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13 Ideas for a Fun and Inexpensive Bachelorette Party

Posted on 5/24/2016 10:45 EST

Traditional bachelorette parties often involve out-of-town trips, male dancers, and high-end bars, all of which can be pretty expensive for everyone involved. But there are simpler, less expensive ways for the bride-to-be and her friends to celebrate, reminisce, and enjoy one last toast before the big day. Read More

Party Hearty: 23 Cheap Bachelor Party Ideas

Posted on 5/24/2016 10:00 EST

With summer wedding season comes an annual round of bachelor parties to celebrate (or mourn) the final days of youthful singlehood. Although many are elaborate and expensive, a successful bachelor party needn't cost a lot of money. Here are several ideas for a festive celebration that will create lasting (or fuzzy) memories without costing the groomsmen a mint. Read More

10 Ways to Fly on a Private Jet for Less

Posted on 5/23/2016 11:30 EST

Skip the lines, forget taking off shoes at a security checkpoint, and hop aboard a private jet. Dreaming? Perhaps. Whether the fantasy is chartering flights or buying a plane outright, the cost of a private jet can reach stratospheric heights, even for those with pockets deep enough to contemplate the option. But there are ways to take a private jet for less -- sometimes in line with commercial airfare. Read More

Buying Used? Here Are the 20 Least Expensive Cars to Repair

Posted on 5/23/2016 11:00 EST

Frugal car shoppers know that buying a "new-to-me" car rather than a brand new car can lead to substantial savings. However, drivers still have to consider the ongoing cost of owning a vehicle, including repairs and maintenance. Comparing 40 of the most popular 2010 model cars and SUVs, the RepairPal Institute, used data from across the U.S. to calculate the average cost of four common auto repairs: replacing a water pump, an alternator, and brake pads, and changing the oil. Here are the least expensive cars to repair, ranked by the total cost of those services. Read More

20 Best International Street Foods Under $5

Posted on 5/23/2016 10:00 EST

If there's one thing every culture has in common, it's a love of eating well for little money. As food trucks and stands have proliferated across the United States in the past decade, many vendors are taking inspiration from low-cost snacks and street foods from around the globe -- and customers are eating it up. Here are 20 of the tastiest and least expensive items from cities far and wide, many of which are now found on stateside streets. (Prices are gleaned from personal travel experience, friendly sources, and online reviews; all prices are in U.S. dollar equivalents.) Read More

42% Off a Samsung 4K TV and 7 More Deals

Posted on 5/20/2016 14:20 EST

In addition to one of the deepest discounts on a Samsung 4K TV this year, this collection of eight great online deals includes $100 flights to Europe, Samsonite carry-ons for next to nothing, and serious clothing deals from REI, Macy's, and Men's Wearhouse. There's even a perfectly priced portable display for the trade-show set. Read More

Weekly Update: Summer Food & Drink, Painful Contracts, and More

Posted on 5/20/2016 8:30 EST

Get ready for Memorial Day weekend and hot summer heat with chill food and wine. Explore the ocean by opting for a jaunt to a nearby aquarium or take a trendy swimsuit to the beach. Also new this week: saving at Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's; avoiding unnecessary wedding expenses; painful contracts, and more. Read More

16 Summer Date Ideas That Won't Crimp Your Budget

Posted on 5/20/2016 8:00 EST

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes plenty of opportunities to spend time with that special someone. But you don't need to spend a lot of money to impress your favorite gal or guy. These low-cost summer date ideas are equal parts fun and romance -- the perfect combo for a day spent in the sun or an evening under the stars. Read More

13 Hot Designer Swimsuit Styles for Less

Posted on 5/19/2016 8:45 EST

When shopping for swimsuits, you might wonder why a few scraps of material from a luxury line can carry a sky-high price tag -- especially when major retailers such as Target, Forever 21, and even Walmart sell fashionable swimwear for far less. In preparation for swimsuit season, here are 13 trending styles from upmarket designers matched with bargain-priced versions. They include hot prints and sexy sheer material, as well as high-neck designs and other silhouettes in vogue this season. Read More

Beat the Heat: 10 Cheap, Refreshing Summer Wines

Posted on 5/19/2016 8:00 EST

Summer means finding ways to stay cool -- and refreshing beverages are always a good start. What better antidote to the dog days of summer than cold, crisp wine? Many of the wines that taste the best -- tart, crisp, and light -- are also inexpensive, if you know what to look for. Read More

Spending Diary: These Wedding Expenses Were a Waste of Money

Posted on 5/18/2016 14:00 EST

There are a few wedding invitations on our refrigerator this year, and it's always a joy and a relief to play the role of a guest, who can simply sit back and enjoy the dancing, drinks, and food. But wedding season always makes my husband and me think back to our own wedding day, and how we might've been savvier about our wedding expenses. The average wedding costs $32,641, according to an annual survey by wedding site The Knot. My own wedding was in that ballpark, and to this day my husband and I regret we wasted money that could've gone toward a home, our child's education, or even travel. We're pretty sure we would still be married had we spent less and done less for the big day. Here are the expenses that no longer seem worth it, along with a couple we wouldn't take back. Read More

6 Sizzling Budget Grills for Summer Cookouts

Posted on 5/18/2016 13:30 EST

Memorial Day kindles an urge to kick back and enjoy some sunshine, a cold beer, and a juicy burger. This recipe for a relaxing summer doesn't require a gleaming outdoor kitchen. Backyard cooks can find a good grill for less than $200, whether their tastes run toward charcoal or gas. Fans of the former insist that food cooked over charcoal is more flavorful, and charcoal grills generally cost less up front. Gas grills are more convenient all around: quicker to heat up and easier to control, extinguish, and clean. Cheapism.com's top picks include both types, plus a portable model for picnicking or camping. Read More

38 Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Grads

Posted on 5/18/2016 13:15 EST

Relatives and friends often congratulate high school and college graduates with useful gifts, but that can be easier said than done on a budget. This guide includes inexpensive, fun, and practical gift ideas that will help soon-to-be college students survive the dorms and newly independent adults manage the "real world." Read More

11 Amazing and Affordable Aquariums

Posted on 5/18/2016 10:45 EST

Aquarium ticket prices can be scarier than great white sharks, but as a way to see exotic marine life, an aquarium visit is a bargain compared with the cost of a diving trip. Visitors who buy tickets through an aquarium's website often save a few dollars and skip the line. Coupons or cheap tickets are sometimes available from local stores, tourist brochures, and daily deal sites, and AAA members and active-duty military usually get a discount. Read More

Managing Chronic Pain: 10 Ways to Feel Better for Less

Posted on 5/18/2016 10:33 EST

The recent death of Prince has once again focused attention on the epidemic of chronic pain and its treatment in the U.S. The legendary musician died April 21, with reports suggesting he may have overdosed on prescription pain medication. The American Chronic Pain Association likens a patient with chronic pain to a car with four flat tires. Medication can pump up one tire, but to get the car back on the road, a more comprehensive treatment plan is necessary. Read More

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