cheap stuff http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1818/all en-US What Can You Buy for $1 These Days? http://www.wisebread.com/what-can-you-buy-for-1-these-days <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-can-you-buy-for-1-these-days" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_with_dollar.jpg" alt="Man recieving dollar" title="Man recieving dollar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in 1930, the humble dollar could get you a decent table lamp, a quality bathrobe, or roughly six gallons of regular gas. But these days, it&rsquo;s hard to find anything that costs $1 or less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-healthy-foods-for-under-1-a-pound">50&nbsp;Healthy Foods for Under $1 a Pound</a>)</p> <p>Now, in a previous post I listed <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-things-to-do-with-a-1-bill">101 things you can do with a $1 bill</a>, but that was a long time ago, and a lot has changed. I decided to compile a new list and look at the problem with fresh eyes (I tried to avoid the usual fare in here, like $1 menu items from fast food joints, an iTunes song, or canned goods from the supermarket).</p> <p>So, here&rsquo;s what I found that can be bought today for $1. Now, how creative can you get? Leave your ideas in the comments.</p> <h3>1. A Phone Call</h3> <p>You can place a four-minute call from your cell phone to the Cayman Islands with AT&amp;T.</p> <h3>2. Quality Items</h3> <p>You can buy 100 different &ldquo;quality&rdquo; items from the <a href="http://www.onecentstore.com/homepage.html">One Cent Store</a>. All you have to pay is shipping (which on 100 items will run you about $800).</p> <h3>3. A CEO</h3> <p>Own the CEO of a large corporation! Yes, Steve Jobs takes only $1 per year salary from Apple. The CEOs of Google reportedly do the same.</p> <h3>4. Relaxation</h3> <p>Travel to the Philippines, and you can get a 30-minute foot massage.</p> <h3>5. A Place to Put Your Car</h3> <p>In downtown Denver, you get one hour of street parking.</p> <h3>6. E-Books</h3> <p>There are many out there for free, including the awesome book &ldquo;<a href="http://www.sethgodin.com/ideavirus/01-getit.html">Unleashing The IdeaVirus</a>,&rdquo; but if you want to blow a whole $1, try some of these <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/27368.Ebooks_for_a_1_or_less">e-book titles</a>.</p> <h3>7. Penny Stocks</h3> <p>Buy <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_stock">penny stocks</a>. Depending on which company you choose, you could get quite a chunk of them for $1, as many shares trade for just a fraction of a cent. Of course, they probably won&rsquo;t go anywhere, but hey, everyone starts somewhere.</p> <h3>8. Little Stuff From Amazon</h3> <p>Get crazy with<a href="http://www.filleritem.com/"> Amazon fillers</a>. There are a bunch of items on Amazon that cost less than $1, and if you&rsquo;re ordering something anyway, why not tag one of these on there? Often, they can bag you free Super Saver Shipping, so you spend a buck or less to save a lot more in postage.</p> <h3>9. Cell Phone Protection</h3> <p>Make 100 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-1-cent-cell-phone-protector-and-other-hacks">cell phone screen protectors</a>.</p> <h3>10. 10 Memories</h3> <p>Stores like Walmart charge around 10 cents for a 4 x 6 photo print.</p> <h3>11. Crafty Plans</h3> <p>Some knitting and crochet patterns cost just 99 cents at <a href="https://www.ravelry.com/account/login">Ravelry.com</a>, and they are delivered as PDFs.</p> <h3>12. Almost Free Handmade Goods</h3> <p><a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> artists often give away items for free. It's considered &ldquo;paying it forward,&rdquo; and shipping on some of these is $1 or less.</p> <h3>13. Books</h3> <p>Half.com, eBay, and Amazon all offer used books for less than $1. If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you'll get your book with free shipping.</p> <h3>14. Mobile Phone Apps</h3> <p>While many are free, there are also a lot that you can pay for. Some are as low as 99 cents, and they&rsquo;re great.</p> <h3>15. Lemonade</h3> <p>Buy a few glasses of lemonade from a child&rsquo;s lemonade stand. You get freshly made lemonade, and children learn a little about the value of hard work.</p> <h3>16. Hope</h3> <p>Dropping your $1 bill into the bucket of a charity collection tin may not seem like much, but it all adds up.</p> <h3>17. Pool</h3> <p>Well, not a swimming pool, but a game of pool in a bar will usually cost you four quarters. If you&rsquo;re really bad, that $1 could stretch for an hour of entertainment.</p> <h3>18. A House</h3> <p>Not a monopoly house either, but a real one. The current housing crash, coupled with some local economic factors, has produced some ridiculous deals. Of course, you may have to pay to move the house off some land that the government owns, or a small fortune in taxes and fees, but the actual deed could be yours for a buck. Read more about a <a href="http://www.therealestatebloggers.com/foreclosure/buy-a-house-for-only-1-dollar-only-in-detroit-baby/">home in Detroit that was on sale for just $1</a>.</p> <h3>19. A Second Date</h3> <p>Research shows bad breath is a real turn off for either sex, so invest in a pack of gum or a roll of mints. Both can usually be found for less than $1.</p> <h3>20. Gold</h3> <p>But not much. With the prize of gold being $1516.99 an ounce, your $1 will get you 0.00066006601 ounces.</p> <h3>21. Gas</h3> <p>And finally, we&rsquo;ll end with an easy one. At the time of publication, you can buy around 1/4 of a gallon of gas (the national average right now is $3.91 for regular). Depending on the fuel efficiency of your car, that&rsquo;s enough for a round trip of 6&ndash;8 miles. More if you drive a hybrid.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-can-you-buy-for-1-these-days">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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It&#39;s called <a href="http://www.junglecrazy.com/">Jungle Crazy</a> and it&#39;s brought to you by those nice folks who also gave you <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/">RetailMeNot</a> and <a href="http://www.bugmenot.com/">BugMeNot.</a></p> <p>What is it? Well, it&#39;s a very cool visual search engine of all the Mega Bargain Clearance items available at Amazon.com, all in one place. They&#39;re all at least 70% off, some as much as 90% off, and it&#39;s about to save me some serious time and money finding gifts for the multitide of folks in my extended family. </p> <p><strong>Here&#39;s a list of some of the cool things I found in just the last few minutes.</strong></p> <p>Energizer AA rechargeable batteries - $3.98, down from $14.99</p> <p>2GB Kingston flash drive - $23.62, down from $79.99</p> <p>Cingular PDA - $99.99, down from $599.99</p> <p>1GB SanDisk Compact Flash Card -  $17.99, down from $59.99</p> <p>I could go on, but you get the idea. This isn&#39;t a bunch of clearance junk. It&#39;s quality name-brand items at silly prices. There are two ways to search the site. A floating database at the top of Jungle Crazy lets you browse by your particular shopping interest. Or you can use the search engine box (make sure your search is 3 letters or more). Either way, the results are displayed visually, with the savings, so it&#39;s very very easy to browse and buy.</p> <p>When you find something you want, a link takes you straight through to the item on Amazon.com, which is of course a trusted site. Overall this is my best find of the last few months. Go for it bargain hunters. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-backdoor-to-amazons-70-off-deals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Save big $$$.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-wait-until-after-christmas-to-buy">8 Things to Wait Until After Christmas to Buy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-man-behind-the-bargains-an-interview-with-ben-chui-founder-of-bensbargains-net">The Man Behind the Bargains - An Interview with Ben Chui - Founder of BensBargains.net</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon.com bargain search engine bargains cheap stuff clearance deals Thu, 08 Mar 2007 18:31:56 +0000 Paul Michael 334 at http://www.wisebread.com