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The World’s 7 Most Expensive Pools

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When our cavemen ancestors dug a hole and filled it with water, did they have any idea of the grandiose heights our vision and hubris would eventually attain? Of course not, they were cavemen. They were really, really stupid. I bet they didn’t even have a Roku. But progress marched on regardless, and here are […]

Was Amazon’s Prime Day a Total Rip-Off? Let’s Look at the Numbers

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Last Wednesday, July 15th Amazon celebrated its first annual Prime Day, proving that if you’re enough of a commercial juggernaut you can make up your own holiday, just like Valentine’s Day or Trump Morrow Eve. Expectations ran high, with Amazon promising more deals than Black Friday. So how’d it turn out? Depends who you talk […]

How Much Does Your Money Cost?

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We all know how much our money is worth. For example, $5 gets you the Bacon Club Chalupa Big Box at Taco Bell, as well as two complimentary hours on the toilet. But how much does our money cost? The answer, it turns out, is a lot of chalupas. The US currency budget for 2015 […]

Cheap Substitutes for Expensive Ingredients

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Just because you’re cooking a fancy dinner with fancy recipes doesn’t mean you’re stuck with fancy ingredients. If you want to cut costs at your next dinner party, here are a few possible substitutions. You can use the money you save to buy better friends to eat with, like maybe someone in a turtleneck or […]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Senior Discounts but Were Too Young to Ask

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Have you successfully survived forest fires, wild bears, heart disease, drunk drivers, war, and errant coconuts for long enough to complete at least fifty trips around the sun? If so, you qualify for a whole suite of discounts! And unlike those namby-pamby student discounts I covered last time, these don’t require you to write a […]

How to Exchange Money Abroad

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Are you vacationing with your parents? Have you been kidnapped by rebels? Are you Bono? If you answered no to all three questions, then traveling costs money. And those persnickity foreigners rarely have the decency to accept our totally different currency, even though we won WWI, WWII, and every single World Series. The nerve. So […]

7 Cheap Alternatives to the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch has finally arrived, bursting at the seams with customized apps and clever features, and it can be yours for the low, low price of $349. Sorry, I meant to say for the not-at-all-low price of $349. For those of us looking to spend less on our watch than we spend on our […]

Student Discounts 101

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So you think you deserve to pay five dollars less at a museum just because you’ve saddled yourself with massive debt while obtaining the skills and knowledge necessary to make a valuable contribution to our society and economy? You selfish monster. But, lucky for you, the world at large agrees. Student discounts are everywhere, and […]

Things You Can Probably Steal

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My mother has a job. She can afford to buy shampoo. I say this because if you were to ever encounter her in a hotel bathroom, you might mistake her for a well-dressed hobo, or perhaps an international jewel thief smuggling blood diamonds in her toiletry bag. What is it about hotels and diners and […]

Flavor Tripping on Miracle Fruit

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My guests gather around the table, growing nervous and quiet as we prepare to begin. I hand each a small, red pill. “Do we swallow it?” one woman asks. “No, you let it dissolve,” I reply. One by one we place the pills on our tongues. Except for a few nervous giggles, it’s silent as […]

A Look at the Top Booze Delivery Services

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You can get Thai food, power tools, and live insects delivered to your door, hopefully not all on the same day, but it’s not officially the 21st century until you can get drunk without getting off your butt. A new suite of booze delivery apps is trying to solve this problem once and for all. […]

A Look at the Top Grocery Delivery Services

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The days of New Yorkers lording their countless delivery options over the rest of us are finally coming to an end. Grocery delivery services are popping up in major cities across the country, giving all of us the chance to answer the age old question, “How much cheese can I eat without leaving my apartment?” […]

When to Choose Urgent Care

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Here’s how it ought to work: If you’re sick, you make an appointment to visit your primary care physician, the one you’ve spent years developing a relationship with. If it’s a true emergency, something involving blood or trouble breathing or a gypsy curse, you visit the ER. Unfortunately, it’s not always so simple. Millions of […]

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Fancy Cookie Mixes

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We enter into many unspoken contracts in modern society. If you hold the elevator door for me, I’ll do a little half-shuffle-run. If you ask me to take care of your ferret for the weekend, I’ll promise not to eat that ferret unless I absolutely have to. Likewise, when I visit an artisanal bakery or […]

13 Cheap and Inventive Indie Games for Non-Gamers

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It’s no secret that video games have gone from a basement pastime for little boys who fear sunlight, girls, and gym class showers (A.K.A. me) to a global juggernaut. Gaming is now a $20 billion business in the US alone – that’s more than we spend at the movies – with over 40% of Americans […]

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