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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

Party Hearty: 23 Cheap Bachelor Party Ideas

Posted on 5/24/2016 10:00 EST

With summer wedding season comes an annual round of bachelor parties to celebrate (or mourn) the final days of youthful singlehood. Although many are elaborate and expensive, a successful bachelor party needn't cost a lot of money. Here are several ideas for a festive celebration that will create lasting (or fuzzy) memories without costing the groomsmen a mint. Read More

10 Ways to Fly on a Private Jet for Less

Posted on 5/23/2016 11:30 EST

Skip the lines, forget taking off shoes at a security checkpoint, and hop aboard a private jet. Dreaming? Perhaps. Whether the fantasy is chartering flights or buying a plane outright, the cost of a private jet can reach stratospheric heights, even for those with pockets deep enough to contemplate the option. But there are ways to take a private jet for less -- sometimes in line with commercial airfare. Read More

Buying Used? Here Are the 20 Least Expensive Cars to Repair

Posted on 5/23/2016 11:00 EST

Frugal car shoppers know that buying a "new-to-me" car rather than a brand new car can lead to substantial savings. However, drivers still have to consider the ongoing cost of owning a vehicle, including repairs and maintenance. Comparing 40 of the most popular 2010 model cars and SUVs, the RepairPal Institute, used data from across the U.S. to calculate the average cost of four common auto repairs: replacing a water pump, an alternator, and brake pads, and changing the oil. Here are the least expensive cars to repair, ranked by the total cost of those services. Read More

20 Best International Street Foods Under $5

Posted on 5/23/2016 10:00 EST

If there's one thing every culture has in common, it's a love of eating well for little money. As food trucks and stands have proliferated across the United States in the past decade, many vendors are taking inspiration from low-cost snacks and street foods from around the globe -- and customers are eating it up. Here are 20 of the tastiest and least expensive items from cities far and wide, many of which are now found on stateside streets. (Prices are gleaned from personal travel experience, friendly sources, and online reviews; all prices are in U.S. dollar equivalents.) Read More

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