The Penny Hoarder
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" RentAFriend "-it's exactly what it sounds like, although not exactly as weird as it sounds. Founded in 2009, the "strictly platonic friendship website" profits off "Members" who are charged $24.95 a month for access to the company's worldwide database of over 600,000 rentable "Friends," who create free profiles and then lease themselves out for anywhere from $10 to $50 an hour.
I'm the kind of person who arrives at a party fashionably early and then keeps milling about until all of the other guests, Yellow Tail wines and hummus dips have disappeared. But despite the fact that I frequently blur the taxonomic distinction between social butterfly and household pest, it never occurred to me that I could actually monetize the willingness to just, you know...
In New York City, it would appear there's nothing in this world too trivial or bizarre to eventually find its way inside a glass display case. Manhattan's Flatiron district alone boasts both a Museum of Sex (MoSex) and a Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) - the latter located directly across the street from the former, should any MoSex patrons require the educational equivalent of a cold shower after their visit.
If baseball has lost some of its luster as our country's national pastime, it may be because a day at the ballpark has become a bit too pricy for the common man. The simple pleasure of enjoying a hot dog and a beer at the ballgame can get pretty expensive once you add up your $10 Dodger Dog, $12 craft beer and $75 preferred field box MVP ticket.
During the height of Chicago's meatpacking industry, Carl Sandburg dubbed the city "hog butcher to the world." That may no longer be the case, but people here still sure do eat a lot of pork. Not to mention beef, pizza, tacos, fries and just about every other type of artery-clogging street food that is heavy on the heart but light on the wallet.
This past October, Applebee's attracted the attention of budget-minded lushes when it announced a monthlong drink deal featuring $1 margaritas. But the boozy bargain begat a backlash after an anonymous employee's muckraking Snapchat video revealed that the much-hyped Dollaritas were allegedly one part bottom-shelf tequila, one part margarita mix and three parts tap water, all sloshed together in unappetizing plastic buckets.
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What are you doing on April 20th, AKA 4/20, the holiest of #high holy days on the pothead's calendar? If you live in or around Dayton, Ohio, you may be tempted to check out Limp Bizkit's super-secret live show at the Sunoco gas station on Wayne Avenue.
Earlier this week, a Dayton, Ohio man named Brian Baker created a Facebook event for a super-secret 4/20 concert that was supposed to be going down on the east side of town. The headliner was Limp Bizkit, and the venue was the Sunoco gas station on Wayne Ave and Keowee St (NOT the Sunoco down...
If you own a television and use it with semi-regularity, you are probably familiar with Chevrolet's latest marketing campaign, "Real People, Not Actors." As the name implies, this series of ads makes the controversial claim that "Real People" and "Actors" are two mutually exclusive groups, while also maintaining that Chevy's car commercials feature only the...
If there's one thing we know about President Donald Trump, it's that he is loath to complain. It's not easy being the most powerful billionaire in the world, but somehow, Trump manages to shoulder the burden with quiet dignity, resisting the temptation to lash out at his critics or blame anyone but himself for his...
Have you seen that Subaru ad for the 2015 Outback that features a family of literal tree huggers taking a nostalgic trip to Woodstock? If so, then you might have wondered who plays the vaguely familiar mom character - or the hippie grandma, or the impressionable daughter, or the nondescript dad, for that matter.
Thursday night's Steelers-Patriots matchup marked the kickoff of the 2015 NFL season, which will culminate in Super Bowl 50 on February 7th, 2016. Thanks to our country's love affair with televised football, the game also marked the unofficial kickoff of the 2015 car commercial season, a period which will also culminate in this year's Super Bowl.
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