Weekly Update: Fourth of July Weekend, Vacations, and More

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Happy Fourth of July weekend! In case you missed our recent holiday coverage, be sure to check out Cheapism's roundups of spectacular free fireworks shows, patriotic party foods, and fireworks safety tips. To kick off the month, we've got the best things to buy in July, as well as RV vacation spots and cheap ways to beat the heat with kids. Also new on the blog this week: living off less than $500 a month at Costco, best and worst states for business, and more.

Updated Buying Guide:

Coffee Makers.

Cheapism scoured specs and reviews to update our picks for the best cheap coffee makers, including a pour-over model, a French press, and several single-cup brewers.

New and Updated Blog Posts:

What to Buy in July.

Look for July deals on furniture, mattresses, desktop computers, jewelry, and more, and find out which products aren't such a good buy this time of year.

13 Money-Saving Tips for Visiting U.S. National Parks.

From free passes to special deals on Amtrak, here's how to save on a trip to a national park as the U.S. celebrates the Park Service's 100th birthday.

14 Kitchen Tools That Are Cheaper at the Hardware Store.

From butcher's twine to roasting planks, pay less for these 14 kitchen gadgets at the hardware store and put the money into ingredients instead.

20 Easy, Low-Calorie Dishes for Quick Weight Loss.

Take advantage of seasonally fresh foods and these handy, low-calorie recipes to drop pounds -- and enjoy it.

20 Free and Cheap Underground Spaces to Explore.

Go underground to visit these 20 unusual spaces across the country, from caves to work space to historical artifacts.

12 Bizarre Dessert Combinations That Work.

Forget carrot cake and zucchini bread. These weird dessert recipes with healthy ingredients go way beyond, but are still cheap and easy to make.

10 Cheap Ways to Beat the Heat With Kids This Summer.

Here are 10 ways to keep children cool and active this summer without burdening the family budget.

10 Signs You’re Getting Scammed While Shopping Online.

Protect yourself against online shopping scams by watching for these 10 telltale signs.

15 Vacation Spots to Visit With an RV and Save.

With an RV, vacationers can enjoy any of these 15 popular tourist spots on the cheap, saving money on lodging and food.

16 Places to Find Cheap Plus-Size Clothing Online.

Stores such as Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe have joined specialists such as Torrid and Hips & Curves to serve the fashionable plus-size woman.

More Bang for the Buck: 11 Products That Hold Their Value Best.

Buying products that hold their value can be a savvy way to get back some of the money spent on a range of consumer goods, from cars to computers.

5 Best and 5 Worst States for Doing Business.

Not every state in the country is equal when it comes to doing business. Here are the 10 best and worst states for business owners and employees.

How to Live Off Less Than $500 a Month at Costco.

Shopping at Costco for a month's worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks saves money without stinting on variety.

11 Ways to Enjoy Summer Beans on the Cheap.

These 11 meal ideas for using fresh and inexpensive summer beans in all their glorious shapes and varieties will keep you stated till fall.

11 Cheap and Healthy Breakfast Combinations.

There's no excuse for skipping a morning meal when these simple, quick, and delicious breakfast combinations can be fixed in a flash.