How to Eat on $20 a Week and Not Die

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If you’re anything like me, you’re broke. Just because we can’t afford the finer things in life–fancy cars, exotic vacations, health care–doesn’t mean we have to starve to death, though. Not only is spending a mere $20 a week on groceries possible, it’s also probably a lot healthier than your current diet. Follow these tips […]

10 Tips For Cheap International Travel

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In my last post, I explained how to score international flights for a fraction of their normal cost, but how do you keep your budget down once you’ve arrived? By selling a kidney and/or pick-pocketing other tourists, obviously. But if you’re already down to your last kidney and have clumsy sausage fingers, here are some […]

Three Cool Ways to Get a Tablet with a Free Data Plan

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Consider the tablet. All done? I guess what I meant to say is, consider how you typically use your tablet. I suspect most of us fire them up at home or the office, connecting to the Wi-Fi networks available there. When we’re out and about, though, we switch to our smartphones. But wouldn’t it be […]

Thrift Stores Can Be Great for Savings Or Make You Really Itchy

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(photo credit: screenshot of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop music video) Guys. Ladies. Fellas. Friends. We all love bargains. Bargains are what America is all about. Anyone in America who doesn’t love a bargain is probably in Al Qaeda and should immediately be detained and hopefully water boarded until they realize how great bargains […]

Our Nation’s Capital of the Hidden & the Odd

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The  land of the free, the home of the brave, and the city of the bizarre. Seems like a perfect way to describe our nation’s capital. Sure, you can visit the Washington Monument, the Air & Space Museum, and the White House, but if you ever went on a family vacation to DC, you’ve done […]

Should You Buy a TV with Built-in Roku?

TCL Roku TV

Here’s something that happened in Vegas that didn’t stay in Vegas. Way back in January–a month I’ve tried hard to forget, along with the rest of winter 2014–Roku announced that it had hooked up with TV makers Hisense and TCL. That was no shameless CES one-nighter; the union resulted in new lines of HDTVs with Roku […]

Credit Card Tactics to Earn You Free Airfare

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Credit cards have many uses: getting you out of debt, getting you into debt, helping you break into your dorm room after locking yourself out. But many people don’t realize that, with planning and patience, credit cards can also earn you free domestic and international airfare. It’s called credit card churning, which frankly sounds so […]

Attend Comic Con On A Budget

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Being a nerd is easy. Affording to be a nerd can be hard. With so many conventions held every year that cater to tastes from comic books to television shows to movies to little ponies, chances are better than average that everyone on the internet has at least one convention they’ll attend this year, or […]

Have a New York City Experience In Lancaster,PA

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Planning a trip to the Big Apple can be exciting: Broadway shows, gourmet dining experiences, strolls through Central Park! There’s so much history, diversity, and life coursing through New York City’s veins, it’s no wonder the city never sleeps. It’s also probably up all night, tossing and turning, wondering how anyone can afford to stay there for […]

Get the 5.5-inch HTC Desire Smartphone for $199.99

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For the record, I despise the portmanteau “phablet.” Just because a smartphone has a large-ish screen doesn’t mean it’s a tablet (because tablets don’t make phone calls, duh). Seriously. “Phablet.” Barf. Now that we’re clear on that, QVC has the HTC Desire 816 5.5-inch phablet (dammit) for $199.95 shipped. This brand spankin’ new smartphone just landed […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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