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Getting Voted off the Island (Victoria-Seattle Edition)

Rent a car on the island? Ferry, then rent a car stateside? Looking for low cost, shortest transit time from Nanaimo/Victoria to Seattle. Don't want to fly. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Apr 16, 2014 - 20 answers

 

Looking for a good, cheap, 10in Android tablet

Anyone know of a 10in or so Android tablet that's both good and cheap? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Cheap digital camera for listing things on eBay?

I foolishly lent my digital camera for what was meant to be a short time and is turning into an indefinite period. I need to list some stuff on eBay and Etsy. I would like the cheapest reliable digital camera for this purpose. (I don't have and won't be getting a smartphone (at least not in the immediate "would like to sell things on eBay soon" level of future), so need a stand-alone camera.) [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Moving without help?

When I got my job, I was required to relocate from my hometown to a new city. I bought new furniture for my new place (previously had been staying with family, so I hadn't needed, e.g., a couch), and settled down. 2-3 weeks later, my employer asked me to travel to my old hometown to do work (they have bases in both locations). I ended up staying for months, and my employer decided it made more sense for me to live in my hometown, so I was relocated back. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Feb 9, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I negotiate lower cell-phone, data, and internet bills?

So budget has been a bit tight these days and I realized I'm losing a-lot of money into cell phone and internet bills. I have the nagging suspicion that I'm paying more than others. Do people know any tactics to use to bring down internet and cell-phone rates? I've tried threatening to quit before, with some success, but I think they have that on record now and it seems to work less well. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Living in Boston on the cheap

Living in Boston on $12,100 a year: is this doable? How can I make it work? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jan 21, 2014 - 19 answers

Creative MeFites: help us improvise queue management on the cheap!

A community organisation I volunteer with needs a way to manage queues at public events. The wait isn't long and the crowd isn't rowdy - we just need a visual indicator of where people should stand in line. Our plan is to string rope or bunting between poles around a metre high, but proprietary queue barrier poles are crazy expensive. Can you help us improvise an alternative using cheap and/or recycled materials? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Where can I go searching for a volunteer non-executive board member?

My small business needs an independent 3rd party to keep a weather eye on us and ensure we stop slacking. Where should I go looking to find someone experienced who could give us 2 hours of their time every month for next-to-do nothing? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jan 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Chicagofilter: guesthouses or inexpensive lodging options in Hyde Park?

I'll be attending an event at the University of Chicago, and need to find a place to stay nearby. The block of hotel rooms reserved for attendees is still more expensive than I'd like, especially x2 nights. Is there anything like a guesthouse or more dormitory-type accommodations available near campus? (Is this a total pipe dream?) [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Jan 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Thin, light, and 1080p laptop

I'd like a thin and light 1080p laptop. It does not need to be powerful, but it does need to be cheap. I'd like to spend about $300, but it must be under $500. The perfect machine would be something like a chromebook, but with a higher res screen than the ones I'm aware of. The resolution requirement trumps the thin and light requirements. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 7, 2014 - 15 answers

wanted: bike. requirements: cute, huge.

Can a 6'1" tall Canadian lady ever find a mixte under $800? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I save money on food?

How can I save money on food if I live in a place with roommates and an inoperable kitchen? Assuming that nothing in the kitchen works and that I work a full time job, study part time, and my roommates are overgrown slobs who I never see and don't really care about my opinions or thoughts.
posted by antgly on Dec 29, 2013 - 40 answers

Send me away, please.

I left my holiday vacation planning until the last minute and I'm at my wits' end as to where I can take a warm, relaxing vacation at any time between Dec. 21st and Jan. 5th without spending my life's savings. Any ideas or frugality resources? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Alternatives to Movable Type

Is there an alternative to Movable Type that is a decent open source publishing blog platform that can be fully programmed to be graphically modified and inserted into a custom website? [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Dec 12, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the best way to get cheap milk?

We go through a lot of milk in my household. Like, a gallon ~ every two days. How do we find cheap milk? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Oct 30, 2013 - 29 answers

Studying the masters, not their pupils (budget edition)

I am a frequent buyer of <$5 books on Amazon. Lately I am interested in math treatises but have been unable to find any that aren't way out of my price range. Am I being way too demanding? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the cheapest video camera around?

I'm looking for the most bare-bones video cameras that money can buy. I've been searching among security cameras, but what are some other possible searches? Imagine a security camera without the LED lights. As in, I would prefer an analog as opposed to USB output, but cost is more important than anything. The current cheapest security cameras I can find are $28 or so. Do any exist that are perhaps less than $20? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me find a fun/inexpensive vacation for my boys and I!

Mother of two sons here - they are all grown up and we are talking about taking our first out-of-state vacation in years. The problem is that we are vacation-planning inept and don't know where to start. It has to be as cheap as possible, but I'm not sure how to search or how to find deals. This is where you come in handy! We live in Cleveland, Ohio and are looking at somewhere on the west coast (perhaps San Francisco) or even Mexico/South America. (Europe is also an option, but perhaps very expensive?) We want it to be far enough away, and not too chilly (a bit is okay, and temperate is fine as well). [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Sep 23, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me find cheap/free mental health care in Cleveland, Ohio.

I am unemployed, and (thankfully) was able to get onto a government-assisted program through MetroHealth in which all of my medical expenses are being paid. I am having personal/family issues and am in desperate need of quality talk therapy, but the counselor I just visited was awful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2013 - 2 answers

What's the best short term/least hassle cell phone data plan?

A friend is visiting from Brazil and is bringing his iphone 4s with him. He wants to use it while he's here. What's the least painful way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Buying used phones?

Mysteriously, my Samsung Galaxy Nexus is dying. I have a year left of the two year contract, and can't upgrade early without paying a $175 fee. I'm on Sprint, and while they have some refurbished phones none of them look up to the quality of the Galaxy Nexus. Google is selling their Nexus 4 online for $200, but it doesn't work on Sprint, and it looks like they stopped selling the Galaxy Nexus online around April. Is there a reputable way to buy a used cell phone these days? I'm not sure where to look and would worry that anything I was buying was just a stolen phone. [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Aug 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Please recommend a good, cheap printer

I need a cheap, reliable printer with cheap(ish) replacement ink that can print in black even if other colors are out. Mac, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Aug 23, 2013 - 26 answers

Best cheap option for basic mobile phone while visiting Scotland

I'm visiting Scotland in a month, and my cheapo Tracfone US cell phone will not work in the UK. I understand there are various inexpensive pay-as-you-go options for mobile phones -- tell me about the best balance between cheap, good coverage, and not totally garbage. I don't need or want a smart phone, and I don't want to unlock my Tracfone and put in a UK sim (I mention these two things because countless travel forums I have Googled derail uselessly into discussions of those two areas). I just want something super-basic and really cheap that will work in the Highlands, Skye, and Islay to call ahead to B&Bs and make restaurant reservations with. Thanks!
posted by aught on Aug 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Cheap dinner with wine/beer in Midtown West, NYC?

I'm going to be in NYC Fri-Sun and have arranged to have dinner tomorrow evening with an old friend before heading up to the Bronx (Fieldston, near the Horace Mann School) where I'll be spending the night (so I need to be in a useful place to catch the 1 train or an express bus). I had been thinking of Luigi's, which was my standby thirty years ago (great cheap Italian food!) and which I was delighted to see was still in business, but they don't serve booze. Any suggestions for a good place in the Columbus Circle area? Must be reasonably cheap: my friend is broke and I'm not exactly flush. [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Aug 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Bike fixes on the cheap?

What's the cheapest place in Philly that I can get a decent bike tune up done? [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Does Google still use primarily cheap hard drives/infrastructure?

Since 2007, does Google still use the Buy Cheap method to grow infrastructure? Or have they moved on to more traditional hardware growth? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Aug 20, 2013 - 6 answers

What happens if I buy one or more incredibly cheap houses in Detroit?

I just read an article about the real estate market in Detroit and they linked to a number of houses that were for sale for less than $500. Some of them have just preposterous asking prices -- like a 3 bedroom house for $39. I know nothing about real estate and tax statuses, etc. What would happen if I were to buy, say 1-3 houses that cost no more than $200 apiece? What would be the downsides of doing something like this? I wouldn't plan on living in them, I'd just own them.
posted by nathancaswell on Jul 28, 2013 - 28 answers

I needs to travel home on the cheap! (From Tokyo to Ohio)

I am going to be moving back home from Japan (Narita or Haneda) to Ohio (Cleveland-Hopkins) in about 3 weeks to a month. I have not purchased a plane ticket yet, and have no clue where to start. I am considering doing a bit of traveling in between, but don't have too much money to spend so I would like to iron out the details of my return plans first. Help me, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jul 18, 2013 - 4 answers

London on the super-cheap

Even though I'm totally broke, I'm going to London for nine days at the end of August. Yes, the most expensive time to go. Plane tickets were bought with miles, and I'm staying with friends-of-friends. This is why I'm able to go at all. But I'd like some tips on how to have a good time while spending as little money as possible in a place I am totally unfamiliar with (and I want to bug my hosts as little as possible, too). [more inside]
posted by smoakes on Jul 18, 2013 - 45 answers

IntertiaFilter

What $20 item will help me remember that I can make better use of my time than playing video games? Exciting snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Jul 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Cheap way to stay in Tokyo for a few months? (internship)

I just got news that I got an internship at an architectural office (altough I just graduated as a a graphic designer) in Tokyo, which is crazy exciting. However, they can't offer any compensation (small studio) so unless I find another job next to this, I need some really cheap solutions. I just sent an email to the studio, asking them for assistance, but figured meta could help. My plan is to stay for 2-3 months. I saved up some money from side jobs, and don't mind spending it on this experience, but the less it makes a dent the better. My only idea so far was to work as some kind of au pair (I speak English, German, Dutch and Croatian fluently, I'm good with kids, but I am a guy, which I guess is not too popular a gender for babysitting), in exchange for a room. Any ideas? Also, some place where I could look for a small job on the side (preferably something where I could use my design skills, but don't mind a day job)? Also, how much can I expect to spend monthly if I'm, technically, still on a student budget? Thank a lot!
posted by ahtlast93 on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Save me from bachelor cuisine.

Cheap/easy meals needed for someone helpless at cooking. Particulars within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jun 18, 2013 - 26 answers

I need a drink

I'm really embarrassed to be asking this question but apparently I've been embarrassing my husband with cheap wine. I don't know whose wrong here, so I'm asking you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2013 - 93 answers

Brooklyn thrifting

Best thrift stores for furniture in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jun 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Is there a low-power, low-cost computer with a PCI-e 2.0 x8 slot?

I would like to build a new router for my home network. It won't generally need to do a lot of work, but I do need it to have a PCI-e 2.0 x8 (or higher) slot to accommodate a QDR InfiniBand adapter. Beyond this requirement, my next-highest-priority goal is that this machine not consume a lot of electricity when idle or mostly idle. A low purchase price would be nice, too. I plan to build this machine from parts (motherboard, CPU, etc), although if the cost is low enough, a pre-manufactured system would be fine too. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jun 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me turn my rickety old garage into a usable workspace!

I'd like to turn my old (built around 1925) garage into a comfortable office/workspace, but because this is a rental I don't want to spend a lot of money. It's basically a 10x10 wood box with one very tiny window and a couple overhead flourescent lights. Biggest problems: It gets hot in the summer/cold in winter, and smells kinda weird. Your help urgently requested! [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam on Jun 3, 2013 - 11 answers

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

Cheap, reliable used car or truck with a little character?

I haven't owned a car since 2010, but now it seems like going back to a two-car household might be a good idea. My wife drives a 2004 Volvo S40 daily to work. She often gets home very late on weekdays, and usually takes it to meet her cycling group for the better part of a day on Saturday or Sunday, and I have started to feel like I'm too reliant on her schedule or my friends to get to weekend activities, or to duck out to get another few bags of mulch or can of paint, etc. [more inside]
posted by Kwine on May 22, 2013 - 21 answers

How can I minimize the cost of moving my family across the country?

My wife and two kids (and our two cats) and I may soon need to move from Maryland to Seattle. What's the cheapest way that we can move ourselves and our stuff across the country? [more inside]
posted by mboszko on May 21, 2013 - 21 answers

best starting kit for a dual-lan linux gateway machine

I use a second computer set up with Ubuntu server as a gateway/firewall (NAT box) and email server. It has finally died. I'd like to replace it with a new machine. I checked on newegg a bit, but I'm not a hardware geek so I'd like to query the hivemind for their ideas. [more inside]
posted by axiom on May 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Cheap lunch in Manhattan!

Yesterday, I found a delicious and huge banh mi on Broome street for $4.50. This made me think: there have to be, in my general vicinity, other good lunches that don't cost a lot. I generally pay $8 to $15 for lunch, and I'm tired of it, and I'm also fatigued from all the places I currently go. Tell me other (cheap) places to try! [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 10, 2013 - 21 answers

Little-known Northern CA getaways?

Where to go for a cheap, pretty, short vacation in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Mar 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Inexpensive, safe hotel/B n B/hostel near the Walker Art Center in MN

Inexpensive and safe place to stay near the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by Prairie on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Help us eat healthy and save money with an infant

Mrs. Thabombshelter and I have a four month old son and would love to eat more meals that aren't takeout. Plus, with a baby, money is obviously a valuable and precious commodity. Easy prep and inexpensive ingredients are a priority. So please, help us with some suggestions for easy-ish, healthy-ish, cheap-ish meals that can help us avoid Papa Johns or Chinese takeout. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Feb 8, 2013 - 25 answers

Where are some good value for money strip joints in London?

I am a man with certain needs, and yet I am constrained by my most unfortunate financial condition. Where might a discerning gentleman go in London to see the most flesh per pound exchanged? Preferences are given to those establishments with some standards, although if an establishment is less than reputable but has great character, I would be willing to give it a go. One for the memoirs, you understand.
posted by dougrayrankin on Jan 24, 2013 - 6 answers

24x40 poster frame on the cheap and easy?

I have a 24x40 poster that I would like to stick in a frame. I am reluctant to go to our local custom framing shop, because while they do very nice work, the price is usually in the >$100 range, which is more than I can spend right now. I've done some searching online, and haven't found great results, plus it is hard for me to assess the good vs. bad websites to purchase. Any recommendations on where I can get this size frame (or another size that my poster would look okay in - does not need to be super professional-looking), hopefully for less than $50? I can swing by a store like Target, but don't want to get into anything too complicated like looking at flea markets.
posted by rainbowbrite on Jan 22, 2013 - 18 answers

(Very, very) cheap and hopefully safe

Inspired by all these threads (1, 2, 3) I was wondering which products are much cheaper than other products in the same class, but offer comparable, or exceptional performance. Generally, I would suppose these would mainly come from Chinese companies that aren't very well-established internationally. [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 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

Cheapest possible automobile

The cheapest car, period. Don't care about safety, looks, frills, country of origin, or anything else except as to how it relates to cost. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Seattle iPhone carrier recommendation

We want an iPhone. We want to pay as little as possible for the service and can buy the phone up front. But we don't want to sacrifice good coverage (in Seattle). Please recommend whether we should go with ATT/Verizon or one of the much cheaper alternatives (Virgin, TMobile, etc.) [more inside]
posted by carterk on Dec 23, 2012 - 15 answers

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