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15 Cheap Party Foods for July Fourth

Posted on 6/30/2015 11:00 EST

America's birthday, Independence Day, July Fourth, call it what you will, this is a day for casual celebrations. It's a stress-free holiday filled with outdoor fun and fireworks that goes hand-in-hand with low-key cookouts based on recipes that are cheap and easy to prepare. With the harvest just coming in, ripe and ready fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and raspberries, and vegetables such as corn, peppers, and tomatoes, fetch budget prices at the farmer's market and deserve starring roles in July Fourth meals. Build them into a red, white, and blue theme with an occasional boost from a little food coloring or red and blue sprinkles. Read More

Bring Back Memories: Cheap Souvenirs From All 50 States

Posted on 6/30/2015 9:39 EST

Splurging a bit on vacation souvenirs for yourself or a significant other is understandable, but bringing home mementos adds up quickly when buying for friends and family. In this case, the ideal souvenirs won't tax your luggage or your wallet; that is, they're small, lightweight, and inexpensive. Cheapism.com identified representative keepsakes from each of the 50 states that satisfy these requirements. Read More

Cheap Moisture-Wicking Gear for Sweaty Summer Workouts

Posted on 6/30/2015 8:48 EST

Whether it's a damp workout shirt or stains showing through a dress shirt, sweat can be unsightly and odorous. The solution: Moisture-wicking clothing, which moves moisture away from the body and keeps wearers comfortable with better air circulation during strenuous activity. Synthetic fabrics used in these lightweight garments, such as nylon and polyester, absorb but don't retain fluids (sweat ends up on the outer surface) so they feel less damp and clingy. Cheapism.com found seven budget-friendly options, all for $25 or less. We also note factors to consider when shopping for moisture-wicking apparel. Read More

Top 13 Regions for Value Wines Around the World

Posted on 6/29/2015 9:28 EST

It's no secret among wine connoisseurs that certain regions stand out for the exceptional value of their wines. With a little bit of guidance and insider info, you too can enjoy the bounty. Cheapism.com compiled a list of regions around the world that offer the best deals on wine. Now all you need do is to scan the shelves for countries or regions whose wines deliver consistency of quality, price, and style. Read More

The 15 Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2015

Posted on 6/29/2015 8:06 EST

There's a lot to take into account when buying a new vehicle. How it feels and looks is important, but how much it costs -- including fuel consumption, potential resale value, and monthly auto insurance premium -- is usually the deal breaker. To help buyers determine which cars are truly the cheapest, Cheapism.com turned to a recent comparison of insurance rates for more than 1,500 vehicles by Insure.com. This list of the 15 cheapest cars to insure reflects the annual cost of full coverage by six major insurers for a 40-year-old male driver with good credit, a clean record, and a 12-mile commute in 10 ZIP codes in each state. Unsurprisingly, family vehicles that are typically driven by cautious parents are cheaper to insure than flashy sports cars, but other affordable models may not be what you expect. Read More

How to Tame Frizzy Hair Without Pricey Salon Products

Posted on 6/29/2015 8:05 EST

Humid summers can wreak havoc on hair, especially if it's curly or wavy. Pricey salon products may prove tempting to anyone with out-of-control hair, but Cheapism.com found several inexpensive hair products that tame a wild mane. The picks here garner strong reviews from users with all types of hair textures. Read More

Weekly Update: Dollar Store vs. Walmart, Beat Summer Boredom, and More

Posted on 6/26/2015 15:12 EST

There's so much to do this summer for free or on the cheap. Host a cookout with a tantalizing array of affordable cuts of meat and mix refreshing rum cocktails with the best bottles under $30. Free yoga classes are taking place in parks and other outdoor spaces across the country. It's not all summer fun on the blog this week, though. Also new and notable: what's cheaper at the dollar store than at Walmart, the best hotel rewards programs, and more. Read More

The Best Way to Transport a Car Cross Country

Posted on 6/26/2015 9:34 EST

When transporting a vehicle long distance, you'll want to choose a safe and affordable way to go. Options range from door-to-door transport via large trailer truck to placing the vehicle on a train to hiring someone to drive it to the destination. After evaluating all the transport services, you might wonder whether driving the car yourself is the most economical way to go. Read More

Ranking Hotel Rewards: Where Should Your Loyalty Lie?

Posted on 6/26/2015 8:28 EST

Even for infrequent travelers, hotel loyalty programs are worth joining. Membership is free and often yields benefits right off the bat. It may be just a small perk, such as late checkout, or a true money saver such as free Internet access. Of course, the main draw is earning points toward a free night during a future getaway. Many loyalty programs span multiple chains owned by the same hotel group, and points earned at inexpensive hotels can be redeemed for free nights at higher-end properties. Points can often be put toward other travel arrangements, products, and services, or converted to frequent flyer miles with a partner airline. Just be sure you don't spend more than planned simply to accrue more points. Read More

11 Cheap Meats for Summer Cookouts

Posted on 6/25/2015 9:23 EST

Cooking al fresco is one of the great delights of summer. Although you can cook just about anything over the coals, the centerpiece is usually a piece of meat. In search of the best cheap meats for grilling, we checked food blogs and informally surveyed ardent outdoor cooks who pointed us to cuts that please the palate while reducing the cost of feeding a crowd. Pricey cuts tend to be more succulent and tender, and quicker and easier to cook. Tougher cuts, though, can also be finger-licking good with enough time and the right preparation. Read More

28 Items Cheaper at the Dollar Store Than at Walmart

Posted on 6/25/2015 8:33 EST

Walmart is known for stellar deals, but these days it has some serious competition from dollar stores. A recent price comparison of 42 products showed Walmart neck-and-neck with Family Dollar and Dollar General, which sell party supplies and seasonal items, office and school supplies, personal care products, household goods, and other merchandise for less than $10. Read More

10 Beach and Pool Basics Under $20

Posted on 6/24/2015 9:09 EST

We're deep into summer now and while it may be too early to hit the sale racks in search of cheap pool and beach gear, there are still bargains to be had. The key is knowing where to look. Cheapism.com hunted around and found good deals for everyone under the sun. Read More

10 Unconventional Summer Yoga Classes

Posted on 6/24/2015 8:11 EST

The International Day of Yoga, celebrated on June 21, saw millions of yogis converge for free classes in New York City's Times Square and throughout the world. Disappointed you didn't take advantage? Don't sweat it: Free and cheap classes across the country are taking yoga out of the studio and into the public square this summer. Read More

21 Free and Cheap Things to Do in Paris

Posted on 6/23/2015 9:21 EST

One of the most romantic and beloved cities in the world, Paris is a top destination for many travelers. Between baked goods, wine, and high fashion, costs can quickly add up, which is all the more reason to take advantage of the free and budget-wise activities and sites around the city. Read More

50 Ways to Beat Summer Boredom on a Budget

Posted on 6/23/2015 8:26 EST

Summer brings warm weather, extra hours of sunlight, and free time to fill up. Cheapism.com compiled 50 cheap or free ideas for keeping busy this summer. There's something for everyone: parents eager for their children to be occupied; couples keen to spend fun time together; and singletons with the freedom to pursue whatever tickles their fancy. Read More

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