Kiplinger offers a handy roundup of 30 websites, restaurants, stores, and services that are legitimately giving stuff away. The third annual list features free e-books, free video games, free ATMs, free phone directory assistance, and more.
This year, tons of people planted their own vegetables in backyard gardens—to double up on saving money and eating healthy at the same time. But now that harvest season is upon us, if you’ve had any luck you’re eyeballing an overabundance of cucumbers, zuchini, squash, tomatoes, and peppers that are going to spoil unless you do …
“Long-time listener, first-time seller.” A radio program in Ohio invites callers to make pitches on the air to sell whatever they want—motorcycles, rocking chairs, wedding rings, air-conditioners, family heirlooms, cars, high school yearbooks, even pets and cemetery plots.
“People need to be responsible for what they own. If you don’t know what you have and where it is, you end up buying duplicates or not using your things, which is nuts.” —New York City-based professional organizer Ann Sullivan, quoted in a NY Times story about end-of-summer organizing.
What rubbish! Dan Phillips has to be the hero of everyone who has ever pulled over to pick something out of a heap waiting for garbage pickup on the side of the road. For a dozen years, the now 64-year-old Phillips has built homes in Huntsville, Texas, using license plates, old picture frames, shards of ceramic tiles, wine bottle corks, …
Here’s a last-minute round-up of ideas to save on food and drink at barbecues, picnics, and any other sort of gathering this holiday weekend. One easy way to save: Go for store brands.
You pick up a few items at the supermarket or pharmacy, and what comes out of the register? A receipt that curls and streams out to a yard or so in length. There has to be a better way, no?
What the heck is an Aetna outpost doing sandwiched in between Lids and Mrs. Fields Cookies at the mall? Why, it’s trying to sell you health insurance, of course, just like Lids is trying to sell you hats.
Tired of seeing shoppers migrate to Wal-Mart and Target for buying groceries, traditional supermarkets in southern California like Vons, Ralphs, and Stater Bros. are stepping up with discounts and promotions galore to attract customers.
Everybody knows that store brand foods—pasta, canned veggies, cookies, condiments, whatever—are cheaper than the national brands. The assumption is that the national brands taste better. Consumer Reports demonstrates that they don’t.
“Children are the most expensive item in every family’s budget.”
Families just aren’t eating out that much. The number of groups with children visiting restaurants fell 5 percent over the last year, and it’s not because parents have suddenly tired of whisper-shouting and giving the evil eye to kids misbehaving in the booth.