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Weekly Update: Make Money Online, Summer Vacations, and More

Posted on 4/24/2015 16:31 EST

The country is wrapped in warmer weather, flowers are peeking out from the ground, and summer vacations are approaching. At Cheapism we're ready for adventure, with tips for traveling abroad on a budget, affordable zip lines around the world, and cheap trips for students. Closer to home, get active outside with a pair of snazzy running shoes from our updated buying guide. Read More

10 Things to Buy or Not to Buy in May

Posted on 4/24/2015 11:21 EST

As the warm weather moves in and schools let out for summer, May is the month to buy household goods and entertaining essentials. It's the perfect time for stocking up ahead of summer celebrations. Prepare for graduation parties and Memorial Day barbecues by finding deals to prep your food (cookware and BBQ supplies) and welcome your guests (party supplies). Read More

Sprint Into Summer: Best 4 Running Shoes under $100

Posted on 4/24/2015 9:20 EST

With the sun setting later and warm weather spreading across the country, many people tired of treadmill monotony have taken their runs outside. Don't hesitate to join their ranks because the stunning footwear from the latest Nike commercials costs an arm and a leg. You also don't have to risk pain and injury with cheap athletic shoes from a big-box store, which lack the necessary support and cushioning. Cheapism.com has identified top running shoes for men and women available in a sweet spot between $50 and $100. Read More

Stylish Home Décor for Less

Posted on 4/24/2015 8:35 EST

There's nothing like coming home after a long day of work. Whether you prefer sleek modern furniture or comfy classics, you want it all to come together a welcoming look and feel. However, beautiful home décor often comes at a high price. Cheapism.com found budget-friendly alternatives for 11 items from Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, One Kings Lane, and Macy's. Read More

Thinking About Becoming an Uber Driver? Read This First

Posted on 4/23/2015 9:15 EST

Chances are you've used or at least heard about ridesharing apps. Uber, currently the largest rideshare company, claims more than 160,000 drivers who provide more than one million rides a day in 250-plus cities worldwide. The company, along with similar rideshare services like Lyft and Sidecar, also make headlines as they battle in court against municipalities and taxi unions. Read More

10 Cheap Summer Vacations for Students

Posted on 4/23/2015 8:32 EST

Traveling as a student is both pain and gain. Between student loans and not working full time, students generally need to pinch every penny and live on seriously small budgets, especially while on the road. But travel expands intellectual horizons and teaches lessons that can't be learned from books. These 10 travel destinations -- all culturally diverse communities with rich creative environments -- offer students free and inexpensive activities that should appeal across disciplines and interests. Read More

10 Calorie-Torching Outdoor Workouts (Besides Running!)

Posted on 4/23/2015 8:14 EST

Spring has sprung and it's time to move your workout from the stuffy gym to the fresh air outside. Taking exercise outside is cheaper than working out in a gym and studies suggest that outdoor workouts burn more calories due to the terrain and the elements. People who exercise outside have less tension, depression, and fatigue, and are more likely to exercise frequently and for longer periods. One of the most popular outdoor workouts is running, but don't despair if running isn't your thing. Cheapism.com has assembled a list of outdoor workouts other than running that will get you feeling and looking your best in time for swimsuit season. Read More

10 Apps that Put Cash in Your Pocket

Posted on 4/22/2015 9:43 EST

Smartphones increasingly dominate our lives. We use them while waiting for friends, for listening to music, taking pictures, playing games, and reading the news. So why not put a smartphone to productive use and earn some money? A host of free apps now let you do that. Read More

12 Tips for Building an Emergency Fund

Posted on 4/22/2015 9:14 EST

One of the most common pieces of financial advice you'll ever hear: Start an emergency fund. Like insurance, storing money in an emergency fund can seem counterintuitive. In the best-case scenario you'll never use it, but in reality, we rarely get through life without an occasional crisis. Being prepared financially can prevent a small problem from turning into a complete financial disaster. Read More

11 Tips for Traveling Abroad on a Budget This Summer

Posted on 4/22/2015 8:43 EST

The sun is shining, school is coming to an end, and it's time to think about summer vacation. For those planning a trip abroad this summer, there's a lot to consider, from getting the best deal on a flight to finding a cheap place to stay. Use these tips to prepare for an international trip while keeping costs to a minimum. Read More

Is Switching to Solar Power Worth It?

Posted on 4/21/2015 9:31 EST

For eco-minded consumers, residential solar power is an attractive alternative to relying on a utility company. Harvesting energy from the sun provides electricity without the greenhouse gas emissions of traditional power sources. But is it a good choice for the frugal? Although the upfront cost is steep, consumers in America's largest cities can save between $44 and $187 a month on electricity by investing in solar, according to a 2015 report by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. For nine out of 10 homeowners, putting in a rooftop solar panel system would cost no more than paying their current electric bill over the life of the system. Read More

14 Things to Know About Assisted Living

Posted on 4/21/2015 9:07 EST

Every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, and many are expected to live well into their 80s. The aging of the U.S. population means increased demand for long-term care, and that puts pressure on costs. According to Genworth, a financial services company, the average annual cost for an assisted living facility is currently $43,200; nursing homes charge more than double that. Insurance policies can help defray expenses, but as with the cost of care itself, long-term care insurance rates are rising at a rapid clip. Read More

11 Amazing Zip Line Adventures For Less

Posted on 4/21/2015 8:26 EST

The thought of zipping down a mountain at treetop level can make even the hardiest adventurer a bit nervous. And flying downhill suspended on a thin cable isn't the only thing that rattles the nerves: A zip line adventure can cost $150 or more. Cheapism.com thought there must be a way to get that kind of excitement for less, and we were right. Here are 11 zip lines that offer speed, views, and plenty of adrenaline for $50 or less. Read More

10 Jobs That Get You Discounts

Posted on 4/20/2015 9:39 EST

Does your job entitle you to discounts on clothing, travel, computers, cars, or even a house? People in many professions enjoy employee discounts from the companies where they work. In some cases, other businesses offer discounts to show appreciation for people who provide a public service. Either way, these 10 jobs promise savings for those who take advantage. Read More

30 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

Posted on 4/20/2015 8:40 EST

Looking for a little extra income without the commitment of a part-time job? It's easy to make $5 or $10 on the side if you know where to start. You can even make money while sitting on your couch or during your usual shopping trip using a variety of online and mobile apps. More traditional offline methods also provide a steady extra income stream that you can turn on or off whenever you like. Read More

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