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July 22nd Daily Deals: Family & Kids Deals

Posted on 7/22/2014 12:47 EST

This week's picks for top family & kids deals are a battery-powered 3-wheel bike, a VTech InnoTab 3S tablet bundle, and a kids' air bed. Read More

How Long Before an LED Light Bulb Pays for Itself?

Posted on 7/22/2014 12:00 EST

As of January 1, 2014, standard 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs began their slow fade into obsolescence for both manufacture and sale. In their stead, consumers are turning to LED bulbs, a relatively recent entry into the realm of indoor lighting. LED bulb prices dipped into $10 territory this year, and we found some that are even cheaper. Read More

5 Best U.S. Cities for a Destination Wedding on a Budget

Posted on 7/21/2014 14:52 EST

A destination wedding doesn't have to take place in a far-flung locale to feel magical. An urban setting closer to home can host a glamorous event that's more affordable. Cheapism.com has chosen five of the best cities for a cheap destination wedding. Our methodology included scouring various "cheap cities" lists, including rankings of the best vacation cities for those on a budget (which generally factor in hotels, food, and entertainment). We gave extra credit to cities with large, hub airports likely to have affordable incoming flights from around the country. We also looked at average transportation costs and state and local tax rates. We even considered the cities' music scenes (who doesn't love a live band?). If you have ties to one of these cites, or maybe a favorite memory there with your fiance, consider putting together a cheap destination wedding. Read More

July 21st Daily Deals: Home & Garden Deals

Posted on 7/21/2014 12:49 EST

This week's picks for top home & garden deals are a carbon monoxide alarm, an Intex swimming pool, and a Dyson canister vacuum. Read More

Where to Buy Razor Blades for Less

Posted on 7/21/2014 12:09 EST

Shaving is a vital part of a man's life. Whether beards are in vogue or out, every man owns at least one manual or electric shaver for those days when appearing clean-shaven is a must. And for any guy who is job hunting or works in an industry that insists on minimal facial hair, a daily shave with a quality, preferably cheap, razor blade is embedded in the morning ritual. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Water Filters, Cheapskate Behavior, & More

Posted on 7/18/2014 12:36 EST

The summer heat is beating down everyone's backs these days. While working out, wear moisture-wicking clothing and sip from a bottle of purified water. Plan a week of healthy, cheap meals and take a photo of the results with a DSLR camera. Afterwards, treat yourself to an ice cream snack but steer clear of cheapskate behavior that can cost you. Read More

Best Ice Cream Treats for Less Than $1

Posted on 7/17/2014 12:11 EST

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream." How true is that? In the heat of summer, nothing sounds better than a cold ice cream treat, except maybe a cheap, cold ice cream treat. National Ice Cream Day falls on the second Sunday of July every year (July 13 in 2014) and just in time for the celebration, we've compiled a list of the best and cheapest ice cream novelties. Read More

6 Cheapskate Behaviors That Costs You in the Long Run

Posted on 7/16/2014 12:09 EST

Who doesn't want to save a few bucks? Indeed, there are some tried and true ways to cut costs -- couponing, watching for sales, shopping the discount aisle, and so on. Then there are money-saving strategies that actually may be illusory. Perhaps it's time to rethink your cheapskate ways to ensure that you're truly cutting into your bottom line. Read More

Cheap Moisture-Wicking Clothing for Summer Workouts

Posted on 7/15/2014 12:21 EST

Whether it's a damp workout shirt or stains showing through a dress shirt, sweat can be unsightly and odorous. Fitness apparel retailers such as Nike, Champion, and Uniqlo sell "moisture-wicking" clothing that moves moisture away from the body. The goal is to keep wearers cool and comfortable with better air circulation during strenuous athletic activity. A plain white moisture-wicking t-shirt can be had for as little as $7 and upwards of $25. Read More

4 Best Cameras for Photographers on a Budget

Posted on 7/14/2014 16:21 EST

Instagram enthusiasts are happy to use their smartphone cameras to capture the moment, but if photography has really sparked your interest, it's time to upgrade. Even with the jumps in performance that smartphones have gone through in the past few years, their cameras are still very limited. Luckily, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are now priced low enough that those curious about the craft can try it out on a relatively modest budget. Read More

7 Cheap, Healthful Dinners for Every Day of the Week

Posted on 7/14/2014 12:20 EST

One way to keep your dinners cheap and healthy is to select a few "pantry" items that you can use in many different ways. Choose staples such as eggs, cheese, milk, noodles, and bread and plan your meals around them. And while you're charting a week of meals, try to account for any leftover ingredients from previous nights. Or consider buying just a little more of something, knowing that you'll use it in an upcoming meal. A few minutes of planning can save you time and keep you healthy, while also keeping your food budget within bounds. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Ice Cream Treats, How to Hydrate for Free, & More

Posted on 7/11/2014 12:36 EST

Summer is in full-swing, with its attendant high temperatures and the associated need for water. Keep the lawn green while keeping green in your wallet. And then be on the lookout for free hydration spots. Travel to a cheap shopping destination with a new luggage set to cart home all your finds. Then surf the net for copyright-free media while enjoying a sweet ice cream treat. Read More

What to Buy at a Bargain While Traveling Abroad

Posted on 7/10/2014 12:32 EST

Traveling abroad for vacation is a surefire way to de-stress and unwind. It's also the perfect time to score deals on products and services that are normally more expensive in the United States. Whether you're heading south to Central America or going as far as Southeast Asia, you'll be in or near hotspots for cheap medical services, leather, electronics, and even precious gems. We can't vouch for the safety or quality of the products or services mentioned below, but our research suggests that they're generally cheaper than what you'd find at home. Read More

July 9th Daily Deals: Home & Garden Deals

Posted on 7/9/2014 13:22 EST

This week's picks for top home & garden deals are an Intex swimming pool, a hammock, and a milk frother. Read More

Which Chains Charge Most for Water, and How to Hydrate for Free

Posted on 7/9/2014 12:27 EST

Whether you're at the mall, the gym, or in a new city, you won't go far without spotting a bottle of Poland Spring, Deer Park, or Dasani in someone's hand or bag. Marketed as safer and better than tap water, bottled water is a multi-billion dollar industry in America. Do you really need to spend $1 or so on a 16.9-ounce bottle (and more for larger sizes) when there's plenty of free drinking water? Read More

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