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Bouncy Mattress Good for Making the Whoopee?

The Mrs and I long for the give and bounce of the cheap mattress she had in college. But shopping around it seems like none of the new mattresses have that great springy coil bounce we enjoyed so much. What are we missing here? Is there something specific to ask for? Do I need to go super-cheap off-brand to get what we're looking for? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Nov 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for pieces of vinyl

Some moons ago I found an online vinyl record store that seemingly had hundreds of thousands of records for sale for dirt cheap. I cannot seem to find this link in my bookmarks nor can I locate via standard Google searches. Since I lost my hidden gem, I was wondering where everybody else purchases their records. Musical tastes are varied, but mostly lay in the rock genre with jazz and classical right behind. Thanks!
posted by wile e on Sep 11, 2014 - 8 answers

In Rosemont/Chicago for a few days. Where to go in my free time?

I'm a Seattleite working at a con in Rosemont. I will have a few free time slots before/after work and before flying out. I'm poor, white, male, late twenties, tend towards being shy but very interested and kind, I like new things, design and evidence of complicated human intent or folly. Not interested in most "sights" tourism, or the idea of "authenticity" tourism. Where to eat and go? [more inside]
posted by tychotesla on Aug 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Whats a cheap Turntable (record Player) if I just want to play vinyl?

(1) What's a cheap just plain record player that can output via rca cables? (2) Anyone know any good software or apps for doing that on a PC or mac? Just figuring something might already exist to detect different tracks. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on May 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommendations for cheap (__cheap__) notebook/laptop

I'd like to buy a small (10-12 inch screen) very inexpensive (sub-$300) notebook, to use for reading PDFs, taking notes, and very light coding (i.e. emacs and python). Any recommendations would be most welcome. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Apr 21, 2014 - 16 answers

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

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

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

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'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boston on the Cheap

Know how to have a fun weekend in Boston on a budget? Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Dec 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Loose oil cap fix?

[Carfilter] The oil cap on my car vibrates itself loose, causing oil to spill out onto the engine and thus wreathe my hood in some lovely smoke. Oil cap has been replaced once already to try and fix this, to no avail. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

No elbow macaroni please...

Seeking your ideas for free or inexpensive crafts for adults that can be completed within 2-3 hours with very little instruction required. Striving for a fun process and a pleasing end product. No worthless, ugly or junky, please. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Oct 24, 2012 - 34 answers

Make our broke road trip awesome!

How to make the cheapest road trip fun and comfy? Sleeping in the car snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Mystery Date Kit Ideas?

My good friends are getting married and I'd like to give them 5 or 6 "mystery date kits." What would you put into the boxes if you could only spend about $10 per box and/or use some stuff from around your house? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Sep 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Here's hoping I can do better than McDonalds

Taking a long-distance train trip with a 3.5 hour layover in Pittsburgh. Where can I eat near the train station during my layover? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Sep 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Nice and cheap?

After reading this post about ridiculously cheap, but great-sounding headphones, I became curious about other cheap things that compare favorably to much their much more expensive counterparts. Does anyone know of anything that fits the bill?
posted by jessssse on Jul 4, 2012 - 47 answers

Eating on the cheap in Vancouver.

Looking for inexpensive meals in Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jun 14, 2012 - 22 answers

I need to go somewhere beyond the MTA subway system.

I desperately need to reset. I need recommendations for beautiful restorative places I can get to cheaply from NYC for a week long vacation that will keep me from looking like someone out of a Jacob Riis photograph. [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Apr 2, 2012 - 15 answers

My New Year's Resolution is to Stop Procrastinating

What is the best sparkling wine or champagne under 20 dollars? Also, I need help with a last-minute New Year's celebration. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 30, 2011 - 42 answers

Help me be a good (cheap) aunt!

Please help me figure out *cheap* gifts for a ton of nephews and nieces. Caveat: I want to buy gifts, but I don't want to spend too much or work too hard. [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Nov 27, 2011 - 52 answers

Can we move to the Bay Area? SHOULD we?

Help me see a way to move to the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by agress on Nov 25, 2011 - 24 answers

Is Cheap(er) Lodging in Oslo, Norway Possible?

Oslo Lodging Query! [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Nov 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

A good-graphics lappy that's cheap but not crappy?

Help set me up: I am looking to buy my son a laptop. An inexpensive laptop. It should have a strong enough graphics card to run, say, MineCraft and other games/video smoothly; should have a webcam. Otherwise, it will be used for general schoolwork and internetting, and maybe some light music recording. Screen size is not important, so small displays are OK. So: new or used? Or buy a cheap one and upgrade the graphics card? What specs should I aim for? Any sources/sites that are better for finding good deals? I am wishing to find something for $200--am I wishing too hard? Thanks!!
posted by not_on_display on Aug 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Will two hundred megabytes bring me health, happiness and prosperity?

Is 200 MB enough? I got an Ipod Touch for my birthday. It does have WiFi access but I don't want to have to run into a cafe every time I need to look something up online. So I'm in the market for a mobile WiFi hotspot and a wireless data plan. The cheapest plans available -- and I'm all about the cheap -- typically offer you c. 200 MB a month. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Cheap Flights!

Help me understand airline bookings - when and why they vary the price. [more inside]
posted by BigCalm on Apr 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Does it REALLY have to be this expensive?

Need to rent a large car or small van to go from Akron, OH -> Wilmington DE -> to Dallas, TX -> Akron, OH and I was hoping to spend no more than $800 or so. Is this possible? Results I have found so far are discouraging. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Apr 1, 2011 - 15 answers

not JUST for toilet browsing

I'm looking for some sort of PDA-sized tablet for under $100 that I can use for web browsing, preferably-but-not-necessarily running some flavor of Android. I specifically want something more iPhone-sized than iPad-sized, and I'll just be using the wifi at my home or whatever other wifi hotspot I find myself in, so I don't want a smartphone, unless the best answer happens to be some sort of smartphone with the "phone" part turned off. Any suggestions?
posted by luvcraft on Mar 22, 2011 - 21 answers

Cheap woodworking ideas?

What are your best tips and tricks for ramping up your woodworking on a budget? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Apples to delicious apples.

I overheard about a recipe, in which an apple is halved and cored, baked in an oven for a bit, then the core areas are filled with pretzels, the apples are baked again, and voila, you have the cheapest, best desert in the world. Can you help me figure out the recipe? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Feb 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Bra removal champion???

What is this half-remembered VHS tape of very-low-production-values, very short sketches, that my friend and I rented in the mid-to-late 80s? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Feb 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Since no-one gave me a flowbee...

I'm a visitor in San Francisco and need a haircut! Is there a secret place in Chinatown (or elsewhere) where a man can get a stylish textured cut on a budget? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Dec 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Christmas on a zero dollar budget?

Mission Impossible? Christmas gifts for wife with a zero dollar budget. Due to my current unemployment, Mrs COD and myself have agreed that we will not spend a single dime on each other for Christmas. We did spend a little so that the kids have a few things to unwrap. However, having nothing under the tree just seems so depressing. Anybody have any creative ideas?
posted by COD on Dec 21, 2010 - 45 answers

Very CHEAP Mac printer with CHEAP ink?

What is the cheapest color printer that will work with a Mac and, most important, has cheap ink? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Name your favourite alternative household products and where to find them cheap!

Where do you find the lowest costs for various household products? [more inside]
posted by mbatch on Nov 28, 2010 - 10 answers

What items are ridiculously over priced at retail stores vs. online?

Just bought a bunch of cables on the cheap online, and so now I'm of course wondering -- what are other kinds of products that are generally wildly overpriced at retail stores but actually can be purchased cheaply online? And which online stores are best for these products. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 28, 2010 - 42 answers

You pay for WHAT?

What things would you would never consider paying money for, once you learned how easy it was to do/make/fix yourself? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Nov 4, 2010 - 102 answers

Making the wifi-->landline connection

I often work during the day in libraries or coffee shops with wifi but I'm too cheap to buy a cell phone. I have a laptop and a recent ipod touch. What are some clever ways I can contact my wife at home when I have something time-sensitive I need to share? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Oct 27, 2010 - 19 answers

Help my body recover from a spectacularly bad year

Can unhealthy weight loss become healthy weight maintenance? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie on Sep 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Hogtown on a Budget

Visiting Toronto as a broke single gal... [more inside]
posted by googlebombed on Sep 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Damn you, Bill Gates.

Is there a way to get a free or very cheap copy of Microsoft Word (just Word, and not the whole Office suite)? [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me on Sep 10, 2010 - 21 answers

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