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Pet Insurance Explained

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People love their pets. A lot. Here in Los Angeles, for example, the spectrum runs from “My pet has its own Instagram account” to “My pet models for its own line of silk-screen couture.” And with the money people are willing to shell out for doggie sunglasses and kitty fire engines, it didn’t take insurance […]

How to Make Your Favorite Halloween Candies at Home

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It’s happened to all of us: 3 AM, you’re bored, you’re poor, you’re lazy, you’re hungry, and you say, “Why go out and buy a candy bar like some common lowlife when I can make one?” No? Just me? Oh well. But leave it to my old friend the Internet to remind me that however […]

6 Terrible Kickstarter Campaigns Not Worth Your Money

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Crowdfunding has given us some wonderful things – a gun that shoots salt at bugs (aka your friends), a wristwatch you’re not cool enough to pull off, and even a new reason to make fun of Zach Braff. But how do you sort through the tens of thousands of graphic novels, indie films, self-published albums, innovative […]

Coupon Fraud: A Fun New Take On Crime

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It’s called glitching. And, much like the dance craze twerking, it’s sweeping the nation. The only difference is, instead of thrusting your hips while in a low, squatting stance, you exploit errors in barcode scanners to buy one product with the coupon for another, and then later you get arrested for fraud (on or off […]

Four Ways To Say You’re Sorry Without Breaking The Bank

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So you messed up. You forgot your significant other’s birthday. Or you spilled the beans after he swore you to secrecy. Or you accidentally promised her kidney to someone else to pay off your student loans. Either way, you’re in the doghouse, and a simple “I’m sorry” just isn’t going to cut it. It’s time […]

Cheap Ways To Speed Up Your PC

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Is there anything sexier than turning on a new computer and watching it boot up in seconds? Well, yes, hundreds of things, but I don’t get out much, so let’s stick to the topic at hand. A few years of use will turn your sleek, racy 90s Val Kilmer of a computer into a sluggish, […]

Ditch Your Pricey Gym Membership for These Top Alternatives

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Is there a way to tone your arms and legs without it costing an arm and a leg? Can you trim the fat while trimming your budget? Could this wordplay get any worse? The answers to these questions are yes, yes, and God I hope not. Here are a handful of alternatives to an expensive […]

When To Buy Generic and When To Buy Name Brand

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When I was a child, my mother’s fridge wasn’t stocked with Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, or Dr. Pepper. We had Shasta and Mountain Lightning and Dr. Thunder (or, if we really wanted to cut loose, Ramp). And so in honor of Mother’s Day – aka the day I remembered that I forgot Mother’s Day – here’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Joys and Horrors of Couchsurfing

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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, […]

Your Guide to The Country’s Best Cheap Food

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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 […]

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