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Weekly Update: Best Cheap Streaming Media Players, College Degree for Less, & More

Posted on 4/18/2014 14:01 EST

Easter Sunday and the last days of Passover overlap this year. Settle in with family and watch moving images on the TV screen via a cheap streaming media player. College students can earn a degree for less and save up pennies when printing all those class papers. If self-sufficiency is your thing, consider raising your own chickens for eggs. And frugal dreamers can actualize the fantasy of owning a yacht. Read More

April 18th Daily Deals: Travel Deals

Posted on 4/18/2014 10:21 EST

This week's picks for top travel deals are an Ireland vacation, a Bahamas beach resort, and a Machu Picchu trekking adventure. Read More

The Wealthy Cheapskate: 5 Luxury Yachts That Are A Total Steal

Posted on 4/17/2014 12:43 EST

Yachts have long been assumed to lie squarely in the opulent domain of the extraordinarily wealthy. The finest luxury yachts, clearly beyond the reach of the average Joe, cost upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars and are best imagined as luxury traveling homes rather than mere boats. But a deal is a bargain at any price point and we identified several sources for yachts on the cheap. (Spoiler alert: that depends on what you mean by "cheap.") Read More

How to Get a College Degree for Less

Posted on 4/16/2014 12:12 EST

With the average cost of a four-year degree tipping past $90,000 for in-state public colleges and nearing $180,000 for private colleges, many would-be students are priced out. Earlier this year the Michigan Legislature introduced a novel plan that would offer college-bound students free tuition in exchange for handing over to the state up to 4 percent of their post-graduation income. For each year spent in school, program participants would be obligated for five years of payments. A similar idea is floating around more than 20 other states. Read More

Is It Cheaper to Buy a Printer or Go to the Copy Shop?

Posted on 4/15/2014 14:03 EST

Whether you have a project that needs to be printed or two tickets to the biggest show in town, access to a reliable printer is a must. But if you use a printer only occasionally, is it worth the space and the expense when you could head to an office supply store instead? Read More

5 Tax Day Freebies and Deals

Posted on 4/15/2014 12:28 EST

Although there is always a glimmer of hope about receiving a refund, the prospect of owing additional state or federal taxes come April 15 is enough to put anyone in a funk. Luckily, Tax Day has a bright side: Several national chains view it like any other holiday, meaning freebies and deals galore if you know where to look. Read More

Is Raising Chickens Cheaper Than Buying Eggs?

Posted on 4/14/2014 11:31 EST

With sustainability gaining a foothold in the popular imagination, raising chickens in the backyard holds a certain appeal. There's the steady supply of fresh eggs from a flock of hens, for one, the natural grooming of the landscape when the brood roams free, and the general thrill that comes with money-saving self-sufficiency. Read More


Weekly Update: Best Cheap Tires, Cheapest Cities, & More

Posted on 4/11/2014 12:21 EST

Warmer temperatures are spreading across the country. It's time to spring-clean your home from top to bottom -- but don't overlook clandestine germ magnets. Offset the financial pain of tax day with a fantastic freebie, or two. Consider attending a concert on the cheap. And if you have family in tow, investigate one of the best cheap cities for raising children. Read More

10 Germ Magnets That Need Spring Cleaning

Posted on 4/10/2014 12:06 EST

The obvious germ factories are well-known: cutting boards, carpets, shoes, hands. But there are many seemingly innocuous sources that can make you very sick. Spring is the time to emerge from hibernation and rethink cleaning habits with an eye to health. Fewer trips to the doctor mean fewer medications, which in turn mean more money in your pocket. Read More

10 Best Cheap Cities for Raising a Family

Posted on 4/8/2014 13:52 EST

Americans thinking about having a family can expect to spend close to a quarter-million dollars to raise each child to the age of 18, according to a 2013 government estimate. If the total seems shocking, consider moving to a community where it's less costly to live. To give your search some direction, Cheapism.com compiled a list of 10 affordable cities in which to grow a family. Read More

25 Items That Actually Cost Less at Whole Foods

Posted on 4/8/2014 12:21 EST

Nicknamed "Whole Paycheck" by snarky shoppers, Whole Foods Market has earned a reputation for unaffordable prices. Although it's true the health-food giant stocks plenty of high-end goods, many items are actually less expensive than comparable products at a traditional grocery store. Don't believe it? Cheapism.com did some shopping cart reconnaissance at a Whole Foods Market and a Safeway store in the same Seattle-area neighborhood to compare the cost of over 200 similar products. Here are 25 items that were cheaper at Whole Foods. Read More

Where to Find Concert Tickets for Far Less

Posted on 4/7/2014 14:30 EST

With spring starting to bloom, the concert season also swings into high gear. For music lovers and dedicated fans, there is little better than seeing a favorite artist playing a favorite song live. Concerts, sadly, are expensive, especially with the additional fees imposed by ticketing websites. Luckily, there are work-arounds the high cost. Read More

Weekly Update: Whole Foods Cheap 25, Minimum Wage Front Lines, & More

Posted on 4/4/2014 16:07 EST

We enjoyed the fun of April Fools' Day this week, but with this we aren't foolin': Catch 25 items that are cheaper at Whole Foods than at traditional grocery stores. If you're living on minimum wage, seek out assistance programs recommended by others who've been there. A volunteer vacation can fit into many budgets and car-share programs are a boon to the occasional driver. Could social media be threatening the spring tradition of garage sales? And with wedding season approaching, learn how to be there for friends and family without breaking the bank. Read More

Is Social Media Killing the Garage Sale?

Posted on 4/3/2014 11:00 EST

As garage sale season fast approaches, driven bargain hunters may notice a considerable drop in garage sales and the range of offerings. The reason seems to be the boom of local buy/sell/trade groups. Read More

Car-Share Programs: Comparing the Cost

Posted on 4/2/2014 13:20 EST

Car-share programs offer the convenience of hopping into a car or truck, for a few hours or a few days, without owning whatever you're driving. Plus, you avoid the insurance and maintenance costs associated with ownership and you don't even pay for fuel. But these are not carefree deals -- there is fine print to be aware of. Here's what you need to know: Read More

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