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Everyday Cheapskate: 5 Very Useful Websites to Simplify Your Life

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SEASONAL PRODUCE GUIDE. One of the best tips I know for cutting the cost of healthy, fresh food is to only buy a fruit or vegetable during its peak season. Items at their peak are far more plentiful, which typically causes the prices to drop. But how can you know for certain if, say, cherries, are at their peak?

The Sustainable Table food program offers a simple way to find out. Go to the site, scroll down and click on the Seasonable Food Guide. Either select your state and the month of the year, or a specific produce item to discover an item's peak season where you live. This handy online tool also offers more information on every type of produce you can imagine, like what to look for, how to store and recipes.

BACKGROUND BURNER. This simple but effective app allows you to quickly remove the background from any image or photo. You can do this in Adobe Photoshop, but that program costs hundreds of dollars! Anyone can use Background Burner for no cost at all.

The instructions for Background Burner are easy to follow, and the process is quick. Best of all, the price is quite right as well!

RENT THE RUNWAY. Buying a formal gown or even a simple dress for a prom, wedding or other fancy occasion can be mind-bogglingly expensive! Now you can forget about buying the cost and rent one instead.

Rent the Runway offers 65,000 designer dresses and accessories for rent at amazing prices, starting at $30 plus $12.95 shipping. We're talking designer labels and high fashion. There are so many beautiful options.

And get this: When you rent a dress, you get a free backup size. Returning is easy, and they even send you a prepaid mailing envelope.

Why would anyone pay hundreds of dollars to wear a gown once and then clean it, store it and feel guilty about having spent $400 on it instead of renting for a fraction of the price and letting someone else clean and store it?

For those of us who are fashion- and budget-conscious, this is a great option.

COZI FAMILY ORGANIZER This is fantastic calendar, shopping list, journal and message center to be shared with everyone in the family. Signup is a cinch.

You can access your shared account from any computer or mobile phone. No matter where or how you access the Cozi Family Organizer, you'll always be looking at the same information. Everyone posts their appointments.

Cozi Family Organizer will keep you from buying eggs twice and scheduling a baby shower on top of your daughter's soccer game. Visit

GOODREADS. Looking for your next book? Check out what your friends have read and what they thought on Goodreads. Goodreads allows you to scan book barcodes to add to your "to read" list so you'll never reach the end of one book without having another on deck.

Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. They say, "Knowledge is power, and power is best shared among readers."


Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

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