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14 Ways to Earn Discounts and Free Money for Working Out

Posted on 5/3/2016 9:30 EST

If maintaining good health and fitness isn't reward enough for staying active, sometimes a financial incentive can be even more powerful. Sure, exercising regularly may save money on health-care costs in the long run, but more immediate returns can be had, as well, if you know where to find them. Some methods require a fitness tracker from a brand such as Fitbit, Jawbone, or Misfit. Others are open to anyone with a smartphone. Either way, you don't have to be a personal trainer or fitness instructor to get paid to work out. Read More

16 Need-to-Know Tips for Renting Out Your Place on Airbnb

Posted on 5/3/2016 8:45 EST

If you have a room or second house to spare, you're sitting on a potential gold mine. So just post a rental notice and watch the money flow in, right? It's not quite that easy, but many people earn extra income by listing their spaces on peer-to-peer online rental marketplaces such as Airbnb and HomeAway. Some even stay at friends' homes several nights a month while their own homes are rented out. Here's what potential hosts need to know about the time and costs involved, as well as the ups and downs of the experience. Read More

How Home Brewing Can Save More Than 50% on Craft Beer

Posted on 5/3/2016 8:00 EST

From barbecues to happy hours to the big game, beer is the world's most consumed alcoholic beverage. So many beer enthusiasts now brew their own that May 4 is celebrated as National Homebrew Day. Like home cooking and baking, home brewing has money-saving potential but primarily attracts people who know their palates and have a passion for creating and personalizing recipes. Read More

14 Memorable and Challenging Multi-Day Hiking Trips

Posted on 5/2/2016 10:45 EST

National and state parks in the U.S. offer some of the most rewarding hikes and camping to be found anywhere. Pristine nature is abundant, and for the cost of a couple of permits, a hike that lasts several days can be memorable, rewarding, and breathtaking (in more ways than one). Thru-hiking a multi-state trail such as the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, or Appalachian Trail can cost thousands of dollars, but there's no need to shell out big money when backpacking. Read More

Best and Worst Jobs for Women: Where to Watch Out for the Wage Gap

Posted on 5/2/2016 9:45 EST

A woman is poised to become a major party's nominee for president for the first time in U.S. history. Yet women in this country still earn 79 to 83 cents on average (depending on the study) for every dollar earned by men. This wage gap, calculated by comparing median full-time pay as collected by the Census Bureau, does not account for factors such as paid leave, overtime, occupation, education, experience, or an employee's inclination to negotiate pay -- leaving it open to debate. A "Fact Checker" article in The Washington Post calling the claim "misleading" still concludes a pay gap exists, although it's smaller than some say. And when studies drill down into specific occupations, women make less than men doing the same job. Read More

12 Celebrities Who Shop at Walmart, Target, and Costco

Posted on 5/2/2016 8:45 EST

Big-box retailers offer low prices, convenient locations, and a wide variety of merchandise. So perhaps it's no wonder that people from all walks of life frequent the stores, no matter how big their paychecks or bank accounts. Even celebrities with cushy lifestyles have been seen shopping at Costco, Target, and Walmart, just like the rest of us. Read More

Is Homemade Salad Dressing Cheaper Than Store-Bought?

Posted on 5/2/2016 8:15 EST

Buying salad dressing off the shelf at the grocery store seems like a time-saver, but making it at home really doesn't require much time or effort. Salad dressing can easily be thrown together in a matter of minutes with ingredients likely already on hand. This allows experimentation to better suit your tastes and the option to leave out ingredients such as chemicals and sugar. But does making your own salad dressing save money? Read More


Weekly Update: Cinco de Mayo, Botanical Gardens, and More

Posted on 4/29/2016 16:00 EST

With Cinco de Mayo coming up next week, get into the fiesta spirit with cheap tequila cocktails and our picks for the best tortilla chips and salsa. Get the family in shape with warm-weather activities or take a heavenly stroll in a botanical garden near you. Also new this week: the most expensive items from Costco, smooth travel with kids, tiny homes, and more. Read More

Best Cheap Chips and Salsa: A Blind Taste Test

Posted on 4/29/2016 9:25 EST

From Cinco de Mayo to the NBA playoffs to the series finale of "The Good Wife," there are countless occasions to get friends together and break out an easy snack of chips and salsa. Cheapism.com recently rustled up 13 inexpensive tortilla chips and 11 cheap jarred salsas for a blind taste test. An eight-person panel of volunteers considered taste, texture, and appearance in choosing their favorites. Here are the top picks among white, yellow, and blue corn chips, along with four preferred salsa pairings. Read More

In Full Bloom: Gorgeous Botanical Gardens in All 50 States

Posted on 4/28/2016 9:45 EST

A garden in bloom is a picnic for the senses, and an escape from the hustle of daily life. Every state has at least one garden that is free or less than $10 for adults (usually with cheaper admission for children, seniors, and the military). Many are botanical gardens dedicated to education, research, and conservation. A visit can be a learning experience, providing ideas for creating a plot at home. Many public gardens offer classes and workshops that teach gardening techniques and stewardship of a patch of earth -- as well as related activities such as meditation and photography. Some public gardens offer concerts, art festivals, and other events. No matter what the occasion, these gardens offer enjoyment and respite across the country. Read More

13 Things to Buy or Not to Buy in May

Posted on 4/28/2016 9:00 EST

As the warm weather moves in and the school year winds down, May is the time to stock up ahead of summer celebrations. Prepare for graduation parties and Memorial Day barbecues by finding deals on household goods and entertaining essentials, among other bargains. Read More

21 Surprisingly Expensive Products From Costco

Posted on 4/27/2016 9:30 EST

Costco is known for free samples, cheap hot dogs, and low prices on bulk purchases. However, Costco sells some surprisingly expensive products, as well. Even if they are a relative bargain, a few are pricey enough to wipe out some shoppers' savings. Read More

16 Quick, Easy Side Dishes for Summer Parties

Posted on 4/27/2016 8:45 EST

Summer is the season to host rooftop parties and backyard barbecues. Rather than shy away from feeding big groups because of the expense, try some quick and easy dishes made from inexpensive ingredients. Combining the bounty of the season with cheap staples allows for full menus of party-friendly finger foods and dishes designed for grazing. Here are 20 ideas for summer party foods to inspire a warm weather shindig on a tight budget. Read More

13 Underrated Retirement Destinations

Posted on 4/27/2016 8:00 EST

As retirement nears, many people make lists of possible locations for their golden years. Some even look outside the country to take advantage of the currency exchange and other benefits, although that presents challenges. Plenty of U.S. locales are getting buzz on retirement-focused blogs and forum postings but little attention as top destinations for retirees. Cheapism.com compared indicators such as cost of living and median home prices in these locales against the national averages, as reported by Sperling's Best Places, to come up with 13 destinations that deserve a closer look. Read More

12 Cheap Tequila Cocktails to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on 4/26/2016 9:30 EST

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the fifth of May) commemorates Mexico's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has evolved into an occasion featuring parades, mariachi music performances, street festivals, and cocktails made with tequila, said to be North America's first distilled beverage. To celebrate, create versions of pricey restaurant and craft bar drinks at home for a fraction of the price. Better ingredients make a better product, but there's no need to buy premium tequila that is destined to be mixed. A good place to start is with 100 percent agave tequila from Cheapism.com's list of best inexpensive tequilas. With a few other fresh ingredients, including seasonal fruits and simple syrup, a wide variety of fresh and tasty drinks can be concocted for a just a few dollars each. Salud! Read More

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