Weekly Update: Fall Festivals, Aerial Views, and More


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Fall has arrived and that means cooler weather is soon its way -- a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some awesome scenery, food, music, and more. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of fun and affordable festivals in all 50 states that are sure to get the travel juices flowing. Speaking of travel, should the next trip involve renting a car, check out our guide on what to know before signing a rental contract. For those looking to stick close to home this fall, we offer easy home-improvement projects that make aging in place a bit simpler. With December holidays just around the corner, it’s not too soon to start thinking about gift-giving, so why not take a peek at our guide on how to make holiday shopping more affordable, along with our roundup of last-minute gifts worth keeping on hand just in case a special someone gets left off the list. Also new on the blog this week: Weight loss gimmicks to avoid, affordable skin care tips for younger looking skin, best cheap fall beers, and more.

New Blog Posts & Updates:

24 Last-Minute Gifts to Keep on Hand All Year Long.

Never again be caught without a present for a special occasion -- just look for these go-to gifts all year and pick them up whenever you spot a deal.

Don't Fall For These 12 Weight Loss Gimmicks.

Many consumers are looking for quick and easy ways to lose weight, but steer clear of products and advice that sound too good to be true.

Perk Up: Best Coffee Makers Under $50.

Find out the best cheap coffee makers, as reviewed by Cheapism.com, including 12-cup, 5-cup, and single-serve coffee makers under $50.

16 Ways to Make Holiday Shopping More Affordable -- Starting Now.

It's never too early to prepare for the holiday shopping season. These tips can help you get gifts for everyone on your list without going over budget.

21 Skin Care Tips to Keep You Looking Young for Less.

It's all too easy to damage skin without thinking and look older than you are. Here are some easy and low-cost ways to stop and even reverse signs of aging.

14 Small Home Projects That Can Help Seniors Age in Place.

Many adults want to grow old in their own homes, and that often requires modifications. Here are 14 common fixes that help seniors remain independent.

Winter Wonderland: 20 Money-Saving Ski Passes for More Fun at More Places.

Skiing and snowboarding are expensive sports, but programs from Colorado to California to New York can help reduce the financial outlay for frequent skiers.

Frugal Fall Fun: 50 Free and Cheap Festivals That Celebrate Autumn.

Family fun doesn't have to end with summer. These fall festivals offer something for everyone, whether it's music, food, wine, scenery, or activities.

11 Hacks to Make Instant Ramen More Delicious for Less Than $1.

These dead-simple kitchen hacks solve a problem for frugal eaters: Boiling instant ramen on its own is just unhealthy and dull.

25 Things You Need to Know Before Renting a Car.

Learn how a car rental could get your credit card declined, and 24 more things drivers should know before signing out a vehicle short-term.

Best Cheap Beers for Fall: 10 Craft Brews to Toast the Season.

These 10 beer styles, which include porters, ales, and even a dessert beer, deliver rich, cool-weather flavor and drinkability at affordable prices.

Awesome Aerial Views in All 50 States.

From a 200-foot urban tower in Kansas to 7,825-foot Emory Peak in Texas, there's no shortage of stunning views in America to visit.

How to Stay Safe From Ransomware and Other Hacker Attacks.

Beating the hackers who lock up computers and demand ransom can be cheap and even free. Here's how to take action before you become a victim.