loyalty programs used to be the way to go to save money on gas, but now that gas stations are offering their own fuel rewards programs, times are changing. And because gas prices...

Here Are Four Good Reasons to Travel in October

October is the quintessential month of autumn. The seasons start to turn, and the scents of fall, from cinnamon brooms to pumpkin spice, welcome you. Winter isn’t far off — nor are the dark and...

Write a Poem to Enter This $1K Power Poetry Scholarship Contest

Roses are red, violets are blue, and you could win $1,000 by sharing what a mentor meant to you. Is there someone in your life who has inspired or guided you along the way or...

Here Are a Few Ways Around Those Rising Airline Baggage Fees · The Penny...

JetBlue did it first. Then United did it. And now, Delta and American have joined their competitors in hiking fees for checked baggage. It now costs $30 each way for the first checked bag and...

Jeff Bezos Wants to Give Free Preschool to Low-Income Families

Jeff Bezos takes a walking tour of the Amazon Spheres on Jan. 29, 2018, in Seattle. Ted S. Warren/AP Photo Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and Whole Foods,...

You Could Score $500 in This No Essay Scholarship Sweepstakes

Alexa Vincent poses for graduation photos in St. Petersburg Fla. on Sept 12, 2018. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder College is expensive, and the folks over at Cedar Education Lending know that. That’s why they’re...

This Drive-In Movie Theater Provides Affordable Family Fun

The dancing ray from the projector casts a glow over the crowd of cars — which includes a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe hardtop, a Studebaker and a 1959 Edsel Pacer — before splashing the 1978...

12 Steps to Owning Your Own Home

When she turned 27, Adria Rebbecchi decided to buy a house. Like most first-time homebuyers, she had no idea what to expect. But in the months ahead, she’d get a whirlwind education. “Looking at a...

Your Packing List for Europe

A few months ago, a friend and I took a three-week trip to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The entire tour was self-guided, and we managed to see much of the countries on a...

Here’s How You Can Win a $1K Scholarship from Pei Wei

Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder The fortune you seek is inside of you. Pei Wei, in partnership with Dr Pepper, is holding a “Creators of Fortune” contest where your sayings can end up as...

Here’s What to Do in Scotland for Free or Cheap

Scotland is home to dramatic landscapes, ancient castles and delicious whisky. I had dreamt of going there since I...
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