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Marijuana coupons exist now

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Zach.Ames)
at 8:30AM Friday April 18, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

Marijuana is starting to win some battles in the war on drugs. There are now 20 states with some form of legal weed. This means a huge underground industry is now going public. Modern consumers have grown accustomed to doing everything through the internet. It makes sense that these consumers would want a place to find marijuana deals on-line. That's where Canna-Saver.com comes in. Canna-Saver.com is kind of like Savings.com except you won't find any deals on shoes or coupons for hotel rooms. Canna-Saver has coupons for marijuana and marijuana related products. It currently only has deals in the state of Colorado, but I wouldn't be surprised if it started to add more states in the very near future.

You may be wondering how legal all of this actually is. I know that's what my first question would be. I'm too pretty for jail! Pot is still technically illegal federally, but the state of Colorado has made it legal for anyone over 21 to buy up to a quarter of an ounce of marijuana without a prescription. Colorado residents can buy up to an ounce. That's a lot of pot. The only reason you'd ever need an ounce of pot was if you got invited to Willie Nelson's birthday. Read More …

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
under Stuff We Like

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 …

Convert your DVDs to digital movies for free

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:05PM Thursday April 17, 2014
under Product Review

Remember all those DVDs you bought back in the days when watching a movie meant watching a DVD? Now they're probably collecting dust on a shelf, having been replaced by the likes of Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and maybe even Vudu. (Ha, ha, I know: good one.)

Yep, those discs are veritable dinosaurs these days, about as practical as vinyl records and VHS cassettes. And yet it's possible to resurrect your DVDs for a very practical purpose: Watching those movies on your PC, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is the right software.

Specifically, a DVD ripper. Don't let the name scare you: the process of "ripping" merely means copying the movie files from a disc and converting them to a format that's compatible with the aforementioned devices. 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
under Stuff We Like

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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The 2014 US Airways Disaster: Anatomy of a Twitter Fail

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 2:00PM Tuesday April 15, 2014
under Newsworthy

It's rare to witness a genuine apotheosis in real time, but yesterday, if you were on Twitter around noon Pacific time, you may have witnessed the Greatest Twitter Fail of All Time.

A few days ago, US Airways received this complaint from Twitter user @ElleRafter: "@USAirways Unhappy that 1787 sat for an hour on tarmac in CLT because overweight, resulting in over hour late arrival in PDX…" There was a brief, benign exchange. Then days later, in a routine follow-up US Airways tweeted the following (originally with an uncensored image):

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Five free home-page alternatives that will brighten your day

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:00AM Tuesday April 15, 2014
under Freebies

When you fire up your Web browser, what's the first thing you see? Unless you've modified the default home page, chances are good it's MSN, Yahoo, or some other news-oriented site. I don't know about you, but the headlines I typically see make me want to dive under the covers and stay there.

Seriously, do you really want to be slapped in the face with all that negativity, all that bad news, every time you open your browser? I certainly don't, which is why I've changed my home page to something far more positive.

Yes, you can do that. I'm always surprised at how many people never bother to choose a new home page, perhaps because they think that's the way the computer was set up, and that's how it has to stay. Nuh-uh. You can set your home page to Facebook, Twitter, Fluffy Kittens on Tumblr, or whatever you like. Read More …

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
under Stuff We Like

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
under Stuff We Like

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 …

My smartphone is out of contract. Now what?

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:28AM Thursday April 10, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

Huzzah! You've finally reached the end of that oppressive two-year contract with your evil, over-charging mobile phone carrier. At long last, you're free to... free to...

Hmm.

Now that your phone's out of contract, what are your options? A year ago at this time, you didn't have many. Today, however, the mobile landscape has changed dramatically. In a good way. You've got loads of post-contract choices, and in most cases you'll end up spending less than you are now--possibly a lot less.

One phone, two phone, old phone, new phone
At this point you've got two basic options: You can keep your existing phone or replace it with a new one. Let's start with the former. 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
under Stuff We Like

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
under Stuff We Like

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 …

On the Cheap with Megan Koester: Vegas, Baby!

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Megan.Koester)
at 8:00AM Tuesday April 8, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

Most folks hemorrhage money whenever they visit the degenerate's paradise that is Las Vegas. Those folks, however, are suckers. It's totally possible to enjoy yourself in Sin City without losing your shirt–all you've gotta do is bet on the right bargains. Gettin' a room, gettin' drunk, gettin' full, gettin' entertained and comin' back with a little something to remember your trip by is what Vegas is all about. In this video, we'll show you how to do just that and more, for little to no cashola! You feelin' lucky?

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Pump up your pantry: 10 non-perishable foods to keep on hand for meals in minutes

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gabi.Moskowitz)
at 9:00AM Monday April 7, 2014
under Shop Smarter

We've all been there. You really did mean to go grocery shopping this week—you even made a list. But then, it just didn't happen. So there you are, staring at a near-empty fridge, debating picking up the phone and ordering take-out.



DON'T DO IT!

Instead, have a wander over to your pantry, and you'll discover that therein lays a world of culinary opportunities. All you need is a little creativity and some super-basic techniques, and you'll be chowing down on some really good (and-much-cheaper-than-takeout) grub. Here's what to have on hand: Read More …

Hypocrite Lobby: Why corporations are people who live in glass houses

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 12:22PM Friday April 4, 2014
under Newsworthy


The average Jane Six-Pack out there would be rightly confused by the idea that Dow Chemical Co. is just as much of a person as she is. It makes a little more sense when you consider that "corporate personhood"-related Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United were decided by a bunch of lawyers, pretty much the furthest thing from a Jane Six-Pack -- unless you mean a six-pack of Coke. Sure, corporations are people to a bunch of lawyers, because it's the shortest possible contortion of logic that gets us to a point where we can grant corporations legal rights, describe their liability or lack thereof, and allow them to own things.

But when corporations assert that they believe things, corporate personhood gets sketchy. At best, corporations' expressions of "belief" place them among the worst hypocrites out there, and at worst, their glaring inconsistencies threaten to break apart any notion of their personhood altogether.

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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
under Stuff We Like

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
under Stuff We Like

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
under Stuff We Like

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
under Stuff We Like



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
under Stuff We Like

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 …

The best return policies in the business

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Megan.Koester)
at 12:00PM Tuesday April 1, 2014
under Shop Smarter

As a former connoisseur of return fraud, (emphasis on former, OK?) I am intimately aware of the return policies of many of the chain retailers cluttering America's once-breathtaking landscape. Some, of course, are better than others. Pretty much all of them are better than Best Buy's, which is god-awful. (That's right, Best Buy! I'm callin' you out!) The ones in this article, as I'm sure you've already gathered by the title, rank among the best. It's hard to find satisfaction in this world, especially when it comes to interacting with big box retailers, but these faceless corporations are A-ok in my book.

Nordstrom
As a peddler of wares for the upper class, it stands to reason that Nordstrom should have the Rolls-Royce of return policies. And boy, do they. Their official policy is, well, that there isn't one. Which means you can return items years after you've bought them–hell, even after you've worn them. Which, naturally, makes Nordstrom a hotbed for fraudulent activity. A friend of mine's mother, who used to work there, has horror stories about gritting her teeth and taking back used underwear. (The customer's always right, after all!) If anything you buy at Nordie's "malfunctions" (up to and including flip flops that fell apart after a summer or eight), you can bring it back for a refund. You don't even need a receipt, just the tag from the item you purchased. Now, before you go hog-wild and return every single thing you've ever bought at Nordstrom, know this–returns negatively affect the commissions of the employees who accept 'em. So have a heart. Please? Read More …

Comedy Central app streams full episodes for free

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:55AM Tuesday April 1, 2014
under Freebies

It may be April 1, but this is no joke: Comedy Central's new iOS app lets you watch full-length episodes of "The Daily Show," "Key & Peele," "South Park," and more--all for free.

@#!$ yeah!

Before this, various Comedy Central shows had their own apps, but most of them (like The Colbert Report's) let you watch only clips. Now you can see the latest episodes of over a dozen shows, in their entirety, the day after they air.

In other words, at long last, you can stream last night's "Daily Show" on the train ride to work. In your face, boredom! (Just try to keep the laughter down. Some of us have work to do.)

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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
under Stuff We Like

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 …

10 sexy ways to eat your eggs all day long

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gabi.Moskowitz)
at 9:00AM Monday March 31, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

A common conundrum for the foodie on a tight budget is the issue of health vs. cost. Sure, free-range, organic chicken breasts are better for you (and tastier) than hot dogs, but money is tight and that ish is expensive.

I don't like to play that game though. For my money, I'll take real, high-quality, inexpensive protein that is versatile, easy to find, and delicious. Enter the incredible, edible (yeah, I went there) egg. 


Perhaps best known for their presence in all things breakfast, eggs are actually ideal for meals spanning the day. And for between $2.50 and $4.50 for 12 of them, they're a heck of a deal. By making eggs the star of plate, you'll find that you can indeed afford nutritious, protein-packed meals that satisfy your palate and keep you full for hours. Read on for 10 affordable and sexy egg-based meal ideas: Read More …

Why everyone loses when you run a cash-only business

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 11:00AM Friday March 28, 2014
under Stuff We Like



To walk into a coffee shop and be told "We're cash only," is irksome for a number of reasons: the clerk tends to say it as though the company had been born that way or something. As though there's an all-powerful god of payment forms, and we must do his bidding.

It's not divine will. It's a shortsighted business decision by often distrustful or resentful business owners. Contrary to popular belief, operating as a cash-only business is neither profitable for companies, nor beneficial for anyone in the grand scheme of things. (OK, a few companies can benefit but the way they go about it is not nice.) Here's why it's so bad, and what recourse you have, and in order to explain it all, I may have to bust a couple myths along the way. Read More …

Revive an old PC with Zorin OS

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:09AM Thursday March 27, 2014
under Stuff We Like

It's an age-old question: Now that you've purchased a new PC, what do you do with the old one? (Tossing it in a lake is not a wise idea, tempted though you might be.)

The age-old answer: install Linux. You know, that "other" operating system that's kind of like Windows, only not really, and requires a degree in programming to use?

Reality check: Linux has matured a lot over the years, to the point where anyone accustomed to Windows should have no trouble using it. What's more, despite offering nearly all the software power of Windows, Linux requires way less hardware power. Read More …