Cheap Items You Should Never Travel Without

Hitchhiking person

I’ve done my fair share of international travel, which is a snottier sounding phrase than I intended, but here are a few inexpensive items I always find room for in my suitcase: Plug Adapter While hair dryers and curling irons require bulky voltage converters to work overseas, your lifeline gadgets – laptop, iPad, smart phone, […]

Your Cheap and Awesome Guide to Route 66: Oklahoma Edition

Vintage Route 66 Sign

Matt Blitz has traveled Route 66 to discover, explore, visit, and enjoy all the awesome, unique, odd, and cheap attractions that dot the road. His articles so far have covered Route 66 in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Today, he makes his way to Ooook-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain! Stay […]

A $1,100 Sony Walkman? Sure, I’ll Take Two!

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX2

Kids, you won’t remember this, but once upon a time the marketing tagline “It’s a Sony” was synonymous with “quality audio gear.” Like, you went to the store to buy a receiver or tape player and spent a little extra on the Sony because that was the good stuff. Oh, how times have changed. These […]

6 Things You Will Never Be Able To Afford

Think you can afford this meat pie? You are thinking incorrectly.

It’s important to have goals in life. I still remember the inspirational poster that hung in my high school gym – “Shoot For The Moon, If You Miss You’ll Land Amongst.” The rest of the poster was cut off by a field hockey net, but I can only assume it said “The Terrifying Void That […]

When Can You Ignore The Expiration Date?

Pizza dog

Here’s a dirty little secret – expiration dates are baloney (including the expiration dates on baloney). They exist primarily to protect the reputation of the food and have very little to do with food safety. Companies use expiration dates to ensure their products taste as fresh as possible, and possibly to force particularly stupid shoppers […]

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

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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: […]

The Most Bizarre Winter Vacations in the World

Neuschwanstein

Not everyone hates winter. For example, polar bears. Okay, we are not all polar bears, but there is something to be said about snuggling up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa as snow gracefully falls to Earth. Winter can also mean traveling to ice cities, staying a night in a Bavarian fairy […]

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

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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

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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, […]

Get a 12-month Xbox Music subscription for $49.90

Xbox Music

Last month I explained why I broke down and finally subscribed to a music service. In a nutshell: All the music of the world for a reasonable monthly fee, minus the increasing hassles of having to manage my own music library. Of course, most of the mainstream services — your Spotifys, your Rhapsodys, your Beats […]

To Steal or Not to Steal: The Ethics of Piracy

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For a change of pace, I decided to write about something that actually matters to me, so I apologize in advance for the lack of jokes.  To make up for it, here’s one: What did the Zen Buddhist say to the hotdog vendor? Make me one with everything.  Now on to the post! With the […]

Why Texas Is the Perfect Winter Vacation Spot

Christmas, Texas style!

The east coast is now enveloped by cold and snow. California is being soaked by torrential downpours. Florida is, well, Flordia. Seemingly, there is no place we can go to escape winter’s cold, hard, wet grip. Yet, I am here to tell there is one place, a magical locale where the dream of warm weather […]

How to Sleep on an Airplane

Sky babies need sleep, too.

Sleeping on an airplane in coach sucks. There is absolutely no way to mince those words. Unfortunately, there are times when you just have to get a little shut-eye. It could be because you are taking a coast to coast red eye flight (which also tend to be cheaper), where night is cut in half. […]

The Microsoft Giveaway You Cannot Miss

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“Microsoft” and “free” in the same sentence? As a general rule, not so much. So it was with a mix of surprise, skepticism, disbelief, and, ultimately, joy that I discovered this: Microsoft is giving away 100 MP3 albums. Let me clarify that a bit. Microsoft is giving away complete albums, new and older pop music […]

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