How to Ride the Megabus Without Losing Your Mind

Good advice anywhere

Written By: Megan Koester1.29.15 Traveling by bus is one the least glamorous ways to get to a destination, second only to sitting on the handlebars of a BMX bike piloted by someone way too old to be doing so. What you sacrifice in style by riding the bus, though, you more than make up for […]

Why Does Heating Your Home Cost So Much?

Check out this slick visual metaphor

Written By: Matt Blitz1.28.15 It’s the middle of the night in the dead of winter, and you are flippin’ freezing. Trudging through the dark, you find the thermostat and crank that baby up to 81 degrees. After a few moments, it is toasty, warm, and comfortable. You do this every night for the next month. […]

8 Unusual Ways To Keep Warm as the Blizzard Engulfs Everything You Hold Dear

The icy hand of death cares not for your car.

Written By: Nick von Keller1.27.15 I live in Los Angeles where it’s 72 and sunny almost every day, and all I have to put up with in return is traffic, the constant fear of earthquakes, and the even more constant fear of being invited to an improv show. But for the rest of you poor […]

Your Cheap and Awesome Guide to Route 66 – Missouri Edition

Get your kicks on Route 66, or some other route. As long as you're getting your kicks, we're happy.

Written By: Matt Blitz1.26.15 Over the last few weeks, Matt Blitz has been traveling Route 66 to discover, explore, visit, and enjoy all the awesome, unique, odd, and cheap attractions that dot the road. His articles so far have covered Route 66 in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Today, he welcomed himself to […]

You Should Bank With Charles Schwab

Photo by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.

Written By: Nick von Keller1.23.15 My bank is better than your bank. Let me explain. Several years ago a friend recommended I close my Wells Fargo account and instead use Charles Schwab for my primary checking account. I said, “Please stop referring to yourself as my friend, and is this the same Charles Schwab who […]

Should You Wait for Windows 10 to Buy a New PC?

Windows 10 preview

Written By: Rick Broida1.22.15 It’s official (again): Windows 10 is coming. When? Microsoft hasn’t announced a firm date, but I’ll bet you a pony the new operating system will hit the streets in early fall, most likely September or October. This raises some important questions: If you’re in the market for a new PC, should […]

Now You Can Buy Your Very Own Island!

Written By: Matt Blitz1.21.15 Is that end-of-year bonus burning a hole in your pocket? A great uncle died and left you an unexpected fortune in his will? Finally sold all those baseball cards from your childhood and never realized you had a Honus Wagner? Why don’t you take that money and put it toward something worthwhile… […]

Cheap Movie Tickets, AKA My Journey To The Bottom

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Written By: Nick von Keller1.20.15 We all have our addictions – coffee, Candy Crush, meth. For me, it’s going to the movies. I wake up in the morning and I feel that itch. I need sticky floors and dated CG intro videos and people who say the seat beside them is taken when everybody knows […]

The Easiest Fix for Your Dumb Passwords

Dashlane password changer

Written By: Rick Broida1.16.15 Admit it: You’re terrible at password management. It’s okay, I was the same way. But, praise be to coders, I have found salvation: a password manager that’s smarter than I am. See, as you’re well aware, ours is a a password-powered planet. You need one for everything nowadays: banking, shopping, Facebooking, […]

Cheap Items You Should Never Travel Without

Hitchhiking person

Written By: Nick von Keller1.15.15 I’ve done my fair share of international travel, which is a snottier sounding phrase than I intended, but here are a few inexpensive items I always find room for in my suitcase: Plug Adapter While hair dryers and curling irons require bulky voltage converters to work overseas, your lifeline gadgets […]

Your Cheap and Awesome Guide to Route 66: Oklahoma Edition

Get your kicks on Route 66, or some other route. As long as you're getting your kicks, we're happy.

Written By: Matt Blitz1.14.15 Matt Blitz has traveled Route 66 to discover, explore, visit, and enjoy all the awesome, unique, odd, and cheap attractions that dot the road. His articles so far have covered Route 66 in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Today, he makes his way to Ooook-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ […]

A $1,100 Sony Walkman? Sure, I’ll Take Two!

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX2

Written By: Rick Broida1.13.15 Kids, you won’t remember this, but once upon a time the marketing tagline “It’s a Sony” was synonymous with “quality audio gear.” Like, you went to the store to buy a receiver or tape player and spent a little extra on the Sony because that was the good stuff. Oh, how […]

6 Things You Will Never Be Able To Afford

Think you can afford this meat pie? You are thinking incorrectly.

Written By: Nick von Keller1.08.15 It’s important to have goals in life. I still remember the inspirational poster that hung in my high school gym – “Shoot For The Moon, If You Miss You’ll Land Amongst.” The rest of the poster was cut off by a field hockey net, but I can only assume it […]

When Can You Ignore The Expiration Date?

Pizza dog

Written By: Nick von Keller1.02.15 Here’s a dirty little secret – expiration dates are baloney (including the expiration dates on baloney). They exist primarily to protect the reputation of the food and have very little to do with food safety. Companies use expiration dates to ensure their products taste as fresh as possible, and possibly […]

Video: Save Money on Your New Year’s Eve Party by Sacrificing Fun and Quality

Dog party

Written By: The Scratch 12.31.14 The women of Blessed are back in town, and this time they’re going to teach you how to party when you have very little money and good sense. But they’re not talking about just any party! No sir, this is all about New Year’s Eve parties. Some of their cheap, […]

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