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May 26th Daily Deals: Health, Fashion, & Beauty Deals

Posted on 5/26/2015 11:10 EST

This week's picks for top health, fashion, & beauty deals are a designer leather tote, trendy eyeglass frames, and a magazine clutch. Read More

8 Designer Look-Alike Sandals for Less

Posted on 5/26/2015 9:48 EST

It's time for picnics in the park and boardwalk strolls, so free your feet and show off your pedicure in a favorite pair of sandals. Thongs, espadrilles, gladiators, et al come in a myriad of colors and styles -- and prices. Pick up a pair of flip flops for a few dollars at Old Navy or spend upwards of $600 for a pair from Gucci. If you love the look but not the price, don't sweat. Cheapism.com found eight designer look-alike sandals for a fraction of the cost. Read More

Don't Touch the Minibar! How to Avoid 10 Annoying Hotel Fees

Posted on 5/26/2015 8:19 EST

It's easier than ever to find good deals on hotel rooms online, but the actual price at the check-out counter is often higher due to fees and charges that are tacked onto the bill. In 2014, hotels made $2.25 billion in revenue from extra fees and add-ons, according to a study by a researcher at New York University. Travelers can be nickel-and-dimed for just about anything, and the most frustrating part is that many of the fees aren't clearly disclosed ahead of time. Cheapism.com found 10 such fees and offers tips on how to avoid them. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap BBQ Grills, Memorial Day Deals, and More

Posted on 5/22/2015 14:33 EST

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, it's time to fire up the grill, hit the stores, or hit the road. Retailers are offering deals on everything from mattresses to clothing, and travelers can get discounts on hotels. Also on the Cheapism blog, learn how to score a hot swimsuit for less, put together a cheap picnic, and host a summer party on a budget. Enjoy the holiday! Read More

Free Summer Events in Each State

Posted on 5/22/2015 10:26 EST

Whether you want to stay cool indoors at an art gallery or head out for live music and fireworks, there are lots of free things to do all over the country this summer. Cheapism.com has rounded up some of the best free events in each state for summer 2015. Read More

Going Camping? 15 Campgrounds to Avoid

Posted on 5/22/2015 8:31 EST

Camping is usually an inexpensive way to spend time relaxing outdoors, but not every campground delivers on its promise of peace and quiet. Cheapism.com recently compiled a list of scenic and inexpensive campgrounds across the country, but we also found some sites that have received less than stellar reviews. Problems include overflowing toilets, nearby highways, high prices, and difficult management. The following campgrounds received poor ratings on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and/or Google Reviews. Each has multiple negative reviews and recurring themes that point to genuine problems that prospective guests should be aware of. Read More

5 Sizzling Budget Grills for Memorial Day Cookouts

Posted on 5/21/2015 8:57 EST

Memorial Day kindles an urge to kick back and enjoy some sunshine, a cold beer, and a juicy burger. This recipe for a relaxing summer doesn't require a gleaming outdoor kitchen. You can find a good grill for less than $250, whether your tastes run toward charcoal or gas. Fans of the former insist that food cooked over charcoal is more flavorful, and charcoal grills generally cost less up front. Gas grills are more convenient all around: quicker to heat up and easier to control, extinguish, and clean. Cheapism.com's top picks include both types, plus a portable model for picnicking or camping. Read More

Where to Find the Hottest Memorial Day Deals

Posted on 5/21/2015 8:26 EST

Memorial Day weekend brings the start of summer fun -- and the chance to find some serious savings on just about everything. The holiday falls early this year, on May 25, so the sales have already started. Savvy shoppers are cruising the aisles and browsing online now -- there's no guarantee the merchandise will stick around through the weekend, and most sales end on the holiday. At the same time, don't rush to buy summer-centric goods such as warm-weather clothing and outdoor furniture. Those items will be at their lowest prices later in the summer. Read More

12 Thoughtful Father's Day Gifts

Posted on 5/20/2015 10:29 EST

Dad may say he wants nothing more than to take a nap this Father's Day, but surely he'd appreciate a thoughtful present. With the holiday coming up on Sunday, June 21, Cheapism.com compiled a list of affordable gift ideas that are unlikely to get buried in his closet or sent back to the store. Read More

13 Money-Saving Apple Watch Apps

Posted on 5/20/2015 9:32 EST

With a starting price of $349, the Apple Watch is anything but cheap. Money-saving apps available on the latest smartwatch, however, can help recoup some of the cost. From budget tracking to discounted hotel reservations, here are 13 ways Apple Watch apps can save you money. All but one free to download and use. Read More

10 Tips and Tools to Fight Procrastination

Posted on 5/20/2015 8:31 EST

We've all been there: a huge to-do list at work, but buzzing cell phones, never-ending messages on social media, and cat-themed slideshows consume much of the day. Procrastination affects everyone at some point, making it hard to stay on task and get things done. If you find yourself putting off the inevitable, try these 10 tools and strategies to help you get back to work and be more productive. Read More

8 Hot Designer Swimsuit Styles for Less

Posted on 5/19/2015 9:41 EST

When shopping for swimsuits, you might wonder why a few scraps of material from luxury lines carry such sky-high price tags -- especially when major retailers such as JC Penney, Target, H&M, and Forever 21 sell fashionable swimwear for far less. In advance of the upcoming swimsuit season, Cheapism.com spotted eight trending styles and matched an upmarket design with a bargain-priced version. Our seasonal picks include hot prints and summer colors, as well as classic and attention-grabbing designs. Read More

10 Tips for a Sweet and Inexpensive Summer Picnic

Posted on 5/19/2015 8:57 EST

All you need to enjoy a summer picnic is warm weather, good food, and a few inexpensive picnic supplies. Cheapism.com rounded up some affordable picnic basics that make outdoor meals a breeze. Read More

10 Affordable Father's Day Gifts for the DIY Dad

Posted on 5/19/2015 8:23 EST

Dad deserves more than a tie, cuff links, or electric shaver this Father's Day. If he's the DIY type, a hands-on gift is a three-fer: You give him a kit with all the necessary components (gift #1); he tackles and completes the job with relish (gift #2); he then uses and enjoys his creation (gift #3). You can hunt down all the parts on your own or take advantage of the growing popularity of DIY kits sold online, at brick-and-mortar crafts shops, and at local crafts fairs. Each of the following 10 ideas leaves opportunity for creativity and customization. Read More

10 Tips for Hosting a Budget-Friendly Summer Party

Posted on 5/18/2015 9:19 EST

Fire up the grill, dust off the cocktail pitcher, and pull back the pool tarp. Summer is here and that means time for chill backyard gatherings and pool parties. The budget for throwing a summer party can mount quickly, what with the food, decorations, entertainment, and drinks. Cheapism.com assembled a top-10 list of tips for throwing a summer party that won't stress your frugal ways. Read More

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