Now that the site's thrifty gift guide has a couple of dozen entries, it's time to focus a bit more on what I really love: saving money.
At least once a week I'll still be featuring cheap gift ideas that I find (A) fascinating, (B) practical, (C) unique or (D) all of the above. But now you can also look forward to posts and discussions about saving money at home or out on the town.
New York City is one of the most expensive areas in the world, so living a thrifty lifestyle is all relative. Still, a night out in one of Manhattan's most popular neighborhoods can be just as cheap as any other town if you know where to look.
So where should you look? Crocodile Lounge, at 325 E. 14th St., just a short walk from Union Square. For 5 bucks you get a pint along with a free personal brick oven pizza.
Want to splurge? Order a $6 beer, or get a topping on the pizza for only $2. But I'm fine with a Yuengling and a cheese pizza I load up with the herbs, red peppers and garlic provided gratis.
The beer's cold, the pizza's good and the ambiance isn't bad either. Crocodiles are the name of the game. Look for the "statues" on the ceiling.
In a city where it's rare to get a beer for less than $6 or $7 (or more), Crocodile Lounge really is a gem in a crowded jungle.