Weekly Update: National Hot Dog Day, Small Towns, and More

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July plays host to two National Hot Dog Days this year (July 14 and July 23) and we're relishing both holidays with two roundups of the best hot dogs money can buy, regardless of whether they're purchased at the grocery store or an eatery that does them up right. For something more substantial, we've got summer slow cooker recipes that utilize cheap ingredients (including fresh produce) and are ideal for busy cooks on the go. Other summer-themed posts new to the blog this week include: best places to go skinny-dipping, 50 small towns worth visiting, and the best cheap ice cream brands.

New Blog Posts & Updates:

15 Ways to Repel Bugs Naturally (and Cheaply)

With reports of the Zika virus in Gulf Coast states and summer upon us, it's time to get serious about fending off bug bites -- without resorting to chemicals.

Get the Scoop on 8 Budget Ice Cream Brands.

Here's the skinny on eight budget-friendly brands of vanilla ice cream -- still the most popular flavor -- including one vegan option and the best overall.

10 Hand-Me-Downs for Babies That You Don't Want.

Hand-me-downs are a great way for new parents to save money, but sometimes free can be costly in the scariest ways.

11 Ways to Turn Junk Food Into a Proper Meal.

These recipes put junk foods on the menu in classy, delicious, and sometimes even nutritious ways.

Tiny Travelogue: 50 Small Towns to Visit Across the U.S.

Small towns are ideal for weekend getaways, offering just enough diversions to be entertaining without being overwhelming. Here are 50 towns worth a visit.

Top Dogs: Ranking 9 Cheap Hot Dogs.

In a comparison of budget-priced beef- and pork-based hot dogs, Cheapism rounded up widely available brands to determine the best in show.

13 Great Places to Go Skinny-Dipping.

Have a refreshing swim at the end of a hiking trail, soak in a hot spring, or try a clothing-optional vacation at one of these 13 skinny-dipping spots.

Watch Out for These Tourist Traps in All 50 States.

An attraction that seems like a must-see can too easily turn out to be a waste of time and money.

12 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer.

Spending time over a hot stove isn't necessary with these 12 slow cooker recipes, which incorporate summer produce to create inexpensive and satisfying meals.

Home Seller's Checklist: 15 Simple Tips for Selling a Home Now.

Selling a house can be tough, especially during the dog days of summer, but these 15 tips can help reduce the amount of time it takes to find a buyer.

Famous Franks: 25 Best Hot Dog Stands Where You Can Eat for Cheap.

Regardless of the toppings, Americans love their hot dogs, and these 25 spots are some of most notable spots to check out next time a craving strikes.