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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
10:32 pm
Gas money
To drivers:

Do you know about Gasbuddy.com ? The website tracks the cheapest gas prices in your area.
7:03 pm
Summer days, drifting away..
Shamelessly copied and pasted from the geicoprivileges.com webpage (registration is free and comes with discounts and coupon codes for tons of places):

It's time to plan fun ways to spend the sunny days! It’s simple and inexpensive to enjoy summer — take part in outdoor sports, relax, or get out and enjoy the weather with your family and friends. Here are five ideas for summer family fun on a budget:

Take me out to the ball game. Baseball games are perfect sporting events to enjoy in the summer. One simple way to enjoy a game without spending a fortune is to take in a farm team (minor league) game. These up-and-coming players can show you a great game, often for less than $10. Visit www.minorleaguebaseball.com to find out more.

Enjoy a National Park. Parks offer tons of fun at a low cost, with camping, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, and many other activities. With camping rates usually only about $10-15/night, and entrance fees often just $5-10, whether you go for a day or a week, this is a trip you can really afford.
Be sure to check with individual parks for special educational programs or family days. Visit Recreation.gov for a database of recreational opportunities, or visit www.nps.gov for details on National Parks across the country.

Make a splash! If you love water, the beach and public pool aren’t the only places to enjoy it this summer. Try cooling off with a rafting, kayaking, or canoeing trip. For as little as $20/day, you can enjoy a ride on a river. Many companies also offer discounts on weekdays.
Or for a fun trip for less money, contact local boating organizations or parks, which often offer free kayaking and canoeing lessons, trips, and use of boats. Visit www.rafting.com for information on white-water rafting, or contact local boating organizations for more information.

Immerse yourself in the arts. Find out if there’s an art or music festival in your area this summer. Programs include concerts, plays, films, and much more, often for free or for a small donation, usually less than $5. Check your local paper for arts and cultural events or visit www.festivals.com for details on many festivals in your state.

Visit a theme park. While theme park admissions can be expensive, discount admission tickets or season passes are a great way to save. And since theme parks are often within driving distance, you can take a vacation but not have to invest in a hotel stay — just drive home! Visit www.themeparksonline.org for information on more than 200 theme parks.
5:51 pm
I am cleaning my apartment as we speak. It seems like such a waste to clean for nothing, so I am planning a party. I have a bar in my apartment, so a cocktail party seems like a natural idea. Those things tend to cost a lot of money, however.

Not on "Good Deal" on FoodTV, though. This is a show hosted by Dave Lieberman. Granted, the stuff he is cooking is slightly more expensive and complicated than opening a bag of chips, but still relatively cheap and easy.

I just caught the episode where he hosts a Happy Hour. He makes a few appetizers and a white wine sangria. The sangria looks pretty easy, and cheap-ish. A punch is always cheaper than individual drinks, after all.

Here is the recipe for the white wine sangria:

2 (750-ml) bottles white wine, chilled
1 cup brandy (you can buy a small bottle)
2 navel oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1/4 cup superfine sugar

Pour the wine and brandy over the fruit and sugar in a large serving bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stick a ladle in the sangria so people can serve themselves and have a full bucket of ice by the side of the bowl. (Don't let the ice run out.) Serves 12-15 for well under 20 bucks.

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, July 10th, 2005
1:34 pm
Free Suave
5 full-size Suave products (shampoo, conditioner, gel, lotion, deodorant) for free (1.99 s/h) on suave.com right now. Only for the first 15,000 to log on.
Thursday, July 7th, 2005
4:40 pm
Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
7:11 pm
Let's get this show BACK on the road...
Okay, I admit it. I pulled rank and deleted the advertisements. I am not saying your products don't rawk, just that this community needs to get back on track.

I have no idea how this community got so freakin' huge, but since it is, I might as well get on board my own self.

It is now July, Independence Day Weekend, the dog-days of summer. Whatever you call it, it's hot outside. Great time to host a barbecue!

You can go to your local discount store (K-Mart, WalMart, Target, Shopko, etc) and buy a portable grill for under $10. A bag of charcoal, meat and veggies and you are all set. Get a party tub and fill it with ice. Send out invites, and make it a potluck bar. Everyone who comes has to have a beverage to stick in the party tub, whether it is soda, beer, or anything else.

If you have a little more money to spend, you can get a cheap kiddie pool, fill it with water, and make it the pit in a friendly game of tug-of-war. If everyone has enough to drink, maybe you could hook up one of those sprinkler things we had when we were kids. I had one that looked like a clown head. The water sprayed out of multi-colored tubes that were supposed to be his hair. Creepy, huh?

I plan on cooking out every single weekend this summer. We have no yard, but our building does have a courtyard complete with tables and chairs.

Give me all your great summer fun ideas. I want to see at least 25 replies, STAT! Or, I may have to make you read copies of Ladies Home Journal from 1997. Don't make me hurt you. ;-)

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, April 24th, 2005
11:08 am
not Martha
Looking for neat crafting ideas that are a bit different? This cool blog has great links, a full archive, and project pages. Not Martha
Saturday, March 12th, 2005
10:40 am
Googie Love
I have just created googielove, devoted to the googie style. The community will be for photographs and anecdotes of or related to googie. You're invited to join and help me make something googielicious.
Monday, February 7th, 2005
9:58 pm
hey, i'm new so i'm doing yet another introduction tonight

i joined this community because myself and a small group of friends love dinner parties, and "Drama, style, verve, and very little cash" described us exactly, haha. anyway we've got a valentines party we may be doing and a mad hatter party in the making. anyway add me if you'd like, i'm always up for a good mingle.
Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
9:24 pm
Party Planning
As a poor college student, I strive to be as frugal and indulgent as I can. My new(ish) hobby is throwing "fabulous parties," necessarily on the cheap.

I created a community to share themes, ideas, decorations, menus and whatnot: partyplanning.

Our last event ("we" is me and drhackenbush) cost about $300 to feed almost 40 people prime rib, a glazed ham, various desserts and sides, and rent a hall. I'm thinking we're going to have to start potlucking or asking for donations.
Saturday, December 4th, 2004
10:54 pm
Friday, October 8th, 2004
8:01 pm
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Thursday, August 26th, 2004
9:57 am
Taking Calculus?
Buy my books! Solution manual included! Here.

Current Mood: poor
Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
2:01 am
New Community
Poor In Minneapolis

I don't know how to make banners yet, but here's a link to my new community. It's for those of us who need a little help getting by to share tips on how to make it without tons of money.



Friday, June 4th, 2004
1:33 am
Hope somebody can use this, 'cause ah c'aint!

Monday, May 3rd, 2004
10:16 am
Discount sites updated daily...
I find these useful and fun to check every day for deals and printable coupons:

Hot Deals Club
Ben's Bargains
Sunday, May 2nd, 2004
12:08 pm
Need new clothes?
How about just redesigning the current ones?

Reconstructed tshirts links and tutorials:

http://www.ohmystars.net/ Click on "Make", then on "T Shirts"

Reconstructed Clothing Forum on Craftster:


Turn those T Shirts into panties:


More reconstructed clothing how-tos:


Current Mood: creative
Friday, April 23rd, 2004
9:29 pm
"Goth" tops for under 15$
Hi! I'm new to the community and I think I'll reveal my little secret.

I'm what most people would define as "goth" or "metalhead", and most of the time I wear black jeans and long sleeve tops that have skulls or dragons on them. Most people think I found them at Hot Topic and paid them a small fortune. Well, think again. They are from Wal-Mart or Zellers (a Canadian store, a bit smaller than Wal-Mart). I found them in the little boys' aisle. Once, my fiance joked that I should try on kids' clothes to see if they fitted, since they were less expensive than adult clothes. Since Hello Kitty, Bratz and Britney are really not my cup of tea, I checked out the boys' section and was surprised to find so many beautiful tops, all under 15$. My favorite are a dark grey one with red skull motifs, and a black one with a Matrix-style creature. Of course, if I weren't petite and flat-chested, I couldn't wear these. But I've seen many interesting goth-ish longsleeves and hoodies in the men section as well, they are just bit more expensive (around 20 bucks).

Another related tip from a pregnant girl at my job. As a punk, she wanted to stay away from ugly and expensive pastel maternity dresses. So she bought several pairs of XL pajama pants for men, and several XL black tops, which looked nice with the plaid pants. If the legs are too long, the bottom may be rolled up or hemmed.
Sunday, January 11th, 2004
5:51 pm
free website hosting for THREE years!! (crossposted)
no shit..a person on my friends list told me about it today

1and1 internet inc. - 3 years free hosting - offer ends 1/21/04

...i signed up, cause i was like what the hell...i pay at least ten bucks a month for 100 MBs and about 13 bucks a year for a domain and do nothing with my space...might as well save some cash and hang out with them for three years before having to pay one red cent.

of course if they pull silly shit and renege on it, i can always dump them and go back to my previous hoster..
Friday, November 7th, 2003
10:39 am
Hi! Another new person :)
Hi, I'm an artist living in the Los Angeles area. I work full time but I'm still struggling (how messed up is that?) I am looking forward to meeting other people in a similar situation and get some great ideas for saving money. I am single and don't have any kids, but I do have pets -- so any budget pet tips would be appreciated as well. :)
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