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Travelfilter: How to get the cheapest flight from Vancouver - Tokyo?

I've wanted to go to Tokyo all my life, and have a few weeks off soon. I've been looking for flights and the cheapest I can find are $1450 all in... but I suspect if I the trip was broken up a bit by not flying there directly, it'd be a lot cheaper. Are there any resources you know of to help with this/have you done this before/do you know a good route that would shave off the $$$? Time isn't overly important as I have three weeks between jobs for exploring. But I don't want to be paying this off till next year. Help!
posted by abbagoochie on May 22, 2013 - 5 answers

End-of-budget-year dilemma: too MUCH money

I have a pretty hefty surplus in my nonprofit project budget this year, and I have been told to spend it all, because otherwise it would go back to the funder. We're talking about $20K. We did our work, we met our goals, we provided what we said we'd provide. It just took less money than anticipated. I feel dirty and guilty about blowing this much money on "stuff" that isn't what we said we'd spend it on. I have never had a budget at all before, much less a surplus, so I may be a little naive about how the (nonprofit?) world works. Can you please give me some thoughts about how to view this in a way that doesn't feel icky? Am I just being silly and this is normal practice? Bonus points if you have suggestions on what to spend it on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2013 - 31 answers

What to do in Montreal?

I'll be in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada for two weeks. What budget-friendly things should I do there? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Where should we go this summer?

Girlfriend and I are looking to get away this August, and we're looking for destinations. We want to spend ~10 days relaxing, experiencing some natural beauty, being warm, eating delicious food (both of the restaurant variety and the pick-up-bread-and-cheese-from-the-local-vendor variety) and generally unplugging from day-to-day life. Not big partiers, but we'd frequent the local cafe/pub. Something like a little cottage in the south of France would be our dream, but we're working with a budget of ~$4000 all-inclusive, so France may have to wait. We're 30ish and live in Boston. Idea us please!
posted by violinflu on May 10, 2013 - 28 answers

Setting up a home together– financials

Two people -- both in 40ish-- are talking about the possibility of moving in together. We are in a loving and serious long-term relationship. There has been an initial talk about how we might handle finances and we came to conclusion that there are many ways we could handle them. I read a few posts about how couples handle finances, but am looking for some more viewpoints/options for us to consider and discuss. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Budgeting for Berlin trip - how much for food?

I'm planning on taking a solo trip to Berlin for a week. As a general guideline, if I stick to cafes (and the occasional doner kebab) how much should I expect to spend on food?
posted by GenericUser on May 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Business-class comfort to Ireland on a budget

Help my wife and I travel to Ireland in comfort this fall without spending entirely too much money! [more inside]
posted by kindall on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

How to shop at Whole Foods without breaking the bank?

We are moving into an apartment on top of a Whole Foods so I would like to do most of my grocery shopping there (I use Amazon Prime for stuff you can get in bulk, cleaning products, etc). Does anyone have any protips for saving money there? Their coupon weekly seems pretty anemic and it doesn't seem like they often have really compelling sales. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Apr 27, 2013 - 38 answers

Does not compute

How do people survive on $12 an hour? I'm looking to get a job in this pay range, and I can't reconcile it with my budget. I live unlavishly. My own monthly budget within. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Apr 27, 2013 - 72 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Help me plan a kitchen renovation in Brooklyn.

I just bought a 1 bedroom co-op in Brooklyn. I want to gut the kitchen. I have 30k. Is this possible? Can you recommend an architect? Share your story? [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Moving from CA, US to BC, CAN w/very limited resources.

By my searching, it seems that there hasn’t been a “moving to Vancouver” question yet this year, so I’m here to fill the gap. I am considering a move from Sacramento, CA to Vancouver, BC and would very much appreciate advice and ideas on getting immediate needs met in Vancouver for the first 1-3 months. (I have read the cbsa.gc.ca site’s “Moving Back to Canada” pages, previous Ask MeFi answers, and other sources.) [more inside]
posted by booksarelame on Apr 14, 2013 - 10 answers

It should have some wheels and some gears and stuff...

So I need a new bike. Or a new-to-me bike. But I'm paralyzed by indecision - new or used? What kind do I want? How do I know which local shop to trust when they all have super-mixed reviews? [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Mar 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Are Groupon Getaways/LivingSocial Escapes worth it?

Cheap International Travel-filter: How good of a deal do Groupon Getaways/LivingSocial Escapes tend to be, particularly this one to Turkey? How does one find cheap international airfare and travel in general? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Mar 26, 2013 - 27 answers

$500 or Less to a "Summer Body"

Stuck at a fitness plateau. Not weight loss - fat loss. I'm about 5-8% (not exactly sure; I only have inexact measurement options) below where I want to be, which is the 10% mark. Help me get to my goal or as close as possible by the summer (and stay there)! [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Mar 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me throw the best Birthday Party for my wife

My wife is approaching a milestone birthday and she's drawn up a list of people she would like to invite. Originally, we were going to have it at our house, but when the invitee list passed 150, we decided we don't want that many people roaming through the place. She wants to cancel the event, but I want to throw her a party anyway. [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye on Mar 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me find a laptop that will play the games I've been missing out on

I'm in the market for a new computer, and I'd like to find one that can handle some of the RTS and city building games I've missed out on in the past 5 or so years. I'm on a budget and I don't really understand computer hardware requirements. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Mar 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Help Assuage My Fear of Las Vegas

I have never been to Las Vegas but will be going for the first time this summer as a bridesmaid for my friend's bachelorette party. I am not a Vegas person: I don't drink or club, I don't like being around lots of people all the time, my budget is extremely tight, and crashing at the yucky hotel we're staying at sets off all my buttons in every way. Am I going to be able to realistically make this happen, or do I need to figure out a way to bail now? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 17, 2013 - 63 answers

free-wheeling cross country trip on a budget.

I want to spend two or three weeks driving across country this summer, then probably fly back to the east coast. I have a decent amount of money, but I'd like to spend as little money as possible on travel costs and accomodations (so I can spend money on activities and siteseeing) [more inside]
posted by empath on Feb 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Now that I'm an adult (ha), how do I bank, invest, & budget?

I'm starting what feels like my first "real" job soon, so it's time to straighten out my good but messy financial situation. Need advice on: credit cards, banks, brokerage accounts, & budgeting. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Feb 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Low-cost talk therapy in Houston

What are my options for low-cost talk therapy in Houston? I'm quitting my current job that has good health insurance, but low pay and not the greatest for overall body health. I'll be out of insurance for 2 months until my new job (much better, not a grocery store, and it's in my field of IT) insurance kicks into effect. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Feb 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Is 3 months in South America long enough? (& other travel questions)

Next month, I'm off to South America for three months. I'll be flying into Colombia and flying out of Buenos Aires--already booked my flight, and all should be good, except for my fear that it won't be enough time to see everything I want to see! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 7, 2013 - 7 answers

What equipment can I use for a food photography setup in low light?

What kind of equipment could I purchase within a $300 budget for the backdrop and lighting? My house is naturally very dark. I use white plates and minimal props for the food. My camera is a Canon 40D. I don't have much time lately so I'll spend a little more for convenience. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jan 17, 2013 - 15 answers

human fishtank on a budget

For an art project I'm looking to build a transluscent human-sized fishtank-like container. How can I accomplish this without spending thousands of dollars? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 6, 2013 - 21 answers

The Best Gear for the Rest of Us.

What forums do you know of that discuss good gear at budget prices? I'm aware of Budget Light Forum for flashlight aficionados and Poor Man's Watch Forum for watch junkies. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I survive on a pittence while returning to school?

Job hunting and money hacks for less-than-shoestring budget while returning to school? Help me not become a fatality of class warfare. Very complicated and snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Jan 1, 2013 - 20 answers

King sized wool blanket for $50 or less

My husband and I don't have very much money, but we would like to own a few (or even just one) giant (king sized) wool blankets. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Dec 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Wanna beach bum it up for a month in March!

Less touristy Central American beach spot to plunk down for a month in March? Thinking Quepos, Costa Rica, got anything better? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Dec 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Small budget, big car?

How should I go about buying a car with a $2500-3000 budget? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Dec 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Getting hitched in the City of Roses. But where?

Recommend awesome venues for a wedding in Portland, OR. Money is an issue, but I'm clueless! [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Dad, my Headphones don't work...again

Cheap headphones that can survive children...are there such things? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Dec 5, 2012 - 4 answers

iPhone, iPhone, quite contrary, where does my money go?

I would like an iPhone budgeting app that doesn't make me link it to a bank account. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Dec 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Where's the money, Lebowski?

My husband and I have a bunch of money leftover at the end of each month after bills have come out, but we don't know where it is. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Dec 3, 2012 - 57 answers

Gifting on a shoestring...

Looking for blogs/websites dedicated to thoughtful & creative gift-giving on a budget. DIY, crafting, homemade/canned foods, scrapbooking a huge plus. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

The opposite of 'what is worth spending on'

What store-brand products are a good value? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Nov 22, 2012 - 45 answers

The troubles of coming in under budget

I have $300. Do I buy a stand mixer, or dump it into my savings account? This is more about the principles of frugality/growing up than the specific item. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Nov 16, 2012 - 42 answers

I have no frame of reference here, Donny.

How can I get an idea of what typical expenses and reserves are for a condo that has about 12 units and a few garage spaces are? Please help me figure out if my condo's assessment hikes are reasonable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I prioritize between emergency savings, retirement, and student loan payments in a new marriage?

Newly married, and trying to figure out emergency savings vs. retirement vs. paying off debt vs. saving for a family. Please help me prioritize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2012 - 22 answers

states borrowing money from who?

My state, like many, has referendum on our ballot requesting permission to borrow money. Where does the money come from? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek on Oct 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Summer in Japan. How can I make this happen?

Traveling to Japan this summer with my sister. Help me make this the best trip ever and not lose my mind. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Oct 24, 2012 - 7 answers

College Costs

How much of the budget for the average American college or university is allocated to salaries & benefits? [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

I guess we can't get married in a cardboard box.

Help two budget wedding dorks make the most of appointments, touring venues, etc. What questions do we need to ask in person? How do we get it all done in a weekend? Can we get discounts on entry fees for looking at all these places? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Riding intercity trains, dressed in European grey.

How and where can I shop for neat and tasteful men's clothing while staying within a responsible budget? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Expected budget for experienced lone budget traveler in West Africa?

How safe are the following (mostly) West African countries, and what can I expect my budget to be? [more inside]
posted by maya on Sep 27, 2012 - 7 answers

What are some good recipes for chicken drumsticks?

What are some good recipes for chicken drumsticks? [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on Sep 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Family budgeting for people who LOVE spreadsheets.

Household finances: My SO and I have started to give ourselves "allowances" to put an outer limit on our discretionary spending. Have you done something similar? What did and didn't work? Any thoughts on the specific questions inside? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Sep 12, 2012 - 23 answers

Make me salads in a dorm room

Salads are expensive eat-out fare here. What set-up can I use in my dorm room to make cheap, tasty salads? Restrictions: only microwave, limited fridge space. (Is it even possible?) [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Sep 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Cheapest PC money can buy

What is the cheapest modern computer I can buy and where to get it? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Sep 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Graphing Politics

Why doesn't Obama or any politician for that matter use graphs to explain things? For all of their sophistication in Internet and social media, why doesn't the Obama campaign just go on television and show the American people a damn chart? Are we that stupid or am I missing something here?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2012 - 22 answers

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