Weekly Update: National Parks, Amazon Prime, and More

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As July winds down, we've got our eye on what's ahead. Check out our list of bargains for August, as well as those items shoppers may want to wait a bit before buying. Costco enthusiasts will want to check out our story on little known facts about the popular big box retailer, while fans of Amazon should scope out our piece on Amazon Prime perks that save money and time, but often get overlooked. We're also featuring stories just in time for back to school, including cheap and easy school lunches and how to save on school supplies. Also new on the Cheapism blog this week: five home-improvement projects that are worth the cost, great deals on goods at Whole Foods, and round up of some of the nation's best national parks -- to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

New Blog Posts & Updates:

What to Buy in August -- and What to Skip.

August is the month to take advantage of deals on school supplies, kids' clothing, lawn mowers, camping gear, and more.

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Costco.

Shoppers and business experts are fascinated by Costco, which does things a little differently than other retailers and even its wholesale-club competitors.

Worth a Go: 17 Unique Bathrooms Every Tourist Should Check Out.

Beauty can be found in some of the most unexpected places, including these 17 bathrooms, judged to be some of the most unique restrooms in the world.

Centennial Celebration: Explore One of the Best National Parks in Every State.

The National Park Service is turning 100 in 2016, and what better way to celebrate than by visiting one of its most intriguing destinations in every state?

10 Perks of Amazon Prime You Could Be Wasting.

Amazon Prime offers members many time- and money-saving benefits beyond free two-day shipping, some of which are often overlooked.

5 Projects That Boost Home Value -- and 5 Cheap Alternatives.

Not all home improvements pay for themselves, but here are five projects that offer homeowners the best return -- along with five cheap alternatives.

20 Items That Are Cheaper at Whole Foods.

A Cheapism.com price survey revealed 20 items, both organic and conventional, that are less expensive at Whole Foods than a traditional grocery store.

10 Ways to Save on School Supplies.

The cost of school supplies can mount quickly, but these 10 strategies can help parents save.

11 Cheap and Easy School Lunches That Go Way Beyond PB&J.

When PB&J and ham and cheese start getting boring, send children to school with a Mexican torta or homemade sushi with no sweat and little cost.

62 Ways to Beat Summer Boredom on a Budget.

Doing nothing with a summer may seem like a nice idea at first, but don't let leisure turn to boredom. These 62 ideas can fill the days with fun.

11 Store-Bought Snacks Made Better at Home.

Store-bought treats offer convenience, but enterprising consumers may want to consider these healthier alternatives of 11 popular snacks.

10 Cheap and Easy Ways to Enjoy Watermelon.

A treat that's not just for kids, watermelon is packed with nutrients and refreshment. Here are 10 cheap and easy ways to enjoy this iconic summer fruit.