Why Is Tax Day on April 15th, Anyway?

Income Taxes

Are you done with your taxes? They’re due today, you know. You are? Good, then let’s talk history. Ben Franklin wrote in a 1789 letter, “…nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Unless you’re Wesley Snipes, this is most certainly true. Even though taxes have been part of America for centuries […]

Flying Spirit Without Smuggling All Your Belongings in Your Butt

Cheap Spirit flights don't have to feel like utter doom.
Con Air is a 1997 action film in which Nicholas Cage is held prisoner on a plane.

Spirit Airlines is the wallet-friendly purgatory of the skies. Yes, they get you from one destination to another using the magical wizardry of flight, but they do so without many of the basic amenities and comforts afforded to you by other airlines — unless you’re willing to pay extra. But, let’s face it, you’re willing […]

[VIDEO] Fancy Fast Food Burger Showdown with Josh Androsky

Which is the fanciest burger in town?

These days a fast food burger isn’t happy just being a greasy, unpretentious fast food burger. They all put on airs and dress themselves up like they’re something you’d eat in the back of a towncar in Dubai. We’ve all seen the fancy ads, but are these newfangled high-class burgers any good? Josh Androsky sacrifices […]

Your Cheap and Awesome Guide to Route 66: Illinois Edition

Vintage Route 66 Sign

Matt Blitz traveled Route 66 to discover and enjoy all the awesome and cheap attractions that dot the road. His articles so far have covered Route 66 in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. Today’s article is the last in the series. So, hop in your pink Cadillac one last time and get your kicks […]

Eurail Passes Aren’t What They Used to Be

Tickets signs.

You’re about to leave for Europe and you’re understandably stoked. You’ve got your flight booked, your accomodations settled (maybe a series of youth hostels or something from Hotels.com), and, of course, your trusty Eurail Pass by your side. Except maybe that last one isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you’re anything like me […]

The Funniest Stereotypes About Rich People

Scrooge McDuck

Rich people are not like us. They live more meaningful, important, action-packed and happy lives. They drink not but artisian spring waters and eat not but fresh seasonal produce. (Actually you can probably get in on that with Hale Groves.) Us peons are just pathetic and miserable. That’s just science. That doesn’t mean we can’t […]

[VIDEO] Lifehackin’ with Josh Androsky: Kitchen Hacks

Kitchen Hacks with Josh Androsky

“Life hacks” — those allegedly useful tricks and shortcuts you can use to allegedly make your life easier — are everywhere these days. And by “everywhere” we mean all over the internet. Sure, they’re diverting to read about, but do they actually work? Are we really saving any time? Josh Androsky joins us to figure […]

Three Hours of Cheap HomeJoy House Cleaning Gave Me Back My Self-Respect

Three Hours of Cheap House Cleaning Gave Me Back My Self-Respect

Alternatively you could just get something to cover your dirty windows at Blinds.com

The thought of paying another human being to clean the microscopically small room I call an apartment has seemed, for the entirety of my adult life, utterly beyond the realm of possibility. I don’t make “house cleaning” money; I don’t even make “use a tea bag only once” money. In my mind, house cleaning was […]

The Richest People in the World You Don’t Know About

You may not have heard of Mr. Snrub. He comes from, uh, someplace far away. Yes... that'll do.
You may not have heard of Mr. Snrub. He comes from, uh, someplace far away. Yes... that'll do.

We all know that Bill Gates is likely the richest person in the world. Everyone is aware that Mark Zuckerberg made tens of billions dollars off Facebook. The fact that Warren Buffet thinks that he isn’t paying enough taxes on his massive fortune is pretty much common knowledge. Mr. Burns has made it pretty clear how […]

How to Sell Your Stylish-Yet-Unwanted Clothes

A Bunch of Shirts for Sale

If you’re like me you’ve acquired more than your fair share of “trendy” clothes over the years. You get clothes from more fashionable friends, or from your mom’s closet, or, I don’t know, Forever 21 or something. I haven’t bought a brand new pair of jeans since I dropped out of art school five years ago, and I […]

What Food Labels Really Mean

What Food Labels Really Mean

So you want to be a good person. But you also want to buy some carrots. Shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish both, right? You go to the grocery store, however, and find yourself inundated with confusing labels: Free Trade, Organic, Cage Free, Free Range, Natural, Made With Limited Nazi Involvement, Non-Toxic, Very Very Toxic […]

Tea Tree Oil Is Kind of Miraculous

Essential Oils

If you don’t know what tea tree oil is, or are an extra-terrestrial new to this planet, let me briefly explain: Tea tree oil is an essential oil that can replace certain skin care products (like you might find at ULTA), cleaning and home products of all kinds, and even some over-the-counter medications. Tea tree oil’s […]

Myths and Facts About Discounted Tickets to Disneyland

Disneyland Castle

A lot of people think there is some top-secret way to find cheap tickets to Disneyland, and only your weird, kitsch-obsessed friends know about it. Unlike other cookie-cutter amusement parks where you bring in a sticky Coke can or text PUKERIDE to 99999 to get a massive discount, Disneyland doesn’t offer promotions. Yet, every year, […]

6 Movies That Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Money

Money Movie

It usually isn’t a great idea to rely on Hollywood for financial advice. For the most part, stories about reasonable spending and responsible saving don’t make for particularly entertaining movies or tv shows. That being said, the lessons learned by our heroes in these fictional worlds could also be lessons we learn from watching them.  Here […]

How Online Style Trading Can Revitalize Your Closet

Sweatshirts

If you want to save on clothing, your options are limited: You can buy used, you can try to make your own (with a little help from Joann), or you can trade. Swapping clothes is hardly a new activity, whether it’s family hand-me-downs, friendly borrowing, or even more formalized clothes swap parties, clothing has always had […]

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