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July 29th Daily Deals: Home & Garden Deals

Posted on 7/29/2014 12:45 EST

This week's picks for top home & garden deals are a 82-piece flatware set, an outdoor pool sale, and a down-alternative comforter. Read More

Survey: Costco 25% Cheaper Than Conventional Retail Stores

Posted on 7/29/2014 11:44 EST

Nowadays there are an endless number of ways to shop at a discount -- coupons, e-commerce, clearance racks, bargain stores, and membership clubs, just to name a few. Costco is one of the most popular warehouse clubs nationwide, but how does it stack up against the conventional retail competition? With our $55 membership and a shopping list in hand, Cheapism determined to find out. After comparing our shopping cart at Costco to comparable products found at Kohl's, Best Buy, Kroger, Staples, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, we calculated nearly $400 in savings on 19 items owing to our Costco club card. Shopping at Costco shaved 25 percent off the total bill elsewhere. Read More

12 Bizarre Things People Do to Save Money

Posted on 7/28/2014 13:11 EST

We've created and curated dozens of lists that share tips and tricks for saving money. But this post takes a different tack: Things you probably shouldn't do to save money. These behaviors hover right over the line of being just too weird or downright gross. Read More

July 28th Daily Deals: Technology & Entertainment Deals

Posted on 7/28/2014 11:04 EST

This week's picks for top technology & entertainment deals are The Lord of the Rings Blu-ray trilogy, a Roku Streaming Stick, and Beats by Dre headphones. Read More

7 Mansions (and an Island!) That Cost Less Than an NYC Apartment

Posted on 7/27/2014 16:28 EST

Considering a move from the Big Apple? Choose from one of these eight fantasy-worthy destinations and you'll be living like a king (seriously, some are castles). These jaw-dropping homes and properties are also incredibly cheap. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but if you put things into perspective you'll see why they're a steal. For the week ending July 16, the average list price on Trulia for a home in New York was more than $2.9 million, and the average price per square foot was $1,373. What can the same amount buy in other parts of the country (or world)? Flip through and you'll be shocked to find out. Read More

Weekly Update: Costco vs. Retail Shopping, Destination Weddings, & More

Posted on 7/25/2014 12:13 EST

Summer is still in full-swing, with the official end just about eight weeks away. Enjoy what remains by hitting the restaurant chains that offer free refills and, if this is you, plan a destination wedding while keeping to a budget. While out shopping, pick up some inexpensive LED light bulbs and microfiber cleaning cloths at your local retail store or Costco. And remember, the best deals for razor blades are found online. Read More

12 Chains That Offer Free Drink Refills

Posted on 7/24/2014 11:26 EST

Soft drinks are a key money maker for most restaurants. Marked up significantly to maximize revenues and profits, soft drinks manage to drain customers' wallets at the same time. Order a soft drink at an establishment that supplies free refills, however, and a relatively pricey order instantly turns into a value buy. Read More

Why Microfiber Cleaning Cloths Are Worth the Price

Posted on 7/23/2014 12:13 EST

Ask a professional cleaner and they'll likely tell you that cleaning with microfiber is a definite must. Relatively new to the market, microfiber first materialized in the early 2000s and has since become a staple in many cleaning arsenals. While the price tag is a bit steeper than, say, a roll of paper towels, many users assert that investing in microfiber cleaning cloths saves money in the long run, makes their homes cleaner, and is far gentler on their health and the environment. Read More

July 22nd Daily Deals: Family & Kids Deals

Posted on 7/22/2014 12:47 EST

This week's picks for top family & kids deals are a battery-powered 3-wheel bike, a VTech InnoTab 3S tablet bundle, and a kids' air bed. Read More

How Long Before an LED Light Bulb Pays for Itself?

Posted on 7/22/2014 12:00 EST

As of January 1, 2014, standard 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs began their slow fade into obsolescence for both manufacture and sale. In their stead, consumers are turning to LED bulbs, a relatively recent entry into the realm of indoor lighting. LED bulb prices dipped into $10 territory this year, and we found some that are even cheaper. Read More

5 Best U.S. Cities for a Destination Wedding on a Budget

Posted on 7/21/2014 14:52 EST

A destination wedding doesn't have to take place in a far-flung locale to feel magical. An urban setting closer to home can host a glamorous event that's more affordable. Cheapism.com has chosen five of the best cities for a cheap destination wedding. Our methodology included scouring various "cheap cities" lists, including rankings of the best vacation cities for those on a budget (which generally factor in hotels, food, and entertainment). We gave extra credit to cities with large, hub airports likely to have affordable incoming flights from around the country. We also looked at average transportation costs and state and local tax rates. We even considered the cities' music scenes (who doesn't love a live band?). If you have ties to one of these cites, or maybe a favorite memory there with your fiance, consider putting together a cheap destination wedding. Read More

Where to Buy Razor Blades for Less

Posted on 7/21/2014 12:09 EST

Shaving is a vital part of a man's life. Whether beards are in vogue or out, every man owns at least one manual or electric shaver for those days when appearing clean-shaven is a must. And for any guy who is job hunting or works in an industry that insists on minimal facial hair, a daily shave with a quality, preferably cheap, razor blade is embedded in the morning ritual. Read More

Weekly Update: Best Cheap Water Filters, Cheapskate Behavior, & More

Posted on 7/18/2014 12:36 EST

The summer heat is beating down everyone's backs these days. While working out, wear moisture-wicking clothing and sip from a bottle of purified water. Plan a week of healthy, cheap meals and take a photo of the results with a DSLR camera. Afterwards, treat yourself to an ice cream snack but steer clear of cheapskate behavior that can cost you. Read More

Best Ice Cream Treats for Less Than $1

Posted on 7/17/2014 12:11 EST

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream." How true is that? In the heat of summer, nothing sounds better than a cold ice cream treat, except maybe a cheap, cold ice cream treat. National Ice Cream Day falls on the second Sunday of July every year (July 13 in 2014) and just in time for the celebration, we've compiled a list of the best and cheapest ice cream novelties. Read More

6 Cheapskate Behaviors That Costs You in the Long Run

Posted on 7/16/2014 12:09 EST

Who doesn't want to save a few bucks? Indeed, there are some tried and true ways to cut costs -- couponing, watching for sales, shopping the discount aisle, and so on. Then there are money-saving strategies that actually may be illusory. Perhaps it's time to rethink your cheapskate ways to ensure that you're truly cutting into your bottom line. Read More

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