5 Free Newsletters That Help Me Stay in the Know and On A Budget

You can Google “frugal,” but that won’t necessarily lead you to these newsletters (or their companion sites). Here’s to finding frugality in some unexpected places!

tasting table

Tasting Table – The writers of Tasting Table keep me filled in on all sorts of NYC foodie fodder. Their mission is “to deliver the best of food and drink culture to adventurous eaters,” and while that usually inspires worth-the-splurge editorial (in this city, anyway), Tasting Table also offers a fair amount of frugally-minded suggestions for everything from recession-friendly dining deals and cheap $2 tacos to drinks at Depression-era prices and recipes for culturing your own curds.


Epicurious – Because I like making food and assembling meals and I like pairing them with wine or cocktails (and I even like to do all of this on the cheap, whenever possible)…

…because it’s often cheaper to prepare my own food than to pay someone else to do it…

…and because Epicurious sends me recipes from Bon Appétit and Gourmet (which I no longer buy)…

I am a longtime subscriber to the Epicurious newsletters. They currently offer 2 versions. The first, Recipe Flash, is more food and recipe oriented, while the other, Tasting Notes, focuses on wine reviews and pairing recommendations.


Fodor’s Travel – While Fodor’s may still be suffering from its reputation as, well, your parents’ travel guide, I urge you to look at Fodor’s with a fresh eye. Their editorial and design has really changed for the better over the last few years. And I’m not just saying that because I sometimes write for them (though not for their newsletters). I recommend checking out Fodor’s because their editorial focus has shifted to include more sophisticated drinking and dining coverage, a better range of offerings (in general), more compelling features, full-color guidebooks, and a vibrant community. Fodor’s isn’t as interested in traveling on the cheap as they are in getting you the most for your money, but with that being said, their newsletters often offer value-conscious features that are beneficial for both the tourist and the local, alike. Here are a few recent ones for our fellow New Yorkers:


EuroCheapo – I admit it: at any given moment, I’d rather be in Europe, and that’s why I love EuroCheapo’s reminders about how easy – and sometimes surprisingly satisfying – it can be to travel or live like a cheapo over there. EuroCheapo newsletters feature suggestions for cheapo (and often free!) fun things to do, as well as cheapo places to eat, cheapo places to stay, and cheapo ways to get around in both major and off-the-beaten path locations. While EuroCheapo has recently experienced a few fancy upgrades (they now offer hotel & city guides for 28 cities, as well as budget flight, car, and rail finders on their site), their newsletters still have a real DIY feel to them with helpful insights and authentic snapshots from cheapos on the go.

daily candy

Daily Candy – It’s not a specifically frugal guide to anything, but sometimes whatever cool “candy” they’re promoting fits the bill. Especially on Sample Sale days. One of the best things about the Daily Candy newsletter – aside from how cheekily it’s written – is how it faithfully informs you when, where, and which designers are hocking their goods at a discount. Why pay full price to look fabulous when you can splurge just a bitty bit (or a biggy bit, depending on the designer – ahem, Fendi)? If you can slip out in the middle of the day with some cash and the balls to stand up to any feisty fashionista that tries to get between you and your new skinny jeans, you have the potential to win big.

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  1. You should add NYC on the Cheap to your blogroll. Daily news about sample sales, free and low cost events, best happy hour discounts, travel deals, more. Written by a long-time journalist who’s written or edited 30 NYC travel guidebooks and ‘apps’.

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