Weekly Update: More Back-to-School Shopping and More


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The dog days of summer are upon us, but we here at Cheapism aren't slowing down. For those looking to squeeze in some last-minute travel, we offer ideas for road trips and Labor Day destinations in all 50 states. With back-to-school season just around the corner, we have features on affordable backpacks, cheap kids outfits, dollar-store dorm room essentials, and unbeatable finds at Costco and other warehouse stores. Also new this week: recipes that make the most of leftover wine, and updated buying guides on cheap laptops and prescription eyeglasses.

Updated Buying Guides:

Best Cheap Laptops.

The best cheap laptops are more features-packed than ever. We found four models under $500 that go beyond the basics to offer style and specs that impress.

Cheap Eyeglasses Websites.

This extensive guide to buying cheap prescription glasses online includes the best websites for men's, women's, and kids' eyeglasses.

New Blog Posts & Updates:

24 Things to Do Before the End of Summer.

Tube a river, make homemade ice cream, visit a national park, shop clearance sales -- check out two dozen ideas to make the most summer before it's gone.

16 Budget-Friendly Backpacks for the New School Year.

When it's time for school, it's also time to buy a new backpack that's comfortable, well-made, and not too expensive -- here are 16 that fill the bill.

50 TV and Movie Locations Worthy of a Road Trip.

After the credits roll, the "Shawshank Redemption" escape tunnel, "Point Break" beach, and café from "Fried Green Tomatoes" are still there to visit.

20 Dorm Room Essentials From the Dollar Store.

Outfitting a dorm room can quickly add up, so it pays to look for ways to save, such as buying essentials from a dollar store.

11 Ways to Get Organized for the Back-to-School Chaos.

It's almost time to go back to school -- make sure kids are ready for with these organization tips, including how to set up a family command center.

10 Unbeatable Back-to-School Finds at Costco, Sam's, and BJ's.

Back-to-school checklists are long and the expenses add up, so you won't want to miss these warehouse club deals on backpacks, printers, and more.

Cheers to Julia Child: 11 Recipes for Leftover Wine.

Don't even think about dumping the last of an expensive bottle of wine (or even a cheap one). Try these recipes to make the most of leftover wine of any type.

Cheap Labor Day Getaways for Families in All 50 States.

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but Labor Day offers the chance for one last outing before fall arrives. Here are cheap things to do in all 50 states.

18 Back-to-School Outfits for $20 or Less.

Whether you're dressing little girls in jersey dresses or bigger boys in hoodies and jeans, get it done for less than $20 an outfit with these deals.

29 Discounts to Save Teachers Money All Year.

Teachers can save on phone plans, computers, clothing, books, and much more at retailers with educator discounts.