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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

50 Free Summer Events in Each State

Posted on 5/21/2015 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

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

May 20th Daily Deals: Health, Fashion, & Beauty Deals

Posted on 5/20/2015 12:00 EST

This week's picks for top health, fashion, & beauty deals are a men's electric shaver, whitening strips, and an essential oil lot. 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

Cutting Costs: 5 Top Lawn Mowers Under $300

Posted on 5/18/2015 8:41 EST

Half of American homes sit on lots no larger than a quarter of an acre, according to a Census Bureau survey. That means most homeowners don't need a heavy-duty, high-priced lawn mower or tractor. An affordable push mower is up to the chore. Cheapism.com researched cheap lawn mowers powered by gas, electricity, and old-fashioned elbow grease to find top picks for less than $300. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Chocolate Chip Cookies, Edible Plants, and More

Posted on 5/15/2015 15:06 EST

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Celebrate with one of the top picks from our taste test of cheap chocolate chip cookies. If you want to eat a little healthier, sometimes it costs less to grow your own edible plants instead of purchasing them at the grocery store or farmers market. Try a cleanse that doesn't involve juicing and get toned with free exercises. Read on for a rundown of these and other stories this week from the Cheapism blog. Read More

7 Hobbies That Can Make You Money

Posted on 5/15/2015 9:55 EST

Most of us have hobbies and most of us could use more money. Chances are the hobbies you do in your spare time could generate some extra cash. Ideally, money-making hobbies should be things you don't have to sink a lot of money into, and things you'd be doing anyway, even if there were no profits. Cheapism.com rounded up seven hobbies that can make money, even as you're having fun. Read More

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