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Short trip idea. Starting point - Texas

SO and I want to take a short trip for his birthday next month (end of August). We have a few ideas, but thought I'd ask you all for some suggestions we may have missed. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

What's the best microscope for the least money?

Is it possible to get a decent microscope for, say, $200? If not, what's the least amount I might spend to get one? By "decent" I mean one that might be found in a college science lab, I guess.
posted by Camofrog on Mar 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Tips for a Hawaii vacation on a budget

Looking for tips on how to do Hawaii affordably. My GF and I would like to go for about 5-7 days and if we can keep air, lodging and car rental to $1000 each we'd be happy. We realize that may not be possible. Since many aspects of a trip to Hawaii seem to be more expensive than other sunny getaways we're researching any ways to keep costs lower. [more inside]
posted by fx3000 on Mar 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Are there any new small, vegan cars out there?

Please help me find a new small, good gas-mileage, vegan car. The car cannot have any leather anywhere in its interior, and it should ideally be equal to or less than 175 inches in length. I would also like it to be no more than $30,000.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Jan 22, 2014 - 30 answers

K.I.S.S.: Laptop Edition

What's the best reasonably priced laptop (under $700) for someone who only needs it for basic personal entertainment use (e.g. storing/listening to music, Flash games on the internet, and movie-watching)? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 8, 2013 - 9 answers

What's Baltimore like for a culinary enthusiast who is in her mid 50's?

My husband and I are looking for a hip, progressive, ethnically mixed city that is not over-priced yet. We have lived in nyc, Miami and La and have been priced out of all these markets with the overpriced housing. Considering Baltimore as I heard its not completely off the charts housing wise. I am a chef and teach cooking classes and he is in the renewable energy business and we work for ourselves. Both of us like good food, outdoors stuff like biking and hiking and enjoy a liberal atmosphere. Are we dreaming or might Baltimore be a good fit?
posted by privatechef on Aug 8, 2013 - 46 answers

Furniture recommendations: simple, functional, well-made, reasonable?

I'm moving to an apartment later this summer, and I need to get furniture for it (starting from nothing). I really like a particular kind of furniture: severe, simple, anonymous, functional. Think of the Lehni Bed 1, beautiful but bare Shaker woodworking, Donald Judd's standing writing desk, Aalto's Paimio chair, and so on. All of this stuff is crushingly beyond-super-expensive. I'd love to get suggestions for alternatives, cheaper things in that style from major retailers, craftspeople who make pieces like these, and, in general, furniture along those lines that you don't have to buy from Switzerland for a million skillion dollars -- stuff that's well made but with adult-reasonable prices. (It would be great if this was available in the New York City area, as well, but I welcome answers beyond that, to make this question useful to people elsewhere with similar interests.) Thanks!
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Jun 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Funky, unusual, cheap accommodation in LA

We're going to do a couple days in Los Angeles for a mini honeymoon next Thur/Fri nights. Want to see the Getty Museum, Olvera Street and maybe some Hollywood. Looking for someplace cool and unusual to stay - we like retro, art deco, mid century, kitschy, cheesy stuff. Clean, basic, bedbug free, a fridge in the room would be nice. Suggestions? Thank you!
posted by Josephine Macaulay on Jun 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Independent art in Berlin

I'm in Berlin on Saturday, and I'd like to look at, and maybe buy some art. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Apr 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Quality Temporary Tattoos

Is it possible to buy affordable temporary tattoos online? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Sick kitty, low on cash.

My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Pleasurable pens?

What are your favorite affordable drawing supplies - especially pens? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 2, 2012 - 23 answers

Tell me about your experience living in some (relatively) affordable suburbs north of New York City!

Tell me about your experience living in some (relatively) affordable suburbs north of New York City! Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by PuddleWonderful on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 answers

London art?

Where can I buy original art in London? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Vacation ideas within driving distance of Toronto?

Short affordable vacation ideas within driving distance of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by barnoley on May 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Cheap Dermatologist Visit

I am unemployed, living in New York City, with no health insurance and need to see a dermatologist. I can't afford a $250 visit. Does anyone know of a (cheap) dermatologist I could see?
posted by likeapen on Mar 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Affordable mattress type for upper back and neck pain

I'm looking for an affordable mattress type for upper back and neck pain. I'm a bit clueless regarding types of mattresses. [more inside]
posted by svenni on Feb 28, 2012 - 10 answers

If you could live anywhere...

I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Dec 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Please recommend me a smartphone that is actually durable (won't break when I drop it on the floor).

Please recommend me a smartphone that is actually durable (won't break when I drop it on the floor). [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Oct 9, 2011 - 32 answers

Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area?

Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Oct 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Where can I buy affordable, fashionable USA or EU made clothing?

Where can I buy fashionable clothes made in the USA or EU that don't cost $/£200? I live in the UK. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Aug 3, 2011 - 20 answers

Looking for travel deals way ahead of time

I'm trying to keep track of cheap tickets for a dream international flight in end July 2011. However, almost all the sites I looked at say I'm searching way too early and have no information for me. When is the best time to look, and are there any websites that will email me with details once a good price or deal shows up? (I vaguely remember hearing of such a thing but can't remember the URL) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Affordable Couple Only Gatlinburg Wedding

I've been commissioned with planning a cheap couple only wedding in Gatlinburg. What are some things I should know, how can I keep it cheap and what else can they do while there? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Sep 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Accessible, affordable 2BR in Berkeley

Wheelchair accessible, affordable 2BR home or housing in Berkeley? Help me help my friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I help my friend?

My friend has no insurance and very limited funds, and is having some pretty funky health problems. He needs low-cost to no-cost medical attention in Oklahoma. Any ideas? So far, I've come up with this. Any ideas? I know that he *could* go to an ER, but being saddled with a $3000 dollar bill is not going to help him out of his financial problems anytime soon. Anyone been broke and sick in OK before? [more inside]
posted by the_royal_we on Feb 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Witty title about online college and sociology.

I have found a grad program I am interested in that seems like a good join between my interests and making money. However, I need to have a little more soc/psych before I begin taking it. I am trying to find online classes to accomplish this but I'm having trouble finding A) affordable and B) online. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jan 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Bait-and-Switch or ineptitude?... WTF Travelocity!?

Buying a ticket to Bangkok—is there a dependable online ticket-searching service that is all about getting the truly cheapest fare? Skinflint-In-Coach.com? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Affordable parking in Washington, D.C.

Parking my car at the Renaissance Hotel on Mt. Vernon Square during a conference in Washington DC in November will cost $25 a day. Is there something else I should do with my car for the 4 days I will be in town?
posted by billtron on Oct 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me choose an affordable, modern TV

Good modern flat screen TV around 27" and in the $300-400 range? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 on Oct 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Antiquing means so many different things

I need an antique (or sufficiently vintage-y-antiqu-y styled) trunk for my living room. Problem: every piece I've seen to has been too big, too worn, too ugly, or too expensive. Where would I find stores/markets/fairs/dealers in the NYC metro area that might carry such trunks? I got a zipcar, so I can tool around the tri-state area. Insanely detailed requirements follow. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Which cheap, wireless laser printer should I buy?

Which cheap, wireless laser printer should I buy? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me learn piano on the cheap!

Help me learn piano on a budget. I have always wanted to learn, and now I am 31 and tired of just wishing! Problem is, money is tight, so I am looking for suggestions on how to teach myself on the cheap (if that's possible). [more inside]
posted by scarello on Jan 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Somewhere new

I would like to travel more this year. Where should I go to best balance cost and experience? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Jan 21, 2009 - 22 answers

Where can I buy an affordable bookcase?

Looking for an inexpensive but sturdy bookcase. I've had bad experiences with the Target stock, and the closest Ikea is two hours away. Do you have any suggestions as to where I might find a sturdy and affordable bookshelf?
posted by rockstar on Jan 17, 2009 - 20 answers

Decent banana costumes in Sydney

Where's a good place to hire decent banana costumes for someone in Sydney, Australia? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Oct 10, 2008 - 1 answer

In need of comfortable work shoes.

Looking for some comfortable, yet affordable, shoes that are suitable for jobs involving a lot of moving around and heavy lifting. [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast on Oct 2, 2008 - 6 answers

How cheaply can I get a 37" 1080i television?

How cheaply can I get a 37" 1080i television? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Nov 20, 2007 - 15 answers

these boots are made for walking?

Where can I find affordable and cool looking shoes that I can walk in? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Oct 20, 2007 - 21 answers

What Injet Printer is most affordable to operate?

I have to go out right away and an inkjet printer for a college student. What affordable ($80-$150?) printer should I buy that is also economical to operate? [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Sep 15, 2007 - 17 answers

Affordable lodgings in Ireland for four adults?

What are the most affordable options for lodging in Ireland for four adults? Please recommend places. [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jul 31, 2007 - 6 answers

Where can I find affordable trendy/modern furniture in the UK?

Where can I find affordable trendy/modern furniture in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan on Jul 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Moving to the CA Bay area. Need some advice.

Moving to the CA Bay area. Need some advice. [more inside]
posted by bizack on May 14, 2007 - 22 answers

Keeping phone number with voicemail only for a reasonable cost.

I have an old Cell phone from the states ( i just moved to the US Virgin Islands) that I would like to have go to voicemail only (thus keeping the number for if / when I move back to the states and so I dont have to update everyone with my new number (they can just call it, leave a message and I can return the call with my local cell) but I am having a hard time finding a service that accomplishes this. I want to keep my current number (on verizon wireless) but I dont want to pay 40 some bucks a month just for voicemail (thats their cheapest plan) a search online found a few options but they seem expensive... I'd like to pay something like 60 70 80 a year for this... Is that service out there where I can port my number over?
posted by crewshell on Oct 12, 2006 - 5 answers

Need Daycare Advice, Please...

I'm looking for safe, reliable, and affordable daycare in Portland, Ore. [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Jul 22, 2006 - 5 answers

Between the Cradle And The Grave Lies A Haircut And A Shave

ForMyBetterHalfFilter: Pips is looking for a good women's salon in New York when she can get her hair cut and styled to her liking for under $75. As a guy who gets $12 trims I have no idea. Any suggestions?
posted by jonmc on Aug 25, 2005 - 9 answers

Affordable, but cool places to live?

Affordable, but cool places to live as a career/lifestyle choice: If your work/career/next life project is portable, could you find a place where a two-bedroom apartment is $300 a month? Houses for under $50 grand? Cultural opportunities a resonable drive away? Would you do it this way? Why or why not? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by weston on Dec 8, 2004 - 45 answers

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