shopping 07.24.06

Good Deals

Down at Century 21, they're having a summer clearance sale, which means markdowns on the usual 25-75% off.

Coin Counting
Your bank probably insists that you count and roll your coins. Coinstar wants 8.9 per dollar for each transaction. At Commerce Bank, though, use of the count-counting machine is free, and you don't have to be a bank customer.

The nicely designed Free NYC showcases free and cheap stuff, such as the film series in Bryant Park (tonight, "High Noon").

Sol Moscot is a good source for bargains and watch for sales at Chelsee Eyes, 20 W. 20th [5th/6th] 212.242.4823.

NY Mag is out today with their picks for Cheap Eats 2006 and their number one choice is the Middle East/Mediterranean food of Tanoreen, 7704 3rd Ave. [77th/78th] Bay Ridge 718.7485600.

Our roundup from last year of good framers, selected with value in mind.

We like the furniture from Room and Board which manages both quality and value — and the 79-inch Mercer couch, at $1,199, is a steal.

As gas prices stay above $3 and may not come down, keep an eye on the website NY Gas Prices, which tracks the highest and lowest prices in the area.

They may not exactly compare with Pine Valley, but you can spoil a good walk at the city's public golf courses without depleting your savings account.

When family and friends have worn out their welcome on your pull-out couch, consider some of these NYC Inns, B & Bs, and Guest Houses, where they'll find prices gentler than at most of the city's name-brand hotels.

Find silver, tools, and supplies for jewelry makers, sculptors, and anyone with a pastime that involves this kind of stuff at Metalliferous, 34 W. 46th [5th/6th] 212.944.0909.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture
Claank makes mid-century modern furniture in the style of classic designs, but at more affordable prices.

Museum Free Days/Nights
American Museum of Natural History: Pay what you wish ($14 suggested)
Brooklyn Museum: Pay what you wish ($8 suggested)
Frick: Sundays, 11am-1pm, pay what you wish
Guggenheim: Fridays, 5:45-7:45pm, pay what you wish
Jewish Museum: Thursdays, 5-9pm, pay what you wish; Saturdays, free admission
Met: Pay what you wish ($20 suggested)
MoMA: Fridays, 4-8pm, free admission
Morgan Library: Fridays, 7-9pm, free admission
Museum of Chinese in the Americas: Pay what you wish ($3 suggested)
Museum of the City of NY: Pay what you wish ($9 suggested), Sundays 10am-noon, free admission
National Museum of the American Indian: Free admission
P.S.1: Pay what you wish ($5 suggested)
Studio Museum in Harlem: Pay what you wish ($7 suggested)
Whitney: Fridays, 6-9pm, pay what you wish

It's been some time since we ran this 5 Good Deals on Parking article. Still, a good place to start the hunt for affordable parking.

Pet Supplies
A secret source of budget-conscious pet owners, J-B Wholesale Pet Supplies has good deals on, among others, Nature's Miracle, dog treats, collars, crates, and toys.

Prescription Meds
Prescription Drug Price Website courtesy of the Attorney Generals' office.

Rental Car Deals
A few strategies to keep the cost of renting a car down.

Travel bargain-hunters can spend hours trolling many excellent sites. If we had to pick one, we'd go with Travelzoo, and especially their weekly Top 20 email.

Wood Hangers
From $1.25 wood hangers, to all kinds of home furnishings, decorative or useful, Pearl River is something like the retail equivalent of a guilty pleasure.


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