Weekly Update: Halloween, Recipe Ideas, and More


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At Cheapism this week, we're continuing to gear up for Halloween and the coming colder weather. Find out how to create inexpensive and trendy costumes, discover easy and cheap makeup ideas, and find the spookiest cemeteries in the nation. On the homefront, check out our tips on how to save energy this winter, and try out our easy recipe ideas for unpopular fall vegetables, chili, pasta, and cheap desserts. Also new on the blog this week: Where to get a flu shot for less, treatments for reviving hair, how to save at the dentist, and more.

New and Updated Blog Posts:

50 Spooky Graveyards Across the Country.

What's the creepiest, most haunted cemetery in your state? Halloween may be the best time to visit -- or avoid it.

20 Low-Cost Desserts That Are Easy As Pie.

Just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes in the kitchen make the perfect ending to a meal or classy way to welcome guests.

Where to Get a Cheap Flu Shot in 2016.

To find out where to get cheap flu shots in 2016, we compared prices at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, Kroger, Costco, and Sam's Club.

15 Unique Cheese Shops Where You Can Get Free Samples.

From creamy camembert to tangy cheddar, cheese is widely beloved. These shops have some of the best in America and offer free samples, too.

50 Smart Ways to Slash Your Food Budget.

From BYOB policies and potlucks to replanting grocery store herbs, there are plenty of ways to save money while eating well.

12 DIY Hair Treatments to Refresh Your Locks for Fall.

Try any or all of these 12 do-it-yourself hair treatments to put shine, bounce, moisture, and color back in your hair after a summer's worth of damage.

Chew on This: 14 Ways to Save at the Dentist.

Dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, and root canals can be expensive, especially without insurance. Here's how to save.

13 Cheap and Trendy Halloween Costumes for 2016.

Forgot about that Halloween party invite and don't have a thing to wear? Never fear -- these 13 timely costume ideas will do the trick (or treat).

Fruit for Thought: 25 Creative Ways to Enjoy Apples.

Whether used in pies, pastries, or entrees, apples are a simple addition to many recipes that add flavor, sweetness, and nutrition.

13 Regional Chili Recipes to Try This Fall.

These 13 chili recipes hail from different parts of the U.S. and reflect local taste preferences and cooking styles.

50 Ways to Save Energy (and Money) This Winter.

These 50 ways to save energy can help make utility bills less burdensome during Energy Awareness Month and all winter long.

13 Dishes That Celebrate the Many Faces of Pasta.

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Pasta is always a crowd pleaser, plus it won't break the bank. Try one of these delicious dishes.

25 Ways to Make Unpopular Fall Vegetables More Delicious.

Pumpkin and butternut squash should be just the start of a fall menu. Don't forget about endive, escarole, celeriac, leeks, okra, parsnip, and more.

10 Cool, Creepy, and Cheap Halloween Makeup Tricks.

Skip the costume shop this Halloween. Scary flesh wounds, exposed bone, blood, fangs, and even fancy masks can be created cheaply and easily at home.