30 Frugal Gift Ideas

30 Frugal Gift Ideas

There are times in life when you need to give someone a gift to show you appreciate them and the Starbucks gift card just won’t do.

Target Matches Walmart's $9 Birth Control Pill Program

Target Matches Walmart's $9 Birth Control Pill Program

Attention women who like the idea of $9 birth control: Target has announced that they will be matching Walmart’s program. Target will also be matching the additions to the $4 generic program.

Walmart Launches House Brand CFLs

Walmart Launches House Brand CFLs

“The introduction of our Great Value bulbs make CFLs a more accessible option for our shoppers as we strive to sell 100 million CFLs by the end of 2007,” said Wal-Mart General Merchandise Manager Andy Barron in a statement.

AT&T's Secret $10 DSL

AT&T's Secret $10 DSL

As part of a concession made to the FCC in order to get its mitts on BellSouth, AT&T is required to offer basic DSL for $10 a month to its entire 22 state coverage area for a period of 2 years.

Calculate The Surface Area Of Pizza To Locate The Best Deal?

Calculate The Surface Area Of Pizza To Locate The Best Deal?

We doubt the part about the waitress being impressed by geometry skills, but the rest of it sounds about right. —MEGHANN MARCO

Make Beautiful Things Out Of Cheap Unfinished Furniture

Make Beautiful Things Out Of Cheap Unfinished Furniture

Ikea is a good source for dirt-cheap ugly unfinished furniture—but who says it has to stay ugly? Ikea Hacker has a few hacks from Angelique, one of their readers. She adds creative finishes to basic IKEA children’s furniture and picture frames. Her techniques look easy enough for a novice to replicate, and sort of fun, too. We love the ferns. We love cheap furniture. —MEGHANN MARCO

HOW TO: Give Your TV "Ambilight" Using Cheap Lights From IKEA

HOW TO: Give Your TV "Ambilight" Using Cheap Lights From IKEA

I love those Philips Amiblight HDTVs – you know, the ones with the rear backlight that projects colours onto the wall behind the TV? Not only does it look pretty, but if you’re gaming or watching a film in low-light conditions then the backlight reduces eye strain.

Burger King Breakfast Value Menu Starts Monday

Burger King Breakfast Value Menu Starts Monday

The menu will feature 10 offerings with prices beginning at $1, including French toast sticks, a sausage biscuit, hash browns, cinnamon buns, coffee, milk, soda, orange juice and a new Hamlette sandwich, made with ham, cheese and egg.

5 Cheap Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Procrastinators

5 Cheap Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Procrastinators

Admit it, you’ve done nothing and planned nothing for Valentine’s Day. You have ignored our deals. You have ignored our reminders. Now you need something, anything, for that special someone. It’s ok. We’ve got ideas, you jerk.

Easy Cheap DIY Home Cleaning Formulas

Another alternative is microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years.

And there are tons more like this. We really had no idea you could use mayonnaise to remove a water ring on wood. Share your tricks with us in the comments.—MEGHANN MARCO

25 Most Expensive Cities for a First Date

We tallied the average costs of some key elements of a first date: alcohol (specifically, a 1.5 liter bottle of Livingston Cellars, Gallo Chablis or Chenin Blanc wine), food (a 11- to 12-inch pizza from Pizza Hut), entertainment (an evening movie ticket), grooming (a barbershop visit), suiting up (a dry-cleaning bill) and transportation (price per gallon of gasoline). All categories were weighted equally (though price differences in barbershop visits and dry cleaning tended to be greater than those in gas and pizza). Finally–call us old-fashioned–we assumed that the guy pays, hence the barbershop visit instead of a trip to the beauty salon.

Gallo and Pizza Hut? Awesome. We guess that saves money by ensuring that there will not be a second date.

A Home Office for Less Than $100 Bucks

A Home Office for Less Than $100 Bucks

IKEA Hensvik Bookcase [left of picture]: $59.99

Save Big Money On Paint: If You Don't Care About The Color

The other great place to look is your local sanitation department. Most cities have specific divisions that deal with paints, since you can’t just toss them in a landfill. In Alameda, CA, it’s a garage full of five-gallon buckets of paint, wall to wall. They’ll just let you take what you want in most cases. They have to dispose of it somehow anyway!

Little whats-his-name will be so happy you saved money, he won’t even notice that his room is tow-zone yellow. —MEGHANN MARCO

Burger King To Add Breakfast Value Menu

    The menu will feature 10 offerings with prices beginning at $1, including French toast sticks, a sausage biscuit, hash browns, cinnamon buns, coffee, milk, soda, orange juice and a new Hamlette sandwich, made with ham, cheese and egg.

Save Money By Exfoliating With Baking Soda

Save Money By Exfoliating With Baking Soda

Let us know how that works out. —MEGHANN MARCO

Cheapest Safest Automobiles

Cheapest Safest Automobiles

What’s the safest car for the least amount of money?

DIY Microwave Popcorn

DIY Microwave Popcorn

Microwave popcorn costs too much damn money. But you like it. So what do you do? You make your own. DIY site Instructables has information on how you, yes even you, can make your own microwave popcorn for a fraction of the cost of store-bought crap. The ingredients are simple:

Continental Airlines: Thanks for the 4 oz of Coke

We flew to South Carolina this weekend because we heard they have some nice weather there. We flew Continental airlines, which we do not normally do. Drink time came around and we asked for a Coke. We got a glass of ice with some Coke poured around it…and no can.