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10 Kid-Friendly Party Games and Snacks for Halloween

Posted on 10/12/2015 9:24 EST

With fun costumes, spooky haunted houses, and creepy games, it's no wonder Halloween scares up so much excitement among kids of all ages. If you're planning festivities but don't have a big budget, there's no need to cringe in horror at the price tags at party stores. There are plenty of ways to throw an All Hallows' Eve bash for little (and big) trick-or-treaters that's both fun and budget-friendly. Read More

10 Keys to Eating Out Less and Cooking More

Posted on 10/12/2015 8:45 EST

Eating out can be bad for your waistline and put a dent in your bank account. There's no doubt that heading to the nearest restaurant is more convenient and can be less stressful than getting a home-cooked meal on the table, but it should be saved as a treat, not a daily occurrence. Here are a few suggestions that can help you fight the urge to dine out. Read More

7 Cheap Ways to Fight Migraines

Posted on 10/12/2015 8:00 EST

What do Serena Williams, Ben Affleck, Janet Jackson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have in common? They all reportedly suffer from migraine headaches. Migraines affect about 12 percent of American adults, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Preventing and treating migraines can be painful, frustrating, and expensive. A miracle cure for one person may have no effect on someone else, so it's usually necessary to try out different methods to find out what works. The costs quickly add up for doctors' visits, prescription drugs, and pricey experimental treatments such as electrode implants or acupuncture. Here a few cheap remedies that have been shown to prevent migraines or relieve pain from an attack. Always consult your physician before starting any new course of treatment. Read More

Weekly Update: Free Tutoring Sites, Money-Saving Holiday Travel Tips, and More

Posted on 10/9/2015 13:21 EST

Enjoy fall in all its splendor by taking the family to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard and create Halloween costumes on the cheap. The big holiday shopping season is just around the corner, so freshen up your knowledge of price matching and store return policies. Also new this week: free tutoring sites, money-saving holiday travel tips, and more. Read More

15 Farms to Visit for Classic Fall Fun

Posted on 10/9/2015 9:18 EST

Nothing sets the mood for autumn quite like a visit to a farm. Whether the appeal is pick your-own apples and pumpkins, introducing the kids to farm animals, or enjoying fresh treats, these 15 farms across the country offer a satisfying way to spend a fall day outdoors. Farms are usually free for walking around, save for what you choose to buy, pick, or eat, and some may impose fees to pet animals or go on rides. But the general rule is that a day trip costs less per person than going to the movies, with add-ons upping the total, just like popcorn from the concessions stand adds to the price of seeing a film. Read More

How to Borrow or Make Money With Peer-to-Peer Lending

Posted on 10/9/2015 8:00 EST

Instead of turning to big banks, many people are borrowing from -- and investing in -- their neighbors. Known as peer-to-peer lending, this could grow into a $150 billion market by 2025, according to a 2015 report by the consulting firm PwC. Read More

11 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes to Make at Home

Posted on 10/8/2015 9:47 EST

It's possible to create pretty much any Halloween costume by thinking outside the box (putting aside the fact that many of the ideas here start with a box). Choosing to DIY instead of buy can save money on a holiday that costs more than you might think. Each person who celebrates Halloween this year will spend an average $74.34 for decorations, costumes, and candy, according to the National Retail Federation. With more than 157 million Americans expected to mark the holiday, it's a $6.9 billion retail bonanza. At the very least, the money saved making one of these costumes at home can be put into a bigger candy budget. Read More

10 Regional Chili Recipes to Try This Fall

Posted on 10/8/2015 8:50 EST

Chili first gained popularity along Texas cattle trails during the 1800s. Regional accents soon attached to the spicy stew, although certain ingredients remain standard to this day: Chili peppers, usually dried, add heat and spice to everything; cumin and garlic are indispensable seasonings. Most chili recipes incorporate meat, some add beans, and others are strictly vegetarian. The point is: There's a chili recipe to suit every taste and almost every occasion, from tailgating with a crowd to a quiet night at home by the fireplace. The dish also makes inexpensive ingredients go a long way. Here are 10 regional chili specialties, some associated with a particular place and others whose components evoke a location. Read More

4 Hands-Off Ways to Choose IRA Investments

Posted on 10/8/2015 8:00 EST

For many people, it's torture to talk about retirement accounts, determine which investments are right, and rebalance a portfolio every few months or years. Saving for the future can be especially daunting for workers who don't have a 401(k) or other retirement plan through an employer. Read More

10 Free Educational Sites to Try Before Hiring a Tutor

Posted on 10/7/2015 9:37 EST

In a landscape of rising tuition costs and long school supply lists, online tutoring is one area where an investment in a child's education doesn't have to cost a cent. Free educational websites can reinforce the lessons children are learning in school, introduce new concepts in a home-school environment, or polish skills that got a little rusty over summer vacation. Here are 10 free educational sites recommended in online reviews by experts, consumer reviewers, and professional educators. Read More

7 Keys to Successful Price Matching

Posted on 10/7/2015 8:50 EST

The best way to get a good deal is to shop around, right? But running from store to store can gobble up time and gas. That's where price matching comes in: Top retailers from Best Buy to Walmart have pledged to match competitors' prices, so consumers can get the best deals from around town with only one stop. Target recently expanded its policy to include a total of 29 online retailers. Problem is, these guarantees are far from straightforward. Cheapism.com examined eight retailers' price-match policies and found scads of rules and exclusions. Here are seven things every bargain shopper should know about price matching. Read More

6 Car Expenses That Are Really Worth the Money

Posted on 10/7/2015 8:00 EST

As any driver knows, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the abundance of car-related goods and services, from pricey detailing to third-party warranties to premium fluids. Car owners on a budget must decide when to invest and when to cut corners. Pinching pennies in the wrong places can cost more down the road and raise concerns about safety. Cheapism.com consulted auto manufacturers, technicians, and maintenance guides to determine what's worth the money when it comes to your car. Read More

50 Money-Saving Tips for Holiday Travel

Posted on 10/6/2015 9:30 EST

Traveling here, there, and yon over the holidays need not leave you insolvent. There are workarounds galore that savvy travelers can use to find huge savings on airfare, hotels, and local transportation. These are some of Cheapism.com's best tips for landing a holiday travel deal, whether you're visiting family or taking a vacation. Read More

12 Things to Know About Your Favorite Stores' Return Policies

Posted on 10/6/2015 7:59 EST

Shoppers love a good return policy. It's a comfort to be able to make a purchase without worrying about getting money back if there's a problem or you simply have second thoughts. Liberal return policies help retailers, as well, because they make shoppers more likely to impulse buy or try something new. Stores with unrestrictive policies can see increased sales, and customers are more likely to refer friends to the store. Shoppers may be surprised to learn when some stores will -- or will not -- give them their money back. Read More

Spooked by Hurricane Joaquin? 11 Essentials for Emergencies

Posted on 10/5/2015 11:12 EST

With the coastal Carolinas enduring catastrophic flooding and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard breathing a sigh of relief, Hurricane Joaquin has reminded Americans of the possibility they will lose essential services or have to evacuate during a storm. At times like this, it's tempting to go overboard buying supplies, especially while in last-minute panic mode. But with a little advance planning, it's easy to prep for future emergencies -- and the upcoming winter storm season -- on a budget. Read More

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