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Weekly Update: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Amazing Hikes, and More

Posted on 5/1/2015 14:43 EST

With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Tuesday, we've come up with ways to get into the spirit on a budget. Prepare authentic Mexican fare for a party or attend a free event in your city. Tasty margaritas can be made with inexpensive tequila. Also this week: More on summer getaways, including mountain trails and cheap airfares. Read More

10 Healthy Meal Plans for Under $10 a Day

Posted on 5/1/2015 10:04 EST

Eating well can be a challenge. Between work, family, and social functions, it's hard to maintain a healthy diet while avoiding those tasty indulgences loaded with empty calories. Some of us turn to experts for guidance, but there are so many conflicting opinions about what is actually healthy, and new fad diets seem to come along every week. To make matters worse, food marketed as healthy is often more expensive, leading consumers to believe that they need to spend more to eat well. In truth, healthy food is often cheaper, especially when you prepare your own meals and avoid prepackaged items. Cheapism.com pulled together 10 complete meal plans with healthy, nutritious food for less than $10 a day. Read More

The 12 Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on 5/1/2015 8:40 EST

Cinco de Mayo, the celebratory day of May 5, brings visions of margaritas and drink specials for some. But it's also a fun holiday to celebrate with the whole family by watching parades and musical performances that showcase Mexican culture. Cheapism.com rounded up some of the top celebrations across the country that are free or nearly so, plus a truly authentic suggestion for adventurous souls with a few dollars to spare. Read More

10 Underrated Retirement Destinations

Posted on 4/30/2015 9:58 EST

As retirement nears, many people pull out a map and make a list of cities they'd consider moving to. Most look for low living costs, local entertainment, and sometimes educational opportunities. Some head outside the country where they can take advantage of the currency exchange, although that's literally and culturally too far afield for most retirees. Cheapism.com sorted through forum posts and retirement-focused blogs and checked comparative indicators against the national average as reported by Sperling's Best Places. The yield: 10 locales that may not receive lots of attention but deserve at least a look. Read More

16 Budget-Friendly Mexican Dishes

Posted on 4/30/2015 9:09 EST

Mexican food is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States. It's easy to understand why, with its fresh and bold flavors, spectrum of simple to wildly complex preparations, and, not least of all, a refreshingly low price point. The cheapest way to enjoy Mexican food, other than being in Mexico, is to cook it at home, which also lets you season and spice things up to your liking. Shopping at your local Mexican grocery store will yield extra savings. Read More

10 Cheapest Cities for Summer Air Travel

Posted on 4/30/2015 8:26 EST

Many people love to travel during the summer, but high demand can make it hard to find good deals. With a little digging around, though, it's possible to find affordable destinations for the summer months. The travel website Skyscanner put together a list of the 10 cheapest domestic locations based on the average airfare from June 1 through August 31. The data include flights to and from all 50 states purchased through Skyscanner from January 1 to March 15, 2015. Read More

How Much Allowance Is Right for Your Child?

Posted on 4/30/2015 8:14 EST

An allowance can teach a child many valuable lessons. But money can be a mixed blessing, so it's important to settle on an appropriate amount before doling out dollars. Consider the following factors when giving your child an allowance. Read More


Get Active! 12 Places to Find Workout Clothing for Less

Posted on 4/29/2015 9:25 EST

Companies like Lululemon and Athleta brought high style to workout gear, with high prices to match. Still, you can climb down the price ladder and land in territory where fitness apparel suits your activity profile, fashion sense, and budget. There are membership sites, subscription clubs, and ecommerce vendors that offer discounts on activewear for most fitness levels. Read More

20 Amazing Hikes in the U.S.

Posted on 4/29/2015 9:15 EST

The benefits of hiking…let us count the ways: a sense of adventure, connection with the great outdoors, an excuse to exercise, time away from it all. But some of the most well-known national parks charge hefty entrance fees and, for overnight treks, require expensive camping permits, not to mention the outlay for gear, food, camping permits, and so on. Cheapism.com searched backpacking websites and hiking best-of lists and interviewed knowledgeable hikers to assemble a catalog of 20 trails that can be accomplished in one day; most are free and the others charge a small fee. Read More

12 Ways to Insure Your Home for Less

Posted on 4/29/2015 8:39 EST

The wealth of many families is tied to the value of their home, and it makes sense to protect that investment with an insurance policy -- something that's probably required anyway if you have a mortgage. Homeowners insurance covers you against theft, fire, natural disasters, and liability (in case someone sues you as a result of an injury or accident sustained on your property). Premiums can be costly, and rates may vary for nearly identical coverage from different providers. Cheapism.com identified 12 simple things you can do to get a discount on the rate. Read More

Your First House: 13 Tips for Saving and Buying

Posted on 4/29/2015 8:25 EST

The advantages of home ownership are many: building equity; tax deductions; the promise of appreciating value; and having a place that belongs to you. With mortgage rates at historic lows, this is an opportune time to take the big step. But first, make sure that homeownership is right for you. If you plan to stay in the home for at least five years and your monthly nut will not exceed 43 percent of your income, the federal Consumer Finance Protection Bureau says you can give yourself the "go" sign. Read More

Rich, Famous -- and Cheap! 34 Frugal Celebrities

Posted on 4/28/2015 10:28 EST

Private jets, luxury cars, and designer clothes may seem like everyday comforts for the rich and famous, but that's not always the case. Many celebrities are frugal in spite of their wealth, an attribute often acquired during a humble upbringing. Remember, when someone is a millionaire that means they have a million dollars – not that they've spent a million dollars! Read More

10 Tips for Getting a Private Jet for Less

Posted on 4/28/2015 9:30 EST

Skip the lines, forget taking off your shoes, and hop aboard your private jet. Now it's time to unbuckle your wallet. Regardless whether your thoughts veer towards purchasing one outright or arranging chartered service, the cost of a private jet can reach stratospheric heights. Here are several ways to fly a charter jet for less and a tip or two if you're determined to own one. Read More

10 Best Tequilas Under $30

Posted on 4/28/2015 8:44 EST

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, promising good food, festive music, and plenty of rounds of tequila. For fans of the spicy Mexican spirit, the market for tequila is more interesting and diverse than ever. Prices of agave spirits have shot up in the past few years as tequila has gained recognition for its unique flavor and complexity. Bottles of top-tier tequila can easily cost hundreds of dollars, but frugal shoppers can find delicious 100 percent agave tequila for less than $30. Cheapism.com carefully reviewed the results of the 2015 Ultimate Beverage Challenge, which is respected for its tasting methodology and well-known judges. We then cross-checked the results with customer reviews on Tequila.net, Proof66, and Under the Label to determine the best affordable tequilas in three categories: blanco, reposado, and anejo. Read More

11 Secrets for Managing Money in Marriage

Posted on 4/28/2015 8:43 EST

Facebook statuses may paint a picture of the perfect life, with family vacations and celebrations, but your married friends in their 30s and 40s are probably hiding the truth if they insist they never fight. With kids, home ownership, and careers, there is much to disagree about during these decades. According to a national survey by Money magazine, 70 percent of married couples argue about money, with the amount spent on frivolous purchases high on the list of grievances. Are you one of those couples who can't agree on where the money goes? Read More

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