[VIDEO] Super Bowl Party Snack Showdown with Josh Androsky

Which snack will reign supreme

Written By: The Scratch 1.30.15 The Super Bowl is happening — or should we say appening! That’s right, we’re talking about appetizers for that Super Bowl party, and Josh Androsky joins us to set the record straight. What’s best: pre-made, store-bought snacks, or the kind you lovingly prepare at home with only the freshest ingredients? […]


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 […]


Top 5 Thanksgiving Meals For When You’ve Given Up

Written By: Rye Silverman11.26.14 We all know Thanksgiving has only a few more ‘good’ years left in it before it gets completely swallowed by the ever-expanding borders of the Christmas Season.  As such, it certainly seems harder and harder to put in any effort at all to keep the traditions going year in and year out. […]


How Does Your Store Bought Chicken Compare to The Competition?

Raw chicken

Written By: Whitney Teubner10.20.14 Chicken is one of the healthiest and cheapest meats to eat. With a slew of recipes and cooking options available all across the internet and in most cook-books, it’s no wonder that eight billion chickens are consumed each year in the United States alone. If you’re a gal or guy-on-the-go like […]


How to Make Your Favorite Halloween Candies at Home

Colourful Studio Shot of Funny Woman.

Written By: Nick von Keller10.20.14 It’s happened to all of us: 3 AM, you’re bored, you’re poor, you’re lazy, you’re hungry, and you say, “Why go out and buy a candy bar like some common lowlife when I can make one?” No? Just me? Oh well. But leave it to my old friend the Internet […]


The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Money

The Best Worst Halloween Candy Final

Written By: Susan 10.16.14 Halloween is the greatest. It is both scary and full of candy, two unrelated themes that somehow work perfectly together. But Halloween can get expensive quickly. In addition to costume expenses, you also have to shell out for candy, which, according to the National Retail Federation, will cost Americans $2.2 billion […]


Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix With These Tasty Options

Pumpkin spiced latte

Written By: Rye Silverman10.15.14 It is hard to believe that it was just a decade ago when Starbucks first launched the much lauded Pumpkin Spice Latte, and with it invented the season we now know of as “Fall.” It’s hard to believe that there was a time in our lives when we didn’t line up […]


How To Save Even More At Fast Food Restaurants

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Written By: Matt Wilkie10.02.14 Look, I know. Fast food is the worst. I mean, it’s terrible for you. You feel like crap after eating it most of the time, and in many neighborhoods, you’re taking your life into your own hands just walking into the joint. So why pay any more than you have to […]


How to Do a Romantic Anniversary Dinner on The Cheap

Megan Anniversary Video

Written By: Megan Koester9.30.14 Just because you can’t afford most of the finer things in life doesn’t mean you can’t afford the finest–love. Love is, indeed, the greatest bargain of all, clocking in at a grand total of $0. While love may be free, anniversary dinners sure aren’t. You don’t need to make it rain in order to […]


Have a Fall Feast on the Cheap

Chicken Cacciatore

Written By: Erin Lampart9.19.14 It happens every year and never gets easier – summer’s last kiss of sun is upon us. It’s time to say goodbye to sundresses, sandals and BBQ’s, only to make way for boots, soups, and stew season. Pool parties, outdoor games, and hot dogs on the grill are now a sizzling […]


Ranking Near Beers For Those Who Don’t Want To Give Up “The Hang”

NA BeersScratch

Written By: Josh Androsky9.19.14 I recently decided that I don’t want to get drunk anymore. I do, though, want to have the familiarity of a bottle in my hand when at a bar or watching the game with friends. There have been a lot of advancements in N/A beer since O’Doul’s, and with that in […]


How Do Bacon Mints and Bacon Soda Sound To You?

Fried bacon strips

Written By: Rye Silverman9.17.14 There is almost no food that exists in America that someone has not added bacon to. Even ice cream hasn’t been safe from this savory, salty staple. But what does the bacon lover do when there’s just not enough time to fry up a batch? I headed over to Rocket Fizz, […]


Pizza CONSPIRACY: Are You Getting The Most Toppings for Your Money?

pizza conspiracy scratch

Written By: Josh Androsky9.12.14 Is anybody looking? Ok good, we’re alone. I was tipped off to the fact that there’s a conspiracy going on amongst the major pizza brands. I decided to put my theory to the test, and I blew the lid off the whole thing. It goes all the way to the TOP(ping)! […]


Premium Green Juices: Are They Worth Their Premium Price Tags?

Green Juice Scratch

Written By: Megan Koester9.09.14 “Going green” has become the new norm. It seems like everyone I know is now a fan of organic produce, free-range eggs and sustainably manufactured yoga pants. Nowhere is this fact more evident than in the case of fancypants juices. You’ve seen them around, listed on the chalkboards of coffee shops […]


When To Buy Generic and When To Buy Name Brand

Name Brand Generic Scratch

Written By: Nick von Keller9.08.14 When I was a child, my mother’s fridge wasn’t stocked with Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, or Dr. Pepper. We had Shasta and Mountain Lightning and Dr. Thunder (or, if we really wanted to cut loose, Ramp). And so in honor of Mother’s Day – aka the day I remembered that I […]

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