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7 Tips When Applying for Student Financial Aid

Posted on 5/5/2015 9:06 EST

With tuition, fees, supplies, and living expenses averaging in the tens of thousands of dollars a year, a college education is an enormous investment. For many students, financial aid can and does help cover these costs. According to College Board, there is more than $185 billion in aid available to students, and most do qualify. Some funds are doled out as gifts based on need or merit, and some are loans that must be repaid. Read More

15 Ways to Improve Your Life for Free

Posted on 5/5/2015 8:34 EST

We all want to be happy, healthy, and reach our full potential. Day-to-day stressors and major traumas spare no one, so it's important to have practices in place that help us deal with hardships, whether fleeting or more serious. There are simple things anyone can do to nurture a life of joy rather than one burdened with anger, sadness, and envy. Read More

May 4th Daily Deals: Home & Garden Deals

Posted on 5/4/2015 12:58 EST

This week's picks for top home & garden deals are a T-fal cookware set, a Dyson vacuum cleaner, and a Sam's Club membership. Read More

12 Essential Tools for Frugal Gardeners

Posted on 5/4/2015 12:07 EST

Gardening is more popular than ever. Community gardens are overflowing, youth gardening programs are blossoming, and more than one-third of American households cultivate vegetables either at home or in a community plot, according to the National Gardening Association. Starting a garden from scratch takes time and effort, whether you're growing edibles and/or perennials, but is sure to prove rewarding. These 12 must-have tools will help keep your garden tidy and trim and your plants fit and healthy. Read More

How to Eat Gluten Free on a Budget

Posted on 5/4/2015 9:18 EST

Gluten has a bad reputation these days. According to the market research company NDP Group, one-third of Americans want to reduce or remove gluten from their diets. But gluten-free foods usually cost more than similar foods containing gluten and can be hard to find in conventional supermarkets. Whether you follow a reduced gluten diet for medical reasons or for potential health benefits, these tips from Cheapism.com can help reduce your food bill. Read More

10 Tips to Revive Your Outdoor Furniture

Posted on 5/4/2015 8:56 EST

Warm weather and sunny skies mean backyard barbecues are coming soon. Don't let worn outdoor furniture bring down the mood, though. Whether it's making new cushions, spray-painting chairs, or restaining wood furniture, here are 10 quick tips to help you revive your outdoor decor. Read More

Weekly Update: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Amazing Hikes, and More

Posted on 5/1/2015 14:43 EST

With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Tuesday, we've come up with ways to get into the spirit on a budget. Prepare authentic Mexican fare for a party or attend a free event in your city. Tasty margaritas can be made with inexpensive tequila. Also this week: More on summer getaways, including mountain trails and cheap airfares. Read More


10 Healthy Meal Plans for Under $10 a Day

Posted on 5/1/2015 10:04 EST

Eating well can be a challenge. Between work, family, and social functions, it's hard to maintain a healthy diet while avoiding those tasty indulgences loaded with empty calories. Some of us turn to experts for guidance, but there are so many conflicting opinions about what is actually healthy, and new fad diets seem to come along every week. To make matters worse, food marketed as healthy is often more expensive, leading consumers to believe that they need to spend more to eat well. In truth, healthy food is often cheaper, especially when you prepare your own meals and avoid prepackaged items. Cheapism.com pulled together 10 complete meal plans with healthy, nutritious food for less than $10 a day. Read More

The 12 Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted on 5/1/2015 8:40 EST

Cinco de Mayo, the celebratory day of May 5, brings visions of margaritas and drink specials for some. But it's also a fun holiday to celebrate with the whole family by watching parades and musical performances that showcase Mexican culture. Cheapism.com rounded up some of the top celebrations across the country that are free or nearly so, plus a truly authentic suggestion for adventurous souls with a few dollars to spare. Read More

10 Underrated Retirement Destinations

Posted on 4/30/2015 9:58 EST

As retirement nears, many people pull out a map and make a list of cities they'd consider moving to. Most look for low living costs, local entertainment, and sometimes educational opportunities. Some head outside the country where they can take advantage of the currency exchange, although that's literally and culturally too far afield for most retirees. Cheapism.com sorted through forum posts and retirement-focused blogs and checked comparative indicators against the national average as reported by Sperling's Best Places. The yield: 10 locales that may not receive lots of attention but deserve at least a look. Read More

16 Budget-Friendly Mexican Dishes

Posted on 4/30/2015 9:09 EST

Mexican food is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States. It's easy to understand why, with its fresh and bold flavors, spectrum of simple to wildly complex preparations, and, not least of all, a refreshingly low price point. The cheapest way to enjoy Mexican food, other than being in Mexico, is to cook it at home, which also lets you season and spice things up to your liking. Shopping at your local Mexican grocery store will yield extra savings. Read More

10 Cheapest Cities for Summer Air Travel

Posted on 4/30/2015 8:26 EST

Many people love to travel during the summer, but high demand can make it hard to find good deals. With a little digging around, though, it's possible to find affordable destinations for the summer months. The travel website Skyscanner put together a list of the 10 cheapest domestic locations based on the average airfare from June 1 through August 31. The data include flights to and from all 50 states purchased through Skyscanner from January 1 to March 15, 2015. Read More

How Much Allowance Is Right for Your Child?

Posted on 4/30/2015 8:14 EST

An allowance can teach a child many valuable lessons. But money can be a mixed blessing, so it's important to settle on an appropriate amount before doling out dollars. Consider the following factors when giving your child an allowance. Read More

Get Active! 12 Places to Find Workout Clothing for Less

Posted on 4/29/2015 9:25 EST

Companies like Lululemon and Athleta brought high style to workout gear, with high prices to match. Still, you can climb down the price ladder and land in territory where fitness apparel suits your activity profile, fashion sense, and budget. There are membership sites, subscription clubs, and ecommerce vendors that offer discounts on activewear for most fitness levels. Read More

20 Amazing Hikes in the U.S.

Posted on 4/29/2015 9:15 EST

The benefits of hiking…let us count the ways: a sense of adventure, connection with the great outdoors, an excuse to exercise, time away from it all. But some of the most well-known national parks charge hefty entrance fees and, for overnight treks, require expensive camping permits, not to mention the outlay for gear, food, camping permits, and so on. Cheapism.com searched backpacking websites and hiking best-of lists and interviewed knowledgeable hikers to assemble a catalog of 20 trails that can be accomplished in one day; most are free and the others charge a small fee. Read More

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