Weekly Update: Back-to-School Shopping and More


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The start of August can be bittersweet for warm-weather enthusiasts and students soon heading back to class. But summer isn't over just yet. With that in mind, we're featuring recipes for two summertime favorites -- peaches and zucchinis -- that are abundant at farmers markets these days. Meanwhile, those looking forward to National S'mores Day (Aug. 10) will delight in our 15 ways for enjoying them. For those concerned about the the Zika virus, we've got the latest on the best, cheap traps for keeping mosquitos at bay. And with back-to-school on the minds of many parents, we've also got family-trip ideas to help ready kids for class, where to find tax-free shopping days, and back-to-school bargains everyone should take advantage of, plus much more.

Updated Buying Guides:

Best Cheap Mosquito Traps.

We scoured expert and user reviews of indoor, outdoor, and portable traps to get the buzz on which cheap electric mosquito traps outperform the others.

Cheap College Textbooks.

This guide to finding cheap college textbooks online reviews the best textbook sites for buying, renting, and reselling and offers tips for more savings.

New Blog Posts & Updates:

12 Family Trips to Get Kids Ready to Go Back to School.

Summer is winding up fast, but there's still time for a family trip. Here are 12 vacation ideas that combine adventure and education into one fun-filled outing.

20 Cheap, Delicious Peach Recipes.

There's no better time to pluck this delicious, tasty fruit than August, when ripeness peaks and prices are lowest. Here's what to do with the bounty.

When to Shop Tax-Free in 14 States.

These chances to shop tax-free across the country are timed for back-to-school sales, but anyone can take advantage.

14 Next-Level Twists on Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Even people who love the classic chip cookie won't be able to resist trying recipes that add the flavors of s'mores, bacon, caramel, espresso, or beer.

No Kids? Why You Should Be Back-to-School Shopping Anyway.

Back-to-school ads and deals may be aimed at parents and students, but anyone can take advantage of the discounts.

11 Cheap Ways to Keep Back-to-School Germs at Bay.

Kids heading back to school are entering a contagion hot zone. But there are ways to keep them healthy and prevent a slew of unscheduled sick days.

13 Sandwiches You Can Make for $1 or Less.

Buying a sandwich for any meal of the day will never be as cheap as using these 13 wide-ranging recipes.

15 Ways to Eat S’mores, from Basic to Boozy.

You don't need National S'mores Day or a camping trip to make s'mores -- or to experiment with s'mores pie, cake, milkshakes, martinis, and more.

11 KonMari-Inspired Storage Ideas to Simplify Your Life.

Store-bought baskets and tubs make organizing simple, but many households already have items that can double as storage containers and cost nothing.

27 A+ Back-to-School Deals.

Back-to-school sales offer everything for the students in your family, whether they need glue for kindergarten crafts or a scientific calculator for math.

13 Great Zucchini Recipes.

Have a bumper crop of zucchini and don't know what to do with it all? This versatile, delicious vegetable can be used in many ways -- try these recipes now.

Bibliophiles' Bucket List: 15 Coolest Bookstores in America.

Bookstores aren't as ubiquitous as they once were, but book lovers still have many choices for discovering a good read. Here are 15 bookstores worth a visit.