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10 Ways to Attend a Conference for Less (or for Free)

Posted on 8/27/2014 11:34 EST

Industry conferences can be a vital way to keep up with the latest trends, earn continuing education units, and make connections. People who attend on behalf of their employers can expense their airfare, accommodation, and registration. But what if you run your own company or work for a small shop with a tight budget? Sure, the conference travel and other associated costs can be written off when you file taxes, but they still may seem too much to shoulder. Read More

T-Shirt Test: How 5 Low-Price Brands Stack Up

Posted on 8/27/2014 10:49 EST

The basic T-shirt is as much a wardrobe essential as a good pair of jeans. Whether dressed up with work clothes or dressed down for yard work, a go-to tee should be comfy and well-fitting, as well as durable and affordable. To help consumers find the best inexpensive T-shirts, Cheapism.com picked up men's and boys' shirts from five popular stores for comparison. Each tee went through six washes on the heavy-duty setting and six normal dry cycles, a test designed to simulate wear and tear. Before and after washing, Cheapism evaluated the feel and color of the fabric, the strength of the stitching, and the fit on a model, among other attributes. Feedback from online reviews also factored into the final ranking. Read More

9 Best Mobile Coupon Apps for 2014

Posted on 8/26/2014 12:38 EST

Remember when you cut coupons from the Sunday newspaper in order to cut your grocery bill? That chore is a relic of the past now that technology has revolutionized the coupon-clipping game. The current generation of mobile apps and grocery websites not only saves you money, but also helps you earn cash back and put real money into your pockets. Read More

August 26th Daily Deals: Health, Fashion, & Beauty Deals

Posted on 8/26/2014 11:56 EST

This week's picks for top health, fashion, & beauty deals are a men's luxury watch, a wine lot, and a men's fragrance. Read More

August 25th Daily Deals: Home & Garden Deals

Posted on 8/25/2014 12:29 EST

This week's picks for top home & garden deals are an electric tankless water heater, a cookware set, and the BBC Life DVD set. Read More

How to Raise a Dog on a Budget

Posted on 8/25/2014 10:27 EST

If you've ever felt a pang of desire for a canine companion, it's likely to return on August 26, National Dog Day. Dogs are cute, friendly, and fiercely loyal. They're also a handful, requiring dedicated upkeep and care -- and all the costs associated with it. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals places the cost of dog ownership at $1,300 to $1,800 in the first year alone. Here are some tips to save you money even before you bring a dog home. Read More

Weekly Update: Cheap T-Shirt Comparison, Inexpensive Knockoffs, & More

Posted on 8/22/2014 16:47 EST

School is getting back in session all across the country. College students may need to prepare themselves with a backup laptop battery or a cheap futon for the dorm. Considering switching banks for a cash bonus? Find out if all those offers are worth it. To fill out your wardrobe for fall, seek out a designer knockoff that will fool just about anyone, and stock up on some of the cheap T-shirts that passed our test of quality. Read More


6 Knockoffs Where You Won't Know the Difference

Posted on 8/21/2014 11:39 EST

Do you dream of owning a designer handbag? Ever wondered if cheap sunglasses are really any different from Ray-Bans? If you answered yes, then behold the many knockoffs of famous, sought-after brand-name products that are just as effective and, to most eyes, just as fashionable but cost far less. Read More

How to Save on a Replacement Battery -- and Avoid Counterfeits

Posted on 8/20/2014 11:38 EST

From phones to watches, laptops to adult toys, finding a replacement specialty battery can be an expensive hassle. Vibrations, beeps, constant email forwarding and game playing quickly drain the life of our favorite electronics. And all too soon it seems that even a rechargeable battery can't hold a charge for longer than a few minutes. A frantic rush to the corner store is a sure way to overpay for specialty batteries (if they're even available). How can you get them for less? Read More

Is Free Money Worth It?

Posted on 8/19/2014 11:31 EST

You've no doubt received a flyer in the mail or seen the billboards: Open a new checking account with us and receive $100 cash! Sounds like a deal, to be sure, and perhaps you've been considering switching banks anyway. But is there a catch? What's meant by that small asterisk next to the $100? Read More

How to Buy a Futon on a Tight Budget

Posted on 8/18/2014 12:02 EST

Few pieces of furniture lay claim to the flexible utility of a futon. Futons are a sofa or loveseat that convert into a bed by pulling the frame into a flat position. This changeable piece of furniture is perfect for a compact college house, studio or one bedroom apartment, or guest room. A good quality futon will last for years, as long as the frame is assembled correctly. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Multifunction Printers, Back-to-School Shopping, & More

Posted on 8/15/2014 11:50 EST

Back-to-school shopping seems to be on everyone's minds as the end of the month draws near. Save big with our 100 tips for starting the year off with savings, along with coupons from the best couponing websites. If you need a printer, consider an inexpensive multifunction model. Walmart can be a boon for deals on air conditioners, baby products, and more. Don't just stop there: Use mobile apps save on city parking while shopping. Read More

10 Things to Buy at Walmart

Posted on 8/14/2014 12:00 EST

With its yellow smiley face touting “rollbacks” and various savings-focused slogans, Walmart has become a household name known for low prices. Competitors are hot on its tail, however, especially online. Many consumers find the shopping environment unpleasant and also object to the treatment and compensation of Walmart employees. Still, millions find reason to shop at Walmart, as the retail giant continues to lead the low-price pack for many items. Its price-match guarantee and new Savings Catcher service give shoppers confidence they’re getting the best deal -- and in many cases they are. Here are 10 types of consumer products where Walmart undercuts the competition. Read More

5 Best Parking Apps to Help You Find a Spot for Less

Posted on 8/13/2014 11:28 EST

The perils of parking go beyond mere annoyance. Parking can be expensive and going overtime can rack up extra fees. We've rounded up five apps that make parking less of an ordeal that it often is. Each of the best parking apps includes a car locator so you don't have to remember where you parked, a function that finds available parking locations (usually in a garage or lot), and some type of unique function, such as facilitating payments and/or reservations. Read More

100 Tips for Back-to-School Savings

Posted on 8/12/2014 12:21 EST

Back-to-school can be an expensive time of year. We've compiled a list of our best tips from over the years that can help you save. Read More

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