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10 Awesomely Cheap Games for Family Game Night

Posted on 2/12/2016 8:00 EST

Homework, extracurricular activities, electronics, and other distractions take away so much family togetherness that many parents feel like they need to spring for a group getaway just to spend some quality time. There's a simpler, cheaper option, though: Make some popcorn, break out a deck of cards or another game, and savor family time at home for less than $15. Check out these interactive games that get all ages involved for some good old-fashioned fun. Read More

10 Winter Workout Essentials for $25 or Less

Posted on 2/11/2016 9:30 EST

Cold weather should be no obstacle to winter training, and expensive gear shouldn't be required to keep the outer limbs and core of the body warm. Thin, breathable layers are recommended for temperature regulation, and head gear helps prevent heat loss through the neck. These 10 inexpensive winter workout essentials will help wearers brave the elements from head to toe. Read More

Store Brands of These 10 Common Medicines Save Consumers Up to 79 Percent

Posted on 2/11/2016 8:52 EST

Colds, flu, stomach upset, and cuts and bruises are all part of everyday life, but a quick trip to the local pharmacy can help relieve much of the pain and discomfort caused by these ailments -- and treating them needn't cost an arm and a leg. While many consumers prefer brand-name medications, the truth is that store-brand versions contain the same active ingredients, are just as effective, and can save lots of money. Cheapism.com compared prices to see how much consumers can possibly save by buying equivalent store brands instead of brand-name medications. In every case, the store brand was cheaper than its brand-name counterpart, by 20 percent to 79 percent depending on the drug. Read More

13 Ways to Use Pasta

Posted on 2/11/2016 8:04 EST

Pasta is widely considered the ultimate comfort food. Even gluten-sensitive stomachs previously denied the pleasures of pasta can now enjoy gluten-free rice and quinoa-based pastas of all shapes and sizes. Aside from being delicious and easy to prepare, pasta is also shelf stable and inexpensive. Boxes of pasta that are easily four servings can cost as little as $1. These dishes highlight some favorite ways to use pasta that span many cultures and appeal to all ages. Read More

Don't Believe These 12 Common Tax Myths

Posted on 2/10/2016 9:31 EST

To say the U.S. tax system is confusing is an understatement, so it's no wonder there are many misconceptions about the rules. The good news is that most people make less than $100,000 in a year and have no income other than their paychecks, so they can fill out the comparatively brief and very direct short form; almost everyone who uses the 1040EZ can fill it out themselves. For everybody else, though, the baffling mysteries of the tax code prevail, and can ultimately cost money. To help unravel some of the perplexities of the system, here are 12 common tax myths debunked. It might save money and sanity when the deadline rolls around. Read More

10 Free Ways to Protect Your Heart

Posted on 2/10/2016 8:42 EST

Having a strong heart is vital to your health, and it doesn't cost a thing to help keep it in good shape. In fact, these free tips can actually save money, by eliminating wasteful habits and reducing the probability of higher medical expenses as you grow older. Read More

When to Hit 10 Top Vacation Destinations for Big Savings

Posted on 2/10/2016 8:00 EST

Even a typically expensive travel destination can be within reach for budget travelers at the right time of year. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals tracks the going rate for two-bedroom accommodation as a reflection of demand in popular locales. Read on for the cheapest times to book in some of the hottest destinations. Read More

Today's Best Deals: The Super 60% Savings Edition

Posted on 2/9/2016 9:25 EST

We don't get out of bed for less than 15 percent, but when we saw a trend of great deals for 60 percent or more, we practically fell out of bed. From running shoes to free pizza, grab these deals quick before they're gone. Read More

Forget Valentine's Day: 10 Ways to Celebrate Singles Awareness Day

Posted on 2/9/2016 9:12 EST

Seeing affectionate couples strolling about on Valentine's Day is romantic for some, but for those who feel left out, there's an unofficial holiday to observe on Feb. 14 (or Feb. 15): Singles Awareness Day. Plan ahead with single friends to celebrate the unattached life and take a break from the commercialism of what many think of as a "Hallmark holiday." These 10 activities all cost significantly less than the traditional Valentine's Day gifts, flowers, and dinner out. Read More

10 Free and Cheap Ways to Keep the Love Alive

Posted on 2/9/2016 8:38 EST

With Valentine's Day drawing near, new couples may be brimming with anticipation and excitement, but many long-standing couples feign indifference to the holiday of romance. Being comfortable with each other is no excuse for being boring, however. Romantic getaways, fancy dinners, and extravagant gifts aren't the only ways to show affection. These 10 cheap or free ideas can help keep the love alive. Read More

10 Budget-Friendly Flowers for Valentine's Day

Posted on 2/9/2016 8:06 EST

Red roses are the quintessential symbols of love on Valentine's Day, but a dozen costs a bundle, especially when bought last minute or ordered for delivery. Instead, choose budget-friendly flowers or plants and deliver them yourself. Buy blooms several days ahead and keep them fresh by cutting the stems at an angle several inches from the bottom and submerging them in cool water away from heat and sun. To make a beautiful bouquet, enfold in tissue paper and then wrapping paper, and tie with a pretty ribbon and bow. Read More

20 Romantic Hotels for Less Than $125 a Night

Posted on 2/8/2016 16:22 EST

Spending a little one-on-one time with your partner at a romantic hideaway may sound like the stuff of dreams. But the cost of a special night in a secluded or distinctive spot is cheaper than you think. Here are 20 hotels that hit all the right notes, including rates starting at $125 or less at certain times of year. Beware, though -- prices on Valentine's Day weekend will surely soar way over budget. Instead, book a getaway in the coming weeks or months as a Valentine gift. Read More

20 of the Best Bagel Shops Across the Country

Posted on 2/8/2016 13:56 EST

Feb. 9 is National Bagel Day, and what better way to celebrate this cheap, filling, and savory delight than by popping into one of the nation's best bagel shops and scoring a few of these treats? From New York to Dallas to Los Angeles, these establishments all score big with customers on review sites such as Yelp, Zomato, TripAdvisor, and others, making them an easy choice if you're in the neighborhood. Read More

31 Aphrodisiac Foods to Put You in the Mood on Valentine's Day

Posted on 2/8/2016 11:00 EST

Aphrodisiacs promise enhanced libido and a little more oomph in the bedroom, but most are unsubstantiated, and no natural aphrodisiacs have been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. Still, there are some promising possibilities that have been used by many cultures -- and plausible explanations why they might work. For instance, zinc is a mineral responsible for the production of sex hormones such as testosterone, and many people are zinc deficient -- so foods high in zinc may be considered aphrodisiacs. Others improve blood flow. In general, anything that promotes good health is likely to improve sexual health in the process. Here are 31 foods to consider putting on the Valentine's Day menu -- if nothing else, don't knock the placebo effect. Read More

Weekly Update: Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Potato Recipes, Deals, and More

Posted on 2/5/2016 16:14 EST

Love is in the air, and romantic partners are getting ready for Valentine’s Day. Here are ideas for celebrating in style while minding the budget. Enjoy a few chocolate treats together and maybe start planning a destination wedding. With Mardi Gras coming up on Feb. 9, New Orleans beckons with plenty of free and cheap attractions. Hearty meals planned around potatoes, a cheap staple, can be enjoyed en famille while gathered around a new LED TV. Read More

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