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Weekly Update: Best Cheap Space Heaters, 20 Fees to Avoid & More

Posted on 10/17/2014 15:01 EST


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Halloween is just two weeks away, but there's plenty of time to get an inexpensive costume and grab deals on holiday travel. Learning a foreign language for free might take a little longer. As the weather gets colder, stay warm cheaply with the help of a space heater. Find out if you've been paying unnecessary fees and whether Walmart's Saving Catcher app lives up to the hype. Finally, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 coming out, consider whether a Galaxy or an iPhone is cheaper to own. Read More

October 17th Daily Deals: Travel Deals

Posted on 10/17/2014 12:50 EST


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This week's picks for top travel deals are a Costa Rica vacation and a posh hotel in NYC. Read More

8 Sports Cars That Promise Luxury for Less

Posted on 10/16/2014 13:05 EST

Nothing screams expense and opulence like owning a luxury sports car. It's generally well out of reach for all but the One Percent, as top-of-the-line models cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. There are some real deals out there, however, with prices that veer into relatively cheap territory. To find these bargains, you have to know where to look and compromise on features. Settling for a gently used specimen and partaking in hands-on maintenance also keeps prices more manageable. Read More

Does Walmart's Savings Catcher Deliver?

Posted on 10/16/2014 9:33 EST

The premise behind Walmart's new Savings Catcher seems straightforward enough: Use the app to scan your receipt from an in-store purchase, or go online and enter the TC number at the bottom, and Walmart will automatically check the prices you paid against those advertised at nearby retailers. If a price is lower elsewhere, Walmart will refund the difference. It's price matching made simple -- except that, as Cheapism found when comparing low-price guarantees at major retailers, price matching is never that simple. We undertook a hands-on review of Walmart's Savings Catcher, dug deep into the fine print, and consulted several consumers who have used the app. Here's what we found: Read More

20 Fees to Stop Paying Now

Posted on 10/15/2014 12:38 EST

Whether it's 50 cents to use your credit card, $36 to upgrade your phone, or $75 for an overweight bag at the airport, nobody likes paying fees. We combed through the in-depth reviews we've written in the past, tips from online sources, and our own personal experiences to bring you 20 fees that you should stop paying. With some, just a little work upfront means no more worry about add-ons. With others, you must always keep your wits about you. Read More

Where to Find Must-Have Halloween Costumes for Less

Posted on 10/15/2014 10:48 EST

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Is your little girl refusing to "let go" the idea of dressing as Princess Elsa this Halloween? The Frozen costume can cost nearly $40 -- or less than half that price, depending on where you shop. We compared Halloween costume prices at online retailers and superstores for two of this year's most popular looks -- Princess Elsa and Captain America -- as well as an old standby, an adult witch costume. Read More

Galaxy vs. iPhone: Which Is Cheaper to Own?

Posted on 10/14/2014 13:13 EST

The battle for the best smartphone used to be a one-horse race, but the gap between Apple and Samsung has closed fast. More and more, people are taking up a Galaxy instead of automatically deferring to an iPhone (although Apple's sales are still staggering). There are many reasons for this, including a perception that the feature-packed Samsung Galaxy line represents a better value for the money than the iPhone. Read More


41 Tips for Cheap Holiday Travel

Posted on 10/14/2014 12:11 EST

Traveling here, there, and yon over the holidays need not leave you insolvent. There are workarounds galore that savvy travelers can use to find huge savings on both airfare and hotels. Below are the best tips we could find to help you land a holiday travel deal, whether you're visiting family or taking a vacation. Read More

Where to Get a Flu Shot for Less

Posted on 10/14/2014 8:56 EST

With flu season about to rear its ugly head, now is the time to line up for your annual flu shot. Peak time for flu in the United States generally falls in January or February but can erupt as early as October, and the vaccine takes two weeks to become activated in your body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get a dose of the vaccine. This can be costly, especially if you don't have health insurance or your policy doesn't cover it. Read More

Should You Head Outside the City for Cheaper Gas?

Posted on 10/14/2014 8:55 EST

Have you ever made a U-turn to reach the gas station on the other side of the street because the price is cheaper than at the one straight ahead? But is driving out of the way in search of cheap gasoline really productive? After all, a penny less per gallon will save you maybe 25 cents. Read More

How to Learn a Foreign Language for Free

Posted on 10/13/2014 12:13 EST

There's a joke that goes, "If you speak three languages you're trilingual, if you speak two languages you're bilingual, and if you speak one language you're American. Your desire to learn a new language may come from a wish to fight that stereotype, prepare for an adventure abroad, or communicate better with your family or that of a significant other. No matter the motive, you now must figure out how to start. And that, in itself, can be daunting. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Mascara, Budget Halloween Costumes & More

Posted on 10/10/2014 15:05 EST


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Columbus Day weekend brings discounts and deals galore. Get ready for Halloween with a cheap and trendy costume and pick up other spooky items on sale. Clean out your closet with the help of a clothing-resale app and squirrel away some money for holiday shopping. Update your home with an online furniture purchase -- but read our tips first to avoid some common pitfalls. Read More

Columbus Day Coupon Codes 2014

Posted on 10/10/2014 14:30 EST

Although Columbus Day falls on Monday, Oct. 13, sales start Friday and run through the weekend. We have compiled a list of coupon codes for online shopping and additional coupons for printing. Special thanks to Coupon Sherpa. Read More

6 Apps That Make You Money as You Clean Your Closet

Posted on 10/10/2014 12:31 EST

With another holiday season just around the corner, it's time to prepare for the onslaught of steep discounts from retailers. For some, that means cleaning out the clothes closet to make way for all the new outfits. But dragging bags of used clothing to the local consignment shop or Salvation Army takes effort and time. Instead, you can sell, trade, and give away used clothing in minutes with a few taps on your smartphone. We researched six clothing resale apps, all available at Google and Apple app stores. Read More

8 Halloween Costumes for Couples on a Budget

Posted on 10/10/2014 12:10 EST

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We've all been there: It's the night before the big Halloween party and you and your sweetie only have the clothes on your back, a roll of duct tape, and a leftover pizza box. Now what? Rather than raiding the nearest pop-up costume store and dropping a small fortune, consider these five cheap Halloween costumes for couples. Read More

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