Make Your Own Sports Drink

Make Your Own Sports Drink

Why waste money on Gatorade when you can brew an equally effective sports drink from sugar, lemon juice, salt and orange juice? Hit the jump for the simple, inexpensive recipe.

Save Money On Groceries By Buying The Ugly Ones

Save Money On Groceries By Buying The Ugly Ones

Salvage grocers are stores that stock all the dented, crushed, slightly past their “best by” date products that consumers have been trained to avoid. Because of this, they’re the Dollar General or Big Lots of supermarkets, with prices up to half off regular store prices, says the Associated Press.

25 Towns Where Homes Are Affordable

25 Towns Where Homes Are Affordable

CNNMoney has a list of 25 towns where the price of a house isn’t much more than the median family income. Guess where they all are?

RyanAir: Bye Bye, Checked Bags And Airport Check-In. Hello, Gambling!

RyanAir: Bye Bye, Checked Bags And Airport Check-In. Hello, Gambling!

RyanAir this week announced that they will soon eliminate all airport check-in counters and require passengers to carry-on their luggage. Starting early next year, passengers will need to schlep their bags through airport security and drop them at the steps of the plane for checking into plane’s cargo hold. Once aboard though, there will be gambling!

Hotwire Partially Refunds Cost Of Non-Suite Hotel Room

Hotwire Partially Refunds Cost Of Non-Suite Hotel Room

Yesterday we mentioned that you might not want to take the “S” icon—it stands for “suite”—too seriously on a Hotwire hotel room listing, because Jeff did and ended up in a room that was definitely not a suite. When he called Hotwire, they told him that the icons only show what’s offered at the hotel, not what he’s actually getting.

Using Hotwire To Find A Hotel Room? Take Those Little Icons With A Grain Of Salt

Using Hotwire To Find A Hotel Room? Take Those Little Icons With A Grain Of Salt

Update: Hotwire has partially refunded the cost of the room and clarified that if it said it was a suite, it should have been a suite. They’ve removed the “S” icon from the listing.

http://consumerist.com/2009/06/01/more-cheap-online-eyeglass-sources/

More cheap online eyeglass sources for the focus-challenged among us: Optical4less and Goggles4U. Yeah, they sound like scam sites, but Kevin Kelly vouches for them. [Cool Tools]

Best Recession Bargains From Consumer Reports

Best Recession Bargains From Consumer Reports

We know, we know: everyone’s poor. But just in case you want to offer your favorite retailer a little economic stimulus, Consumer Reports has rounded up a lot of discounts and deals on luxury purchases like cruises and basic things like, uh, a house. Our favorite tips, inside.

Use Codeshares To Find Cheap Summer Flights Abroad

Use Codeshares To Find Cheap Summer Flights Abroad

Before locking in your summer fare to Europe, see if you can’t find a better deal by searching an airline’s codeshare partners. Airlines use codeshares to sell seats on each other’s planes so they can reach destinations they wouldn’t otherwise serve. Since ticket prices constantly fluctuate, codeshare partners often quote different fares for the exact same flight. Inside, reader Christiana shares how she used codeshares to save almost $300 on a flight to England…

JetBlue Offers $1 Military Fare Through Today, Although It Comes With A Surprising Number Of Restrictions

JetBlue Offers $1 Military Fare Through Today, Although It Comes With A Surprising Number Of Restrictions

JetBlue is offering an amazing deal to members of our armed forces in honor of National Military Appreciation Month, but once you get past that jaw-dropping $1 fee, it starts to look like they outsourced the fine print to Macy’s. Here are the restrictions:

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/29/woohoo-cheap-ice-cream-tonight/

Woohoo cheap ice cream! Tonight from 5 to 10pm at participating Baskin Robbins, small scoops of ice cream are 31 cents each plus tax (limit three scoops per person). Besides the publicity boost, the promo is an opportunity to get people to voluntarily donate money to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the National Junior Firefighter Program. [Baskin Robbins] (Thanks to CD!)

Icon Parking Accidentally Reveals Why Their Service Is Cheap

Icon Parking Accidentally Reveals Why Their Service Is Cheap

Eli Lansey took photos of recent Icon Parking ads on NYC subway cars and posted them on his blog. They promise customers “$10 for up to 10 hours” of parking at various lots in the city. Wow, that’s a good price! On the same ad they have a help wanted section that says they’re looking for employees, “no experience necessary.” Ah.

Microsoft Tells Broken Xbox Owners To Find Their Own Shipping Boxes

Microsoft Tells Broken Xbox Owners To Find Their Own Shipping Boxes

Reader Zach’s Xbox 360 just suffered its second Red Ring of Death. He dutifully called up Microsoft customer support to get a shipping box to mail his Xbox in for repairs, and instead was told he’d need to find his own box and ship it himself.

Air Travel Is Getting Cheaper Because No One Is Flying

Air Travel Is Getting Cheaper Because No One Is Flying

Prices are coming down as demand weakens, so if you were thinking of taking a flight — now might be a good time to start shopping for tickets.Southwest Airlines and AirTran have both announced fare cuts and the LA Times says that traffic is down 31% at LA/Ontario International Airport as ExpressJet, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways have eliminated or slashed service. With that in mind, here are three shopping tools we like…

Oh No, People Can't Afford Stupid Crap This Valentine's Day

Oh No, People Can't Afford Stupid Crap This Valentine's Day

Yesterday I passed by a Godiva store in midtown Manhattan and saw that it was packed with frustrated looking men in suits lined up to the door. It reminded me of how manufactured this particular holiday is. After all, these men hadn’t all shown up at the same store, on the same day and for the exact same reason, spontaneously; it took years and years of conditioning. But is there room in the new Poor America for the sort of spendy nonsense that Valentine’s Day demands? The New York Times takes a look at how people are cutting costs, and ignoring mass-marketed fauxmance for cheaper and more personalized experiences.

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/27/heres-a-resource-to-help/

Here’s a resource to help you determine whether your library lends digital media such as audiobooks and ebooks. It also helps you locate other libraries that offer digital lending. [Overdrive] (Thanks to jojo319!)

Three Cheap Recipes For DIY Windshield De-Icers

Three Cheap Recipes For DIY Windshield De-Icers

Throwing vinegar or alcohol on your frozen windshield might be more efficient than hacking away with an ice scraper and cursing the snow, according to Wisebread. Inside, three easy do-it-yourself de-icing recipes that are sure to make those frigid mornings a little more bearable.

America's "Cheapest Family" Wants To Teach You To Live "Debt-Free"

America's "Cheapest Family" Wants To Teach You To Live "Debt-Free"

Meet Steve and Annette Economides. They are raising a family of 7 in Arizona on an annual income of about $44,000.