I'm looking to play tennis casually and recreationally in the Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan area. But the costs and inconveniences are real deterrents. If I understand, I need to pay the annual membership, THEN a per-diem fee, and all of that AFTER finding a court that has availability.
Is there a better way? (My friends in the suburbs drive to a local park, walk over to a free court and... play.)
posted by counterfugue
on Aug 12, 2014 -
Can you help me find the form-fitting, top-supporting undershirt of my dreams? I'm looking for something I can buy 15-20 of because I hate shopping and just want to get it over with. I've been wearing "long and lean
" tank tops, and they're completely amazing fresh off the rack, but they get loose and stretchy after only a few washes and wears. Specifics below the fold! [more inside]
posted by divined by radio
on Aug 7, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Wheelchair accessible, affordable 2BR home or housing in Berkeley? Help me help my friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 7, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Where's a good place to hire decent banana costumes for someone in Sydney, Australia? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Oct 10, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -