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50 Amazing and Affordable Vacation Rentals in Every State

Posted on 5/6/2015 12:41 EST

A good vacation may be priceless but the cost of lodging sure does add up. Cheapism.com looked around the country for places to stay for less than $75 a night. From offbeat options like tree houses and tipis to more traditional cottages and condos, we found rentals that are affordable and have a bit of extra flair -- a unique setting or amazing hosts who go the extra mile. Carefully reviewing listings on Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and FlipKey, we dug up interesting vacation rentals in every state that are sure to please the frugal traveler. Read More

10 Tips for Landscaping on the Cheap

Posted on 5/6/2015 9:31 EST

Take a look at your yard -- the grass can always be greener. If you're like many homeowners, you pay more attention to the interior of your house than to the exterior. But consider this: More people see (and judge) your landscaping. Fortunately, sprucing up the yard or porch is cheaper than redoing the kitchen or bathroom. Read More

16 Tips for Teaching the Kids About Money

Posted on 5/6/2015 8:53 EST

There are several "talks" that parents have with their children over the years. The sex talk, the drugs talk, and perhaps less common, but just as important, the money talk. Money is a taboo subject in America, right up there with sex and politics, although it's also something every adult deals with daily. Cheapism.com sought out Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, for advice to parents who want to raise financially savvy children and then added some tips of our own. Read More

May 5th Daily Deals: Health, Fashion, & Beauty Deals

Posted on 5/5/2015 12:46 EST

This week's picks for top health, fashion, & beauty deals are a fragrance, a designer women's watch, and an essential oil lot. Read More

7 Tips When Applying for Student Financial Aid

Posted on 5/5/2015 9:06 EST

With tuition, fees, supplies, and living expenses averaging in the tens of thousands of dollars a year, a college education is an enormous investment. For many students, financial aid can and does help cover these costs. According to College Board, there is more than $185 billion in aid available to students, and most do qualify. Some funds are doled out as gifts based on need or merit, and some are loans that must be repaid. Read More

15 Ways to Improve Your Life for Free

Posted on 5/5/2015 8:34 EST

We all want to be happy, healthy, and reach our full potential. Day-to-day stressors and major traumas spare no one, so it's important to have practices in place that help us deal with hardships, whether fleeting or more serious. There are simple things anyone can do to nurture a life of joy rather than one burdened with anger, sadness, and envy. Read More

May 4th Daily Deals: Home & Garden Deals

Posted on 5/4/2015 12:58 EST

This week's picks for top home & garden deals are a T-fal cookware set, a Dyson vacuum cleaner, and a Sam's Club membership. Read More

12 Essential Tools for Frugal Gardeners

Posted on 5/4/2015 12:07 EST

Gardening is more popular than ever. Community gardens are overflowing, youth gardening programs are blossoming, and more than one-third of American households cultivate vegetables either at home or in a community plot, according to the National Gardening Association. Starting a garden from scratch takes time and effort, whether you're growing edibles and/or perennials, but is sure to prove rewarding. These 12 must-have tools will help keep your garden tidy and trim and your plants fit and healthy. Read More

How to Eat Gluten Free on a Budget

Posted on 5/4/2015 9:18 EST

Gluten has a bad reputation these days. According to the market research company NDP Group, one-third of Americans want to reduce or remove gluten from their diets. But gluten-free foods usually cost more than similar foods containing gluten and can be hard to find in conventional supermarkets. Whether you follow a reduced gluten diet for medical reasons or for potential health benefits, these tips from Cheapism.com can help reduce your food bill. Read More

10 Tips to Revive Your Outdoor Furniture

Posted on 5/4/2015 8:56 EST

Warm weather and sunny skies mean backyard barbecues are coming soon. Don't let worn outdoor furniture bring down the mood, though. Whether it's making new cushions, spray-painting chairs, or restaining wood furniture, here are 10 quick tips to help you revive your outdoor decor. Read More

Weekly Update: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Amazing Hikes, and More

Posted on 5/1/2015 14:43 EST

With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Tuesday, we've come up with ways to get into the spirit on a budget. Prepare authentic Mexican fare for a party or attend a free event in your city. Tasty margaritas can be made with inexpensive tequila. Also this week: More on summer getaways, including mountain trails and cheap airfares. Read More

10 Healthy Meal Plans for Under $10 a Day

Posted on 5/1/2015 10:04 EST

Eating well can be a challenge. Between work, family, and social functions, it's hard to maintain a healthy diet while avoiding those tasty indulgences loaded with empty calories. Some of us turn to experts for guidance, but there are so many conflicting opinions about what is actually healthy, and new fad diets seem to come along every week. To make matters worse, food marketed as healthy is often more expensive, leading consumers to believe that they need to spend more to eat well. In truth, healthy food is often cheaper, especially when you prepare your own meals and avoid prepackaged items. Cheapism.com pulled together 10 complete meal plans with healthy, nutritious food for less than $10 a day. Read More

The 12 Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on 5/1/2015 8:40 EST

Cinco de Mayo, the celebratory day of May 5, brings visions of margaritas and drink specials for some. But it's also a fun holiday to celebrate with the whole family by watching parades and musical performances that showcase Mexican culture. Cheapism.com rounded up some of the top celebrations across the country that are free or nearly so, plus a truly authentic suggestion for adventurous souls with a few dollars to spare. Read More

10 Underrated Retirement Destinations

Posted on 4/30/2015 9:58 EST

As retirement nears, many people pull out a map and make a list of cities they'd consider moving to. Most look for low living costs, local entertainment, and sometimes educational opportunities. Some head outside the country where they can take advantage of the currency exchange, although that's literally and culturally too far afield for most retirees. Cheapism.com sorted through forum posts and retirement-focused blogs and checked comparative indicators against the national average as reported by Sperling's Best Places. The yield: 10 locales that may not receive lots of attention but deserve at least a look. Read More

16 Budget-Friendly Mexican Dishes

Posted on 4/30/2015 9:09 EST

Mexican food is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States. It's easy to understand why, with its fresh and bold flavors, spectrum of simple to wildly complex preparations, and, not least of all, a refreshingly low price point. The cheapest way to enjoy Mexican food, other than being in Mexico, is to cook it at home, which also lets you season and spice things up to your liking. Shopping at your local Mexican grocery store will yield extra savings. Read More

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