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8 Portion-Control Tools to Help You Slim Down for Less

Posted on 1/26/2015 10:46 EST

A New Year's resolution to lose weight and establish healthy habits may seem to demand a pricey diet plan. But there's a simpler -- and cheaper -- approach: portion control. As portion sizes in America have increased over the past few decades, so have rates of obesity and related health problems. A key part of maintaining a healthy weight is eating right-sized meals that meet daily caloric requirements. Cheapism.com has rounded up a variety of portion control tools that measure recommended serving sizes for frugal dieters seeking a helping hand. Read More

Weekly Update: Save with Energy-Efficient Appliances, Cheap Drinks for the Super Bowl & More

Posted on 1/23/2015 15:50 EST

The Super Bowl kicks off in just over a week! Start prepping the drink menu for a budget-friendly party. Find ways to cut your food waste to a minimum and consider investing in energy-efficient appliances to save money in the long-term. Weight loss is in vogue at the start of the new year, but steer clear of gimmicks that don't work. Both homeowners and travelers can benefit from vacation rental sites. Which is better for you: Airbnb or HomeAway? Learn how to sew your way to savings and find out what's included in your car insurance. Read More

10 Tips for Sewing Your Way to Savings

Posted on 1/22/2015 10:25 EST

Sewing does require skill, no doubt about that. But for certain projects around the house or in your closet, it may be a worthwhile skill to learn and put to use. Sewing can save you a bundle on clothing and linens, although it's not always cheaper to make your own. Here are some ways to make sure your sewing projects pay off. Read More

10 Cheap Drinks for Super Bowl 2015

Posted on 1/22/2015 8:58 EST

With the matchup set for Super Bowl 2015, you may already be thinking about food and drinks to stockpile for a party. With Cheapism.com's beverage recommendations (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic), you can score with your guests while staying on budget. Read More

Airbnb vs. HomeAway: Which Is Right for You?

Posted on 1/21/2015 9:21 EST

Whether it's a ski condo in the mountains or a summer house with a nearby lake, renting a getaway home is more convenient than ever. Homeowners make money by listing their properties online and travelers save hundreds by lodging in a rented home instead of a hotel, an arrangement that lets them live like locals. Read More

Don't Fall for These 10 Weight-Loss Gimmicks

Posted on 1/21/2015 8:35 EST

The goal of losing weight consistently pops up on lists of New Year's resolutions. If you've committed to trimming the fat, no doubt you want to run from weight-loss gimmicks that drain your money and your energy. At the end of the day, nothing beats eating right and moving more (that means daily) as a path to losing weight. Read on for strategies you'll want to avoid on your slim-down journey. Read More

Save $600 a Year with These Energy-Efficient Appliances

Posted on 1/20/2015 11:37 EST

Energy prices may be plunging, but that's no excuse to take your eye off the utility bill. A few winter storms and a sweltering summer can easily push "amount owed" into outrageous territory. Sure, you can unplug electronics when not in use or install smart power strips and save some dough. A few strategic purchases, though, can shave more than $600 a year off your electric bill. Read More


11 Things You Should Be Renting Instead of Buying

Posted on 1/20/2015 9:07 EST

Recent years have seen the flowering of the rental economy. What started with streaming services such as Netflix and Pandora has become a full-on profusion of rental options as an alternative to buying. The upshot is less personal debt, less waste, and less over-accumulation even as you still get your hands on things you need or want. Cheapism.com researched rent-instead-of-buy concepts and identified 11 to consider -- including some that may surprise you. Read More

10 Ways to Waste Less Food (and Money!)

Posted on 1/19/2015 12:22 EST

Every bit of unused produce, leftover dinner, and expired canned food equates to dollars lost from your pocket. Over the course of a year, this can add up to a loss of $2,275 for a family of four, according to a recent report from the National Resources Defense Council. For the average family, this total represents about one quarter of all food and beverage expenses. By adopting the following 10 techniques, both in your shopping and eating habits you will squander less food -- and money. Read More

10 Things You May Not Realize Car Insurance Covers

Posted on 1/19/2015 9:05 EST

Have you ever carefully read your auto insurance policy? Understanding what's covered and what's not is critical, not least because knowing the details can save you money. Be sure to check for these 10 types of contingencies, perhaps in a conversation with your agent. Some fall under the umbrella of standard coverage, but other incidents are insured only through optional a la carte clauses that add to the premium's cost. Read More

Weekly Update: 10 Deal Finders, Lower Your Tax Bill, & More

Posted on 1/16/2015 13:22 EST

Find ways to lower your tax bill and make the right healthcare choices for your family. Have a new baby on the way? Learn how to save money on all the necessities. Be strategic about stocking your pantry and follow the web's top deal finders to grab the best bargains. Get fit by working out at home and keep the kids occupied inside on wintery days. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life by attending a cheap yoga retreat. Read More

8 Ways to Maintain the Value of Your Car

Posted on 1/16/2015 12:17 EST

A car may be a depreciating asset, but you don't want its value to drop faster than it has to. Looks, both inside and out, certainly matter, and the evaluation doesn't end there. To best maintain a car's value, commit to these eight simple and low-cost preventive measures. Read More

10 Deal Finders to Follow in 2015

Posted on 1/15/2015 10:24 EST

Bargain hunters, rejoice: There are more tools than ever to help you find sales, deals, and coupon codes. Companies whose sole purpose is to make finding coupons and coupon codes easier have even gone public. And yet, it's not always easy to distinguish a sale from a good deal, or to get level-headed advice when it comes to how, when, and where to spend your money. Cheapism.com identified 10 deal and money experts who can guide you through the thicket. Read More

10 Ways to Lower the Costs of a New Baby

Posted on 1/15/2015 8:39 EST

It's no secret that a baby costs a lot in the first year (and the second, and the third ...). A middle-income family welcoming a child can expect to spend about $245,000 per child from newborn to the age of 18, according the most recent estimate by the USDA, which releases an annual report on the subject. For parents, the numbers are downright scary. These 10 tips should help first-, second-, and even third-time parents spend a lot less. Read More

Comparing Healthcare Costs? Here's Where to Start

Posted on 1/14/2015 10:06 EST

The open enrollment period for purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act began on Nov. 15, 2014, and consumers have until Feb. 1 to enroll. For those who are already covered, there are new prices and plan options. For those who aren't, this is an opportunity to sign on. Read More

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