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Weekly Update: Free Makeup Samples, Cut Your Grocery Bill, and More

Posted on 2/28/2015 12:03 EST

As February comes to a close, find out what kinds of deals March has in store. If you're paying a professional to prepare your taxes, use our tips to keep costs down. Organize your home for less and revitalize an old piece of furniture. Get in shape for spring break without splurging on SoulCycle or some other trendy workout. Treat yourself to luxury makeup at little to no cost. Try some novel ways to save at the grocery store and host a cheap dinner party. See what's in vogue for men this spring and how to wear it for less. Read More

Men's Spring Fashion Finds Under $50

Posted on 2/27/2015 12:13 EST

Here's the theme in men's fashion this spring: what's old is new again. Hot looks inspired by the past include varsity jackets from the '50s and button-down shirts straight out of the '70s. Update your wardrobe with Cheapism.com's thrifty, fashionable finds. Read More

18 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill

Posted on 2/27/2015 8:21 EST

The typical American family spends hundreds of dollars on groceries each month, and most of us are looking for ways to get more for our food dollar. Cheapism.com has rounded up 18 simple but effective ways to save on groceries. Read More

10 Cheap Furniture Re-Dos

Posted on 2/26/2015 8:38 EST

Sticker shock is likely to assault anyone who wanders into a furniture showroom these days. Relax. There's really no need to replace the tired-looking pieces scattered around your home. With a few simple and inexpensive supplies, you can create a whole new look that will give the illusion of having spent a fortune. Read More

A Unique Twist on a Cheap Dinner Party

Posted on 2/25/2015 10:17 EST

It's been a few weeks since the holiday party season ended, and it's about time to get back into the social swing of things. A dinner party with homemade vittles and free-flowing drinks is a good way to reconnect with old friends and expand your social circle. Cheapism.com has discovered an innovative way to organize an inexpensive dinner party. It's bound to be messy and maybe a little awkward at first, but it makes it easy to try new foods, meet new people, and have a feast on the cheap. Read More

10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Professional Tax Prep

Posted on 2/25/2015 8:39 EST

It's tax time, and despite the proliferation of DIY tax preparation software, some of us prefer working with a professional tax preparer who happens to be a human. There's no shortage of service providers -- well-known tax prep chains that operate nationwide, regional chains, small accounting firms, and independent accountants -- each with its own fee structure. Which arrangement is cheaper depends on individual circumstances. Read More

How to Score Free Samples of Pricey Makeup

Posted on 2/24/2015 9:30 EST

Perhaps you dream of buying luxury cosmetics but lack the luxury budget to realize your wish. Now imagine filling a makeup bag with high-end beauty products for free. This, friends, is no dream. Snatching up samples is the smartest and cheapest way to try, or treat yourself to, the better brands. Read More

10 Ways to Get Organized for Less

Posted on 2/24/2015 8:30 EST

Most of us need to get organized, but who wants to spend a fortune doing so? Between what you find at the dollar store and in your junk drawer, there are numerous easy ways to get organized for next to nothing. Read More

What to Buy (and What Not to Buy) in March

Posted on 2/23/2015 10:14 EST

The weather may be variable, but retailers stick to a seasonal schedule no matter what, and that means savings for the smart consumer. March is the time to focus on filling the larder, spring cleaning, and prepping for warmer weather. Many of our February deals may still be in effect, albeit with smaller selections on goods such as winter apparel and Valentine's Day chocolate. Read More

11 Trendy Workouts You Can Do for Less

Posted on 2/23/2015 8:45 EST

Spring break is just around the corner, which means it's time to break out the bathing suit and shed some pounds. But sticking to a workout regimen is hard. Fitness classes are a good way to keep morale up as you work your way to a stronger, healthier physique. However, some trendy exercise classes cost more than a month's membership at the local gym. Cheapism.com has rounded up budget-friendly alternatives to some of the latest popular workouts. Read More

Weekly Update: How to Find Cheap Flights and More

Posted on 2/21/2015 12:25 EST

On the hunt for cheap beauty products? You may already have some in your kitchen cabinets. Save money on snacks by swapping packaged foods with our healthy, low-cost recipes. Learn how to pick your spots at Whole Foods and what to skip at the dollar store. Protect dry skin from winter weather and use a standing desk to counter the effects of sedentary days. Tricks, tools, and apps can help you find cheap flights or plan a wedding on a budget. Consider when it's best to use cash instead of credit. If you missed the deadline to sign up for health insurance, find out if it's possible to avoid the penalty. Read More

28 Items That Are Cheaper at Whole Foods

Posted on 2/20/2015 10:09 EST

Whole Foods has a reputation for both high quality and high prices. But as national chains such as Walmart and Kroger have jumped into the growing market for organic food, Whole Foods has lowered many of its prices, especially on its popular 365 Everyday Value brand. Cheapism.com investigated the shelves to find the best deals. Comparing items at a Whole Foods on Long Island in New York with a nearby ShopRite, we found some surprising prices on everyday items, both organic and not. Read More

10 Situations Where Cash Beats Credit

Posted on 2/20/2015 8:33 EST

Credit and debit cards have their place in a frugal consumer's wallet. But paying with plastic is not always the best way to go. In some circumstances, cash is the better option. Read More

No Health Insurance? How to Avoid Obamacare Penalty Fees

Posted on 2/19/2015 9:20 EST

The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of people sign up for health insurance, but it also penalizes anyone who opts out of coverage. If you failed to sign up for health insurance by the cutoff date of Feb. 15, 2015, you will likely face a penalty. Individuals must pay the IRS based on the number of months they lacked coverage during the year. However, there are ways to avoid paying the fees. Read More

10 Things to Skip at the Dollar Store

Posted on 2/19/2015 8:48 EST

We all try to save money where we can, and shopping at dollar-store chains seems like an appealing way to achieve that goal. Sadly, some of the products on their shelves are a waste of money -- regardless how cheap. Things that fall apart or don't do their jobs clearly belong on a list of dollar-store no-no's. Read More

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