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Save With Price Code Secrets for 16 Big Retailers

Posted on 5/31/2016 10:30 EST

When stores seem to have continuous sales, it's hard to know if an advertised deal is really a deal. An item could have been offered at a markup only to be put "on sale" later, for instance. Or a discounted item may go on clearance for an even lower price next week. Read More

5 Sunscreens That Will Leave You With Money to Burn

Posted on 5/31/2016 9:15 EST

Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen year-round as part of an everyday routine, not only on hot sunny days or at the beach. And most people don't apply enough sunscreen -- a full ounce for an average adult in a bathing suit, applied every two hours. Even water- and sweat-resistant varieties should be reapplied after swimming or vigorous exercise. Read More

10 Homemade Smoothies Better and Cheaper Than Chain Versions

Posted on 5/31/2016 8:45 EST

Smoothies from nationwide chains tend to use juice blends and artificial syrups to create expensive, high-calorie drinks disguised as healthy options. Some are marketed as meal replacements or have added ingredients with supposed "fat blaster" or "immune support" properties, in order to command a premium. These 10 easy smoothies are much cheaper than similar concoctions sold in stores -- and just as tasty. Read More

11 Presidential Vacation Spots That You Can Afford

Posted on 5/31/2016 8:00 EST

U.S. presidents certainly have a way of putting a vacation destination on the map, increasing its profile, prestige, and often price through their visits. The Clintons became a regular fixture each summer on Martha's Vineyard during Bill's presidency, the Bush family has a summer home in posh Kennebunkport, Maine, and the Kennedys' sprawling compound in picturesque Hyannis Port is legendary in New England. While most of us will never know what it's like to fly on Air Force One or vacation in a luxurious private compound, that doesn't mean we can't have our own small slice of the presidential good life. To experience a bit of commander-in-chief vacation glamor without spending a small fortune, here are a few tips to make such popular destinations slightly more affordable. Read More

11 Things to Buy in June (and 1 to Skip)

Posted on 5/30/2016 9:30 EST

Warm weather, wedding season, and hurricane season all bring discounts in June. Consumers will find sales on things like gym memberships as well as continuing specials on some items that were good deals in May. Here's a look at what to buy in June. Read More

Weekly Update: Cheap Summer Vacation Spots, Memorial Day Deals, and More

Posted on 5/27/2016 16:00 EST

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and snagging some hot deals is a sure-fire way to kick off the season in style. Then take a break and start planning an inexpensive jaunt to Mexico, a cheap vacation in your state, or an outing to a lively festival. Also new this week: cheap VR headsets, summer vacation spots for pets, best international street foods, and more. Read More

Can't Afford the $599 Oculus Rift? 7 Cheap VR Headsets

Posted on 5/27/2016 9:30 EST

Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset was introduced in March for $599, leading to sticker shock and complaints from consumers who remembered promises of a $350 device. Despite the high cost of some VR headsets, there is also a handful of budget-friendly options making it possible to experience virtual reality without spending too much real money. Read More


20 Summer Vacation Spots Where Pets Are Welcome

Posted on 5/27/2016 9:00 EST

Leaving Fido at home while on vacation can be expensive -- whether it's the cost of boarding or hiring a pet sitter -- and stressful for both humans and man's best friend. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable vacation options that accommodate dogs. Here are 19 of the best dog-friendly vacation spots in the U.S. -- plus an international wild card, should finances permit. Read More

Great Summer Festivals in All 50 States (and D.C.)

Posted on 5/27/2016 8:00 EST

Summer festival season is heating up, and one of the best things about going to one is soaking up tons of entertainment all at once. A festival can be far cheaper than going to individual concerts, art shows, or other large entertainment venues, and sometimes they're free to the public. Here are some of the best budget-friendly summer festivals in the country. Read More

32 Memorial Day Deals

Posted on 5/26/2016 13:00 EST

Kick off summer with substantial savings. See which stores have Memorial Day sales with great deals on everything from fashion to small appliances. Read More

14 Cheap Punches to Liven Up Summer Parties

Posted on 5/26/2016 12:45 EST

Punch is a fun, budget-conscious drink for any summer party. Most punches, well, pack a punch, so a little goes a long way. Aside from alcohol, punch recipes typically call for inexpensive ingredients such as citrus, sugar, and water or tea. A self-serve communal punch bowl demands far less prep and cleanup than individual cocktails and very little attendance, apart from an occasional top-off with ice (use one large piece, or the largest pieces possible, for a steady chill and dilution). For those who don't already own them, a punch bowl, ladle, and cups can be found in most secondhand shops, likely for between $5 and $20 for a full set. The following punches are full of flavor and easy on the wallet -- try one at your next summer soirée. Read More

12 Ways to Stay Cool Without AC

Posted on 5/25/2016 9:30 EST

Keeping a home cool and comfortable during the summer without blasting the air conditioner may seem impossible. Air conditioning certainly is effective, but rarely is it cheap. The cost varies by locale, but in southern California, for example, AC is responsible for more than half of the typical summertime electric bill, according to a local heating and cooling specialist. These simple tricks can help you stay cool without air conditioning. Read More

Where to Go for a Budget-Friendly Summer Vacation in All 50 States

Posted on 5/25/2016 9:00 EST

Summertime brings longer days and warm-weather wanderlust. Whether you hit up a park, take a tour, attend an event, drive a scenic byway, or explore a destination dish by dish, there are many ways to have fun this summer across the United States. Here are 50 places to go in 2016. Read More

10 Vacations in Mexico for Less Than $100 a Day

Posted on 5/24/2016 14:03 EST

Our neighbor to the south has so much more to offer than guacamole, margaritas, and all-inclusive resorts. Mexico is rich in ancient culture, stunning natural landscapes, world-class gastronomy, and cutting-edge art. The dollar is at historic highs against the Mexican peso, which means lots of deals for Americans traveling south of the border. This roundup of Mexican getaways for less than $100 a day has something for everyone, from the foodie to the artist to the historian to the beach bum. Read More

13 Ideas for a Fun and Inexpensive Bachelorette Party

Posted on 5/24/2016 10:45 EST

Traditional bachelorette parties often involve out-of-town trips, male dancers, and high-end bars, all of which can be pretty expensive for everyone involved. But there are simpler, less expensive ways for the bride-to-be and her friends to celebrate, reminisce, and enjoy one last toast before the big day. Read More

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