Get a Zvox SoundBase 555 Speaker System for $299.99

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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

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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

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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? […]

The Weirdest & Cheapest Vacation Ever

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The Eiffel Tower is boring. The Hollywood Sign, been there, seen that. The White House, more like the Yawn House. Sure, when you head out on your summer vacation this year, you could be a typical tourist. You could get packed tightly into an overcrowded museum, pay your way onto an expensive tour bus, or […]

Trick Out Your iPhone with The XiStera XS Plus Multitool

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Like any red-blooded American male, my heart beats faster when I hear the word “multitool.” Of course, my iPhone is already the ultimate multitool, good for everything from photography to text messaging to Flappy Birding.  What more could it possibly do? Turns out: a lot. The XiStera XS Plus adds a host of nifty capabilities […]

More Ways to Gender Swap And Save

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It really should be no secret anymore that advertisers love splitting us up into smaller, easier-to-market-to groups.  And most of the time when they do, we end up spending more for the same product.  The plus side to this though is that once we’ve peeled back this marketing matrix and seen it for what it […]

Get an iZon Home Video Monitor for $79.99

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Here’s everything I know about security cameras. They’re expensive. They’re a pain to install. They require lots of wiring. They’re the opposite of decor-friendly. As Ygritte would say to Jon Snow: “You know nothing.” The iZon 2.0 is a decidedly modern (and modern-looking) home video monitor that requires no wiring, sets up in minutes, and won’t […]

Stop Getting Ripped Off When You Buy Video Games Online

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If you’re buying video games online, then you’re probably paying more than you should. It’s much easier to download a game than get in your car and drive all the way to a dumb store. That’s sort of the problem with buying games on-line. Being able to instantly have any video game makes it too […]

Working Out Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive with These Proven Methods

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Whenever I need to tighten up my spending habits, I notice that things like gym memberships and pricey exercise classes seem to be the first to go. I tell myself, “I’ll just go for more runs” or “I’ll work out at home,” knowing good and well that I’ll be eating cookie dough by the ton […]

Three Free Web Services You Should Start Using Right Now

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In the schlocky TV show “Once Upon a Time,” which I watch only because my kids make me, there’s a frequent refrain: “Magic always comes with a price.” (If you watch it as well, you know it’s usually followed by a “dearie.”) Here in the real world, there’s plenty of magic powered by technology–and, sometimes, there’s […]

What’s Best for Back to School: Laptop, Tablet, or Chromebook?

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Having only just recovered from the horror that was winter, 2013-2014, I can’t believe I’m saying this: It’s time to start thinking about fall. Specifically, about school, and the gear that goes with it. For many kids that means a new laptop. My son, for example, is about to start middle school, and he’s eligible […]

On the Cheap with Megan Koester: The Big Night Out

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Need to look gorgeous for a hot night out but don’t have the cash-ola necessary to make your designer dreams a reality? No sweat, sweetie! Just go to the mall, slap on a face of free makeup, “borrow” a dress, and strut on down to your destination. You’ll be beautiful on a budget…of $0! TRANSCRIPTSpeaker […]

Cheap and Easy Gluten-Free Summer Recipes

chocolate muffin with whipped cream and strawberry

If you know a thing or two about ol’ Lamps, you know that summer is my favorite time of year, and I love hosting parties as much as I love attending them. What you might not know is a year ago I found out I’m allergic to wheat. I’ll spare you the details of my sinus struggles […]

Five Surprisingly Cool Things You Can Do with A Crappy Tablet

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So that cheapo tablet you bought didn’t really work out. Maybe the screen wasn’t great, or it proved too slow for games, Web browsing, Netflix, and the like. Now it sits on a shelf collecting dust, a constant and painful reminder of the hard-earned money you wasted. If only life offered do-overs. How about a do-better? A […]

Celebrate America with Patriotic Stuff Made in Foreign Countries

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America. USA. ‘Merica. No matter how you say it, you probably love our country and you get super excited for its birthday. Not like those jerks, the (insert political party you don’t like) hanging out in those (Northern/­Eastern/­Southern/­Western) states that just don’t understand what this country is all about, right? Not like you and your […]

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