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How To: Take a Bite Out of Dental Costs

The fear of having someone poke at your teeth with a drill isn’t the only thing keeping us away from the dentist. Many employers are cutting back on dental insurance plans and nearly half of all Americans do not have any type of dental coverage. A few money-saving solutions include: visiting local colleges for dental care at a fraction of the cost, taking a dental vacation and becoming a discount dental plan member.

5 Websites for Health Discounts

A recession-driven spike in unemployment levels, rising treatment costs and unaffordable insurance coverage caused four in 10 Americans to struggle to pay their medical bills last year, according to a 2011 report by the Commonwealth Fund. To help, here are five frugal health sites to check out for discounts on everything from root canals to lower back pain treatments:,,, and

Dotcom Profile: Two Men and a Discount Site

A year before the dotcom bubble burst in 2000, an unlikely pair of “down on their business luck” entrepreneurs came together with a domain name, about $1,000 and an idea for people to save money at the dentist. One was Josh Babyak , an avid surfer and “serial entrepreneur” whose two Florida gourmet takeout restaurants were about to go under. The other half of the discount duo, George Michaelides , was the son of an Illinois dentist whose dental practice management company was unraveling after being bought-out.

Ways to Save and Maintain Your Child’s Dental Hygiene

When visiting the dentist these days, kids' mouths are not the only things opening wide – so are parents' wallets. In 2009, children’s dental care accounted for one-third of all spending on dental care in America at a whopping $30.6 billion. Here are a few tips to help parents keep up with their family budget and kids’ oral health: teach them to grow up with their toothbrush, negotiate with your dentist for referral markdowns and join a family discount dental plan.

Dental Insurance or Discount Dental Plan?

Don't have employer-sponsored dental coverage? You can buy an individual policy with a waiting period, monthly premium and co-pay requirements. Most dental insurance plans will have a yearly cap at $1,000 to $1,500 and, after that, you might be paying out-of-pocket. In contrast, discount dental plans are affordable alternatives to dental insurance without any annual limits. Individuals or families pay a membership fee to access discounts ranging from 10 to 60 percent on most dental care procedures.

How To: Plan for Worst-Case Dental Scenarios

You just lost your job and, with it, your health and dental benefits. You’re on Medicare and it doesn’t cover most dental services. Or you woke up today with a horrible toothache that’s going to need some major out-of-pocket work done. When your teeth hit the fan, you can turn to for a choice of affordable alternatives to dental insurance with more than 40 discount dental plans across the country.

Brushing Through Oral Healthcare Barriers

According to the National Institute of Health, dental coverage largely determines access to oral healthcare, but many people often do not have dental coverage. In addition, the Academy of General Dentistry says that more than 90 percent of all systematic diseases have oral health symptoms. Beyond brushing twice daily and flossing, discount dental plans another way people keep up with preventive care and dental appointments.

Tips to Save Money on a Child’s Braces

Brace yourself. With or without dental insurance, your child’s fine-tuned beautiful smile can cost up to $7,000. Most orthodontic treatments begin between ages nine and 14, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Here are three tips to help parent’s budget align with their kids’ smile: visit a local university orthodontist school, shop for a second estimate and join a discount dental plan that offer savings on braces and orthodontic treatment.

5 Unique Discount Sites You Might Have Missed

Root canal? $1,000. Set of tires? $500. Dinner for two? $100 plus tip. Cell phone plan? $80. Life happens and prices add up quickly. But these days, the online discount shopping boom has given consumers the power to click and save on just about anything. Here are five unique discount websites some people might not be familiar with yet:,,, and

Commission-Driven Moms Use (Part) Time Wisely

Part-time opportunities for moms to earn full-time dollars and make a corporate comeback … Reads like a wishful job ad that would fall short of expectations. But a group of “no time for chit chat” moms in sales at are doing just that. Commission-driven women, former executives and mompreneurs who left their respective workplaces years ago to be a full-time mom. Now, they’re working 20 – 36 hours a week and taking home some serious coin while the kids are back-at-school.

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Savings plans are NOT insurance and the savings will vary by provider, plan and zip code. These plans are not considered to be qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Please consult with the respective plan detail page for additional plan terms. The discounts are available through participating healthcare providers only. To check that your provider participates, visit our website or call us. Since there is no paperwork or reimbursement, you must pay for the service at the time it’s provided. You will receive the discount off the provider’s usual and customary fees when you pay. We encourage you to check with your participating provider prior to beginning treatment. Special promotions including, but not limited to, additional months free are not available to California residents or on Fully Insured Plans. Note – not all plans and offers available in all markets.

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