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Are Snow Tires Really Necessary?

Posted on 10/23/2014 7:58 EST

To buy or not to buy -- an age-old dilemma and one that certainly applies to snow tires. If you're someone who goes by the Farmers' Almanac, listen up. The 2015 winter forecast calls for extreme cold periods in much of the United States, with lots of storm activity, piles of snow, and buckets of rain. Under the (predicted) circumstance, snow tires may be a "must have" for drivers in some regions of the country. Read More

13 Situations Where You Should Always Use a Credit Card

Posted on 10/22/2014 12:04 EST

Amassing credit card debt and bearing the weight of exorbitant interest rates can spell financial doom. But there are many circumstances when it makes sense (and cents) to use that little piece of plastic. For some consumers, maximizing the associated rewards is reason enough while others value the simplicity of paying a single bill at the end of the month. Moreover -- recent data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and JPMorgan notwithstanding -- credit cards are generally safer than debit cards because they're not linked to your checking account. Read More

5 Slow Cooker Meals Under $15

Posted on 10/22/2014 10:50 EST

Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for some Meatless Monday recipes, you can appreciate a set-it-and-forget-it meal. There is very little prep needed for any of the delicious vegetarian meals featured below; your slow cooker does most of the work. Throw in the ingredients before you leave for work and come home to a complete meal ready to be put on the table. These cheap slow cooker recipes can also be adjusted to suit vegans by using dairy-free cheese or butter, and almond or soy milk. Read More

What to Give Your Grandchildren to Make Them Rich

Posted on 10/21/2014 13:02 EST

What kind of legacy will help your grandchildren become financially secure adults? We sought input from seven financial experts, including certified financial planners, financial analysts, and public accountants. Although specific recommendations varied, the bottom line was crystal clear: Invest wisely, and make sure the giving is about more than money. Read More

Should You Visit Walmart, Target, or CVS Instead of Your Doctor?

Posted on 10/21/2014 12:11 EST

Health problems don't care what day of the week it is or if it's after 5 o'clock. And yet, ailing people once had to wait it out until the doctor's office opened or make a trip to the emergency room, where they might spend hours of time and hundreds of dollars on something routine. These days, the retail health clinic at your favorite drugstore or superstore is a quick, convenient, and often cheaper option. Here are a few reasons to seek health care at the same place you go to grab milk and toilet paper. Read More

41 Tips for Cheap Holiday Travel

Posted on 10/21/2014 10:11 EST

Traveling here, there, and yon over the holidays need not leave you insolvent. There are workarounds galore that savvy travelers can use to find huge savings on both airfare and hotels. Below are the best tips we could find to help you land a holiday travel deal, whether you're visiting family or taking a vacation. Read More

What Are the Best Free Resources for Learning Personal Finance?

Posted on 10/21/2014 9:38 EST

From 401(k)s to the monthly budget, personal finance can be a dull and difficult subject to master. Countless articles and paid and free courses tackle the matter from a variety of angles, each aiming to help knowledge-seekers get a better handle on managing their money. Knowing something about personal finance is a critical life skill, whether you are single or responsible for a family. Read More


How to Make Homemade Pizza for Under $10

Posted on 10/21/2014 9:37 EST

October is National Pizza Month, and rather than calling for delivery, try a cheaper homemade pie. Make it yourself or let the whole family pitch in. Here we serve up two budget-wise pizza recipes you can pull together without breaking a sweat. One should appeal to gourmet foodies and the other, a pick-your-own toppings version, to just about anyone. Both cost less than $10. Read More

Doctors and Chefs Buy Generic; Should You?

Posted on 10/18/2014 12:29 EST

Could knowing when to buy generic save American consumers billions of dollars a year? That's the estimate of a recent study by economists at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The researchers found, for instance, that healthcare professionals are more likely than other consumers to buy cheaper private-label headache remedies, although oddly there is a preference for name-brand alkalizing effervescent. The study suggests that if everyone bought store-brand alternatives to big-name consumer packaged goods, the savings would amount to approximately $44 billion dollars a year. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Space Heaters, 20 Fees to Avoid & More

Posted on 10/17/2014 15:01 EST


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Halloween is just two weeks away, but there's plenty of time to get an inexpensive costume and grab deals on holiday travel. Learning a foreign language for free might take a little longer. As the weather gets colder, stay warm cheaply with the help of a space heater. Find out if you've been paying unnecessary fees and whether Walmart's Saving Catcher app lives up to the hype. Finally, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 coming out, consider whether a Galaxy or an iPhone is cheaper to own. Read More

8 Sports Cars That Promise Luxury for Less

Posted on 10/16/2014 13:05 EST

Nothing screams expense and opulence like owning a luxury sports car. It's generally well out of reach for all but the One Percent, as top-of-the-line models cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. There are some real deals out there, however, with prices that veer into relatively cheap territory. To find these bargains, you have to know where to look and compromise on features. Settling for a gently used specimen and partaking in hands-on maintenance also keeps prices more manageable. Here are eight low-cost luxury models, in descending order by price: Read More

Does Walmart's Savings Catcher Deliver?

Posted on 10/16/2014 9:33 EST

The premise behind Walmart's new Savings Catcher seems straightforward enough: Use the app to scan your receipt from an in-store purchase, or go online and enter the TC number at the bottom, and Walmart will automatically check the prices you paid against those advertised at nearby retailers. If a price is lower elsewhere, Walmart will refund the difference. It's price matching made simple -- except that, as Cheapism found when comparing low-price guarantees at major retailers, price matching is never that simple. We undertook a hands-on review of Walmart's Savings Catcher, dug deep into the fine print, and consulted several consumers who have used the app. Here's what we found: Read More

20 Fees to Stop Paying Now

Posted on 10/15/2014 12:38 EST

Whether it's 50 cents to use your credit card, $36 to upgrade your phone, or $75 for an overweight bag at the airport, nobody likes paying fees. We combed through the in-depth reviews we've written in the past, tips from online sources, and our own personal experiences to bring you 20 fees that you should stop paying. With some, just a little work upfront means no more worry about add-ons. With others, you must always keep your wits about you. Read More

Where to Find Must-Have Halloween Costumes for Less

Posted on 10/15/2014 10:48 EST

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Is your little girl refusing to "let go" the idea of dressing as Princess Elsa this Halloween? The Frozen costume can cost nearly $40 -- or less than half that price, depending on where you shop. We compared Halloween costume prices at online retailers and superstores for two of this year's most popular looks -- Princess Elsa and Captain America -- as well as an old standby, an adult witch costume. Read More

Galaxy vs. iPhone: Which Is Cheaper to Own?

Posted on 10/14/2014 13:13 EST

The battle for the best smartphone used to be a one-horse race, but the gap between Apple and Samsung has closed fast. More and more, people are taking up a Galaxy instead of automatically deferring to an iPhone (although Apple's sales are still staggering). There are many reasons for this, including a perception that the feature-packed Samsung Galaxy line represents a better value for the money than the iPhone. Read More

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