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Taste Test: Best Cheap Hot Dogs for Summer

Posted on 7/2/2015 7:57 EST

It should come as no surprise that July has been dubbed National Hot Dog Month. The hot summer month plays host to the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest and National Hot Dog Day on July 23. For hot dogs that will tickle your taste buds without leaving much of a scratch on your budget, consider the results of a Cheapism.com taste test. Eight packs of inexpensive beef and pork-based hot dogs from Ball Park, Eckrich, Nathan's Famous, Oscar Mayer, and two Kroger store brands were grilled up and offered to a panel of hot dog tasters. Read More

What's Cheap to Buy in July?

Posted on 7/1/2015 11:52 EST

In case you're wondering, there are simple answers to what goods are worth buying in July. The Independence Day holiday is a turning point and once past, retailers start setting their sights on fall, which makes July a good month to snatch up deals on mattresses, paint, jewelry, grills, and more. July is also National Ice Cream Month and National Hot Dog Month, as well as the height of the summer fruit and vegetable season. If you want to be really frugal and enjoy fresh produce for months to come, stock up now and freeze for later. Read More

25 Tasty and Cheap Places to Eat in NYC

Posted on 7/1/2015 10:26 EST

New York restaurants are infamous for being expensive, with multi-course tasting menus costing hundreds of dollars per person. Still, by exploring the variety of cuisines and fusion food on offer, residents and visitors can sample some of the city's best for just a few bucks. Read More

12 World-Class Hotels Under $100 a Night

Posted on 7/1/2015 9:15 EST

Want to stay in luxury hotels around the world without blowing your whole vacation budget? It's entirely possible -- depending on where you go and how discerning you are in choosing accommodations. To find affordable 4- and 5-star hotels, Cheapism.com consulted Five Star Alliance for hotel ratings and travel sites such as Kayak, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor for price estimates for two adults traveling July through September (all prices converted to U.S. dollars). These 12 lavish hotels in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere start at less than $100 a night. Read More

Taste Test: Cheap Ice Cream Treats vs. Premium Brands

Posted on 7/1/2015 8:08 EST

In the heat of summer, not much sounds better than an ice-cold ice cream novelty. National Ice Cream Day falls on the second Sunday of July every year (July 19 in 2015). Ahead of the celebration, Cheapism.com conducted a blind tasting to determine the best ice cream treats and see how inexpensive novelties measure up to premium brands. Read More

15 Cheap Party Foods for July Fourth

Posted on 6/30/2015 11:00 EST

America's birthday, Independence Day, July Fourth, call it what you will, this is a day for casual celebrations. It's a stress-free holiday filled with outdoor fun and fireworks that goes hand-in-hand with low-key cookouts based on recipes that are cheap and easy to prepare. With the harvest just coming in, ripe and ready fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and raspberries, and vegetables such as corn, peppers, and tomatoes, fetch budget prices at the farmer's market and deserve starring roles in July Fourth meals. Build them into a red, white, and blue theme with an occasional boost from a little food coloring or red and blue sprinkles. Read More

Bring Back Memories: Cheap Souvenirs From All 50 States

Posted on 6/30/2015 9:39 EST

Splurging a bit on vacation souvenirs for yourself or a significant other is understandable, but bringing home mementos adds up quickly when buying for friends and family. In this case, the ideal souvenirs won't tax your luggage or your wallet; that is, they're small, lightweight, and inexpensive. Cheapism.com identified representative keepsakes from each of the 50 states that satisfy these requirements. Read More


Cheap Moisture-Wicking Gear for Sweaty Summer Workouts

Posted on 6/30/2015 8:48 EST

Whether it's a damp workout shirt or stains showing through a dress shirt, sweat can be unsightly and odorous. The solution: Moisture-wicking clothing, which moves moisture away from the body and keeps wearers comfortable with better air circulation during strenuous activity. Synthetic fabrics used in these lightweight garments, such as nylon and polyester, absorb but don't retain fluids (sweat ends up on the outer surface) so they feel less damp and clingy. Cheapism.com found seven budget-friendly options, all for $25 or less. We also note factors to consider when shopping for moisture-wicking apparel. Read More

Top 13 Regions for Value Wines Around the World

Posted on 6/29/2015 9:28 EST

It's no secret among wine connoisseurs that certain regions stand out for the exceptional value of their wines. With a little bit of guidance and insider info, you too can enjoy the bounty. Cheapism.com compiled a list of regions around the world that offer the best deals on wine. Now all you need do is to scan the shelves for countries or regions whose wines deliver consistency of quality, price, and style. Read More

The 15 Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2015

Posted on 6/29/2015 8:06 EST

There's a lot to take into account when buying a new vehicle. How it feels and looks is important, but how much it costs -- including fuel consumption, potential resale value, and monthly auto insurance premium -- is usually the deal breaker. To help buyers determine which cars are truly the cheapest, Cheapism.com turned to a recent comparison of insurance rates for more than 1,500 vehicles by Insure.com. This list of the 15 cheapest cars to insure reflects the annual cost of full coverage by six major insurers for a 40-year-old male driver with good credit, a clean record, and a 12-mile commute in 10 ZIP codes in each state. Unsurprisingly, family vehicles that are typically driven by cautious parents are cheaper to insure than flashy sports cars, but other affordable models may not be what you expect. Read More

How to Tame Frizzy Hair Without Pricey Salon Products

Posted on 6/29/2015 8:05 EST

Humid summers can wreak havoc on hair, especially if it's curly or wavy. Pricey salon products may prove tempting to anyone with out-of-control hair, but Cheapism.com found several inexpensive hair products that tame a wild mane. The picks here garner strong reviews from users with all types of hair textures. Read More

Weekly Update: Dollar Store vs. Walmart, Beat Summer Boredom, and More

Posted on 6/26/2015 15:12 EST

There's so much to do this summer for free or on the cheap. Host a cookout with a tantalizing array of affordable cuts of meat and mix refreshing rum cocktails with the best bottles under $30. Free yoga classes are taking place in parks and other outdoor spaces across the country. It's not all summer fun on the blog this week, though. Also new and notable: what's cheaper at the dollar store than at Walmart, the best hotel rewards programs, and more. Read More

The Best Way to Transport a Car Cross Country

Posted on 6/26/2015 9:34 EST

When transporting a vehicle long distance, you'll want to choose a safe and affordable way to go. Options range from door-to-door transport via large trailer truck to placing the vehicle on a train to hiring someone to drive it to the destination. After evaluating all the transport services, you might wonder whether driving the car yourself is the most economical way to go. Read More

Ranking Hotel Rewards: Where Should Your Loyalty Lie?

Posted on 6/26/2015 8:28 EST

Even for infrequent travelers, hotel loyalty programs are worth joining. Membership is free and often yields benefits right off the bat. It may be just a small perk, such as late checkout, or a true money saver such as free Internet access. Of course, the main draw is earning points toward a free night during a future getaway. Many loyalty programs span multiple chains owned by the same hotel group, and points earned at inexpensive hotels can be redeemed for free nights at higher-end properties. Points can often be put toward other travel arrangements, products, and services, or converted to frequent flyer miles with a partner airline. Just be sure you don't spend more than planned simply to accrue more points. Read More

11 Cheap Meats for Summer Cookouts

Posted on 6/25/2015 9:23 EST

Cooking al fresco is one of the great delights of summer. Although you can cook just about anything over the coals, the centerpiece is usually a piece of meat. In search of the best cheap meats for grilling, we checked food blogs and informally surveyed ardent outdoor cooks who pointed us to cuts that please the palate while reducing the cost of feeding a crowd. Pricey cuts tend to be more succulent and tender, and quicker and easier to cook. Tougher cuts, though, can also be finger-licking good with enough time and the right preparation. Read More

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