clear the driveway, not your wallet
Beautiful, freshly fallen snow quickly becomes a hazard if left unchecked on sidewalks and driveways. But shoveling can be time-consuming, back-breaking work. Even a cheap snow blower can get the job done more quickly and easily. Cheapism.com's picks for the best snow blowers under $500 include four electric models -- one of them a convenient battery-powered blower -- and two gas blowers able to plow through as much as a foot of snow. We also found a handful of options slightly outside our price range that pack a bit more punch, as well as a cheap power shovel that's up to the task.