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How to save at Coachella and other pricey music festivals

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Erin.Lampart)
at 7:00PM Thursday April 17, 2014
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In 2013 there were 80,000 people in attendance just for Coachella: Weekend One. That's right, tickets for Coachella (Indio, CA) were in such high demand that beginning in 2012 Goldenvoice made it a 2-weekend event. But who can afford it? Aren't these things just filled with dumb girls wearing flower crowns and butt-to-nuts-crowds of drunk, sweaty hippies? Whooooa! Calm down, NARC, don't harsh my mellow with your negativity! Just surrender to the flow!

Whether you're heading to Coachella Weekend 2, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Telluride or just want to plan ahead for next year, I'm fresh off the Magic Bus (my silver Saturn) from Weekend 1 of Coachella and ready to share some sweet inside-tips to help you do two of my favorite things- save money, and GET TO THAT FEST! Read More »

The coolest drones you can purchase today

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Grant.Pardee)
at 9:30AM Wednesday April 16, 2014
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Okay so I just filed my tax return and I have my heart set on what I'm going to spend it on: baby, I'm getting a drone.

Here are a few things I know about drones:
  1. Drones are the colloquial term for any unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV.  
  2. Besides killing suspected terrorists and unarmed innocent people who happen to live in bad neighborhoods, drones are also a popular device for spying on people  
  3. Amazon said they could deliver packages with drones, and I'm very onboard with that  
  4. One time, in 2002, an Iraqi drone fought an American drone in the skies above Iraq. It was the first ever drone-on-drone combat. The Iraqi drone won. 
  5. "Drone" is a fun word to say. Drone, drone, drone, drone. If you wanted to drone on about drones to me, I'd say drone on, brother, drone on.
  6. Although you can't buy a military-grade predator drone that could murder people or your neighbor's dog, you can buy a very affordable drone and there are some solid options.
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Kickstarter is like an Amazon.com for stuff that will never exist

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Zach.Ames)
at 1:00PM Monday April 14, 2014
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Kickstarter is an amazing website. It lets people who have an idea take it directly to the people who want to see that idea happen. For established creators like the development team behind Megaman, it's a great way to new video game outside of the traditional development process. For amateur creators like myself, it's a great way to beg for money from your friends and family without the shame of asking them directly. 

The main problem with Kickstarter is that too many people treat Kickstarter like it's an on-line store. It's not. There's no guarantee that any money that you donate will result in any project being made or rewards being sent out. What you buy when you donate money to a Kickstarter is an idea that may or may not actually happen. It's also nearly impossible to get your money back once someone has run off with it. Read More »

Not your mama's bean curd: Making tofu that even the biggest meat lover will crave

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gabi.Moskowitz)
at 8:00AM Monday April 14, 2014
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Tofu has a lousy reputation. We associate it with 70's health food (read: boring) and jiggly white blocks of flavorlessness.

But what that discounts is the fact that tofu is a super-healthy, lean form of protein that happens to be incredibly inexpensive. We're talking around $2-$4 for enough tofu to feed 4 people.

It's also versatile enough to be worked into just about any dish, freezes well, and is super shelf-stable if kept in airtight container in the refrigerator.

I know, I know. You think it's gross. But bear with me, because with a few little tricks, it can be freaking delicious. In fact, it might just become your new favorite food. Or even—get this—your kids' new favorite food.



Read on for 5 family-friendly tofu recipes that will make you the winner of dinner. Read More »

Majorly expensive wedding favors Kim & Kanye could offer at their wedding

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Grant.Pardee)
at 9:51AM Wednesday April 9, 2014
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Kimye. Kamberly. Whatever you refer to them as, the fact is that they exist.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's love story is a tale as old as 2012. Now we're lucky to be alive to be witness to their wedding, or at least witness to the blogs that will be covering the wedding, an event that is shaping up to be one of the most extravagant celebrations of love and excess and love of excess.

We already know a few details of their special day. Let's review: Read More »

Three important things you should know about your Windows XP PC

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:33AM Tuesday April 8, 2014
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As you may have heard, today marks "the end" for Windows XP, arguably the single most popular version of Microsoft's long-running operating system. (And by "popular" I mean "least hated." This is Windows we're talking about, after all.)

But what does that really mean? Just because Microsoft is pulling the plug, now you have to go buy a whole new computer? And is Windows 8 so incredibly bad that you're better off buying a Mac?

First things first: Don't panic. (It worked for Arthur Dent, it'll work for you.) Instead, read on to learn three essential facts about Windows XP's demise. Read More »

I let a hippie convince me to buy Farm Fresh to You

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Erin.Lampart)
at 9:00AM Friday April 4, 2014
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I'm a pretty skeptical gal, especially when it comes to door-to-door salespeople. You could say that door-to-door sales are a dying art, and sometimes I kind of wish it would do just that- die. With all of the online shopping options out there, why would people still go door-to-door and try to convince you to buy something you could buy from literally anywhere, without ever having to talk to a customer service rep? Seems desperate. Also, it's 2014, why would I, a girl basically living alone in the big city with no one to protect me but my dog, Jan, opt to answer the door for a total stranger? Seems dangerous. He could be the next Zodiac Killer! But for some reason, on a fateful sunny Thursday afternoon, I decided to let Daniel in- not quite into my home, but into my heart. Read More »

The Roku Streaming Stick vs. the Amazon Fire TV

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:35PM Thursday April 3, 2014
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One thing I know is that everybody needs Netflix. And Amazon Instant Video. And HBO Go. Maybe Hulu Plus and Crackle.

What I don't know is which media-streaming box I should invite into my home to deliver all these awesome services. I guess you could say I'm feeling...boxed in.

Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week.

Yesterday, Amazon hopped on the set-top box bandwagon with the Fire TV, an Apple TV/Roku competitor with a few neat tricks up its sleeve--and an eyebrow-raising price. More on that in a minute. Read More »

Life Hackin' with Josh Androsky: DIY Grey Goose Cup Edition

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Josh.Androsky)
at 9:00AM Thursday April 3, 2014
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Lifehacks are supposed to make your life easier, but do they really? Hi, I'm Josh Androsky, and I'm here to find out. Also, I am very bad at doing things (anything, really). So if I can do a lifehack, then you can be sure you will be able to, too. For this lifehack, I went to Reddit, with a shout out to u/bakedbananas for the idea. If everything goes right, I'll be able to turn a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka, that I would usually recycle, into a cool free glass!

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With just S&H, men's subscription services can make you a man

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rye.Silverman)
at 12:00PM Wednesday April 2, 2014
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You're a man, busy doing things like biting the caps off of beer bottles and serenading ladies on the street with the ancient Hymn of the Cat Call. With a hectic schedule like that, how can you possibly be bothered with shopping for essential man-stuff? Okay but what if your mom is busy? Right, exactly. That is the premise of Men's online subscription services. Dedicated to finding the easiest way for you to man it up, they take any and all pesky work on your part out of the equation. So what kinds of things are readily available from your fingertips to your doorstep?

Razors - The internet is VERY concerned with making sure men are shaving. If you haven't already created an artisan straight razor out of a vintage bike tire and are still going the cartridge route, there options for you. Number one, because it is the easiest to remember, is Dollar Shave Club, which offers three choices of blades in $1, $3 and $9 a month options. Once a month, DSC sends you the razors, and has upgrade options to include a shaving butter, which makes sense for synergy, and pre-moistened peppermint scented toilet paper called One Wipe Charlies, which makes no sense and sort of freaks me out when I think about the men who need that on a monthly subscription. Read More »

Cheaper knock-off brands are stupid and helpful and also dangerous

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Grant.Pardee)
at 8:30AM Wednesday April 2, 2014
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Knock-off brands always make me laugh. I'm not sure why they're so amusing. I guess it's because knock-off brands have that desperate quality about them. Was it Judy Garland or Jeff Bezos who has that oft repeated quote: "Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else"? Knock-off brands strive only to be a second-rate version and that disparity between what they want to be and what they actually are is always good for a few chuckles.

Knock-off brands typically present themselves as less-expensive alternatives to the brand you actually want. These are great options when you're shopping on a budget. For example, Mountain Lightning from Wal-Mart is half the price of Mountain Dew. If you're going to be buying gross green soda, why pay full price just for the brand name? Although for the dollars you save, you end up paying more when you factor in "explaining to visitors that Mountain Lightning is basically the same thing as Mountain Dew." Still, these can be great alternatives and by the way, as far as weather events happening on mountains, lightning is way cooler than dew. Read More »

Retail therapy doesn't have to be as expensive as actual therapy

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by alison.stevenson)
at 12:00PM Monday March 31, 2014
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Retail therapy is a real thing as proven by science. In a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan it was found that shopping is more than brief escapism. It does genuinely make you a happier person. They write in their findings, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, "Our experiments provided support for the notion that making shopping choices helps to restore a sense of personal control over one's environment, and thus helps to alleviate sadness."

I used to be the type that would spend big bucks on a new clothes and gadgets whenever I got bad news, or felt a little bit off on a certain day. However, after depleting the little money I had, I knew I would need to change my impulsive, frivolous lifestyle. The problem is, since I can't afford real therapy, retail therapy is the only form of therapy I have. So instead of ditching it entirely, I decided to keep up with my frivolous lifestyle, but on a smaller scale. Instead of buying a new dress for $60, I now go to my local CVS and buy the most expensive dish soap in stock. Read More »