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Weekly Update: Budget-Friendly B&Bs, Fall Fun for Kids, and More

Posted on 10/2/2015 15:30 EST

Now that it's October, Cheapism is looking ahead to Halloween. Get in the spirit with 2015's trendiest costume ideas or get spooked at a ghost town near you. With the trees decked out in their fall finery, now is a great time to incorporate your favorite summer clothes into your fall wardrobe and go on a weekend getaway to a budget-friendly B&B. Also new this week: cheap and free museums across America, 31 ways to save every day of the month, fall crafts and activities for kids, and more. Read More

10 Creepy Ghost Towns Across America

Posted on 10/2/2015 9:30 EST

There is something unsettling about walking through an abandoned town, whether the buildings are crumbling and broken or still creepily intact, as though residents just disappeared into thin air. Some ghost towns provide insight into the country's history, while others are steeped in folk tales and ghost stories. Either way, most are free to explore, making for an offbeat and low-budget travel experience. Read More

10 Cheap Dog Breeds to Bring Home Today

Posted on 10/2/2015 8:12 EST

For many kids, a puppy is at the top of the "Mommy, I want" list. But before snapping up the first Fido they spot, shoppers should keep in mind the many factors that go into selecting a dog -- including long-term costs of ownership. While the cheapest choice is a mutt from a shelter (and saving a pup's life is certainly priceless), some may prefer to pick a specific breed based on size or ease of care. One way to do that for a bargain price: Ask the local shelter if any dogs waiting for homes have one of these 10 budget breeds in their genes. Read More

10 Cheap and Trendy Halloween Costumes for 2015

Posted on 10/1/2015 12:53 EST

Every year Halloween creeps up and scares thousands into last-minute, costly costume choices. But just a little planning can lead to a timely and cheap Halloween costume for 2015. Here's the easy way to do it: Identify pop culture, movie, and TV icons from the past year. Then narrow the list to celebrities, real or imagined, who can be easily and cheaply replicated. Read More

Cheap or Free Museums in All 50 States

Posted on 10/1/2015 11:08 EST

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy some of the best museums in the country and soak up exhibits ranging from refined to frankly quirky. See the Blue Angels practice daredevil maneuvers, stroll through lush gardens, explore history before the Industrial Age, or enjoy works by some of the finest artists the world has ever known. In every state, there is something for all ages, and most of these museums are free. Those that charge admission set prices at $10 or less -- about what it would cost to go to the movies. Read More

What to Buy in October

Posted on 10/1/2015 8:00 EST

By shopping standards, October is that odd month sitting smack in the middle of the back-to-school frenzy and the holiday shopping extravaganza. But cost-conscious shoppers need not despair -- there are plenty of October deals to be had. The best buys range from leftover items from previous months to goods discounted in advance of the big shopping days to come. And don't forget, Halloween erupts in October. Read More

Save Money With Simple DIY Car Repairs

Posted on 9/30/2015 9:40 EST

Do-it-yourself car repairs can save car owners hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars. Bankrate estimates that on average it costs $2,223 a year to own a car, including $359 for repairs. Read More

How to Take Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall

Posted on 9/30/2015 9:16 EST

Autumn is a time to cozy up in sweaters, flannels, pea coats, and boots. But you don't have to say goodbye to favorite summer items or buy a whole new wardrobe for the season. If you know how to wear them and pair them, bright and breezy summer classics can liven up outfits all the way through New Year's. Read More

10 Workout Apps That Beat the Gym

Posted on 9/30/2015 8:30 EST

Getting to the gym isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially as the weather gets colder. Who wants to pay for a gym membership they may not be motivated to use? Smartphone apps make it easy to find motivation to work out, access guided routines, and track progress. Here are 10 apps that will help you ditch the expensive gym membership, save money, and feel great. Read More

How to Buy a Mattress for Less Online

Posted on 9/30/2015 7:53 EST

Buying a mattress is generally an unpleasant experience, with the kind of high-pressure salesmanship associated with buying a used car. Comparison shopping is all but futile; many mattresses from different brands or lines are essentially the same inside. Shoppers anxious to make a good investment -- considering how much time they spend lying in bed and the importance of sleep for physical and mental health -- can easily overspend. Certain Serta, Simmons, and Royal-Pedic models cost upward of $4,000 and are hardly the fanciest available. Constant "blowout" sales offering 50 percent or more off the list price suggest substantial retailer markups. Read More

25 Fall Crafts for Children

Posted on 9/29/2015 16:16 EST

For families with kids, fall brings trips to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, and dressing up for Halloween. In between, use these low-cost and free craft ideas culled from Pinterest to keep little hands busy, encourage young minds to create, and decorate your home for the season. Read More

31 Ways to Save Money Every Day of the Month

Posted on 9/29/2015 8:42 EST

A Starbucks trip here, a trendy gadget or prepackaged dinner there -- wasted money adds up. Saving for a rainy day can be surprisingly simple, though. With this compilation of 31 easy-to-incorporate tips from Cheapism.com, there's a new way to save every single day of the month. Read More

Charming, Budget-Friendly B&Bs in All 50 States

Posted on 9/28/2015 8:50 EST

It seems that, the fancier the hotel, the more likely there will be charges for Wi-Fi, parking, and other basics. This odd phenomenon doesn't hold true at bed and breakfasts, however: Internet and parking are almost always free and, of course, breakfast is included. Some B&Bs also offer an afternoon snack or free wine and cheese happy hour. Many make newspapers, board games, fireplaces, and beverages available for guests in a common area. Read More

10 Home DIY Projects That Are Easier Than You Think

Posted on 9/28/2015 8:00 EST

No doubt it's easier to go to the store and buy something than to make it with your own hands. There are a number of reasons to get into the DIY spirit, though. First and foremost, it's possible to save a bundle by doing it yourself. But tackling a project instead of picking up an item off the shelf is also a way save money long term, because you'll always know how to fix it and make another if need be. Read More

18 Cheap and Free Things to Do With Your Kids This Fall

Posted on 9/25/2015 8:45 EST

The weather is turning cooler, leaves are falling from the trees, and pumpkins are a hot commodity. Fall is a beautiful time in many parts of the country and inspires many activities to keep children entertained. Even better, these kid-friendly fall activities won't put a dent in the budget. Read More

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