Inexpensive First Dates That’ll Actually Surprise the Girl You Ask Out

Roller Rink Scratch

Women love being surprised. Trust me on this. I know, because unlike most people, I have met every single woman. Given that women love being surprised, it’s strange that first dates tend to be at the same places and set in the same settings, over and over again. You’d think, given how many different options […]

Hidden Spots to Visit in Vegas

Neon Sign Scratch

Some come for their chance at fortune. Others for the world-class entertainment. More than a few to eat like a king. Las Vegas has something for everyone. Even for the people who have no interest in any of that stuff. This desert city has a history and culture that so unique, so odd, so downright […]

The Best Back-to-School PC Might Just Be a Tablet

Surface RT tablet

I’m about to do something unthinkable: I’m going to recommend a Microsoft product. No! Must… resist… Satan! Nope, it’s happening. Here it comes: The best back-to-school PC is the Microsoft Surface RT tablet. Whew, okay, I said it, it’s out. Crazy, right? Everyone knows the Surface RT is a joke, an overpriced, under-capable tablet that’s […]

The Joys and Horrors of Couchsurfing

Young man having a nap on couch in living room

I love Couchsurfing. I want to say that upfront, since over the course of this post I doubt I’ll come across as its best spokesperson. For those not in the know, Couchsurfing.org (and other, similar sites) provides a network of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world willing to offer up their futons, pull-outs, […]

The Ultimate Pizza Race With Josh Androsky

Pizza Race Scratch

It’s the weekend, time to grab some friends, get some beers and relax– you EARNED it. Of course, after a few cold ones, your thoughts turn to your grumbling stomachs. It’s food time. It’s unspoken, but you all know what’s about to go down: Pizza. Of course it’s pizza. It’s always been pizza and it […]

Two Free Anti-Virus Tools: Bitdefender and Your Own Brain

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Want to protect your PC from viruses and other malware, without spending a big chunk of money on security software? First, grab Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition. You wouldn’t think a free utility would offer much in the way of protection, but earlier this week, the folks over at PC Gamer ranked it the top free […]

Save Money by Hiding Your Cell Phone From Yourself

Kim Game Scratch

I’m old enough to remember not having a cell phone (I’m in my thirties). I can vividly recall the difference between existing with a communication device on me at all times and the calm sense of being connected to reality and… the moment… that came before. I have an iPhone. It’s pretty. It’s nice. It […]

Fast Food Mutation: The Newest Crop of Bizarre Menu Items

Jack in the Box Restaurant exterior

At some point near the turn of the century, it seems the decision makers for all the fast food chains in the country looked out upon their works and sighed. The public, they decided, must have grown tired of simply caring about quality of food. “Let’s just get weird with it,” they must have said […]

The Hubsan X4 Quad-Copter: Best. Toy. Ever. And Cheap

Hubsan X4 H107C

Forget apes. Welcome to the rise of the planet of the drones. Because these things are about to be everywhere. I say this based on recent experience with one drone in particular, the Hubsan X4. Actually, it’s a radio-controlled quad-copter, but “drone” is easier to say and type, so I’m going with that. The X4 […]

Your Guide to The Country’s Best Cheap Food

Ramen Scratch

For me, food IS travel. Half the reason I go to new places and foreign countries is to feast upon their local delicacies (while the other half is because I’m always trying to catch that dastardly Carmen Sandiego). There’s no reason, however, for these meals to break the bank. I’ve cobbled together a zig-zagging circuit […]

What to Save On and What to Spend More On at 99 Cent Stores

99 Cents

Have you ever had one of those weekends where you overindulge a bit too much and wake up Monday morning shocked at your depleted bank account? Well I have, and it’s what landed me trolling the well-stocked shelves of a 99-cent store by my house – you know the type – where everything’s under a […]

Cheap Date Ideas for Faux High-Rollers

Attractive couple drinking red wine in restaurant or bar

So you were internet dating (again) and you came across another promising match who wanted to go on a date, only now, you’re worried about how you’ll afford a night out on the town (again). The last thing you want to do is let her (or him) know you’re concerned with spending money. You want […]

Get a Free Android App Bundle Worth $100

Amazon Appstore giveaway

It’s true what they say: The best things in life are free. Hugs, hikes, laughter, apps… Wait, apps? Hang on, let me amend that axiom a bit: The best things in life are free for a limited time. Like this: Amazon is offering a free Android app bundle worth $100, but only until tomorrow. Does life get […]

Keep Austin Weird…and Cheap

Austin Texas Scratch

Austin likes weird. I mean, it says it right there in their city’s slogan. The Texas capital is known for its barbeque, music, art and the bizarre. It doesn’t take much to find the weird in Austin, but if you want to find the weird that the true weirdos love, you got to take a […]

Smartwatches and Fitness Bands: Just Not There Yet

Smart Watch Scratch

I’m not one to make sweeping generalizations or blanket statements, but all smartwatches and fitness bands suck and always will. Okay, maybe someday they’ll get better, but for now my advice is this: steer clear. That’s based on several months test-driving a variety of products, including the Martian Notifier, Pebble, and Striiv Touch. They’re all appealing […]

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