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 […]

How To Make Starbucks Drinks At Home With Tamra Brown

Starbucks Scratch

Whether you go to Starbucks every single morning or just every once in awhile when you need a convenient meeting spot with casual ambiance and pre-packaged artisan paninis, it can get expensive. Especially since they just raised prices on certain beverages. The nerve of them! Why, you might as well make your favorite Starbucks latte […]

How to Buy a New Windows PC if You Don’t Want Windows 8

Microsoft store

Photo credit: Raysonho Recently a family friend reached out with this conundrum: His six-year-old computer was on its last legs, and he was ready for a new machine. But he’d heard so many bad things about Windows 8, he’d confined his shopping to the smattering of Windows 7 systems available from the likes of Dell […]

The Crowded Apple: The Most Unique (& Cheapest) NYC Vacation Ever

Crowded Apple Scratch

As the most populous city in America, New York City is home to over eight million people.  And that doesn’t include the tourists that flock to the city in the summer months. Packed with rushing commuters, taxis, out-of-towners, buildings, and people yelling “I’m walking here!,” the city can give off a rather intimidating vibe. But […]

Get a Zvox SoundBase 555 Speaker System for $299.99

Zvox 2 Scratch

Here’s an inconvenient (and sucky) truth: The speakers built into most HDTVs sound like tinny AM-radio throwbacks. They’re awful! So why do people live with them? Probably because of the hassles and expense of buying an AV receiver and cluttering up their living rooms with speakers and wires. But, let’s face it, if you want […]

Save Hundreds on Your Next Vacation

freedom

When planning out my summer I realized that I had two trips that I really wanted to take, but a bank account balance that would only allow for one. With airline tickets to most common destinations starting at around $400-$450, I knew that I’d have to find another way to get to where I wanted to […]

How to See Your Favorite Bands Below Face Value

Concert Scratch

I go to concerts the way most people go see movies- it is my favorite way to simultaneously get pumped, unwind, and let my limbs go loose while I connect to something bigger. People are always asking me, Lamps! How do you do it? How do you afford to go to all those live shows? […]

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