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Weekly Update: Best Cheap Fitness Trackers, Designer Look-Alikes, and More

Posted on 5/29/2015 15:22 EST

As warmer weather stretches across the country, update your wardrobe with designer look-alike sandals and dresses without the designer price. Plan a hiking trip and learn how to avoid hotel fees during summer travel. Also on the Cheapism blog this week: cheap street foods from around the globe, best rewards credit cards, and more. Read More

10 Tips for a Relaxing At-Home Spa Day

Posted on 5/29/2015 9:19 EST

From time to time we could all use a day of pampering to rejuvenate mind and body. The cost of indulging at a fancy spa can easily reach several hundred dollars. With everyday household goods and some inexpensive items from the pharmacy, you can recreate the spa experience at home for much less. Here are 10 tips for a relaxing at-home spa experience. Read More

15 Epic Hiking Trails Around the World

Posted on 5/29/2015 8:37 EST

Looking for a fun, adventurous, and affordable summer vacation? Go take a hike -- literally! Read More

Moving Soon? 11 Ways to Save Money and Reduce Stress

Posted on 5/28/2015 9:32 EST

There are few things in life more stressful than moving. As the amount of stuff that must be packed and hauled expands, so do the hassle and the cost. Prices vary wildly, depending on when, where, how much, and how you want the move accomplished. Moving.com, a resource for moving services, information, and advice, estimates $2,500 to transport the contents of a three-bedroom house across town in St. Louis, Missouri, and between $6,600 and $8,600 for a move from Alexandria, Virginia, to San Diego. Asking the movers to do the packing can bump up those numbers by several thousand dollars. Ouch. Read More

Summer Dresses: 9 Designer Looks for Less

Posted on 5/28/2015 8:55 EST

Dressing for summer is all about looking stylish and staying comfortable without spending a lot of money. Cheapism.com found nine hot designer looks at surprisingly cool prices. Read More

10 Memberships That Pay for Themselves

Posted on 5/28/2015 8:23 EST

Many buying clubs and online services charge a monthly or annual fee. Before paying for membership, it's important to weigh the costs and benefits of joining. Cheapism.com found 10 memberships that pay for themselves through discounts and deals. Read More

9 Best Rewards Credit Cards

Posted on 5/27/2015 9:40 EST

Rewards credit cards take some of the sting out of spending your hard-earned money. The best rewards cards provide cash back or points for every dollar spent, and sweeten the pot with a nice sign-up bonus. Cheapism.com analyzed some of the most popular offerings to find the best rewards cards. Read More

The Best International Street Foods Under $5

Posted on 5/27/2015 9:10 EST

If there's one thing that every culture has in common it's a love of eating delicious food for little money. As food trucks and stands have proliferated across the United States during the past decade, many vendors are taking inspiration from low-cost snacks and street foods from around the globe -- and customers are eating it up. Here are 20 of the tastiest and least expensive items you'll find in cities far and wide, many of which are now found on stateside streets. (Prices gleaned from personal travel experience, friendly sources, and online reviews; all prices given in U.S. dollar equivalences.) Read More

12 Minor Factors That Increase Auto Insurance Rates

Posted on 5/27/2015 8:33 EST

Auto insurance is mandatory in every state, but finding the cheapest rate isn't easy. After you spend hours, sometimes days, comparing quotes from different companies and signing up with the best one, an accident can raise your premiums and send you back to square one. Cheapism.com identified 12 lesser-known factors that can cost you dearly when buying auto insurance. Read More

8 Designer Look-Alike Sandals for Less

Posted on 5/26/2015 9:48 EST

It's time for picnics in the park and boardwalk strolls, so free your feet and show off your pedicure in a favorite pair of sandals. Thongs, espadrilles, gladiators, et al come in a myriad of colors and styles -- and prices. Pick up a pair of flip flops for a few dollars at Old Navy or spend upwards of $600 for a pair from Gucci. If you love the look but not the price, don't sweat. Cheapism.com found eight designer look-alike sandals for a fraction of the cost. Read More

Don't Touch the Minibar! How to Avoid 10 Annoying Hotel Fees

Posted on 5/26/2015 8:19 EST

It's easier than ever to find good deals on hotel rooms online, but the actual price at the check-out counter is often higher due to fees and charges that are tacked onto the bill. In 2014, hotels made $2.25 billion in revenue from extra fees and add-ons, according to a study by a researcher at New York University. Travelers can be nickel-and-dimed for just about anything, and the most frustrating part is that many of the fees aren't clearly disclosed ahead of time. Cheapism.com found 10 such fees and offers tips on how to avoid them. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap BBQ Grills, Memorial Day Deals, and More

Posted on 5/22/2015 14:33 EST

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, it's time to fire up the grill, hit the stores, or hit the road. Retailers are offering deals on everything from mattresses to clothing, and travelers can get discounts on hotels. Also on the Cheapism blog, learn how to score a hot swimsuit for less, put together a cheap picnic, and host a summer party on a budget. Enjoy the holiday! Read More

Free Summer Events in Each State

Posted on 5/22/2015 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

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

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

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