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]
What forums do you know of that discuss good gear at budget prices? I'm aware of
Budget Light Forum for flashlight aficionados and [more inside] Poor Man's Watch Forum for watch junkies. What else is there?
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]
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]
I am in Japan and miss playing piano, and so am in the market for a quality - but cheap! - keyboard. Is this possible? Details inside. [more inside]
Know how to have a fun weekend in Boston on a budget? Details within. [more inside]
What is the best computer I can get right now for ~200 bucks? Wifi and FireWire port are the only requirements. [more inside]
I'm looking to assemble a home stereo for dirt cheap. What do I need to know and how can I get the most ♪ for the least $? [more inside]
Where can I buy cheap lingerie and not feel uncomfortable? [more inside]
One person's trash is another person's treasure. What do certain industries throw out that can be repurposed for free? [more inside]
This question is as simple as it looks, and in my case I'm specifically interested in the Sacramento, California or SF Bay area. Where should I look to buy lots of really cheap pottery clay? I'm interested in 10-50lbs, and all different kinds of clay, but cheap is the key word.
Where can I buy colored/patterned men's socks for cheap? (extra points for somewhere on Amazon.) [more inside]
What alternatives are there to meetup.com? I'm looking for the RSVP and calendar functions, but without the $144 annual fees to run a group. [more inside]
Help me find my hibernation spot! NYCer in search of a winter (roughly Dec/Jan -> March/April) apartment somewhere in the Deep South in a city that A) has much warmer weather; B) offers drastically cheaper rent; and C) is a small town (basically, anywhere that isn't a big city). And, once I have a few city/region options, what's the best methodology for finding a place to rent if there aren't active Craigslist listings for the city/region? Details: [more inside]
Hello crafty-folks! It's 2012 & once again I have realized that I have not learned to knit in time to give everyone handmade scarves for the holidays. So what new awesome projects can you suggest for holiday gift-giving? [more inside]
[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]
I recently saw "The Best of Everything" at HERE, and it was wonderful. What other Manhattan or near-Brooklyn venues can I check for cheap, well-done theatre that is funny and yet not without substance? [more inside]
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]
I need a cheap laptop that runs Windows 7 (or 8) and would be good for audio recording. Basically, it needs to run skype and have mini-jack inputs for headphones and a mic. Can you help? [more inside]
How to make the cheapest road trip fun and comfy? Sleeping in the car snowflakes inside! [more inside]
I'm thinking of starting a food- blog. The idea is to provide practical advice for people without money who want to eat good food made from good produce. I have decades of experience of being a poor foodie, but not much of writing or blogging. Any advice and all referencers will be valuable The blog will be in my own language (not english), at least to begin with.
Where can I find a selection of cheap formal dresses, in a brick-and-mortar location, in NYC today? [more inside]
Can someone recommend a good site or service that will notify me of cheap flights to Ireland from NJ and when they are available? I can be flexible about when to go, am not too good at searching through sites for fares. We had a great time there this summer and want to go again. Are there cheaper flights in the winter? I would like something specific to Ireland, not cheap flights everywhere in general.
It's a bit of a wide net I'm casting here, but where's the biggest and/or nicest apartment I can rent for under $500 in fairly cool cities in the Eastern half of the USA? Say, anywhere east of (and including) Minnesota to Louisiana. I love NOLA, and I've liked everyone I've ever met from Minnesota... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I'm organising a "big" holiday for this Christmas. I've searched for cheap flights and hotels but there are a million different websites out there. How do I actually get the best value for money? Which websites would MeFites recommend? Are there any good (step-by-step?) guides available? [more inside]
Which groceries are worth spending more money on and which are not? [more inside]
Cheap clothing worldwide: OK I see ads for very low dollar cost clothing which leads to short lifespans for those clothes and a never ending repeat cycle. Is this something other countries outside the US do for their garments? Do say German middle class parents buy cheap items for school or do they buy better grade products and buy them less often? Is the Wal-Mart/Ross/K-Mart junk clothing limited to the US? Same with cheap shoes, are the quality shoes found in German or Swiss or French stores better and therefore longer lived?
Need to find affordable housing in Tokyo ASAP? [more inside]
Cooking for one (non-foodie edition) [more inside]
Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
Help me stretch my budget with new 'old' recipes? Looking for 'heritage' meals that might be technically challenging or time-costly, but use cheap ingredients. [more inside]
Is there a cheaper chair that does what an Aeron does? [more inside]
Help me figure out how to furnish my apartment in Boston/Cambridge. [more inside]
Are there any no-hassle, cheap alternatives to watercolor paper? I want to practice a lot without spending a lot. [more inside]
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?
I'm looking for a cheap, relaxing place to do very little (maybe sightsee a bit, eat, nap, take photos, etc), in northern Italy or Sicily, for a week in August (say, the 8th to the 15th). Total expenditure under €500 for the week would be awesome. Details within... [more inside]
Cheap food near Haight-Ashbury? [more inside]
Looking for inexpensive meals in Vancouver. [more inside]
Looking for a place in Wisconsin about halfway between New Lenox, IL and Minneapolis, MN to hold a reunion with my cousins. Only requirements: camping and hotel lodging with a conference room to rent (in case of bad weather), and cheaper than most Wisconsin Dells resorts. [more inside]
What diet book would you recommend that includes low cost, pre-made meal plans with shopping lists included? [more inside]
A while back there was a thread regarding insanely overbuilt, reasonably-priced consumer goods "like an AK-47" such as the WRT54G and 90s Nokia phones. It was really useful to me, and by the looks of it it was to many other people. The sad thing is that it was closed in 2008, and lots of the products aren't on the market now or have had design changes. 4 years later, what products now deserve to sit in the cheap but bombproof category?
Socialising on the cheap. How does one do it? [more inside]
Is it legal to advertise by taping posters to telephone poles, bus shelters, boarded up storefronts, etc? Do outfits like Poster Giant have some kind of special exception? [more inside]
What's the best way to combine small shards of soap, the pale remnants of larger bars, into one usable bar? [more inside]
Starting a new job and I am being given a smartphone. Or, actually, $100-$150 to buy a smartphone. My plan will be unlimited on Sprint. What phones do you recommend? [more inside]
Cheap hair salons in Vancouver BC for a basic trim? [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a smallish, modern gray couch for my new apartment. Catch: needs to be under $700. Help?
I'm looking to buy a smallish, modern gray couch for my new apartment. Catch: needs to be under $700. Help? [more inside]