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Weekly Update: Cheapest Gas Prices, Cheap Super Bowl Parties, and More

Posted on 1/30/2015 3:05 EST

There's still time to take advantage of Super Bowl TV deals and upgrade before the big game. Scope out the discounts February has in store, and take the Frugal Month Challenge to see how much you can cut from your monthly budget. Find out how automatic bill pay can save you money, and diet on the cheap with simple portion-control tools. Winter Storm Juno spurred interest in inexpensive snow blowers this week. Small business owners may be surprised at how easily they can build a mobile app on a tight budget. Finally, we run down where to find the cheapest gas prices in every state. Read More

5 Cheap and Easy App Builders for Small Businesses

Posted on 1/29/2015 10:40 EST

You run a small business with an ace website. But more and more consumers are accessing the web on mobile devices, so it's critical that your company have an app, as well. The cheapest way to get one: DIY app development. Read More

Enroll in Automatic Bill Pay and Save

Posted on 1/29/2015 8:55 EST

Automatic bill pay is yet another perk of the ever-evolving instantaneous Internet age. Many consumers take advantage of this convenient, rewarding way of paying bills. Others remain wary about authorizing a company to withdraw funds directly from their bank account on a recurring, specific date. They may be missing out: Automatic bill pay is a quick and safe way to hand off a mundane chore and save money at the same time. Read More

The Cheapest Gas Prices in Every State

Posted on 1/28/2015 13:14 EST

Gasoline prices are the lowest they've been since April 2009, according to the latest Lundberg survey, and may be nearing an inevitable climb back up. In the meantime, Cheapism.com went in search of the lowest gas prices in all 50 states, plus the nation's capital. This snapshot was taken on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST. All prices are for a gallon of regular gasoline and provided courtesy of GasBuddy. (We excluded prices at wholesale clubs such as Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's Wholesale Club, because gassing up at these outlets requires a paid membership.) The cities and towns with the lowest prices are listed from most expensive to least. Read More

How to Throw a Super Bowl Party on a Budget

Posted on 1/28/2015 8:14 EST

Football draws large crowds on a regular basis, but no game attracts as many spectators as the Super Bowl. The National Retail Federation expects 184 million people to tune in February 1 and spend an average all-time high of $77.88 on related merchandise. Whether you're a Seahawks fan, a Patriots supporter, or someone who watches only for the commercials, you can use our Super Bowl tips to save on everything from food and drinks to a new TV. Read More

4 Super Bowl-Worthy TVs Under $500

Posted on 1/27/2015 13:35 EST

It's almost Super Bowl Sunday -- America's favorite secular holiday, when family and friends gather among piles of nachos and cases of beer. The big game begs to be watched on a big screen, and retailers offer deals to tempt consumers to splurge on pricey TVs. But don't jump at a big discount without considering features and performance. You want excellent picture quality, with vibrant, accurate colors, and enough inputs to connect your cable box, game console, and other gadgets. LED TVs are preferable to older LCD screens that use fluorescent backlighting. Cheapism.com analyzed reviews and product specifications to come up with four top picks under $500. These cheap TVs display images in full 1080p high definition. They aren't tiny, either. The screens are as large as 48 inches. Read More

Save $400: Take the Frugal Month Challenge in February

Posted on 1/27/2015 8:37 EST

The holidays may provide a festive reprieve from the daily grind, but as a rule of thumb, they're not good for your wallet. With January comes a return to real life and living on a tight budget as you pay off holiday bills. So here's our February challenge to you: a no-buy month. And if you don't think you can make it a full month, February 23-28 is America Saves Week. The point is to encourage good spending and saving habits that can last year round. Read More

5 Best Cheap Snow Blowers to Help You Dig Out

Posted on 1/26/2015 19:51 EST

With the epic winter storm Juno hitting the Northeast, shoveling snow is going to be a particularly back-breaking effort during the next few days. A cheap snow blower, a.k.a. snow thrower, can make the job a whole lot easier for as little as $100. Cheapsim.com identified five worthy contenders. Read More

What to Buy in February

Posted on 1/26/2015 11:58 EST

As you consider what to buy in February, remember that winter is halfway over and retailers want to clear out seasonal merchandise. Also, stores usually have a lot of electronics left over from the holidays and must make room for new gadgets. And finally, President's Day falls in February, giving many people a three-day weekend and extra time to shop. Taken all together, you can count on February deals galore. Read More

8 Portion-Control Tools to Help You Slim Down for Less

Posted on 1/26/2015 10:46 EST

A New Year's resolution to lose weight and establish healthy habits may seem to demand a pricey diet plan. But there's a simpler -- and cheaper -- approach: portion control. As portion sizes in America have increased over the past few decades, so have rates of obesity and related health problems. A key part of maintaining a healthy weight is eating right-sized meals that meet daily caloric requirements. Cheapism.com has rounded up a variety of portion control tools that measure recommended serving sizes for frugal dieters seeking a helping hand. Read More

Weekly Update: Save with Energy-Efficient Appliances, Cheap Drinks for the Super Bowl & More

Posted on 1/23/2015 15:50 EST

The Super Bowl kicks off in just over a week! Start prepping the drink menu for a budget-friendly party. Find ways to cut your food waste to a minimum and consider investing in energy-efficient appliances to save money in the long-term. Weight loss is in vogue at the start of the new year, but steer clear of gimmicks that don't work. Both homeowners and travelers can benefit from vacation rental sites. Which is better for you: Airbnb or HomeAway? Learn how to sew your way to savings and find out what's included in your car insurance. Read More

10 Tips for Sewing Your Way to Savings

Posted on 1/22/2015 10:25 EST

Sewing does require skill, no doubt about that. But for certain projects around the house or in your closet, it may be a worthwhile skill to learn and put to use. Sewing can save you a bundle on clothing and linens, although it's not always cheaper to make your own. Here are some ways to make sure your sewing projects pay off. Read More

10 Cheap Drinks for Super Bowl 2015

Posted on 1/22/2015 8:58 EST

With the matchup set for Super Bowl 2015, you may already be thinking about food and drinks to stockpile for a party. With Cheapism.com's beverage recommendations (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic), you can score with your guests while staying on budget. Read More

Airbnb vs. HomeAway: Which Is Right for You?

Posted on 1/21/2015 9:21 EST

Whether it's a ski condo in the mountains or a summer house with a nearby lake, renting a getaway home is more convenient than ever. Homeowners make money by listing their properties online and travelers save hundreds by lodging in a rented home instead of a hotel, an arrangement that lets them live like locals. Read More

Don't Fall for These 10 Weight-Loss Gimmicks

Posted on 1/21/2015 8:35 EST

The goal of losing weight consistently pops up on lists of New Year's resolutions. If you've committed to trimming the fat, no doubt you want to run from weight-loss gimmicks that drain your money and your energy. At the end of the day, nothing beats eating right and moving more (that means daily) as a path to losing weight. Read on for strategies you'll want to avoid on your slim-down journey. Read More

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