Kara Reinhardt

Kara Reinhardt is managing editor of Cheapism.com. She has contributed to outlets including NBC News' Today Money, MSN Money, and The Huffington Post. She began her career as an editor at Advertising Age and ESPN The Magazine and holds degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She has honed her money-saving skills in New York and Vancouver, two of the most expensive cities in North America.

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  • Lifestyle

    Weekly Update: Best Beaches, Summer Topics, and More

    At Cheapism we celebrated the first week of summer by updating our ice cream maker recommendations and rounding up 50 of the country's best beaches. We also looked at the unsavory side of the season, with ways to avoid sweaty feet, picnic foods that spoil easily, and some important water safety warnings. Also new on the blog this week: an updated guide to senior discounts nationwide and 27 things to stop paying for now. Updated Buying Guide: Best Cheap Ice Cream Makers. This summer's top picks use rock salt and ice, an insulated freezer bowl, or energetic shaking to churn out sweet and refreshing treats for less than $45. New and Updated Blog Posts: Don’t Buy Your Pet These 19 Things. Pets need love, food, and shelter, but here are 19 items new pet owners definitely don't need to buy. 12 Ways Booking Direct May Get You a Better Deal. Third-party travel booking websites may be easy to use, but here are 12 reasons why booking direct can be the easiest and cheapest choice. 11 Cheap Ways to Fight Sweaty, Smelly Feet This Summer. Stop cringing when it's time to take off your shoes with these inexpensive approaches to fighting food odor. 19 Ice Pop Recipes Just for Grown-Ups. Who says kids get to have all the summer fun? Here are 19 easy-to-make alcoholic-drinks-turned-pops that are perfect for entertaining the grown-ups. Age Pays: 43 Senior Discounts (Some Starting at Age 50!) Becoming a senior citizen has its perks, including savings up to 50 percent at the movies, restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, and more. 10 Fast-Spoiling Foods to Avoid Serving at Summer Picnics. Summer picnics are for enjoying good food with friends and family, so don't make the mistake of bringing a dish that might spoil quickly. Here's what to avoid. 11 Sleep Myths That Could Explain Why You're So Tired. Follow these antidotes to common myths about sleep to improve the likelihood of getting a good night's rest. 20 Cheap Ways to Jazz Up Plain Water and Stay Hydrated This Summer. Water is important for staying hydrated and healthy during summer's heat, but it needn't be boring. These simple infusions offer tasty refreshment. Stop Paying for These 27 Things and Save Money Now. Saving money is easier than it seems when you pocket cash that might otherwise be wasted on these 27 needless expenses. 50 of the Best Beaches in America. From sandy coastlines to stunning lakeshores, America has more beaches than you might expect, and most are free or cheap to visit. 11 Essential Water-Safety Tips for Summer. Make sure swimming stays fun for all this summer by following these 11 safety tips. 11 of the Coolest Races for Runners This Summer. Summer offers runners plenty of challenging and unique races across the country. Here are 10 of the coolest competitions for different types of runners. Summer Perk Me Up: Make Your Own Cold-Brew Coffee and Save. Cold brewing is a flavorful way for coffee lovers to enjoy their favorite beverage during summer. Here's how to make it at home and save.

  • Personal Finance

    Cheaper Produce at the Farmers Market? Studies Say It's True

    Farmers markets tend to be thought of as the province of the well-to-do, peddling things like $12 heads of organic lettuce and edible chrysanthemum leaves.

  • Frugality

    Narrowing a Multitude of Money-Saving Tools to 10 Essentials

    ShopSmart magazine's Top 10 List Issue features indispensible websites and apps for frugal consumers.

  • Outdoor

    Best Cheap Snowboards

    Snowboarding is an individual sport in more ways than one. Out there alone on the mountain, you want a snowboard that fits your personal skill level, size, and riding style. Depending on your needs, a cheap snowboard may actually suit you better than a more expensive stick. If you're just starting out and didn't know that "stick" is another word for snowboard, odds are you don't need to shell out $500 or more for a high-end board. The cheapest snowboards are usually made for beginner to intermediate riders and cost between $100 and $300.

  • Fashion

    Cheap Wedding Dresses

    As a little girl, you might have dreamed of the day when you'd don the perfect white gown to walk down the aisle and say "I do" to the love of your life. But now you're all grown up and well aware of the budget constraint. A survey by The Knot and WeddingChannel.com found that brides spend an average of $1,121 on their dresses; many spend far more. For some brides, a wedding gown is the most expensive dress they'll ever own. As you begin your search, remember that you're in charge here. There's no reason to go into debt for a fantasy gown from Monique Lhuillier or Vera Wang. These days, there's also no reason to settle for a cheap wedding dress that's dowdy-looking, poorly constructed, or made of shoddy material. Choose the dress you want at a price you can afford.

  • Outdoor

    Best Cheap Snowboard Boots

    If you're new to snowboarding, you might assume the most important piece of equipment is the board itself. On the contrary, experts say: It's the boots that are most crucial to comfort and performance. An uncomfortable pair of cheap snowboard boots can discourage you from riding at all, and the money you spend on gear will have gone to waste. Experts actually recommend buying snowboard boots before the rest of your kit, so you can concentrate your spending there and use what remains of your budget on the board and bindings.

  • Outdoor

    Cheap Snowboard Bindings

    Snowboard bindings are the link between the boots and the board . Experts advise choosing snowboard boots first and trying on bindings in the store with the boots before making a purchase. Although the bindings don't have to be the same brand as the boots, not every binding will fit every boot. Frugal riders need bindings that will not only secure their boots comfortably but also reliably translate their movements to the board. Cheap snowboard bindings are available from some of the same names that make the highest-end models, including Burton, Flux, Ride, and Union.