Top Cities for Cheapskates: 10 Places You Can Live Well for Less

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By Caitlin Dewey, Kiplinger.com



In some circles, "cheapskate" is a derogatory term. But in a world where everyday expenses seem to be rising, well, every day, thriftiness isn't shameful. In fact, it's just good common sense.

The best cities for cheapskates are places where a dollar stretches further -- a lot further. To come up with our list, we looked for metropolitan areas with low living costs and high incomes relative to those costs. The cities that made the cut have cost-of-living scores well below the national average of 100, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research.

We also selected places that offer plenty of free (or nearly free) things to do. Like most people, cheapskates enjoy getting out. They just don't want to pay a lot for the privilege. All the picks on our list boast large numbers of public libraries and museums per capita, ensuring affordable access to culture. And to guarantee frugal shopping options, we tallied the number of Dollar General stores -- a cheapskate favorite -- in a 30-mile radius of each city.

Check out our list of the 10 best cities for cheapskates.

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