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 […]


[VIDEO] What’s the Best Cheap Cure for Your St. Patrick’s Day Hangover? with Josh Androsky

Hangover Cures

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s a foregone conclusion: Tonight you’re going to drink too much of something awful — promise us not green beer or “Irish Car Bombs” — and tomorrow you’re going to wake up feeling like hot, sticky garbage. All will be agony. The living will envy the dead. That’s why we […]


[VIDEO] Saving Valentine’s Day with Josh Androsky

Saving V-Day

Li’l Joshy Wonderful returns, this time to tell you Uh-Oh Boys and Uh-Oh Girls how to have a fun, inexpensive, and occasionally surreal Valentine’s Day. If you’ve ever wondered about the history and traditions of the holiday, we have great news: There are lots of videos on that topic. This is not one of them. […]


Valentine’s Day Purchases Paint a Sad, Confusing Picture

A broken heart of deals

Every Valentine’s Day sees a lot of action – in terms of clicks, that is. Shoppers have to buy romantic gifts for their significant others or suffer unspeakable consequences. And there’s no better place to turn for deals and coupons to minimize the damage. This also means we see a lot of raw data. […]


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

Dog party

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, impractical, and ill-conceived advice includes: […]


Don’t Let the Man Trick You into Paying Too Much for a Gingerbread House


Sure, it may be December 26th, but you know what they say: it’s Christmastime somewhere! Also, there’s no rule that says you can only build and eat gingerbread houses before Christmas. Let’s not argue about this. Let’s talk about not throwing your money away, instead. We’re joined once again by money-saving expert and all-around funny person Josh […]


How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Dollar Store Trash

Christmas trash

Little Joshy Wonderful, A.K.A. Josh Androsky, joins us once again to share his unique and occasionally disquieting insight into the world of saving money. This time the topic is Christmas trees. Since it’s evening on Christmas day, it’s safe to assume you’re worrying about decorating that tree. We’ve all been there: Christmas is basically over, […]


7 Last Minute Gifts For You Last Minute Idiots


Well, you’ve done it again. It’s Christmas Eve and you spent so much time last night getting drunk at your old haunt that you forgot to buy any presents. You swore this year you’d be responsible and order them all online in November. Well, I’m here to save you, dumbass. I’m the QUEEN of gifts, […]


Non-violent videogame gifts for the holidays (2013)


Looking for a videogame gift to put under someone’s tree? If you’re a parent like me and the recipient is a teen, tween, or even younger kid, you might prefer something free of blood, guts, guns, and other violent images.

Alas, that leaves out a lot of the hot new releases, including Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Grand Theft Auto V. I’m not wild about exposing my kids to so much realistically rendered brutality. (That’s what TV is for! Kidding, kidding.)

Fortunately, alternatives exist.


Holiday Gift Guide 2013: 12 gifts for $120 and less


From clothing to electronics, there are tons of holiday gift options. The downside of having lots of choices is that people get lost and ultimately buy something that’s just “okay”.

In order to cut the research time for you, I found 12 excellent gift choices that you’ll be confident in giving and on top of that, they all come in at under $120.

(All items were hand selected. Some were sent by stores for final review and others I purchased).

1. Blush Mystery Beauty Box. I recently wrote about The untraditional holiday gift? A guide to your top snack, beauty and kid’s subscription boxes and one thing that was missing from the guide was this subscription box.


The box is a mix of full and travel-size products worth at least $100. It is filled with a variety of high quality products for your skin and nail. The selections change from month to month, so if you order this month, you’ll get the December box. From the choices, I completely fell in love the Deborah Lippmann nail polish. Price: $34.95 for one-time purchase or as low as $24.95 with subscription. With this coupon from, you can save $5 off the December Blush Mystery Beauty Box and get free shipping.


Five great gifts that don’t require a Black Friday outing


Don’t feel like getting up at the crack of dawn Friday morning so you can wait in long lines and fight surly shoppers? If you’d rather sleep in, fear not: You can still score some amazing deals on some great gifts. I’ve rounded up five that should please any gadget fan on your list.

1. Toddy Gear Home Buttons
What do you get for the iPhone, iPod, or iPad owner who has everything? Why, decorative home-button stickers, of course.

A perfect stocking-stuffer, Toddy Gear Home buttons come in three different sets of seven, each priced at $7.99. They’re all raised, colorful buttons that add a distinctive look to any iDevice.



Get a pair of touchscreen-compatible winter gloves for $14


Winter is a tough time of year, and not just because it’s cold out. No, the real hassle is that you can’t interact with your smartphone without peeling off one of your gloves.

That’s because phone screens are capacitive, meaning they respond to the electrical impulses produced by your fingertips. (Yep, you have electric fingers. Who knew?) Put yarn or leather or Gore-tex in the way and the screen has no idea you’re tapping it.

What you need are smart gloves for your smartphone.


Five last-minute Father’s Day gifts

Bad news, procrastinators: You’ve just about run out of time to shop for the ultimate Father’s Day gift.
Good news, procrastinators: I’m one of you. And as a result, I’ve learned a few tricks of the last-minute-gift trade. If you still need a killer present for dear old Dad, I’ve rounded up several great items that don’t require a trip to the store or even a visit from the UPS man. And as an added bonus, they’re all reasonably priced.
1. LoJack for Laptops subscription
Dad’s a practical guy, so he’s sure to appreciate an insurance policy for one of his most prized possessions. LoJack for Laptops is designed to help recover a stolen laptop.

Five great tech gifts for Father’s Day

How awesome is Dad? He’s out there every day, bringing home the bacon, cleaning the garage, fixing whatever’s broken, and just generally being a heck of a guy. If you haven’t thanked him lately, your mandatory once-a-year chance is just around the corner: Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16.
And what better way to show your appreciation than with something techie? All dads love gadgets and gear, so I’ve rounded up five gift items sure to put a smile on the big guy’s face.
If Dad doesn’t already have a tablet, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (16GB) might just be the best deal going.

5 tech gadgets your mom will love for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is right around the corner (May 12!), so there’s still time left to score Mom an amazing gift.

Okay, but what? Flowers? Too ephemeral. Kitchen stuff? Please. And don’t even think about a new vacuum cleaner. No, if you really want to hit a home run with mom this Mother’s Day, turn your thoughts to tech. Turns out moms love gadgets and gear just as much as dad–as long as you choose the right stuff.

Here are five tech gifts that are sure to make mom happy this Sunday.

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